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Old 10-06-2008, 07:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1993 325IS ongoing problems

My 93 323is started giving me fits about a month ago. It would start run and idle but it would die when you gave it gas. It would smell real bad like gas when you ran it. I ran codes and it pointed to mass air sensor. I replaced it and it ran fine for a minute and then started running bad again. I checked the codes again and then it pointed to the DME. I bought a used one off of e-bay and swapped my e-prom and now the car runs great again. The only problem is it smokes real bad (from the exhaust) and smells. I only drove it about a mile and brought it back fearing that something was really wrong. The smoke was a whitish grey. Could this be all of the unburned fuel in the exhaust from running it when the DME was bad? Any chance that this will burn off over time or could this be another problem all together? Any ideas?
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try it out....i had the same DME problem...

car won't start and it just dumps fuel... run it for a day and see if the smoke clears...that's what i did and now the car runs great....

if it still smokes, then gaskets or or something else.....
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whiteish grey... could be fuel dumped into the cat.... are you loosing coolant? what does your oil and coolant look like?
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The oil looked fine. No water in it. The coolant also looks normal. I am hoping that it is all of the unburnt fuel from when the DME went bad, but i am not sure how long that will linger around for.
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