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Car sputters when engine is cold and fine when warm

Hi there i recently bought a 2000 plate bmw 316i se and if u start the engine from cold and take away the car sputters as if misfiring once the engine has heated up this problem seems to eliminate and run smoothly . the cars engine management light is also on ive been told air fuel mixture as well as garages replacing the lambda sensors but this hasnt fixed the problem has any one got any ideas ?

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There is not carburetor in this car. Check all the rubberhouses for airleaks. Second the sparkplugs can be swimming in the oil, due the valvecover rubberseals are hardened. Then there is a possible fault camshaftsensor. The last possibility are ignition coils. Thats it, believe or not.

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If your vehicle has a carburetor, I'd say you've got a problem with your choke, specifically your cold/curb idle dashpot. What is your fuel system, "air mixture problems" sounds like a carburetor to me.

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    Gary Baillie Mar 30, 2014

    Thanks for your input I've only just got the car and there's plenty of receipts service history etc where the microns filters been changed and lambda sensors air filters etc and the guy said it had been plugged in to the comp and said air fuel mixture but a trusted mechanic sorted that prob and the engine management light came back on and the mechanic thinks its a so called breather pipe at the back of the engine and that it's a common problem I will mention your idea and hope that helps what do u think breather pipe is a possibility


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Coolant temp sensor ....very common not telling the Ecu to give mor fuel to the rail when cold

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