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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 04-09-2014, 08:18 AM
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You also have a nice steering wheel!!
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:50 AM
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:09 PM
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PJ bimmer what kind of education are you taking I might as well build a car
Good knowledge skill Not for the average fan
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:34 PM
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That was a good read - I enjoy working on my car - the best thing about BMW's is that they are a drivers car. It's true you do need a big wallet.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:23 PM
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Yeah car drivers can be a bit different.
It is also another topic on cars look at all the car clubs and drivers that spend that extra cash investing on their cars.
Not for the average do it yourselfer or street mechanic all their interested itīs on fixing problems.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:54 PM
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I'd rather keep things OEM than go aftermarket, i'm at that age when blinged out rims don't have the same appeal as they once did. I'd rather have stock M Sport Rims from an e92 with a staggered set up over a 20'in Lexani rim or others similar
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:07 PM
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You should check a few other items before taking drastic measures. A trans fluid itīs only part of a major tune up fluid change.
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Old 11-18-2014, 02:50 PM
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I know right! I like the m68. And chrome is not even in my vocabulary at this point! LolClick image for larger version

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Old 11-29-2014, 11:08 PM
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things about E36's, funny but true!

I have done a lot on this list!

My car just started "popping" if I sit, car idling, I can hear a "pop pop" noise under the hood and it'll keep doing it once it starts. It's not every time though. And it happens randomly. It goes "pop pop"......"pop pop"......"pop pop"...... It's repetitive.

I also have to replace the coolant temp sensor I'm sure.. It's bouncing around. It'll go up for a min, back down to norm, half up and back down and everything in between. I had a wire come out, fixed it and still does it. I haven't gotten paid yet so I haven't been able to buy it. I've had the temp checked (friends at shops are great!!) and it's norm temp even when it rises. Coolant level is also going off since I bought the car but coolant is always at perfect level when cold.

And I am waiting on my blower motor resister to come in now because the dang thing went out last mth of summer in Az! I ordered it and the company messed up so I had to go threw it all over again.. Ugh!

I just done my Trans fluid a cple mths ago at home! Whew! Time to do oil now (what's best?) when I changed it I got it done at jiffy lube they used a euro blend. I want to do it this time at home.

Vacuum leak on a hose I think.. Haven't found it yet!
Shop told me the loud squeal noise it always makes is coming from the alternator but it's only about 9mths old...?
When I 1st start the car it flutters and stumbles.. Has fumble noise out of exhaust till it runs for about 45 seconds then it settles and goes away.. No clue! Bf thinks it's head gasket but is afraid to pull it all off right now because it's my only ride and I can't have any down time.
Oh!!! And the weirdest thing!!!!! I checked all my fluids one day, took the oil cap off with it running and the car started fumbling really bad and acted like it was dying. Put cap back on and just fine!

Sorry guys I didn't mean to bug I just seen that I've done a lot of the original post and figured maybe you can help!

Tricia

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Old 12-05-2014, 07:14 PM
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Me either.... Since I bought ours kinda for ma wife it's all white black...
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:10 PM
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I think that the synthetic oil topic it's a a wise choice and or purchase for the 100 thousand mile car models.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:53 AM
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"If it's cold outside and your car isn't starting, you probably have a cold start problem"
Not sure if this is supposed to be a joke but it made me laugh
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:31 PM
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I love your car features.
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Old 02-23-2015, 09:24 AM
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As a new E36 owner this answered allot of my initial questions. Thanks!! now time to pull the head off and get to rebuilding mine
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:06 PM
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I love how everyone at work thinks it's sooooo expensive to maintain. Thing is, if you have the right tools, great resources (like this forum), and common sense, most things E36 are not much more expensive than maintaining a Honda. Makes me feel like a boss though cause the ladies see the hood badge and think I'm a baller!
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:14 PM
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Biggest thing is we have to buy most of our parts online. Or have access to parts somehow on the fly.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:54 PM
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Biggest thing is we have to buy most of our parts online. Or have access to parts somehow on the fly.

That's why I always buy extras online just to "stockpile" in my garage for future use. I also frequent parts stores like O'Reilly's and AutoZone. They may not be OEM parts but they're pretty darn compatible.
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:36 PM
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I can't believe this Sticky is still here!!! I'm glad you all are enjoying it!!
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Old 07-05-2015, 11:42 AM
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Hey all I am pretty new to this forum but not to E36 ownership. I bought a 92 325i project a few years ago and have problems with CLS and sunroof. About to start diagnosing, does anyone know of some common faults with these two systems to start?
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:20 PM
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I replaced my brake light switch and now my check control is still throwing up the brake light failure. It also randomly started throwing up tail light failure, but that's a whole seperate issue. Also my trunk randomly one day decided it wanted to stop closing? Not sure why. Need to replace the lock components maybe. Not sure as to why it just randomly wouldn't close one day. If anybody has dealt with similar problems they could help me? Thanks.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:42 AM
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i love how dead accurate this is lmaoo
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:33 PM
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This is so helpful!
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Old 10-06-2015, 02:05 PM
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The coolant pump (water pump) will either fail or start leaking around 75k.

The upper radiator hose from the thermostat housing will break.

The cooling system may require several bleed sessions to completely rid the system of air. The coolant low indication will appear on the OBC.

The VANOS rattles like pebbles in a tin can.

The valve train sounds like a diesel after sitting for a few days or on cold morning start ups use thicker oil (15-50).

The brake pad sensors do not require replacement unless the brake pad symbol is illuminated in the instrument cluster.

The brake circuit failure indication on the OBC is cleared by replacing the switch located above the brake pedal.

The clutch pedal squeaks and moves laterally due to worn bushings. Replace with Delrin AF bushings.

The clutch slave cylinder is a high fail component. Replace it and bleed the clutch system before dropping large cash on a clutch job.

Flush and bleed the brake fluid every two years.

Flush and bleed the cooling system every two years. Use BMW coolant and distilled water 50/50 mix.

Replace the thermostat housing with an aluminum aftermarket.

There are no adverse effects of using synthetic fluids at any mileage.

The shifter can be replaced with a short shift kit using OEM BMW parts.

Wheel offset means the number of millimeters the mounting surface is from the centerline of the rim.

Buy a quality clicker type torque wrench.

Buy a Bentley Manual.

Batteries fail when the weather turns cold or when the glove box light doesn't shut off due to poor fitment.

Belt tensioner and idler pullies fail and make hideous noises.

Buy a set of Blitz Rhino ramps.

Mobil 1 synthetic engine oil is available at Wal-Mart for cheap.

Distilled water is in the water aisle at the grocery store.

Buy a quality floor jack.

Buy quality jack stands.

Buy wheel chocks.

Buy a fire extinguisher.

Torque wheel bolts to spec. to avoid rotor warp.

Establish a good relationship with the parts guy at the local BMW dealer or with your mechanic.

Tip said parts guy.

Clutch Judder is normal in traffic jams due to hot clutch plates

Dont buy Lexus type rear lights, its not big nor clever!

Does my car have LSD? Solution; get in some dirt or sandy pavement(as not to abuse the car) and spin the damn tires, or jack the rear up and turn one rear wheel and see if the other spins the same way.

Yellowing and faded plastic headlight covers can be restored by using Mequiars #10 and #17 Clear Plastic Cleaner and Polish

The dealer will try to screw you! If there are no independent bimmer mechanics in your area, leave a jar of Vaseline or KY with the dealership service manager along with your keys

The check engine light is USUALLY caused by the O2 sensor but there may be other reasons for it to be set off

The little O with ridges around it are the brake pad sensors. They are in the LF and RR

The e36 does have a 'natural' lean when driverless and looked at from behind

DTM tips were invented by Osama bin Laden....don't support terrorism

OBD2 cars cannot be 'chipped' there must be a software download, i.e. you have to send your ECU to have it programmed or have a "shark injector" to do this.

Chips and 'sharked' downloads merely advance the ignition timing and will not make your car beat a Corvette

E36's are not drag cars, due to their diff ratios. If an Integra beats you, your stoopid azz deserves it, buck up and buy a new rear differential with Limited Slip

Larger rims, speaker boxes & large tail pipes will add weight and slow down your car although you think louder means it's moving faster

When you hear a "thunk" from the middle of the car, it's probably the Guibo. (flex disk)

When you hear a "thunk" from the back of the car, it's probably the Rear Shock Mounts. (RSMs)

If it's cold and you have trouble starting the car, you probably have a cold starting problem.

$tealer survival list includes: credit card with high credit limit, ETK & TIS, an attorney, and Vaseline or KY your choice (they make a nice warming gel now)

Q: I just changed my spark plugs now I'm getting rough idle.
A: Gee, could it be the new Platinum+4 spark plugs you just put in?

RTFM - Read the Farking Manual!

The *ding* you hear when it is cold out means It IS cold out, duh! (dings at 38F)

325/328/M3 exhausts are interchangeable. 318 are not. The M3 exhaust IS HEAVY!!!

Buy an genuine BMW water pump

All most all shifter rods (not the linkage, but the rod itself) are interchangable among BMWs Euro M3 & Z3 shifters are short throw shifters

Have all rear bushings inspected regularly on 325's

Oil the seats regularly

If your seat stops reclining, the plastic gear has broken inside, look on line order it for $40

There is a moonroof available but it is very expensive & adds more weight to the car = less hp

If you want nitrous, you've bought the wrong car but can be done, you can also put sand in your crank case one is just a little faster at destroying your motor than the other...

The value of a car does not increase with mods by any logical amount

It's a BMW and more than likely its not a rare one...It will depreciate

Yes, red cars ARE faster

This car will NOT get you laid, you do have to have some personality & a good bar tab

A faulty seatbelt sensor will cause the SRS warning light to stay on

Not closing the gas cap all the way will cause an engine warning light just about every time.

Once you take the dashboard apart you will NEVER get the glove box door to line up perfectly again.

Before disconnecting the battery. Make sure you write down the radio code or have the radio code card that comes in the owners manual.

The most popular setup of aftermarket name brand shocks for the E36 are H&R springs w/ Bilstien shocks/struts.

The tire in the trunk helps to maintain a near 50-50 weight ratio. If you decide to auto-X the car, you may want to leave the spare tire in the car & just run less amounts of gas in the tank.

For OBDI E36's you can use the pedal trick to get the fault codes. For OBDII, you will need a code reader.

If you find oil in your spark plug well, most likely cause is that your valve cover gasket is leaking.

You can "double lock" your doors by turning your key all the way to the right from the drivers side door and all the way left from the passenger side door.

The two significant problems on the early 318's were the profile gasket (which is not a head gasket) and the Bad Valeo alternators

Pulsating headlights usually indicates your voltage regulator or alternator needs changing

The profile gasket affected only the M42 engines

The 318's have had 3 separate belt and pulley configurations between the M42 and M44

Cold air intakes do not work as well for the 318, the MAFs don't recognize it.

Altezza tailights were created by Satan himself...do not support raw evil

Chips do work, but the wont make your car wheelie like herbie the luv bug it will simply increase your ignition timing for a more robust/smoother torque curve

Also the trunk can be opened by anybody without a key by depressing the passenger side top by the rear seats to the rear fender (external). There is a microswitch hidden beneath. This won't work if your battery is dead. Also only good for the convertible e36.

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Old 11-04-2015, 12:24 PM
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Do anyone know a bmw 325i come with LSD or open diff
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