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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 06-08-2010, 09:56 PM
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The "s" is the surefire way to find out if you have LSD, it can located on the top side of the diff i believe driver side portion. I don't know how much space there is to get in their, but you'll probably have to get in their with mirror and flashlight. Also, im not sure if all have it but there is a green sticker with an 's' if not then there also should be some kind of metal tag with an 's' and the gear ratio and some other numbers enscripted on it. P.S. aren't both rear wheels suppose to spin in the same direction if you have LSD...
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:26 PM
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Yup, both wheels should, mine dont.
I dont want to know the fact that i dont have an LSD.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:02 PM
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hey guys i dont really get the "The tire in the trunk helps to maintain a near 50-50 weight ratio. If you decide to auto-X the car, you may want to leave the spare tire in the car & just run less amounts of gas in the tank.'
what did they mean "auotX the car"??? so its better MPG, ye i know its a little better but will it affect the handling negatively or what?
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:05 PM
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hey guys i dont really get the "The tire in the trunk helps to maintain a near 50-50 weight ratio. If you decide to auto-X the car, you may want to leave the spare tire in the car & just run less amounts of gas in the tank.'
what did they mean "auotX the car"??? so its better MPG, ye i know its a little better but will it affect the handling negatively or what?
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:13 PM
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:32 PM
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:03 AM
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hmmm had my e36 for 2 years now and i am starting to tick things off this list
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:19 AM
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:46 AM
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Very interesting!

My '97 328i has 182K on it this week and I can say I haven't had all those problems yet! I did have the radiator replaced on an emergency out in the middle of no-where it blew....and it damned sure stumped them!! lol Oh well, I ended having to go to the dealer and get it right, but my wallet was sure wiped out!! Thanks for the info....right now my brother (aka motorhead on US cars & stock model racecars) who rode in it with me yesterday is convinced the front right wheel bearing is going out. Again, I'm in the middle of redneck country Ohio where there just aren't any bimmers around or foreign auto shops...and now I'm wondering what to do again....us girls just don't have this mechanic brain built in!
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:02 AM
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Haha much of this applies to e46 too
Good read
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:21 AM
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Ohhhhh boy.

I just got thisyere E36 318i. Had it less than a week,done 270 miles only.
Already noticed the wishbone bushes need changing pdq.
WAS chuffed to bits with it-but having read the zillion things that DO[not MIGHT] go wrong with it,I think I may just p/x it for a Landrover!!!
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:45 PM
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:46 PM
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:05 AM
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Ohhhhh boy.

I just got thisyere E36 318i. Had it less than a week,done 270 miles only.
Already noticed the wishbone bushes need changing pdq.
WAS chuffed to bits with it-but having read the zillion things that DO[not MIGHT] go wrong with it,I think I may just p/x it for a Landrover!!!
All the things that might go wrong with it are just that - possibilities.

What this and other forums are doing are compiling a database of "Known" issues and remedies/DIYs to save money & get to know your car a little better.

Taking into account the sheer number of E36s made in a nine year or so period, with so many different versions etc its hardly surprising that there will be problems in cars that are x years old - this is true of all cars.

However, when out driving, I ask you to count on one hand the amount of Ford Sierras/Escort mk4s/Fiesta mk3s Nissan Micra Mk2s etc etc that you see.

Then count the number of E39s/E36s/late E30s even.

I think Ive made my point

These cars were made for people with money when sold as new. Suspension componants/ engine ancillaries are all servicable parts to a quality car. A big service bill is hee-haw to middle management chaps with the readies

Difference is - these guys are now putting their golf clubs in the boot of an E90 - Not the E36.

Just enjoy the fabulous car that it is, look after it and do preventative maintenance to stop massive repair bills.

And for Christ's sake, dont do anything involving a Landrover unless its for serious off road use - the last thing the UK road network needs is people sinking money into a Chelsea Tractor

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Old 11-12-2010, 11:50 AM
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Ok,that's me well told off for my very first post.
I stand by my words,however-having changed my long trusted E30 [had it 12 years-only fault was distributor breaker would wear out every three months] for an E36,I come to a BMW forum,and the first thing I see is a [long] list of known & in several cases expected,faults! EEK!

Sod it-I'll stick with the old bus, for a while at least.
I have to say-compared to my trusty old E30,this thing REALLY holds the road.
I live out in the wild marshlands,so the roads are flat,often empty,and very winding.
By the Mighty Cringe,this old jalopy sticks like sh*t to a blanket.
Where I say we're going is where we go-to the inch,even in rain or frost.
Damn-near as much fun as my Vmax!!
I DO have a question-can anyone tell me where I can get bulb-holders?
They're the plastic stalk type,which twist into position.
I've tried three dealers,and even ebay,but they appear to be harder to find than footage of Alex Ferguson smiling.
Even breakers have none-so I really could do with any advise,please?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-12-2010, 06:26 PM
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:35 AM
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:12 AM
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I hope you chaps aren't too fed up with me picking your brains-but I have a question re the ABS light on the dash.
The brakes are working just fine,but the ABS light is on and stays on.
It had new pads for it's mot,the sensors are in place,and the braking is fine-so it must be a faulty relay.
Can anyone tell me where the relay is housed,so I can sort it,please?
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:54 AM
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In the engine compartment, either near, or inside the fuse box...

I don't think it's a relay.. Your light needs to be reset..

The Peake SRS tool will do the job, or a shop will.
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:29 PM
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There are two relays assciated with the ABS. Both are in the fuse box on drivers side. One is grey and one is red, they have ABS printed on top.

The best thing to do if you have an ABS problem is to take the car to an indy mechanic and have them read the error code. There are many different sensors that can fail. The system has wheel speed sensors, ABS pump, pedal travel sensor, ABS brain,and relays. Fortunately I had the codes read, and it was the pump and pedal travel sensor in my case.

BTW more than likely its one of the wheel speed sensors (they get dirty) just google e36 ABS and you will find a bunch of good stuff

Oh and a peake tool won't reset ABS lights
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:24 PM
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Crisscross-thanks,mate.
You were on the button.
The l/h wheel speed sensor was totally minging.
One damned good cleaning later-light miraculously off!

Thanks again-you're a champ.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:49 PM
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:35 PM
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Heard that cold weather ding for the first time today. It happened right after I hit a pothole and I freaked out a little bit, trying to figure out what was wrong until I saw the temperature flashing on the OBC.
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:20 AM
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my abs sensor has been on since last year. annoying as f*** but i just cant seem to have time to do it.
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