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Old 11-17-2013, 03:50 PM
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Default Hello from Saskatoon - E36

Hey guys, I'm Cam from Saskatoon. I'm currently pursuing my second degree at the University of Saskatchewan.

I've owned and built a lot of different cars over the years, mostly Japanese cars (I've been importing from Japan for the better part of 10 years now). My current money pit is a 1991 Toyota Mark II that I have owned and built up since 2009:

When I first got it:

This is the car as it currently sits (albeit, uselessly sitting in my garage until next May):

Earlier this year I bought a 1995 240sx with a blown engine for pocket change and put a new one in with the intention it would be my daily driver for the next few years while I complete law school. I quickly realized that I was going to need something more practical, comfortable, and respectable, so I sold the 240sx and started scouring the auctions.

I decided I didn't want to daily drive a right-hand drive again, so that limited my options to European cars. Two years ago I owned a 1993 325is and loved it, so I started looking at BMW's. I was initially set on finding an E46 3 series, but none were coming up that really caught my eye.

Then one day this came up and despite being an auto, the km were low, it was mint, and had basically everything I was looking for, so I decided to try a low bid on it, and I was successful:

I realize it is not a real Alpina, but a 'replica' if you will, and on my current student budget, I couldn't pass it up. I'll wait until I'm finished law school and my budget more realistically permits me to purchase a genuine Alpina haha.

The car is scheduled to arrive in Canada in early December, so I am anxiously counting down the days.

Anyways, sorry for the long intro, but happy to be here!
Old 11-17-2013, 05:41 PM
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Welcome aboard Cam, it's good to have you.

There seems to be an inordinate number of Alpina fans in Saskatechewan!
Old 11-18-2013, 06:37 AM
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Well, we have the most vehicles per capita in Canada, so I suppose it isn't that surprising haha.
Old 11-19-2013, 05:24 PM
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Welcome Cam! The Mark II is excellent, I love that your fun car is a 4 door and you daily is a 2 door )

For E36s I think there are only 2 B3s and 2 B8s in Canada, plus a few (?) B6s and a few replicas. Yours looks pretty good as far as replicas go! The front lip, rear spoiler wheels and stripes all look correct. The wheels even have the right number of spokes - a lot of reps have 19 instead of 20. And they have the locks too, I wonder if they're actually legit Softlines? Either way have fun getting those centre caps on and off.

That 3 spoke steering wheel and the Alpina "shift knob" also look correct and those are desirable pieces. Too bad it doesn't have the gauge surround.

The M3 mirrors aren't correct for an Alpina but it is a common conversion.

Anyway it looks like a tidy E36, have fun with it!

P.S. ditch those crazy floor mats
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Ugh I know, I've been doing some reading and it seems like they are a real pain in the ass. I really really hope that the keys for the center caps are somewhere in/with the car, otherwise I won't be able to put my winter tires on...

Yea I think it would be pretty difficult to get ahold of a legit Alpina gauge cluster/surround. I'm not too concerned, as you can tell by my other car, I'm not exactly a 'purist' strictly speaking.

Haha I've already ordered some winter mats for it!

The car should be home safe within a couple weeks, I can't wait.
Old 12-05-2013, 08:22 PM
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A bit belated, but welcome Cam!

I think we have another member on here that has a 325i with a number of Alpina parts as well. I can't remember if he's also in SK or if he's in MB.

OMG, I'm in love with that Mark II. I'd love to get my hands on a JZX100 myself, but I can't bring myself to spend the money on what 5 spds are going for.

Wow! 10 years importing. You must have got into it just when or just before it started getting big. Who do you source your vehicles from in Japan.

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