E36M3 #1406

Friday, June 22, 2001 23:44:42

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#1. Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C - from Johnson Family
#2. RE: sqeaking between driver's seat and armrest - from Bob Vaughn
#3. Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C - from Matt Henson
#4. Re: [E36M3] Suspension set up - from Chris Teague
#5. 1996 Dinan 3 - from Dave Lehmann
#6. Re: Staggered Tire sizes - from Neil Maller
#7. Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C - from Matt Henson
#8. Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C - from Bora Akyol
#9. M3 for sale - from Gil
#10. sqeaking between driver's seat and armrest - from Paul Elliott

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#1. Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C - from Johnson Family
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 16:28:44 -0700 From: "Johnson Family" <johnsons@dancris.com> Subject: Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C I'm a new owner of an old ('95) M3 and have already learned a great = deal from reading the commentary on this list. I've got a couple of = specific questions that have not been addressed: =20 1) Alarm System -- My car does not currently have an alarm system and = I would like to install one or have one installed. Any recommendations? Anybody familiar with Stellar (looks like an alarm that I might reasonably be able to install myself)? =20 2) Reset Tools -- I'd like to get a reset tool but have held off = trying to decide whether to go for just the 'Reset' ($30-50) or one that reads engine codes ($135-150). Does the code reader model give me anything more than I get through the 'Check Engine' blinking code (as outlined = in Bentley) that comes standard with the car? =20 3) Fragile Water Pump/Radiator Design -- Having heard about the risk = of plastic water pump impeller failures on '95 M3s (my mfg date is 9/94), my car in "in the shop" as I am writing this having preventative maintenance done to replace the pump before it has a chance to fail. I just saw the recent discussion string on radiator neck failures and am wondering if this is something that should be done on a preventative basis as well. What is the failure mode (catastrophic or progressive)? Has the design been changed to make replacement parts less prone = failure than the original? Are there aftermarket designs that would work better? =20 4) Air Conditioning -- I've been reading the recent threads on weak = air conditioning with interest since I live in Phoenix. I've just had = Huper Optik window film installed to try to reduce the heat load but it just appears that the BMW A/C design is marginal for hotter climates. =20 Thanks in advance for your feedback, =20 Karl Johnson 95 M3

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#2. RE: sqeaking between driver's seat and armrest - from Bob Vaughn
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 16:46:04 -0700 From: Bob Vaughn <Bob_Vaughn@Telestream.net> Subject: RE: sqeaking between driver's seat and armrest Baby powder. -- Bob, '95 M3

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#3. Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C - from Matt Henson
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 17:53:52 -0700 (PDT) From: Matt Henson <hensonator@yahoo.com> Subject: Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C Welcome to the club.. Smart move on the WP replacement. I've had 2 OEM radiators fail. They both leaked for a week before they failed completly. Once it does fail there is a company on the internet that sells an all-aluminum replacement for less than a plastic one. The reset tools for the OBD-1 cars ('95's) don't give you any more info than the CE light flashing. You can actually reset the oil and service indicators with a paper clip. I live in Austin, TX and find the A/C to be just fine. I do have a fairly dark tint (20%) with a high metallic content. My car is red but the leather is black. It's every bit as good at my Boxster and 300ZX, maybe better. Does your car have Freon or the new stuff? -Matt --- Johnson Family <johnsons@dancris.com> wrote: > Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 16:28:44 -0700 > From: "Johnson Family" <johnsons@dancris.com> > Subject: Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C > > > I'm a new owner of an old ('95) M3 and have already > learned a great = > deal > from reading the commentary on this list. I've got > a couple of = > specific > questions that have not been addressed: > =20 > 1) Alarm System -- My car does not currently have > an alarm system and = > I > would like to install one or have one installed. > Any recommendations? > Anybody familiar with Stellar (looks like an alarm > that I might > reasonably be able to install myself)? > =20 > 2) Reset Tools -- I'd like to get a reset tool but > have held off = > trying > to decide whether to go for just the 'Reset' > ($30-50) or one that reads > engine codes ($135-150). Does the code reader model > give me anything > more than I get through the 'Check Engine' blinking > code (as outlined = > in > Bentley) that comes standard with the car? > =20 > 3) Fragile Water Pump/Radiator Design -- Having > heard about the risk = > of > plastic water pump impeller failures on '95 M3s (my > mfg date is 9/94), > my car in "in the shop" as I am writing this having > preventative > maintenance done to replace the pump before it has a > chance to fail. I > just saw the recent discussion string on radiator > neck failures and am > wondering if this is something that should be done > on a preventative > basis as well. What is the failure mode > (catastrophic or progressive)? > Has the design been changed to make replacement > parts less prone = > failure > than the original? Are there aftermarket designs > that would work > better? > =20 > 4) Air Conditioning -- I've been reading the recent > threads on weak = > air > conditioning with interest since I live in Phoenix. > I've just had = > Huper > Optik window film installed to try to reduce the > heat load but it just > appears that the BMW A/C design is marginal for > hotter climates. > =20 > Thanks in advance for your feedback, > =20 > Karl Johnson > 95 M3 > > > > ************************************************************* > List Commands > UNSUBSCRIBE - (in subject line) unsubscribes you > from the mailing list. > DIR - sends a listing of files available in the > list's GET directory. > GET filename1.ext,filename2.ext - sends the > requested file(s). > > To issue a command/request to the server: > Send a message with the command you wish executed as > the > subject of the message. > ************************************************************* > > __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get personalized email addresses from Yahoo! Mail http://personal.mail.yahoo.com/

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#4. Re: [E36M3] Suspension set up - from Chris Teague
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 18:34:20 -0700 From: "Chris Teague" <cteague@home.com> Subject: Re: [E36M3] Suspension set up ----- Original Message ----- > Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 11:01:00 -0700 > From: Jim Bassett <jbassett@geysernetworks.com> > Subject: RE: [E36M3] Suspension set up > > With my hat swap, I have -2.6 on one side, and -2.4 on the other. I can't > tell if there's any effect of the difference. > > > Will the swap change camber only in most cases? > > Yep, changes camber only. > But don't forget, any change to front camber will change the front toe in/out. More negative camber will give you more toe-out. So when you do swap the strut hats, you will need to reset the toe. Luckily, that's easy. Chris

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#5.  1996 Dinan 3 - from Dave Lehmann
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 21:49:37 -0400 From: "Dave Lehmann" <bmwracefan@hotmail.com> Subject: <FS> 1996 Dinan 3 1996 BMW Dinan 3 2.8L Sedan**LOW MILES / SHOW WINNER** ...See Pictures at http://www.geocities.com/bmwracefan/Dinan3.htm Alpine White / Tan 4 Concours 1st place wins including 1st at Oktoberfest 2000...17,500 VERY CAREFUL miles...Non smoker / one owner / no track / no accidents / garaged / never driven in weather / Zymol ...This car is better than new. Received perfect score on engine at BMW national concours... Car is absolutely perfect... Ready for show... You need to see it to believe it... Over 48k invested... Have all papers... Insures for half of M3 rate... VIN WBADC4321TAV39924 Dinan Signature Series Car..Dinan serial number D36-328i-003..Dinan Stage 2 suspension w/ Koni adj. shocks..Dinan Cold Air Intake with supplemental ducting..Dinan Over Size Throttle Body..Dinan Carbon Fiber Engine Covers..Dinan Stage 3 Engine Management..Dinan Stainless Steel Exhaust..Dinan Floor Mats and Door Sills..Dinan Strut Brace..BMW X-brace..BMW Motorsport International emblems..M3 body work with clear euro corner and side-lights..M Contour II wheels with Pirelli P2000SS installed at 10.5k..2.8L engine producing approx 215hp..Quick Shift automatic transmission..Sunroof..6 CD changer..Factory alarm and keyless entry..Cruise Control..OB trip computer..Factory phone..Split fold down rear seats. I guarantee this to be the finest E36 example available. $28500 OBO. .....bmwracefan@hotmail.com or call Dave @ 770-487-6322 _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com

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#6. Re: Staggered Tire sizes - from Neil Maller
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 21:00:15 -0500 From: Neil Maller <neil.maller@gte.net> Subject: Re: Staggered Tire sizes on 6/22/01 6:34 PM, Milotaks1@aol.com wrote: > I just recently got the stagered rims off another m3 for my 95 and will > need to get tires. How bad of an idea is to get 235/40 all the way around > because it would be a lot cheaper for me, basically free except for mounting. > I know it goes against the whole idea of getting the staggered rims but for > now I am hoping to be able to put the 235/40's on the car.Can it be done? TIA It's not a problem at all - in fact BMW delivered certain 95 cars that way. Neil 96 M3

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#7. Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C - from Matt Henson
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 20:20:40 -0700 (PDT) From: Matt Henson <hensonator@yahoo.com> Subject: Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C http://www.performanceradiator.com The 325i rad is the same as the M3. It's $250 shipped. Check this out for the lights: http://www.unofficialbmw.com//repair_faqs/sil.html That site has a wealth of other info. Yea, our heat radiation is lower but the latent heat content of the air is much higher due to the humidity. So it takes longer to get cold here but maybe it gets colder at the limit. Those A/C filters are pretty gross after a few years. -Matt --- Johnson Family <johnsons@dancris.com> wrote: > Do you have any more info on the aluminum radiators? > I'll hunt for it but > if you know any details, it may shorten the search. > > I've heard about very simple means of resetting the > inspection/oil change > indicators (e.g., the paperclip) but haven't seen > any details. I expected > to find it in the Bentley manual but they reference > the Peake tool. Do you > know where I should look for details? (I've heard > about a BMW Companion > Guide [correct name?] put out by the BMW CCA and am > thinking that it my > explain the details. Do you know?) > > A/C-wise, the tint definitely seems to help. It > probably does more for me > here in Phoenix than it does for you since a big > part of our heat load is > due to direct incidence from the sun (which the film > should help with) not > humidity. I also changed the A/C air filter today > (after my earlier > posting). I don't think that the previous owner had > changed it for several > years and Arizona is a pretty dusty environment. > The change also seems to > have helped. > > Thanks for the welcome and the feedback, > > Karl J > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Matt Henson" <hensonator@yahoo.com> > To: "Johnson Family" <johnsons@dancris.com> > Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 5:53 PM > Subject: Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, > Radiator, A/C > > > > Welcome to the club.. > > > > Smart move on the WP replacement. I've had 2 OEM > > radiators fail. They both leaked for a week > before > > they failed completly. Once it does fail there is > a > > company on the internet that sells an all-aluminum > > replacement for less than a plastic one. > > > > The reset tools for the OBD-1 cars ('95's) don't > give > > you any more info than the CE light flashing. You > can > > actually reset the oil and service indicators with > a > > paper clip. > > > > I live in Austin, TX and find the A/C to be just > fine. > > I do have a fairly dark tint (20%) with a high > > metallic content. My car is red but the leather is > > black. It's every bit as good at my Boxster and > > 300ZX, maybe better. Does your car have Freon or > the > > new stuff? > > -Matt > > > > > > > > > > > > --- Johnson Family <johnsons@dancris.com> wrote: > > > Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 16:28:44 -0700 > > > From: "Johnson Family" <johnsons@dancris.com> > > > Subject: Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C > > > > > > > > > I'm a new owner of an old ('95) M3 and have > already > > > learned a great = > > > deal > > > from reading the commentary on this list. I've > got > > > a couple of = > > > specific > > > questions that have not been addressed: > > > =20 > > > 1) Alarm System -- My car does not currently > have > > > an alarm system and = > > > I > > > would like to install one or have one installed. > > > Any recommendations? > > > Anybody familiar with Stellar (looks like an > alarm > > > that I might > > > reasonably be able to install myself)? > > > =20 > > > 2) Reset Tools -- I'd like to get a reset tool > but > > > have held off = > > > trying > > > to decide whether to go for just the 'Reset' > > > ($30-50) or one that reads > > > engine codes ($135-150). Does the code reader > model > > > give me anything > > > more than I get through the 'Check Engine' > blinking > > > code (as outlined = > > > in > > > Bentley) that comes standard with the car? > > > =20 > > > 3) Fragile Water Pump/Radiator Design -- Having > > > heard about the risk = > > > of > > > plastic water pump impeller failures on '95 M3s > (my > > > mfg date is 9/94), > > > my car in "in the shop" as I am writing this > having > > > preventative > > > maintenance done to replace the pump before it > has a > > > chance to fail. I > > > just saw the recent discussion string on > radiator > > > neck failures and am > > > wondering if this is something that should be > done > > > on a preventative > > > basis as well. What is the failure mode > > > (catastrophic or progressive)? > > > Has the design been changed to make replacement > > > parts less prone = > > > failure > > > than the original? Are there aftermarket > designs > > > that would work > > > better? > > > =20 > > > 4) Air Conditioning -- I've been reading the > recent > > > threads on weak = > > > air > > > conditioning with interest since I live in > Phoenix. > > > I've just had = > > > Huper > > > Optik window film installed to try to reduce the > > > heat load but it just > > > appears that the BMW A/C design is marginal for > > > hotter climates. > > > =20 > > > Thanks in advance for your feedback, > > > =20 > > > Karl Johnson > > > 95 M3 > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > ************************************************************* > > > List Commands > > > UNSUBSCRIBE - (in subject line) unsubscribes you > > > from the mailing list. > > > DIR - sends a listing of files available in the > > > list's GET directory. > > > GET filename1.ext,filename2.ext - sends the > > > requested file(s). > > > > > > To issue a command/request to the server: > > > Send a message with the command you wish > executed as > > > the > > > subject of the message. > > > > > > ************************************************************* > > > > > > > > > > > > __________________________________________________ > > Do You Yahoo!? > > Get personalized email addresses from Yahoo! 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#8. Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C - from Bora Akyol
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 20:57:14 -0700 From: Bora Akyol <akyol@akyol.org> Subject: Re: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C Congrats on your purchase, see replies within > From: "Johnson Family" <johnsons@dancris.com> > Reply-To: "Johnson Family" <johnsons@dancris.com> > Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 18:34:35 -0500 > To: E36M3 <e36m3@bmw-m.net> > Subject: [E36M3] Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C > > Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 16:28:44 -0700 > From: "Johnson Family" <johnsons@dancris.com> > Subject: Misc - Alarm, Reset Tool, Radiator, A/C > > > I'm a new owner of an old ('95) M3 and have already learned a great = > deal > from reading the commentary on this list. I've got a couple of = > specific > questions that have not been addressed: > =20 > 1) Alarm System -- My car does not currently have an alarm system and = > I > would like to install one or have one installed. Any recommendations? > Anybody familiar with Stellar (looks like an alarm that I might > reasonably be able to install myself)? > =20 Get the factory system, it works and is reasonably cheap. No problems, no battery drain issues. > 2) Reset Tools -- I'd like to get a reset tool but have held off = > trying > to decide whether to go for just the 'Reset' ($30-50) or one that reads > engine codes ($135-150). Does the code reader model give me anything > more than I get through the 'Check Engine' blinking code (as outlined = > in > Bentley) that comes standard with the car? > =20 Get the reset tool and the Bentley manual. You don't need the code reader for a 95, 5 steps on the gas pedal allows you to read the codes. > 3) Fragile Water Pump/Radiator Design -- Having heard about the risk = > of > plastic water pump impeller failures on '95 M3s (my mfg date is 9/94), > my car in "in the shop" as I am writing this having preventative > maintenance done to replace the pump before it has a chance to fail. I > just saw the recent discussion string on radiator neck failures and am > wondering if this is something that should be done on a preventative > basis as well. What is the failure mode (catastrophic or progressive)? > Has the design been changed to make replacement parts less prone = > failure > than the original? Are there aftermarket designs that would work > better? My car had its original plastic impeller pump replaced at 93K miles. Not too bad. The radiator necks do break unfortunately. In my case it was seeping just a tad, not catastrophic. > 4) Air Conditioning -- I've been reading the recent threads on weak = > air > conditioning with interest since I live in Phoenix. I've just had = > Huper > Optik window film installed to try to reduce the heat load but it just > appears that the BMW A/C design is marginal for hotter climates. > =20 > Thanks in advance for your feedback, You are right, the factory A/C on our cars is not as effective as the A/C on an American car such as a Deville. But mine seems to be effective in the 95+ degree days we had in SF Bay Area the last two weeks. Plus in Phoenix, it is dry heat right ;-) Want thing to watch out for in AZ cars (used to live in Chandler) are the rubber hoses. The heat seems to shorten their life tremendously. Get those checked as well. Bora

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#9. M3 for sale - from Gil
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Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 00:11:01 -0400 From: "Gil" <gpasswat@dmv.com> Subject: M3 for sale To all, It appears that my beloved M3 will be for sale...snif!. Have to support the wife's college fund. Anyway once she is out (~1yr.) I will get a new one :). Anyway here's the info. Located in the Maryland area: 1998 M3/4A Boston Green (yes the rare automatic!) 55000 miles, all inspections and oil changes, etc. by dealer. (inspection II coming up) Interior: light gray w/M badge seats New RE730's all around. All available options [except] rear wing, power seats, and HK audio. The car is in excellent condition inside and out. asking $28000.00 (less than trade-in from NADA book). retail at~$32000.00 Bottom line I would rather sell it to an fellow M3 nut than an obnoxious dealer that could care less about the car. Thought I would post it here first, maybe someone may be looking. If not I will post up on the internet later. I will supply pictures upon request, exterior, interior, plus a scan of the original window sticker listing all the options and price ~42500.00. I am open to offers, please contact me privately via e-mail for any additional information. Gil, gpasswat@dmv.com M3/4A Boston Green (hopefully graduating to the new M3... oh.. the wife graduates with a B.S , then I get the new M3)

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#10. sqeaking between driver's seat and armrest - from Paul Elliott
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Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 00:41:06 -0400 From: "Paul Elliott" <pelliott@rcn.com> Subject: sqeaking between driver's seat and armrest Reid, >>Has anybody else had the problem of the driver's seat squeaking against the armrest? It's driving my nuts! Sometimes the passenger seat does it too.. I wish the armrest was a couple of inches narrower. Anybody fix this? I want to put some felt where the seat and armrest contact each other, but I think it would look funny.. any better ideas (other than removing the armrest)? Perhaps an upholstry shop could open it up, narrow it down, and re-cover it<< Dont worry...They all do it...But for heavens sake, dont do anything so drastic as you suggest...Instead, just get some good leather oil and massage it into the junction which is doiing the friction squeeking...I use Rejuvinator Oil, but you can use any good leather penetrating oil...Dont use Lexol...That 'milk' will just run off... Anyway, the oil will prevent the friction, and is good for the leather...That's all you need for any of the leather friction squeeks and creeks which always develop...Keep the scizzors and thread, and save 'em for a rainy day... good luck. --------------------------------------------------------- Paul Elliott '99 White M3; < 30K miles; Dinan stage II sc kit; Rotex pads; Steiger SS and Clutch Stop; Sound by Polk, Excelon, JLAudio

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