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My 1991 325i

Sold my 325i

by John Avis | April 19, 2013

With some remorse already, last weekend I sold my 1991 BMW 325i.


1994/1995 BMW E36 318is Sport Option Pack

by John Avis | 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 John Avis | March 22, 2013

My 1997 318is

BMW E36 steering/ignition lock woes

by John Avis | March 18, 2013

The ignition lock on our 1997 318is 4-door has for some time shown some signs that it was wearing out. Sometimes when you turned the key the lock would just spin freely.

My 1991 325i

BMW E36 instrument cluster intermittently stops working

by John Avis | March 13, 2013

The instruments in my 1991 E36 BMW 325i intermittently stop working. Usually it happens when I operate some electrical equipment like the wipers or press the brake pedal and activate the brake light switch.

My 1991 325i

Replaced the roof lining on my E36 325i

by John Avis | February 24, 2013

The parts car I just purchased had a good roof lining. It had been retrimmed at some point and was still in good condition, but a little dirty.


Bought another parts car

by John Avis | February 22, 2013


Fitting US market cup holders to an Australia BMW E36

by John Avis | February 12, 2013

Aside from some cup holders inside the glove box lid that are only really suited to a picnic, the Australian market 1991 to 1997 3 series (E36) is bereft of any way to safely transport drinks.

My 1991 325i

Rust repair

by John Avis | February 10, 2013


BMW E36 engine reliability guide

by John Avis | February 8, 2013

When you are shopping for a car as old as the E36 generation 3 series, it makes sense to choose the model that will be the most reliable and require the least maintenance. Here's a run down on the pros and cons of most of the engines available (in Australia).

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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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