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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 03-29-2012, 07:16 PM
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:18 PM
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:09 AM
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I dont have issue with bumper, but dont like the painted white trim on the bumper...also hope you dont have one piece headlights...welcome to the fest.
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Looks very clean. It will look a million times better if you lower it a little, too. But that sort of thing should happen only after you are fully caught up on every single maintenance item. Welcome!
I am almost completely caught up with the maintenance, just gotta replace the power steering hose that is starting to sweat and fix my sunroof. Already had my cooling system completely checked over and its good to go
I would like to find a good place to order some 17" BMW replica rims (already have a few styles in mind) so any suggestions would be awesome!
I would also like to lower it a bit but I don't even know where to start looking lol I think i will research into it more seriously as soon as finals at university are done.

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Old 03-30-2012, 09:22 AM
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I am almost completely caught up with the maintenance....Already had my cooling system completely checked over and its good to go
Just FYI, maybe you already know this from reading the threads on here, but having your cooling system "completely checked out" is not adequate. It needs to be completely replaced every 75-100k miles (or if you don't know when it was last replaced) even if it is working perfectly. The reason for this is due to the plastic in all the components. Once they reach a certain age, the plastic becomes perilously brittle from years of heat cycles. Sooner or later, one of the plastic components will unexpectedly blow apart and dump all your coolant out. There is then a very good chance you will overheat the engine when this happens, and these engines can easily blow a head gasket with even one overheating due to the aluminum cylinder head. So you gotta get all that stuff out of there if you don't have any records of it being replaced in the last 75k miles. It includes:

- Water pump
- T-stat
- T-stat housing
- Radiator
- Expansion tank
- Expansion tank cap
- Bleeder screw
- Fan
- Hoses
- Belts
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:42 AM
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Just FYI, maybe you already know this from reading the threads on here, but having your cooling system "completely checked out" is not adequate. It needs to be completely replaced every 75-100k miles (or if you don't know when it was last replaced) even if it is working perfectly. The reason for this is due to the plastic in all the components. Once they reach a certain age, the plastic becomes perilously brittle from years of heat cycles. Sooner or later, one of the plastic components will unexpectedly blow apart and dump all your coolant out. There is then a very good chance you will overheat the engine when this happens, and these engines can easily blow a head gasket with even one overheating due to the aluminum cylinder head. So you gotta get all that stuff out of there if you don't have any records of it being replaced in the last 75k miles. It includes:

- Water pump
- T-stat
- T-stat housing
- Radiator
- Expansion tank
- Expansion tank cap
- Bleeder screw
- Fan
- Hoses
- Belts
Yeah I have read the thread about replacing the whole cooling system but I figured it would show some kind of signs of failure first.
Fortunately the car has been to the same BMW mechanic since 1995 so I will give him a call today and find out exactly what parts have been replaced and get on the rest ASAP. Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:48 AM
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Yeah I have read the thread about replacing the whole cooling system but I figured it would show some kind of signs of failure first.
Fortunately the car has been to the same BMW mechanic since 1995 so I will give him a call today and find out exactly what parts have been replaced and get on the rest ASAP. Thanks for the info!
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=608155

The advance warning they give you is sudden spectacular failure more often than not. The mantra for BMWs is Preventive Maintenance. Cooling system more than most.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:04 PM
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:00 PM
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Nice car...not a huge fan of wheel color and rear wheel poke, but to each his own! Very clean! Welcome to the fest.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:09 PM
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Color clash is.... Interesting

Not bad, but not something I'd drive either

Just interesting
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:27 PM
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ya, color will be changing probably in a month or two when I find some time. the rear has come down a lil lower since then.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:28 PM
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:23 PM
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Hey just purchased my first e36, well actually my first BMW for that matter last weekend, Just saying hey and happy to be apart of the bimmerfest! Not sure if I'm posting the pic correctly.. but here it goes..

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:11 PM
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Those wheels arent' as bad as i first thought they were. but ditch the OPH's.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:02 PM
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Yea.. not a huge fan of the wheels.. but they came with her.. I plan on looking for m3 look-a-likes... I feel like a total Noob for asking.. but what is OPH's?
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:10 AM
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:37 AM
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One Piece Headlights.. makes sense. Thanks! Well that OPH concept has never even crossed my mind until now.. but I definitely do see the difference, I will definitely get on that, it's sharper and a lot cleaner with the two-piece set up. Thanks for the info, damn that's another 200 bucks on my to-do list. But I'm on a mission, I want her to look as clean as this e36 below, but black of course. I literally would stab a kitten for this E36 below... just kidding, I wouldn't really stab a kitten, I love animals..

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Old 03-31-2012, 03:55 AM
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:24 AM
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that yellow e36 is hot, and welcome to the fest

the 323is is clean too Im glad you are ditching the headlights and going with oem wheels

both of you good luck with the cars
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:02 AM
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What do you guys think? Might pick up a can of Testor's and give this look a shot.


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Old 03-31-2012, 11:23 AM
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:25 AM
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Amber high beams? Lol. The city lights aren't on in this pic. The city lights don't really show until dusk.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:37 PM
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Won't look good, IMO.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:05 PM
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the rims i bought for 75 bucks plan on painting the satin black the hood is acually a cb hood and the corner i ordered smoked but sent me clear and i plan on lowering it and a m bumper but time is money lol
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:12 PM
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Amber high beams? Lol. The city lights aren't on in this pic. The city lights don't really show until dusk.
They'll clash even harder with the red tails, don't do it.
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One Piece Headlights.. makes sense. Thanks! Well that OPH concept has never even crossed my mind until now.. but I definitely do see the difference, I will definitely get on that, it's sharper and a lot cleaner with the two-piece set up. Thanks for the info, damn that's another 200 bucks on my to-do list. But I'm on a mission, I want her to look as clean as this e36 below, but black of course. I literally would stab a kitten for this E36 below... just kidding, I wouldn't really stab a kitten, I love animals..
For a decent two piece headlight it should run you a bit over $300. That's ofcourse speaking about angel eyes
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