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BMW Motronic Tuning, specifically Motronic 1.3, 1.1 and 1.0

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December 30, 2016
BMW Motronic Tuning, specifically Motronic 1.3, 1.1 and 1.0

*If you have .bin files for chips or XDF files for these ECU’s please email them to me at admin@rtsauto.com and I will upload them to this page as a resource for others.* Bosch Motronic 1.3, 1.1, 1.0, 1.7 are the primary ECU’s that power all E30’s. 1.3, 1.1, 1.0 for M20’s (6 cylinders)...
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How dealer auctions work and where dealerships get their used cars from; how to buy a good car

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December 12, 2016
How dealer auctions work and where dealerships get their used cars from; how to buy a good car

The used car market in north america is a very saturated market and therefore heavily standardized. Below is some information that will make you a better informed buyer:   Where do original and used car dealerships get their cars from? Used car dealerships leverage either of two systems: Buying cars from dealership auctions  The...
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BMW ETK part catalogue

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September 18, 2014
BMW ETK part catalogue

There are many online based ETK systems like realoem and bmwfans.info for BMW parts and most work great, however none are as accurate and up to date as the ETK directly from BMW. Luckily BMW has their ETK available online with a general login. To access it just press the link below and enter the...
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E30, BMW, and Mercedes Driveshaft and u-joint rebuild, non-serviceable u-joints.

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January 3, 2014

BMW (including E30’s) and some Mercedes drive-shafts particularly of the 80’s-90’s vintage have what are called non-serviceable staked in u-joints. Over-time the grease inside the u-joints drys out, get pasty or otherwise stops performing its job; this causes the u-joint needle bearings to bind. Binding u-joints will cause vibrations to be felt at a...
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The mystery of the unknown BMW Vin number

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June 8, 2013
The mystery of the unknown BMW Vin number

Many months ago I took out a 380 ECU out of my E30, expecting to find a 153 ECU, that I changed with a 173. The Vin sticker on the ECU reads: WBATE5FFHA1716242 It seem that this VIN does not exist? When I search the last 7 digits in realoem/BMW ETK I get an...
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BMW VIN decoder – see what options your BMW came with from the factory

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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

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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

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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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Mounting an M60 / M62 V8 Into an e30 without subframe spacers and without drivetrain angle

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January 22, 2012
Mounting an M60 / M62 V8 Into an e30 without subframe spacers and without drivetrain angle

It has long been the norm to use subframe spacers while preforming the m60 / m62 v8 swap into an e30. Where did this norm start? Well basically as far as I can tell it started with an old-er swap guide which you will find somewhat translated here.  So for the sake of convenience...
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Stomp test and why you should have a 173 ECU vs 153.

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May 11, 2011
Stomp test and why you should have a 173 ECU vs 153.

So you have a check engine light on, and your a backyard mechanic. One of the most useful free tools in your arsenal is what is called the stomp test; this test basically makes the check engine light flash to give you a code, with this code you can determine the fault for why...
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