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Old 11-29-2008, 07:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 328ic with no owners manual - helpppppppp!

Hello everyone - hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I just recently purchased a 1997 328ic (love it!), but there was no owners manual with the car. I was driving back from Daytona to Jacksonville and the check engine light came on - oil is good, everything else from what I can tell is okay, no other lights came on. Is there a way to tell what this is indicating without going to my mechanic - there's a button called check located beside the temp button - does it tell you what is going on? Sorry to be so dumb, but the last one I had was an 85 528e without a lot of electronics. Also, does anyone know of a source for owners manuals for these older models? The cheapest one I've found online is $65 on ebay. Thank you very much for any help you can provide.
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Well, Kevyn with a y, I like your username, and I also like your car.

My suggestion would be to go to a place like autozone where they will read your codes for free.

If you look around, you might be able to find a PDF of the owner's manual on the web somewhere. If you have any specific questions, DRZ on this forum had a similar car to yours, and he may still have the owner's manual.
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Check lights can be very general. It may mean there's an issue with the emissions system. It can be as simple as a fuel cap not on tight enough.
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Agreed with ^ witeshark, on the check engine light......you can bring it to your local Autozone or Advanced Auto & they will read the code for you, as for the owner's manual I found this place...... for $34.99

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Kevyn, go to this site 4shared, Online file sharing and storage and you can download a PDF copy of your owners manual. You will need to type the word help to access the site.
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Kevyn, go to this site 4shared, Online file sharing and storage and you can download a PDF copy of your owners manual. You will need to type the word help to access the site.
01/24/2009: most of the PDF files "are corrupt". I need a 97 328i owner's manual.
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If you find any corrupt files on that site let me know and I will get them fixed, I just tried the E36 owners manual download, which works perfectly.
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If you find any corrupt files on that site let me know and I will get them fixed, I just tried the E36 owners manual download, which works perfectly.
Of the PDF files, the only ones I got to work were the Seat Sensor and Ignition barrel files.
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There was a problem with the site about 6 weeks ago, which has been resolved.
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There was a problem with the site about 6 weeks ago, which has been resolved.
I tried it again and no joy. I then tried IE and all was well. So it would seem to be a problem between the site and Mozilla Firefox.
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