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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 06-13-2015, 09:08 PM
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Hi, everybody

I just recently got a white 1992 325i with oem headlights and taillights.

Does anybody have any suggestions as to what I should do to keep up with it? Or maybe some cool oem parts I could get.

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Old 06-14-2015, 01:56 AM
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save your money...
do your cooling system overhaul b4 you cook your motor
replace your parts that need replacing..
buy your self a service manual from Bentley publishers
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:45 AM
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Welcome to the 'Fest! Read the "Buying an E36" sticky. Lots of good info in there on what you may need to do to your car. Also read the "BEFORE YOU POST...." sticky. It will help you get the most out of your forum participation.
Burning 2nd likes to have hard copies, but if you go to the "Useful Links" sticky and click on the "This one went missing" link it will take you to a site where you can download a PDF of the Bentley manual.
The cooling system is the Achilles heel of the E36. If you don't know the history of a cooling system part (radiator, water pump, coolant reservoir, etc.) you'll want to look at replacing them as preventative maintenance. These engines DO NOT tolerate being overheated. While some have had an overheat and survived it, many have had head gasket issues afterward.

With some shopping you can get the full kit pretty reasonably. Bavauto, FCP Euro, ECS Tuning, and others have them ready to go.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:01 AM
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Hey OP! Congrats! You own one of the best and last of the good BMWs. Here is a quick list of what you will need to do:

1.) If the brakes look a bit worn or you see a lip (that your finger can catch) on your rotors, replace your rotors and pads, and don't forget the wear sensors on the front driver's side and and rear passenger side.
2.) Cooling system is the Achilles heal of these wonderful cars (and that is with ALL generations of BMWs). Make sure you replace the water pump, radiator, thermostat, upper and lower hoses, and the expansion tank with level sensor. If you have the plastic thermostat housing, which I am sure you do with your year car, get the aluminum M3 version. It is a direct bolt on and will give you a piece of mind. They're also dirt cheap.
3.) Replace your air filter, cabin filter (this guy is a pain and sits behind the glove box, towards the bottom), and make sure you vacuum out the debris collected over the past 20 odd years so you get a good flow of air when you turn on the A/C or heat.
4.) If you see oil around the front part of the car, and it is red in color (which I am sure you do), replace the power steering reservoir, cooling line, and main line. Make sure to give the power steering a good flush too so your steering works in good order.
5.) Check your belts (mainly the main belt that rotates the water pump, alternator, and steering pump) and look for any cracks. If you see any, replace it.
6.) ENJOY the car. Drive the car as often as you can and get familiar with it. Push it as hard as you legally can and really appreciate the baby. Give a good German tune (drive the bastard as hard as you can, these things were designed for the Autobahn) to clean it up.
7.) If you haven't already, replace all the fluids (tranny, diff, brakes, and engine) with new ones. Brakes you can use Pentosin, ATE, LiquiMoly, or Motul. Avoid the racing brake fluid as they are extremely hydroscopic and love water!

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Old 06-16-2015, 05:36 AM
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If you have the plastic thermostat housing, which I am sure you do with your year car, get the aluminum M3 version. It is a direct bolt on and will give you a piece of mind. They're also dirt cheap.
The euro M3 is the only one that got a stock aluminum housing and it is neither cheap nor does it look like it will bolt on. I believe what you are referring to is the after market aluminum housing you can get for <$20 at most site that sell e36 parts.
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...ro-11531722531
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Old 08-14-2015, 06:11 PM
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Thanks guys, and sorry for the long time off I've been busy this summer. Since I've had my e36, ive had to replace the radiator, both hoses and some belts (the coolant all leaked out one day). But, even after an hour or two, it will still be very hot (almost so hot I have to use a rag to open the hood). Does anyone know what I could/should do for that?

Theres also a mechanical kind of "whirring" coming from the underside of the car on the passenger side. My friend says its something with the fuel pump thats normal and that I shouldn't worry about it.

Ive also replaced all the brakes and the rear suspension and im currently working on the front suspension.

Again, im very new to the forum, let alone beamers in general, so what would you guys recommend about rebuilding the engine in the future?
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. But, even after an hour or two, it will still be very hot (almost so hot I have to use a rag to open the hood). Does anyone know what I could/should do for that?

Does your hood have the insulation/sound deadener?
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:55 PM
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Does your hood have the insulation/sound deadener?
No, everything is stock except for the head/tail lights.

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Old 08-15-2015, 06:10 PM
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Fixed that for you....

And an all stock car would have the hood insulation.
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:33 PM
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Fixed that for you....

And an all stock car would have the hood insulation.
Thanks.. so what would be the problem/solution?
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