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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 11-25-2007, 02:40 PM
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Old 11-25-2007, 03:30 PM
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lol i thought its true!! im still a noob remember!! im never gonna trust bimmerfest again!!
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:42 AM
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Think it stems from Ferrari's as they or generally red and VERY FAST

Mind you, my car is red and will smoke most cars i encounter in a day
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Old 11-26-2007, 12:10 PM
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pete u need a supercharger!!! those damn sti's are laughing at u!
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:08 PM
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Think it stems from Ferrari's as they or generally red and VERY FAST

Mind you, my car is red and will smoke most cars i encounter in a day
lol i might paint my car red and challenge you! muhahahahaha!!
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:29 AM
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Red face Tranny / Engine option for 318Ti

I have a 96 318Ti that had it's engine replaced 2 years ago and now has transmission problems. The replacement engine was the cheapest one I could find, so maybe this is an opportunity in disguise! Has anyone had experience upgrading the motor to a in line 6 cylinder? If so did an automatic transmission work in that arrangement or do you have to go with a manual gearbox? I figure you have to take out the engine anyway when you do the trans. I got quoted $4650 for a certified trans being put in,parts & labor.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:07 AM
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Red face hey I'm new around here I have a e36 325is

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Family always get in the way

Luckily my mum loves bimmers too (as you can see) and so most of our spare family time is spent playing with our cars hehehe

Good luck with the install buddy
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:13 AM
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Exclamation hey

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I have a 96 318Ti that had it's engine replaced 2 years ago and now has transmission problems. The replacement engine was the cheapest one I could find, so maybe this is an opportunity in disguise! Has anyone had experience upgrading the motor to a in line 6 cylinder? If so did an automatic transmission work in that arrangement or do you have to go with a manual gearbox? I figure you have to take out the engine anyway when you do the trans. I got quoted $4650 for a certified trans being put in,parts & labor.
Man? Where do you live
Like what city?
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:20 AM
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Thumbs up hey what's good

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pete u need a supercharger!!! those damn sti's are laughing at u!
Hey I was reading your upgrades
There nice.... it seem you now
What's good I kinda need help
Finding parts for mine you
Think you can help?

My name is Ray nice to meet ya
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Old 01-05-2008, 01:59 AM
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Yes, red cars ARE faster
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:42 PM
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Excellent thread sounds just like my car
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Old 03-30-2008, 03:34 PM
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Yes, that's why I posted it!
as a new e36 owner i thank you for the interesting tidbits.
....hopefully, with 65,000 miles on it my 95 alpina has had most of these issues either resolved, or they may not pop up

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Old 04-02-2008, 06:51 PM
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The brake circuit failure indication on the OBC is cleared by replacing the switch located above the brake pedal.
I have this problem (usually when it's wet outside) and always just figured it was the light socket or something. What switch are you talking about??
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:26 PM
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Its the switch in back of the brake petal.
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:24 PM
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Its the switch in back of the brake petal.
Could you elaborate please? Where exactly is it, what does it do, what's it called so I can get a new one?
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:52 PM
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Its a Break Light Switch...

If you look under the dash and behind the brake pedal... you can see a little plastic piece..

when you push the brake down it pushes the plastic, which completes the circuit and lights all your brake lights...

its about $25-40 part...
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Old 04-06-2008, 07:46 PM
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Heres a link to a DIY site:
http://www.logun.org/e36brakecircuit.htm
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Old 04-06-2008, 07:57 PM
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Its a Break Light Switch...

If you look under the dash and behind the brake pedal... you can see a little plastic piece..

when you push the brake down it pushes the plastic, which completes the circuit and lights all your brake lights...

its about $25-40 part...
*sigh* OK, I just crawled under my dash with a flashlight, getting into positions I didn't know my body was capable of, and I see no such switch. I looked up into the dash and just saw the brake pedal's lever or whatever connecting to the hydraulic rod. Am I missing something? :-/
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Old 04-14-2008, 10:26 AM
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Good Work Buddy!

I am wonder if you can help me to know know why the locks some time work?

It's funny I just note some times the locks works when the weather changes. I don't know if is coincidence. On my 325i 94 don't work any more but the last week when the temperature rise up to 5 celcius degrres the system wrks perfectly for one day.

Do you know if is there something to do before change the Locks system???

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Old 04-30-2008, 01:23 PM
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haha when i bought my 318ti it had about 80k and like a couple weeks later the water pump broke
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:45 AM
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so true

a lot of what you said is so true. I had my waterpump go bad which caused my head gasket to go bad which also caused the radiator hose to blow off. I have had the timing belts and fan clutch replaced. I did my valve cover gasket along with the spark plugs and all 6 coils. I have had a coolent flush, new tie rods,new shocks, changed power steering fluid, differential fluid, the head had a compression test and i think they shaved alittle off from when the waterpump died. I got all of this work done by the dealership for about nothing but the cost of the discounted parts and I gave some money to the mechanic. I worked at a dealership and I made friends with them.

I was wondering if any1 has change the transmission fluid for a auto. I was told that it is ok than I am told that it is not because it could lead to more problems.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:35 PM
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COOLING SYSTEM:I have been through the same things, but I caught it just in time, basically replacing the whole cooling system, struts, shocks. But in the long run, it was well worth it.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:46 PM
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As for the trans: if you've been changing the fliud regularly, then it should be fine, just keep the fliud on the level mark.

if you've never changed it, then I suggest just changing whats in the pan, that way it will mix in with the old fluid. After about 3 changes, it should be good as new.

Flushing an old transmission with new fluid will sometimes kill it from horror stories I've heard on the fest'.
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:39 PM
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This man is giving you good advice ^

My shop had that happen a few times, the horror stories... ugh!
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:19 PM
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Hi there!
im new to the forum and have just brought my first BMW a 318is Coupe 1995!
now this might sound like a stupid question, you mention m42 and m44 engines how do i know mine is?
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