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From Tue Nov 17 15:24:44 1998
for <>; Tue, 17 Nov 1998 15:24:42 -0800
id <WWRRQ64M>; Tue, 17 Nov 1998 17:24:11 -0600
From: Doug Felsenthal <>
Subject: '<e30> survey entry'
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 17:24:06 -0600

>From Doug,

I got a 325 E30 1986, about one year ago, for $3000. As I have come to understand a considerable bargain. The problems I've had have been relatively minor, even though a couple have taken me considerable research to figure out.

First problem was dashboard batteries, it was amazing, $2.50 for the Radio Shack ones, and the temp gauge, service lights, and even the on board clock came alive.

Idle irratic was the biggest issue, eventually found an aftermarket valve that fixed things pretty well, at least I'm happy.

Fuel filter, thought I had some fuel problems noted that some poor mechanic put a very undersized unit on, I replaced with BMW standard after having to redo fuel lines.

Engine over rich problem, this was a bit scary, car would intermittantly loose power and die at idle. First it happen once per month, then got worse after 4 months, replaced above fuel filter, problem went away for 6 weeks, then came back. Thought and though, finally car was dead one morning, believe it or not replaced battery and everything was cleared up. Running happily now. You explain it.

Other than than my used BMW drives better than a new Ford.....

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