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Service interval indicator and inspection reset E30

October 29, 2012
Service interval indicator and inspection reset E30

Contrary to popular belief you do not need a reset “tool” to reset the service indicator and inspection lights on your dash. All you need is a simple piece of wire (strip both ends): This wire will act as a jumper wire between two terminals. Some people suggest using a wire with a fuse...
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ECU Pinout and Electrical tests E30

October 27, 2012
ECU Pinout and Electrical tests E30

Where and how to access ECU: I have tried to illustrate where and how to access the ECU, it is in the glove box compartment. To access it open your glove box and undo the two screws holding the plastic cover that is at the “ceiling” of the glove box compartment, under there you...
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M20B25 Valve adjustment E30 (325i, 325is, 325ix)

October 22, 2012
M20B25 Valve adjustment E30 (325i, 325is, 325ix)

M20 E30 engines are flat tappet engines and require periodic valve adjustments. The loved and distinctive sound of M20 ticking especially when cold, is because of the flat tappet design. The reasons to adjust your valves includes increased compression because both intake and exhaust valves close fully. Increased fuel economy, and generally improved performance....
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Changing E30 Engine, Motor mounts DIY

October 21, 2012
Changing E30 Engine, Motor mounts DIY

Changing the engine mounts is a fairly simple concept, however knowing some tips and tricks makes the process a lot quicker. I found it easier to lift the engine and change one mount at a time. I did not have to lift the car to do this job. Both sides: Undo the top nuts...
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Changing E30 Transmission Mounts DIY

October 20, 2012
Changing E30 Transmission Mounts DIY

  Transmission mounts are fairly easy to change. Do not attempt to change the mounts unless you have a car jack handy to support/lift the transmission (just a normal jack, im not referring to anything special; scissor jack, hydraulic jack, whatever). The reason you need a car jack and cannot use a jack stand...
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BMW VIN decoder – see what options your BMW came with from the factory

September 2, 2012
BMW VIN decoder – see what options your BMW came with from the factory

On a 25 year old E30 it is hard to know what options were original to the car and what options were added later by previous owners. Take for example my E30, it has the original white exterior with a cardinal red interior. However after decoding my VIN I discovered the cardinal interior was not original to my...
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Diagnosing and fixing cooling system and overheating issues

July 3, 2012
Diagnosing and fixing cooling system and overheating issues

I recently acquired another E30 and am officially back in the E30 scene. Unfortunately the car had an overheating problem among other things, and facing a 2500 mile trip ahead of me, this overheating problem needed to get sorted. Basically at idle and while driving the heat gauge would climb right around the 3/4 mark (should be at 1/2)....
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Lessons learned from buying aftermarket parts for my old E30

May 30, 2012
Lessons learned from buying aftermarket parts for my old E30

  My first car, an E30, being excited to get it safetied and to broke to buy OEM parts, I purchased an after market tierod from my local auto parts store.  After getting the car back I heard a grinding/swishing noise that went with the pace of how fast the car was going (the faster I went the more frequent...
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Radiator and cooling for M60 / M62 V8 E30 swap and other swaps

February 8, 2012
Radiator and cooling for M60 / M62 V8 E30 swap and other swaps

It is no surprise that an M60 / M62 requires more cooling capacity. There were two styles of radiators in M20 e30’s 1988+ and pre 1988. If you have 1988+ then an e36 or a Z3M (e36/4) radiator will fit without modification. If you have a pre 1988 then ‘it drops in, no mods,...
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Calculating rim and tire sizes to achieve stock wheel diameter

January 24, 2012
Calculating rim and tire sizes to achieve stock wheel diameter

So your thinking, man I really dont like those bottle caps (stock rims) on my E30. A mistake a lot of people make is they intuitively think that a bigger rim automatically equals a bigger overall wheel diameter. Tire sizing is determined by calculating the mm width of the tread, percentage of that width...
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