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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 01-06-2013, 05:54 PM
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86 325 not starting

I have a 1986 325 2.7L and it has spark and has the correct fuel pressure. I have ruled out the fuel pump it is fine. I have tested to see if my plugs are sparking and they are. Still no ignition. When i first try it seems like it starts for one detonation then it dies and after that it just turns over, over and over. tried starting fluid again nothing. i checked the relays and they are working and i checked the fuses under the hood and they are all intact ( i checked them all just to be sure.

Any suggestions cause i am at a total loss and if i dont figure it out soon its going to a mechanic and if i can fix it myself id rather not fork over $400 or more on something that should only cost $100.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:39 PM
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sounds like weak coil to me or gap on the plugs are wrong/bad plugs
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:44 PM
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Did this just start happening? Or did you buy it non running?
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:53 PM
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sounds like weak coil to me or gap on the plugs are wrong/bad plugs
Coil is new and the plugs have been in there for 4 years with less that 10,000 miles maybe less than 5,000.

and i have had the car for 5 years and it just happened
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:47 PM
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could be a LOT more things, and near on impossible to diagnose here.

For example, we dont know if:
it is getting fuel in the compression chamber?
it has compression?
the crank position sensor working correctly?

the list goes on. not trying to be a dick here, but if your out of ideas at this stage, take it to a professional.
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could be a LOT more things, and near on impossible to diagnose here.

For example, we dont know if:
it is getting fuel in the compression chamber?
it has compression?
the crank position sensor working correctly?

the list goes on. not trying to be a dick here, but if your out of ideas at this stage, take it to a professional.
it is getting fuel? yes and pressure tested
it has compression? yes and tested
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:13 PM
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ok now check the CPS. should be approx 540ohms +/-5%
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ok now check the CPS. should be approx 540ohms +/-5%
cps sends the signal to the ecu to open the injectors. so if there is wet fuel on the plugs, the cps is good.

change the plugs anyway. if you only driven it 5-10k in 5 years, it wont hurt. for $16, it not the end of the world. im still thinkin its a weak spark. hows the cap and rotor
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:13 PM
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Well i couldn't figure it out at all so i sent it to a shop here in town. Hes been working on BMWs for over 20 years and has always owned a E30 even has a Silver E30 M3 with a E46 M3 engine i about had a heart attack. and his employee has a 89 325Is and its beautiful. so i know its in good hands.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:36 PM
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well i need a new computer for my car that sucks
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