318i (m42) Idle Problems

Well, it had to happen. I bought another 318i after getting rid of my older one. Time to start over!

Last week I was looking on ebay and found this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-3...12035707QQrdZ1

Put my bid in for 800 bucks, and suprisingly I won!

Drove to Moosic, picked up the car and drove it home trouble free

Some issues i've found:

Gauge cluster light only works on the tach side.

Tach and MPG gauge doesn't work, and only half of the idiot lights light up, and it's all in a specific order like the oil light doesn't work, but the next one over does, and the next one doesn't etc...

Gas gauge only goes to about half a tank, reserve light goes on. Went to fill the tank and it took about 12.5 gallons so i'm guessing the float?

VERY choppy idle. Sounds like it wants to stall but it doesn't. Constant sputtering, but while driving it acts totally fine. When coming to a stop it might rev up towards 2 grand and it'll have this chugging idle depending on what RPM it's at. It's a constant rythym/sputter with the idle speed. I've already replaced the spark plugs, so my next guesses are wires, coil pack?

2 of the valve cover bolts are stripped out. One doesn't tighten at all and the other tightens very little, but doesn't stop. I'm guessing either this or the oil pan gasket is what's causing my small oil leak.

Lights under sunroof crank don't work at all - tried pushing the "check" button and it did nothing. Nothing lights up on startup either.

Blown struts all around, but that's ok because I just ordered some fresh new tokico struts and intrax springs

Being that this is my 2nd 318i, i'm very anxious to get working on my new friend

Also, with the intrax springs, i think i'm going to invest in a skid plate.

I'm mainly looking for help on the idle issue. It's bothering me the most and it's the main issue i'm worried about before I continue with anything mechanical wise.

Thanks for the help - I know you guys are smart with these cars and you all helped me in the past with my 1st 318i so welcome me back!

Dan
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