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Old 04-12-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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2001 BMW 318i E46 Problems HELP!

Hey Everyone

About 3 weeks ago I purchased a BMW 318i which I am now having major problems with

One day I fueled up the car to full went for about a 20min drive and stopped over to buy something. I went to start my car and the whole car began to shake vigorously. I opened the hood to see the engine rocking from side to side :/ I quickly brought it to a nearby mechanic and he realized it was misfiring, he also mentioned something about the vacuum hissing :s
The car was then towed to my mechanic, who inspected it.
He looked at it for several hours and said he cannot fix it

Does anyone know what could be wrong or have had a similar experience?
I have a feeling this problem is going to cost me a heaps or I'm am going to have to replace the engine
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:09 PM   #2
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Shaking from side to side? Have you check engine mounts?
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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I think it was more because the engine was struggling so much it shook from side to side
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:08 AM   #4
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Hi. When was the car last serviced what engine is in the car M43 or N42.
Worth looking on UK sites as the 318i engine is more common.
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http://www.bmwland.co.uk/forums/ . Jim
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:31 AM   #5
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Most likely an M43 ... had a similar problem when my CCV went ...if you've got a vacuum leak then start there, vacuum lines etc have a BIG part to play in our cars.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:04 AM   #6
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Most likely an M43 ... had a similar problem when my CCV went ...if you've got a vacuum leak then start there, vacuum lines etc have a BIG part to play in our cars.
I think you are right about my engine model, I'm pretty sure it is a M43
I'm sending my car to another mechanic who is more experienced with BMW's :s
Was the CCV expensive to replace?

BTW, Sweet additions to your bimmer!
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:09 AM   #7
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Hi. When was the car last serviced what engine is in the car M43 or N42.
Worth looking on UK sites as the 318i engine is more common.
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http://www.bmwland.co.uk/forums/ . Jim
Hey, Well it's last service was it's mechanical inspection before I bought it and only a thermostat had to be replaced at that time. I'll have a look on the uk sites for similar threads
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:13 AM   #8
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Get it scanned. See what code it reveal. Go from there.
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:02 AM   #9
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The first rule for students is don't throw random parts at the car. Second rule for students is act on knowlege and not on fantasy.
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The first rule for students is don't throw random parts at the car. Second rule for students is act on knowlege and not on fantasy.
Except when it comes to Preventative maintenance, hey GN

And, well, as a general rule, I TRY not to throw random parts at my car as it scratches the paint
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:46 AM   #11
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I'm the bloke from Townsville with the 323i! Lol. I bet I've seen you at Uni!

In seriousness, if you can avoid it, ie. Don't need a part ASAP, don't buy parts from BMW Townsville. When I first got my bim they charged me close to a grand for 5 ignition coils ( 1 had just been replaced) and wanted $130 for a $50 ish valve cover gasket. But they can get parts usually the next day so it's kind of a trade off.

I don't know much about the M43, but give me a yell if you need a hand I can probably help out
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:56 PM   #12
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Hey
Thanks Everyone

I still don't have my car back
The mechanic only started looking at it today
Apparently there is a vacuum leak which they are trying to fix.
I'll let yous know how it goes

Nice to see some ppl from Townsville on here
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:07 AM   #13
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Thanks Everyone

I still don't have my car back
The mechanic only started looking at it today
Apparently there is a vacuum leak which they are trying to fix.
I'll let yous know how it goes

Nice to see some ppl from Townsville on here
GL with the repair then, hope he knows what hes doing lol ... who'd you take it to?

As I said before, I'll be down on Wednesday if you need a hand, PM me if you want my mobile.
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GL with the repair then, hope he knows what hes doing lol ... who'd you take it to?

As I said before, I'll be down on Wednesday if you need a hand, PM me if you want my mobile.
Thanks man
A friend recommended I take it to Alan Lewin Automotive
Never been there before, so hopefully they do a good job
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:25 AM   #15
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So this is what was fixed in the end:

- The inlet manifold had a major air leak
- PCV + Hose were also replaced
- A coil pack also had to be replaced which fixed the misfiring

Altogether it set me back $1200 AUD :/
The coil pack alone cost $363 AUD

2 days after everything was fixed the coolant started leaking and I'm guessing it is the expansion tank. It seems to be common for the expansion tank on this car model to have to be replaced.

Will be picking up the car tomorrow so hopefully the bill for that is not too expensive
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