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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:51 AM
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If your trunk is original, you could always get the VIN from underneath the license plate.
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:55 AM
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Also if you pop the hood its on the fenders under neath the rubber seal too I believe right?
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:06 AM
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Also if you pop the hood its on the fenders under neath the rubber seal too I believe right?
How ya gonna pop the hood with the doors locked? The hood release is inside.

How the HECK did you lock your keys in the car???? That's dang-near impossible with a BMW. You can't lock the door and then slam it shut. Your remote (if you have one) will be on your keyring, so it's inside the car, so you can't press the button to lock it. If you're in the car with the doors locked, to get out you will unlock the doors, and they don't relock themselves. I just want to know how you accomplished this feat (so I can avoid doing the same thing)
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:12 AM
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:14 AM
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I just picked up my plow from the shop.

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:19 AM
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:23 AM
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:33 AM
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+1 about actually getting them locked inside.

As for the VIN, it's in about 30 places all over the car.


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Old 01-13-2012, 11:42 AM
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Yes, but since the VIN on the dash is covered on Chad Jr.'s car, that only leaves the VIN tag behind the license plate accessible in the event of a lockout situation.
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:53 AM
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I've read they're on the backside of both bumper covers too, but never verified this.

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:54 AM
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Yeah, I think they are, but unscrewing the license plate to access the VIN is considerably easier than removing a bumper.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:10 PM
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Does this look like a good quality fan shroud?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/E36-92-95-Ho...item1c1f0e748a
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:11 PM
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O my bad...i didnt realize he had his keys locked in car!! Thought that was impossible, thats what happens when you miss a few pages.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:58 PM
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That sounds like the Throttle Positioning sensor dino...check that, my car did something similar a year ago and that was my problem....Guy called this morning and said one of my vaders is done so going to pick it up in the morning.
Ill check that when its less cold out
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@Chad. How did you do that ?
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:31 PM
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I will post pics when I get it tomorrow afternoon.
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:42 PM
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Its simple. Parked, key to the off position. Open door, while drivers door is open I pressed down on the lock stem thing, which central-locked the whole car. Closed door and forgot about it, like I usually do. Except usually I have my key

My trunk isn't original so I couldn't do that. There are vin tags on the bumpers too, but my front bumper isn't original and you need to get in the trunk to remove the rear. So basically...it was a no win situation
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:50 PM
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That sounds like the Throttle Positioning sensor dino...check that, my car did something similar a year ago and that was my problem....Guy called this morning and said one of my vaders is done so going to pick it up in the morning.
I like this idea. Don't have any TPS right now... I sent them both to Chadley with the TBs he was supposed to powder coat months ago.






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Dont really know what to part out

this

just swap over my diff axle's dont have to be touched at all


the coupe has no skirt lol just rocker
wait, you can use 318 axles with the medium case diff? I need to know because I'll be swapping in a medium-case and I was planning on using the 325 axles.
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Since when do e36 let you lock the car when the drivers door is open?

unless thats a coupe thing?
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:11 PM
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Better do do an alignment with almost new snow tires, or worn out performance tires (bald fronts, low tread in rear)?
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:25 PM
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Shouldn't matter, since they take their measurements from the wheels, right?
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:25 PM
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My locks wont push down if any door is open.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:30 PM
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Yeah, I don't think mine will go down, either.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:37 PM
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mine would in the vert...
and my current car

the way i solve the issue is i just dont lock my car
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:49 PM
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Shouldn't matter, since they take their measurements from the wheels, right?
That's what I thought... But I remember this conversation popping up a few months ago and somebody was saying that it made a difference.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:56 PM
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I could be wrong, but I really don't think it matters. I mean, they can perform alignments on 4x4 trucks with mud-terrain tires, etc., so they should have no trouble with your car, regardless of the wheels/tires you use.

I did, however, have a shop tell me they could not align my car because "BMW uses wheels which prevent us from being able to perform alignments using our equipment". Don't know what that means, since they just look like wheels to me. I took it to another shop (which does not specialize in BMWs) and they were able to do the job fine... I think I was getting brushed off, but I haven't a clue as to why.
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