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johna added 9 months ago

Updates on my 1998 318is

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 6 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 common fault with the M44 manifolds. It's been like this for some time now but I have finally got around to buying a second hand manifold from a local wrecker (A$100) but am yet to install it.

Another fault is that the ventilation system is stuck on heat. This is also a common problem and the usual cause is the heater coolant valve in the engine bay up against the firewall. This will be the third E36 I have owned with this problem. I haven't fixed this problem yet either but will find a second hand part and fit it soon. Unfortunately this means bleeding the cooling system again, which is not a fun job.

Lastly the air bag light has come on. I have yet to connect the fault code reader to find out the cause.

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