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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 04-25-2014, 09:03 AM
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Last night I did a power steering fluid flush. Nasty.


That's how (I think) 150k miles power steering fluid looks like, almost like used motor oil (who knows how old from my brother's GTI).

I wasn't experiencing any issues but with fresh fluid I have peace of mind now. And yes I did use ATF fluid not "power steering" fluid.

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Old 04-25-2014, 09:59 AM
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Took my snows off yesterday and put the good wheels back on, also I changed the the original grilles to new black ones, but now i have to paint the grill underneath, Mbumper on E46
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:34 AM
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My babies are still at home, under car covers, while I am in Texas enjoying this gorgeous weather.

By the way, you RARELY see any E36 out here. E46 and newer a plenty. But roll up in an E39, E38, E36, E34, E30 and people will gawk. And these cars are in ****ty shape too. I'd be interested to see what people will think when they see one of my babies come down here next month. Texas weather is arid and awesome. Perfect for storing classic cars.
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:50 AM
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Just install the door sill covers Jesse sent me. Every time I get into my car, it is so nice having good covers again. No more looking at peeling metal tape.

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Old 04-25-2014, 10:51 AM
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Just install the door sill covers Jesse sent me. Every time I get into my car, it is so nice having good covers again. No more looking at peeling metal tape.

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Old 04-25-2014, 03:02 PM
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:29 PM
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Old 04-25-2014, 07:48 PM
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Sylvia lives! It was a bad ECU relay. These E24s are weird animals.

I'm ashamed it took me two + weeks to figure it out, but it rained the whole first week, and I've been sick for most of the second.
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Old 04-25-2014, 07:54 PM
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Sylvia lives! It was a bad ECU relay. These E24s are weird animals.

I'm ashamed it took me two + weeks to figure it out, but it rained the whole first week, and I've been sick for most of the second.


Sorry to hear you were sick Ken! Sometimes a bit of a break from a problem helps you approach it with a clear head and it gets solved quickly then. Glad it was simple!

Had quite a debacle on the MIL's '93 Celica. I and a very good mechanic friend chased a no idle no acceleration issue for almost a month before figuring out the MAP sensor was wounded but not dead. $5 replacement from the pick and pull and the car was back running great.
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:42 AM
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Yesterday.... Got the engine oil changed with 10w-40 redline. Also, changed out the tranny fluid for RP Synchromax. The fluid I pulled from the tranny looked great as did the engine oil. Motor mounts are swapped out for the AKG poly's and man does it feel nice. There's deff an increase in NVH but, it's almost like you can feel the engine through the pedals if that makes sense. Also found I need a new flex disc the one on there looks like it's about to asplode.

Next on the list is-Flex Disc, Install DSSR, Diff fluid,headers,AA mid-pipe,Tranny Mounts/Enforcer Cups,Clean MAF,Get Tires on the Rear then, Register and Inspecting it this coming weekend.

In the next month or so parts to get- RSC36 ( I keep putting off ordering it) And an omp corsica superleggero steering wheel.Spacers for the rear tires for the time being until ACS's are done.

Also, Ground Control coilovers are freakin amazing. I will buy another set if these ever go. I love them spring rates are spot on and the locking spring collars on the fronts are awesome. It took all of 30 seconds to spin the front down some more.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:27 PM
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Sylvia lives! It was a bad ECU relay. These E24s are weird animals.
I spoke too soon. She worked fine yesterday afternoon and last night, but wouldn't start today.

I bypassed the ECU relay and she still just spins with no sign of firing.

Thats not the only problem now.... Last night Gina went with me to Winn Dixie to pick up some stuff to finish making taco soup. She was trying to roll down the ps window, but hit the ps rear window switch by mistake. The glass went down about 4" before she realized what was happening. Now the window won't go up. At all. I took the panel off and tried to move it with the hex tool. Nope. The gearbox broke, the window is majorly stuck, and the weather is supposed to go down the tubes by tomorrow.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:23 AM
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Well today later on....I begin tearibg apart lola to swap a 302 into her......and also replace my girlfriends honda radiator.........hmm...may have her do the radiator since she's mechanically inclined...

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Old 04-27-2014, 04:24 PM
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Figure out the window regulator and motor are fine after complete disassemble and un-jamming the motor/regulator now I just need new sliders. After that I polished the headlights so no more yellow tint.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:37 PM
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Today I took off the intake manifold, disconnected the wire harness from engine, drained it of coolant, removed the hoses, pulled the radiator and dme, started removal of the powersteering and ac and then it got dark....then installed a new radiator in my girls accord....

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Old 04-28-2014, 10:45 PM
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:16 AM
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:58 AM
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Found this:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/classifieds.php?p[mshow]=listing&p[id]=luk-dmf-for-e36-m3-and-compatible-new-in-box-48586

Wasn't someone looking for a new flywheel in earlier pages? The flywheel number for the E36 M3 280 mm Diameter flywheel is LUK DMF037.

I'll just leave this here.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:06 PM
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Removed the whole exhaust...that was fun...removed ac and installed ireland engineering rear shock mounts

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Old 05-02-2014, 05:46 AM
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The IRELAND Engineering RSMs have the bushings in them, yes? I'd op for AST or AKG solid aluminum RSMs with ball-bearing center. Makes for sexier corner handling and more positive feedback when REALLY pushing the car. Don't ask me how I don't know.
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:59 AM
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I took my recently acquired 328ic on it's first test drive yesterday after replacing the driveshaft center support, coolant reservoir, fuel filter (old one had a 1998 date on it), changing the oil, and the front and rear brake pads.

At least I can say that the engine and transmission perform great and I don't have any strange noises and all the dreaded warning lights on the dash are off now. Next on the list is to replace my steering wheel (bought a near mint one of eBay) and get my top working and the canvas replaced. A never ending project....just like any other old car I ever owned.
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:21 PM
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The IRELAND Engineering RSMs have the bushings in them, yes? I'd op for AST or AKG solid aluminum RSMs with ball-bearing center. Makes for sexier corner handling and more positive feedback when REALLY pushing the car. Don't ask me how I don't know.
Yes poly bushings. I was going to go akg but my deciding factor was the fact I also recieved the reinforcement plate. I also wanted some cushioning since I do canyon runs here and there...and right now its in project mode. Plus every now and then I have rear passengers so...if they go on a canyon run with me...I don't want to rattle thier tailbones loose...mine I could carevless about lol

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Replaced my throttle cable today. Feels amazing with the fresh cable. We'll worth the scratched up arms installing it.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:39 PM
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I removed the radiator. It's ready for the Mishimoto Performance radiator I ordered.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:18 PM
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Old 05-06-2014, 03:49 PM
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Today I had a nice conversation with some "folks" about oil today. As some of you know, I am a recent convert to Liqui Moly, namely since they don't use as much mineral oil as the rest of the brands do, and still claim they are synthetic. I think under the Magnusson Moss Law, so long as some polymers exist, mineral oil can claim they are full synthetic. Now if you do some research, Liqui Moly (from Germany) are required to make a fully synthetic oil if they are to claim they are synthetic oils. Or else the German Gov't, along with the people, will have their heads on a pike. So why do I say this? Well Liqui Moly, in my opinion, is a much better and more synthetic oil than other brands.

Anyways, fast forward to the topic of the conversation. I am driving my m3 down to Texas from MD, and the car will forever live in Texas now. I am going to put some brand new oil in the bad boy just for safety reasons. I already put brand new coolant in there. I was looking for my usual 15w-50 oil I had been using from Mobil 1 and noticed Liqui Moly has 15w-40 (recommended by BMW, BUT IT IS A DIESEL OIL), 5w-40, 5w-30, 10w-40, and 10w-60. Yes, 10W-60!!! Of course the label says it is a race oil, but in my experience, you need to be careful of how thick an oil you use so you avoid oil roping. Anyways, I figured since I was traveling for 20 hours, with spurts of spirited driving to break the boredom, I figured why not. Then someone at Napa said; "Dude, if you put that oil in your car, you're going to get lifter tick, oil roping, and crappy performance. Get the 5W-40 from Liqui Moly since it meets BMW LL-98 requirements. I scratched my head and it made sense. But then I figured, well if I am running 15w-50, what difference, if any, would 10W-60 make? Well apparently a ton. So after searching all over the forums and interwebs, bobistheoilguy.com and so forth, I found nothing but contradictions everywhere. Some say yes, some say no. Some say, GOOD GOD MAN!! WHAT'RE YOU DOING??? So, I just farted and got the Mobil 1 15w-50 as I always did.

So, I ask y'all. What do you think? 5w-40 Liqui Moly, 10w-40 liqui moly, 15w-40 diesel oil liqui moly, 15w-50 mobil 1? Which would you choose and why? Now mind you that I do plenty of spirited drives, and occasional track fun.
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