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.


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.


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.


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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The M52 engine and the Nikasil problem

by John Avis | February 2, 2013
There is already a lot of information online about the problems with M52 and M60 engines due to the aluminium block and Nikasil cylinder bore lining used in most countries where these engines were sold.


318is versus 325i

by John Avis | October 11, 2012
Having owned four 318is's and now a 325i for a few months I am ready to give my thoughts on the pros and cons of each model.


M50 Engine Technical Information (E36)

by John Avis | August 19, 2012
BMW has developed a new six-cylinder, four valve engine which will be found in the 525i model. Known internally as the M50 engine, it uses the same technological concept as the four-cylinder, four valve engine (M42) found in the 318i and 318is models.


Review of BMW 318is (E36) 1992 - 1998

by John Avis | July 31, 2008
Almost exactly a year after the introduction of the E36 generation of BMW 3-series sedan came the first of the coupes, the 318is. Although the coupe looks very similar to the sedan, virtually every body panel is different. The cabin is set further back, the boot lid is shorter and the roofline is lower. At the front, the headlights and grille are the same. At the rear the coupe's rear lights are wider.


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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