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My 1997 318is My 1998 318is

Updates on my two 318is'

by John Avis | January 10, 2015

It has been a while since I posted any updates about either of my 318is', so here's a bit of a summary on what has being going on with them.

My 1991 325i

Common problem with M50 vacuum connector

by John Avis | July 10, 2014

There's a common problem with the BMW M50 engines as fitted to the E36 320i and 325i, and the E34 520i and 525i. On the intake manifold there is a air pipe connection that over time can come loose.


BMW E46 engine reliability guide

by John Avis | July 3, 2014

A summary of the reliability of the various engines that were offered on Australian market BMW E46 3 series models.

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.


BMW M44 Engine Technical Information (1996)

by John Avis | 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.

My 1998 318is

My Supercharged 318is updates

by John Avis | January 13, 2014

What's happened since I bought this car?


Another BMW E36 parts car

by John Avis | November 7, 2013

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

My 1997 318is

Starter motor problems for my 1997 BMW 318is sedan

by John Avis | November 2, 2013

We have been having problems starting our 1997 BMW 318is.

My 1998 318is

My new 1998 318is Sport with... Supercharger!

by John Avis | July 28, 2013

After several months of searching for my next car, last night I spotted a 1998 318is Sport for sale. Not only was it priced quite low, but the advertisement said it was supercharged.


Brochure: The 3-Series Coupe Sports Option

by John Avis | 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.

E30 E36 E46 Magazine Articles My 1990 318is My 1991 325i My 1994 318is My 1995 M3 My 1997 318is My 1998 318is My second 1990 318is Technical Tips

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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