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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 07-01-2011, 12:55 AM
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1995 325i. need some buyers advice.

i know theres a craigslist add for this, but im selling my 525i
in hopes to get something 3 series, specifically e36! so i came by this:
http://cleveland.craigslist.org/cto/2468765696.html
and i was wondering what you guys would think of it.
im going to see it in person tomorrow. and from past experiences
anything to do with timing, or vanos (which i know limited amount about)
is a bad idea. tell me what you think.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:27 AM
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Lower chain tensioner is really easy on that motor, and if you want to do the vanos stage two rebuild (replaces sprockets upperr tensioner and vanos seals) there are a bunch of good DIY writeups online. Right after I bought my m3 the timing chains started to make alot of noise also. I did the lower chain tensioner and a vanos seal replacement, and it sounds like a new motor. If you are handy with a wrench, i would try to pick that up for about 1k. Good luck.
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:59 AM
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:11 PM
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Lower chain tensioner is really easy on that motor, and if you want to do the vanos stage two rebuild (replaces sprockets upperr tensioner and vanos seals) there are a bunch of good DIY writeups online. Right after I bought my m3 the timing chains started to make alot of noise also. I did the lower chain tensioner and a vanos seal replacement, and it sounds like a new motor. If you are handy with a wrench, i would try to pick that up for about 1k. Good luck.
i looked that up, doesnt seem that hard. i took my e36 head off and replaced the seals with
success. ive been slacking on going to see it, ill probably do it sunday. i looked up parts for the vanos, and i didnt see anything in the cheap range. he also told me id be better towing it home haha.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:12 PM
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Can he drive it......?
he says it starts and moves, but is advising a tow
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:24 PM
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if the timing chain is loose can you drive it is what i meant.

Drive it home, is it safe. know what i mean now?
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:47 AM
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Looks like it is good for the price !
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:18 PM
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i looked that up, doesnt seem that hard. i took my e36 head off and replaced the seals with
success. ive been slacking on going to see it, ill probably do it sunday. i looked up parts for the vanos, and i didnt see anything in the cheap range. he also told me id be better towing it home haha.
The lower chain tensioner is about 115 from bimmerworld

The seals, anti rattle kit, special socket, and vice covers are about 80 from beisan systems

The rest of the timing tools (yes neccessary) can be found in a package deal on ebay.

All in all, could be done for about 300.00
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