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So I convinced my French roommate to buy an E36 coupe. It's a 328is with ~134k miles, a slew of minor issues, and probably the cleanest exterior I've ever seen. Last 7 of the VIN is: ET03626.

From my initial inspection, we have the following problems:

Driver's side lock does not lock, but can unlock.
Hood shocks need replacing.
Clutch is weird. Very high friction point (like top of pedal travel), but I'm not convinced it is slipping. Need to investigate further.
Engine knock ~ cylinder 3.
Passenger seat recline gear. Seat is fully reclined, which is hilarious.
Driver's seat bowden cable is non functional. Probably just needs to be replaced.
Gauge cluster odometer bottom half not lit. Used flashlight trick to read miles.
Plastic thermostat housing, but radiator looks brand new.
Headlights are funky, and I intend to replace with DJauto's with AEs.


The engine is very strong. I had a blast testing it. Came with "S704A - M SPORTFAHRWERK" - M Sport Suspension and appears to be in great shape. Aside from the engine knock, (which I at first thought was VANOS, but it is right in the middle of the engine) and the clutch, has no mechanical issues. No oil in the coolant, or vice versa, from what I could tell. Should be a fun car to work on and play with. I have a plan in place for everything except the clutch, so any suggestions there would be helpful.

More pics to come as we get things fixed. The crappy pics were at dusk, so whatever. It doesn't have a sunroof! I think I might have to take this to the track with my DS2s + R-Comps!

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You really just wanted to have a matching car with me, didn't you?

The passenger seat may be funny fully reclined, but what was even better was the trick seat in my E34. Thought I had fixed it, Amber and Taylor were here in CA riding in it and I opened the throttle coming out of a corner and the back instantly reclined all the way. Amber ended up on Taylors lap! Now that was freakin funny!

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Yea when we test drove it, the PO was a cute 20 something and she got in the back seat. I asked if it would be weird if I sat in the passenger seat (with my head in her lap) and it was weird.
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Yea when we test drove it, the PO was a cute 20 something and she got in the back seat. I asked if it would be weird if I sat in the passenger seat (with my head in her lap) and it was weird.
Love it.

So, what's the plan for the Cyl #3 knock? I'm assuming just drive it until something breaks? Kinda hard to fix an internal engine knock without a total tear down.
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Shot in the dark here, but check the torque on the #3 plug. it may be loose. We've seen a loose plug sound like a knock before.....
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I'm hoping it is the spark plug. I might try that tonight.
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Very cool (and rare) to not have a sunroof in the US. I really wish mine didn't have a sunroof, because wearing a helmet with the stock seats causes me to hit my head on the headliner, and I'm only 5'11".
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Very cool (and rare) to not have a sunroof in the US. I really wish mine didn't have a sunroof, because wearing a helmet with the stock seats causes me to hit my head on the headliner, and I'm only 5'11".
If you're on the track regularly I can definitely see not wanting sunroof. I suppose living Seattle where there isn't any sun to bother with anyway adds to that.

I drive with it open or tilted most of the time though and don't think I could ever own a car without one,(and I haven't).

Taking th Jaguar to the drag strip did really suck in a helmet though.....

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I opted for a convertible, so you all know my stance on the sunroof issue. (TOP DOWN IF AT ALL POSSIBLE!)

But for a 3rd car, which I intend to track, no sunroof is nice. I took it for a drive last night and it has a lot more body roll than I'm used to, but my M3 is a very different breed.

The clutch feels like it has air in the line, and it does slip, though only a little. Forgot to play with the spark plugs before driving, then fell asleep before it cooled off. D'oh!
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Update:

Saturday morning I got a chance to crack into the seat again. Got the motors off and opened the recline box. Just as I suspected, (but wanted to make sure) the white gear was destroyed. Now I can order a new part.

Took the driver door panel off to inspect the locking mechanism. Roommate couldn't get the key to unlock the door. Found some debris, not sure how it got there... Removed debris and door works fine now. I did find the foam panel covering to be very different, so I think it is a replacement.

Tried to get into the spark plugs and realized my crappy socket set won't work. It's some kinda weird Kobalt thing that won't work with regular sockets (I have spark plug sockets...) but couldn't reach in there.

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Also, my new jack stands are taller than the max on my jack, so I couldn't do the M3's oil change. Will be taking those back to Sears, probably getting a socket set while I'm at it. I did flush the coolant out, and happy surprise: didn't see any oil in it. Crossing my fingers there.


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Gear is in the mail. Should be here this week. Heading to Tahoe this weekend so wont be able to work on the car.

I did get the spark plugs taken care of (I just replaced them all, cyl 4 was loose-ish). No more knock


Now, who wants to recommend a good street-able clutch kit? Trying to keep the cost under $500.
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Wow, that's great news regarding the spark plug!

Otherwise, I can't make any personal recommendations regarding clutch kits. People seem to like the F1 eBay clutch kits. They're in the price range you specified, but I don't know how they hold up over time, etc.
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i like my oem clutch. its perfect
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So it looks like due to cost I may be going with stock clutch and lightweight flywheel. I'll do some research on these F1's, since they're about the same cost.
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So it looks like due to cost I may be going with stock clutch and lightweight flywheel. I'll do some research on these F1's, since they're about the same cost.
those f1's are serious business. CJ has one and that thing grabs HARD I stalled his car twice just trying to back out of a parking spot I can't wait to install mine
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I didnt even like cj's clutch. it was like a formula 1 car. too stiff not enough play.


I dont feel the need for anything performance wise down there. smooth and steady with the dual mass.
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So I guess my real question is: Will the F1 Lightweight flywheel make enough of a difference to matter? Otherwise I'll just save some money and go all OEM. No plans for engine mods on this car at the moment (or next 1-3 years).
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I was under the impression that the F1 kits were cheaper than OEM, but I could very well be wrong. If the OEM is cheaper, and there are no serious performance mods planned, there's no particular reason to have a super stiff & grabby clutch setup. Would basically come down to personal preference. I like how the stock clutch feels, but a slightly lighter flywheel would be nice, so maybe your idea of using an OEM clutch with a lighter flywheel would be a good way to go.
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Just a small update: I fixed the passenger seat recline with a gear from FCP (which it looks like was made by odometergears.com). Didn't take any pics, but if you look at the last set, it's a pretty simple job.

Next up: clutch. Decided on OEM, probably the bavauto kit that comes with everything. Will report back on that later this month.
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Wow! It's been two months since the last update. What an amazing turn of events.

Summary: New clutch is in, fixed a bunch of other "while you're in there" small things, and the car is finally off of the jack stands and on the road.

Now for the full story:

Mid October, I instruct my roommate to buy the bavauto clutch kit (CK M52 EARLY), which states it has "all the items you should replace, not just the obvious ones". I would have liked to see replacement bolts in here (transmission & starter, pressure plate, and flywheel) but they're not. More on that later.

Anyway, the plan was to begin the last weekend of October (27th). Kit didn't arrive until the Monday after (29th). So we pushed it back to first weekend of November. (Delay #1)

Everything started out fairly smooth. We took off the crossbar, the exhaust, and the driveshaft (including the GIUBO, LOOK IT UP), which also involves removing this heat shield that's in the way. Next was the shifter, so we took off the interior stuff (knob and boot) and the linkages and bushing. The clip that holds on the transmission end of the shift arm (part number 3, here) took us about 2 hours to figure out. Once I understood it properly, it took all of about 10 seconds to remove. Ended up bending the hell out of a screw driver trying to get it out. For future reference, the trick is to get a flat head screw driver under the top of the clip, then rotate the screw driver to the right (passenger side) so you can get leverage to release the clip part. Then use the screw driver as a lever and bring the handle down, the flat head part up along with the clip. Then you can rotate it out of the way and pull the bar part out. It makes sense when you can see it in front of you (ask Chad, I was able to remove his once it was out of the car quite easily, as well as explain it). After that, the shifter can be pulled out completely.

That was about all that we did on day 1. It took us forever mostly because we took turns wrenching on stuff and drinking beer all day.

For day 2, we took the slave cylinder out, and started taking out the transmission bolts. I got 3 off before slightly rounding one of them. Oops. I didn't have the legendary sequence of extensions (or the more commonly used 20"+) so I couldn't get anywhere with the rest of them. I thought maybe I could reach them from the top, so I started taking off the intake manifold. Bad idea.

The manifold came off well enough. It's pretty straight forward. I took off the cowl over the engine wire harness, too, for extra room. Went to take off the manifold nuts (there's 7 of them, btw) and dropped 3 of them. No big deal, I'll find them later. Nothing open for them to fall into, so I wasn't worried. Then we tried to remove the fuel lines. Well, didn't have the tool for that, and didn't feel like breaking anything, so we skipped that part. Also skipped the CCV. At this point, we could move the intake manifold out of the way enough to get a bit more access to the starter, but not enough to get a ratchet down there. Oops again. Now it's getting dark on day 2, and our morale is low. This is no longer looking like a two day job.

Following week, I ask around in the local BMW Club Chapter, and recruit a new friend who has done this dozens of times (used to work at a service garage). We chat a bit about scheduling, but nothing firm. I go to SF for Saturday (expecting to go home that night) and leave on Sunday (). Turns out roommate left something in the X5, which was promptly stolen. So now I have a broken rear driver's side window and a car on jack stands in the middle of clutch job...

My friend ends up stopping by for about an hour on Sunday the 11th. With the proper tools (universal from an impact set and a 2 foot extension) we were able to remove the slightly rounded bolt and all the rest. Also took off the transmission completely.

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Got new glass from BMW and tried to put it in the X5 myself on the 13th. Had a hell of a time aligning it properly to get it in, but managed to figure it out. Go to test it, and find the regulator broken. Take regulator out (after much cursing) and try to fix it. Wasted two hours and cut my hands up before giving up. Friend sources a new one for me the next day and roommate and I put it all in that night, about 2 hours before it starts to rain.

I managed to find 2 of the 3 manifold nuts later that week. My friend suggested ordering new flywheel bolts, new pressure plate bolts, a new fan clutch (this one was failing) so I gave the go ahead and he got a slew of parts on order. Already told Chad I would help with his engine swap, so on Saturday (17th) I head out to Tracy and meet Usama and Chad. We knock out most of the job in about 12 hours, and I stay until about 1am trying to wrap up the small stuff. Almost fall asleep hydroplaning all the way home, and sleep until 11am Sunday. (I almost never do that, but wow, was I tired!)

Roommate and I take off the pressure plate and clutch, while waiting for friend to arrive with all the ordered parts. Friend doesn't show up.

Following Sunday (26th), I re-install the intake manifold after I find the last missing nut with a magnet tool (with LED light, at Sears). Friend arrives with parts and we remove the flywheel. I trek down to Autozone and rent a slide hammer and bearing puller (thanks for giving me the idea, Chad!) and we remove the pilot bearing and the rear main seal, which had started to seep oil. We replace the flywheel with new bolts, slap on the new pressure plate and toss the transmission back on. We re-assemble the shifter, including the 4 washers and that crazy clip from earlier. Friend asks roommate to try the shifter, to make sure it feels good before we wrap everything up. Roommate's instinct is to put clutch pedal in before using shifter. Slave cylinder explodes, while I'm working on the driveshaft and giubo. Brake fluid everywhere, I'm cussing up a storm, and it looks like the cylinder is not repairable...

I finish up the driveshaft and call it a night. Too pissed to function.

Order a new slave cylinder as well as some intake stuff (intake boot was torn). Should have gotten new hood shocks, too. Oh well. Slave arrives following Tuesday (27th). Roommate and I install on Friday (30th). Thanks to my experience with Chad's car, we bled the line with no issues (yay). Roommate and I also re-install heat shield.

Today, roommate and I install exhaust, install the cowl, and start the car. Aside from some issues with the starter, which seems to be an intermittent issue of it not disengaging, everything seems to be fine. I will be driving it a bit (lightly, to break the clutch in) this week and hopefully it will be 100% soon. After a month, it was nice to get in the car and use the clutch as it should be used, instead of the insanely high friction point and slippage.

I learned so much during this process, and when I helped Chad with his project, so for that I am very grateful. It was a PITA that it took so long, but lesson learned: Assemble all the parts and tools required BEFORE you start a job...

Pics to come later.
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