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Old 09-16-2005, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Please help me... idle problem continues!

I've been out tonight and the maximum speed i could get out of the car was 50mph, it wouldn't even rev over 4k, plus it stalled on me once.... its really slow too.

its really getting to me now... thought bmw's we're supposed to be reliable!
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Old 09-16-2005, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This reminds me of something I read about certain English BMW's on someone's website. I hope this isn't what's wrong with your car, but it's worth a check . .

" . . Do not buy an M52 320/323/328 with an alloy block made before 3/98 unless it's had a new engine under warranty or you get a compression check done. Sulphur in fuel causes premature bore wear which shows as a bad idle and lack of power. Only solution is a new block. This was a particular problem in the North of England. After the problems with the M60 V8 BMW NA were vary of the alloy block M52 and all (or maybe just early?) US cars had a steel block instead."
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Nah mate, don't think it includes my car, as my car is a 318iS - the car in my avatar is my other car.

The 318iS coupe is the one i've got the problem with and was manufactured in 1999 - can't remember which month though.
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did u just buy this car recently? if yes then dont worry, i think its an unrwitten law/rule that whenever you buy a car something has to go wrong! when i got mine i had to replace the waterpump, thermostat nd fix up the radiator, about $400usd all up! but they are reliable!
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