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1996 BMW 328i Touring E36

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  • Transition model with the later M52 engine and pre-facelift aesthetics
  • Proficiently maintained with ample documentation
  • Original features and equipment preserved, including factory radio
  • Recent major service and suspension overhaul in 2023

The Appeal

The BMW E36 3-Series, once a controversial design by the ever-bold Pinky Lai, has matured into a sought-after classic, coveted for its boxy styling that - in one form or another - seemed to streamline the BMW fixtures while creating a bigger, more luxurious smoker. While it wasn't for everyone, it could be argued that this car simply saw the future ahead of its time, and it now seems remarkably forward-thinking.

This 1996 BMW 328i Touring is a compelling example, its rarity amplified by being a transition model, combining the more potent M52 engine with the earlier model's unique styling. With a history roaming a decent chunk of Western Europe, this example has been cosseted across its life and now comes to us with an excellent paperwork file and a highly original period interior.


History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1996
  • Ownership history in the UK, Germany, and France
  • Owned by a single couple between 2011 and 2022
  • Comprehensive maintenance history supported by a stack of invoices
  • Current French MOT passed in September 2022 with minor advisories
  • A fresh MOT will be undertaken prior to sale
  • Currently indicates 260,787km from new
  • Paperwork file includes:
    • A veritable stack of Controle Technique certificates
    • Plenty of invoices
    • A very substantial service record
    • Some original BMW booklets


The Condition

  • Overall exceptional condition 
  • Minimal blemishes on its Montrealblau paintwork
  • Dent below the left indicator and a few stone chips on the front fascia
  • Car is sat on its original alloys with new Uniroyal tyres
  • Solid underpinnings, wheel arches, jacking points, and tailgate
  • Tow hitch fitted, albeit rarely used
  • Original interior features remained intact 
  • All instruments are in good order and easy to read
  • Steering wheel and door cards professionally retrimmed recently
  • Newly replaced floormats and gearshift knob
  • Comprehensively cleaned cloth seats and carpets, all in excellent condition
  • Minor issue with a few dead pixels on the onboard computer’s display


The Mechanics

  • Five-speed manual gearbox
  • Extensive work carried out in 2023, including:
    • Cooling system overhaul with new hoses, fan blades, thermostat, expansion tank, housing and cap
    • Auxiliary belt and tensioner replacement
    • All intake hoses
    • Brake discs and pads front and rear
    • OEM Sachs shock absorbers front and rear (including bump stops and top mounts)
    • Rear suspension springs
    • Front tie rods
    • Swaybar bushings and links
  • Use of OEM components has been focused upon where possible
  • Comprehensive service in 2023, including:
    • Engine oil
    • Gearbox oil
    • Differential oil
    • Coolant flush
    • Brake fluid flush
    • Power-assisted steering flush
    • Fuel filter renewal
  • Previous important work includes: 
    • Fuel pump and gauge replacement in 2021
    • Spark plug replacement in 2020
    • Flexible brake line replacement in 2019 (front) and 2021 (rear)
    • Water pump and fan clutch replacement in 2017
  • Drives and performs as expected following the recent overhaul 
  • We've no reports of leaks, knocks, bangs or smoke


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1996
  • Make BMW
  • Model 3 Series 328i
  • Colour Dark blue
  • Odometer 260,787 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2793
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Hauts de France
  • Location International
  • Country France

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