#bmw-318is

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Twin-cam four-cylinder model first introduced in the bmw-e30 3-series with bmw-m42 engine. Also available in the bmw-e36 line-up with m42 engine and later with the bmw-m44 engine.

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Final update for my supercharged BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 month ago
Today is the final update for the supercharged BMW 318is as it has been sold and I will be attempting to use my new (to me) Volvo V50 as my daily transport. The BMW sold very quickly - within a...
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1998 BMW 318is with DASC For Sale

For sale · AUD 5,900.00 · New South Wales, Australia · Sold
johna posted a buy & sell 4 months ago
Selling my 1998 BMW 318is, Avus Blue, 5-speed manual, M44 1.9-litre twin-cam engine. Has done 310,000 km. Registration to 29 October 2020. Limited-edition Sport model which came with a factory...
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Abnormal road noise solved on my 1998 BMW E36 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 months ago
For several years I've had a strange knocking type noise coming from my car. I've tried to solve it myself, and replaced several parts. I've also sought expert help on a couple of occasions but...
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Retrofitted rear headrests to my BMW E36 coupe

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 6 months ago
My car originally came with rear headrests but I broke the rear parcel shelf and replaced it with one that didn't have the holes for the headrests, and I didn't mind the improved rear vision that...
johna posted a reply 6 months ago 2

Update on my supercharged 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 6 months ago
Over the last few weeks I've attempted to sort out a few issues with the car. Some time ago I ordered some new window slides hoping to fix the issue with my passenger-side window getting stuck...
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Bucking/surging problem with my 1998 BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 9 months 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 300,000km

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 10 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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Airbag warning light on intermittently

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years 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...
johna posted a reply 2 years ago 1

Doors hard to open

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 1990 BMW 318is (E30)

johna posted about 1990 BMW 318is 3 years ago
I bought this 1990 BMW 318is from a dealer on Sydney's Northern Beaches. From memory it was around $17,000 (Australian Dollars). At the time it had travelled about 135,000 km and I sold it around...
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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 4 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 5 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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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 6 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 6 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 6 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 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...
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Updates on my 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 6 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...
johna posted a reply 3 years ago 1

My Supercharged 318is updates

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 7 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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Starter motor problems for my 1997 BMW 318is sedan

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 7 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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BMW E36 steering/ignition lock woes

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 8 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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Airbox Modification For Increased Sound

johna posted about 1990 BMW 318is 8 years ago
Inspired by a news item for a Porsche "exhaust enhancement sound package" in Zoom magazine (Feb-Mar 1997) I thought if it was good enough for Porsche to drill holes in the side of the airbox to...
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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 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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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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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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...
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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update - Automatic Transmission Replacement

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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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