Where do E36 Rusts?
Where do E36 Rusts?
i would say mainly around the rear arch (bumper side) and around the boot key lock thing, but thats just my experience
Rear arches, front wings, jacking points, door bottoms and metal brake pipes
In my experience most of the rust on these cars are from previous repair work.
Can be from repair work, but the E36's rust proofing was garbage! to say the least god knows what BMW were thinking of when they designed the E36. Front wings and all body panels had no under-body sealant just factory primer only protected buy a plastic guard and rubber seal like a door seal.
Too many cavity's on the car where dirt and moisture could gather if you do find one without any rust my advise would be . Take off the front wings
(very simple to remove, 4 bolts and a couple of screws) under-seal the back of the arch and it should last a lifetime, also where the front panel meets the wing at the indicators another place for dirt to gather.
Rear arches they are double skin, but where they meet is the problem if not stopped it will work its way along the bumper line
There are a lot out there that have never been looked after but just as many have, so dont rush out and buy any old one just for the badge if you get the right one your laughing and look after it. it will pay you back in the long run
I have had my E36 M3 for nearly 4 years now, just started showing very small bubble on the lip of the rear arch, none on the fronts.
And a tiny bit near the lock and the spolier mounts on the boot. Going to get a new boot and get the arch done asap
Just wondered if there was anything hidden on the underside that could turn nasty?
Cheers for the above info, going to check all these asap, but pretty sure she is sound
Battery compartment behind near side rear wheel
i got some rust in the boot under the rubber seal, pretty bad aswell,might wanna check there cos its hidden.
I've had rust in two places on the boot, 1st one underneath the keylock and 2nd one on the bottom corner.
Best thing to do, rub it down and spray it... try and not use a touch up tool from halfords coz it will look well dodgey!
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