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Recommended oils for BMW M44 engine

By · August 2, 2017

Tagged: Technical Tips

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.

Intermittent loss of power issue with my BMW 318is

By · May 16, 2017

Tagged: My 1998 318is

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.

1998/1999 BMW 318is Sport (Australia)

By · March 22, 2017

Tagged: E36

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

BMW E36 window stuck in open position

By · December 21, 2016

Tagged: E36 Technical Tips

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.

How to fix BMW E36 squeaking and grinding steering wheel

By · June 17, 2016

Tagged: E36 Technical Tips

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.

Do you collect car magazines?

By · February 10, 2016

Tagged: Magazine Articles

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

(De)Evolution of the BMW 3 series ventilation and heating systems

By · January 28, 2016

Tagged: E30 E36

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

By · January 25, 2016

Tagged: My 1998 318is

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

Replacement parts for BMW DASC kit

By · January 7, 2016

Tagged: My 1998 318is

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.

Replaced BMW E36 analogue clock with 7 button MID

By · August 3, 2015

Tagged: My 1998 318is Technical Tips

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.

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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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