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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 04-29-2013, 09:30 PM
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Unhappy Question on E36 Vibration During Acceleration

Car: 1995 318IS
Mileage: 182K
Transmission: 5SPD

Issue: When I accelerate and I hit roughly 3-4K RPM I get a vibration under the car (center console area + rear wheels). It sounds like something is knocking, and its jumpy .

If I slow down, this vibration lessens or goes away. It does not matter how short or long I've been driving before this vibration occurs.

Possible answers: I did read up on some forums. I see that it may be issues with the CV Joint/Axle/Boot. Either replacement or just need to remove old grease and add fresh new grease. Also read that it may possibly be a failing or busted: "U joint," differential, engine/tranny mount, drive shaft, guibo(big maybe), center bearing, half shaft, wheel bearing, sway bar being loose.. etc

I need your help. Please


*** Yes I am sure its RPM/HIGH RPM related. Its whenever I accelerate. I could be in 3rd gear going up a hill OR 4th gear on highway going up a slope OR even flat ground going in 2nd gear over 4K. Once I give it gas maybe pass 3-4K it vibrates in the center console area, and rear of car. ***


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Old 04-29-2013, 11:21 PM
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Sounds like your center support bearing or guibo inspect both. Any cracks on guibo are signs that it needs to be replaced. But I bet its your csb.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:45 PM
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I would bet on the driveshaft (the center bearing is worn out). This issue slowly escalates as the wear worsens quickly. In such a case I usually buy a whole new driveshaft and replace it. A few bucks more, but makes the work so much easier when you dont have to deal with the bearing replacement.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:13 AM
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I had a vibration in the rear that worsened over time. It would start up around 25mph and get more severe the faster I went. If I let off the gas, it smoothed out.

I thought it might be the flex disc or center support bearing, but it ended up being a bad u-joint. (not repairable by BMW design - driveshaft needs to be replaced) My mechanic found me a driveshaft at a junkyard for $150 and charged me about 3 hours labor to put it on. Nice and smooth and quiet now! This was just yesterday.

Check the u-joints.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:16 AM
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I had a vibration in the rear that worsened over time. It would start up around 25mph and get more severe the faster I went. If I let off the gas, it smoothed out.

I thought it might be the flex disc or center support bearing, but it ended up being a bad u-joint. (not repairable by BMW design - driveshaft needs to be replaced) My mechanic found me a driveshaft at a junkyard for $150 and charged me about 3 hours labor to put it on. Nice and smooth and quiet now! This was just yesterday.

Check the u-joints.
I found my driveshaft at a junk yard for like $40ishh bucks . I guess your mechanic charged you about $110 bucks for removal which only takes about half an hour or less. It's good to be handy with tools.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:25 AM
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That was the junkyard charge, I know because I paid them. $150 is still way better than $350 for a rebuilt driveshaft on line.

The point being, look for a used driveshaft.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:37 AM
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That was the junkyard charge, I know because I paid them. $150 is still way better than $350 for a rebuilt driveshaft on line.

The point being, look for a used driveshaft.


Was it already taken off and you just went to pick it up? Or did your mechanic take it off? If not that is a lot for a used driveshaft.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:46 AM
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Was it already taken off and you just went to pick it up? Or did your mechanic take it off? If not that is a lot for a used driveshaft.
It was already taken off by the junkyard. And, it was the only one we found in my area.
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It was already taken off by the junkyard. And, it was the only one we found in my area.


Oh ok, yea that makes more sense. Usually wrecking yards that sell you parts that are taken off already will charge you a lot more.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:40 AM
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I'd start by inspecting the Guibo, a good one is going to resemble the image below, a bad one is going to have stress cracks, missing sections, or look like it's made of string. The guibo will be BMW part number 26111227410, I have it available HERE.



Also while your under the car inspect the center support. It shouldn't have any grease leaking form it, or show signs of deterioration. The center support will be BMW part number 26121226731, I have it available HERE.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:23 PM
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:07 AM
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Thanks everyone!
Good luck - Let us know the result!
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:56 PM
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---Houston we had a problem... or problems---


I was driving, and *bam* shifter wasn't connecting to gears. Pulled over on the highway and got my 4-banger to the garage. Along with my vibration, they were both fix and now I can drive regularly. *RECEIPT SAYS WHAT MY ISSUE WAS WITH VIBRATION, SO NOW OTHERS WITH THE SAME VIBRATION CAN ZONE IN WHATS MAYBE THEIR ISSUE.
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Looks like "bam" was when the front end of the driveshaft, freed from the guibo, smashed the shift link bracket. Oh well, if you had replaced the guibo and center bearing before complete failure, you would only have saved the $28 for the bracket (and the cost of the tow). Glad you're all fixed up.
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Looks like "bam" was when the front end of the driveshaft, freed from the guibo, smashed the shift link bracket. Oh well, if you had replaced the guibo and center bearing before complete failure, you would only have saved the $28 for the bracket (and the cost of the tow). Glad you're all fixed up.
I was going to fix it the thursday afternoon/friday, it happened on thursday morning on my way to class. *shrugs* oh well. thanks
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