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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 11-18-2012, 11:57 AM
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do some more body work and primmed a few spots and trunk and did the whole roof now i have the spinning key problem stuff always seems to happen when im trying to make the car better..and heres a pic in the snow as well didnt do to bad either i was expecting worse
Saw this car drive by my house today... Small world lol. I was working on my red e36.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:31 PM
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Doing some more sanding body work hopefully painting before Thanksgiving and smoked corner lights lmk what you think
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:43 PM
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:06 PM
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Stratford for me. I assume dirty325is is some place close.... and I see the look you're going for at the moment

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Old 11-18-2012, 03:16 PM
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I live in laurel springs are you from jersey too? And hahah yeah my brother said it looks like a reverse cow colors ina way i get the weirdest looks
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:23 PM
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:47 PM
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today on my bimmer i learned that it wasnt my clutch they gave out but the slave cylinder, and i installed my halo projectors.


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Old 11-18-2012, 05:00 PM
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WE TOLD YOU SO.

Can you return the clutch for a refund?

And prepare to be flamed for those one-piece headlights.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:09 PM
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eh i like em is all that matters and i live in the country so id enjoy seeing the deers im trying to dodge lol and ya but i think ill just go ahead with the upgrade clutch since im new to a manual and dont want to burn it up in the first couple months cause its about ready to be replaced too and it never hurts to have replacement parts ready in case of an emergency

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Old 11-18-2012, 08:25 PM
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:59 PM
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im going to stick with these till i can get some new ones ordered that are clear because the oem ones were busted out and these were cheap and an easy grab at the time, but they will be the original two piece set when i find some that are not busted out

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Old 11-24-2012, 01:29 PM
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Rear center seat shoulder belt

Installed a retracting rear center seat shoulder belt on my 325i 4dr to replace the OEM lap belt. Pretty easy install, minimal drilling, not that much extra hardware and some cutting of the rear seat and you're done! All told it's less $100. I will post a DIY soon with some pics and hardware list.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:56 PM
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We lucked out on the main seal leak. It wasn't, and one of the guys with way more experience diagnosing these things realized what it was before we started removing the whole drive train. Turns out it was the oil pressure sender!. It sits on the back of the head on the M30, and it's directly over the bellhousing. With the wire connected and the boot over the connection, the oil was seeping out through the connector, through the boot, and running down the joint between the block and bellhousing. That resulted in a drip (or POUR when you really revved it ) and it appeared to be coming from inside the bellhousing from the rear main seal. New oil pressure sender installed, problem fixed.

Eddie, Mike and Cliff watch the car go up on the lift.


Our host, Dr. Gerry Sparks, spots the oil leak and points it out to Bill, Eddie and Mike.


Cliff looking for the source of the leak while Mike looks on


Mike discovers the source...the oil pressure sensor/sender


The 6er shared garage space with the host's BMW Club Racer, a D Mod E36 with a really nasty sounding S52B30. The engine had just returned from a rebuild after it melted a piston at Barber.


Nice, clean, straight racer


Drivers compartment of the D Mod


And the muscle that powers this beast. Man, it sounded good!
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:44 PM
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WE TOLD YOU SO.
Yep. One additional note: I would not ever return to the shop which replaced the clutch, because if they didn't have the presence of mind to check for a bad slave cylinder before making you pay for a clutch replacement, they're crooks. Either that or it was an oversight on their part, and they should really have known better (and should refund some of the money). That's clutch diagnostics 101.

I'm thinking they just took your checking account for a ride.



Ken, great photos! The DM E36 is one serious machine. And great news about Eddie's 6'er, too.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:05 PM
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:29 PM
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I havent washed my car since bimmerfest...

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:30 PM
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First time i have since then too.... it was bad.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:01 PM
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:30 PM
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actually i was right the slave cylinder was fine as well as the master cylinder i just didnt understand what a slipping clutch felt like since i just bought it and it was my first manual so i didnt waste anymore money then was was needed a whole 187.00 for the clutch kit which im installing myself so there were no shops involved and for 1000 bucks and the guy refunding the 200 for the kit im sure i won on this deal the motor and tranny are strong and for anything that runs for 800 is worth it lol

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Old 11-30-2012, 09:56 AM
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Scary crap yesterday.....worked on the 633, put a new wiper switch in. After testing it prior to buttoning up the steering column everything worked hunky-dory. Put the column together, started the car, turned on the headlights and it killed the entire electrical system. Turn off the lights, I could hear a "ping" as the breaker reset, and everything came back. Car started and ran. Turned on the turn signal...no signals. Flash the brights (headlights off) and it killed the system again. What the crap???? Carefully took the column apart again. I couldn't find a thing wrong. No pinched/shorted wires, no connections messed up. Even with the turn signal hanging from the plug connector in the column it was still killing the system when you'd flash the high beams, or turn on the headlights, either low or high beam. I spent most of the day tracing wires and found nothing that would contribute to the problem. After much futzing around I found a loose relay/breaker/something up under the carpet behind the clutch pedal area. It was plastic case and didn't appear to be shorted to anything, but putting it back in it's little clip/holder seemed to solve the problem. Lights/switches all work now, and I drove it around for a while with no problems.

I don't know for sure if that relay thingy was the problem, but it seemed to be....I'm trying to do a wire color trace to see just what it is. I don't want the threat of it dying while out toodling around, especially since it's not my car. Eddie is learning to work on these by himself, but he's still relying on me to make sure it works first time, every time. If it strands him, there'll be a trust issue with the car that I may not be able to overcome. Eddie is a college professor, and is a great friend. I don't want him mistrusting my work.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:21 PM
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buying a parts car tomorrow guys...

pretty excited. almost thought that i would be able to also get another one that needed some additional work, but missed outon that one...

s'okay though. got katka registered today (jr df's e28), so i will be driving that around as i work on cadence.

and katka is my name for her, not his, and is the slavic version of katherine, if ya didn't know...


i like the spelling with a 'j' better, but ken's already using that name....


anyway, will see what is what. as this was hit in the front. if not too bad, i may actually wind up looking for parts to fix and flip. won't know unitl i look at it tomorrow.

will probably post pics of the whole thing with cadence as well, as i have to get batteries for the camera.

i swear, this thing eats them....i don't even take that many pics!!!




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Old 11-30-2012, 05:39 PM
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UPS dropped off my new lower control arms and bushings for my E36....170K on the originals
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the suspected whining pulley in my car has developed a new condition where it makes a strange tinny rattly noise. to be safe i ordered a tensioner pulley...
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:05 PM
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turn the radio up?? get bigger speakers??


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