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Old 05-04-2010, 09:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Starting problems!

I have a 1997 (four-door) 320iS. In winter, if the weather falls to zero or below, the car will not start at all. Outside of winter, if it has been a cold night the car will start, but takes an extremely long time to do so. In both these situations, the starter motor is lively and active, - itís just that the cylinders wonít fire. When the weather is warm, however, the engine fires up straight away no problem.

I thought that a new set of sparkplugs might cure the problem, or perhaps a change of oil, (the oil is low). When I gave the above description to my local garage, however, I was told it could be a faulty temperature sensor. Apparently there is a sensor which, upon starting, tweaks the engine in response to outside ambient conditions.

Am just wondering if anyone else has experienced a similar problem or has any advice?
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Chris the temp sensor would be bad if the car was overheating. I would check the ignition coils. try to get a free diagnostic check. I don't know where you live but autozone will do it for free.Heres a link for it:
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