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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 12-20-2004, 06:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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[B] I was driving to work a few minutes ago, when coming down the freeway
the car made a sound like an explotion, a fellow of mine who was behind told me he saw like a little flash-fire.
The car did the same sound 3 times.
This was a short trip no more than 13 km

I was driving at 100 km/p/h i was in 3rd gear down hill when the explotion became.

---on saturday i went to the mechanic and he Ędid a tune up, valve adjustment and he adjusted the distributor which was with a weird sound from a few days ago.
gimme a clue please on what is the origin of the sound-explotion.

Car is an E30, 320i european version, 09/84 production date model 1985.
german version
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could be your engine timing? explosion and flash fire frm your tail pipe could mean misfiring of your spark plugs?
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Old 12-28-2004, 09:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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kinda sounds like a after-fire, like a backfire but throught the exhaust. I believe that is from timing, and engine set-up (if there are any add-ons and such). Could be a issue with excessive pressures and the such. If it's fixed, great

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