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Old 09-08-2004, 05:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

I have a E36 325 TDS (turbo diesel) - 1995 lots of miles (177K mosty motorway in 5th gear) great car, always very reliable, i do about 650 motorway miles a week.

I have experienced a few niggly problems just recently

1) when moving off from a junction or similar, the car will sometimes looses all power in second gear, almost as if i had changed into 4th by mistake. Revs stay at idle speed even though i have my foot halfway down on the accelerator

2) ive also noticed - when resting my foot on the clutch pedal at standstill, it feels really rough - like a slow vibration.

3) changing gear feels a little rough - like the gears are giving some resistance, but this only happens once in a while

4) when i take my foot off the accelerator at standstill, the revs dip below idle speed for an instant - then pick up.

5) if im sat in slow traffic - in first gear, when i press the accelerator, the car kinda jolts a bit before driving off smoothly.

6) i get a squeaky noise from the engine bay when i press the clutch pedal.

Can anybody help? Pleeeeeeeeeease!!!!!

Andy
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Old 09-08-2004, 07:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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for the most part it seems like you have an air problem. meaning that maybe your airfilter is due for a change, or maybe it could be the heat and the air that your recieving is to thin for the car to use to its advantage. i really not sure however b/c i have never delt with a deseil
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is it possible to do a diesel conversion, just curious you must be loving gas prices for diesel
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a diesel conversion would be very difficult indeed - it requires a totally different fuel and ignition system - no spark plugs, diesel works off compression ignition, so ur piston strokes etc etc would need to be changed also!! So ur looking at big $$$$$$$. It would actually be cheaper just putting in a diesel engine. Ur probably better looking at an LPG conversion which is possible on most petrol cars and costs on average about 1500 -2000.

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thats waht i meant an engine swap, how much do those diesel motors run, ive always been in love with cars with diesels, like the benzes down to the turbo diesel beetle
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