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Old 04-26-2006, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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several questions, please look!!!

instead of making a few different threads, ill just combine all of my questions into one.

1. my driver side door has alot of knicks and scratches on it that are too deep to be buffed/waxed out. would it be cheaper to get this repainted or get a new door and have that painted? and if the latter would be cheaper, where can i get a new door for a good price?

2.i just got my car back from getting a few things done on it, which included a tune-up (new plugs, various filters) and oil change, and it still isn't running great. it has a very rough and lumpy idle, i can feel it through my seat when im at idle at a stoplight or something, and sometimes when i first start it up it trys to stall out, and does sometimes. i do have a stupid k&n cone filter on it, could this be the culprit?

3. where is the cheapest place to get the stock airbox and filter for this car? ever since i had this crappy k&n filter it hasnt run very well.

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1. Ill let someone more experienced answer this.

2. Search this forum for ICV (idle control valve). You need to clean that. I dotn know where it is on your car but that is your culprit.

3. Clean the ICV and no worries. If you need one you could probably find one on bimmerforums classifieds section.
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instead of making a few different threads, ill just combine all of my questions into one.

1. my driver side door has alot of knicks and scratches on it that are too deep to be buffed/waxed out. would it be cheaper to get this repainted or get a new door and have that painted? and if the latter would be cheaper, where can i get a new door for a good price?

2.i just got my car back from getting a few things done on it, which included a tune-up (new plugs, various filters) and oil change, and it still isn't running great. it has a very rough and lumpy idle, i can feel it through my seat when im at idle at a stoplight or something, and sometimes when i first start it up it trys to stall out, and does sometimes. i do have a stupid k&n cone filter on it, could this be the culprit?

3. where is the cheapest place to get the stock airbox and filter for this car? ever since i had this crappy k&n filter it hasnt run very well.

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my guess for the door is just get it repainted... you'd be wasting time replacing it when its just some paint flaws...

also is your idle jumping like it wants to stall? or is it just too low an idle? if its too low an idle you can adjust it right next to where it goes in the engine (throttle cable has a little threaded part next to the manifold... theres 2 on there one is from the icv the other is from your pedal... i would adjust both if this is the culprit...)<-- any questions about that stuff just ask...

cheapest place to find a stock airbox is gonna be your local junk yard... and for filter i wouldnt go with a used filter id drop in a k&n filter thats made to fit the box... but really i dont think the cone intake you have now is the culprit... but you would benifit ALOT i believe if you fab'd up a heat shield of some sort for it...
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1. Ill let someone more experienced answer this.

2. Search this forum for ICV (idle control valve). You need to clean that. I dotn know where it is on your car but that is your culprit.

3. Clean the ICV and no worries. If you need one you could probably find one on bimmerforums classifieds section.
thats exactly what i was thinking when i read this, but im pretty sure he can save his current ICV and just clean it with an alcohol based cleaner... check this link out about it... http://www.bmwe36tips.20m.com/unstable-idle.htm

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i would just edit, but its not letting me but sorry about the multiple posts in a row but found this on the site and thought you shuold know about it...

http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/mai...-idle-444.html

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i would just edit, but its not letting me but sorry about the multiple posts in a row but found this on the site and thought you shuold know about it...

http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/mai...-idle-444.html

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lol im not a genious, just relaying information.


the door issue i would just get it repainted, finding a new door that will have the same paint and not to mention if you find the same colour , will you find one that has faded like yours has.


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for the K&N filter, if its still running shitty after the ICV fix, than try extending the filter lower and further away from the engine , it very possible that its sucking suffering due to sucking hot air... you can also try to make a heat shield , it may help out as well.... ALSO in that picture it kinda looks like the intake boot is a bit twisted.
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yeah, im just gonna return the factory airbox and eliminate all potential problems with the k&n

im trying to make this into a "show" car more than a "go" car. when i want a speed fix i just hop on the bike or 944.

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thanks for the advice and links guys, wish me luck!
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Old 04-26-2006, 11:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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my guess for the door is just get it repainted... you'd be wasting time replacing it when its just some paint flaws...

also is your idle jumping like it wants to stall? or is it just too low an idle? if its too low an idle you can adjust it right next to where it goes in the engine (throttle cable has a little threaded part next to the manifold... theres 2 on there one is from the icv the other is from your pedal... i would adjust both if this is the culprit...)<-- any questions about that stuff just ask...

cheapest place to find a stock airbox is gonna be your local junk yard... and for filter i wouldnt go with a used filter id drop in a k&n filter thats made to fit the box... but really i dont think the cone intake you have now is the culprit... but you would benifit ALOT i believe if you fab'd up a heat shield of some sort for it...
and no it idles at around 700rpm or so, but sometimes when slowing down the car and declining revs, upon coming into idle speed again, it stays at about 1000rpm for a second or two and then returns to 700.
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Also check on Ebay for a stock airbox and filter, though I doubt the K&N is your problem.
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yeah but i bet it aint helpin
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im curious as to how it would not help the car, but rather mess with the idle, it is an air filter? Is this a common thing.
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thats exactly what i was thinking when i read this, but im pretty sure he can save his current ICV and just clean it with an alcohol based cleaner... check this link out about it... http://www.bmwe36tips.20m.com/unstable-idle.htm
Uh yeah I never said buy a new ICV. I said clean it.
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Clean the ICV...

Door... depends on the damage... Get a paint shop to take a look... they might want to just buff her out... and then fill... and repaint...

Turner Motor sports has intakes... rather good ones.. not cheap though.. you get what you pay for with BMW aftermarket parts.

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lol im not a genious, just relaying information.
im just trying to get a little blush out of you... haha

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yeah, im just gonna return the factory airbox and eliminate all potential problems with the k&n

im trying to make this into a "show" car more than a "go" car. when i want a speed fix i just hop on the bike or 944.
IMO- a nice looking CAI and heat shield just tops off a show car... unless your not planning on cleanin up that engine bay...
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