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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 02-19-2005, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a fellow bmw enthusiast as I'm pretty sure we all are. I recently purchased a 1987 325e 5spd coupe. I really like it allot and it is in overall really good shape. After having it for about a month, my girlfriend backed it over a curb and did a substantial amount of damage to the fuel system. The car wouldn't start and we had to tow it to my mechanics shop. Here's what we replaced:

Gas Tank
Internal Fuel Pump
External Fuel Pump
Throttle cable


I waited a month for my mechanic to actually fix the car, and I paid close to $800 for all of the work, and I just got it back yesterday, and It runs like shit!! (exuse my language) here are the problems i've noticed since I've gotten it back.

It spits and sputters really badly, and shuts of if it sits at idle.
It has an extremely rough Idle.
It blows out allot of black smoke.
It guzzles gas like its gatorade. (I went through a tank in about an hours worth of driving)
and when it's cold, It won't start


It never did any of this before the incident. and my mechanic is not too familiar with bmw's (I know this was a mistake) but I know that the motor and trans is good. I just think its getting too much gas.

If anyone can help me out please email me at karpich_k@hotmail.com
or call me at (404)409-4217

I would appreciate any help anyone can give me as I need to get this car back on the road since it is my only form of transportation.
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Old 02-19-2005, 06:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you may have a blocked or kinked fuel return line, check your fuel pressure, a blocked return line will make it have abnormally high fuel pressure and would explain using alot of gas, your fuel pressure should be around 30
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you may have a blocked or kinked fuel return line, check your fuel pressure, a blocked return line will make it have abnormally high fuel pressure and would explain using alot of gas, your fuel pressure should be around 30
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when the mechanic put the tank in he probably pinched the return line so check there cause thats where the mechanic worked so thats probably where your problem is.
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