1996 BMW 3-Series BMW 3-Series 1996

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1996 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (9%)

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1996 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

160000 mi Ignition key spins and will not catch at the on or start positions. Just needed to be re-aligned, 30 min and no parts needed. 
179000 mi

US $300
Needed new starter. 
223000 mi

US $338
Whining noise was heard from under the hood, determined cause to be noisy alternator bearing, replaced part myself. 

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1996 BMW 3-Series 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

131000 mi

US $75
Multi switch for wipers on left side of column. 

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1996 BMW 3-Series 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

162000 mi

US $170
Replaced starter (spark plugs, fuel & cabin filters.) 

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1996 BMW 3-Series Electrical Problems

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