My 1997 318is








My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | April 10, 2012
I got around to doing what I should have done first and just looked down at the engine mounts. Looks like the driver side mount has completely separated.


My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | March 25, 2012
Today I installed the new steering wheel and the new centre console with armrest. If it wasn't for the crappy seat covers and front door trims it would be looking pretty good in there. The car also got a wash and wax.




My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | March 13, 2012
I drove the car to work today and the transmission became a bit of a problem, finally resulting in the transmission fault light coming on and being stuck in 3rd gear (limp home mode presumably).




My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | March 6, 2012
Car is with the auto transmission specialist now. They are going to fit the transmission, including new rear main and torque converter seals, and new gaskets, filter and oil.



My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | February 25, 2012
If you saw my first post, you would have seen the condition of the bonnet. It had several large areas where the paint had peeled off and the exposed metal had started to rust. It looked awful and was the main reason this car looked so bad.

My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | February 23, 2012
Finally fixed the sunroof. Aside from breaking certain parts while trying to work out how it all worked, I think the main problem was lack of lubrication. It's working great now.


My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | February 8, 2012
I picked up a used automatic transmission today for A$250, and need to get it installed now (quoted A$350 + oil). I also got a "final stage unit" hoping it would solve my climate control issue (no fan)... It didn't.


My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | February 3, 2012
I have now ordered a bunch of parts from Pelican Parts, most importantly a new gasket and bush for the oil filter housing which will hopefully fix the oil leak.

My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | January 28, 2012
More degreasing of the engine took place. I then ran the engine for a couple of minutes and found roughly where the oil is leaking from. I suspect it is from the oil filter housing.

My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | January 27, 2012
Thought I better stop worrying what it looks like and start sorting out the mechanical issues. First step, raise it up to get enough clearance ready to give the engine a wash tomorrow so I can try and work out where the oil leak is coming from.

My 1997 318is

My 1997 318is - Update

by John Avis | January 26, 2012
Cleaning day. I stripped the interior of everything that came off reasonably easily... Seats, console, glovebox, door trims, and various other pieces.


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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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