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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 10-16-2005, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have an 87 325 with 211,600 miles. the car runs great and doesn't smoke. i just adjusted my valves yersterday and decided to change the plugs too. when i pulled them out they looked terrible. for ex. brown dust and black gunk that looked like hardened tar. they really looked awful. i use bosch platinum spark plugs. does anyone know why they look so bad. anyonw have a similar problem. thanks.
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Old 10-17-2005, 08:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Platinums are NOT what our cars need!!! I believe they are too hot of a plug and if the combustion doesn't get hot enough, the plug will foul. Just get the stock plugs. There is another thread on the first couple pages which talks about this. the stock plugs are the only way to go unless you have some sort of significant mods to the engine (turbo, hotter cam, etc...)
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dude go wit some splitfires i put some in yesterday and huge difference in the drive and that was without the new wires next week new wires
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