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  • #16
    Show us the car! We want to see your new car.

    Ben's the man. He'll touch the fender and then tell you what your M3 needs.
    1988 Diamond Black / track
    2006 4 Runner LTD V8 / DD
    2003 Tahoe Z71 trail / tugger / 225,000 miles (3 trannys, same original engine)
    1992 325ic S52, OBDI, M3 suspension (Finished!) Fast and Fun for the Mom
    2011 Superfly (Nirvana!)

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    • #17
      oh also when I drive the car the fuel gauge level goes down and then goes back up when it is parked and idling....
      -Peter

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      • #18
        you're right in Glenview. I'm up north in Waukegan and there are a few guys close. But I agree take it to Ben and all your trouble will end.

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        • #19
          Dominic's comments make allot of sense. The ECU looks for that reference signal to get everything going. Check the sensors and clean up the oil then give it a shot, it could be your culprit.

          Aaron

          "But most of all...
          ... I like the way you move......"

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          • #20
            If you don't let the car run a bit when you start it you may foul the plugs. I'd pop in a new set just to be sure. I've had plugs look just fine but not run the car.

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            • #21
              Can you shoot me contact info for Ben Thongsai?!? :cheer2:

              Thanks!
              Scott
              My Amusement Park On Wheels:

              2012 BMW M3 ( The last of the great N/A M3 motors )
              2010 MB C63
              1990 BMW M3 ( The first of the great N/A M3 motors )

              If you can't learn to do something well, learn to enjoy doing it poorly.

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              • #22
                Ben

                Scott,

                I sent you a PM.

                John
                1988 Diamond Black / track
                2006 4 Runner LTD V8 / DD
                2003 Tahoe Z71 trail / tugger / 225,000 miles (3 trannys, same original engine)
                1992 325ic S52, OBDI, M3 suspension (Finished!) Fast and Fun for the Mom
                2011 Superfly (Nirvana!)

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                • #23
                  Any update? Did you and Ben figure out the problem?
                  Dominic

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                  • #24
                    Ben said its the crank position sensor.... Going tom to pick it up
                    -Peter

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                    • #25
                      just bang your ecu a few times that seems to be the prob. with alot of e30s. did u touch the glove box?

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                      • #26
                        Do you have Ben's new address? I went by his old shop twice but no one was there. I'd like to hear the story of how he got the old place cleaned out, or maybe he didn't do that yet. He's a great resource.

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                        • #27
                          sure his new shops address is:
                          9830 Derby Ln
                          Westchester, IL 60154-3701
                          -Peter

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by B Marques View Post
                            just bang your ecu a few times that seems to be the prob. with alot of e30s. did u touch the glove box?
                            That works for me too.

                            I leave out the plastic access panel that covers the DME so during the occasional no start/hiccup/bogging down, I just reach over and tap on it a few times and I'll be on my way again.

                            Give it a try the next time your car won't fire up - it just might work.
                            Steve
                            www.s-e-design.com

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                            • #29
                              Oh man just saw I replied to this thread long time ago. Having the same issue now and tried the starting fluid trick and it attempted to start but failed. Had already changed TPS, main relay and fuel pump relay as quick 10 min fixes.

                              Tomorrow will go out and check the rest.

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