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Old 06-12-2005, 03:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1993 325is....2.5L V6....just rolled over 100k

Changed the plugs the other day. drove fine for a couple days. Now it has hard starts, skips while driving, and sometimes stalls when stopping! I thought it was the gapping of the plugs, fixed that today and still having the problems.

Any ideas

BTW....plugs are AutoLite double platinums....old plugs were Bosch and still looked decent. When i did change the plug, there was a lot of oil in the 2nd from front plug. The plug was almost completely under oil. The plug itself looked fine so i think it may have just been someone spilling oil and it catching there.

So once again!! Any suggestions! I need to fix this myself im broke! Please tell me its an easy fix!

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Two things... get only BMW plugs... it will save you some time and money... the distributorless ignition on BMWs is very picky towards spark rate and temp... thus double platinums are not the solution... get the regular plug... hate to tell you but you wasted your money...

As for the oil in the plug... sounds like you have a valve gasket leak... easy fix... takes an hour or so to do... all you need is a valve cover gasket kit... you can get this from www.pelicanparts.com

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Old 06-12-2005, 03:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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are you saying that i should go to my dealership and buy the plugs? or should i go with plugs like the ones that were in there before (the bosch ones)? it did run fine before.....
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I might be mistaken but boush makes an equal plug as the dealer will sell... My advice... go to an auto parts store... let them pull up on their computer what type of plug you want to use... either that or call the dealer... but by no means... go to the dealer... you will only pay more for plugs from them... find out what the exact plug you car takes... then find and buy that... internet purchase is the cheapest...

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Old 06-14-2005, 01:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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well....i went to Advance and bought some different plugs.....Bosch +4's....$6 each.....

its running better but still starting hard
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are all 325's v6 or inline 6? i always thought they were all inline!

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Old 06-14-2005, 03:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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eh...pretty sure its inline....
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I had this problem when I bought my car. Change a valve cover gasket (its alot of work but if you have oil on the plug, this rubber thing have to be changed), plugs (+2) and check spark plug boots (second one for sure).
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Originally posted by breezd+Jun 12 2005, 03:35 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(breezd @ Jun 12 2005, 03:35 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'>1993 325is....2.5L V6....just rolled over 100k

Changed the plugs the other day. drove fine for a couple days. Now it has hard starts, skips while driving, and sometimes stalls when stopping! I thought it was the gapping of the plugs, fixed that today and still having the problems.

Any ideas

BTW....plugs are AutoLite double platinums....old plugs were Bosch and still looked decent. When i did change the plug, there was a lot of oil in the 2nd from front plug. The plug was almost completely under oil. The plug itself looked fine so i think it may have just been someone spilling oil and it catching there.

So once again!! Any suggestions! I need to fix this myself im broke! Please tell me its an easy fix!

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BMW has never made V6's.

About the problem, I would look into replacing the valve cover gasket. Should run you under $150 if you do it yourself.
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Originally posted by breezd+Jun 12 2005, 02:35 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(breezd @ Jun 12 2005, 02:35 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'>1993 325is....2.5L V6....just rolled over 100k
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1993 325is....2.5L V6
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are all 325's v6 or inline 6? i always thought they were all inline!

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yeah i didnt think that they made v6's, thnx!
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Old 06-16-2005, 01:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally posted by drz328i+Jun 14 2005, 02:41 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(drz328i @ Jun 14 2005, 02:41 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'>
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Originally posted by breezd@Jun 12 2005, 03:35 AM
1993 325is....2.5L V6....just rolled over 100k

Changed the plugs the other day. drove fine for a couple days.* Now it has hard starts, skips while driving, and sometimes stalls when stopping!* I thought it was the gapping of the plugs, fixed that today and still having the problems.

Any ideas

BTW....plugs are AutoLite double platinums....old plugs were Bosch and still looked decent.* When i did change the plug, there was a lot of oil in the 2nd from front plug.* The plug was almost completely under oil.* The plug itself looked fine so i think it may have just been someone spilling oil and it catching there.

So once again!!* Any suggestions!* I need to fix this myself im broke!* Please tell me its an easy fix!

ghead:
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are all 325's v6 or inline 6? i always thought they were all inline!

thnx
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About the problem, I would look into replacing the valve cover gasket. Should run you under $150 if you do it yourself.
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and level of difficulty?!?! im not all that inclined......
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Not hard at all... take the plastic valve cover off... two nuts... then you have to move some stuff around... and take off about 10 other bolts... and she comes right off... peel off old gasket... and replace with new kit... www.pelicanparts.com should have a write up... if not.. search google.com for e36 valve cover gasket DIY... and you should find something of use.

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as mentioned above, get the copper +2's. There have been reports of problems with the platinum +4's but it is a sorely debated subject at times. The copper +2's are the closest to OEM replacement if not exactly OEM replacement.
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Old 06-16-2005, 02:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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www.pelicanparts.com should have a write up... if not.. search google.com for e36 valve cover gasket DIY... and you should find something of use.
Or you could be REALLY cool and do it yourself, take pictures, and then post a DIY here!!
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