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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 08-23-2008, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So Im new to the bmw scene bought a bmw and going to pick it up monday it is a 325i with a cooling problem but I read up on here what to expect I have done work on bimmers before and I am going to school to work on german cars thats all Ive owned is german cars besides a galant that was a beater I am currently going to school for automotive what Im looking for is a budget build, things that I can bolt on and drive the car the same day any suggestions I still live with my parents and work full time at a local monroe muff/brake so I bring in about 600 every two weeks so I have about 300 to spare at the end of the week after all the things I need any suggestions
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd guess the main cooling issue is the clutch fan. Good luck, and
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thanks Im not driving it home Im picking it up on a flat bed and when I get home with it I'm going to diagnose it I hoping its not the head gasket
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Any oil in coolant or vice versa?
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not sure only went to look at the car and test drove it but the gauge doesn't go up for like ten minutes of running Im going to do a compression test on the cylinder and also the cooling system ill pull the thermostat and throw a lighter under it and hopefully it won't pop
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also the stereo is locked you know when they need a safe code to unlock them where do I get the code to unlock the thing I have an eclipse head unit but I want to stick to the stock interior
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Go ahead and use the Eclipse, most of them allow you to change the display controls to orange.

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fixed the cooling system I think I need to know what the normal operating temp is for this car and I don't want to use the eclipse I like the look of the stock head unit could I just unplug the wires in the back would that reset the code
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your code might be wrote on your stero of your lucky. you should check that. but no disscontecting the wires wont reset it
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If the temp gage has the four marks on it, normal operating is usually just before center between the two middle marks.
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does anyone know where I can find a wiring diagram for an aftermarket headunit I began putting mine in and I ended up triping some fuses and now my windows won't go up
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I found a power wire and also a ground but the power wire I found doesn't turn the radio off with the car and I also can't figure out the speaker wires
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