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Old 10-27-2012, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New to the forum and new to the bimmer community. Got a '94 325i. Still got cosmetics and mechanical issues that need attention, but in really good condition otherwise. Here's a pic of it right after I installed an OEM M3 front bumper w/yellow fogs. The last pic is the color I want to paint it, British Racing Green. Anyone know of a good paint shop in the Sacremento area? Thanks!



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Old 10-28-2012, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great looking car. Dont worry about the cosmetic issues, they can always be sorted out in due time. Ive been their too. Make sure you keep the maintenance up to date. These cars will last a very long time when taken care of.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yea, that's what a mechanic back in Florida told me too. Said these cars can last till 400k miles. The transmission is starting to slip, need to change spark plugs, coils, and boots. Want to change out all the vacuum hoses. Don't really know much about mechanical things and self diagnosis, but that's why I turn to these types or forums for answers.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ive seen an E36 hit over 625,000 Miles on the original engine.

Change the transmission fluid. The fluid is not "lifetime" as claimed by many. It does need to be chamged to prolong the life of the transmission. Vacuum lines is doable, but a PITA due to how many their are, and removal of the intake manifold is required for most. Spark plugs are super easy to change on these cars.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow. That's insane. Yea, I've seen vids on how to do the plugs. I've got to say that these cars are very easy to work on from what I've seen.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Do you know how to change the transmission fluid on these cars and what type of fluid to use? Want to do whatever I can, if its not something too involved. Lol.
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Automatic or Manual?

The process is the same for both automatic transmissions. BavAuto has an excellent How To video on their blog here:
BMW DIY Video – Automatic Transmission Fluid and Filter Change – How To Replace – Auto Trans | Bavarian Autosport Blog

On the bottom of your transmission pan is a sticker. The color will denote what transmision fluid to use based on what transmission you have. Mine is green which means i need Dexron III as it is a GM transmission. Other colors include Black. I prefer Castrol as they were the OEM fluid supplier for BMW when the car was new. Mobil 1 makes an ATF that is compatible and applicable as well.
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It's automatic. It's at 244k right now. Are the specs on how much fluid in the manual?
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In the owners manual does not mention transmission fluid at all. BMW states most transmissions are a "lifetime fill" so its not covered.

However it is covered in the Bentley Service Manual under Section 240-3 (page 231). For the A4S 310R, with removal of both transmission sumps (pans) it takes 5 Lires (5.3 quarts).
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Ok, great. A mechanic gave me a bentley manual on a thumb drive when I pick up the Bimmer after getting the hub bearing changed. I just watched the video and once again, it looks like a very simple process. I'm assuming that you can get the filter at any auto store? In the manual does it talk about types of fluid to use? or what do you prefer? Preciate all the help Vader.
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I get all of my OEM parts from BimmerSpecialist.com. I find the price to be the best for what im getting, and their customer service is top notch. I picked up the transmission filter and gasket kit a few weeks ago from them for $40.

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Ok, sweet. I've heard pelican parts.com is a great site too. Went on there and they definitely have any part your needing. Can't say much about the price tho, cause I've just recently been searching for items for the bimmer. How's shipping?
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Never ordered from PelicanParts so i cant comment on shipping, but i find BimmerSpecialist to be pretty good. 5 day shipping to Canada. I place order sunday night, its filled and shipped monday morning, and I have everything on Friday afternoon. No complaints so far.
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Hmmm.... I'll have to check them out. Would you suggest I get things like spark plug boots, trans fluid filter and spark plugs from them? Or just from a local auto shop will work?
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Me personally, i would buy it all from them. Its all BMW specific, and made by the actual OEM company that made the parts when it left the factory so why not? I rather have known quality parts from a trusted supplier then an aftermarket or "universal" part.

Check your coil pack boots before you replace them. 6 of them is $80~ so if their not obviously worn or damaged you might not need to replace them. My coil packs themselves are still original.
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