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Old 01-14-2004, 03:29 AM   #1
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Now that with the weather getting colder (espically in Toronto Canada), I would like to know what are some of the signs that I should look for to detect potential problems. Can you guys provide me with some of the signs and symptoms from your experience before it leads to potential problems.

Here is what I been experiencing (cold day, I'm talking about -30 degress C):
1. On cold days, the rpm revs around 800 range even when the temp gauge is in the mid point
2. On cold days, when idling, there is a metal clicking noise. The clicking noise is somewhat noticable but I can't pin point the location.

Feel free to post your symptoms......
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Old 01-14-2004, 03:40 AM   #2
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Oh man, I get that clicking noise all the time too. It's so annoying. I can feel it in the clutch.

When it's cold, my 2nd gear is way too rough and hard to get into.
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Old 01-14-2004, 03:50 AM   #3
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to many to list.lol.
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Old 01-14-2004, 04:27 AM   #4
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sorry can't tell you much about the problem on my bimmer cuz it's hibernating for the winter. infact it won't be having problem at all.... LOL ...
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Old 01-14-2004, 04:36 AM   #5
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problems?? you guys have problems with your cars??

haha, jk....the only one I seem to have lately is that my signals never work properly, the connectors are always corroded and I have to cleam them all the time?
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Old 01-14-2004, 04:40 AM   #6
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1. guibo is shot
2. clutch is burnt to smitherines
3. water pump on last legs
4. thermostat stuck open
5. suspension is tired
6. supercharger needs new bearings ( i think )
7. trailing arm bushings are shot
8. dashboard is seperating from the center vent (common problem)
9. cd player doesn't work (dunno why)
10. it's not fast enough (yet)
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Old 01-14-2004, 06:37 AM   #7
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Re: List Your Car Problems

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Now that with the weather getting colder (espically in Toronto Canada), I would like to know what are some of the signs that I should look for to detect potential problems. Can you guys provide me with some of the signs and symptoms from your experience before it leads to potential problems.

Here is what I been experiencing (cold day, I'm talking about -30 degress C):
1. On cold days, the rpm revs around 800 range even when the temp gauge is in the mid point
2. On cold days, when idling, there is a metal clicking noise. The clicking noise is somewhat noticable but I can't pin point the location.

Feel free to post your symptoms......
Sounds like you have a classic case of lifter stick...

It happens when your valve lifters age...allot of E30s have that problem from what I hear along with tons of other cars.

It is expensive to have them changed and it may not even be the lifters. My recommendation is that you get an oil change, possibly with winter specific oil that is more viscous at lower temperatures..see if that fixes the problem.
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Old 01-14-2004, 06:39 AM   #8
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but then again...your car is new...lifters take time to go...
hrm its hard to tell without hearing it...
if it gets any worse take it in for service...

When i used to have my 328ci E46 It used to almost stall out and then recover itself about 10 minutes into run time when i was stopped at a light..and it was an AUTO!
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Old 01-14-2004, 06:51 AM   #9
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Re: List Your Car Problems

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1. On cold days, the rpm revs around 800 range even when the temp gauge is in the mid point
am i missing something?
isnt it suppose to be idling at 750 rpms?
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Old 01-14-2004, 06:56 AM   #10
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car won't start, battery dead.

weird suspension problem, car vibrates irratically when hitting certain bumps at certain angles at certain speeds.

driveshaft needs rebuilding.

Need to flush coolant.

Need new tires.

Need more power.


But hey guys, remember, most of our cars are old, and they need care, don't complain, nuture them, and u will be rewarded with a superbly performing automobile.

I know my car has problems, but I would gladly drive my car over my dad's car which I'm driving in the winter.
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Old 01-14-2004, 07:19 AM   #11
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My car:
-steering wheel shimmy under braking
-rear toe arm bushings worn
-front brakes
-thermostat housing
-adjust parking brake
-worn clutch
-water pump (it's pretty loud now)
-fuel filter
-shifter bushing
-adjust rear bumper

I let a few things build up to do over the winter.

My truck
-right rear cab mount rusted out
-thermostat stuck open
-oil change
-burnt out headlight
-rust everywhere
-needs a new exhaust from the manifold back
-fuel filter (really bad)
-cluster lights burnt out
-diff bearings
-really worn shocks (again)
-rear non-winter tires at balder then bald
-synchro in 1st gear is munched
-timing belt should have been replaced 80,000km+ ago
-power steering system doesn't hold oil
-lots of steering wheel free play
-frame bent (can't get a proper alignment)
-brakes need to be rebled

Basically the truck I'm not investing much more money into, I'm running it until it leaves me stranded, then tossing it. The funny thing is that for 96hp (when it was new, 13yrs ago), it'll still beat a stock 2.4L Sunfire/Cav, which isn't really much of a bragging right, but oh well.
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Old 01-14-2004, 07:24 AM   #12
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Basically the truck I'm not investing much more money into, I'm running it until it leaves me stranded, then tossing it. The funny thing is that for 96hp (when it was new, 13yrs ago), it'll still beat a stock 2.4L Sunfire/Cav, which isn't really much of a bragging right, but oh well.
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Old 01-14-2004, 12:33 PM   #13
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but then again...your car is new...lifters take time to go...
hrm its hard to tell without hearing it...
if it gets any worse take it in for service...

When i used to have my 328ci E46 It used to almost stall out and then recover itself about 10 minutes into run time when i was stopped at a light..and it was an AUTO!

My car is new, bought it this year. First time owner of a BMW so I'm somewhat concern about the car. ie. RPM is higer during cold cold days.
Going in for an oil change soon. Will let the tech know about these problems.
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Old 01-14-2004, 03:29 PM   #14
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- 20W50 oil too sludgy for winter.. gonna change to 5W40 soon
- squeaking noise in steering column when really cold (needs lube?)
- high pitched scraping sound - but only for 1/2 a second on right front wheel area during suspension decompression stages. Sounds like a pebble in the brake pads - but i checked.. and it's clean.
- busted fog light

that's about it. It's friggen cold out there!
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Old 01-14-2004, 04:44 PM   #15
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I just took my car for a checkup and they said that a computer/throtle harnes was melfunctioning so they had to replace it. Other then that everything else is perfectly fine for almost a year and a half.
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