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1998/1999 BMW 318is Sport (Australia)

By · 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".

BMW E36 window stuck in open position

By · 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.

How to fix BMW E36 squeaking and grinding steering wheel

By · 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.

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

By · 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.

Top 3 performance modifications for a street driven BMW E36

By · January 23, 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.

BMW M44 Engine Technical Information (1996)

By · January 13, 2014

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.

Another BMW E36 parts car

By · November 7, 2013

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

Brochure: The 3-Series Coupe Sports Option

By · May 12, 2013

A visitor to the site, Ben, was kind enough to provide photos of the original brochure for the BMW 3-Series Coupe Sports Option models.

1994/1995 BMW E36 318is Sport Option Pack

By · March 25, 2013

In October 1994 BMW Australia introduced a sport option pack for the 318is coupe. This option pack included 16-inch alloys and certain M-Technic parts. I've seen three such 318is's around. Apparently the sports option pack was also offered on the 325i but I haven't seen any of those.

Second parts car gone

By · March 22, 2013

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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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