2017 Boston Chapter BMW Concours

The 323i made another appearance at the Boston Chapter BMW CCA Concours. Again in the Display class (not judged). The 323i was made for trips like this. 3rd and 4th gear freeway cruising up until the city. Lots of heavy acceleration followed by cruising. It's easy enough to drive around the city but not having... Continue Reading →

Paul Bracq Trio

I just realized that the 323 is my third car designed by Paul Bracq: 1969 Mercedes 280SL (my Grandfather's): 1972 Mercedes 280SE 4.5: And the E21: Bracq is a French industrial designer and has been called the "father of BMW's modern design." In addition to the E21, Mercedes W108, and Pagoda above Bracq was the... Continue Reading →

E30 M20 C191 Plug Replacement

The C191 plug connects the fuel injector harness to the rest of the electrical system. A bad C191 plug can lead to all sorts of problems - hard starting rough idle lack of power fault codes for fuel injectors or temp sensor The location of the C191 plug makes it susceptible to water. Check out... Continue Reading →

E30 Recaro Seats in E21

"We're going to do what they say can't be done." - Jerry Reed, Smokey & The Bandit.   I'm determined to replace my E21 Recaro seats with the Recaro sport seats out of an E30. There's nothing wrong with my E21 Recaros; they work perfectly fine and are comfortable. But the E30 Recaros are more... Continue Reading →

2016 BMW CCA Concours

Some photos from this year's Boston Chaptet Concours. My 323 was part of the Display class. Although if I had entered the Super Clean class I would have won third place (there were only two cars entered). It was a good turnout despite the heat. I had my kids with me so I didn't spend... Continue Reading →

Master Cylinder Replacement

I noticed recently that the brake pedal would get soft and sink towards the floor at extended stop lights. That's usually a sign of a bad master cylinder. I had the shop look for other signs of a leak: rusted brake line, leaking caliper. But there were no other visible issues so a new master... Continue Reading →

Hazard Switch Blues

The weakest link in the E21 failed on me tonight. A lot of electrical components run through the hazard switch (it has 15 connections on the back). When the switch fails, it's a brownout for your E21. Luckily I was carrying a spare. I also have a short somewhere that pops fuse 17 and I... Continue Reading →

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