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Old 05-11-2003, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

I thought I would just drop you all a note to update those responding to my question awhile ago regarding the irratic idoling when cold. Well I tried the ICV, thanks FOX, it was a bit sticky and a good soak in petrol helped a treat. This however didn't cure the fault. I finally submitted and took it to my local dealer, BMW Vines @ Gatwick, they ran some diagnosics and confirmed my worst fears - VANOS!

However, after a couple of days the fault was fixed, and the inital price quoted 700+ had been reduced to a final bill of 345 all in So I'm happy with that! And can now sell it
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Old 05-12-2003, 01:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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sorry to hear that. usually its the IVC (note the FAQ in the FAQ forum) but it can also be the Vanos unit. they seem to have a limited life. im just hoping mine isnt ready to go. i dont think its that expensive from what ive heard.
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whats the part that goes on the VaNoS? Solonoid/hydrolic lifters?
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whats the part that goes on the VaNoS? Solonoid/hydrolic lifters?
Fox, not too sure? Basically they said that that - I now guess from your response - that the solonoids were sticking on both the inlet and outlet ports explaining poor idoling when cold. All I know is that its running just fine at the moment and ready to be sold....

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