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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 11-21-2010, 06:29 PM
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I ordered the FCP Groton kit for Elvira. It was just too crazy cheap to pass it up.

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Old 11-21-2010, 06:34 PM
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:41 PM
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That sale ends in two days. I'm sure they'll still have them, and for cheaper than their website, but that is the lowest I've EVER seen them priced, and FREE SHIPPING.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:42 PM
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well, not quite today, but a few days ago i gave my e36 a service, belts/oils etc, then we when for a drive north to thailand, 1000 kilometer round trip, including a mountain pass, all at 30+ degrees c, + four passengers and the temp gauge never moved at all

thailand, as usual, was superb, food great, 5* hotel cheap and the people welcoming... ;-)

and the car ran beautifully, my first longish distance in a BMW, and now i know what ive been missing, even though its only a 318, for Asian road conditions its more than adequate.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:33 PM
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I ordered the FCP Groton kit for Elvira. It was just too crazy cheap to pass it up.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...=STRK:MEWNX:IT
Good job, I recommend those parts to everyone

I picked up a similiar set for my e30, only $118 shipped because I had some ebay bucks
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:43 PM
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Today I bought some FUGLY 15" bottle caps with studless snow tires on them... Not excited about the new look, but I had my car out in a light dusting of snow today, and that junk was SCARY. They were cheap, and the tires only have a few months of driving from last season on them, and that's really all I care about. Winter is just getting started here, and I have many months of navigating mountain passes ahead of me. Honestly, I'd rather have steelies, but it was either this, or inevitably crashing...



I have yet to pick them up, so this is the seller's photo. Apparently they're all in good shape and just need to be cleaned.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:11 PM
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Hey, don't be dissin' the 'caps. They could be way uglier than that. Like style 77s or 297s
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:26 PM
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Yeah, it could be much worse. They'll be fine for the winter once they're cleaned up. I've never owned dedicated winter tires before, either, so that should be interesting. I spent my first ten years of driving through crazy snow in Michigan on all-season tires in FWD cars. Never had a problem. But then I moved out west, bought a RWD car, and the mountain passes out here are no joke. Plus, I've lost track of how many times I've read that the single most important factor in avoiding accidents in the snow is having snow tires, and not the presence of 4WD/AWD.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:31 PM
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I got a set of Dunlop M2 snow tires with that set of Borbet wheels for $75. They'll never see snow again, but they work great on dirt/mud.

The funny thing was when I bought them, they were from a guy that had just moved to Huntsville, Alabama from Chicago, and he figured he's never need snow tires down here. The day I picked them up they'd just had 6" of snow in Huntsville. I was afraid he was going to back out!
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:05 PM
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Today, I got the glove box installed, checked on the cabin filter (went on the to-do list; its nasty). I also painted the grilles until I can get some real ones. It looks much better for what they are.

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Old 11-22-2010, 09:29 PM
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I got a set of Dunlop M2 snow tires with that set of Borbet wheels for $75. They'll never see snow again, but they work great on dirt/mud.

The funny thing was when I bought them, they were from a guy that had just moved to Huntsville, Alabama from Chicago, and he figured he's never need snow tires down here. The day I picked them up they'd just had 6" of snow in Huntsville. I was afraid he was going to back out!
Yeah, the South can certainly throw curve balls at you when it comes to weather.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:29 PM
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coolant level sensor replaced

To-day I got rid of that annoying low coolant level warning on the onboard computer. For $25 and about an hour of my time I replaced the sensor.

I was assisted by this great step by step video



when you see it done you know what you have to force ( after all with so much plastic one has to be careful what one forces!!!) and there are a few little tips included.

Yeah another warning light gone!!!!

But now the car is being stored for winter and a number of over winter jobs to be done!!!!
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:10 PM
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Today on SOMEONE ELSE'S bimmer I spent most of the day fighting a replacement door latch into a DS coupe door and getting everything to work (alarm, central locking, window drop, inside and outside handles working as they should). I had some very good help. When I wasn't doing that, I was picking up the six Beyern wheels I bought.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:11 PM
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Sheesh. Productive much? Nice work.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:13 PM
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Today on SOMEONE ELSE'S bimmer I spent most of the day fighting a replacement door latch into a DS coupe door and getting everything to work (alarm, central locking, window drop, inside and outside handles working as they should). While I wasn't doing that, I was picking up the six Beyern wheels I bought.
Me being the someone else. You forgot the fun foray into working on the VW and us spending most of the day futilely trying to make the pin work backwards.

However, the wheels he got look seriously awesome! And we got the latch to work.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:46 PM
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First time driving Ashlyn since when? Amber was stoked when she hit the highway. I couldn't even begin to keep up.

Oh, yes, I forgot about the headlight bulb fiasco on the Jetta (dropped the new bulb AND socket down into the engine bay while changing it). Also forgot to mention the great food at Abita Springs Brew Pub.

And the locking wire from the outside door lock to the latch....we struggled with that for an hour plus before we realized we had the dang thing upside down. It had fallen out of the lock and latch when I took the latch out..... (facepalm)
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:38 PM
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Bought these to go on the Beyerns. Pirellis. Two 235-40-18s and two 255-40-18s. Less than 10k miles on them. Great tires for < $110/4
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:03 PM
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i vaccumed out the water thats in my trunk from all the rain we had...hopefully it didnt mess up my amp!
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:30 PM
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Today, I got the glove box installed, checked on the cabin filter (went on the to-do list; its nasty). I also painted the grilles until I can get some real ones. It looks much better for what they are.

Love this pic, btw you should make it your sig pic.

and today on my bimmer I got my adjusting pulley and picked up an AC belt, so when i decide to freeze to death and get under the hood i'll be trying to piece that puzzle together. also when the heck did realOEM change their layout?
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:16 PM
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also when the heck did realOEM change their layout?
???? They haven't changed at all that I can tell. Explain, how does it look different to you?
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