1996 BMW 320i Touring

Highlights

  • Just four former keepers, and a mere 106k on the clock
  • Benefits from plenty of previous maintenance, including a new ECU in 2021
  • Runs and drives brilliantly, with no known mechanical faults to note
  • Would no doubt serve as a dependable workhorse or as a base for a future project

The Appeal

The E36 is certainly a favourite amongst enthusiasts, standing as one of the more popular generations of BMW’s legendary 3 Series. The platform offers a fantastic combination of boxy 90’s styling, BMW’s signature comforts, rear-wheel drive performance, and particularly in this case, plenty of practicality. 
In addition to boasting generous space for cargo and passengers alike, this 320i Touring also features the sought-after M52 straight-six, along with a comfortable beige leather interior. With just four former keepers, and 106K on the clock, there’s still plenty of happy miles to be had with this beauty, perhaps with a little TLC of course. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered on the 15th of March, 1996
  • Owned and cared for by the current keeper, since 2007
  • Rather low mileage for its age, covering only a handful of miles in recent years
  • Includes a selection of service history, the original BMW booklets, previous MOT certificates, and the current V5C document
  • Comes ready to enjoy, with MOT until the 25th of November 2023

The Interior

  • Features the original beige leather upholstery
  • Equipped with an electric sliding sunroof, in full working order
  • The current keeper notes that the driver’s window may need a new regulator, as the glass can occasionally misalign
  • With the exception of the defect mentioned above, all interior instruments and controls are believed to be in full working order, with no known faults to mention
  • Offered in excellent condition for the vehicle’s age, with only the expected signs of age and wear to show. These include light headliner sagging, minor veneer cracking, and slight bolster blemishes as pictured.

The Exterior

  • Iconic E36 wagon styling, standing as some of BMW’s finer 90’s design
  • Calypso Red paintwork, in good order for the vehicle’s age, with light blemishes, and notable corrosion to the lower sections as pictured
  • Comes equipped with 16” alloy wheels, each offering a fair finish, with light surface markings to show
  • Presented in good overall condition, although the lower corroded sections will likely require attention in the future

The Mechanics

  • Powered by a 2L M52 straight-six, paired with an automatic gearbox
  • Offers plenty of power, with a comfortable, smooth ride
  • Last serviced at 105,666 miles, with plenty of prior stamps to note
  • Fitted with a new alternator, ignition coil and ECU in 2021
  • Comes ready to enjoy with MOT until the 25th of November 2023, although the current keeper notes the stated advisories may need tending to for the next MOT

Summary

The E36 remains highly sought after by enthusiasts, and for good reason. This generation of 3 Series offers some truly handsome styling, plenty of comfort, and thoroughly enjoyable straight-six performance. With a dash of TLC to tend to some of the current MOT advisories, this would no doubt offer plenty more dependable miles for years to come. 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1996
  • Make BMW
  • Model 3 Series 320i
  • Colour Calypso Red
  • Mileage 106,301 Miles
  • Engine size 1991
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Filey
  • County Yorkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
11 Bids from 3 bidders
  • DZ•••• £1,054 28/09/23
  • Ap•••• £954 24/09/23
  • Ba•••• £854 24/09/23
  • Ap•••• £800 24/09/23
  • Ba•••• £700 24/09/23
  • Ap•••• £600 24/09/23
  • Ba•••• £500 24/09/23
  • Ap•••• £400 24/09/23
  • Ba•••• £300 24/09/23
  • Ap•••• £200 24/09/23

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