New BMW Vid and Pics

I revved it up to 2500 rpms twice, and then close to 6000 rpms after that.

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So far, I really enjoy the car. Like any car, there are some things you have to get used to. I’m not keen on most of the interior plastic pieces. They are cheap, as are the door handles and the glove box, with it’s perpetual sag. Other than that, the car is amazing.

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BMW m3: First big fix on the car

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Welp, the time has come to get my ’97 e36 m3 looked at for the first time. My car has been making a weird noise the past couple of days, and I’ve come to find out it is the water pump bearing. I took it to Marque Motors off Macadam, because the previous owner used to go there. After getting lost 4 or 5 times trying to find it, I got it there and diagnosed the problem. I need a new water pump and belt, and the installation will take a few hours, so the grand total is about $382. The water pump was replaced 3 years ago, so it was due for a new one.

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Things to look for if this happens to your car is see if your fan clutch has some play in it. I could move it around and it had about an inch of play. That means the bearing is shot and needs to be replaced. The pump is only about $80, but it is a pain to replace. Hopefully this won’t happen in the future. I’ll post again when I get it back tomorrow.