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E36 M3 (1995-1999)

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Old 06-09-2014, 02:37 PM
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Hello Experts, I just bought a 1995 BMW M3 Clean Title With 108k miles under 6k from a BMW head tech advisor (only thing is its an Auto with yellow(might paint soon)-sacrificed few manual's for less chance of beat up and clean car with low miles). Car needs paint. The car has already seen a new tune up and fresh oil. Few things concern me which I need your help and opinion since I am a newbie. I have alredy read over 20 threads about common issues.

1) The tempreture needle stays in the middle always even after a long drive at 80mph. In the past I have owned cars always had temp gauge little below mid. Is this anything to be worried about? The previous owner changed the plastic thermostat housing to a aluminum I can see. Radiator looks fairly new and hoses and fittings seem to be well taken care of. However I smell coolant after those long hard drive. Doent seem to be leaking though. I dont really know if the water pump was changed but the guy claimed he has done it.

2) I have also read about fuel pump and diff bolt. How do I make sure/check them to alright or not? [95 are heard to be internely sheard? didnt quet get that!!!!!]

2) Oil pump nut backing out? Again how to check that quickly? or is it hard? and where exactly its located. Is it better to have a mechanic do it?

3) Secondary air pump!! What is that and agian how to tell if its bad or good? where is it located.

4) How common is chamshaft scortch marks and timing sensor? Sounds like a tough job.

5) Oh a sensor plug of the external coolant resevoir seems to be unplugged. I can even see the wire. Where does it connect to and how important is it?

6) Passenger door panel has one broken clip in the corner so, everytime I close the door, it lossens. Any quick fixes beside buying a new door panel?

7) No tilt steering?!!!!!!

8) Remote worked when I bought the car, I took the aftermarket radio out cause it was sliding out every time I was turning hard because of the metatl adaptar tab was broken. Now it doent work. Does it have anything to do with the radio?

9) Windshield washer doent come out. is it common? pump might be bad? or line?!!!

10) Ignition cylinder tumbler is bad (360 rotation). How easy or hard is it? DIY or Mechanic reccommended?

11) Fog is broken where can I buy replacements for good price? Liked it to be black housing and led/hid clear lense.

Thanks a lot in advance for your opinions and inputs. Also if anyone is from WPB,Fl then please let me know where could be an afforable trust worth shop around here if you know.

''Note: when I say DYI, reference to the hardest thing I have done is changing a break on a vehicle so far along with simple tune ups"
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:43 AM
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1, that is the normal position of the pointer.
problem is that it is heavily damped and is useless as a monitor.
It has 3 positions... Off, Normal, and blown head gasket, so it is not to be trusted.
2, Car starts and drives...fuel pump ok
Car does not have rear end thump or groans...diff bolt probably ok.
Bookmark realOEM.com for parts and descriptives.
3,You have to raise the engine and remove the oil pan to check. if you do, safety wire it.
4, Secondary air pump is from 96-99 it would sit to the right of the exhaust manifold and sounds like a mini shop vac for 60-90 seconds after a stone cold start.
5, Not a US engine problem.
6, Low coolant level sensor. plugs below the reservoir.
Sounds like someone has either jumped the terminals on the plug or removed the bulb on the instrument panel... you should have a warning on the on board computer.
The console has been messed with.
7, New clips from dealer or velcro the flappy bit.
8, Most don't have tilt.
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10, clogged nozzles, valve or burnt motor.
11, In your case mechanic .
12, advertisers on BMW forums, dealer.

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Old 06-10-2014, 08:10 AM
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7pilot, thanks so much, for the coolant sensor thing, I dont get a code or anything on my dash. I will keep looking, how to connect it. Your help much appeciated, and I will kepp updating.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:05 PM
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Congrats! You said it's yellow? Don't change the color if it is.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:55 PM
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Ok, New issues.

1) I have checked the car's suspension when buying and I missed, the rear driver side is actually lower from the rear passenger side. Its not noticeable when parked over night. It can only be noticedwhen driven for a while then parked. I tried lifting it up and find out what it is but I couldnt fig it out. I will post picture soon. (The shocks seems to be in good condition).

2) When I shift from parked or drive to reverse, I hear a kicking sound, not really clunky. More like a punch. I tried researching. I found out that this could be issue from either diff bushings, tranny mount or gear linkage. I am leaning more toward the diff bushings since the sound and kick comes from rear. Please help me out what should I pay attention or check!


@Gevojanyan - why do u say so? (keeping it yello)
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:41 PM
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I just had to have my ignition tumbler changed, you must go to a dealership show the title and your I d in order for them to make you a new one, watch video to do the install


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Old 06-11-2014, 06:59 PM
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Cool Thanks Snowxpert...could you send me the link please? Thanks.

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Old 06-11-2014, 09:15 PM
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Because it's one of the rarest e36 colors and it's beautiful
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:31 AM
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LOL. I can respect that. I was actually thinking of going to a darker yellow. not so much corvette/banana yellow. Cause I dont wana be ricey looking door jams (different paint than outside body).
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:46 AM
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Any way new issue, when I was securing under splash guard, I found a sensor, yellow, looking like a short pen. Ay idea where it goes? I tried. Should there be another on the other side? Because I found a set of wire hanging with nothing at the end, looked like something was there but broke and fell off. Thanks
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:54 PM
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Sensor goes in the brake duct. It's an outside air temperature sensor.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:48 PM
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Unhappy Over Heating

Ok, Updates: Got a Bentley Manual (PDF)

2) I have checked the diff and the bolts along with bushings all seem to be fine. Relief!.

5) Coolant reservoir sensor found; plugged in and working smooth.

6) Door panel I took out of my list as it is expensive to buy a new one and i am gonna wait for a deal. The clip mount is broken (few of them which cant be fixed).

8) Key less entry did have things to do with radio and it was mixed wired with an aftermarket some how which is fixed after the head unit is properly replaced and properly wired.

9) Windshield Washer system fully checked and found the motor is bad so far. Ordered one from pelican parts.

10) Ignition cylinder tumbler looks to be easy fix but the dealer part is expensive which is expensive at the moment so that have to wait.

11) Looked for the desire fog and couldn't be found except ddm tuning and they are out of stock so that has to wait as well.

12) I hear a noise from passenger side suspension; not sure if front or back so I checked with a professional BMW mechanic and we couldn't find any issues beside it looks like most of the suspension parts are new which is good.

13)Found and secured the temp sensors btw there were 1 each side.

14) Reason for one side lower was shot spring...too bad cant afford it now. will fix eventually.

15) Haven't found out whats causing the bump while shifting reverse; possibly a mount.

Now the real issue: I was driving on highway with no problem, I put gas and in front of my house when I was turning into parking spot; the car over heated. I shut off the engine as quick as i can and looked under the hood, there were coolant and no sign of leaking! I am taking it again to a mechanic to check the cooling system which most of the parts seems to be replaced still could be the water pump or the t-stat. Sacred
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:34 AM
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Turns out, sticky t-stat.Thank god. I checked oil and looked nice and clean also the coolant looked oil free so,........trying to buy whole new cooling system asap.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:00 PM
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Your car looks nice. I definitely wouldn't change the color if I were you. A 1995 E36 in Dakar Yellow is a desirable find. It's not a metallic color, so it's fairly easy to polish and wax to bring out the original glow. If you wanted to order a BMW today in Dakar Yellow II you would have to pay $5,000 extra for the color!

https://www.google.com/search?q=1995...=isch&imgdii=_

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Old 06-28-2014, 05:10 PM
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Your car looks nice. I definitely wouldn't change the color if I were you. A 1995 E36 in Dakar Yellow II is a desirable find. It's not a metallic color, so it's fairly easy to polish and wax to bring out the original glow. If you wanted to order a BMW today in Dakar Yellow II you would have to pay $5,000 extra for the color!

https://www.google.com/search?q=1995...iw=991&bih=635
I believe Dakar Yellow 1 was the '95 shade and II was for the later cars with clear coat and is slightly darker.

My '95 has Yellow 1 and no clear coat.

And no, don't paint the car a different color. I love that color and it is partly why I still have it. NO trouble finding the car in a parking lot!
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:33 PM
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I believe Dakar Yellow 1 was the '95 shade and II was for the later cars with clear coat and is slightly darker.

My '95 has Yellow 1 and no clear coat.

And no, don't paint the car a different color. I love that color and it is partly why I still have it. NO trouble finding the car in a parking lot!
Thanks for the correction.

Dakar Yellow (Code 267) is what's on the 1995 M3. Dakar Yellow II (Code 337) came out on the 1997 M3. I was thinking of the one without the clear coat, I just screwed up by calling it Dakar Yellow II.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:12 AM
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Color/Paint

Ok so I am trying to upload files but it wont let me for some reason. Anyway..decided to respect your thoughts and some of my close friends advice that to keep the original paint. But this is whats happening and I do have clear coat. I am trying to paste the links to photo bucket..hopefully it works.


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Old 06-30-2014, 05:48 PM
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I seem to have trouble uploading photos from the forum for some reason, but I gather your clear coat is separating from the color coat-- and that does look horrible, I agree.

I didn't mean you shouldn't paint the car, just that you shouldn't change the color. Sorry- I wasn't clear.

The problem you might have is that even the "affordable" paint places charge "per panel" to strip / prep peeling clear coat like that, making the paint job unaffordable.

You might see if you could get a quote if you strip the panels yourself- I think people use those sandpaper wheels or wire wheels like you get at Home Depot.
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:04 PM
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For your #6 above, is there a hole where the broken tab is supposed to go into which you could put a plastic wall anchor, then put a screw thru the panel into the wall anchor?

Or you could drill a small hole and put a sheet metal screw into it thru the door panel
That is how the panels on the classic Italian cars were attached.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:27 PM
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Good luck! I think you made the right decision to stick with the original Dakar yellow.

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Old 07-28-2014, 09:27 AM
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Does anyone know a good affordable specialist for e36 m3(Around south Florida)? I want someone knows this by heart not doing process of elimination. I really don't have the necessary time experience or tool for some stuff that needs to be done to my car Thanks.
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