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Old 03-11-2005, 05:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i know i posted this already but it was in a wrong named topic so if u lock a topic can u plz lock the other one...thnx
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well these r the problems in my car! if any of u know anything about any of them can u plz say wht to do or wht the problem is....


1. the fuse no.1 which is for the electric windows has no Voltage goin to it, so some genious (previous owner), instead of fixing the problem soldered on a wire from the fuse for the lighter (i think fuse no.32) so now all my windows including the sunroof work 24/7, even without the key!!!!

2. oh well not all windows work coz my e36 (not sure if all others do this) has a light in the switch for the windows in the rear seats which is always on, well the one on the left side wasnt working so i pulled it out 2 replace the bulb (but the stupid LED is soldered on) so i put it all back nd now the window doesnt work, not even from the switch at the front! the only thing that works is when i press "up" from the back seats which doesnt achieve much as the window is closed! i probably blew something up coz i touched it with a screwdriver but everythin else still works.

3. MAIN PROBLEM: the engine in the car seems to rev itself and the whole thing seems really lazy! do all e36's have a really crap 1st gear or is it just mine? it doesnt rev itself constantly but when i change gears it seems to like get stuck to where it was reving just b4 i push in the clutch nd press the gas pedal! do u have any idea why this could be? when i try to take off quickly from a standing start it just doesnt happen, it does a little jump nd then it kinda goes, but pretty slow, it gets much faster in 2nd gear, and no its not my crap clutching skills!!!

4. The heating doesnt work, whenever i put the heating on it just blows outside air in without it being hot! nd i smell like burning something! any idea what this could be?


i really do love this car


thnx guys...
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Old 03-11-2005, 05:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hi my friend, this is probably not the answer you want to hear .......but take it to a professional, your problems are quite large and you might as well get the whole thing fixed properly and the right way, i dunno how long you have had the car, but if you have had it only a very short time, i question the person or place you bought it, because it seems they might have patched the problems to sell the car.
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hi my friend, this is probably not the answer you want to hear .......but take it to a professional, your problems are quite large and you might as well get the whole thing fixed properly and the right way, i dunno how long you have had the car, but if you have had it only a very short time, i question the person or place you bought it, because it seems they might have patched the problems to sell the car.
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Did you just buy this car? Did you know about that crap before buying that car? Did you get it checked out somewhere? If he lied, you could take him to court under the lemon law (if that's all over the US).

If I had to pick one main issue with the E36's, I think I would vote for the electric problems. To make things worse, some brilliant peice of **** took the time to fuck with it... but not fix it!

These sound like very expensive problems, DIY or not. Your car isn't going to be going up in value so it will all be a waste of money to fix it. I think the window's to be fixed alone... 2-300 bucks last I checked. I can understand that it's your baby, but suck it up and do it, you'll be grateful in the future.

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yeah i've had it for like 2 weeks but the car seems to be gettin better. i think it could have been the fact that the car had pretty much been sitting around for a few months and it was hardly driven and the driver was female so it wasnt really "pushed"! do u think that its possible for the car to have to get used to a new driver?
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yeah i've had it for like 2 weeks but the car seems to be gettin better. i think it could have been the fact that the car had pretty much been sitting around for a few months and it was hardly driven and the driver was female so it wasnt really "pushed"! do u think that its possible for the car to have to get used to a new driver?
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Ya, it could be that it had been sitting around... I'm sure you're floored it at least once since getting it, right? That should have cleared everything out.

But I think you were misinformed somewhere about the driver's gender having to do with anything... If you treat your car like shit, you treat your car like shit, male or female. Age would probably be a better predictor.

Either way, what do you mean by "pushed"? Flooring it? Pushed makes me picture someone treating their car roughly, like taking forever to change the oil... I'm sure that wouldn't help, no.

Didn't you get take the car to a mechanic to get it thoroughly checked out before buying it?
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yeah i've had it for like 2 weeks but the car seems to be gettin better. i think it could have been the fact that the car had pretty much been sitting around for a few months and it was hardly driven and the driver was female so it wasnt really "pushed"! do u think that its possible for the car to have to get used to a new driver?
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a few things here.. one dont think women drive all nice and soft, because they, in fact are just as hard if not harder on cars, sometimes due to the lack of knowledge about them ,( ie-lots of women believe that the car will run fine as long as it has gas in it, thats harder than any racer that does regular maintainace)

i still feel you should get this car properly checked out and tuned.




p.s- sorry to all the women i may have offended
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ok....by pushed i mean she wouldnt have floored it or anything and she was middle aged if that matters! i agree that their lack of knowledge has a negative effect on the car that they drive. now she got a porche so they sold the bmw.

i did get it professionally checked yea and everything passed fine except the right rear shock is leaking but thts not the problem for now. all the cylinders work at over 90% except for one which is just under, i thought this was really good for a 12yr old car with 130miles on her....

i think coz the car sat around for quite a while and wasnt used much means it needed a bit to get going again. now it seems a bit faster than before but its still pretty "lazy" i dont knw how to describe it but ill try. say the car's just idiling and u push the gas peddal....a normal car would rev as soon as u do it but this one takes its time, its not instant so im thinking there is something wrong in the electronics! ill take it to a bmw shop this week and have it fully checked!

ps. window has been fixed for $0! DIY! just needed a bit of soldering!

and its gettin a new water pump fitted tmrw, on the old owners expense as the old water pump fuckd out so the whole thing was a bit loose!
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