well on the inline-6's like mine, people at garages say it is very tricky and takes about 3 hours to change, I am guessing that on a 4 cylinder it would be easier. Maybe pelican parts would have a DIY on it.
You could try going on google and typing in e36 318 starter installation or something like that.
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If you have the tools it's actually quite easy IMO.
Just let the car cool for a bit then go from behind the tranny, stick your ratchet/air ratchet, whatever tool you're going to use through the side of the driveshaft and it's only two bolts. When reinstalling you have to use the other hand to hold the nut.
But FYI I have access to air tools and a drive on hoist so that makes it so much easier.
With right tools and knowledge i'd say about 1 hr to 1.5 hr job.
Newer E36 318 (1998) have a different starter (with or without threads, not sure) that is 2-3 times easier to change. Dealership charges 3-4 hours usually but only 1.5 for this one. Would be a nice idea to ask the dealership what starter you have in your car.
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