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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.


Technical Tips

Bypassing the BMW E36 passenger seat occupancy sensor

by John Avis | July 22, 2015

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.


Technical Tips

More about flywheel options for M40, M42 and M44 engines

by John Avis | May 20, 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.


Technical Tips E36

Lightweight flywheel options for M50 engine

by John Avis | August 31, 2012


Technical Tips E30

Airbox Modification For Increased Sound

by John Avis | August 26, 2012

Inspired by a news item for a Porsche "exhaust enhancement sound package" in Zoom magazine (Feb-Mar 1997) I thought if it was good enough for Porsche to drill holes in the side of the airbox to improve the car's sound then it was good enough for me.


Technical Tips E30

Dual Switchable Chips

by John Avis | August 26, 2012

Having finally purchased an after-market performance chip I wanted to be able to easily switch back to the original chip to make comparisons and perhaps even in case of unavailability of high octane fuel.


Technical Tips

Lighter Flywheel Options for M42

by John Avis | August 26, 2012

Ever since I bought my 318is I have always felt it would benefit from a lighter flywheel mainly as it is particularly slow to drop revs on upchanges. It would probably also help acceleration too.


Technical Tips E30

E30 short shifter options

by John Avis | August 26, 2012


Technical Tips E30

Low Cost Shift Light for BMW E30

by John Avis | August 26, 2012

A shift light is one or more lights that warn you that you are approaching, or have reached, the maximum engine speed.


Technical Tips E36

BMW Early E36 Front Suspension Differences

by John Avis | August 7, 2012

When I first bought my 1991 325i I knew that, being a very early E36 model, it had different front suspension than the later models, and because I thought this must be inferior to the later models I intended to change to the later type.

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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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