This will be the log of my ownership/ trials and tribulations of owning a Compact.The car is a 2000 E36 316i that I have just recently bought for £600 with 12 months MOT.
I would imagine there will be a few issues to sort out and then get Herman as I call her up and running properly. Bodily she is excellent apart fom a rust bubble on the O/S/R arch and a rotten grill panel she is rust free, no sunroof just as I wanted, the only down side is the colour I really did not want a silver one, but the body codittion swayed me.
The first issue to sort is the idle speed which is fine when cold but a little fast when warmed up (1100 rpm) but if you reconnect the ICV the warm idle jumps to 1800rpm. When removed the idle control valve seems stuck a 1/4 open, but as I say disconnected idles a lot better. I will see how much a new one is tomorrow, no doubt a fortune due to its rarity..............On the plus side for a 316 basic model it goes very well, perhaps its had the upgrade.
Thanks for looking I appreciate any comments you might make