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Train Wreck E36


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So here’s the back story... I Always have been into BMW but never had one ... Use to have a G35 Sedan and a Subaru. So at this time The owner of shop I work at was selling a E36 sedan he totaled. Hit another car and tore up the front end. So I jumped on it $500. And I had my first bmw .. Rewind to today’s and we now have a Z4 , 335 , 330i and the 328 e36... here is the process of rebuild. I want this and z4 to be track cars and really get into this. Both are auto yes. Z4 at least has paddles. But I can justify hitting a wall in the E36 so let’s use an Automajic as a test dummy 

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Step one I had to order a bunch of stuff , had to get a fuel pump ASAP as well as a battery just so we can pull it in and out. I did fail to mention that there was also an Incorrect gear ratio code so tranny was cooked. Absolute no reverse.  Radiator support and got some cheapo headlights off of offer up 

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Baby steps ... got some corner lights and the nose panel. Bumper is the next step. Found a M3 style one on OfferUp for like $80 threw it in the back of the Subaru and headed to shop. Radiator also wasn’t fitting right so had to buy the mounts. Peep my old G35 

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I had to order the kidneys ASAP , it was killing me. eBay had some cheapos. Score. Now time to install radiator.  Few days prior I had no plan of radiator but the old owner was telling me it’s tuned to rev higher and me forgetting the radiator wasn’t secured resulted in Another new radiator !

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Now time to tackle cooling. New water pump , thermostat , fan clutch and blade. Now everything’s put back together. No CEL and no overheating. Transmission installed with new fluids. Air bag light on so have to have our diag tech tackle that. But next is windshield and I’ll keep you guys posted. I know I’ll get shit for Automajic track build .. I have a N54 I’m building so the track car is the budget car and opportunity presented its self. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

So the other day in our E46 the CEL came on for p0171 and p0174. Smoked the intake and no leaks .... ( After I ordered CCV Kit ? ) but then after resetting  the light And going for drive cycle a p0102 code came back this time as well as trans light.... ordered a MAF and BOOM both lights gone and drives smooth ... Ready for smog ! Who knew MAF puts E46 into limp mode .. Fresh wash and now my girl can drives this and I get my 335 back ?

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  • 2 months later...

Well after this happens today ... need to decide if junking the car or start a new plan .... After an employee’s clutch slipped and hit the back of me I was pushed into another car... park this in storage and focus everything on WRX and 335i or figure out this. 

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3 hours ago, 8URAMG said:

Well after this happens today ... need to decide if junking the car or start a new plan .... After an employee’s clutch slipped and hit the back of me I was pushed into another car... park this in storage and focus everything on WRX and 335i or figure out this. 

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Former employee?

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