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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 09-01-2007, 04:52 AM
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BMW 325ia - SLOW? (Just got it)

Hi all, im a new member here, tried to search about this "problem" but really couldt find much about it.

I bought a BMW 325ia -COUPE (automatic) a week ago, and when i got it, it had some problems. O2 sensor was failing and such, the car feelt very slow to drive

I got the 02 changed, and the car ran a little better - I cleaned my MAF and the car was again a bit better.

On my onboard BMW computer, my external temp shows -37C all the time, i dont know if that cause anything?

I went to my local dealer/mek and they tested the BMW, i got these errors:

Alternator air to little - What does that mean? - How can it be fixed?
Speed sensor error on both sides - ehh?


So the problem is the car is running really slow, i tried to test it the other day, it runs from 0-60 in about 12 sec - Is the normal for a 1992 325IA?

What could be wrong, what should i check?

It just got a full service, oil, filters and stuff.

Any help will be great, thanks alot!

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Old 09-01-2007, 04:56 AM
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Sounds a bit slow, my 318i does 0-60 in about 10 secs!
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:52 AM
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Your car should do about 8.2 seconds to 60mph if you really maxed it.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:55 AM
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i have a automatic.....mines hits 60 mph in 7 secs although i have some mod work. something is def. wrong my man.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:57 AM
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Yes, that is very slow. You should be in the 7-8 seconds range w/ the auto tranny.
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:06 AM
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keep in mind it's a 92, I assume there is quite a few clicks on the car? I'm sure it could use a tune up but it'll most likely have a best 0-60 of 10 - 11 secs
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:13 AM
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Nope. Mine is a 1994 with 230,XXX miles on the original M50, and I can bust out a 6 - 6.5 0-60 with the best of 'em. I do have a CAI and Dinan engine software but that stuff doesn't make a 4 second difference. Good maintenance and high quality replacement parts and fluids are the key.
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:22 AM
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Do what the computer said. Check you speed senors, they might be dirty with sand or something like that.

Try clearing the code memory on the D.M.E. and drive it for a day then check it again. What are the codes that set ? The ones wich set again are youre problem.

About the alternator air thing, I know that theres an air tube that goes from above the radiator directly to the alternator for cooling. Check that ?

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Old 09-01-2007, 07:36 AM
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I just don't know why you would buy a car that cannot do what it should be able to. There are plenty of perfectly performing old BMWs out there that would have been fast from the start.
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:40 AM
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I just don't know why you would buy a car that cannot do what it should be able to. There are plenty of perfectly performing old BMWs out there that would have been fast from the start.
I got it VERY cheap, i live in Sweden and could not find so many of these... So i got it cheap and now trying to fix it a bit :P

I had run a check on it again today, it also got one more fault on the computer, it says:

Faulty AC kondensator - i dont know what this is in English, but it is for the AC, it looks like this :

http://picture.yatego.com/images/440.../BMW_148-1.JPG

Can that have anything to do with it?

Any suggestions what it could be, so i dont use alot of money replacing this and that to find out whats wrong??

Is there something i should check first? About the speed sensors what do they actually do?
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:51 AM
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That's A/C Condenser is english. It can be expensive. Try to source a used one.
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i would suggest the camshaft sensor, but as i have already suggested that to someone else, i will refrain

Have you checked your fuel and air filters? they may need replacing (cheap)

Should also check for air leaks, especially in the intake boot (the big black one between the engine and air filter housing
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i would suggest the camshaft sensor, but as i have already suggested that to someone else, i will refrain

Have you checked your fuel and air filters? they may need replacing (cheap)

Should also check for air leaks, especially in the intake boot (the big black one between the engine and air filter housing

Did you invent the E36?!?! How is it that no problem EVER stumps this guy? It blows my mind, seriously.
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Old 09-01-2007, 09:38 AM
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Why thank you mate.

I just spend too much time on here and playing with my car buddy
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Old 09-01-2007, 11:05 AM
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Kidding buddy, ignore what I said....
Anyway, I'd say whatever Pirate says is probably your problem. If it just feels sluggish at all times, I'd go with Pirate on it being a sensor for sure.
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Old 09-01-2007, 12:43 PM
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I reserve judgment until Tuesday....
Hold on a minute.....just what do you have up your sleeves? Are you leaving us for some 4 door? Watcha got planned mate?
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Old 09-01-2007, 01:51 PM
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Old 09-01-2007, 01:53 PM
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Oh, for the love of small useless back seats!!
One of our most dedicated and die-hard coupe enthusiasts leaving the the team for a mommy car?! Say it isn't so!
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Old 09-01-2007, 01:55 PM
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Well done on the reverse psychology though mate, it worked a treat....
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Old 09-01-2007, 01:57 PM
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Well done on the reverse psychology though mate, it worked a treat....

Reverse psychology? I dont think I'm with you? I was being serious. If you leave the coupe team, it's down to me and Phantom.
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Down to you two to what?

Phantom is an elite, you are a pain!

I will never leave you all together, i have too many friends here but we all gotta move on sometime!
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Old 09-01-2007, 02:10 PM
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When it works right consider an engine chip from Bavarian Auto Source. I put one in my 1994 318i automatic and it made a considerable difference. $225.00 plus one hour shop time installing it. Well worth it to me.
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