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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 08-29-2009, 11:17 PM
jstnjns jstnjns is offline
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Mein Auto: '89 325i
'89 325i will only start bypassing the fuel pump relay and starting fluid

Have a 325i that will not start, normally. The only way we've gotten it to start is by bypassing the fuel pump relay (see first three photos) and spraying some starting fluid into the air intake (sorry, I'm not a mechanic, nor very good at part names) (see fourth photo).

Checked (and replaced):
  • Ignition Coil
  • Rotor in Distributor Cap
  • Spark Plugs
  • Battery
  • Fuel Pump

Any and all help as to what this could mean, and how to fix it, would be very much appreciated..
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:50 AM
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Mein Auto: 1990 325i
did you change the relay?
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:20 AM
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Mein Auto: 325e,Jeep,240z,528i
Originally Posted by danielw05 View Post
did you change the relay?

Built 325e too much to list, Heavily modified Jeep, Datsun about to get a 351, and now a 528i
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