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. For the six-cylinder models, the E36 was launched with the then-new M50 petrol engines. In 1995 the M52 engine replaced the M50, resulting in the 328i model replacing the 325i. The 2.8 was also the largest 3-series engine below that of the 3.0 M3, offering a 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds when paired with the manual gearbox or 7.8 seconds with the silken five-speed auto.
M Sports Package, M sports suspension, M leather steering wheel, Sports seats, Electric folding soft-top in Dark Blue, Automatic air conditioning, Electric windows, Heated door mirrors and driver’s door lock, Self-dimming rear-view mirror, BMW Business cassette radio, Rear head restraints, Onboard computer V, Check control system, Front fog lights, Automatic Stability Control and Traction (ASC+T), Rollover protection system, Clear front indicators, Velour carpet mats, Warning triangle and first aid kit, BMW toolkit, Hornet alarm system, Remote central locking, Spare key and remote fob.
Avus Blue is one of the great E36 colours, looking superb against the Light Grey upholstery. The electric folding hood is also blue and presents in excellent original condition with absolutely no damage to the fabric or rear window. Looking along both sides the car is pin-sharp, the paintwork displaying a lovely deep shine throughout. All items of trim retain a smart black sheen free from any sun damage, and the headlights are crystal clear with no unsightly moisture ingress to note. Aerodynamic M Sport body styling completes the look and appears in amazing condition all round.
The Light Grey upholstery is extremely well presented throughout, remaining soft, supple, and free from any major wear to the deep bolsters. Pale leather extends to the door cards and rear panels while the dash and carpets are a darker, more forgiving shade of grey. On close inspection the carpets are really well preserved having always been protected in the footwells by the original velour overmats. There are no scratches to any of the delicate console trims or switchgear and the factory cassette radio still remains in place. The only non-standard item to report is a Hornet alarm system.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Lifting the bonnet you’ll find an immaculate engine bay with absolutely no signs of damage or poor repair. All of the plastic components still appear fresh and the inner panels retain a pristine painted finish. The 328i’s wonderful M52 straight-six has been well maintained throughout its life and was most recently serviced in February 2019 at Barons BMW. The BMW heath check has shown the car to be in excellent fettle throughout.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The E36 sits on its original ‘Style 30’ Sport alloys that all present in great condition. There is some light curb marking to note up close but nothing too major. The original centre caps are still fitted and the tyres are matching all round with plenty of tread remaining. The brakes are also in fine fettle and perform well on test.
This 328i was supplied to its first and only keeper in March 2000. All owners’ manuals are present and the service booklet is fully stamped at the following mileages: 8k, 16k, 22k, 31k, 41k, 51k, 57k, and most recently at 65k miles in February 2019. The car will be sold with a fresh 12 month MOT for the new keeper’s piece of mind.
2000 BMW 320 328i M Sport Cabriolet is listed for sale on ClassicDigest in Hampshire by 4Star Classics for £9995.
Car type : CarMake : BMWModel : 320Model Version : 328i M Sport CabrioletEngine size : 2.8Model Year : 2000Sub type : ConvertibleLocation : HampshireVehicle Registration : Undefined
4 Star Classics
01420 479909, 07901541349
Bayerische Motoren Werke i.e. Bavarian Motor Works, the automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company was founded in 1916, starting as an aircraft-engine manufacturer.
Due to restrictions they shifted to motorcycle production in 1923 and consequently to automobiles in 1928 producing DIXI, effectively Austin 7, licensed from the Austin Motor Company.
In the thirties, BMW produced on of the eras most elegant cars 327, which could be ordered as a coupe or cabriolet. In addition, they campaigned 328 successfully in sports car racing, including Mille Miglia where a number of aerodynamic specials were introduced.
Post war era, saw BMW almost bankrupt before rising to its current status as one of the leading premium brands.