My 1991 325i - Update

By · August 11, 2012 · 2 comments

The 325i is now finally registered in NSW so I was able to go for a short drive today.

The engine sounds great and mostly runs well. The idle is not bad but is a little irregular at times. It is powerful at the right revs but lacks a bit down low in the rev range.

It is difficult to take off without shudder from the clutch. The gear change is good.

The suspension is soft and the steering not so precise. There is some looseness in the front end, perhaps a ball joint.

I thought I would try and sand an area where the clear coat had peeled to see if maybe I could sand it back then reclear-coat it. I don't think this will look good, however.

I also gave the car a wash and wax and pulled off the wheels to check a few things.

I also had a look at some of the problem areas of the body.

This is just above the rear bumper bar. Upon removing the seal there is some minor rust in sections all the way along where the metal joins. There is also some bubbling in the horizontal section.

This is above the front windscreen. Just a little bubbling is apparent, but who knows what lies underneath.

And this is just below the front windscreen.

This is inside the driver's door jam. It is probably minor.

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The battery is mounted in the boot and the metal under and around the battery has rusted badly and with the weight of the battery the metal has torn in a couple of places.

There is a strange plastic panel screwed and silicon-sealed in to place under the battery area. I wonder why this was done?

Controlling the central locking from the boot lock wasn't working, turned out to be the usual wiring problem. I soldered the wires together and problem solved.
My 1991 325i

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Comments (2)

# Posted by LG · January 14, 2014

The clutch shudder on my '94 318is is driving me crazy!!!! It only happens in heavy traffic, or in really hot weather after a bit of a drive in town..I have researched online a bit, appaerenly it is a fault in the clutch at manufacture, with nil asbestos used in the plates or some such thing..The local BMW franchise claimed never to have heard of it. If I get the clutch replaced, will the new system have the same fault. It's a lot of money for no result...


# Posted by John Avis · January 14, 2014

To be sure you would probably have to get the flywheel done as well - either replaced or machined if you can find someone who does machine dual mass flywheels. I have had 318is's that don't shudder so I'm sure it's possible with new parts. New M42 flywheels are expensive but you could fit a used machined flywheel and new clutch from an M40 engine which should be cheaper but from my experience there are some low engine speed vibrations with this setup.


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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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