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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 11-30-2012, 06:14 PM
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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.
Strange. I hear what you're saying, but if Eddie is a reasonable person and a decent friend (as I suspect he is), I wouldn't worry about him getting angry or mistrusting you if something on his ancient BMW goes bad while he's behind the wheel. It's an old car - breaking is what they do best. As long as you don't do something egregious like service the brakes and forget to put fluid in, I really wouldn't worry about the rest. Although he's using you as a teacher, I'm sure he knows that there are limitations, both of you as a mechanic, and of his car to stay in one piece.

Aaaaaand in other news, in the time it took me to type the above paragraph, I now have some cat puke to clean up... Yay!
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:15 PM
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:33 PM
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Aaaaaand in other news, in the time it took me to type the above paragraph, I now have some cat puke to clean up... Yay!
Ewwww..... Good luck with that.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:05 PM
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:50 PM
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:54 PM
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:55 PM
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:58 PM
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Then take your car out of the garage for a bit!


Got chased out of a few lots by campus public safety. Summer tires barely had any grip, it was a low speed chase


Franklyn, I think it's time I come by and bolt up those winter wheels!
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:00 PM
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Well, as for today I did nothing but drove to work and i had to run for some errands. Tiring, jeez!
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:26 PM
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Strange. I hear what you're saying, but if Eddie is a reasonable person and a decent friend (as I suspect he is), I wouldn't worry about him getting angry or mistrusting you if something on his ancient BMW goes bad while he's behind the wheel. It's an old car - breaking is what they do best. As long as you don't do something egregious like service the brakes and forget to put fluid in, I really wouldn't worry about the rest. Although he's using you as a teacher, I'm sure he knows that there are limitations, both of you as a mechanic, and of his car to stay in one piece.

Aaaaaand in other news, in the time it took me to type the above paragraph, I now have some cat puke to clean up... Yay!
I'm not worried about him being mistrusting or being mad at ME (we've known each other for almost 25 years...lots of water under the bridge in that time). I'm worried he might give up on the car. He was so mad at it at one point, before we got it running, that he was calling it his ex-wife's name and cussing a blue streak at it.


Oh, YUM! Cat puke! Better than my daughter just did. We went out to eat at the Chinese place near here. She was acting kinda queasy and didn't eat much. We got to the car and she bails out the door, throwing up. She repeats the performance again just after i back out of the parking spot, and once more just after we pull into traffic and stop at a traffic light to make a left turn. You should have seen the people in the car next to us at the traffic light! It woulda been hilarious if it wasn't so gross. Now she's fine.... I don't get it. (no, she's not preggers).
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:31 PM
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Then take your car out of the garage for a bit!


Got chased out of a few lots by campus public safety. Summer tires barely had any grip, it was a low speed chase


Franklyn, I think it's time I come by and bolt up those winter wheels!
Can't when the clutch hardly works!

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Old 11-30-2012, 08:59 PM
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:53 PM
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:35 PM
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Had new Michelin tires installed and the car aligned, changed the spark plugs, changed the oil, and added power steering fluid.

The tires are Michelin MXV4, 205/60R-15, stock size, also had a four wheel alignment done. Care rides much better and the shimmy is gone.

I think the Bosch two-prong plugs I pulled out today were the original plugs. No oil or anti freeze signs, looked old, but nothing really alarming. The new plugs seem to have improved how the car runs, although it still has the rough idle and a check engine light.

Changed the oil myself. Used Mobile 1 synthetic, only because past experience shows it will clean some gunk out of an engine.

The power steering fluid was low, pump was making some sounds and giving some feedback at the wheel. The added fluid cured all that, but I guess I should start looking for a power steering fluid leak.

I bought this car with just over 100k miles on it and no maintenance history. Seems as though there wasn't any maintenance done by the previous owners.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:10 PM
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A couple of things...

1) I hope you know that you are NOT supposed to add power steering fluid to the power steering reservoir. It's counter intuitive, but our power steering systems require automatic transmission fluid (ATF). If you have power steering fluid in there, you need to do a full drain/fill with the proper ATF.

2) You need to use an OBD2 scanner to reset your check engine light (in most cases it will not go out on its own). Get the code before you clear it, so you know what caused it in the first place. If it comes back, scan it again and fix what's wrong.

3) What kind of plugs did you install?
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:23 PM
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A couple of things...

1) I hope you know that you are NOT supposed to add power steering fluid to the power steering reservoir. It's counter intuitive, but our power steering systems require automatic transmission fluid (ATF). If you have power steering fluid in there, you need to do a full drain/fill with the proper ATF.

2) You need to use an OBD2 scanner to reset your check engine light (in most cases it will not go out on its own). Get the code before you clear it, so you know what caused it in the first place. If it comes back, scan it again and fix what's wrong.

3) What kind of plugs did you install?
!) No, I did not know that. ****. Guess I know what I will be doing tomorrow night.

2) I have one on order.

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:04 PM
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Today i ripped the tranny out after taking the intake manifold off to get a better grasp on the starter bolts and as the tranny came out my shredded up clutch crumpled and fell to the ground now to get the pressure plate and all off and install my new clutch system then its off to some much needed maintnence.

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:58 PM
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Got a CEL when I cranked up the car to head home from work. Stopped at Autozone and scan says cam position sensor.
Fits the symptoms. It's running but idle's not great, there's a slight hesitation and it's down on power.
Was just thinking yesterday the car was really running great, no issues. Eff me for that.

While I was looking at how to get to the cam sensor I noticed I've got a coolant trickle coming down the side of the reservoir. Double eff me.
Now I know what I'll be doing this weekend...............
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:14 PM
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!) No, I did not know that. ****. Guess I know what I will be doing tomorrow night.
Yep, it says "ATF ONLY" right on the cap.

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Now I know what I'll be doing this weekend...............
Well that stinks. At least both items are fairly minor things.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:33 PM
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Got a CEL when I cranked up the car to head home from work. Stopped at Autozone and scan says cam position sensor.
Fits the symptoms. It's running but idle's not great, there's a slight hesitation and it's down on power.
Was just thinking yesterday the car was really running great, no issues. Eff me for that.

While I was looking at how to get to the cam sensor I noticed I've got a coolant trickle coming down the side of the reservoir. Double eff me.
Now I know what I'll be doing this weekend...............
practicing your golf swing??


went to upload the pics from my riping apart of the parts car, aaaaand it looks like the sd card bit the dust...

so went to the store and got another one and also found a new flash drive. it's a v12 vantage, and the lights flash when interfacing!!


so not a total loss.



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Old 12-04-2012, 11:05 PM
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what kind of parts car did you buy?
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:04 AM
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what kind of parts car did you buy?
The kind that has parts.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:00 AM
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:04 AM
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:47 AM
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black 99 328i, hit hard in the front.

tan interior.
no 18 button obc.
premium sound.

but it ran fine up until point of impact...

forget the mileage, but i have the paperwork.

no front end parts were salvageable
looks like the rear control arms got tweaked from the tow @ the accident scene

no keys or tools, either.

it's almost all apart now. just need to get the seats out. driver side is 3" too far back to get the nuts, and the passenger side is 1" too far up to get the bolts....

gonna play with a battery and some wires and see if i can make some magicx happen...


gotta go to work....have a bmw habit to support....




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