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Old 09-15-2012, 09:17 PM   #276
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Originally Posted by jfoj View Post

Thanks for the update.

What year was the car?
2000 323i if I remember correctly.

Originally Posted by jfoj View Post
Jake & Neumann it appears the regulars are starting to have issues here??

Maybe I should purchase a pump and have it on hand as my wife drives the E46, not me, so you know the drill!
Already happened to me 70k miles ago at ~150k on my 323i. Thankfully it died in my driveway. Unfortunately it happened with a full tank of fuel and on a cold, windy day in the middle of January in Wisconsin. Not exactly what I'd call a pleasant DIY experience. I've got a writeup on it somewhere.

Honestly, the fuel pump is one of the few items on these cars that can leave you stranded somewhere. I actually met a fellow E46 owner on the side of the road once when their fuel pump died mid road trip. Well worth the $150 and 45 minutes it takes to swap it out.
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