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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-26-2012, 10:57 PM
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No input at all?
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:06 AM
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Picking up this seats later today for 40 bucks... pretty much clean. lol way better than my old set!


[IMG] 100MEDIA$IMAG0179 by p_dawg8812, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG] 100MEDIA36IMAG0180 by p_dawg8812, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:32 AM
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Codes may be because:

Cracked air intake boot, they do go dry and bad.
Cracked idle speed air control valve hose
Cracked PCV tube from valve cover
Bad breather ventilation valve, these do go bad on 328i
Disconnected fuel pressure regulator unit, bad wire? It is located under the car, under the metal protector.

You got to spend some money on it, and it is not a Civic, you may not like that 328i because it requires constant attention and stupid stuff brakes on it all the time. Civic is good reliable car
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:08 AM
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Codes may be because:

Cracked air intake boot, they do go dry and bad.
Cracked idle speed air control valve hose
Cracked PCV tube from valve cover
Bad breather ventilation valve, these do go bad on 328i
Disconnected fuel pressure regulator unit, bad wire? It is located under the car, under the metal protector.

You got to spend some money on it, and it is not a Civic, you may not like that 328i because it requires constant attention and stupid stuff brakes on it all the time. Civic is good reliable car
thank you. ill look into those.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:09 AM
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LOL i know i dont drive a civic anymore, why does everybody have to keep bringing that up everytime they give me advice?
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:27 AM
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You got to spend some money on it, and it is not a Civic, you may not like that 328i because it requires constant attention and stupid stuff brakes on it all the time. Civic is good reliable car
^^Haha very true, a buddy of mine also had a civic and he saw I had my bmws all nice, so he sold his Honda that was in great condition for a not so good BMW 328is convertable without asking me what to look out for since all he knew was just the BMW brand....long story short he has only driven that car about 10 times in a period of 4 months because of wiring issues, not cranking sometimes, and all these other weird things lol...
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:42 AM
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^^Haha very true, a buddy of mine also had a civic and he saw I had my bmws all nice, so he sold his Honda that was in great condition for a not so good BMW 328is convertable without asking me what to look out for since all he knew was just the BMW brand....long story short he has only driven that car about 10 times in a period of 4 months because of wiring issues, not cranking sometimes, and all these other weird things lol...
hah yeah, not gonna lie i do regret trading my perfectly running civic for the bmw. but its all good now, little at a time, im trying to make this car as reliable as i can!
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:33 AM
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Picking up this seats later today for 40 bucks... pretty much clean. lol way better than my old set!


[IMG] 100MEDIA$IMAG0179 by p_dawg8812, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG] 100MEDIA36IMAG0180 by p_dawg8812, on Flickr[/IMG]
if that is leather (which it looks like) you stole em... and the driver looks slightly better than my dove grey set and i think mine are pretty good after 130k and 13yrs
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:06 PM
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if that is leather (which it looks like) you stole em... and the driver looks slightly better than my dove grey set and i think mine are pretty good after 130k and 13yrs
my car has 177k and the front seats is pretty much worn out! i havent had the chance to pick it cause i dont have a car to haul it with!
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:39 PM
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cars been in the garage and just sitting there for a couple of days now! everytime i start it, it just dies right away. feels like theres no idle.


do you guys have any idea on where i can start to figure out the problem?
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:26 AM
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you cleaned the idle control valve?

I'm also going to assume you running good gas... not the cheap 87 octane?

The car runs at speed? (like you keep giving it gas and it will run?).
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:28 AM
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reset the dme

disconnect the battery for a 15 minutes
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:35 PM
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reset the dme

disconnect the battery for a 15 minutes
did this, but its still doing the same thing.

any other ideas i can do to check?
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:38 PM
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cars been in the garage and just sitting there for a couple of days now! everytime i start it, it just dies right away. feels like theres no idle.


do you guys have any idea on where i can start to figure out the problem?
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did this, but its still doing the same thing.

any other ideas i can do to check?
Did you ever pressure test the fuel pump?

Smoke test for vacuum leaks?
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:57 PM
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No i havent done those. i dont know how to do both of the test but im gonna research them.
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