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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 Yesterday, 06:16 PM
quetzalsilver quetzalsilver is offline
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Question Distributor timing m30


I have a European grey mkt 323i with an 80- something M30 motor in it. The distributor in on the drivers side and I was told from the guy I bought it from said its the original 1979 electronic distributor with bosch; if I'm using the right terms.

I just replaced the head gasket but not cant get it started. I was very careful about engine timing so I sure that is right. I tracked down the guy who built the this motor and he told me that if I replaced the timing belt, which I did then my distributor timing is probably off. I'm having a hard time finding detailed info on that and how to get it right.

I'm also concerned that my spark is yellow and not blue but it's seems strong enough to ignite.

Any pointers would be helpful!

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Old Yesterday, 09:25 PM
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hornhospital hornhospital is offline
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Good grief, man, how many threads are you going to start for the same question?

Like I said in reply to the first posting in the "read this first" thread,, M30's have chains, not belts.

The advice you got in your other thread was good. Follow it.
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