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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 04-30-2012, 03:54 PM
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Bad bad and more bad

Well at 145k miles on my 98 323is the hg failed this morning was having intermittent coolant loss slight white smoke nothing major. However this morning it was blowing off steam like a freight train i am going to replace the hg regardless of high miles this car is my baby. To the point what i want to ask to all of you old time knowledgeable gentlemen is do i sell her off once its fixed and get a different one for fear of spinning a bearing due to the coolant in the oil for a month or two or do i just continue to run it and pray a whole lot ive always run full syn Valvoline and have stayed consistent on changes. Just hoping someone can shed some light on this topic THANKSSS
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:58 PM
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Keep it. If it would make you feel better do a good flush with sea foam. I recently did a hg with oil contamination and knock on wood it has ran perfectly for me.

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Old 04-30-2012, 06:34 PM
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through the brake booster line or straight into the crank? aka oil.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:38 PM
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You might want to look into an s50 or s52 swap

you can usually find them for a good price if you look around and you will be more happy with your baby when she pulls you to the seat every time you go near the throttle
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:40 PM
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how much is an s52 or s50 swap though i mean this cars solid no rust perfect body so it might be worth it but im not sure if im up to tearing the whole bay apart but ill have to look into it
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:44 PM
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where in ny are you located?

sometimes you can get lucky and find the engine for 1000 to 1200 and trans around 300

I know someone with an s50 if you want me to look into it for you
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:49 PM
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cars an automatic id love to swap to a manual prob would be a p i a though would have to change knuckles axles = a probable no so id probally have to do a swap for just the engine pull motor and tranny then swap over im not sure though i mean if this thing will keep running ima just run her
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:50 PM
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you can swap to a manual its easy

I have the pedals you need, the only thing you have to swap out it the front half of the driveshaft and everything else is bolt in and light wiring
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:52 PM
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hmmmm man this might turn into my summer project haha might just buy a beater to run around in and tear this sucker apart then esp if its only a grand or two for the swap
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try not to set a budget because things always pop up but if you think you can do it yourself all the information is out there I suggest you get to researching and knowing your car in and out before trying it.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:01 AM
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Shes almost back together heads off tonight then just the re-assembly ill keep everyone posted on if she runs fine thinking about swtiching from Valvoline full syn to Castrol seems to have a better rep.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:24 AM
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Oil type (dino or synth) and a weight that's appropriate for you climate and type of useage are more important than brand. I used Valvoline for 40 years and never had an oil related engine failure, but when I got into BMWs I started using full synthetics, sometimes Valvoline, sometimes Mobil 1, sometimes Royal Purple., depending on what's available at the time in the grade I need.
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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took the head off ina day and and a half ima just stick with valvoline i think ran my 318 to almost 230k before it nickel and dimed me to death so i think ima stay that route. head has no warping or cracks so thats a plus going to be another couple getting her cleaned and put back together ill keep posting
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:52 AM
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Well this may be the end of my baby heads cracked and realllyyy bad cant find one anywhere for under a grand so im not sure.. sucks.
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You cant find a head for under $1,000? Thats not right. I have heard of machined ones for $200-300.
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im still trying to find one cant find one anywhere at the moment ill have to keep calling around
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As long as the block isn't cracked (hell, even if it were, S50 swap time!) you should be fine replacing the head.
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Seriously thinking about just buying a e39 5 series and saving this bad boy for an engine/tranny swap and a supercharger i deffinitley wanna fix her right but dont have the means at the moment hell if the block is pulled it might be supercharger time too :c
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UPDATE! found a whole m52 head for 450 shipped out today getting it fridayyy cant wait to get her back on the road! thanks fender but id go m50 swap if i was going to do a whole engine huge fan of ur turbo nubz write up thats one sweet e36
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Did you not bother to click on either of the links I'd posted?

I gave you several dozen for under that price...
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He probably was afriad to click the links, fearing he'd get Rickrolled.

Seriously, beamer claus, that's WAY too much for a head.
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