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.
LITTLE ABOUT THE CAR:
Hello, currently own and love my 1987 325es. Every since i bought it, it has had a big exhaust leak. Was like that when i bought it, but my brother works at bondurant racing school in phoenix az, so i took my car up to the shop and we took out my whole exhaust. The person that owned the car before would go over speed bumps and all sorts fast and totally scrape and mess up the exhaust system. From the exhaust manifolds to the cat, it is all butchered and dented and welden and all that, quite crappy. But the back exhaust manifold connects to the downpipes for the most part, small gap though i believe. But the front exhaust manifold, there is like a 1 inch gap almost between downpipe. The exhaust is bent out of place, we couldnt get it to fit on there. Motormounts busted too about a month after i bought my car, engine slide over a little and pully grinded into lower radiator hose. Replaced motormounts, and hose, but engine still little crooked it seems. Passenger side motormount seems awfull slanted, and my brothers friend at bondurant said its crooked, as i noticed as well.
Well sometimes my car runs and seems almost perfectly normal, well normal from what i know of it. Car is very loud, but when it runs normal, seems to do ok. On the other hand, the car can run like complete shit. When it runs like crap, idle is very rough and stalls if i dont keep it at above idle RPM. and backfire's like all hell.
If i rev it up, and step on it, all this black exhaust comes out from the big leak in the engine bay, but the exhaust only seems to come out when the engine stumbles.
The engine stumble's a lot when it runs like crap, and like ill have it at 2000 rpm, then step on it. Engine stumple's all this black smoke comes up, then picks up again, but when i let off the gas, it backfires really loud.
THINGS I'VE REPLACED:
When i bought the car, the o2 cencor wire's wernt even connected. But today i just bought a new o2 cencor for it, and it really hasnt changed, it acually makes it run a little worse so it seems, but cant say that for sure, cause its only been a day.
coolant and flush multiple times
cleaned and regreased the K and N filter
lower coolant hose about 3 times
exhaust manifold gaskets ( exhaust manifold never came close enough together, they burned off)
Thats about all i can think of right now, I love my e30 to death, but its frustrating. Yes i am working on that exhaust problem, trying to get enough money to buy the shorty headers from seambmw.com, its about all i can afford.
I DESPERATLY need your guys' help, i would appreciate anything you may have to say, ill try to get some pictures up as well. please give all imput and advice, im desperate.
**sorry for all the mispells and all that, very tired and frustraited*
It sounds like you have a bad head gasket. Does it only run like crap when its cold or hot or any other pre existing conditions for this to happen?
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Umm... im only aware of one, and its on the pipe between the exhaust manifolds and cat. I replaced it, but i see no difference, it acually might seem to run better without it working, i dont nkow, i disconnected it and it seems to run a tad better, but maybe its just me.
By the way, i think i found out something new. Whenever my car runs shitty, and i like stop and turn it off. It wont start right back up. I have to normally let it sit for a second. Its not that its hot, if i wake up and my car is running shitty from the start, if i turn it off right there and try to start it again, i think its still shitty. Dont know if that helps
first of all we must claim the gap in the exhaust manifold.
try using multiple metal gaskets...and lots of coats of sealent..
whenever you BACKFIRE you run the risk of causing incorrect resistance readings by the sensor flap.
heres what on the flap.
1 if you have the l-jetronic system
1.a. remove the duct from the intake end of the AIRFLOW METER.
1.b. carefully open and close the sensor flap and check for binding (or while your there also check for junky deposits like varnish or soot). clean with air intake cleaner.
1.c. if the flap aint perfect it may stick in a partially open position, causing the engine to run rich and or stall.
in my car that is a partial pain in the rear.
however on a scale from 1-10 (1 being changine oil, 10 being injector volume testing with measuring resistance on a space shuttle from another planet)
this task is about
only because you need to drink a beer to relax a bit and let the plastic houseings come apart and go back together without force.
be gentle and search for bolts.
let me know what kind of sled you own and maybe i can get you pics and more help from my tasks of finding a pulsation feeling occasionally. (which meant no-mechanic would bother to find it, and the dealer wanted about 4 million to fix it).
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Thanks for the help!. I am almost able to convince my parents to order headers for my car to fix the exhaust leak. I remember cleaning the whole airbox and all that, and I remember seeing the flap partially open at least, I am guessing thats bad.
I will be ordering the MSDS Headers, or the ones from SEAM BMW, or the ones from bmw2002.com or whatever the site is, Ireland Engineering. I understand they are all the same ones, so I will go with what one can get me them the fastest.
Pelican Parts says it takes like 2-3 weeks to get them to me which kinda sucks, but I gotta go look around and see whats the best.
I drive a 1987 325es, if you have any other questions or anything, give me a PM or AIM at AIM: bmw pettas
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