I'm new here as I just picked up my first e36 and, aside from all the wierd problems, I'd definately buy another one.
However, some one maliciously beat the hell out of this car, including, but not limitted to: running into something that misplaced the frame and driver's side a-arm, tore up the interior, repainted it poorly with cheap paint, and blew up the engine.
I'm sure the accident can account for a lot (especially since the fuse panel is on that side), but I'm also wondering if anyone has experienced some of these problems and how they are fixed.
1. Probably the most annoying and dangerous is that all of my light will randomly shut off. If I switch the lights back to park or off at least the corner markers will come back on. Some times the lights will work again after I turn the switch on and off a few times, other times shutting the car off and turning it back on, or just plain walking away from it and coming back the next day works. The switch doesn't seem to have any play in it, nor does wiggling the switch around help.
2. When it's below about 40* (which is a lot in WI), the trans decides to throw itself into limp mode and the gear light comes on (obviously an AT). Seems to be a cold thing, because if I warm up the car, then shut it off and turn it back on, it's fine. I've heard that this is a typical problem, but how do you fix it?
3. The turn signal and outter brake/running light on the rear passenger side housing recently stopped working. There's no corrosion on the contact strips or plugs and the bulbs are fine.
4. The temp readout on the info center is constantly -35* F. I didn't really notice that until recently when it really wasn't that cold.
5. Is there any way to recover, reset, or figure out the car's info center security code? I have no manual or anything, and I don't see it written any where on the car (or I missed it).
6. Cruise control is just plain not working; any way to test the unit?
Once all that is taken care of all I need to do is repaint it, and fix the upholstery, carpet, headliner and AC and it'll be a decent car again. Still, after all the beating it's taken, with new ball joints, tie rods, rack, and bushings the car is really solid.
Bits 'n Pieces of a 93 E36
94 Plymouth Acclaim/89 Dodge Spirit ES Turbo