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1990 e30 325i conv chokes only during first 15 minutes

I have been driving e30s since 1990. First time I have ever had this issue, and never come across anyone else on any other forum that has found the answer.
Six months ago, my e30 developed a problem where in the first 15 minutes the car would choke. If feels as if the car shuts off and comes back, like someone quickly flicking a light switch. Recent change is I replaced ICV as car was not idling properly. ICV fixed bad idle. Yes, it is properly sealed.
Choking problem persisted. Replaced plugs - they were nasty. Took her to BMW specialist (he drives my same e30, as do others in his shop) and problem never showed itself all week when I left car with him. He is at higher altitude - unsure if that makes a difference. Bring car home. Car stalls within first minute or two in morning. Restart car. Car runs, but will "choke" a few times, for ONLY first 15 minutes of operation. Car is fine after that for the rest of the day. Can park and restart multiple times without issue. Park car in garage, and the next morning, the entire scenario starts all over again. One time I started car in and left in driveway idling for 15 minutes. Car drove fine. Weather isn't cold in Sacramento.
Replaced air filter. No change. Bottle of injector cleaner in tank. No change.
Everyone tells me it sounds like fuel problem. Does this sound like a fuel pump?
Old 09-26-2018, 06:15 PM
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