E30 M20 Starter Problems

Note! This is a long, rambling, wandering post. There are multiple updates with a lot of troubleshooting ideas and some successes. But my original no crank/no start issue persists. My 323 did not start a month or so ago. I turned the key but there was no response from the starter. I had strong lights... Continue Reading →

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E30 Recaro Seats in E21

  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 supportive and comfortable and I'm a little nervous something will happen to the E21 seats (they're quite... 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 8 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 →

German Car Day 2016

Great day at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline for the German-themed lawn event! It had to have been the most attended German Car Day ever. Sadly, there were only two E21s in attendance (both 323s) and it didn't seem like we got much attention. There were fewer E30s and E36s too than I expected. Porsche... Continue Reading →

An M6 for the Night

I needed to arrive in style for the opening of the Porsche-BMW exhibit at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Luckily, we just got this new BMW F13 M6 as a demo car so I borrowed it for the night. It's a 2016 in Sakhir Orange with matching extended Sakhir leather. It also has the carbon... Continue Reading →

E21 Winter 2016 List

List of things to do this Winter: Finish garage wall! Can't do much when I have one of the walls under construction. And I need to plan the layout to allow me to work in the Winter. The original M20B23 engine is on an engine stand and more in the way than I expected. COMPLETE!... Continue Reading →

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