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Old 10-08-2008, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1995 318i the problem i have is it wont start i have replaced the ecu computer but the car trys to start but it backfires and thats it. I checked the plugs and they smell like gas and so does my oil. the car ran fine till it we had a down pour and now it wont start at all. i had it towed to a mechanic and he said it was a bad ecu and i replaced it but still nothing any ideas what the problem maybe

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Old 10-08-2008, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seems a lot like an ignition issue.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 1995 318i the problem i have is it wont start i have replaced the ecu computer but the car trys to start but it backfires and thats it. I checked the plugs and they smell like gas and so does my oil. the car ran fine till it we had a down pour and now it wont start at all. i had it towed to a mechanic and he said it was a bad ecu and i replaced it but still nothing any ideas what the problem maybe
The ecu's are coded to your specific model & year, so the serial # on the replacement ecu has to be exact to the one that was in the car......or you will get this condition.

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The ecu's are coded to your specific model & year, so the serial # on the replacement ecu has to be exact to the one that was in the car......or you will get this condition.

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and check if you have the red tab or white tab ECU
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