BMW E36 328i Sport
- Mileage: 71,437
- Year: 1997
- MOT Expiry: July 2019
- Exterior Colour: Bright Red
- Interior Colour: Black Leather
- Top speed: 147
- 0-60mph: 7.3
- BHP: 190
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 2793cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
The E36 3-Series was sold from 1991 to 1999. It was the successor to the E30 and was replaced by the E46 3-Series in 1998. This third generation of 3-Series was a very popular one. Its new design featured improved aerodynamics and featured the “Z-axle” multilink rear suspension, which had been proven in the Z1.
Although larger and heavier than the E30 – due to more active safety features being fitted – The E36 boasted a perfect 50:50 weight distribution; this was achieved by relocating the engine further back.
The 328i Sport was released in 1996. The two-door rear-wheel drive coupé was fitted with BMW’s sublime M52 2.8-litre straight-six engine. Like the M3, the Sport was developed in conjunction with BMW's high performance M Division. It boasted aerodynamic M body styling, M-tuned sports suspension, 17-inch BBS rims, twin exhaust tailpipes, and sports seats. The 2.8 was also the largest 3-series engine below that of the M3, offering a 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds when paired with the desirable manual gearbox.
Sports seats in black leather, 17-inch two-piece alloy wheels, M Sports Package, Sports suspension, Aerodynamic M bodykit including front and rear lower spoilers and side skirts, M Sports leather steering wheel with airbag, Black-chrome exhaust tips, Rear spoiler with integrated brake light, Electric tilt/slide sunroof, Heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, Heated driver’s door lock, Electric windows, Self-dimming rear-view mirror, Front armrest, Automatic air conditioning, ASC, Digital clock, On-board computer V, Front fog lamps, White indicator lenses, BMW toolkit, BMW first aid kit and warning triangle, Spare wheel with jack, Spare key, Original sales brochure.
The eye-catching Hellrot paint is in fantastic condition all round. The gleaming bodywork presents with a deep shine, free from any unsightly dents or scratches. There are almost no stone chips to the front end and all the lights are crystal clear and without any moisture damage. Even smaller details such as the window rubbers and badges appear as new throughout. All in all, this cherished example is one of the cleanest E36’s we’ve seen here at 4 Star.
Opening the door you’re presented with smart black leather upholstery. The supportive Sports seats still feel textured and soft, the leather remaining in excellent condition with no damage or wear to be found. Finer details such as the gear knob and front central armrest also show few signs of use. Looking closer, the interior surfaces still appear very fresh and are completely free from any fading or damage. All of the switchgear is solid to operate and the electrics are working exactly as they should.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Lifting the bonnet is a real treat for the enthusiast. The engine bay is extremely clean and well presented with absolutely no signs of any damage or poor repair. All of the plastic components still appear factory-fresh and the inner panels retain an impeccable painted finish. The 328i’s wonderful M52 straight-six has been well maintained throughout its life and was most recently serviced just 200 miles ago in September 2018. The five-speed manual ‘box is a perfect accompaniment allowing for smooth and precise gear changes.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 328i Sport’s stunning two-piece rims look incredible, each one retaining a perfect, unblemished appearance. Polished alloys such as this are susceptible to cloudiness and lacquer damage but these have clearly never seen a salted road; even the centre badges appear as new. The wheels are wrapped in a matching set of Pirelli Cinturato P7 tyres all with at least 6mm of tread remaining. Between the spokes the calipers present well and the discs have plenty of meat left.
Supplied new by Cronk of Chipstead this 328i Sport was first registered in March 1997. The History File is complete with a raft of maintenance invoices, all handbooks and an original 3-Series sales brochure. The dealer-supplied maintenance booklet is stamped up to date – the most recent service being in September 2018 just 200 miles ago – and there are plenty of MOT certificates to further verify the low mileage of 71k.
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