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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 11-15-2015, 05:27 PM
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Just picked up a 98 323is, I have a few questions.

I just picked it up for $2600.


Theirs a few issues with it that you maybe able to help me with:
1. I only have one key and it is missing all of the electronics inside. where could I cheaply get two more keys?

2. My drivers side sun visor is broken and the passenger sun visor light does not work. Were can I cheaply get those?

3. It needs a oil change which I can do myself but Castrol GTX or Mobile1

4. It needs bimmerfest stickers but they haven't come yet

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Old 11-15-2015, 05:44 PM
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1. I only have one key and it is missing all of the electronics inside. where could I cheaply get two more keys?
The only place you can get keys for these cars is the dealership, since they have chips inside which need to be programmed to your car. Expect to pay about $100 per key for the lighted key (which you have currently, but is missing the LED parts). The smaller non-lighted keys run about $75, and I like them more because they're thinner.

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2. My drivers side sun visor is broken and the passenger sun visor light does not work. Were can I cheaply get those?
Junkyard, eBay, or Craigslist. Look for parts cars.

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3. It needs a oil change which I can do myself but Castrol GTX or Mobile1
Mobil 1. Consult your owners manual (or download it in PDF) to determine the correct viscosity for your climate and season.
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:54 PM
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I forgot to mention the passenger airbag light is on, the seller said it was the sensor. How much is it to get that fixed? If its more then the sensor I could really care less since I'm the only one that's going to be in the car.

Also the paint is scratch to hell on the trunk. Is there any way to make that better with out re spraying the car?

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Old 11-15-2015, 06:02 PM
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You'll need to scan it with an SRS code reader to determine what's wrong. Since there is only one airbag warning light for the entire car (i.e., not driver/passenger specific), you don't know which side of the car, or which component specifically, the fault code is being triggered by. Most often the airbag warning light is triggered by a faulty seatbelt receptacle. They cost around $100-120 since they are part of a larger pyrotechnic pre-tensioning system. After you fix whatever is causing the SRS fault code, you will have to have it cleared by a SRS reset tool (not a standard OBD2 code reader).

The SRS warning light could just have been accidentally triggered by removing one of the airbags or seats while the battery was still connected and they key was turned on. This will trip the light even if everything is put back together correctly. Once it's triggered, it stays on until you use the SRS reset tool to turn it off. If the seller told you a sensor is bad, it probably has something that needs to be fixed, but you won't know what until you scan it.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:04 PM
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You'll need to scan it with an SRS code reader to really determine what's wrong. Since there is only one airbag warning light for the entire car (i.e., not driver/passenger specific), you don't know which side of the car, or which component specifically, the fault code is being triggered by. Most often the airbag warning light is triggered by a faulty seatbelt receptacle. They cost around $100-120 since they are part of a larger pyrotechnic pre-tensioning system. After you fix whatever is causing the SRS fault code, you will have to have it cleared by a SRS reset tool (not a standard OBD2 code reader).
That sounds like something for my local Indy shop.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:10 PM
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The car was smoking a little bit like it was cold outside but my friends corolla didn't smoke at all. Is that something I should be worried about? Its currently 51F
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:13 PM
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Yes, perhaps. That said, I once accidentally tripped my SRS warning light when I was doing some unrelated work. Instead of paying a shop to turn it off, I just bought an SRS code reader/reset tool on eBay for around $20. Most shops charge between $80-120/hr, so depending on your skill level/experience, some things are worth considering doing yourself. But if you aren't particularly experienced with working on cars, guessing and learning along the way can be even more expensive.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:15 PM
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My friend has a car lift and a whole bunch of tools so I will see if he can find out what's wrong.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:17 PM
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The car was smoking a little bit like it was cold outside but my friends corolla didn't smoke at all. Is that something I should be worried about? Its currently 51F
There many factors at play. What color was the smoke? White, blue, or black? Did it go away after 10-15 minutes of driving? If a car has been sitting for a day, condensation builds up in the exhaust system. When you start up the car, it will burn off the condensation, causing white smoke to come from the tailpipe until it's all gone, which can take 10-15 minutes (sometimes longer). It will be more pronounced the longer the car has been sitting.

If you have very heavy white smoke that does not go away, that's indicative of a failed head gasket. If you have blue smoke at startup that eventually goes away, that's indicative of bad valve seals. If you have blue smoke that does not go away, that's indicative of bad piston rings. If you have black smoke, that is the result of there being non-combusted gasoline in the exhaust.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:19 PM
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There many factors at play. What color was the smoke? White, blue, or black? Did it go away after 10-15 minutes of driving? If a car has been sitting for a day, condensation builds up in the exhaust system. When you start up the car, it will burn off the condensation, causing white smoke to come from the tailpipe until it's all gone, which can take 10-15 minutes (sometimes longer). It will be more pronounced the longer the car has been sitting.
The smoke was white and it had been sitting for a few hours. I only had the car on for 5 mins when the smoke came out. Before that I drove it home from NJ.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:25 PM
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It's probably nothing. I wouldn't worry about it unless it seems excessive or you are experiencing other issues.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:27 PM
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Thanks for all the help.
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:19 PM
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I remembered another thing, my bottom display that shows the temperature and other info is broken, how hard are those to replace. I remember someone mentioning that in the wiki.
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Old 11-16-2015, 05:10 AM
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i may have some parts for your interior, so if you compile a list i can check.

as for the obc (button display thingy), how many buttons does it have?




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Old 11-16-2015, 05:19 AM
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It looks like this minus the screen (internet IMG):


I ordered new hood struts and badges. They are all blown.

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I forgot to mention the passenger airbag light is on, the seller said it was the sensor. How much is it to get that fixed? If its more then the sensor I could really care less since I'm the only one that's going to be in the car.

Also the paint is scratch to hell on the trunk. Is there any way to make that better with out re spraying the car?
You need to visit me. I have all the connections you need. HAHA. The visor is an easy fix. There isn't "a sensor" in the airbag SRS system, there are several components that set off the light. We need to scan the codes to see what's setting it off. As for the trunk, you probably need it compounded, or if it's that bad, probably wet sanded.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:48 AM
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Would this work to read the SRS code:
http://m.ebay.com/itm/New-Airbag-Scanner-SRS-Airbag-Reset-Tool-Diagnostic-Scanner-Code-Reader-For-BMW-/321908239388?nav=SEARCH&varId=510856186943
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Re: oil - Rotella 15W-40 is a great go-to. Yes, it's diesel truck oil and yes, our motors love it. Get two of the big gallon jugs. They're usually cheapest at Walmart.
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Would this work to read the SRS code:
http://m.ebay.com/itm/New-Airbag-Sca...d=510856186943
That reader is a piece of crap. I have one, and it sucks. I have an INPA set up now.
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Works great if you're just going to use it a time or two.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:35 AM
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As long as it works once then its good.
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As long as it works once then its good.
It gave me the wrong codes, or the code booklet was wrong.
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:44 PM
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I have to get it inspected so I will see if they can read the code.
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Old 11-16-2015, 03:58 PM
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I got a chance to take better photos today.



As you can see my emblems are totally shot. I have some OEM ones coming in the mail.



Thats my obc display. The main display os broken but the clock one works minus one of the clock pixels. Do I have to replace the whole unit or can I repair it? I have a soldering iron and electronic tools



As you can see my drivers side seat is really bad. I was thinking of just sewing the tear up and finding some way of refinishing it. I found this thread on how to do it but are there any other ways to refinish the drivers seat?



What went there?



Can this rubber be replaced?



I found that in the passenger side door compartment. Does that go anywhere?

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