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BMW 3-Series (E36, 1991-1999): service and repair manuals

A manual on your BMW 3-Series (E36, 1991-1999)? Here are Haynes and other service and repair manuals on these BMW passenger cars. They provide detailed instructions to solve technical problems yourself and to repair or replace parts.

BMW 3-Series (E36) - 4-cyl & 6-cyl Petrol (April 1991-1999) - Haynes Service and Repair Manual

Haynes workshop manual on the BMW 3-Series (E36) saloon and Coupé.

Versions: 316e, 316i, 318i, 320i, 323i, 325i and 328i.

Petrol engines:
- 4 cylinders - 1.6 (1596 cc, M40 B16 and M43 B16), 1.8 SOHC (1796 cc, M40 B18 and M43 B18), 1.8 DOHC (1796 cc, M42) and 1.9 (1895 cc), including 16V
- 6 cylinders - 2.0 (1991 cc, M50 B20), 2.5 (2494 cc, M50 B25) and 2.8 (2793 cc).

Production years: 4/1991-1999.

Exclusions: Please note that this manual does not cover the diesel engines, nor the Cabriolet, Compact, Touring or M3 models.

Pages of the book BMW 3-Series Petrol (4/91-99) (1)

Using photos and step-by-step instructions this Haynes manual on the BMW 3-Series (E36) describes maintenance, repair and overhaul of the petrol engines (distribution, belts, valves, camshaft, cylinder head, oil pump, seals and radiator).
It also addresses issues related to the heater, fuel system, exhaust, starting and charging system. Furthermore, it covers work on the clutch, gearbox, driveshafts, braking system, suspension, steering gear, body, interior and electrical system.

  • Based on a complete strip-down and rebuild.
  • Includes a maintenance schedule, technical specifications, torque wrench settings and troubleshooting tables.
  • Clear and detailed wiring diagrams for easy reference.

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Author:Mark Coombs, Steve Rendle
Specs:296 pages, 27 x 21 x 1.7 cm / 10.6 x 8.25 x 0.67 in, paperback
Illustrations:hundreds of photographs and drawings
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2015)
Series:Haynes Service and Repair Manual (3210)
Book: BMW 3-Series (E36) - 4-cyl & 6-cyl Petrol (April 1991-1999) - Haynes Service and Repair Manual

BMW 3-Series (E36) - 4-cyl & 6-cyl Petrol (April 1991-1999)

Language: English

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BMW Série 3 (E36) - essence (1991-1993) et Diesel (1991-1996) - 4 et 6 cylindres - Revue Technique Automobile (RTA 725)

Revue Technique Automobile (RTA 725) covering the BMW Series 3 (E36) petrol (1991-1993), diesel and turbodiesel (1991-1996).

Versions: 316i, 318i, 318is, 320i and 325i / 318 tds, 325 td and 325 tds.

Petrol engines:
- 1596 cc (M40 B16)
- 1795 cc (M40 B18 and M42 B18)
- 1990 cc (M50 B20)
- 2494 cc (M50 B25).

Diesel engines:
- 1665 cc (17 4T 1)
- 2497 cc (25 6T 1).

This Revue Technique for the BMW 3-Series (E36) describes extensively service and repair of the petrol and diesel engines (including timing gear, cylinder head, lubrication, coolant pump and fuel system).
Covers also work on the clutch, transmission, driveshafts, steering system, suspension, wheel hubs, brakes, electric equipment and body.

  • Includes adjustment data and wiring diagrams.
  • An integral owner's handbook provides information on operation and daily maintenance.
  • Additional chapter with tips and a checklist to prepare for the MOT test.
Specs:244 pages, 27 x 21 cm / 10.6 x 8.25 in, paperback
Illustrations:hundreds of photographs and drawings
Publisher:ETAI (F, )
Series:Revue Technique Automobile (RTA 725)
Book: BMW Série 3 (E36) - essence (1991-1993) et Diesel (1991-1996) - 4 et 6 cylindres - Revue Technique Automobile (RTA 725)

BMW Série 3 (E36) - essence (1991-1993) et Diesel (1991-1996) - 4 et 6 cylindres

Language: French

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BMW 3 Series (E36, 1990-1999) - Restoration Tips & Techniques

Brooklands restoration manual for the BMW 3-Series (E36), built between 1990 and 1999. Covers all models (saloon, convertible, coupé, Compact and Touring), of the 316 to the M3, including the Alpina models.
Gives also purchase tips and information about the model history and identification.

  • This manual describes the complete restoration of the BMW E36 models: body (including the replacement of bonnet, fenders, windows, doors and bumpers), interior (seat cover, dashboard and door panels), engine (removal and installation, overhaul), chassis (clutch, gearbox, suspension, brakes, steering), electrical installation (lamps, dynamo, starter motor, windscreen wipers).
  • Richly illustrated and clear step-by-step instructions.
  • Also troubleshooting tables and overview with specifications on a year-by-year basis.
Author:Greg Hudock
Specs:148 pages, 27 x 21 x 0.9 cm / 10.6 x 8.25 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2012)
Book: BMW 3 Series (E36, 1990-1999) - Restoration Tips & Techniques

BMW 3 Series (E36, 1990-1999) - Restoration Tips & Techniques

Language: English

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BMW 3er (E36) - Benziner 316i, 318i, 318is (1/1991-1998) - Jetzt helfe ich mir selbst

Repair manual from the Series "Jetzt helfe ich mir selbst" (nr. 153, reprint) for the BMW 3-Series (E36) 4-cylinder models (Limousine and Coupé).

Versions: 316i, 318i and 318is.

Petrol engines:
- 1.6 (73 kW/100 hp),
- 1.8 (83 kW/113 hp and 103 kW/144 hp)

Production years: 1/1991-1998.

Describes also the chassis of the Cabriolet.

Pages of the book [JH 153] BMW 3er Benzin 316i-318is (E36) (91-98) (1)

  • This repair manual on the BMW 3-Series (E36) petrol models describes maintenance and repair of the engines: the lubricating system, cooling, fuel system, filters and exhaust.
  • Covers also the clutch and transmission, the suspension, the steering system, the servo unit and the brakes, the electrical system (including windscreen wipers and lighting), the interior and the body.
  • This manual contains also adjustment data and a maintenance schedule.

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Author:Dieter Korp
Specs:270 pages, 26.5 x 20 cm / 10.4 x 7.9 in, paperback
Illustrations:about 250 photographs and drawings
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2011)
Series:Jetzt helfe ich mir selbst (153)
Book: BMW 3er (E36) - Benziner 316i, 318i, 318is (1/1991-1998) - Jetzt helfe ich mir selbst

BMW 3er (E36) - Benziner 316i, 318i, 318is (1/1991-1998)

Language: German

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BMW 3er Serie und compact (E36) (1991-1997) - Bucheli Reparaturanleitung

Bucheli Reparaturanleitung for service and repair of the BMW 316i, 316i compact, 318i, 318i compact, 318i Cabrio, 318i S, 318i C Coupé, 318i ti compact and 318is (Series E36).

Petrol engines:
- 1.6 L (1596 cc, 100 and 102 hp)
- 1.8 L (1796 cc, 113, 115 and 140 hp)
- 1.9 L (1895 cc, 140 hp).

Production years: 1991-1997.

Pages of the book [1200] BMW 3er Serie + compact (E36) (91-97) (1)

This Bucheli repair manual on the BMW 3-Series (E36) provides detailed instructions for work on the engine (removal - refitting, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, distribution, valves, oil pump, cooling, fuel system).
Covers also the clutch, gearbox (only removal and installation), driveshafts, steering system, front and rear suspension, brakes, electrical system and the exhaust.

  • Includes comprehensive technical data and torque wrench settings.
  • Clear wiring diagrams.

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Author:Peter Russek
Specs:204 pages, 28 x 21 cm / 11 x 8.25 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Bucheli Verlag (CH, 2015)
Series:Bucheli Reparaturanleitung (1200)
Book: BMW 3er Serie und compact (E36) (1991-1997) - Bucheli Reparaturanleitung

BMW 3er Serie und compact (E36) (1991-1997)

Language: German

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BMW 3er Reihe - Benziner und Diesel (1989-1999) - So wird's gemacht

Workshop manual from the German Series So wird's gemacht (nr. 74) on the BMW 3-Series (E36), petrol and diesel.

Petrol engines:
- 1.6 L (73 kW/100 hp, 09/90-08/93)
- 1.6 L (75 kW/102 hp, 08/93-09/00)
- 1.8 L (83 kW/113 hp, 90-08/93)
- 1.8 L (85 kW/115 hp, 08/93-05/99)
- 1.8 L (103 kW/140 hp, 10/91-01/96)
- 1.9 L (103 kW/140 PS)01/96-09/00)
- 2.0 L (110 kW/150 hp, 01/90-05/99)
- 2.5 L (125 kW/170 hp, 06/95-09/00)
- 2.5 L (141 kW/192 hp, 11/89-04/99)
- 2.8 L (142 kW/193 hp, 01/95-05/99)

Diesel engines:
- 1.7 L (66 kW/ 90 hp, 03/95-09/00)
- 2.5 L (85 kW/115 hp, 01/91-02/98)
- 2.5 L (105 kW/143 hp, 06/93-05/99)

Production years:
- Limousine (11/1989-3/1999)
- Coupé (10/1990-4/1999)
- Touring (5/1995-5/1999)
- Compact (4/1994-9/2000).

The initial section of this manual on the BMW 3-Series (E36) covers inspection and daily maintenance of the petrol and diesel engines, transmission, brakes, steering and body (including the electrical system, windscreen wipers, lighting and heating or air conditioning).

Furthermore, this book provides detailed guidance on the following components:
- Suspension (replacement of driveshafts, springs and shock absorbers), steering (ball joints) and brakes (discs, brake linings and handbrake).
- Electrical system (battery, voltage regulator and starter motor).
- Dismantling and assembly of the engine cylinder head and cam drive, including replacement of the v-belt and the timing belt or chain.
- The lubricating system with the oil pump.
- The cooling system (replacement of radiator, thermostat and cooling fan).
- The fuel system (air filter, fuel pump and fuel filter) and exhaust (replacement of mufflers).
- Interior: removal and refitting of the dashboard, instrument panel, consoles, interior trim and seats.
- Body: dismantling and assembly of bumpers, fenders, bonnet, tailgate, doors, window mechanisms, locks and mirrors.

  • Extensive technical specifications, adjustment data and torque wrench settings.
  • 36 clear wiring diagrams of the main circuits.

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Author:Rüdiger Etzold
Specs:312 pages, 26 x 19.5 cm / 10.25 x 7.7 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated with 842 photographs and drawings
Publisher:Delius Klasing Verlag GmbH (D, 2019)
Series:So wird's gemacht (74)
Book: BMW 3er Reihe - Benziner und Diesel (1989-1999) - So wird's gemacht

BMW 3er Reihe - Benziner und Diesel (1989-1999)

Language: German

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BMW 3er-Reihe (E36) - 316i, 318i - Vierzylinder (11/1990-1997) - Bucheli Reparaturanleitung

Bucheli Reparaturanleitung for service and repair of the BMW 316i and 318i (Series E36).

Petrol engines:
- 4 cylinders - 1.6 L (1596 cc, 100 hp, engine code B16)
- 4 cylinders - 1.8 L (1796 cc, 113 hp, B18).

Production years: 11/1990-1997.

Pages of the book [1086] BMW 3er-Reihe (E36) - 4 Zyl (11/1990-1997) (1)

This Bucheli repair manual on the BMW 316i and 318i provides detailed instructions for work on the 4-cylinder petrol engines (removal - refitting, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, distribution, valves, oil pump, cooling, fuel system).
Covers also the clutch, gearbox (only removal and installation), driveshafts, steering system, front and rear suspension, brakes, electrical system and the exhaust.

  • Includes comprehensive technical data and torque wrench settings.
  • Clear wiring diagrams.

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Specs:168 pages, 28 x 21 cm / 11 x 8.25 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Bucheli Verlag (CH, 2012)
Series:Bucheli Reparaturanleitung (1086-1087-1088)
Book: BMW 3er-Reihe (E36) - 316i, 318i - Vierzylinder (11/1990-1997) - Bucheli Reparaturanleitung

BMW 3er-Reihe (E36) - 316i, 318i - Vierzylinder (11/1990-1997)

Language: German

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BMW serii 3 - benzyna i diesel (typu E36, modele 1989-2000) Sam naprawiam samochód

Poradnik dla użytkowników samochodów BMW serii 3 (typu E36), produkowanych w latach 1989-2000 w wersjach nadwozia:
- Sedan od 11/1989 do 03/1999
- Coupé od 10/1990 do 04/1999
- Kombi (Touring) od 05/1995 do 05/1999
- Compact od 04/1994 do 09/2000

Z mechanicznymi i automatycznymi skrzynkami biegów.

Modele:
- 316i, 318i, 318is, 318ti, 318 tds, 320i, 323i, 323ti
- 325i, 328i, 325td oraz 325 tds

Silniki benzynowe:
- 1.6 L - typu M40 (73 kW/100 KM) i typu M43 (75 kW/102 KM)
- 1.8 L - typu M40 (83 kW/113 KM), typu M43 (85 kW/115 KM) i typu M42 (103 kW/140 KM)
- 1.9 L - typu M44 (103 kW/140 KM)
- 2.0 L - typu M50 (110 kW/150 KM)i typu M52 (110 kW/150 KM)
- 2.5 L - typu M52 (125 kW/170 KM) i typu M50 (141 kW/192 KM)
- 2.8 L - typu M52 (142 kW/193 KM).

Silniki wysokoprężne:
- 1.7 L - typu M41 (66 kW/90 KM)
- 2.5 L - typu M51T (85 kW/115 KM) i typu M51S (105 kW/143 KM).

  • Podano m.in. plan obsługi, dokładny opis czynności obsługowych i naprawczych, możliwych do wykonania we własnym zakresie przez użytkownika oraz schematy instalacji elektrycznej.
  • Polskie wydanie książki "So wird's gemacht".
Author:Hans-Rüdiger Etzold
Specs:376 pages, 25 x 19 x 2 cm / 9.8 x 7.5 x 0.79 in, paperback
Illustrations:560 photographs and drawings
Publisher:Wydawnictwa Komunikacji i Łączności WKŁ (PL, 2012)
Series:Sam naprawiam samochód
Book: BMW serii 3 - benzyna i diesel (typu E36, modele 1989-2000) Sam naprawiam samochód

BMW serii 3 - benzyna i diesel (typu E36, modele 1989-2000)

Language: Polish

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Related titles:

[JH 152] BMW 3er (E36) - 320i, 325i (01/1991-1998)

BMW 3er-Reihe (E36) - 320i, 325i (01/1991-1998)

Dieter Korp

German | paperback | 274 p. | 2017

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