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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 12-24-2004, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey what's up i just bought and old 87' 325 or also know as the E30, i was wondering, i live in Minnesota and when it gets cold out it will nt start. but here is the weired thing, when i pull it into my shop for like 5-10 mintues it starts. It olny doesn't start when it is cold, can someone please help me with this problem. Thanks
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Old 12-28-2004, 01:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Since you live in Minnesota, I'll assume that it gets way colder than I'll ever know about here in Georgia. I'll make some general assumptions...

Try a thinner oil for the winter time. Your oil might be too thick and sludge-like in the morning for the engine to even cooperate. Also, even though it couldn't be temp-related, check the starter motor. Who knows what lurks there. It might be the problem.

But I do have one question. If it is not starting, does that mean you are pushing it into the shop?
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Does it start if you boost it? Also, when you try to start it do you hear the starter clicking? I have cold weather starting probelms too... I am also using a really thick oil too... but it I doubt it's the problem though. Reaad my postabout starter probelms too... Maybe we can help eachother out.

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Yeah, hey thanks man, yeah it gets colder than a mother fucker here! Well, i just thought you 2 should know since you replyed that i am throwing in a turbo in this bitch to make faster. What kinda ol do you think i should use? what weight? and does that really make the difference. the starter is fine, when you start it, it clicks over. To tell you the truth when i get done working and it doesn't start, as soon as i pull the car in the garage that is warm for like not even more than like 5 mins. the fucker starts! i don't get it help me figure it out PLEASE!!!
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apparently your garage is magic... lol

i don't know, dude - that is a head-scratcher...

as far as the oil goes, if you flip to the index in your owners manual and look for oil, go to some of the pages and it will give you a tempurature reference graph for different weights of oil.

I use synth 15W-50. It has a really broad range of tempurate response.
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check your thermo-time switch and your cold start injector
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