@johna

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New South Wales, Australia
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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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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 see 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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My 1994 318is: Final Update

johna posted about 1994 BMW 318is 7 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...
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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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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Okay, I might buy a set of bushes already mounted in the housings and try installing them myself. I found some on eBay for about $80 delivered from the USA. I figure if I put the new bushes in...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
I managed to get a few more parts today, most importantly a new steering wheel, and a new centre console with leather armrest (at a bargain price).
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update - Automatic Transmission Replacement

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Finally got the car back from the auto trans place. This transmission is better - drives well in forward gears - but reverse is slow to engage (around 2-3 seconds). Is it that hard to find a...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
The car has been with the auto transmission specialists since last Tuesday and two days ago they told me the new (used) transmission needs replacing. I organised a replacement under warranty from...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
I drove the car to work today and the transmission became a bit of a problem, finally resulting in the transmission fault light coming on and being stuck in 3rd gear (limp home mode presumably). I...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Late this afternoon I registered the car finally, and my wife and i took it for the first legal drive. I spoke to a couple of people and it seems that after a fluid change an automatic...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Just when I thought the worst was over, things got worse. I picked the car up from the auto trans specialist tonight. A$510 for fitting the new trans, servicing it, replacing a broken water...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Unfortunately the fitting of the new transmission did not go well today. First call I got was that the transmission I bought was different and would not fit. So I rang around and found another...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Car is with the auto transmission specialist now. They are going to fit the transmission, including new rear main and torque converter seals, and new gaskets, filter and oil. They are also going to...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
I fitted the new steering wheel slip ring this afternoon and the horn now works. The airbag warning light is on - maybe that needs resetting? While checking that all lights etc work for...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Most importantly, earlier this week my new bonnet badge arrived which I fitted immediately. Looks great. This morning I went to my local wrecker and pulled out a blower motor, cost A$30. I also...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
If you saw my first post, you would have seen the condition of the bonnet. It had several large areas where the paint had peeled off and the exposed metal had started to rust. It looked awful and...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Finally fixed the sunroof. Aside from breaking certain parts while trying to work out how it all worked, I think the main problem was lack of lubrication. It's working great now. While I had the...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Yesterday I replaced the oil filter housing gasket and bush, and also the cylinder head cover gasket. So far no oil leaks. I also picked up a (very expensive) sunroof mechanism ("cassette") which...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
I picked up a used automatic transmission today for A$250, and need to get it installed now (quoted A$350 + oil). I also got a "final stage unit" hoping it would solve my climate control issue (no...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Had the windscreen done yesterday. Ended up being $227 including a $29 seal. Beware of cheap windscreen installers. At this end of the market you don't get the windscreen cleaned or the mess cleaned...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
I have now ordered a bunch of parts from Pelican Parts, most importantly a new gasket and bush for the oil filter housing which will hopefully fix the oil leak. I have also organised an even...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
More degreasing of the engine took place. I then ran the engine for a couple of minutes and found roughly where the oil is leaking from. I suspect it is from the oil filter housing. I also went...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Thought I better stop worrying what it looks like and start sorting out the mechanical issues. First step, raise it up to get enough clearance ready to give the engine a wash tomorrow so I can try...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
I found a "good" transmission from a wrecker for $350, expecting another $350 in labour. I looked at the repair manual but I think changing a transmission is beyond my skills. I had a better look...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Cleaning day. I stripped the interior of everything that came off reasonably easily... Seats, console, glovebox, door trims, and various other pieces. Under the seats it was pretty disgusting....
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Just bought a 1997 318is for $500. Bargain or money pit?

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 years ago
I have been looking for a car for my wife to transport our first born when he arrives in April. Being a three time 318is owner I liked the idea of getting her a 318is 4-door auto. Most of the ones...
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BMW E36 318is Starting problem solved

johna posted about 1994 BMW 318is 9 years ago
I have been having a problem with my 1994 318is with M42 engine. Intermittently, if the car is hot, it won't start. All the lights come on, but there is no turning of the starter motor at all....
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BMW E36 Coupe Headliner Replacement

johna posted about 1994 BMW 318is 10 years ago
This was my project this weekend: to replace the headliner on my E36 coupe (no sunroof). For this project I had the book "101 Performance Projects For Your BMW 3 Series 1982-2000", a can of...
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BMW M42 318is Starting fault - fluctuating revs

johna posted about 1994 BMW 318is 10 years ago
When I start my M42 powered 1994 E36 318is the revs jump up to about 1500 then drop down to almost stalling speeds, then go up and down a few more times, then stabilise at normal idle speed, about...
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