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Old 08-07-2009, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What would cause a 1993 BMW 318IS to miss on a cylinder, while driving the miss dosnt get any better or worse. if anyone has a answer, that would be great.
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Could be a bad spark plug or the wire to it.
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Hopefully it's just a spark plug. I had that problem... my first step was to replace the spark plugs when I realized that my valve cover gasket was no longer rubber but hard plastic that fell apart in my hands. I replaced that, hoping that it was the problem (my plugs were in great shape). Nope... it was a blown head gasket. I ended up getting a new (ok, lightly used) engine (wasn't really worth fixing a +250k mile engine). Have you noticed anything weird going on with your coolant or oil levels? If not, it's more likely that it's just what witeshark said.

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Old 08-08-2009, 02:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Make sure you're not using platinum spark plugs. It's a big thing that people often overlook when they're new to BMW.
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Make sure you're not using platinum spark plugs. It's a big thing that people often overlook when they're new to BMW.
The m42 calls for Platinum +2s stock.
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Oh wow I didn't even read that it was a 318, my bad!
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Why not use the platinum plugs? Thats whats in the e30 and they are fine, smoother acceleration is what I noticed with them.
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In the e36 6 cyls, platinum plugs make the car miss. That's what happened in my 323is. You need to use the copper ones for some reason, I can't remember why those work and the others don't.
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remember when we were changing my plugs and we said "I have to make sure not to buy the autolites..."

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What would cause a 1993 BMW 318IS to miss on a cylinder, while driving the miss dosnt get any better or worse. if anyone has a answer, that would be great.
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