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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-23-2005, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I"m in need of some help here guys. My 325 seems to be cutting out randomly. sometimes it stops, but sometimes it keeps doing it. I was thinking that it could be the fuel filter, but I don't want to do anything until I get some more advice.
Any advice would help out thanks guys
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Old 04-24-2005, 01:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Best guess idle valve fault or an air leak in the inlet system
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Old 04-25-2005, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what do you mean cutting out? does it do it more frequently at idle or when revving the engine.

if its idle, check ICV, if it does it while revving check the AFM

if its completely random, your f|_|cked.. no wait..

also check spark plugs, and that all spark wires are connected firmly (a loose spark boot can cause intermittant problems)
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Old 04-26-2005, 03:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It seems to be random. Now it kinda does it to where it won't rev over 2 until it runs a little. Other then that it seems to do it when I try and put the pedal all the way to the floor. How would I check the AFM and the ICV
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Oh joy. This fellow has the same problem I do in the mornings. High five, dude.

Okay, all banter aside, I'd like to know what the hell is wrong with it too. Would it really be a fuel filter if the car runs fine once it's warmed up? I guess the only way to find out is replace that *&^%$ valve (which is worth about $270 up here).

C'mon guys, help us ETA drivers out.
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Crank sensor perhaps?? Check down there for oil & dirt .. Worth a shot
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have you tried BAvauto for their price on the valve? mine was only about $150. And, if worse comes to worse...do what i did last time i bought something from overseas. A buddy went and bought it, then privately shipped it to me(saving me about $65 in the process). This method could easily be tailored to the US. And i think EnvyM3 lives in NH, which is also where Bavauto is located.
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I"m thinking that it might be the dist cap. It rained out and everything got alot worse. Now it won't run right at all. If it even runs at all it seems as though its only running on a couple cylinders. Could this be the dist cap???
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