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Old 09-17-2007, 08:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Are E36 exhaust manifolds prone to breaking

I have been told that the exhaust manifolds all have a weakness where they break right by the flange that bolts onto the engine. Is this true for all the different engines, or is it only for certain engines.

I have a 318i with an M42 motor and my manifold broke. When I bought the car a couple of years ago I noticed a hissing sound and had the manifold repaired after it completely broke off and the car started to sound like a Beetle. I have noticed the hissing sound again now only a week after having it repaired and I fear that it has broken again. Possibly poor workmanship, I hope not though. It goes "sssssssssss" when I put my foot down.
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is the first time I hear about an E36 exhaust manifold breaking
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Perhaps its limited to my region...
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those exhaust manifolds are cast iron mo-fo's, i highly highly doubt that its cracked, maybe its around the downpipe.
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The exhaust manifold on my E36 M3 cracked just above the flange where it attached to the exhaust pipe. No cracks where it attached to the engine, though.
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OBD 2 manifolds are different on I-6 e36's at least
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take the advantage to get some headers??
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oh wait, i just noticed hes a 4 banger, my fault i thought he was obd1 6 cylinder, i think the 4 cly mani's are made differently
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