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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 10-21-2005, 06:27 PM
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i need to replace my starter

should i tackle it myself, anyone have directions.........96 328 is
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Old 10-21-2005, 07:12 PM
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i am a tech for bmw and i will tell you that it is a HARD job. i had to do mine and i wanted to kill some one but it will cost you to have some one else do it.
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Old 10-22-2005, 06:20 AM
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Yea, seriously, good luck . . it's worth it to have someone else do it because of where it's located
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Old 10-22-2005, 06:39 AM
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If it's in the same spot as the E46, you might as well get your clutch done, too.
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Old 10-22-2005, 09:45 AM
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As what everyone said, it's a tough job and time consuming. I had to replace my starter three months ago and it was a pain in the @$$! My father in law and I worked on it the whole day. The first thing you have to do is remove all the parts that gets in the way to access to the starter. Your throttle body, intake, throttle cable, etc. Then lift your car up to access your transmission under your car. Make sure you have a tranny stand to put under your tranny to bring it down slowly. You have to loosen the bolts that hold your tranny up and drop it down to a certain point then retighten the bolts to ensure it's secure again. Looking from the back to front of the tranny, you will see an opening about 3 to 5 inches on top where you'll see a bolt. That bolt is what holds the starter. Remove the bolt, the positive cable that's attached to it and pull the starter off. At this point, prepare the new starter to be installed. Ensure to test it first to make sure it works if you bought it from a pick in pull shop. You don't want to redo all that hard labor twice. The easy part is done, here's the hard part. Depending if your starter has the permanent nut attached to it, this will make it easier to rebolt on. Make sure every thing that you dettached earlier are reattached. Put the tranny back up and retighten.
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Old 10-22-2005, 10:03 AM
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...Your throttle body, intake, throttle cable, etc...
If the E36 is anything like the E46, I'd question the necessity to remove these. I believe on the E46, the job is done from the bottom of the car. Don't know if the tranny has to come off, but I think it does at least need to be tilted to access the starter bolts on the bell housing. Not positive though.

I'd consult a Bentley manual or TIS. Good luck to the OP.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:19 AM
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I did mine a few months ago. It was a pain to do. We had to lift the car up, lower the exhaust and the lower 1/2 of the tranny to get at. I believe we had to use 3 feet of extensions to even get at the bolts!
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