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Old 01-17-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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Location: Philadelphia, PA
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My Ride: 323Ci, 325xi
car dies when braking?

Tried researching this a bit on here as well as via google but can't seem to find anything that directly relates to my issue, so;

this has happened 3 days in a row now, I start to slow down and by the time i'm still my engine has already stopped running. That's the gist of it. Before I get into the specifics that I managed to notice so far, some background info on the car.

04 325xi, 5-speed. Purchased a few months ago, put about a 1000 miles on it so far. I can't remember off the top of my head exactly but the car has about 90k miles on it. Runs and drives fine, apart from this damned thing.

First time this happened I was coming to a stop at a red light and I believe it happened when I took the car out of 2nd gear, but I had to turn a bit to avoid a pothole and realized my power steering wasn't working which then lead me to realize my gas pedal wasn't functioning as you'd expect it to as my car shut off.
Second time this happened was under similar circumstances but while the engine was still on, I noticed the battery light go on, then check engine light, then oil.
Third time, similar story.

The car starts right up right after this happens without any hesitation. It doesn't stutter as if I stalled out or anything of that sort. I don't have any sort of warning light on at a constant basis, the car runs and drives great.
It's almost as if fuel just gets cut off but I don't think that this is the case.
As I'm writing this, I'm thinking maybe a battery terminal came loose? I'll check on that in the morning but again, I don't think that's so as I wouldn't be able to start my car right away, right?

Also, not sure if this relates to anything, but when I first start my car in the morning and it's fairly cold and I give it a bit of gas in neutral the revs actually go down and eventually it stalls unless I give it a good quick tap. I mean I usually wait until the car is warmed up to drive it but I never had the same issue with my old car.

Last edited by CK325; 01-21-2013 at 05:17 PM.
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