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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 04-05-2004, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I have a 1986 320i (2000cc, 6 in line) I think those were not available in USA but I think are very similar to the 325i.
How should I time it? Idle speed? With the vacum hose on or off? Any other things or special procedure I should follow?
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What would make you think that they're similar to the 325i?
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I've seen both and to me they are externally (engines) very similar, I think they even share some parts.
This one I have is not from U.S.A and may be different.
But the problem I have is that eventhough the timing seems right it sounds (knock pin??) as if timing was ahead. It makes this noise specially below 2000-2500 r.p.m. Idle speed is around 800 r.p.m.
Any help will be appreciated.
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You can try to adjust the throttle. But BMW's got a computer that controls all of that. I remember that on my old car even when I try adjusting the idle still tries to default it back to the normal speed.
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i can adjust the timing on my car just fine... the computer doesnt messs with anything I do to my car... sorry can't help with your question. Maybe... Mine Idles at about 950 RPM. I have my timing advanced a bit... But mines a 318i 4 cyl. prolly no hel pat all... meh
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What would make you think that they're similar to the 325i?
um.... because it's an m20b20
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