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Re: Hmmmm... (archive)

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Posted by OBD I Kenobi on June 14, 2000 at 15:12:16:

In Reply to: Hmmmm... posted by ttaM3 on June 14, 2000 at 14:43:43:

There are very few; "all sorts of" is gross exaggeration. In addition to the plastic impeller (used in many 1996 M3s BTW), BWM changed to a much better a/c expansion valve sometime in 1996 or 1997 which is much less prone to failure (and $500 replacement cost). The ticking valve lifter issue is common to all E36s, although I've never heard it on my '95 despite much hard track running (I think because I use Mobil 1 15W-50 oil, which many think is unnecessarily thick). The valve retainers were upgraded in the middle of the 1995 model year to harder material. A couple of other items were upgraded after early 1995 production M3s. 3.2 M3s have unique issues too, such as software glitches, recalled side air bags, and some other stuff not problematic on '95s.

: : From what's been popping up opn this board, the 95's are running into all sorts of maintenance issues and old factory faults that were resolved in the 96+ model years.

: : Maybe I'm a careless '95 owner, but I don't recall any "maintanence issues" or "factory faults" other than the infamous plastic water impellor pump. Please enlighten me Luxo.

: Brian, check archives for interesting differences in '95 & '96+ model years.

: matt
: Solid '95 Lux M3

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