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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 12-21-2004, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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people my e30 ´s been having problems due to a stupid mechanic which does not know about e30.

anyway... the issue.

My heat indicator usually was showing before the half let´s say (1/4 or so)
now is showing on the (1/2).
It goes to that point after a couple of miles driving and it stays there.
I feel the car a little bit warmer than normal tho.

All this happens after my ´´mechanic´´ did the replacement of the timing belt and the valve adjustment.

please advise the following:
-when do you usually get to the (1/2) of the heat indicator after start driving.
-what is the normal tempeture for one of this engines?
-could it be the thermostat misfiring?
Another thing that is happening is that the water is getting hot, and the cool water sensor turns the light on at least once a week, the tank is still full of water tho.
Please advise me is very important for me.
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my engine is 320i (2000 cc)L-JETRONIC fuel injection, chassis e30, year 1985, production date is 09/84.
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Old 12-22-2004, 07:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When I first got my E30 (1991 E30 325i) the tempreture always stayed at the 1/2 mark, right in the middle, pointing straight up. i got it in the winter, and it usually took about 10 to 15 minutes of easy driving to get it up to operating temp.

the following winter, the thermostat went out. this made the temp sometimes rise almost into the red, or far right.

the thermostat was replaced, and the temp ended up being lower then usual, most times these days it stays below the half mark, right between the quarter and half marks.

i wish i could help you more. . .
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Old 12-22-2004, 07:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Celsdogg@Dec 22 2004, 07:14 AM
When I first got my E30 (1991 E30 325i) the tempreture always stayed at the 1/2 mark, right in the middle, pointing straight up. i got it in the winter, and it usually took about 10 to 15 minutes of easy driving to get it up to operating temp.

the following winter, the thermostat went out. this made the temp sometimes rise almost into the red, or far right.

the thermostat was replaced, and the temp ended up being lower then usual, most times these days it stays below the half mark, right between the quarter and half marks.

i wish i could help you more. . .
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**thank you. yes i think it could be the thermostat. I forgot to tell you we are summer here in costa rica is 18 celsius out there righ now.
Thanks ! B)
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I am storing my son-in-laws '90 325ic and he has recently changed the thermostat so the temp needle is now between 1/4 and 1/2. My thinking here is that he went with a cooler thermostat versus the OEM. I believe the OEM is at 195 "F". This car is slow to warm up and though it does put out heat , it could be better.
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Old 12-31-2004, 11:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey guys- greetings from across the pond

little background here first- I love my car and last year I has to put a lot of miles on the clock since I was doing 100 miles a day from London to Oxford for work. Anyway, it runs smooth as you like; till I had the tires changed, but that's another story

I have to tell a sad story about some shyster mechanics and what they did to my motor (I will stay on topic though)- I had to get my car taxed which means getting an MOT over here, like a 'certificate of roadworthiness' so I took it to one garage who don't do repairs; they failed it on the sill rust, bearings and headlamp alignment. So I got a second opinion; these guys said the same, so they replaced all the headlamp adjusters, bearings and the exhaust back box (dude said it had a hole, although it seemed perfectly quiet to me), plus I got the sill welded on one side. When I got it back, the foglamps were disconnected (fuses) and there was a trim panel missing from the inside passenger door (you know just inside of the wing mirror). Plus the MoFo was steering right the whole time.
I sorted out those problems- guy gave me a new trim, the tracking was totally fucked up which needed doing at the tire place, and I reconnected the foglamps. Then one of the foglamps blew, and at the same time the Temp gague went to the blue line (cold). I got a new bulb and the lamp works OK, but the Temp gague starts cold and only gets to 1/4 or like 1/3. It doesn't get to the half like it used to.
So do I need to look at the thermostat? Is the circuit related to the foglamps??
I wanna sort this out before this year's MOT

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umm i changed my thermostat...the temp stay lower because it has a lower opening point. I think its better for the car cause it runns colder.
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