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Old 04-17-2004, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone give me some tips? The car that I have has a hard time starting in the morning. It turns over, but lacks SOMETHING to keep it going. Also, if it does turn on the first time and I step on the peddle, it feels like it is going to die. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-28-2004, 02:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a similar problem on my 98 323IS. Only when it is cold it takes three turns of the key to start. I ruled out the starter because it cranks. I thinking it might have to do with the throttle position. Only because it is only affected when the engine has cooled down. And that particular assembly, I believe, I don't know has coolant running through it. Or if there's some type of sensor or regulator (fuel pressure?) that is failing because it sounds like it is starved for fuel or air from the intake. Because once it starts the idle runs a little low until it warms up. I just don't know enoegh about this type of vehicle. I am also asking if. anybody knows.
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Old 06-28-2004, 01:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When you crack it the first time, then turn it off, and turn it a second time, does it 'magically' start up right away?

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Old 06-28-2004, 06:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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how long have you been using this car?
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Old 07-04-2004, 02:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes it magically starts and I had the car 1 month.
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sounds like zee fuel pimp...er... puump...
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If it's magically starting it's one of two things. If it's cold out, the car richens the fuel mixture, but it doesn't know to do this until you try and start it one time. If it's not cold out then it could be a crappy fuel pump or just a bad/clogged filter.

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Old 07-04-2004, 02:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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change to synthetic oil... go talk to your bimmer dealership. I had the same problem and they upgraded my current chip which forced me to change to synthetic and I didn't have the issue ever again. I spent nearly 1500 bucks replacing shit when all I needed to pay was 100 from BMW. I also live in Spokane, WA where it gets colder then shit during the winter too.
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That sounds like it could be a lot of things (TPS, intake, plug, coil, Fuel Pressure Reg, the list goes on) IF I were you, I would take it to a BMW tech and see if he can read a code.
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