• August 2017
  • Recommended oils for BMW M44 engine

    August 2, 2017 · 0 comments

    The following is a list of oils taken from Australian oil distributors that they recommend for the BMW M44 as fitted to the BMW E36 318is and 318ti.

  • May 2017
  • 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.

  • March 2017
  • 1998/1999 BMW 318is Sport (Australia)

    March 22, 2017 · 0 comments

    In 1998, near the end of the E36 life, BMW Australia introduced a limited edition version of the 318is called the "Sport".

  • December 2016
  • BMW E36 window stuck in open position

    December 21, 2016 · 0 comments

    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 mallet. As it is summer and hot and my air conditioning also stopped working some time ago, I thought I would try and get the window working.

  • June 2016
  • 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 something you can do fairly easily to try and fix it.

  • February 2016
  • Do you collect car magazines?

    February 10, 2016 · 0 comments

    I collect car magazines and often buy and sell them on eBay.

  • January 2016
  • I have a strong disliking of the climate control system in my BMW E36, but in my previous E30, the controls for ventilation, heating and air conditioning were near perfect.

  • Improvements to my air intake system

    January 25, 2016 · 0 comments

    Since I bought this car, the air intake system has been a bit of a mess.

  • Replacement parts for BMW DASC kit

    January 7, 2016 · 4 comments

    If you have a BMW 3 series or Z3 with a Downing Atlanta supercharger kit fitted (DASC), at some point you are going to need to replace some parts. I have been researching what the replacement parts are.

  • August 2015
  • 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 outside temperature is.

  • July 2015
  • Repair of BMW ABS+ASC controller 34511164897

    July 25, 2015 · 7 comments

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 otherwise in good condition.

  • June 2015
  • Fuel gauge problem for my BMW 318is E36 coupe

    June 17, 2015 · 0 comments

    My fuel gauge in my 1998 BMW 318is coupe stopped working the other day.

  • April 2015
  • I finally got around to having the second hand M50 dual mass flywheel and clutch kit fitted today.

  • February 2015
  • Battery drain problem on my 1998 318is

    February 20, 2015 · 0 comments

    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 needing replacement.

  • Update on my 1997 318is sedan

    February 3, 2015 · 0 comments

    After several months of excessive noise due to the previously mentioned cracked exhaust manifold, my 1997 318is sedan is now fixed and quiet again.

  • January 2015
  • If you are looking for the best modifications you can do to your BMW 3 series from 1991 to 1997, here's my top 3 list for the modifications that you will notice the most improvement.

  • Updates on my two 318is'

    January 10, 2015 · 0 comments

    It has been a while since I posted any updates about either of my 318is', so here's a bit of a summary on what has being going on with them.

  • July 2014
  • Common problem with M50 vacuum connector

    July 10, 2014 · 2 comments

    There's a common problem with the BMW M50 engines as fitted to the E36 320i and 325i, and the E34 520i and 525i. On the intake manifold there is a air pipe connection that over time can come loose.

  • BMW E46 engine reliability guide

    July 3, 2014 · 0 comments

    A summary of the reliability of the various engines that were offered on Australian market BMW E46 3 series models.

  • May 2014
  • As I need to replace the clutch in my supercharged 1998 318is I have been looking into what options there are for a stronger and preferably lighter clutch.

  • January 2014
  • My Supercharged 318is updates

    January 13, 2014 · 4 comments

    What's happened since I bought this car?

  • BMW M44 Engine Technical Information (1996)

    January 13, 2014 · 17 comments

    The M44 engine was introduced at the beginning of 1996. Based on the M42 engine, the M44's larger displacement is the result of boring and stroking the cylinder dimensions of the M42. Although peak power remains unchanged from the M42, the M44 boasts an improvement of 5 Newton-metres of peak torque at an engine speed 200 rpm lower than its predecessor.

  • November 2013
  • Another BMW E36 parts car

    November 7, 2013 · 0 comments

    I bought another parts car, this time a 1998 BMW 318is 4-door sedan.

About me
John Avis I am a bit of a 3 series fanatic, having owned a couple of E30s and a few E36s, plus a few parts cars. I like the combination of the compact size, good performance and handling, and that they are more sports sedan than an impractical and extrovert sports car. This blog is a place to share my experience and knowledge.

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