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What problems does your BMW E36 have?

19th November 2007

What problems does your BMW E36 have?

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We all know that BMW E36 cars do have some (or many) problems that you will have to face sooner or later. I usually try to ignore them for a while, but find myself unable to keep ignoring them anymore, so I start a campaign to fix any problems that I see (or feel 🙂 ). Last time, my headlights were looking foggy and I thought of replacing them, but unfortunately, found a very good solution (kind of waxing) that restored them to their great shiny look. Although I successfully managed to fix this, I still have many issues to fix in the car. For instance, the paint needs some maintenance. My sunroof doesn’t open correctly, so I have to address this as well. I also need to do the Making your BMW Angel Eyes Fadeout . . . DIY! procedure which I talked about yesterday. That’s for my car, what about you guys? Anyone cares to share his/her car’s problems with us? Is it your headliner? Glove box? Windows? AC? Engine? . . . come on people, don’t be shy . . . Oh . . . one more thing, I forgot to mention my idle problem that’s driving me crazy.

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  1. 1 On April 10th, 2012, Pauuli said:

    Nice, relay damaged? don’t know. They were not able to steal it? Very nice. Still love my bimmer and still always have fun every time I drive it could not compare to some other cars at all.

  2. 2 On July 9th, 2012, Damo said:

    BMW’s…. Great car till they get old….

    I have this sweet bummer, best car i have ever owned and constantly get told thats a really nice car for a p plater anyways. There is this problem with the drivers door near the latch part on the car there is a button that senses when it is closed i am just wondering how i can fix this because it isn’t long enough to sense when the door is closed and you have to push on the door while locking it for the car to lock properly & just after i had fixed all the issues the car had some idiot in a truck decides to hit it while it was parked after it got an inspection to make sure it wasn’t leaking and was all clear underneath.

    Any ideas on how to fix the Door Latch Thingo

  3. 3 On September 3rd, 2012, maui beamer said:

    Hey can a faulty coil pack cause your transmission to not go in drive? I just bought a 1995 325i with only 65000 miles on it and its an automatic HELP!!!!!

  4. 4 On September 3rd, 2012, pauuli said:

    Never heard of such a thing

  5. 5 On October 1st, 2012, BigSexy said:

    I have a 98 BMW 328is with 169xxx.
    well here are the problems:
    #18 fuse for fuel pump shorts out but still runs with it
    driver side door doesnt open with key only on passenger side
    gloves box light it out
    passenger seat doesnt move up or slides back and forth

    oh and is there suppose to be an light under the hood.

  6. 6 On October 4th, 2012, Richard said:

    Hi there gentlemen.
    Can any of you please instruct me on how to clean the Idle Control Valve from a 1997 BMW e36 M44 1.9L engine?
    THANK YOU in advance for any help 🙂

  7. 7 On October 4th, 2012, Pauul said:

    >BigSexy you are right there is no light under the hood.