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  1. E87
    hello all, has anyone made their own towbar to suit a 2007 series one E87 hatch please. I am trying to avoid little pit falls eg to relocate rear muffler etc etc .... the kit here[Sydney] costs $ 750 aus buks PLUS $500 fitting.... I can diy for 150 buks . not a bad saving you'd agree . I will...
  2. BMW 5 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E12
    Hi, car suddenly cut out as driving along. After getting it recovered there isn't any spark or fuel. I originally thought it was a Motronic system but have since learnt it is the L Jetronic due to the lack of sensors and different ECU. I had originally ran through the diagnostic process for...
  3. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey guys, this is my first post here. I just picked up my new baby...a 1987 325e for $800. She's so pretty! I almost feel like I stole it from the owner...I'm pretty sure he could have sold it for twice that. Anyway, there are some issues I'm not familiar with as I've always wanted, but...
  4. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey fellas, Was hoping to get some insight to a potential auto gearbox fault. The autobox in my 325i was reconditioned in 2008, at 87k miles. ( I don't know what work was carried out I just have the service receipt.) Its now got 107k miles and still pulls like a train apart from a few blips...
  5. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey up, Trying to figure out if my RTABs are bad or I'm experiencing e30 325i handling tail happy characteristics? I get a quick left to right arse wiggle when I kick the autobox down in sport mode, but under hard braking it seems fine. It almost feels like the tyres have lost traction for a...
  6. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Was tinkering around, trying to locate a small oil leak the car has only when the engine is on, suggesting components that the oil reaches when its pressurised. I found out what it was, it's seeping from this plug thing on the oil filter housing. Can this be tighten? How can I fix this?
  7. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey guys, Ok went to change my squeaking alternator belt, only to find that I can't loosen it enough to get the belt off as the toothed bracket it missing a tooth.! The bolt reaches a point where it just spins, I don't want to cut the old belt off as If I can't get that off I probably won't...
  8. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey fellas, When I start my e30 325i it's idle speed is stable, around the 700 rpm mark. Then when I put the lights on, it drops to 600 rpm, hen when I put it into drive its 500 rpm and the lights dip a little. It seems the alternator is struggling a little, do all your e30's do...
  9. BMW Detailing, Bodywork and Styling forum
    Ok fellas, I need to get this fixed, what is the best way to do it??
  10. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey all, I have this strange thing happening with my car, whenever I turn the radio on, the gearbox fault dash light begins flickering on and off and the gear box starts juddering about! (Its an auto) It does not do this when I play music through the USB or AUX out.. only the...
  11. BMW Detailing, Bodywork and Styling forum
    Hey fellas, I'm currently sorting out little bits of bodywork on my e30 325. The chrome work is great all around except the trim around the windshield which looks to be quite pitted. How can I restore this to it's former glory? -Mcbonio
  12. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hi fellas, Trying to figure out what this loose bulb is from the back of my instrument cluster, i'ts constantly on when the car is started. It can't be from the glow plug dash light as mine is a petrol engine, it can't go in the 2nd hole as it's round and the bulb holder is square...
  13. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey guys, First off I'd like to thank you guys for all your help in solving my e30 vert's niggling problems. You're all a great bunch of guys.! Ok next on the list of minor annoyances, I have a rapid squeak on the drivers side front end, it seems like it's coming from the top of...
  14. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    I've just changed the spark plugs in my M20B25 and noticed the old plugs had the spark plug screw on tip removed... I had to remove the screw tips from the ones on the new plugs so I could get the HT leads on. I'm guessing the HT leads on the car are original? As non of my other cars have had...
  15. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey chaps, Ok so after I changed the oil on my '87 vert 325i, a ticking noise has occurred.! I put in 5 litres of10w40 semi oil, so its reasonably thick. I believe this is the correct amount of oil required for the m20b25. The engine is silky smooth and has hardly any...
  16. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey fellas, Just want to get a quick consensus, I'm going to do a full oil change this weekend on my e30 325i and I'm not 100% what oil I should be buying. In my e46 I just bang 4L of 10W40 Castrol Magnatec in it. As the 325i m20 engine is much older I'm not sure the seals can...
  17. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hi chaps, On my obsessive quest to fix all of my e30's niggling problems brings me the next to the next issue I want to resolve... please read. I have a smallish hole in the drivers seat bolster, I recon I can fix it myself although I'm having trouble finding some fabric that will match.! Does...
  18. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hi chaps, On my obsessive quest to fix all of my e30's niggling problems brings me the next to the next issue I want to resolve... please read. When I leave my keys in the ignition and lights on and open the drivers door it doesn't chime to warn me. I know the door sensor is good as the...
  19. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hi chaps, On my obsessive quest to fix all of my e30's niggling problems brings me the next to the next issue I want to resolve... please read. As I drive along and pick up speed to around 30 - 40 mph I notice a metallic rubbing sound coming from the rear drives side wheel.. It...
  20. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey fellas, As title suggests, when I shut my drivers door on my e30, it sounds like someone booting a tin can full of screws. If I rattle the door front to back I can hear things inside rattling. It's obviously due to age and the shock from slamming to door thousands of times...
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