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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-21-2008, 09:50 AM
James Hawk James Hawk is offline
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Hello everyone,
My name is James I just pick up a 1993 325I with 125,000 miles on for $700 bucks. It was a car that was repossess from Texas. It has no rust thatís and that a good thing since I live in Ohio. The body has some dents on it and the hood is bent up a little bit right in front on the emblem someone was probably trying to still the BMW emblem.
I never owned a BMW before. I had always owned fords and I still have a full size ford bronco. The problem with the bronco it get about 12 MPG thatís not good.

The 325 was not running when I got it she wouldnít event turn over. After searching on Bimmerfest I figured how to jump it and I got it started I than replaced the battery. She would not idle at all I to keep giving her gas to stay started. So the next day I did a tune up replaced spark plugs changed gas filter along with the air filter. The air filter was in bad shape you couldnít even see through it. I cleaned the MAF sensor. Couldnít fine the IAC sensor so if some one could tell me where to look for it that would be great.

After doing the tune up and changing the oil which it look like it hasnít been changed in a long time. The car runs great no more rough idle I got all my info I need to do the tune up by searching on Bimmerfest web site. I took it on a trip to Cleveland and the onboard computer was saying I was getting 26.7 MPG wow thatís great.

The sunroof doesnít want to work. On side is setting below the roof line in think thatís why it wonít working. I did some searching and found a couple articles about sunroofs not working and tired some ideas but not thing has worked yet I tried holding the button closed to 15 to 20 seconds and nothing I can hear the motor running.

Iíll keep searching. I will be picking up a Bentley auto repair manual. So I can do most of the work myself I enjoy working on my own vehicles

Thanks
James
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:19 AM
Roman-O Roman-O is offline
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:07 AM
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here is some more pics i'll do more later its a nasty day here plus i need to clean her up a bit.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:17 AM
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James,

Welcome to the fest. Also, check out ohiobimmers.com. There are a lot of us local. You have a great resource for used parts in Dover. It is called All Quality. It is over behind the fairgrounds.

The sunroof problem is most likely due to broken or worn lift blocks. There are many DIY's for this.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:34 AM
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Hello everyone,
I had always owned fords and I still have a full size ford bronco. The problem with the bronco it get about 12 MPG thatís not good.


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I had a 95 Eddie Bauer edition before i bought the bimmer. 3inch lift, 351 crate engine, 36s....i know where you're coming from about gas mileage haha.

As long as there's nothing really major wrong with your new purchase, i say you have gotten a sweet deal man!

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Old 04-23-2008, 03:05 AM
James Hawk James Hawk is offline
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still no luck on the sunfoor she does not want to move. does any one have any suggestions. plus i still cant fine the idle air control valve.


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