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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 04-02-2007, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Starting problems

My '86 (gray market) 325i has severe starting problems. Sometimes it starts - sometimes it doesn't. I've taken it to be repaired twice. Both times they claimed it was fixed - both times I got stuck somewhere because it wouldn't start. After waiting for a time (5 minutes, one day, etc) it will start. Has anyone any advice for me? It's been sitting for about a year because I have no confidence in it's reliability. When working, it's the best of my 3 Bimmers (2 ea 1990 325i's).
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Ignition or fuel pump relays can cause these kinds of problems. The coil windings get weak when hot and won't close the contacts. I have pryed the covers off the relays and manually (with my fingers) closed them under a no start condition and the car would start fine and stall as soon as I let the contacts go. I am not that familiar with your particular car, but it may be worth a shot. What has been done so far?
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Test your coolant temp sensor. Also, check your connectors to your crank sensors just below the starter. (don't mix them up)
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