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What's up guys? This is my first BMW ever owned and definately not going to be my last. These cars seem solid and like lots of fun to drive (this coming from a man who just owned a civic ) I got it with 110000 miles for $1600, interior could use some work but exterior is perfect.

Now to the point, the car is having some rough idle problems.. I hear the fuel pump, it almost sounds like right around where the fuel filter is it's making lots of noise.. I'm not sure if dirt is all clogged in there or what. The old owner said that it's probably just the dirt, so he revved it up and stuff and managed to make the car idle and run normal again. Anyone have any similar experiences to this?

The other little problem is my clutch pedal drops (not sure why, he said it was a safety feature if you don't press in the clutch all the way to protect the transmission...) and when this happens, my brakes make some weird noise when I press them down (kind of a buzzing noise?) Any insight to this problem? It's a hydraulic clutch I beleive, still haven't had the opportunity to look.

I really look forward to learning a lot about these cars, and appreciate any help that can be offered. Thanks in advance
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Clutch and brakes all need service. There is no such safety feature used

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Clutch and brakes all need service. There is no such safety feature used
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ugh, I kinda had a feeling he was lying about that
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Congrats on the car, Steve.

Feel free to get yourself one of these - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=books&n=507846

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top off your brake/clutch fluid, and bleed both clutch and brakes that should get rid of your problem unless its leaking in which case you will need to find the leak. try changing the fuel filter. do it sooner rather then later you dont want to burn out the pump cause that just sucks unless the pump is toast but you will find out after the filter.

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top off your brake/clutch fluid, and bleed both clutch and brakes that should get rid of your problem unless its leaking in which case you will need to find the leak. try changing the fuel filter. do it sooner rather then later you dont want to burn out the pump cause that just sucks unless the pump is toast but you will find out after the filter.
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doing the filter tomorrow, any tricks to not spilling fuel everywhere?
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Congrats on the car, Steve.

Feel free to get yourself one of these - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=books&n=507846
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Thanks, love it so far! hands down the best handling car I have ever owned

Definately will look to purchase one of those, although I'm going to avoid the electrical problems.


I had the brakes checked out, they said it's more than likely a leak on the power booster, but I'm going to get a second opinion on this one

One more quick little question, this happened on my friends Volvo too - the radio makes a weezing noise, it kinda follows the acceleration and decelleration of the car. Ideas?
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w/ the radio...check the grounds, as well as your alternator. Might be backfeeding through the system and into the stereo. Hope it helps, and remember

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w/ the radio...check the grounds, as well as your alternator. Might be backfeeding through the system and into the stereo. Hope it helps, and remember

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concur with that statement. a bad ground will impress the electrical noise on the wiring system. if you have no luck finding a bad ground then you can always by a noise choke.
Its basically a in-line capacitor that will eliminate the whine that you hear. available at radio shack or such places. You add that in line with the stereo power feed.
First thing though is check the ground cables chassis, block and etc.

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Originally posted by wcleafs+Mar 9 2005, 04:51 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(wcleafs @ Mar 9 2005, 04:51 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-german-speed-demon@Mar 9 2005, 03:44 PM
w/ the radio...check the grounds, as well as your alternator.* Might be backfeeding through the system and into the stereo.* Hope it helps, and remember

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concur with that statement. a bad ground will impress the electrical noise on the wiring system. if you have no luck finding a bad ground then you can always by a noise choke.
Its basically a in-line capacitor that will eliminate the whine that you hear. available at radio shack or such places. You add that in line with the stereo power feed.
First thing though is check the ground cables chassis, block and etc.

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if only those things worked... i have radio noise through my amp shotened and re ran all my grounds for the deck and both amps, re ran the power put in the noise dampeners and i still have it. as for the fuel line you could pull the pump fuse and open the gas cap and urn the car till it dies, or just leave it with the gas in and pull it out thats what i did far too lazy to turn the car on.... but gas goes everywhere so your verry flamable

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w/ the radio...check the grounds, as well as your alternator. Might be backfeeding through the system and into the stereo. Hope it helps, and remember

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concur with that statement. a bad ground will impress the electrical noise on the wiring system. if you have no luck finding a bad ground then you can always by a noise choke.
Its basically a in-line capacitor that will eliminate the whine that you hear. available at radio shack or such places. You add that in line with the stereo power feed.
First thing though is check the ground cables chassis, block and etc.

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if only those things worked... i have radio noise through my amp shotened and re ran all my grounds for the deck and both amps, re ran the power put in the noise dampeners and i still have it. as for the fuel line you could pull the pump fuse and open the gas cap and urn the car till it dies, or just leave it with the gas in and pull it out thats what i did far too lazy to turn the car on.... but gas goes everywhere so your verry flamable
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not to doubt you, my fellow west (best) coaster , but never had a problem with a noise supression device, You obivously have some bad grounds. Its important to ensure the block and chassis ground are solid. Undoing the ground straps and cleaning off the contact area and adding some dielectric compound works wonders, I use the same stuff you put on you plug wire boots. It also helps your charging system perform to it best.

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w/ the radio...check the grounds, as well as your alternator.* Might be backfeeding through the system and into the stereo.* Hope it helps, and remember

Europeans always drive better
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concur with that statement. a bad ground will impress the electrical noise on the wiring system. if you have no luck finding a bad ground then you can always by a noise choke.
Its basically a in-line capacitor that will eliminate the whine that you hear. available at radio shack or such places. You add that in line with the stereo power feed.
First thing though is check the ground cables chassis, block and etc.

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if only those things worked... i have radio noise through my amp shotened and re ran all my grounds for the deck and both amps, re ran the power put in the noise dampeners and i still have it. as for the fuel line you could pull the pump fuse and open the gas cap and urn the car till it dies, or just leave it with the gas in and pull it out thats what i did far too lazy to turn the car on.... but gas goes everywhere so your verry flamable
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not to doubt you, my fellow west (best) coaster , but never had a problem with a noise supression device, You obivously have some bad grounds. Its important to ensure the block and chassis ground are solid. Undoing the ground straps and cleaning off the contact area and adding some dielectric compound works wonders, I use the same stuff you put on you plug wire boots. It also helps your charging system perform to it best.
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o believe me i cleaned off the grounding surfaces... it goes away some times and re apears maybe ill try the cleaning agent deal. i duno i took it to beam riders to get them to fix it but they couldn't cause im not especialy fond of electrical so they just said to put in the noise suppresion things it helped a bit, ill give the cleaner a go.and my charging system needs no more beefing... i was sick of buying the bosch alts. so i made a custom mount and bought a mopac one for 60 bucks its chrome too, puts out 120amps so im off to the races... went through 3 alts. before i decided to do that had no problems since. btw no offence taken

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