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Old 07-01-2012, 03:03 PM
ali.allo ali.allo is offline
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Location: San Jose, CA
Join Date: Jul 2012
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Mein Auto: E36 1996 328i convertible
[solved] '96 328i - Rattling noise : starter, flywheel, engine?...

Hi guys,

First of all, let me say that I am a very new owner of a BMW and pleased to join the Bimmerfest community.

My post today concerns a noise that appeared 2 days ago (at cold) during ignition and is still present since then.

To quickly sum up :
- the car is an automatic, 96 328i convertible.
- the previous major problem was over-heating & a mixture oil/water because of the head gasket failure - the dealership told me it was fixed before I bought it
- the car runs (I drove it from work to the mechanics to home, it's about 30 minutes) but makes a hell lot of noise.
- the noise grows weak if I accelerate but it's quite loud when idling

I posted some videos on Youtube:


1rst day the problem appeared

A quick search in the forum brought me up to this post, looks like the noise is kinda similar.

I'm kinda stuck right now. What do you think?

Last edited by ali.allo; 07-07-2012 at 12:12 AM. Reason: problem solved
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