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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jun-28-2014, 03:29:01 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,328
Posted By bigneil
Re: Got Motor? Bigneil's M3 is up for sale

AutoCheck seems to like my car a lot more than most members.

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii588/kirkpatricknn/AutoCheck_zps9f9d789d.jpg...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-27-2014, 08:42:44 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,328
Posted By bigneil
Re: Got Motor? Bigneil's M3 is up for sale

That's a different girl in the photo. I'm actually going to see the now fat bikini model today, hoping she got back in shape. I have lots of bikini models now, but only a Hyundai.

I'm surprised...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-26-2014, 11:39:03 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,328
Posted By bigneil
Re: Got Motor? Bigneil's M3 is up for sale

Thanks. I definitely recommend it. I will put you in touch with whoever buys it, but I can't change the listing since it has bids.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-26-2014, 11:36:42 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,328
Posted By bigneil
Re: Got Motor? Bigneil's M3 is up for sale

I thought it was a blown coil pack. The only Check Engine code was Misfire #3.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-26-2014, 11:33:10 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,328
Posted By bigneil
Re: Got Motor? Bigneil's M3 is up for sale

The original engine was hydrolocked at 181,000 miles due to a flash flood and my kick-starting it. Insurance covered the replacement engine ($9,000) as an "Act of God" (no points). In a glitch, the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-25-2014, 02:11:41 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,328
Posted By bigneil
Got Motor? Bigneil's M3 is up for sale

Dear members, this is the day many of you have been praying for.

I just listed my car on eBay: car for sale.

Note that is currently has a blown motor, dead battery, flat tire and smashed...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-07-2014, 12:00:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,434
Posted By bigneil
Re: Bigneil's Last Poll - What To Do When Engine Dies?

The mechanic didn't even want the job. It's just not worth spending $10K for a new S54 + Transmission + Labor (+ Time) just to have my old car back. Our cars peter out around $5900 book value. (If...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-06-2014, 11:56:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,606
Posted By bigneil
Re: About to Lease 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Thanks! I knew there must be something I could do.

I must admit, this is a really fun car. The interior is awesome and it is fast enough and handles good enough that it's about as effective as a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-05-2014, 12:42:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,434
Posted By bigneil
Re: Bigneil's Last Poll - What To Do When Engine Dies?

As pbonsalb said, when you donate a car you can write your own receipt so you just say it's worth $6-$8K, a $2K savings.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-05-2014, 12:39:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,434
Posted By bigneil
Re: Bigneil's Last Poll - What To Do When Engine Dies?

While I couldn't previously justify this, suddenly there are several reasons that make me consider this as a side project:

1) I will be saving money driving a Hyundai so I can take my time.
2)...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-04-2014, 10:52:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,606
Posted By bigneil
Re: About to Lease 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Today I leased the 2014 Veloster Turbo 6-speed Manual (with every single option including Tech Package). I got it for exactly $25,000 (web site price is $26,900 for same car). It has a 61% Residual...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-02-2014, 06:04:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,606
Posted By bigneil
Re: About to Lease 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

From BMW on m235i for May 1 delivery: "The lease will of course depend on how you want your car equipped, as the payments are based on the price of the vehicle. It also depends on how many miles per...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-02-2014, 06:02:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,606
Posted By bigneil
Re: About to Lease 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Maybe for a regular Veloster with $3000 down, but not for a turbo 6-speed with sun roof and tech package. I had to wait 3 weeks to even find one in the city to test drive.

What was the base price...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-02-2014, 02:47:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,606
Posted By bigneil
About to Lease 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

I test drove this (not R-spec or this fancy version, just the 6 speed) and while it's not as fast as ours, for $369 a month you can't beat it. Mine has 201 HP but it can be built up.
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-02-2014, 02:42:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,434
Posted By bigneil
Re: Bigneil's Last Poll - What To Do When Engine Dies?

The engine was 14 years old (from a 2000 M Roadster) and had been swapped. It had about 150,000 miles. Shortly before it died it was having trouble going into reverse. So I put in the UUC short...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-28-2014, 10:36:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,434
Posted By bigneil
Bigneil's Last Poll - What To Do When Engine Dies?

Now that our cars are entering their 16th-20th year of service, it becomes evident that they will not live forever. When the engine eventually dies, what do you think is the best course of action?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Feb-27-2014, 01:22:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,604
Posted By bigneil
Re: Catastrophic Failure

The Veloster (Turbo, 6-Speed) interior (http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2012/09/23-2013-hyundai-veloster-review-1347979287.jpg)was very M3-like. Been waiting for a manual to be...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Feb-27-2014, 01:14:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,604
Posted By bigneil
Re: Catastrophic Failure

I did this. See posts 1-2894. It also needs brake lines, Guibo, and rear end work.

The truth is, I beat on cars. I am 6'5" 230 and I shifted every gear at 6900 and left 1 cm clearance on lane...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Feb-24-2014, 05:00:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,604
Posted By bigneil
Re: Catastrophic Failure

Whoever said the bikini girl would get fat was right! She seriously gained like 40 lb in the past 2 years. Her Hot or Not scores were 8.6 back in the day.

The car is totaled pretty much. It's...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Feb-02-2014, 05:24:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,604
Posted By bigneil
Re: Catastrophic Failure

Yes I'm the troll with 10 times as many posts as abcurran. Meanwhile if abcurran had a life (and didn't live where you can't drive your M3 8 months a year and can't park it 11 months a year) he...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Feb-02-2014, 04:15:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,604
Posted By bigneil
Re: Catastrophic Failure

Is a head gasket worth repairing in our cars? Is this the top-end job? Engine has 150,000 miles or so but it's now 14.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Feb-02-2014, 04:00:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,604
Posted By bigneil
Catastrophic Failure

A few days ago during frigid temperatures I took my car (1997 with 2000 M roadster motor) for a drive and noticed white smoke coming out the back. Then I felt hesitation. Then I experienced what I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Dec-13-2013, 03:18:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,930
Posted By bigneil
The Evil Diagonal Lane Change

Has anyone else observed how our cars can change lanes on the highway and go through spaces too small to technically fit the car in a lateral move? I call it the diagonal move and it might be...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Dec-13-2013, 03:11:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By bigneil
Re: Car Pulling Right Sometimes

I assume the wheels are tested when I get tires (stock 17" LTW rims). I had the alignment numbers but that was in August so it's probably no longer the same, but once I get new tires I'll try...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-02-2013, 06:44:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By bigneil
Car Pulling Right Sometimes

For years the car has pulled right.

In 2007 I added front Camber/caster control at the STM. Still pulled right after major job. Welding in rear end in 2010 - still pulled right. Alignment at BMW...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-02-2013, 06:39:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,434
Posted By bigneil
Re: What do you call high mileage?

My car is at 238,000 and has never driven better at 16 years old (original owner). It's just a bunch of parts, like an old aircraft. The beauty of our cars is the interchangeability. Rebuild the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-02-2013, 06:36:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,826
Posted By bigneil
Re: RIP: Paul Walker killed in fiery car crash

What do you guys think went wrong? I'm thinking he downshifted and locked up the rear end. I heard that car (Porche Carrera GT) is notoriously hard to drive. One nice thing about our cars is that if...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-07-2012, 01:26:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,970
Posted By bigneil
Re: From 335i to e36 m3

The 335i is the first new car I've considered since I bought my 1997 E36 M3 exactly 15 years ago (7/97 manufacture date).

Some things I learned:

1) The guys who work at BMW all drive the 335i....
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-06-2012, 02:07:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 938
Posted By bigneil
Re: wierd fog light issue

If any of the wires in the headlights or even taillights are crossed it can cause weird short circuit issues. Do you have glass headlights? Maybe the button itself is going bad? That's one of my...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-06-2012, 02:01:55 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 13,044
Posted By bigneil
Re: E36 M3 Engine Whistle Noise / Whirring Sound / Howl / Whine

If it's PS then normally you can top off the fluid and it quiets down. If the fan blades are broken it makes a whizzing sound, but only on acceleration. Sounds like more than heat shield vibration....
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-06-2012, 01:50:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 408
Posted By bigneil
Re: Strange Vibration on Hard Right Turns / Grooved Pavement

It happens on various areas, and always on the passenger side. Though I suppose I take mostly right turns given the lane direction. I'm replacing the rear control arms soon so I'll have them look...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-04-2012, 07:34:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,952
Posted By bigneil
Re: Camber plates, shims, lowered springs, etc

If you're going with H&R springs, remember:

1) Nobody except BMW will know how to give you an alignment (except the best German shops).

2) For an alignment when lowered. You will need...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-04-2012, 06:56:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 408
Posted By bigneil
Strange Vibration on Hard Right Turns / Grooved Pavement

Here is a tough one. It only happens once in a while, when I am making a hard right turn and the pavement has bumps or grooves. I feel this vibration reverberate through the rear near the backseat...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-04-2012, 06:54:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,674
Posted By bigneil
Re: Selling car; moving on.

Well at least you didn't hang on forever like this old guy.

Good luck on your next car.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-04-2012, 06:42:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,003
Posted By bigneil
Re: Interior Door Panel - Repairing Plastic Trim

Well my parts arrived and they don't fit.

Each one is a folded piece of metal that is supposed to crimp around the hole (like the screw hole folds of metal found in the glovebox area). On the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-03-2012, 02:19:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,204
Posted By bigneil
Gymkhana Five (World's Best Driver)

This is probably off topic except that our cars were once known as the ultimate handling/slalom car and I'd love to hear insight on this car:

http://www.dcshoes.com/us/en/auto/gymkhana-five
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-30-2012, 04:44:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,231
Posted By bigneil
Sliding Floor Mat Issue: Different Velcro Discs are Available

Last April I picked a new set of factory floor mats and for the first time found that the one under my feet kept sliding on me. It was driving me crazy and I had to adjust it every time. It's also...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-30-2012, 02:33:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,003
Posted By bigneil
Interior Door Panel - Repairing Plastic Trim

By now you've probably removed your interior door liner 10 times or more, and often if you go to the garage you discover that someone else removed it and didn't put it back together properly. You've...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-21-2012, 01:32:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,627
Posted By bigneil
Re: Stripped Starter Bolts (major issue)

As it turned out, they said the foreman did something to the electrical again and it started 50 straight times so they only charged $138 and even washed it. But all this info will sadly be needed...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jul-19-2012, 10:18:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,627
Posted By bigneil
Re: Stripped Starter Bolts (major issue)

Goddamn it. BMW called to say the starter did indeed fail and that they have to drop the transmission to MAYBE get it out.

If that fails, it's $567 in labor and no new starter, or drop the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jul-19-2012, 06:16:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,627
Posted By bigneil
Re: Stripped Starter Bolts (major issue)

BMW said that it's actually not the starter per se, but the wiring to it, and they fixed that ($155).

But they did say one of the bolts is broken and it will be a bit involved to retool it, but...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jul-19-2012, 12:54:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,627
Posted By bigneil
Re: Stripped Starter Bolts (major issue)

Yeah, I wondered about that but thanks.

The worst part is that it's all over the previous mechanic choosing to save $5 and use the old bolts. It cost me $75 just to diagnose that he save $5,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jul-18-2012, 05:43:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,627
Posted By bigneil
Stripped Starter Bolts (major issue)

I was trying to have my 4th starter put in the car and they found out that the bolts are stripped based on shoddy workmanship of the previous installer in 2005. They said if the bolt breaks off they...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-12-2012, 07:31:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,464
Posted By bigneil
Re: Thoroughly detailing the car, help me with what to use and buy please!

How about showing us a picture of your crappy interior with your Sony Cassette deck, 4-spoke wheel and after market bucket seats?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-12-2012, 07:28:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,464
Posted By bigneil
Re: Thoroughly detailing the car, help me with what to use and buy please!

Unless you talk to the mechanics at BMW who all lined up to see the most mint E36 any of them ever saw. Braymond is still mad because I exposed him for being gay in '07.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-11-2012, 11:18:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 17,252
Posted By bigneil
Re: Factory original bmw e36 m3 thread

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii588/kirkpatricknn/M3Interior.jpg

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii588/kirkpatricknn/M3h.jpg

(I did add Gauge rings and Metal pedals which were...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-11-2012, 11:17:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,464
Posted By bigneil
Re: Thoroughly detailing the car, help me with what to use and buy please!

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii588/kirkpatricknn/M3Interior.jpg
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-11-2012, 10:58:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,464
Posted By bigneil
Re: Thoroughly detailing the car, help me with what to use and buy please!

The car is never really clean until you remove both the center console and seats, then vaccuum. You can disassemble the console, run things through the dishwasher, and vaccuum and lubricate under...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-11-2012, 05:57:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,367
Posted By bigneil
Re: Wheel Well Liners with Underpanel - is anyone interested in DIY?

That's so funny because it was the guy from bimmerworld's email that said that.

So it's "proponent" (singular).
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-11-2012, 02:43:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,367
Posted By bigneil
Re: Wheel Well Liners with Underpanel - is anyone interested in DIY?

The debate now is whether metal or plastic is better for the underpanel. Ultimately you have to mate metal to plastic and a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Plus the plastic proponents...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-11-2012, 01:41:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,270
Posted By bigneil
Re: Adjustable Rear Control Arms

Here are the bushings TMS recommends. (http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-1073-rear-outer-upper-or-lower-trailing-arm-ball-joint-e36-e46-x3-z4.aspx)

I assume these are different than RTABs but...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-11-2012, 02:22:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,367
Posted By bigneil
Re: Wheel Well Liners with Underpanel - is anyone interested in DIY?

Wheel well liners are only $50.74 (with CC discount) each at the dealership. They actually had them in stock.

PN - 51-71-1-977-047 COVERING L $50.74
PN - 51-71-1-977-048 COVERING R $50.74
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2012, 06:51:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,367
Posted By bigneil
Re: Wheel Well Liners with Underpanel - is anyone interested in DIY?

The MotionMotorsport GT front splitter (http://motionmotorsport.net/products/product_info.php?products_id=42&osCsid=806fe19f673b4136e433c01e33ffb7eb) is pretty cool also.

There is a similar...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2012, 06:32:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,367
Posted By bigneil
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2012, 05:30:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,270
Posted By bigneil
Re: Adjustable Rear Control Arms

I found five types, sorted by price:

1) bimmerworld premium (https://www.nexternal.com/bimmerworl/storefront/adjustable-aluminum-rear-lower-control-arms---e36e46z4-p663.aspx) ($329 - 7075-T6...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2012, 05:23:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,270
Posted By bigneil
Re: Adjustable Rear Control Arms

Thanks for the info.

Bimmerworld has Aluminum ones (https://www.nexternal.com/bimmerworl/storefront/adjustable-aluminum-rear-lower-control-arms---e36e46z4-p663.aspx)and Steel ones...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2012, 05:14:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,367
Posted By bigneil
Wheel Well Liners with Underpanel - is anyone interested in DIY?

One of the common problems on our cars is that the air ducts come out and you realize that the back side is loose because the metal screws tore away from the holes that are mostly in the wheel well...
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Jun-10-2012, 12:41:17 AM
Replies: 631
Views: 95,411
Posted By bigneil
Re: Realistic Car drawings

Awesome work.

The '70 1/2 Camaro is my favorite car of all time, and my parents had a BMW 2002 circa 1977. Small world.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jun-09-2012, 11:10:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,270
Posted By bigneil
Adjustable Rear Control Arms

Last week I brought my car to the dealership for the first time in many years because I wanted to get the best alignment.

Many garages will cover their ears and sing "La la la la la" if you have...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Jun-08-2012, 01:07:26 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,043
Posted By bigneil
Re: Got dumped by the bikini model

Not true. I clearly mentioned the rear carbon fiber ashtray.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-07-2012, 12:53:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 716
Posted By bigneil
Re: Blower motor stopped today

1) If it's the motor itself, if you drive over a speed bump hard you might find it will kick back on. That is on the way out.

2) If it starts fine in the morning but conks out once the car is...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Jun-07-2012, 12:15:21 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,043
Posted By bigneil
Re: Got dumped by the bikini model

Yes, bigneil is the troll who spent $10,000 upgrading his E36 M3 since February and wanted to include a bikini model in the photo shoot revealing the improvements.

When I got an alignment at the...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Jun-07-2012, 03:00:12 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,043
Posted By bigneil
Re: Got dumped by the bikini model

This is so true. In fact, I reminded her "There's more to it than being hot and bending over" but that didn't help matters.
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Jun-07-2012, 01:37:44 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,043
Posted By bigneil
Re: Got dumped by the bikini model

I don't know Rave.

I tried to find a substitute. I actually tried auditioning exotic dancers in a nearby club but none had the same wholesome look she had.
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Jun-07-2012, 01:05:22 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,043
Posted By bigneil
Got dumped by the bikini model

Well, as many of you probably figured out by now, I wasn't able to keep a 15 year old hot rod and 20 year old bikini model running smoothly for long. Glory days will pass you by.

After 6 great...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-03-2012, 03:14:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,908
Posted By bigneil
Re: Road trip

I'm going to quote KBuva06 on this when I publish the photos. KBuva06 meanwhile has a photo of his girlfriend as his profile pic.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-03-2012, 02:49:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,908
Posted By bigneil
Re: Road trip

I drove from Hampton, NH to Princeton, NJ to Spokane, WA to Eatontown, NJ to Orlando, FL to Dallas, TX - all with my Gray cat - no problem, except she peed on rear floor mat in '04.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-03-2012, 12:11:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,513
Posted By bigneil
Re: Internal Diagram of our now 20 year old M3

Regarding the bikini shoot, she is still doing it and wrote an hour ago. I told her to wear the M logo colors, a sky blue bikini, tattoos covered, poofy curls, the M logo on her fingernails, and I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-02-2012, 08:25:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,513
Posted By bigneil
Internal Diagram of our now 20 year old M3

Our car is now 20 years old, debuting in 1992 (http://www.topspeed.com/cars/bmw/m-series/1992-2000-e36-bmw-m3-review-ar10589.html).

I hadn't seen this diagram but I love it:
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Apr-25-2012, 06:24:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 601
Posted By bigneil
Have you changed your rear spring bushings?

Just when I thought the only 2 original parts left on my car were the VIN and front ashtray, my mechanic pulled out some original rear spring bushings (one had folded over). That explained the fact...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-24-2012, 03:28:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 909
Posted By bigneil
That other 1980's 2 door M car (E24 M635CSi)

While some consider the E30 M3 the main precursor to our car, I just rediscovered another car from that era that shares a lot of characteristics with the E36 M3, the E24 M6.

This car rules...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Apr-13-2012, 09:17:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,725
Posted By bigneil
Re: Swapping M3 logo for LTW

That's fair.

She just now responded to my text requesting the photos (car has been in the shop - she's been willing) with "I will still do the bikini model shoot!".

Trying to schedule it for...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Apr-12-2012, 02:23:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,725
Posted By bigneil
Swapping M3 logo for LTW

I picked up some LTW side badges (http://www.khoalty.com/bmw-e36/exterior/e36-motorsport-international-badge.html) to try out, but with the car newly painted I'm being extra careful about removing...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-30-2012, 07:09:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

I make $80 an hour as a Computer Scientist (yes that's $3200 a week, $166,400 a year, and car repairs are tax deductible) My salary matches the highest in America according to Forbes. So I can...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-29-2012, 03:15:17 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,492
Posted By bigneil
Are you running Michelin Pilot Sport Tires?

IMO if you're not running Michelin Pilot Sport tires on 17" rims, you are not experiencing the beauty of the car, but I'm curious what readers have.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-29-2012, 03:01:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

The Bosch headlights cost nothing compared to the bikini model headlights.

Our glass headlights have:

1) Regular beams (mine were dim).
2) Inner beams low (mine were out - (note the Bosch are...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-27-2012, 06:19:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

Great news: I found a new garage (Lucas Auto in Cypress, TX) and they fixed the headlights (which cost $460 to rewire - it was that messed up) and they installed the Michelin Pilot Sport tires and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-21-2012, 09:59:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

I haven't forgotten the photos. It was cold and rained last weekend on our planned getaway and the car still has issues so I haven't taken care of minor things like rims and the stereo. She had...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-18-2012, 02:41:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

I must give credit where it's due however. If there is one thing auto mechanics have done extremely well over the years (in fact without fail) - it's to charge my credit card. They have yet to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-18-2012, 02:35:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

It's the second mechanic that forgot to put screws in, in one week. The other forgetting the single Phillips that holds the interior door pull on.

It reminds me of this Far Side Cartoon...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Mar-17-2012, 07:24:40 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

You wouldn't believe it if you knew what happened.

After the paint job, which I loved, the headlights were broken. The fog lamps and high beams no longer worked. Left directional flashed extra...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-16-2012, 10:39:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

The fourth consecutive garage in Houston has handed the car back and said they couldn't fix the tire/fender issue.

The clunk actually wasn't as bad and I thought it was the sideways spring but I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-16-2012, 01:09:52 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

I was told Camber only changes in millimeters but I need to change in inches. Spacers won't work. I don't have alignment numbers until they put it back together.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-15-2012, 10:11:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

According to Kevin (the springs guy at Turner Motor Sport) who I spoke with twice today, when you get H&R springs to lower the car, there is no way to mount the spring, so when the car is lifted you...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-09-2012, 12:17:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

I would love to have a good mechanic. Today I realized the shop up the street (fixing my door latch) forgot the single Philips screw that holds the interior door pull on, so it was loose. They...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-07-2012, 08:22:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
Re: How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

The mechanic mentioned that I should have them cut. I don't think they are. Can this be done easily or should they have done it before painting it?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-07-2012, 06:04:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,060
Posted By bigneil
How much clearance should rear wheels have from fender?

My (lowered) car is making some type of rubbing sound when I go over bumps and we realized that the rear wheels are so close to the fender that I can't even put my fingers between them. This can't...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-06-2012, 12:36:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By bigneil
Re: Is the LTW Carbon Fiber console no longer available?

So I got an imitation Carbon-plated one from KO?

I'll pay a few hundred. What does the forum think it's worth?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-05-2012, 11:55:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By bigneil
Is the LTW Carbon Fiber console no longer available?

I installed the carbon fiber interior in 2007 but it's bowed over time. I wanted to replace it with a new center console. But I can't seem to find this part anymore. It was around $500 at KO...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-05-2012, 02:27:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,314
Posted By bigneil
Re: Fog lights not turning on :(

I would imagine they wouldn't break the day you buy them. My plastic headlights never had broken side tabs. Depo plastic is cheaper.

Also, the wiring harness just doesn't seem consistent on both...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-05-2012, 01:14:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,314
Posted By bigneil
Re: Fog lights not turning on :(

After my repaint, both my high beams and fog lights won't work. Last night during troubleshooting, when I closed the door the fog lights both came on. Then I opened the door and they went off and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-04-2012, 04:45:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,851
Posted By bigneil
Re: door lock problem

Looks like a big job. Do you think the mechanic who installed the door latch should have to cover it or is this a separate problem?

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90469
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-04-2012, 04:26:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,851
Posted By bigneil
Re: door lock problem

I just had a new door latch installed and when I first locked the door it went down but then would not unlock. Had to go in through the passenger door. My first time with my newly painted car home....
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-02-2012, 01:29:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By bigneil
Re: Starter taking longer to start the car

It's not the starter itself. When that fails it will start to conk out when it gets hot. I heard that you can whack it with a hammer to make it start when it starts failing. It will also disengage...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-01-2012, 01:42:19 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,855
Posted By bigneil
Re: Getting Car Painted

Swapped out the yellow corner lights for white:

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii588/kirkpatricknn/M3h.jpg
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Feb-29-2012, 09:09:56 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,855
Posted By bigneil
Re: Getting Car Painted

What is clear bra'd? Clear coat? Or a bra that is transparent?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Feb-29-2012, 09:07:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,855
Posted By bigneil
Re: Getting Car Painted

Now in Houston but will travel to Dallas soon - I'll let you know. I like to visit Addison and Plano area.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Feb-28-2012, 11:02:18 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,855
Posted By bigneil
Re: Getting Car Painted

Luckily it wasn't a funeral for my suspension - the problem was just that my rear springs are "loose" and when the car is lifted and lowered, they need to be aligned. He said it was poor workmanship...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Feb-28-2012, 06:22:46 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,855
Posted By bigneil
Re: Getting Car Painted

It was in the rear, on both sides, not a metal on metal sound (no squeak), and only seemed to happen when I turned off the road into a parking lot. It definitely wasn't doing that before - I never...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Feb-28-2012, 06:20:36 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,855
Posted By bigneil
Re: Getting Car Painted

Yes, sorry for my cheap cell phone photos. Car is back in shop investigating clunking in rear end. More photos coming soon.
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