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    S85 rod bearing replacement

    You're going to be able to drive it like you stole it for another 150k soon!
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    EGR Thermostat

    Locally Euro-Italian has been good to me. Overseas I use FCPEuro and Schmiedmann, both are very reliable although I'm starting to prefer FCP.
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    I'm sure the showroom isn't the right place to chronicle my endeavours with my new-to-me e36 328i so I'm going to dump my load in this thread instead. I have no grand plans for this, it was cheap and in pretty average condition but it's a good (enough) base for a point-to-point daily driver for me. I was originally thinking of a 318 for cost reasons but when this 6 cylinder popped up for a couple of grand I couldn't say no even though I knew it would need another thousand or so (hopefully not much more!) thrown at it to get it to a serviceable state. It's a Jap import with the glorious Jatco auto. Here she is in her original glory: First thing I did was swap out the wheels with my track ones (and semi slicks, vroom!):
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    So, touch wood it looks like any oil drips were from what I spilled rather than what the sump spilled. Had a good look around underneath today when it was both hot and cold, nothing of note. Cleaned it up as best I could and will leave it to sit over a bit of cardboard tonight to confirm. It's been an interesting exercise this sump, not something I'd recommend for fun but it does give you a good appreciation of how the front end all hangs together. Probably need another alignment now as it's a little bit left down which drives me crazy. Thanks to @sweetm3 and @BimmerShaun for the tools and parts and to everybody else for your suggestions and support!
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    How to remove strut nut without an impact

    How many compressors are you using? Should be two. And yeah, you really need them on coils closer to the ends of the springs... can't you throw up a picture of where you're at?
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    I'm interested in your project... tell me more. I've got a whole new interior that need to be retrimmed. I got a couple of Recaros done but I don't think I'll use those.
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    Oh, and I like to treat the old girl well. A new oil filter (obviously) and the prescribed amount of Penrite HPR5 5w40 was used to fill her up but before that I threw 8 litres of this through the system to flush it out until it ran golden (edit: no filter, sump plug hand tight, tip in 4l and start/idle the car for 15 seconds, drain 3l, add the remaining 4l, run car for 60 seconds, drain it all). $20 for 4 litres from Repco at 50% off and I can't complain... and it's called "Ultraclean" so it must be good at cleaning...
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    I'm afraid not but all the front seats are interchangeable, only the rears and door cards differ. A set of front seats from a wrecker are ~$80, If I were looking for a sedan interior I'd want to check out that M3 sedan Brent has... not sure what's still available but matching nappa leather seats and door cards would be a good score. M3 (nappa) leather is so much better quality than non-M3 leather it's really quite amazing. Sedan stuff is also normally way less expensive than coupe stuff (a set of 4 good condition coupe cards is $400+ whereas sedan cards, still from an M3, should be around $200). Sedan front seats from an M3? $250, Vaders from a coupe? $600+. I do have a big role of brand new M Rain upholstery for anybody kicking off a project.... and some incomplete Recaro SR3's for an E30/6...
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    I now have 4 interiors for 2 cars... I'm meant to be getting rid of stuff! 😕
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    Okay, so @Palazzo's post above confused me... I'm not sure if it means that Zebra Onehunga has more broken windows than other parts places? But I went back today to pick up another passenger seat cushion to put into the driver's side (less wear) and low and behold that second car was full of broken glass! Coincidence or have you been there recently Scott? Anyway, the 328 is running again now after the fine weather on the weekend allowed me to complete the job. Lining up a subframe and steering rack by yourself on your back isn't the easiest of jobs I can assure you! It's running fine and holding oil pressure so that's good but I think there's a leak so I'll have to hoist it up again and have a look. Hopefully it's something simple like the sump plug just not being tight enough. Somewhat more dramatically, about 15 mins into my test drive and the throttle stuck open! Brakes aren't good enough to fight that and I had to shut the car down. Sorry to all those around me that had to deal with me dealing with that! Pulled over somewhere safe and checked the obvious things, throttle cable working fine... hmm. Walked home (lucky my test drive was circuits of my neighbourhood), put the tools in the M3 and headed back out. Took the intake pipes off and found a rubber gasket stuck in the throttle butterfly holding it open. It's a gasket that I did take out when I took it apart to do the sump and I put back in the same place assuming that it belongs where I took it from... problem is that the gasket doesn't belong there at all. Somebody had obviously worked on it in the past, put it all back together, had that gasket left over and just bunged it where it fit. It's actually a valve cover oil filler gasket... 😕 So gasket now removed from butterfly and car running fine again.
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    No problem at all... Yep!
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    E34 M5

    Nup. Non-original bits and pieces car. If I wanted an M5 for that money I'd get an E39 for sure, so much better.
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    And there's another set there, in the car right next door which are a little worse for wear and probably a bit damp but for around $80, still a steal!
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    Hmm, so if I take this from pick-a-part today (I only went for an alternator belt tensioner but these were near mint) and add it to... \ ...this from an abandoned project for the M3: I might be on to something... 🎯
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    Quick Questions

    Okay, I worked out how to fix that ^ mechanical tensioner. 1. Drive 12 mins to Zebra Pick-A-Part 2. Spend 3 mins finding the only 6 cylinder BMW that's there 4. Take 5 mins to test and remove hydraulic tensioner 5. Pay $15 6. Drive 12 mins home 7. Spend 10 mins installing new tensioner and belts 8. Victory dance The problem with Pick-A-Part is coming home with more than you intended... practically mint.
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    Quick Questions

    I don't think I can tighten it that much, no... looks like this...
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    Quick Questions

    Thanks guys. Yes, when it's off the car... I doubt it when it's on the car without removing the alternator and then I wouldn't be able to install the belt. What did you have in mind? Yes, that's what I was hoping (and expecting) to find but my housing doesn't have that hex... mine looks identical to the diagram. so slightly different to yours...
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    Quick Questions

    What's the recommended way to loosen belts with these types of mechanical tensioner? Mine doesn't have a hex molded into the housing (not shown in this picture) so the only thing to "grab" is bolt #5 in the diagram... except that just spins. I can remove the whole unit and get the pulley (#3) off by undoing #5 and #7 but ultimately that's no help. I realise I'd be better off upgrading to a hydraulic unit but I see no need to go to that expense since this one is holding tension just fine. I just can't loosen it to get a belt on. TIA.
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    CSL time again

    Very, very few. And that's ultimately my point, the Trademe price is irrelevant unless somebody is prepared to pay it. My mate put his up for $100k and got $70k offers. He tired of that game very quickly.
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    Help needed...

    Okay, well I'll pitch in again even if it doesn't help. I'm not sure you have INPA working at all TBH. If you can get ADS working over USB then you're the first person in the world to do so. Also codes like "4A63" aren't the descriptive codes you'd get from BMW software AFAIK. If you have a language problem with INPA this will be because of a mismatched file in the default directory (typically EC-APPS/INPA). Almost all of the language files end in .eng (English) and .ger (German) so browse through those to see if there's anything obvious. You might need to use a Windows GREP programme to search for the German terms you're seeing. If it's EWS I know nothing I'm afraid... if it's not then I suspect you're going to need to use DIS rather than INPA. INPA is a stepping stone towards DIS which is the proper diagnostics programme.
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    CSL time again

    Stop reading the internet then Tom or you'll have an aneurysm. Life is nothing without wild speculation. 🤣 If it sells it's worth what it sells for. Advertisements like this, for cars like these, are more about signalling there's one for sale rather than trying to achieve a sale at the listed price. Put it up for 100k and get tyre kickers offering 75k... put it up for 130k and if somebody wants to pay that much they will and if they offer 100k instead then you're got the start of a discussion. Surely nobody buys a car like this on Trademe anyway.
  22. My ignorance that is... I really don't know! 325is... https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-1649595249.htm Includes Bimmersport sticker so that adds a few k I'm sure. Sure is purdy.
  23. Don't get the scales out on my account, I accept what you're saying about the E30 doors. The E36 ones aren't so apocryphal, I have them. I didn't realise it was a selectable option on the 3.0. I do know that not every early 3.2 came off the line with them, a friend had a September 96 Evo with steel doors. The alu ones are more flexible though and the door cards pop out more easily.
  24. Good info, thank's I assumed the alr doors would be much lighter actually, on the E36 they're 7kg each lighter than than steel ones!
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    Wheel Alignment Query

    Yes, this is where I recently took my 328 and I was super impressed with the service and results. I'll only be going there from now.
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