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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 03-09-2011, 01:46 PM
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sputters once its warmed up but idles just fine??????? WTF?

so i just picked up a 1994 BMW 318i and fixed the overheating problem with a simple thermostat replacement. i was stoked till i started driving it and once it warms up it sputters, spits, backfires and misfires like CRAZY!!! oddly enough though it idles like a dream. what in the world could be causing this??? i have already run seafoam through it and replaced all 4 spark plugs. no improvement at all. I got home from work today and started it up to pull it back in the garage to work on it and spun it around the block. when it is still cold it runs, accelerates, and everything perfect so i kept it running and let it get up to operating temperature and then i spun it around the block again and it ran horribly. is it the MAF sensor? O2 sensor? dirty intake manifold? PLEASE HELP!!!
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:39 PM
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Check the codes.

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Old 03-09-2011, 10:40 PM
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Ill be nice
http://www.bmwe36blog.com/2007/01/24...d-diagnostics/
It is difficult but, the key is start pressing the pedal EXACTLY when the dash lights come on
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:59 AM
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Cool. I'll do that tonight. I am also gonna check for proper ohms on my MAF sensor, throttle positioning sensor and o2 sensor. Supposedly u can google how to meter them and what they are supposed to read on each one.

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Old 03-11-2011, 06:49 AM
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how bout the tps sensor? its the t shaped one by the throttle.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:29 AM
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I metered the MAF last night and it appears to be out of limits. My TPS has resistance that changes as I pull the throttle back an forth and never goes to a zero value so I believe that is still good. Any one have a MAF sensor for a 1994 318is? New they are like 450+.

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Old 03-11-2011, 07:32 AM
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Oh yeah. The code it gives is 1214. Cant find a definite answer on that one. Some say MAF, some o2. Who knows?

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Old 03-18-2011, 04:00 PM
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maybe the distributor ?

before i got my e30 I drove a tacoma, and i know bmw and toyotas are very different but it was doing the exact same thing and i tried the o2 sensor, and all spark plugs but it didnt work so i replaced the distributor and it ran fine, no problems
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