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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, 03:29 PM
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Id say sell it privately then.
That'll probably be the case when the time comes. but at 47k before taxes and registration it's not exactly in my price range just yet. I'd say in 2 or 3 years when some low mileage pre-leased cars hit the lot I'll try to scoop one up.
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To french or not to french? That is the question.

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Frenched headlights are played out IMO. Right up there with fake German licence plates... Leave it for the high school kids.

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I probably won't get around to using it for another month or so, though. Saturday I am joining the BMWCCA on a Cascade mountain twisty road tour, and Sunday is my big day to do all the spring maintenance I've been meaning to do for a while now (engine & trans mounts, belt & tensioner, engine oil, trans and diff fluids, clean throttle body, etc.).
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How do you intend to implement your throttle body cleaner? And do you have any reason to suspect it needs cleaning? So does that kit come with a random orbital?
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Frenched headlights are played out IMO. Right up there with fake German licence plates... Leave it for the high school kids.

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In other news, I got some more goodies in the mail today. I'm really looking forward to giving this paint correction kit a try. I've read nothing but excellent reviews of it. Seems to be revolutionary in the world of auto paint. And I believe Matt really liked it, too.



I probably won't get around to using it for another month or so, though. Saturday I am joining the BMWCCA on a Cascade mountain twisty road tour, and Sunday is my big day to do all the spring maintenance I've been meaning to do for a while now (engine & trans mounts, belt & tensioner, engine oil, trans and diff fluids, clean throttle body, etc.).
Stuff is awesome! Good luck! Make sure to follow the directions exactly, keep the pad clean and take a brush to it after every panel. Watch the heat, because if it get's too hot too many times the pad will start to come apart.

I'm sure you'll do it, but make sure to give it a good clay beforehand as well.





Jesse, early E30 foglights are FUGLY! They look like autozone jobs lol.




In other news, bah so many E30 parts!

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I'll be disconnecting the throttle body from the intake manifold while leaving the coolant hoses attached and cleaning it that way. This will prevent the spray from going down into the intake. And no, I am not experiencing any problems with my throttle body - it's just routine maintenance brought on my the fact that I'll have to remove everything up to the throttle bodies to access the driver's side engine mount nut. Might as well clean the TBs while I'm in there.

And no, the kit I purchased does not come with the random orbital itself, but you can buy a kit which does include it. I already have a Griot's Garage 6" random orbital, so I only needed the kit which includes polish, wax, pads, and backing plate.

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Stuff is awesome! Good luck! Make sure to follow the directions exactly, keep the pad clean and take a brush to it after every panel. Watch the heat, because if it get's too hot too many times the pad will start to come apart.

I'm sure you'll do it, but make sure to give it a good clay beforehand as well.
Oh yeah, I'd never buff out a car without claying it first. Thanks for the tip on the heat. I destroyed a Griot's foam pad last year due to heat, and I was even following their instructions... Anyway, I'll be blowing out the microfiber pads with compressed air after each panel - apparently standing the fibers back up is very important with the MF pads, which makes sense.
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Yup, I never used air, but that should work well. I simply used a nylon brush.
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Yeah, I've got a a nylon brush, too. Meguiar's specifies compressed air as their preferred method of standing the fibers back up and expelling spent product, and brushing them out is their backup method for people who don't have access to air. I don't have an air compressor, and I don't feel like buying one just for this task, so I'm just going to borrow one.
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Awwww damnit, I have to remove all of that stuff!? I figured maybe it could be accessed just from underneath. Shows how much I know.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:48 PM
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Oh, it's easy. Just remove the air intake, MAF, and elbow boot. That's all you need to remove to get to the top nut of the engine mount, and it only takes a few minutes. But since you'll be staring at the bare throttle bodies by that point, I figured I'd take a few extra minutes and clean them just because I can. No big deal.
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I had quite the interesting experience today....

I've been driving the E34 some since I sold the E36. The E34 has a coolant leak and needs to be topped up now and then, so I had to swing by a gas station (I know, I know....) to top it up. I pull up at the air/water machine next to a tired -- no, really beat -- looking late-90's Lexus ES. After I finish topping up the water, the woman in the Lexus says "Excuse me, I think my car needs water, but I don't know where to put it in, can you help?"

I'm sick as a dog, it's 630, all I've had to eat all day is a muffin and tons of coffee, and I'm looking at a loooong drive home.

I look in the car and she's go 2 kids in car seats. Ugh. Fine, I'll help.

I walk back over by her car, and notice there's a bunch of fluid on the ground leaking down by her front right tire. Like, not just a leak, but a big trail with several branches. Hm, this doesn't look like coolant. Get a bit on my finger and it's red and much more viscous than coolant. "Uhm, I think the coolant is the least of your worries, looks like your transmission or power steering is leaking pretty badly."

I pop the hood, and it almost falls back on my head. Oh, the hood struts don't work. Cool. We prop it open with a stick and I pop the radiator cap with a good amount of fear. It was a little low, but not bad. I look around some more and see that it does actually have a coolant reservoir. Why is there a radiator with a separate fill cap? Whatever....I go to put the radiator cap back on, and it doesn't actually latch. It just spins indefinitely. I try to line it up as close to correct as I can before I let her know that I don't think the radiator and cap is the right one for her car. I show her the coolant reservoir so she knows where it is, and top it up too.

She starts to explain that she just bought the car 3 days ago and it's overheating on her way home. She asks if it could just be low on coolant. "Well, it was a little low, but not that bad. I think there's something a little worse going on."

Since she said she just bought it, I looked around under the hood a bit and showed her that it had some oil leaks and such. Then...a little something catches my eye. There's something awfully shiny up by the firewall on the driver side. I look close, and the lid to her brake fluid reservoir is ALUMINUM FOIL. Yes, someone took one single piece of aluminum foil, placed it over the mouth of the reservoir, and pressed it down a bit to hold it in place. I was totally floored. I pointed it out to her, and told her that if she was gonna have her babies in the car she needed to go get that fluid flushed out and a new cap put on there pronto.

She looked pretty bummed by the time I was done. I felt bad for her, but yikes...that was one of the jankiest cars I'd seen in a while.
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Man, that's sad.

I'm sure there are plenty of men that couldn't locate or check the coolant reservoir or radiator, but it seems to be the ladies that usually get 'taken' on a car purchase.

My wife wouldn't even begin to know what to look for if she were buying a used car. My daughter might...she does know how to change oil and filter, air filter, even knows how to change the cabin filter, how to check the coolant level, and knows enough to STOP and shut it off if the temperature needle swings even a tiny bit past mid-gauge.

What she DOESN'T know how to do is back across the yard without hitting my car!
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I had quite the interesting experience today....

I've been driving the E34 some since I sold the E36. The E34 has a coolant leak and needs to be topped up now and then, so I had to swing by a gas station (I know, I know....) to top it up. I pull up at the air/water machine next to a tired -- no, really beat -- looking late-90's Lexus ES. After I finish topping up the water, the woman in the Lexus says "Excuse me, I think my car needs water, but I don't know where to put it in, can you help?"

I'm sick as a dog, it's 630, all I've had to eat all day is a muffin and tons of coffee, and I'm looking at a loooong drive home.

I look in the car and she's go 2 kids in car seats. Ugh. Fine, I'll help.

I walk back over by her car, and notice there's a bunch of fluid on the ground leaking down by her front right tire. Like, not just a leak, but a big trail with several branches. Hm, this doesn't look like coolant. Get a bit on my finger and it's red and much more viscous than coolant. "Uhm, I think the coolant is the least of your worries, looks like your transmission or power steering is leaking pretty badly."

I pop the hood, and it almost falls back on my head. Oh, the hood struts don't work. Cool. We prop it open with a stick and I pop the radiator cap with a good amount of fear. It was a little low, but not bad. I look around some more and see that it does actually have a coolant reservoir. Why is there a radiator with a separate fill cap? Whatever....I go to put the radiator cap back on, and it doesn't actually latch. It just spins indefinitely. I try to line it up as close to correct as I can before I let her know that I don't think the radiator and cap is the right one for her car. I show her the coolant reservoir so she knows where it is, and top it up too.

She starts to explain that she just bought the car 3 days ago and it's overheating on her way home. She asks if it could just be low on coolant. "Well, it was a little low, but not that bad. I think there's something a little worse going on."

Since she said she just bought it, I looked around under the hood a bit and showed her that it had some oil leaks and such. Then...a little something catches my eye. There's something awfully shiny up by the firewall on the driver side. I look close, and the lid to her brake fluid reservoir is ALUMINUM FOIL. Yes, someone took one single piece of aluminum foil, placed it over the mouth of the reservoir, and pressed it down a bit to hold it in place. I was totally floored. I pointed it out to her, and told her that if she was gonna have her babies in the car she needed to go get that fluid flushed out and a new cap put on there pronto.

She looked pretty bummed by the time I was done. I felt bad for her, but yikes...that was one of the jankiest cars I'd seen in a while.
Wow. I hope she got a deal on that thing.
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She looked pretty bummed by the time I was done. I felt bad for her, but yikes...that was one of the jankiest cars I'd seen in a while.
Wow, that's sad for the lady. She probably just needed a car and "got a deal" from somewhere and since it's basically a Camry it can't be all bad, right?

Good on ya for poking around and teaching her a few things. Too many people don't take the time to explain anything and it's detrimental.

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Man, that's sad.

I'm sure there are plenty of men that couldn't locate or check the coolant reservoir or radiator, but it seems to be the ladies that usually get 'taken' on a car purchase.

My wife wouldn't even begin to know what to look for if she were buying a used car. My daughter might...she does know how to change oil and filter, air filter, even knows how to change the cabin filter, how to check the coolant level, and knows enough to STOP and shut it off if the temperature needle swings even a tiny bit past mid-gauge.

What she DOESN'T know how to do is back across the yard without hitting my car!
Lol too soon Ken, too soon.
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I wanted to do that.. but we went on the Port Townsend Cruise last weekend and don't really want to get up early again this weekend

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Man, that's sad.

I'm sure there are plenty of men that couldn't locate or check the coolant reservoir or radiator, but it seems to be the ladies that usually get 'taken' on a car purchase.

My wife wouldn't even begin to know what to look for if she were buying a used car. My daughter might...she does know how to change oil and filter, air filter, even knows how to change the cabin filter, how to check the coolant level, and knows enough to STOP and shut it off if the temperature needle swings even a tiny bit past mid-gauge.

What she DOESN'T know how to do is back across the yard without hitting my car!
You have any extra pre 3/88 sedan passenger side window motors around? Mine don't work.
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I was cruising on the highway on my way home last night, in my M3.. noticed I was matching speed with an Excursion that was in the far left lane. There wasn't much traffic. Suddenly the dude took off.. fast. I dropped to 3rd quickly and could barely keep up.. didn't make any ground. I backed off once in 4th. The Excursion easily accelerated from 65 - 100+ mph in a few seconds. I've never seen anything like it from such a large vehicle
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I had quite the interesting experience today....

I've been driving the E34 some since I sold the E36. The E34 has a coolant leak and needs to be topped up now and then, so I had to swing by a gas station (I know, I know....) to top it up. I pull up at the air/water machine next to a tired -- no, really beat -- looking late-90's Lexus ES. After I finish topping up the water, the woman in the Lexus says "Excuse me, I think my car needs water, but I don't know where to put it in, can you help?"

I'm sick as a dog, it's 630, all I've had to eat all day is a muffin and tons of coffee, and I'm looking at a loooong drive home.

I look in the car and she's go 2 kids in car seats. Ugh. Fine, I'll help.

I walk back over by her car, and notice there's a bunch of fluid on the ground leaking down by her front right tire. Like, not just a leak, but a big trail with several branches. Hm, this doesn't look like coolant. Get a bit on my finger and it's red and much more viscous than coolant. "Uhm, I think the coolant is the least of your worries, looks like your transmission or power steering is leaking pretty badly."

I pop the hood, and it almost falls back on my head. Oh, the hood struts don't work. Cool. We prop it open with a stick and I pop the radiator cap with a good amount of fear. It was a little low, but not bad. I look around some more and see that it does actually have a coolant reservoir. Why is there a radiator with a separate fill cap? Whatever....I go to put the radiator cap back on, and it doesn't actually latch. It just spins indefinitely. I try to line it up as close to correct as I can before I let her know that I don't think the radiator and cap is the right one for her car. I show her the coolant reservoir so she knows where it is, and top it up too.

She starts to explain that she just bought the car 3 days ago and it's overheating on her way home. She asks if it could just be low on coolant. "Well, it was a little low, but not that bad. I think there's something a little worse going on."

Since she said she just bought it, I looked around under the hood a bit and showed her that it had some oil leaks and such. Then...a little something catches my eye. There's something awfully shiny up by the firewall on the driver side. I look close, and the lid to her brake fluid reservoir is ALUMINUM FOIL. Yes, someone took one single piece of aluminum foil, placed it over the mouth of the reservoir, and pressed it down a bit to hold it in place. I was totally floored. I pointed it out to her, and told her that if she was gonna have her babies in the car she needed to go get that fluid flushed out and a new cap put on there pronto.

She looked pretty bummed by the time I was done. I felt bad for her, but yikes...that was one of the jankiest cars I'd seen in a while.
That sounds like the typical car you get from a Buy Here - Pay Here type lot........

They pick up something at the auction that runs, put it on the lot as is, and hope to sell it/repossess it 4 or 5 times before it goes to the crusher. It's a money making business plan, but man you have to be almost sociopathic to be in that business and still live with yourself.
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