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Old 10-20-2004, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 95 318ti with 130,000 miles and a manual transmission. It seems that when I push in the clutch to stop the car either turns off, idles at 300 rpm, idles at 800 rpm with a shaky idle that feels like a miss, or it revs itself up to about 1300 and bounces between 1300 and 1000 for a couple of seconds, calming back down to idle at 800 kind of smoothly. I know this sounds confusing, but the car decides on these things, I have no control over it, and it doesn't happen all the time. Sometimes i get mad and rev drive the car at around 6000 rpm for a minute, and when I go to slow down it acts fine. I changed the fuel filter and it was okay for a day or so, but then it went back to the original problem. Could this be the fuel pump? Injectors? Water in the tank? I don't want to spend money on unnecessary parts, but I would like my car to be fixed. It runs fine besides idle, it will occasionally feel a little hesitant, but its barely noticeable. Car accelerates fine (although I could always wish for more, guess i need a 2.8l motor for that). Would anyone have any idea what could be wrong? The check engine light has come on once or twice, but only for a couple of seconds, not long enough to grab a code. Any advice or thoughts would be helpful. Thanks.
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Old 10-20-2004, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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based on the symptoms it sounds like the ICV- idle control valve.. do a search on it and you'll find out how to clean it.. if the problem still persists possibly the clutch is going out on you.. I would start with the ICV and move on from there..
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