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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 04-13-2011, 08:49 PM
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:09 PM
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:34 PM
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is the oil pump nut only prone to falling off on the s50 and s52 engines?
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:57 PM
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I'm pretty sure it's all M50/S50 and M52/S52 engines. It isn't really an issue though, unless you have a habit of spinning out and letting the car roll backwards while still in a forward gear.
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I'm pretty sure it's all M50/S50 and M52/S52 engines. It isn't really an issue though, unless you have a habit of spinning out and letting the car roll backwards while still in a forward gear.
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:28 PM
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I'm pretty sure it's all M50/S50 and M52/S52 engines. It isn't really an issue though, unless you have a habit of spinning out and letting the car roll backwards while still in a forward gear.
oh ok well i have an auto so this should not be much a problem.

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Old 08-05-2011, 11:05 AM
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Is oil pan replacement a common requirement on E36's?
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:11 AM
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Is oil pan replacement a common requirement on E36's?
Not common at all. Why do you ask? I mean, it's possible to damage them if you run over a substantial object (happened to a B'Fest member recently), especially on significantly lowered cars, but generally, the oil pans in these cars don't have any issues. The gaskets don't leak very much, either.
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Yeah, plus unlike the E30's, the oil pan for E36's sits fairly "high" in the engine compartment. It isn't really in the killzone for lowered cars.
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I should say Good info!
It's into my plans buying an E36 M3 sometime.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:29 PM
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nice write up!
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I had previously read about a lot of this. though I was not aware of the sway bar tab issue.

I'm half decent with a welder and can probably manage to do most of the welding reinforcement and repairs but This was very informative and a well done write up.
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:41 PM
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I'm currently new to the BMW community and so far, I love it! I just picked up my first E36 and I can't wait to get this baby nice and spiffy.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:53 PM
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Does all this information go for the lower model 3 series? I would assume it does, unless for some reason BMW made the M3 especially high maintenance.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:54 PM
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Yes, this stuff applies to all E36s.
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first thread iv read and already so many questions answered!
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first thread iv read and already so many questions answered!
Good stuff. They are here for us to read and not to post new threads with stupid questions.

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Old 01-12-2012, 02:47 PM
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This was awesome!!

Have 2 bimmers already, looking at E36 M3's this weekend and have taken notes from this to use in my quest.

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Great!

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How do I fix the break light circuit failure? I just got it yesterday.
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Good to know.Interesting thread!
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I definitley am look into a e36 m3 or the years have different looks with the body i love how this car is so balanced

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cabriolet specific

great post and good advice. Is there anything specific to look for on the cabriolets
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great post and good advice. Is there anything specific to look for on the cabriolets
For 'Verts, these should help. As for what to look for specifically, I've never owned one, so I couldn't say. Hopefully one of our "Vert Guru's will chime in here.

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