The US-spec E36 M3 not only falls short in the powertrain department to its 321hp European counterpart, but also in terms of its headlight output, looks, and quality. We replace the old, low output US-spec factory headlights with a set of European style Depot Euro Ellipsoid projector headlights from European Auto Source and add HID ballasts to give our E36 a 21st century output and looks.
We spruce up the interior of our beloved 15 year old M3 by having our friends at Coby Wheel wrap the worn and faded steering wheel, arm rest, shift boot, and e-brake boot in Ultrasuede and add Motorsport tri-color stitching to bring out a more modern and sporty character while improving the feel and ambiance of the interior.
E36 M3s are notoriously difficult to make power out of while staying naturally aspirated and we are constantly in search of the best bang for your buck since a lot of money can be spent for little to no gains in power.
While this E36 M3 was previously used to test various intake components and eventually cams, the quiet 15 year old stock exhaust was left untouched. With help from our friends at Borla, we dive into the exhaust half of the equation to free up some more ponies without breaking the bank while making our car sound more like an M3 should to better reflect its performance.
by Billy Johnson
While named “The Best Handling Car In America” in 1997, the E36 M3’s only real drawback was a lack of power. We back to back test the stock S52’s restrictive intake manifold with the inexpensive and popular M50 intake manifold, as well as add the Turner Motorsport Stage 2 and 3 systems to boost the naturally aspirated output of our 3.2L motor.
How To Rebuild Brake Calipers
By Billy Johnson
Rebuilding the brakes is not as challenging as it may seem. There are only a few more steps beyond simply changing out brake pads and rotors. This is an information only step-by-step guide, undertake it at your own risk. If you do not feel comfortable with the below steps, I would suggest getting help. If you are remotely mechanically inclined and do oil changes and maintenance yourself, it really is not that bad at all.