1998 BMW 323i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 BMW 323i

1998 BMW 323i Problems

Multiple Power Steering Hoses May Simultaneously Fail

A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.

Check Engine Light and/or Engine Overheating

The thermostat may fail resulting in engine overheating and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the thermostat along with a complete inspection of the cooling system will be necessary to correct this concern.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Front Shocks/Struts

Front shocks become excessively worn after 90000 miles. Therefore, the car sways over bumps. The shock will develop a large rip in the center and may be dripping fluid.

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1998 BMW 323i Questions

Would it be wise to buy this bmw 323i convertible with 228000 miles for 2500? (1 answer)

This is what the seller says about the car: 1998 BMW 323ic (e36 - convertible) - 5-speed manual - good clutch - mostly highway miles - new electric top and rear window (in full working order) - complete suspension overhaul over the last 3 years - new Racing Dynamics Strut Brace - brand new Pirell...

what causes the steering rack top seal to blow out has happened 4 times! help me (1 answer)

i have changed the steering rack four times and each time the top seal keeps blowing out. i also changed the pump.

coolant leaks in to one cylinder through head gasket. A small leak, add coolant. (1 answer)

can this be repaired without replacing head gasket and retooling one cylinder? Value of car seems to be close to cost of replacing gasket. Is their a effective and less costly fix?

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1998 BMW 323i Reviews

I drive a bmw323i but has recently replaced the engine with a 325i. die crank sensors are differant located. we bought a new crank sensor that works from the front pulley on the 325i. we started the engine but it has n missfire. we can ref the car up till 2000 rpm but more that that, the engine starts to stall. could the wiring of this sensor be differant that the old sensor and now gives the w...
I'm the third owner. Has 89000 miles now. The convertible top is crappy...probably have to replace it...goes up and down manually and is beginning to deteriorate...had to fix the a/c and now needs a transmission mount with disc's. Oh yes, 4 new tires. Otherwise...I LOVE IT! It holds the road nicely, shifts beautifully, I think it handles just the way I would expect it to. I've got to be careful...

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