I have a 1997 E36 325tds.
It has had many problems from new. It's latest one is that it runs badly
with poor power/torque and black smoke (Intermittently) . I have taken it to
a BMW dealer who has not diagnosed a fault, and they don't think it has a
I then took it elsewhere not to a dealer, with limited success.
It idles at its worst when hot and humid, horrendous with the air con on. It
still has the fault when cold outside just not so in your face. When you do
turn air con afterwards, it still runs badly until you turn the car off and
When stationary, it feels like it will stall - and has done on few occasions
even tho the rpm is not low. Pulling away requires some concentration. When
easing off the gas the car jerks around and will do so until the car is
stationary and out of gear, it will stay ok for a few seconds then start
This has been going on for over 2 years now.
The other thing is, the egr valve leaks oil, and the internals get
smothered, as does the inlet manifold. I have taken these off and cleaned
them and the car runs almost ok, but after about 100miles its back to its
old habits. It was recommended that I had the turbo taken off and cleaned
which I have had done, with a slight increase in power.
I took the car to ATS to have tracking checked they were horrified by the
cars problems (its fault was most definitely present then!) and suggested it
might be the cat - im not sure, its alot of money just to see.
Help me please!!!!
Would be lost without my car, but it is pain in the backside