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.
my car did this too! to this day i still dont know what it was. after 2 days it started and was like nothing happened!! ghead i still drove it to the bmw specialist though and told him what it did. he replaced the coolant temperature sensor, as that may have thrown out the cold start systems. its fine now and hasnt done it again. so yeah .....try leaving it for a couple of days without attempting to start. good luck! :wink
MY 89 325 IC HAS A VERY SIMILAR PROBLEM ONLY MINE HAPPENS WHEN THE ENGINE IS AT OPERATING TEMP AND IF I SHUT IT OFF AND LET IT SIT FOR 15 MIN OR SO IT STARTS FINE BUT WHEN I LEAVE THE DRIVE WAY IT SPUTTERS AND KICKS,IF I JAM THE THROTTLE AND CLEAR THE ENGINE IT RUNS FINE UNTIL THE NEXT TIME I TRY TO START IT HOT, IVE CHECKED ALL THE IGNITION COMPONENTS,FUEL PRESSURE IS GOOD, CLEANED ALL THE PRIMARY CONNECTORS,TESTED THE IDLE SWITCH,TESTED THE IDLE VALVE. I DONT KNOW IF ITS POSSIBLE BUT I THINK I,M GETTING AIR IN THE FUEL RAIL AND ONCE ITS SELF BLED ITS FINE. I,M TRYING TO FIND A LOCAL SHOP TO PURGE MY INJECTORS WITH CLEANER TO VERIFY THIS THEORY.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOURS. ARE YOU CERTAIN ITS BLUE SMOKE AND NOT BLACK FROM BEING TOO RICH
The AutoGuide.com network consists of the largest network of enthusiast-owned enthusiast-operated automotive communities.
AutoGuide.com provides the latest car reviews, auto show coverage, new car prices, and automotive news. The AutoGuide network operates more than 100 automotive forums where our users consult peers for shopping information and advice, and share opinions as a community.