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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 12-30-2012, 07:18 AM
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hard start

I have a 98 318ti. When I try to start I have to crank to near battery death before it starts, but it will start. Any ideas?
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:18 AM
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It could be many things, but since you are getting plenty of electricity, it has to be related to either air or fuel supply.

Does the engine run roughly for a bit once it does finally start?
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:41 AM
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Yes it does. I have to give it gas to keep it running til it smoothes out. First start of the day is rough long as it does not sit over a couple hours it starts great.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:44 AM
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Low fuel pressure?
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I'd start by checking fuel pressure. Make sure that is where it should be, and verify that your fuel pump is working correctly and that your fuel filter is not clogged.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:21 AM
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