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#1 (permalink) Old 08-31-2005, 02:20 PM
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Hey guys, an acquaintence of mine (my girlfriends boss actually) has an e30 convertible (dont' know year or specific model just yet) that used to be his daughters car, but it has been sitting in his driveway for a year or two because it just stopped working one day, so he went and bought her a new Jag convertible instead (he is a BILLIONAIRE by the way! LOL). But now it is bothering him to have it just sitting there.

I know next to nothing about the circumstances surrounding the car dying, and he doesn't have a key for it anymore (although I am trying to get him to get a locksmith out there to take care of that before I go digging in to anything!). Basically I am looking for some VERY preliminary things to look for based on the EXTREMELY limited info that i have provided to you so far. You can expect more detailed info in the coming days before I get over to the car to play with it.

I have seen it from a distance, and it IS a "Good from Far" type of car SO FAR, but I have not actually laid hands on it, so I don't know total condition, but you all will be the first to know!

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Josh, see if you can get him to go to the dealer and have them order a new set of keys. i know they can do that for the E36 and E46 models. they may be able to do that for this sucker too......

first thing, check oil level......errr scratch that.......first thing, check timing belt. i would try to turn the motor over by hand and see if the cam moves and double check my timing marks before going any further

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aside from timing belt, check the ECU.

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aside from timing belt, check the ECU.
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he first needs to make sure that no further harm will come to the motor. making it run is a secondary concern. if the timing belt is broken or jumped time, further cranking on the motor will cause additional damage to the top end. therefore checking the condition and position of the timing belt is the first step before you should even think of cranking on her to see if she will fire up.

there is always an order of opperation for any vehicle that has been sitting awhile. i have pulled many an auto out of a barn after sitting various amounts of time so i have learned (and sometimes the hard way) what to check first and address first.

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Okay guys, thanks for the first round of recommendations! I will most certainly check the timing first. Good looking out DJ! As for the ECU Sp0rky, what should I check? Do I need to run a voltage check across it?
Oh, and he DOES have a key now, so that part will be easier!! I will most likely be digging into it after the holiday weekend, but keep the ideas running, I would like to turn this into a bit of a how to for anyone else that might come across an e30 in a barn or whatever!

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well if the belt is all good.....

then there really isn't any one specific way to test the ecu per-say

bascially it either works or it doesn't......if you are having running issues you test everything else first (coil, wires, fueling issues) and if everything checks out then you would try swapping in another brain.

i would check the belt, if that checks good, grab a set of jumper cables and let her rip....that is after you check the oil. curious if the fuel pump is kicking on or if she is getting spark. as right now there is so many directions from which to start, but need some road signs to point in the general direction

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Due to personal experiences...if the fuel pump doesn't run when you hit the key, josh TRY the fuel pump relay. It can save you about a weeks' worth of headaches. Trust me.

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Alright, here are the details to make it easier... I went to take a look at it yesterday and got the vin and such... I will probably work on in this coming weekend.

1992 325iA (that is what it says on the door plate, but I am guessing the A is "silent?")
Black exterior, tan leather interior, basketweave wheels, Black top, Automatic. I forgot to check mileage, but it shows very little "road wear" so I am guessing it is fairly low.

This thing has been sitting SO LONG, that the interior has started to MOLD! BADLY! Actually, other than the mold and spider webs, it is in remarkably good shape. No dings, no rust, etc... I am tempted to offer him $500 to get it off his property, and I would go at this thing on my own... On the other hand, I LIKE MONEY, and HE HAS LOTS OF IT! He will pay me well to get it running, and I would charge him an extra $500 just to clean it (trust me, there is so much mold, that is a value!), so I KNOW I can make really good money on it! ARGH! I hate being torn like this!

Alright, I just have one technical question... What size is the crank bolt on it so that I can hand crank the motor to check timing? I admit, I have not done any timing work on my car (less than 20,000 miles on the timing belt when I bought it) although I have done timing work on SEVERAL of my past cars, so I just want to be sure I bring the right tools.

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It's a 7/8".
You should just ask to take it off his hands for free and explain whats going on with the interior and see what he says. You pay to remove it.

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Okay, nevermind! The guy just went ahead and sold the damn car out from under me (for $300!!!!!!!!!!!!)

ARGH!

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