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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 02-17-2013, 12:29 PM
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Probably a Simple Electrical Problem

I suspect my 1989 325i has a bad battery, I'll get it checked tomorrow. However this e30 acts unusual compared to most cars with a bad battery. It turns over slowly (very slowly at first) and then fires up. It's a pretty rocky start and if left to idle it will idle at a bumpy 750 rpm. Also, the anti-lock light comes on. This past week I had my intake manifold off and repaired some vacuum leaks. I also had a coolant flush and replaced a couple bad hoses. I wouldn't think these things would be related, but is there a possibility they are? Tomorrow I'll be checking the battery, and looking around for any possible voltage draws when the car is off. Also, if that doesn't solve it I'll check out the alternator.

Has anybody experienced this peculiar low voltage/bumpy idle issue? Any recommendations for when I'm inspecting the electrical system tomorrow?
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:49 PM
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Check the alternator first. You can check voltage output at the battery with the engine running. Should be ~14 volts.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:37 PM
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you could be getting a weak cell. do the test horn say, and if you have the good output get the battery load tested
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:18 PM
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+1 on both above. A bad cell/battery will drag the voltage way way down.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:26 PM
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Any ideas on the random anti-brake light?
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:38 PM
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Low/weak battery will trigger all sorts of weird stuff.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:56 AM
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Low/weak battery will trigger all sorts of weird stuff.
Haha good to know, because there is a lot of weird stuff going on.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:29 AM
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What about the idle sensor switch, located on the throttle assembly?
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:59 AM
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Sure enough, it was just a bad battery. That was probably the strangest bad battery I've seen.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:28 PM
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you want my duc? i deal with that and worse anytime i fire the thing up when its under 50. normally the check engine and fuel light will come on and sometimes i get a coil message.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:03 AM
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This morning was another bumpy start. Even with the new battery in there was still a stutter start and three check lights came on: park-brake, brake-fluid, and battery. These lights flickered off when I revved the engine and began driving. Do new car batteries need some time to be broken in or what?
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:25 AM
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Well never mind. The all mighty Google answered most of my questions. However I still don't understand why it wouldn't just be the battery light.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:54 AM
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Flickering is either a ground problem or the alternator is getting flaky. Start at the battery ground cable and remove and clean every connection point. BMWs are probably the most finicky vehicles on the planet when it comes to ground connections.
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