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    Hello people!

    After 5 years of tooling around in a Rover 400 I'v finally racked up enough insurance no claims to get a proper car, so after 3 months of looking I finally found my perfect car, a 1996 e36 328i touring. It had 10 months MOT full BMW service history and no parking dents/scratches and no major rust. I chuffed to bits with it. I dropped the oil and replaced it with some fully synthetic, next up I'm going to do the diff/gearboax and coolent (any suggestion on the best oil/coolent to use would be appreciated)

    It does have its minor flaws however...

    Firstly the seat doesn't adjust forwards/backwards, fortunately the previous owner was the same height as me, but has anyone experienced this before? or know how to cure it?

    Secondly one of the doors doesn't lock on the central locking, just an actuator?

    Thirdly the passenger window doesn't work, when i press "up" the motor does make a noise, but it won't go down, is this likely to be the switch, relay or motor?

    Finally there is and idle problem, 50% of the time its fine, but occasionally it will hunt between 500 - 1000 rpm, i noticed that the hose going to the ICV was split so I'v ordered a replacement, if its not this I'v read that it could be the ICV, is it repairable or shall I just order a new one?

    Sorry for the long post :-)

    Regards,

    Ben.
     
     

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    hello mate good choice mate welcome to the world of 328`s :-)
    central locking will most likely be the actuator , your idling problem is probably the hose sure that will cure the problem if not just clean the ICV with some carb cleaner easy job as for the seat not had that problem but having just changed my seats did notice there is a lot of cables under there just check none have come loose or snapped or come out the lever itself maybe take the seat out for a better look its only four 16mm bolts easy job mate , hope this helps a little mate and welcome
     
     

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    Thanks for the welcomes! there were some small patches of rush on the underside, so I wire brushed then, sprayed with a zinc primer then undersealed the whole underside of the car. Then I removed and cleaned the ICV but no amount of lube or swearing can get it back on!
     
     

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    Hi BenjaminRoy

    Had the same window issue with my E46, opened up the side panel and found that the previous owner used a piece off wood to hold up window. Needed a new regulator which I bought and was able to fit myself with little technical experience
     
     

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    Thanks flexiva! I'll sort that soon, probably after the seat! I fitted my replacement and known-to-be-working ICV, silicon spray works wonders for fitting tight rubber things! but the intake boot and rubber pipe that connects it to the ICV are knackered, and the plastic connector was none existent so perhaps it wasn't the ICV after all? currently duck tape is holding it together, new parts should be arriving on tomorrow or saturday so I guess I'll know for sure then!
     
     

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    I replaced the ICV, intake boot (which was split) and the hose the connects the intake boot to the ICV, which I was hoping that this would solve the fluctuating idle...however, it hasn't. Has anyone else suffered from this? I did notice that when I remove the oil filler cap when the engine is running it causes idle problems also, so is it something to do with the crankcase ventilation?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminRoy View Post
    Hello people!

    After 5 years of tooling around in a Rover 400 I'v finally racked up enough insurance no claims to get a proper car, so after 3 months of looking I finally found my perfect car, a 1996 e36 328i touring. It had 10 months MOT full BMW service history and no parking dents/scratches and no major rust. I chuffed to bits with it. I dropped the oil and replaced it with some fully synthetic, next up I'm going to do the diff/gearboax and coolent (any suggestion on the best oil/coolent to use would be appreciated)

    It does have its minor flaws however...

    Firstly the seat doesn't adjust forwards/backwards, fortunately the previous owner was the same height as me, but has anyone experienced this before? or know how to cure it?

    Secondly one of the doors doesn't lock on the central locking, just an actuator?

    Thirdly the passenger window doesn't work, when i press "up" the motor does make a noise, but it won't go down, is this likely to be the switch, relay or motor?

    Finally there is and idle problem, 50% of the time its fine, but occasionally it will hunt between 500 - 1000 rpm, i noticed that the hose going to the ICV was split so I'v ordered a replacement, if its not this I'v read that it could be the ICV, is it repairable or shall I just order a new one?

    Sorry for the long post :-)

    Regards,

    Ben.
    Hello , Welcome , Yours Minter
     
     

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