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Old 05-13-2010, 01:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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318i starting problem (with video)

hey guys

I got my 94 318i e36 for my first car about 4 months ago and a few weeks ago it had trouble starting up. It always starts in the end, but takes about 4 tries to get it going. Instead of me describing the problem, just take a look at these videos on two separate occasions.

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It does it mostly when its cold, however still does it sometimes when its hot, and there are times when it starts first time.

I'm a poor uni student and can't exactly afford to send it off and get it looked at professionally, so i'm really hoping you guys can help.

I don't know too much about cars, however i am keen to learn, but my uneducated guess would be the starter motor, however i could be wrong.

thanks a lot guys!
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I have the exact same problem than you. I can't help you neither since I also think it's a starter motor problem, maybe it's electrical of simply the gearing ... who knows. Please someone reply because this problem is annoying as hell, mostly when people in a car park are looking at you having trouble with your BMW.

I have a video that is similar to yours so if someone wanna take a look:
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