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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 08-01-2005, 11:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all. Havent been on the boards in awhile. Due to financial issues, the BMW has gone up for sale. I'm having a few issues though. It's sat in my driveway for a good few weeks now, and I try to start it and run it a bit every week. Today I hadn't run it for about a week, and when I fired it up, it blew a ginormous blue cloud out the back (which, following the wind, drifted by me as I watched in horror). Then no more blue. The car ran, and was making little white smoke puffs, but no more blue. Anyone want to surmise what exactly is wrong with it?
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Blue was old fuel, white is moisture in fuel lines. Suggestion, any time you store a car for any extended length of time put Stabile in the fuel system and fill the tank.

Prevents fuel varnishing as it gets old. And full tank prevents moisture attraction. Sounds like it's time for italian tune up...
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Blue was old fuel, white is moisture in fuel lines. Suggestion, any time you store a car for any extended length of time put Stabile in the fuel system and fill the tank.

Prevents fuel varnishing as it gets old. And full tank prevents moisture attraction. Sounds like it's time for italian tune up...
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either that or if you can get your hands on some aviation fuel..talk about run! and it doesn't lead out (i.e. varnish) like other fuels.
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Due to scarier shit happening than you ever thought possible with Car #2, the BMW is back, and damn, I've missed it. That must've been what it was, because she's run great the last few days.

Thanks everyone. I'll remember that.
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basically open reving the piss out of it.....

you also could have had some injectors leaking down and flooding out the spark plugs. next time she sits for awhile pull the plugs and have a looksee
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Smart idea. Will do. She hasn't smoked a lick since I put her back on the road. Just that one morning after she'd been sitting awhile. Scared the piss out of me, actually, cause I didn't know gasoline would burn blue after sitting... thought it might be leaky rings, which I don't even want to think about right now. Overhauls are not on the menu for awhile.

An Italian tune up is revving the piss out of her? How did this come to be? I've given her a few good shots with the gas the past couple of days, and damn, she sounds good. Still need to get those valves adjusted, but doin good for 99% of things.
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