@johna

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New South Wales, Australia
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Cheap eBay baffled oil catch can review

johna posted a discussion 4 years ago
Due to a combination of my aftermarket supercharger and 240,000km of engine wear on my 1998 BMW 318is, I get quite a bit of oil through my PCV/CCV system that clogs the valve and gets sucked back...
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How to fix BMW E36 squeaking and grinding steering wheel

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 4 years ago
If you hear a squeaking noise coming from behind your 1991 to 1998 BMW 3 series steering wheel, or possibly the steering doesn't feel so smooth and maybe binds every now and then, then there's...
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An Australian Cannonball Run in 1984?

johna posted a discussion 4 years ago
I must be living under a rock because I have never heard of this race. But apparently in late 1984 a race took place from Sunbury in Victoria to Perth, Western Australia. Charlie Kovacs, who I...
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Capricorn Run 1986 - From Australia's Playground to Perth?

johna posted a discussion 4 years ago
As you may have read elsewhere on this blog, I am a big fan of the old US cross-country illegal road races like the Cannonball Run and Gumball Rally, as well as the later events (but to a lesser...
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Improvements to my air intake system

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 4 years ago
Since I bought this car, the air intake system has been a bit of a mess. Originally the exit from the PCV valve was routed to before the MAF. Except there was no PCV valve - just a pipe from the...
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Review of Universal Carbon Fibre Cold Air Intake System (IP-009)

johna posted a discussion 4 years ago
If you've shopped for a universal air filter on eBay you've probably seen these carbon fibre cold air intake kits listed by a number of sellers. I recently needed to replace my K&N pod filter as...
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Replaced BMW E36 analogue clock with 7 button MID

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
I have a spare 7-button MID from one of the cars I dismantled and now that I have moved to a colder climate (Sydney Blue Mountains) I thought it might be interesting to fit it to see what the...
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Repair of BMW ABS+ASC controller 34511164897

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
The ABS+ASC warning light has been stuck on in my 1998 318is coupe since I bought it. When I checked the fault codes the error was a fault with the pump unit. I have looked into this problem a...
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Bypassing the BMW E36 passenger seat occupancy sensor

johna posted a discussion 5 years ago
The airbag warning lights on both of my BMW 318is's have been on for some time now and, because I now have my 4-door 1997 model up for sale, I thought it was time I did something about it. I had...
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Front control arm bushing replacement for my E36 BMW 318is coupe

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
Last time I had a wheel alignment done the mechanic told me that my front lower control arm bushings were worn out and were in need of replacement. The ball joints and control arms themselves were...
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Fuel gauge problem for my BMW 318is E36 coupe

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
My fuel gauge in my 1998 BMW 318is coupe stopped working the other day. My first thoughts were to check the sender which I believed was on the left side of the car, underneath the rear seat. I...
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Holden Commodore VT V6 fuel filter replacement

johna posted a discussion 5 years ago
I recently replaced the fuel filter on our 1998 Holden Commodore Acclaim with the 3.8 litre V6 engine. I found that the instructions I had found online for how to remove the fuel pipes did not work...
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Do today's cars have too many driver aids?

johna posted a discussion 5 years ago
Most of the driver aids I believe are good things. Anti-lock braking system in particular, as well as the various traction control and stability control systems are very worthwhile, as unless you...
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M44 to M50 clutch replacement for my supercharged 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
I finally got around to having the second hand M50 dual mass flywheel and clutch kit fitted today. I can confirm that it is a bolt in replacement with no modifications required. The...
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Battery drain problem on my 1998 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
The other night I noticed an unusual whirring noise from the engine area on my 1998 BMW 318is coupe. I assume it was one of my idler pulley wheels which I have previously noticed as being noisy and...
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Update on my 1997 318is sedan

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 5 years ago
After several months of excessive noise due to the previously mentioned cracked exhaust manifold, my 1997 318is sedan is now fixed and quiet again. I had previously purchased a second hand...
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Updates on my 1998 318is

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 5 years ago
My wife's car, the four door 1997 318is, has developed several faults over the last few months. The most annoying is that the exhaust manifold seems to have developed a crack, which I believe is a...
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Updates on my 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
For some time I had noticed some noise from the rear of the car but it got to the point where I finally did something about it. I jacked the car up and could hear and feel the problem by turning the...
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Common problem with M50 vacuum connector

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 6 years ago
There's a common problem with the BMW M50 engines as fitted to the E36 320i and 325i, and the E34 520i and 525i. On the intake manifold there is a air pipe connection that over time can come...
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What's with all the Chevrolet badges on Holden Commodores?

johna posted a discussion 6 years ago
Why are so many Holden owners swapping their Holden badges for Chevrolet badges? Okay, I realise that since the early 2000's the V8 engine option is a Chevrolet engine, but does that warrant...
johna posted a reply 3 years ago 1

My Supercharged 318is updates

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 6 years ago
When I got home after buying my 1998 318is Sport, my wife, who had been following me, said that that when I accelerated hard it was quite smokey - although she couldn't tell me what colour the smoke...
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Another BMW E36 parts car

johna posted a discussion 6 years ago
I bought another parts car, this time a 1998 BMW 318is 4-door sedan. For only A$500 I got a car registered for more than a month, and with half a tank of petrol. It drove the hour long trip home...
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Starter motor problems for my 1997 BMW 318is sedan

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 6 years ago
Recently we have been having problems starting our 1997 BMW 318is sedan. The symptoms are that the engine does not turn over but the starter motor does spin. However, it only happens sometimes...
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My new 1998 318is Sport with... Supercharger!

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 7 years ago
After several months of searching for my next car, last night I spotted a 1998 318is Sport for sale. Not only was it priced quite low, but the advertisement said it was supercharged. The next...
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Sold my 325i

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 7 years ago
With some remorse already, last weekend I sold my 1991 BMW 325i. It had been for sale for sometime, and as I hadn't any idea what I would replace it with, I was in no rush to sell it. But it...
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Second parts car gone

johna posted a discussion 7 years ago
A$100 was the amount received for the shell of my 1992 318i parts car, with no bonnet, guards, boot, doors, interior or transmission. Once again I have my carport back. I knew this car wasn't...
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BMW E36 steering/ignition lock woes

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 7 years ago
The ignition lock on our 1997 318is 4-door has for some time shown some signs that it was wearing out. Sometimes when you turned the key the lock would just spin freely. Today there was a...
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BMW E36 instrument cluster intermittently stops working

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 7 years ago
The instruments in my 1991 E36 BMW 325i intermittently stop working. Usually it happens when I operate some electrical equipment like the wipers or press the brake pedal and activate the brake light...
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Replaced the roof lining on my E36 325i

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 7 years ago
The parts car I just purchased had a good roof lining. It had been retrimmed at some point and was still in good condition, but a little dirty. I took it out, gave it a good clean and fitted it...
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Bought another parts car

johna posted a discussion 7 years ago
Like a little old lady that collects stray cats, I seem to be doing the same with BMW E36s. I found a 1992 318i automatic sedan with a blown head gasket for sale and, after looking at it and...
johna posted a reply 7 years ago 1

Fitting US market cup holders to an Australia BMW E36

johna posted a discussion 7 years ago
Aside from some cup holders inside the glove box lid that are only really suited to a picnic, the Australian market 1991 to 1997 3 series (E36) is bereft of any way to safely transport drinks...
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Rust repair

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 7 years ago
My 325i has what appeared to be surface rust around the boot seal. This seems to be a common rust area on E36s, particularly the early models. I didn't really want to put too much effort in to...
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Parts car gone

johna posted a discussion 7 years ago
I am pleased to finally report that my parts car shell was picked up today and my carport is finally free again for me to park my 325i in. I only got $70 for the shell which still had a couple of...
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Can you make money from parting out your car?

johna posted a discussion 7 years ago
For a long time I have wanted to buy a wrecked car and sell off the parts. Time, lack of space, and fear of the unknown have prevented me from giving it a go... Until now. I recently saw an...
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Parts car progress

johna posted a discussion 7 years ago
It has been two months since I bought this written off car, which I planned to remove some parts for myself and sell of the rest for profit. So far I am about $700 in profit which means I have...
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Bought a parts car

johna posted a discussion 7 years ago
For some time I have been looking for various parts for my E36 318is and 325i, things like a nicer set of wheels and interior parts. The other day I saw an advertisement for a cheap 323i that had...
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Book Review: BMW 3 Series E36 Restoration Tips & Techniques

johna posted a discussion 8 years ago
Brooklands Books has released a new title for E36 owners, "BMW 3 Series E36 Restoration Tips & Techniques". As a collector of all books about 3 series I bought it as soon as it was available. The...
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My 1994 318is: Final Update

johna posted about 1994 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Today I said farewell to my 1994 318is coupe, which has served me well for the last five years. The new owner picked it up this morning and left on a 1,000 km journey back to his home on the NSW...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
The 318is has had broken front door trims since we bought it earlier in the year, with an entire centre section missing on one side. I finally found a reasonably priced set of four door trims...
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My 1991 325i - Update

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 8 years ago
The 325i is now finally registered in NSW so I was able to go for a short drive today. The engine sounds great and mostly runs well. The idle is not bad but is a little irregular at times. It is...
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My second 1990 318is

johna posted about 1990 BMW 318is #2 8 years ago
This is my second E30 318is. My first one was red and I had owned it for several years, from 135,000km to 290,000km. I sold it and bought a different car but missed the little lightweight 318is...
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First drive, and first steps to registration for my new 1991 325i

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 8 years ago
It was my first chance to drive the car today and have a good look over it, as I had to go and get a blue slip or whatever it is called now. Good news - it passed with no problems. I can...
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About My 1994 318is

johna posted about 1994 BMW 318is 8 years ago
This is my 1994 BMW 318is coupe with M42 engine. I bought it in September 2007 with just under 160,000km. Today it has travelled just over 210,000km. It still had the original 15" alloy wheels on...
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Finally, my new 1991 325i is delivered

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 8 years ago
I finally got the car around 6:30am this morning, 10 days after the original planned delivery date. I haven't had a good look at it yet but so far so bad... The paint is not so good, with clear...
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Delivery problems for my new 1991 325i

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 8 years ago
I was expecting the car tonight but being Friday the 13th things did not go smoothly. The transport truck had an accident earlier this afternoon and was written off. My car is apparently unharmed....
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Just bought a 1991 325i sight unseen

johna posted about 1991 BMW 325i 8 years ago
I have been looking for a replacement for my '94 318is coupe for quite a few months now. I was wanting the practicality of a 4-door due to having to soon carry a baby seat, etc. I had a strange...
johna posted a reply 2 years ago 2

Bought a BMW code reader and reset cable - cheap way to reset lights and read codes

johna posted a discussion 8 years ago
The airbag warning light has been on my 1997 318is and I was looking for the cheapest way to reset it myself. I bought an "Ediabas INPA OBD2 Diagnostic Interface for BMW" off eBay, the cheapest I...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Engine mounts replaced... car running great now. No strange noises around corners, and idle is much smoother now. See if you can see what's wrong with my old engine mounts (pictures are exactly...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
I got around to doing what I should have done first and just looked down at the engine mounts. Looks like the driver side mount has completely separated. It's hard to see the passenger side one but...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Another day spent working on the car, another frustrating day. I replaced the control arm bushings which was much harded than expected. I had trouble getting off the old ones and ended up cutting...
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