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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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Free Vin check

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February 27, 2011

I have been looking for Free Vin check website ever since I can remember. Thanks to the guys at http://52internet.net/autocheck/ we all can now get a free autocheck report. Its rather nice seeing where all my old cars have ended up, I had always been curious. Below: 1. Input the vin number 2. Click...
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The art of bolt tightening

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January 29, 2011
The art of bolt tightening

For some this might be obvious but for those who dont know this will save you alot of headache in the future, tightening bolts properly is essential to seal gaskets properly to distribute the tightening pressure so you dont get leaks; in most cases if you dont tighten in the proper order the gasket...
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BMW E90 valve train (lifter) tick/noise

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November 27, 2010
BMW E90 valve train (lifter) tick/noise

Before you buy an E90 you should probably consider ether getting a certified pre owned which provides extended warranty or getting after market insurance if your new car warranty is getting near its expiry date. Why? its not uncommon for your new e90 lifters (part of valve train) to start ticking, it happens because a minor design flaw in the...
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E30 engine swap options

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October 4, 2010
E30 engine swap options

You may be wondering what the best engine for your new or future E30 should be. Well here is a list for you to make a better informed decision. 318i (M42B18 conversion) 136 HP 172Nm Inline 4 engine stock 1.8 liter engine in the 318i.  The fairly low weight of the engine makes the...
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Tools (General and E30)

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August 20, 2010
Tools (General and E30)

If you own an e30 and your not rich (rich to the e30 community is pretty damn low) chances are you are more then happy to tinker on your own ride. Hell… the e30 will probably enable you to learn enough handy knowledge to where people will start asking you for advise. Bmw was...
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