BMW 3 Series (E36) 1992 – 1998 Service Manual PDF

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BMW 3 Series (E36) 1992 – 1998 Service Manual covers the following models: BMW (E36) 3 Series Sedan, Coupe, and Convertible.

Models and Engines Covered:

  • 318i/is/iC M42: 1.8 litre engine, M44 – 1.9 litre engine, OBD II
  • 323is/iC M52: 2.5 litre engine, OBD II
  • 325i/is/iC M50: 2.5 litre engine
  • 328i/is/iC M52: 2.8 litre engine, OBDII
  • M3 S50US: 3.0 litre engine; S52US: 3.2 litre engine, OBD II

Please note: Does not cover 318i with M40 or M43 engines, or M3 with European S50B30 or S50B32 engines.

Manual Transmissions covered:

  • Getrag S5D 250 G
  • Getrag S5D 200 G
  • ZF S5D 310 Z
  • ZF S5D 320 Z

Manual Transmissions covered:

  • A4S 270 R
  • A4S 310 R
  • A5S 310 Z


This service manual covers 1992 through 1998 BMW 3 Series models, and is specifically designed to cover only those models built for sale in the United States.

BMW, and most accessories and parts sellers specializing in BMWs, refer to the 3 Series cars covered by this manual as the E36 model. The code “E36″ is BMW’s internal code for the basic platform shared by all of the cars covered by this manual. Except for the engine and a few other components, the models covered by this manual share many of same components such as suspension parts, body panels, and the interior pieces. When ordering parts, especially body parts, knowing the E36 code may be helpful.

BMW also uses an internal code for the engines used in the 3 Series models. Consult the text in the 100 Engine-General repair group of this manual for a complete listing of engine codes. Engine code information is primarily used internally by BMW, but may be helpful if you have access to BMW technical information.

For the BMW owner with basic mechanical skills, this manual gives detailed maintenance and repair information. In addition, the BMW owner who has no intention of working on his or her own car will find that owning and reading this manual will make it possible to be better informed and to discuss repairs more intelligently with a professional technician. This manual has been prepared from the repair information that BMW provides to its factory-trained technicians and has been developed primarily with the do-it-yourself BMW owner in mind. The aim throughout has been clarity and understanding with practical descriptions, step-by-step procedures, and accurate specifications.

The BMW owner intending to do maintenance and repair should have a set of tools including a set of metric wrenches and sockets, screwdrivers, a torque wrench, and feeler gauges, since these basic tools will be used to do the majority of the maintenance and repair procedures described in this manual. This manual includes detailed information on these basic tools and other tips for the beginner in the first section of the manual, entitled 010

Fundamentals for the Do-It-Yourself Owner. For some of the repairs described in this manual, BMW technicians use special tools. The text will note when a repair requires these special tools and, where possible, will recommend practical alternatives.


  • General Data and Maintenance
  • Engine
  • Engine Removal and Installation
  • Cylinder Head Removal and Installation
  • Lubrication System
  • Ignition System
  • Fuel Injection
  • Radiator and Cooling System
  • Exhaust System
  • Transmission
  • Manual Transmission
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Suspension, Steering and Brakes
  • Steering and Wheel Alignment
  • Rear Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Body
  • Body Equipment
  • Exterior Trim, Bumpers
  • Central Locking and Anti-Theft
  • Convertible Top
  • Electrical System
  • Electrical Component Locations
  • Instruments
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Equipment and Accessories
  • Airbag System (SRS)
  • Electrical Wiring Diagrams

Language: English
File: PDF
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