1996 BMW 328i Coupe (E36)
Smart, four-owner automatic 2.8 litre Coupe from 12 year ownership showing just 69,674 miles with stacks of history
Supplied new by Wood BMW of Bournemouth in April 1996, this later E36 generation of 3-Series comes in desirable Coupe form, and is finished in Arctic Silver Metallic, sitting upon a set of BMW 16” twin-spoke alloy wheels and looks to be in standard specification, largely uncommon to find which is most pleasing.
Under the bonnet of this 328i, we find the 2.8 litre M52B28 straight-six petrol engine, which develops a mighty 190bhp and 280NM of torque driving the rear wheels here, via five-speed automatic transmission with Sport, Winter and Economy modes.
Inside, we find grey leather comfort spec seats with electric driver’s operation, leather wrapped steering wheel, black trim, digital climate control with AC, trip computer with check control, electric tilt and slide sunroof, retro-fit Pioneer radio CD player, electric windows and electric mirrors.
The car shows just 69,674 miles and comes to us from a deceased estate, having been with its owner since February 2011. As can be seen in the images, the car looks to be in lovely, original order, starting and running well as we moved it around for these shots and the accompanying video.
The history file includes the V5C revealing just three former keepers, the owner’s pack and service book recording eight stamps, the last in January 2011 by a local Mercedes & BMW specialist at 56,747 miles. The service book also includes a further two stamps for brake fluid and coolant changes plus one for a body inspection in April 2000.
In addition, the file includes a useful 21 old MOTs to back up the uncommonly low mileage plus a selection of parts and maintenance invoices including a recent AC re-gas in October 2021, new battery in May-21, replacement OS window regulator and motor in December-20 and new windscreen in July-19. The last documented service looks to have been in November 2018 at 64,972 miles.
In addition, we find the current MOT, valid until August 2022 which recorded just one minor advisory for slight play in the NSF lower suspension ball joint. The MOT history also reveals the car to have covered just 4,000 miles in the last four years.
Ready to be enjoyed, these bigger engine E36 coupes are great fun and immensely practical offering ample performance with supreme comfort and ooze a retro-cool factor lost by many of the newer BMW offerings on the market.
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