Hello my wife has just got her first proper car after passing her test in her fiat cinqcento, a lovely green 1995 318is coupe.
it has good service history, good paintwork (a little rust around the boot lock and on the edge of the bonnet), a new service by me (plugs, oil, filters, and the short circuit between pin 7 and 19), new locking wheel nuts (no key), a cracked headlight (fleabay replacement being scouted for).
I am joining as I have a camper and am on those forums, have a gsx1100f and am on those forums etc. as forums are a brilliant form of information / entertainment. I did actually think I was already on here as I used to have an old 530 and got a lot of assistance regarding that from here I thought, bu ho hum maybe I have been purged.
anyway I will always start with a couple of questions
1) The car feels sporty (ish) low and sterdy, it stays quite straight on the corners, but if I go too fast it feels like the mud flaps touch the floor I am sure the suspension is good though it feels rock solid normally?
2) All my other cars / bikes I have ever owned have a powerband this doesn't. it seems to run lovely up to about 4.5Krpm but If I floor it from there it seems to struggle, as if it is under fuelled? if I continue to drive smoothly it goes all the way to the red line 6.5Krpm. It feels like it sure be much more responsive. Is this normal? am I expecting too much? or is it simply because the engine has done 135000 miles, it looks and sounds good and healthy and the sporty exhaust sounds lovely once you put your foot down.
3) now when I had my 530 my manual stated that the 4 cylinder versions (e34 maybe) had a timing belt, but I am sure this version has a timing chain and simply a auxilery belt in the style of a timing belt eg ridges, is that right?
4) I have the occasional spinning ignition tumbler, we both know how to avoid it spinning, but should i certainly replace it or is their another (free) way to resolve this once I manage to remove the tumbler?
thanks for any answers you can give me