Let me start off by congratulating the BMW engineers for squeezing the E36 six-cylinder engine into an almost impossibly tight spot. It is quite a remarkable packaging job, considering they did it in the early 1990s when all they had were computers with 386 processors and rudimentary 2D CAD programs. Yet their success makes it a big pain for mechanics who work on these cars—it’s a tight squeeze, and you have to remove a lot of stuff to remove the intake manifold.

Pelican Parts’ DIYs are good

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticl…

Got up to the valve cover and most of the intake. I think it’s just those fuel lines that need to be disconnect