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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 08-08-2014, 08:00 PM
Electro Electro is offline
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Mein Auto: BMW E36 325IS M Sport
ICV swapped, what


I'm a BMW enthusiast. My car is a late model 92' 325IS M Sport built for the Japanese market. I imported this "Iwate rarity" to my hometown of Vancouver in 2005-2006. The car suffered a few bruises during transport and its first insurance claim was submitted soon after inspection.
The rear tires were replaced, the exhaust replaced, the mags were repainted, the engine purred like a kitten.

There have been extensive modifications throughout the car (Racing Dynamics kit, mags, steering wheel, pedals, etc. Bilstein gas shocks, Recaro Speed Seats, M3 interior, Alipine Bluetooth 11.1 speaker system, HID with Bosch ellipsoids, etc) I have spent a small fortune keeping her maintained.

Recently, I've been having some engine trouble. Th idle control valve has been erratic. I thought about taking it out and cleaning, but the mechanic swapped it with a donor. Now, I have it running back to semi-good. The mechanic replaced the ICV, but there's still a bit of sputter if the idle drops too low. The mechanic told me to "drive it a few days, so the computer will adjust to the refurbished part."

I will take his advice, but if it continues the next step will be routine maintenance (oil change, spark plugs, etc.) Who said owning an older vehicle would be this much fun. My girlfriends Kia Rio drives on rails and has a 5 year warranty. Oil changes come with a car detailing and vacuum.
I will be trading cars as soon as the new BMW I8 becomes available.

What are some maintenance repairs that would improve the idle from 700rpm to 900rpm?
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:54 PM
Eight Thirty Eight Thirty is offline
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Mein Auto: 328xi
lol at the kia on rails
323is Devils kitten
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