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Old 08-06-2012, 12:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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E36 325tds - Startup & Power Issues

Where do I start?

6 cyclinder turbo diesel automatic gearbox 160K miles (1996).

Symptom 1:
It has always started but only after excessive amount of spinning on the starter motor. The time for the engine to fire up is getting longer. After driving for a while and getting it up to normal operating temperature, then switching off, when I re-start it fires up immediately.

Symptom 2:
There's a distinct lack of power at lower revs.

Symptom 3:
I have read that this engine has a reputation for the tappets being very noisy when it is warming up. Mine is loud enough to wake up the neighbours half a mile away - sounds like the steel tracks of a battle tank on a cobbled road.

What do these symptoms indicate? Are they inter-related? Where do I start and in what order? Can I fix it with a rubber screwdriver?
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