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#1 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 05:08 PM
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Thought i should introduce myself i have been snooping around the threads on here for a few days now, but i just got around to making an account,

Well a little about me im Chris im a mechanic and i own a repair shop on Marco island fl and im finally driving a bmw again (feels great!!!)
I just picked up a 1995 325is with 105k on it, it has bilstein coilovers and a aftermarket larger aluminum radiator, 3.15 open diff.
I picked her up for $2800 it drives and feels great! only thing is the clear is pealing from age.
It had spoiler on it when i brought the car but it looked a little cheap, my girlfriend likes it but i kinda like the car sleek without it but i would love your opinions so i can make up my mind, i took pics with and with out. let me know what you think????

After i figure out my spoiler problem im looking at a lsd 3.23 diff on ebay that i plan on swapping it to it, how do you guys like the 3.23? the 3.91 seems way to tall. i put 4.11's in my 67 stang and it was doing 4500rpm at 60mph hahaha i dont want to do that to my bmw!

and my final question does anyone know of any bmw car clubs in swfl?

Thanks Chris
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Welcome to Bimmerwerkz Chris,

You seemed to pick up a good example. I personally dont like that spoiler much. It seems like a something that came off a honda. I would recommend an M3 or an LTW spoiler instead.

What is the extra red and yellow wiring in the engine bay for? Aftermarket stereo?


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yeah that yellow wire goes from a blue hexagon block that's in the middle of my upper radiator hose.. I haven't removed it yet i couldn't imagine it to be there for any other purpose that for a aftermarket temp gauge. your thoughts? either way the yellow wire goes from the blue block to just laying lose next to my air cleaner. i found a m3 diff about 20 mins away from me for $350
"BMW E36 M3 LSD Differential

from a Manual Trans E36 1998 M3

Good Working Order

3.23 Ratio."

Do you think that's a good price and good fitment for my car?

Thanks for the help on the spoiler
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I brought the diff a few mins ago its out of a 98 m3 4door with 80kmiles im going to try and do the swap tonight i will try and take some pics of it

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I did the diff swap today it wasn't too difficult.
From 3.15 open to 3.23 lsd its a noticeable increase in acceleration and the car is like night and day with how much more fun it is to drive!!!!
I did find that those annoying torx bolts that you can barley fit a socket and ratchet in to the hole to undo them... well you can use a 3/8th wrench CLOSED END fits nice and snug with out striping.

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Good on you for doing the diff swap. Their not terribly hard, but the diff is pretty heavy.

Im not sure why the PO decided to put that blue thing in, but if I were you I would remove it and replace the hose. Thats just two more places for the hose to leak, and it looks like it serves no purpose at this point.


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hey! why'd you sell the 325is 1992, I just bought one of those ans I'm still trying to get to know it. Do you have any advise?
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hey! why'd you sell the 325is 1992, I just bought one of those ans I'm still trying to get to know it. Do you have any advise?
You will need to be more specific... What do you need advice on?


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You will need to be more specific... What do you need advice on?
1. I bought it and they didnīt even know what kind of oil they were using, they told me "mineral 20W-60" what a crime!!, so I changet to semi 15W-50, but I just bought synthetic 10W-50 and I want to go all synthetic, is it a good idea? What can you tell me about it?

2. the steering rack drops maybe a drop at night, and it was kind of dry, so I flush all of the steering system, and refill it with ATF Dexron III, for this, my BMW mechanic told me it was the best idea. what about it?

3. I refill the gearbox, it was below minimum level, it doesnīt seem to be loosing oil. Should I service the gearbox? it is grinding from 1st to 2nd and from 3rd to 2nd, I don't have a clue.

The differential was flushed and Iīve put some 75W-90, is it a good idea? what would you recommend?

thank you in advance! and thank you for leaving that open answer for me!!
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1. I bought it and they didnīt even know what kind of oil they were using, they told me "mineral 20W-60" what a crime!!, so I changet to semi 15W-50, but I just bought synthetic 10W-50 and I want to go all synthetic, is it a good idea? What can you tell me about it?

2. the steering rack drops maybe a drop at night, and it was kind of dry, so I flush all of the steering system, and refill it with ATF Dexron III, for this, my BMW mechanic told me it was the best idea. what about it?

3. I refill the gearbox, it was below minimum level, it doesnīt seem to be loosing oil. Should I service the gearbox? it is grinding from 1st to 2nd and from 3rd to 2nd, I don't have a clue.

The differential was flushed and Iīve put some 75W-90, is it a good idea? what would you recommend?

thank you in advance! and thank you for leaving that open answer for me!!
I can tell you your still using the wrong oil. The LL01 Specification approves four oils for use in the M50/M52 series of motors. Here are the only three I would use.

German Castrol 0w-30
Mobil 1 0w-40
Pennzoil European 5w-30

Personally, I normally only use Mobil 1 0w-40 and have for the last 125,000km in my car. I might try German Castrol 0w-30 on my next oil change as its become more available locally.

The power steering system does use Dexron III fluid, so your good their. However the resevoir contains a non serviceable filter that should be changed any time you change the fluid out. It is very common for the PS hoses to leak as they age. Expect to change them every 100,000 km or so.

Did you top up the transmission fluid or replace all of it? I recommend removing the transmission pan and replacing the filter and replacing the fluid. It uses Dexron III as well (providing you have a green sticker on the bottom).

Diff fluid can depend on your gear ratio and if you have an LSD. Normally 75w-90 is perfectly fine to use.


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I can tell you your still using the wrong oil. The LL01 Specification approves four oils for use in the M50/M52 series of motors. Here are the only three I would use.

German Castrol 0w-30
Mobil 1 0w-40
Pennzoil European 5w-30

Personally, I normally only use Mobil 1 0w-40 and have for the last 125,000km in my car. I might try German Castrol 0w-30 on my next oil change as its become more available locally.

The power steering system does use Dexron III fluid, so your good their. However the resevoir contains a non serviceable filter that should be changed any time you change the fluid out. It is very common for the PS hoses to leak as they age. Expect to change them every 100,000 km or so.

Did you top up the transmission fluid or replace all of it? I recommend removing the transmission pan and replacing the filter and replacing the fluid. It uses Dexron III as well (providing you have a green sticker on the bottom).

Diff fluid can depend on your gear ratio and if you have an LSD. Normally 75w-90 is perfectly fine to use.






about the oil... I change it again to mobil 15W-50. I've been reading and Iīve got some royal purple 15W-40 cause I want to try it, than, I want to try some of the oil you recommended. I live in a very warm weather, thats why I allways look for 10Wīs or 15w's, I don't know if that's a pretty good idea. My car is 120k miles.

Yes, I've changed the fluid of the power steering system, I haven't change the filter you 're telling me about. The only thing leaking is the rack and pinion. I could not remove the transmission pan, but is on my "to do list" from now, and so, the PS filter. I'll search those filters online. The thing is, I have been talking with some "mecanics" and they don't want to service my transmission, because it has "too many miles"; I believe that's a reason to do it and not no avoid it. I think I'll do it myself (never done that, btw)

I filled the diff fluid, I haven't find out if my 325is is LSD, I'll know on saturday, I'll check it at the auto shop.

Thanks a lot man, btw mine has m3 heated mirrors, probably like yours. I'll post a list of all the things I've bought for the car on bavauto (they gave me a price match on EVERYTHING).
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Hey Chris, I was wondering about South Florida BMW Clubs too. (Im in Fort Lauderdale) My Brother use to live over in Naples not far from u.

I am not a fan of that spoiler ether but it is a matter of choice, do what you want man! Enjoy her!
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