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Old 08-09-2004, 04:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sometimes when I start my car, the idle is a bit rough for a few seconds then it goes away. It sounds like the car is hesitating .
I have a 97 328 with 42000 miles.
Any ideas why this is happining?
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That is one common cause. There are a few others. Vaccum leak from a hose, or O2 sensor or even your FAMS. Just other possibilities for you to investigate.
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I have a similar problem with my 97 M3. Starting from cold it idles a little rough for about 30 secs, then smoothes out nicely. If I try to drive within the first 30 secs, it will hesitate a bit. I have 97K on mine and it's been doing this for a couple years now.
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