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My 1995 M3

My 1995 BMW M3 (E36)

by John Avis | December 15, 2017

I was shopping for an E36 325i manual coupe and not having much luck finding a good one. Somehow I ended up with a 1995 M3!


My 1990 318is

My 1990 BMW 318is (E30)

by John Avis | December 15, 2017

My first BMW. First of many.


Technical Tips

Recommended oils for BMW M44 engine

by John Avis | August 2, 2017

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.


My 1998 318is

Intermittent loss of power issue with my BMW 318is

by John Avis | May 16, 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.


E36

1998/1999 BMW 318is Sport (Australia)

by John Avis | March 22, 2017

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


E36 Technical Tips

BMW E36 window stuck in open position

by John Avis | December 21, 2016

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.


E36 Technical Tips

How to fix BMW E36 squeaking and grinding steering wheel

by John Avis | June 17, 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.


Magazine Articles

Do you collect car magazines?

by John Avis | February 10, 2016

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


E36 E30

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

by John Avis | January 28, 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.


My 1998 318is

Improvements to my air intake system

by John Avis | January 25, 2016

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

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About me

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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