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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 10-10-2015, 02:20 AM
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Picked up this 1998 328iA on August 2nd.



I got this because my E34 was "totaled" due to getting backed up into.

Yes, I know it was "repairable" with a few Pick n Pull runs but I wanted to start a new build. I may get another E34 someday.





E36 had 172,606 miles though the odometer wasn't working.


Bought for $1800 with 172,700 miles give or take (hopefully). It was around $178 to get new plates and title transfered.


Issues:

Cluster Speedometer/Fuel Guage, MPG Guage Inoperable

Small Oil Leak

AC/Heater Issues

Driver's Window Inoperable

Battery just about dead

Front seats in bad condition

Headlights needing polishing

The rear doors have to be locked manually, and do not work with the keyless entry fob.




Cleaning out the rear seats and such the night of. The front seats are in bad shape and aren't very much worth cleaning.



Factory battery replaced with a Maxx H6 from Walmart for about $118 with a 3 year free replacement warranty and 2 year prorated warranty.



Cabin air filter taken out and vacuumed, waiting for money to get another filter. AC/Heat works better than before because of the filter being removed though not the best.




Replacing driver's side window clips.



Replaced the old speed sensor because the speedometer wasn't working, though that wasn't the issue as to why the speedometer wasn't working.



I pulled the cluster out after finding out my speedometer wasn't working even after replacing the speed sensor and found that one of the plugs were not plugged in. The clip had broken. I taped it into place and everything works now.

If you have an issue with your cluster being inoperable like mine, do the cluster test, then pull the cluster to see if anything is unplugged first before replacing things.

Got some plates thrown in with my order from ECS




Cloudy headlights






Used Meguiars Plastx and got this



My E34 was a 1994 so it was OBD I, my stock key handles were broken so I bought one $12 eBay key that I had cut.

The key when I just got it cut for the E34



The E34 key on the left and the E36 key on the right. Gross roundel.



Taking everything apart





Replaced the bulb, battery and roundel. The top piece of the eBay key didn't fit.




If you're tired of your worn out E36 key, renew it with an uncut eBay key to take the parts out and replace wth your own.

I'd still like to add a brighter bulb though.


Sylvania Bulb 2721 to light up my headlight switch




Ordered some parts





K&N in






Did the VCG and I had a sludge problem. I still do. While in there I changed my spark plugs with some NGK BKR6EKs.
After the VCG and spark plugs I changed the oil with the M1 0W-40



I used seafoam in my crankcase, fuel tank and vacuum line. I'm around 400-ish miles and my oil is still clean. Changed my filter because the old one was getting sludgey.

Though I have just developed an occasional blue/white smoke on warm start ups.

The sludge is probably going through the CCV and messing it up slowly. I need to get a new one along with new tubes.


Debaffled my air box along with the golf tee mod.




Exhaust is still quiet from inside of the car. Better than stock sound though.


Found some E38 Style 5s for pretty cheap. Not bad condition, though the E38 tires are too big.



Too bad I can't run that wide of the tire because of the lower offset of 23, though it'll sit more flush with the fender once I get some smaller tires mounted.

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Old 10-10-2015, 08:36 PM
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I have an oil filter housing gasket in the garage waiting to be put in.

Ordered a CCV Kit and VANOS Oil Line with new washers.

Not currently leaking oil onto the ground, but there's some build up on the bottom end of the vanos oil line and just a ton of gunk on the engine.

Replacing the valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket and vanos oil line should keep my top end pretty dry. I just need to take advantage and clean up those areas while I'm replacing parts.

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Old 10-13-2015, 02:16 PM
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Nice work! Keep at it. These cars are very rewarding if maintained properly.
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If/when that Victor Reinz VC gasket leaks in less than a year, replace it with one from BMW.
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:48 PM
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Nice work! Keep at it. These cars are very rewarding if maintained properly.
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If/when that Victor Reinz VC gasket leaks in less than a year, replace it with one from BMW.
Victor Reinz is the OE Supplier for BMW gaskets. As for the E36 valve cover gasket that is.

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Old 10-14-2015, 07:45 AM
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But, more recently (than your 2011 link):
http://mbworld.org/forums/mercedes-t...they-leak.html
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But, more recently (than your 2011 link):
http://mbworld.org/forums/mercedes-t...they-leak.html
Thanks. If it does begin leaking, I will get a "genuine" gasket. I didn't find the ones I got were of lesser quality.
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:59 PM
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Goetez makes some amazing quality gaskets, followed by Elring. Viktor Reinz is OK... but if I were going OEM, I would rather go with higher quality gaskets. But keep up the great build! Let us know if you need anything.
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Had a new tire shop next to my house install some new 205/50 Nankang Noble Sport NS-20 on my 16x8 style fives on Thursday for about $326.









Also love me some curb rash.





Also fixed my pixel issue on my OBC.



Now to fix the radio display, intermittent mileage pixel issue and (maybe) the random brake light circuit error code.

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Goetez makes some amazing quality gaskets, followed by Elring. Viktor Reinz is OK... but if I were going OEM, I would rather go with higher quality gaskets. But keep up the great build! Let us know if you need anything.
Just realized you replied to the thread. Thanks. I thought VR was higher quality, I'll find out soon enough I guess.
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Installed my lip that I used to have on my E34. I dig it.



Yes, I have the center caps for the front. I'm waiting for the 70mm stickers I ordered to arrive for them... whenever that'll be.
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:30 AM
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I guess it's time for an update.


Ordered a CCV Kit and Vanos oil line and new washers for about $180 from FCP.

I only had the odd smoke on start ups a couple times and it has never returned. So those parts are just sitting there, I bought the oil line because the bottom end of the line looked a bit oily on mine, but who knows if it's actually leaking. The PO left me oil gunk everywhere. The CCV breather tube is a tiny bit oily in a spot, but I'm not too worried about it. It's not dripping at all as far as I know. Though when I looked inside the tube looked like it has build up in it.


Got E46 seats in.



Installed an M3 muffler before the E46 seats. Got it for a steal of a price.



Found my coolant leak. Was missing a washer on my radiator fan switch

Crankcase ventilation valve, VANOS OIL line and oil filter housing gasket replaced.








THIS HOSE WAS A COMPLETE PITA. Cut it off from the dipstick tube.
Also do NOT use RTV silicone around the filter housing gasket. I learned the hard way.

Gotta love college plate citations
So this happened



Got my new roundel, cluster bulbs and rear door lock actuators.




Installed the actuators. Took me a bit to actually get the actuators sat into place, but I now have rear doors that lock with the key fob.

They are a bit clanky-ish sounding and delayed, though.

The top is most likely the original from the factory, the bottom one is the new replacement







This was a few weeks ago, or so. Time flies by nowadays I don't even remember. I wish the snow stayed around longer.

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Way to bring it back from the grave. Keep the updates coming.
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