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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ1 View Post
    Also, the nut on the gear for the oil pump can come lose on the s52. You should pull the pan and weld or loctite that nut.
    I've never heard of this issue. o_0

    Thanks for the advice though that sounds pretty serious!
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    Yeah, I'm not sure of the numbers. But it's a pretty easy fix and if it happens that's a motor.

    Edit: I guess it's not that uncommon.
    s52 oil pump nut - Google Search
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ1 View Post
    Yeah, I'm not sure of the numbers. But it's a pretty easy fix and if it happens that's a motor.

    Edit: I guess it's not that uncommon.
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    The pump nut has been an issue on most all inline 6's that aren't ITB (S50B32 and S54). Its an easy fix. As far as the subframes, the rears have a propensity to rip out on E36/E46 cars, even with the factory reinforcement, and the front on E30 cars. Either way, its easy to reinforce them before they go bad.

    Congrats Ameer. Love the interior on that car.

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    How did a thread about the 911 Turbo devolve into a discussion about all the problems with crappy BMWs?
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    BMW owners sure know their cars!
    Less powah is better

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ1 View Post
    Also, the nut on the gear for the oil pump can come lose on the s52. You should pull the pan and weld or loctite that nut.
    This is critical. When I did mine the nut was already half loose and on the verge of falling into the oil pan. I wire tied it, loctited it, and punched the threads.

    M50 Drilled Oil Pump Nut -- BimmerWorld Online Store

    Also may as well get an oil pan baffle or S54 oil pan in there while you are at it. And reinforce the front subframe.

    VAC BMW E36 Z3 M50 M52 S50 S52 Oil Pan Baffle for track and performance driving

    Turner Motorsport | E36 Front Subframe Reinforcement Kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    I wire tied it, loctited it, and punched the threads.
    Shoulda welded it too, just to be sure.

    My spare S52 goes into the machine shop tomorrow. Sigh. I'm going through engine hell. Please say something sympathetic.

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    after all those required fixes, you guys stilll call a BMW Ultimate Driving Machine ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    after all those required fixes, you guys stilll call a BMW Ultimate Driving Machine ?
    Yes,sir,they are.the problem is that we try to convert them to the ultimate racing machines,which aint easy or cheap

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    after all those required fixes, you guys stilll call a BMW Ultimate Driving Machine ?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurburgring View Post
    BMW owners sure know their cars!
    Its always been a love hate relationship.

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    I bought or leased 4 new BMWs over a 7 year period:

    1988 528e
    1990 535i
    1992 325is
    1995 M3 (which I kept for 8 years and 90,000 miles)

    Never tracked any of them. Never wanted another BMW. But I do wish I had kept the E36 M3, for after I got into tracking. Every generation of the 3-series gets bigger, heavier, and softer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    Every generation of the 3-series gets bigger, heavier, and softer.
    1. And yet, they have gotten only faster in stock form. Not that I care. This is the reason I will probably keep my Elise forever.

    2. So much so, space was created for the 1-series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    after all those required fixes, you guys stilll call a BMW Ultimate Driving Machine ?
    I haven't had good luck with BMWs.

    I owned a z3M coupe. The trunk floor was factory spot welded to the chassis. The spot welds popped off and the whole rear trunk floor and the rear diff it supported separated and started to sag, basically falling out of the car.

    My E46 M3 kept overheating. This was a common complain from E46 owners. So what does BMW do. They stop putting coolant temperature gauge in their cars to keep owners out of dealerships.

    I had a E335i. Six months into the ownership the first turbo died. 1 year after ownership the second turbo died. Then the fuel pump. Then the rear differential. Never tracked daily driven by wife.

    I stick to Porsche and Lexus now.
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    and people think adding a oil cooler to a 370z is a pain....

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    On the other hand I just bought an 06 530xit(station wagon) with 159 k miles,warranty just expired.According to the dealer's records it is on all original parts,except the air pump for the rear suspension,2 sets of wiper blades and 2 sets of front brake pads.Go figure.....

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    My wife just got awarded some class action settlement on her 135i due to the "high pressure fuel pump" failing issue. I think anyone with a x35i car with the twin turbos is getting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bawareca View Post
    On the other hand I just bought an 06 530xit(station wagon) with 159 k miles,warranty just expired.According to the dealer's records it is on all original parts,except the air pump for the rear suspension,2 sets of wiper blades and 2 sets of front brake pads.Go figure.....
    The Ultimate driving machine must be a 530xit station wagon.

    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    My wife just got awarded some class action settlement on her 135i due to the "high pressure fuel pump" failing issue. I think anyone with a x35i car with the twin turbos is getting it.
    I didn't keep mine for more than 18 months. It was the wifes car. We traded it for a IS350 and could not be happier. The IS has been one of the most reliable cars we have ever owned. We have moved on.

    Actually the best BMW I have owned was the Z4M coupe. I think since it was made with left over E46 parts most of the kinks had been worked out. It performed well and nothing broke for the 33K miles I owned it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silversprint View Post
    The Ultimate driving machine must be a 530xit station wagon.
    With my old 2000 528i station wagon(stock,sport package) I can outrun,outturn and outbrake 95% of the cars on the road and still get 25MPG mixed with my "overspirited" driving,not mentioning that I move my engines and car parts with it.06 as we all know got a "bit" heavy,all the way 5100 lbs..........
    And yes,both station wagons are the ultimate DRIVING machines,because you cant find anything that is even remotely close in that particular segment.

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