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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 08-31-2007, 08:00 AM
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e36 issue...Owner says diff came off car???

The previous owner says the diff came off the car/ is twisted and needs to be rewelded? I dont seem to get it...How is this possable...

she was doing burnouts when it went nuts on here...etc

i looked at the car and it seems fine...

she said she has had the engine swapped by bmw to somethin more powrfull

I looked it looks like a m50b25 nothin diff...

its a 1992 325i 5spd but has all the M badges and looks like an M3...I beleive its an M package...

Im just wondering if anyone has heard of such thing? it doenst make sence for the dioff to come off the frame... thanks

Im new to the e36... Im thinkin of getting it to fix...

Price only 1500$ cnd....
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Old 08-31-2007, 08:05 AM
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Welcome to the fest buddy

I am sorry, but i had a few problems understanding what your question is to be honest.

I think you asked if it was possible for the diff mounting to break. Yes it is, especially if the previous owner didn't look after it and did loads of burnouts. My guess is that she hit something like a curb and ripped the diff off. I would get the whole drivetrain checked if i was you!!

As for the engine, post a picture and we will let you know what it is if we can.

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Old 08-31-2007, 08:17 AM
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Perhaps her whole subframe ripped off, maybe took the diff with it? Iono.
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Old 08-31-2007, 08:59 AM
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Non ///M e36's have a tendency to tear the sub frame mounts. It is VERY possible this is the case with the one if the previous owner was doing lot's of burn-outs.

Repair requires the whole rear sub frame to be removed, lots of hammering and welding, and the addition of the ///M sub frame reenforcement plates that can be bought at various places.

Also, the front Differential bolts are highly prone to failure as well.

Lets not forget that the RSM's are prone to not only failure, but tearing of the metal or mushrooming as well.

Without pics of the engine, it's fairly difficult to say if it's standard or not for the vehicle. Perhaps it was swapped for a Vanos version? As far as the ///M package is concerned, it may be different in Canada, but as far as I know, it wasn't offered in that year. 99% chance the previous owner just added //M badges, bumper, and skirts, maybe suspension as well.
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Old 09-01-2007, 11:59 PM
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Pictures will come as im goin to see it in a few days...I think its just a M bodykit deal thing that was added...Also, to fix if the issue is the sub frame would be to just remove the old one and reweld/stiffin the oringinal up and bolt it back...So its a known issue with abuse the rear subframe/diff mounts will give? and its common? and repairable cheaply (i do work my self) Becasue she was quoted at 10 000 to fix which i think is honestly BS...

Worst to worst Ill but a e36 rear subframe from wreckers and put that in...

Thanks for the info...ill hopefully update with pics soon...
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