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      05-20-2021, 04:07 AM   #1
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Inside BMW Group Classic — the E36 Compact “Pocket Rocket”

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BMW Group Classic come back with another fantastic video. This time focusing on the E36 Compact.



Special highlight being the E36 M3 Compact
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      05-20-2021, 04:34 AM   #2
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They should have gave us a driving video of the M Kompact. Built a few of these over the years but mine have always been M/S52 depending on what was available.
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      05-20-2021, 06:57 AM   #3
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Call me crazy, but I always thought these Compacts looked goofy until recently. Now I kind of dig them, and have seen a few for sale with the stock engines for like $5k. The car looks so 90s it's actually cool now
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Call me crazy, but I always thought these Compacts looked goofy... until recently. Now I kind of dig them, and have seen a few for sale with the stock engines for like $5k.
They did look incredibly goofy from certain angles, but I thought they looked good from others. I bought one new in 1996 (5-speed Sport) and sold it in 2010 with 127K miles for around $4.5K with a ̶t̶r̶u̶n̶k̶ hatch full of parts/wheels.

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They're fun little cars. My wife and I had one about 10 years ago and I loved it despite the automatic and anemic m42.
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      05-20-2021, 11:09 AM   #6
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They should have gave us a driving video of the M Kompact. Built a few of these over the years but mine have always been M/S52 depending on what was available.
Should remain as a show piece. Although better than the home-brew M Compacts that have put me through the ringer several times (no offense intended), it still was very unpredictable in the negative sense.
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Like the rims on the red E36, reminds me of the Fox Body Mustang GT's.
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I built one forever ago. Was a super rare panoramic sunroof car with the //M spoiler. Wish I hadn't sold it. Was perfect inside and out.

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^^^super awesome.

Didn't BMW call those cars with that folding sunroof "California" something-or-other? Or am I making that up?
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Didn't BMW call those cars with that folding sunroof "California" something-or-other?
Yes. California Edition.
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I built one forever ago. Was a super rare panoramic sunroof car with the //M spoiler. Wish I hadn't sold it. Was perfect inside and out.

I was going to mention the California top! Always wanted one of those with an S52 (and suspension bits) in it!

Are those hurricane cloth seats I see?
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They did look incredibly goofy from certain angles, but I thought they looked good from others.
I agree, but done well, I think they have so much potential. M bumper, "ltw" style 24 wheels, M-variant engine swap and some decent coilovers and you have a pretty cool car.
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