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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-18-2006, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New here!!!

Hello everyone! I'm a new member and just wanted to introduce myself. My very first car.... back in 94 was a 1986 325e... I missed the car sooo much that I decided to pick up another E30. Now, I'm a proud owner of an 89 325is. She's white with black leather, 5 spd. I just picked it up yesterday... I need to get it smogged, but do plan on changing all the fluids. What do you recommend? What type of trans/diff oil do you guys like? engine oil? Any info would be great!!!

She does need a little work, so hopefully I can get it all done soon. I'll post up some pics when I get a chance... Thanks again!!!!
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Old 05-18-2006, 08:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great pickup on the BMW, and welcome site. For your trans I belive in that year it takes only ATF, I recomend Mecron V. As far as the diff goes I use 80-90 synthetic.
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks... I think I hear some valves tapping also. I'm going to have my guy take a look at it.. glad to be part of the community!!! = )
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Old 05-19-2006, 01:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wink Redline oil

Hello,

I'm still working on my 87 325is as well. 5spd

I love it.

I heard redline racing oil does wonders for smoothing out shifts.

My mechanic (Bimmer Doc) has a custom blend he uses. I havent picked some up from him yet but II'll post the mix once I find out what it is. (if it works)

Ive also read about the plastic bushings/parts wearing out in the linkage.
I think bavarian autosports has a linkage rebuild kit.
I might just go with a full short throw kit with the new parts.

You can do your own valve adjust. My mechanic sugests going a bit looser than spec. Ive read a few post from people saying doing it themselves wrked great and only took 2 hours. I tinkered with one but havent gone through all my valves yet.
Got other issues. fuel pressure regulator I think.

I have a haynes manual and it doesnt tell you how to do it.
I think the bently manual describes the procedure.
Other wise search for a good post, I found one with pics (somewhere).

Look for vacume leaks as well.
and loose bolts.

You should hear all the fuel injectors operating as well.

You should electrically/mechanically test all your sensors too, Mass air flow meter, throttle position sensor, temperature sending unit. idle control valve in particular. fuel presure regulator. etc

Get good Bosch BMW OEM replacements stay away from rebuilt MAFs cheap raftermarket parts. Ther are some good high perfomance aftermarket parts too.

Thats my thoughts for now.
Good luck, have fun

Listen to Starmavin hes great help too.

I'm no professional.

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Thanks!!! I'm going to spend Monday (I'm off) and just look everything over. I'll prob post some pics too.....
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