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    JAMES’ #BMW-E36 / #BMW-328i / #BMW-328i-E36 / #BMW

    My interest in all things BMW was kindled by watching great names such as Winkelhock, Soper and Cecotto drive their E30 DTM and E36 Supertourers around the race tracks of the world – my DVD collection is testament to this!

    So when I bought this 328i saloon around four years ago it felt like I had my very own Supertourer! However, in reality, what I had was a very original and totally standard 328i – which seemed fantastic until I realised that this ‘originality’ also extended to most of the suspension components!

    Over the last four years it has been transformed into a fast road vehicle, with most areas receiving attention. The tired shocks and broken springs were replaced with height-adjustable Eibach coilovers, a purple tag E46 quick steering rack was fitted and the ever-popular E46 330i front brake and M3 master cylinder conversion was employed to improve stopping power. With the much stiffer suspension I often found myself embarrassingly smoking the inside rear wheel when pulling away swiftly, so the next modification was an M3 3.0 LSD. Other M3 parts to feature included engine mounts, top mounts, a convertible cross brace and an electric red leather interior to replace the very ’90s grey velour! The cross brace in particular impressed me, really helping front end turn-in.

    With these modifications done my E36 was now ready to use on a few track days in preparation for my ARDS test, a job which, apart from a failed water pump at Oulton Park, it did faultlessly. In fact, I enjoyed driving it so much that for the last two years I have used it everyday, a job which it has also done brilliantly. It is amazing how the sound of a straight-six can make the morning rush-hour drive seem so much more bearable! However two years of speed bumps and terribly potholed roads has taken its toll, so the 328 is now overdue some further modification and maintenance!

    Before starting any further work, though, I wanted to do a quick health check on my engine, as it is still fitted with the original Nikasil-lined block. Much has been said about Nikasil issues over the years and many of these engines were replaced by BMW but with modern fuel being low sulphur and the engine feeling strong I was hopeful that there would be no immediate issues. So first it was off to ED Motorsport for a rolling road session on its very accurate MAHA system.

    With a completely standard engine anything around the factory 193hp would’ve been good, although I was aware that this figure is widely understood to be conservative. Sure enough a peak figure of 205.6hp with a healthy torque curve left me feeling very pleased to say the least! A compression test also gave a positive result, with strong and very even pressures across all cylinders – happy days!

    This all means that I can now move on to sorting issues with the car. The first few that will need looking into consist of an unnerving clunking from the rear of the vehicle (so either top mounts or trailing arm bushes will likely be the culprits), an ever-growing patch of lacquer peel on the bootlid, and some underseal peeling off around the jacking points. As it is a really solid car that has never been welded I would like to keep it that way, so I will be investigating underbody restoration and clear undersealing options.
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    STEVEN’S / #BMW-E31 / #BMW-850Ci / #BMW-850Ci-E31 / #BMW-850i-E31 / #BMW-850i / #BMW

    I have lusted after BMW 850s since they were released in #1989 – when I was a very impressionable nine-year-old with supercar dreams. With a new price tag in excess of £60,000 it was a car I never thought I would ever own and is, in my mind, one of the greatest BMWs ever produced. After selling my E46 M3 I’ve been in the market for a new car and when this white #1993 850Ci came across my radar I simply couldn’t resist.

    It’s an early model Ci with the #M70B50 engine, auto ‘box (unfortunately) and is in desperate need of huge amounts of TLC. She is named Hiro in honour of my daughter’s obsession with a character in Thomas the Tank Engine (everyone names their cars, right?).

    I found Hiro for sale locally, where she had sat for a year with (from what I can tell) no movement at all. The batteries were toast, the tyres were flat, and it was far and away the dirtiest car I had ever seen. Nevertheless, it was love at first sight, and after slashing the asking price and ignoring the absence of any vehicle history, I drove away with absolutely no clue as to whether I’d make it home.


    On the plus side she had genuine E31-specific 17” Alpinas and an aftermarket exhaust which gave the V12 a gloriously exotic soundtrack. Who needs a stereo?

    On initial inspection, I soon knew I had my work cut-out: the suspension needs a total overhaul; it has a seized brake caliper; there are several rust patches; the sunroof is unplugged as it jams; the interior is in a poor state; and it seems to run intermittently on six cylinders!

    The first plan of attack was a complete service, so I ordered eight litres of Castrol’s finest (semi-synthetic 15W40 – amazingly cheap compared to servicing my E46 M3 with 10W60) along with Mehle oil, air and fuel filters and 12 #NGK spark plugs. Unfortunately, the kit I ordered only supplied one air filter (each bank of the ‘V’ has its own) and the oil filter didn’t fit! However, a quick trip to my local Motor Parts Direct sorted me out and the (worryingly) black stuff was replaced with some decidedly less dirty dinosaur juice. Whilst replacing the sparks, I noticed a damaged HT lead on cylinder six, which was probably the cause of my occasionally sixcylinder #M70 / #BMW-M70 . I ordered a replacement from a breaker and after fitting I am once again the proud owner of a #V12 … for now.
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