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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 07-22-2016, 07:33 PM
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1991 BMW 318i problems

91 318i convertible
142,000 miles
USA
VIN: WBABA7310MEJ10099

First time in the forum, and my first post of course has to be about problems I'm having with my BMW that I just bought a month ago. I'm hoping someone can help me.

Took the car out for a drive, about 30 miles. Temperature was around 95 deg F. Car did not overheat.

After leaving a restaurant for home, there was a racket coming from beneath the car, kind of like a metallic rattle that increased in volume. I was driving for barely 5 minutes. The noise didn't start right away. Temp gauge was still showing right up the middle.

Luckily, I was almost home. The noise was pretty loud when I got to my driveway. Then it stopped, but numerous lights came on and it became difficult to steer when I pulled in. Shut it down immediately.

The following lights were on and stayed on:

Check engine=red
Park Brake=red
Brake Fluid=red
Anti-Lock=yellow
Battery=red

I looked all over the Web for clues, but was unable to find anything that resembled ALL of these symptoms. If you could point me in the direction, that would be most appreciated. I love this car!
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Old 07-23-2016, 01:22 AM
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Take a look at your drive belt(s) at the front of the engine. I think you'll find one missing. Then check the alternator, power steering pump and water pump to see if any of them have failed bearings.

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Old 07-25-2016, 02:39 AM
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Eureka!

At first light, noticed a broken belt and another that had been thrown. I'll have my mechanic come check those components for failed bearings.

Thank you!
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