#bmw-e36

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BMW 3-series from 1990 to 2000. Available as a sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon and also related to the bmw-z3 and compact (hatchback).

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Bucking/surging problem with my 1998 BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 4 weeks ago
For a week or so now I have been noticing a problem when driving that most occurs when going down hills where I can feel the car bucking or surging. I also noticed that sometimes it would idle at...
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My supercharged 318is hits 3000,000km

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 months ago
Today my 1998 BMW 318is reached 300,000 km (186411 miles), and is still going strong. Not bad for a car with an aftermarket supercharger fitted for most of its life. I haven't updated on the...
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I installed an eBay short shifter on my BMW 318is and I hate it

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 7 months ago
I recently bought a short shifter for my 1998 BMW 318is off eBay (or maybe it was Aliexpress). After watching various instructional videos on Youtube on how to install it I gave it a go myself...
johna posted a reply 6 months ago 2

I bought the cheapest brake rotors on eBay

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 10 months ago
I know people say you shouldn't skimp on something as important as brake parts, but I had already bought a set of reputedly good quality DBA HD rotors hoping to fix a break vibration issue on my...
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Airbag warning light on intermittently

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 11 months ago
As per usual, I fix one problem and another appears. This time the airbag warning light came on for a moment, then stayed on, then was off the following day but came on again momentarily. I...
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Bendix Euro+ brake pad review

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 12 months ago
I bought a set of new DBA 4000 series heavy duty rotors and Bendix Euro+ pads for the front of my BMW E36. After a month or two I started feeling vibration under braking, which progressively got...
johna posted a reply 1 year ago 1

Doors hard to open

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
The passenger door has been difficult to open from the outside for a long time now. Sometimes it would only open if you pushed against the door. But it wouldn't open at all the other day, and the...
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Radiator replacement

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
I noticed the other day that my radiator expansion tank was empty so filled it up and the next time I drove the car it was empty again. I had a look for leaks and found a trail of coolant under...
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Cylinder head cover gasket replacement

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
There was oil around the exhaust side of the cylinder head cover gasket and also in one of the spark plug tubes so time to replace this gasket. I last did one of these on my first E30 318is and...
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Treated my car to an engine, gearbox and differential oil change

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
I had been hearing some unusual noise from the rear which I thought might be the differential possibly low on oil. Also the gearbox sometimes doesn't spring in and out of fifth gear. First was...
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My 1995 BMW M3 (E36)

johna posted about 1995 BMW M3 2 years ago
Back in 2003 I was shopping for an E36 325i manual coupe and not having much luck finding a good one. After a while I decided to up my budget and also look at 328i coupes. Still no luck and...
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Intermittent loss of power issue with my BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 3 years ago
I started having some trouble with my supercharged BMW E36 318is a few weeks ago. Firstly the car smelt strongly of fuel, and then it started losing power or stalling while driving. I kept a...
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BMW E36 window stuck in open position

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 3 years ago
My passenger side window on my 1998 318is coupe has been stuck in the closed position for some time. I can usually get it going by removing the door trim and then hitting the window motor with a...
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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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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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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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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 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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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...
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 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 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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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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$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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