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Old 04-30-2006, 10:27 PM   #1
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Newbie!

Hello everyone, I have been looking for a Bimmer forum since I got my 1993 318i so I found this one lol Anyways, Im really not very mechanically inclined when it comes to cars, but would love to learn for sure! I just have some questions. I got this car inspected before I purchased it, its in very nice condition, had 183,000km on it when I bought it. There are a few things that need fixing, like new muffler, and it has an oil leak from front cover and maybe from oil pan gasket. I got a quote from a Euro mechanic shop for $450. I was wondering if it is an reletively simple fix for a novice to do with a book, or should I take it in? I've had the car for just over a month and im loving it! Any input would be most appriciated, thanks!
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:32 PM   #2
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Old 05-01-2006, 02:52 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new car. As far as doing it yourself goes, it kinda depends on exactly the problem, and how mechanically inclined you are. The job may be easy to do, but just a pain in the ass to do on the driveway. First off, try and find out exactly where the leaks are coming from.
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Old 05-01-2006, 12:41 PM   #5
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i wouldn't try to install a new muffler without any experience in that sort of thing. im quite sure that requires welding (correct me if im wrong).

as for the oil leak... not sure what to tell you there. i don't know what you mean by front cover. if its an oil pan gasket, you could do it yourself, but be prepared to get very dirty and do it very carefully.
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Old 05-01-2006, 12:54 PM   #6
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I installed my muffler on my driveway. Unbolt the old one and rebolt the new one.
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Like bliss said, muffler = do yourself (with a friend, job will be MUCH easier). mostly depends how rusted your bolts, hangar's are.

oil leak, if you dont know what you're doing, pay the mechanic
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Thanks guys, well as for the welding thats not a problem as I am a welder But I was wondering if it was worth it to get a cat back exhaust, instead of just new muffler...A bit more money but it sounds nice Thanks again, I'll keep you posted!
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, and it has an oil leak from front cover and maybe from oil pan gasket.
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I'm thinking Valve cover, or your front crank seal. Crank seal you might want to bring it in. Valve cover you can do at home as well as the oil pan gasket. Get your haynes/bentley manual and you are all set for your Trq specs. Don't want to over tighten and brake bolts

As bliss said, do your muffler at home. No welding required....just use U clamps/bolts.
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