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Re: THERE IS NO CURE!!!!!!!!!!! (archive)

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Posted by Acro_d on August 09, 2001 at 13:39:39:

In Reply to: THERE IS NO CURE!!!!!!!!!!! posted by Kamal (UK) on August 09, 2001 at 05:27:53:

It sounds like you've really had enough of your car. Before you consider doing any other repairs, I suggest that you try making a detailed post to the 7 Series digest. I have been reading it for 3 years and have seen some very knowledgeable list members who may be able to assist in tracking down the causes of your steering/idling problems. You should first try searching their archives, then register and read some of the emailed digests to get a feel for the list, then make a post. They have had a few server problems recently and their site is sometimes down (it's down right now, I've just checked) but keep trying, their archives are quite extensive. The site is at

When I first bought my car, I was told by a garage that my steering box needed replacing. Thankfully I didn't trust their diagnosis and went to a dealer who told me that it was just an idler arm that needed replacing. I don't recall if you have said whether you are going to a dealer or not, but I suggest you either try one, or try a different one. I've tried 2 different dealers and had very different experiences, one of them was very good, the other not. If you're based in London I can give you details of the dealer that I trust. I would be very cautious if you have been told that you need a new steering box, I have been reading BMW 7 message boards for 3 years and have seen very few problems caused by faulty steering boxes.

You said you're buying an Alfa so maybe you've given up on this car, these suggestions are in case you haven't.


p.s. If the bmwseven site remains down, email me and I can email back the subscription request address.

I have

1) had new cam
2) changed all bretaher pipes
3) new coolant temp sensor
4) new injector o seals
5) checked compression (fine)
6) checked for air leaks
7) checked Air flow meter and idle valve
8) checked all spark plugs and leads
Still has exactly the same symptoms as you describe..

just learn to live with it!

yeah, another rough idle question... My '87 730,116k has developed a really annoying habit of idling poorly if left for any length of time when hot, eg waiting at junctions etc. oing thru town. Problem stays continuously until revs increase above c.2500 when you can feel the engine smoothing out,thereafter everythings ok, engine pulls fine. Any ideas ? Thinking of handing it to a 'specialist' but I've had some poor experience of these people..

By the way,just found your forum after 6 months of struggling with this car - you've saved a fortune in time and money - thanks all!!!

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