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    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

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    welcome to the forum
    im sure yours is a cam belt and the flat spot could be a air pipe leak
     
     

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    its a cam chain on the m44 engines with the belt running the alternator, water pump etc
    you can replace the ignition barrel but i remember seeing a video (youtube i think) of a guy fixing the tumbler by drilling it and putting a screw into it ill need to see if i can dig it up. mine has been doing the same thing for ages

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    Hi clartsonly,Welcome to Bimmerforums.co.uk........

    You have a chain-NOT a cambelt
    You would need to replace the ignition barrel
    Its only a 4 pot so its going to feel very underpowered compared to the 530 for eg. but as stated it could be an airleak
     
     

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    thanks for the welcome, yeah I am sure cam belts have never been easily accessible and this belt simply runs from the crank and not up and around anything at the top of the engine.

    air pipe leak??? where would I start to look for one of these, it is not like my camper full of vacuum hoses so basically it should pull some extra when you go past 4.5K rpm?

    I saw a vid of that too, but got confused as he seemed to replace the tumbler and also drill and put in some form of grub screw. The main issue I have is I get these things into my head to fix and end up breaking more things at the same time
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by clartsonly View Post
    thanks for the welcome, yeah I am sure cam belts have never been easily accessible and this belt simply runs from the crank and not up and around anything at the top of the engine.

    air pipe leak??? where would I start to look for one of these, it is not like my camper full of vacuum hoses so basically it should pull some extra when you go past 4.5K rpm?

    I saw a vid of that too, but got confused as he seemed to replace the tumbler and also drill and put in some form of grub screw. The main issue I have is I get these things into my head to fix and end up breaking more things at the same time
    the power should be around 3.5k up and rev clean with no pause in the revs
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    Hi clartsonly,Welcome to Bimmerforums.co.uk........

    You have a chain-NOT a cambelt
    You would need to replace the ignition barrel
    Its only a 4 pot so its going to feel very underpowered compared to the 530 for eg. but as stated it could be an airleak
    i thought the m44 was put in from mid 1996 thats why i said belt
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by diponio1 View Post
    i thought the m44 was put in from mid 1996 thats why i said belt
    the M44 and M42 were both available in 1995even then the M42 still has a chain http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.d...25&hg=11&fg=25 The M44 came out in Feb 1995 although probably only available on European models
     
     

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    Welcome clartsonly. I know sod all about the 318is so i am not going to offer any advice.

    Hope you get your issues sorted.

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    hiya, excellent choice of car, on mine the power starts at 3.5 but at 4.5 the power really kicks in and puts a grin on your face, tho mine has the older m42 engine, yours should be similiar, hopefully you can find the fault, oh and welcome to the forum
     
     

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