Welcome! Matt, to the forum, we have something in common, I just bought my 97' 328i Black on Black Leather, last January & I did exactly what you are doing, bought a OBDII scanner, Bentley manual,found this site: http://www.bimmerdiy.com/dir/e36
, joined the forum, & got to work!!!
Good luck Matt, feel free to pm me if you have any questions.