#bmw-318is

johna updated 9 months ago
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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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$500 1997 BMW 318is Update

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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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