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Old 12-25-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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My Ride: 330 sport convert
Unhappy Hesitation/start up 330 2001

Hi Guys, this is my first post so here goes... the car is a 2001 330 ci sport convertible with 46K miles on the clock

When my e46 2001 330 conv sport is cold it starts up and drives perfect. Problem is, when the car has warmed up and I turn it off, it has a problem starting up again and only "dribbles" back to life after turning the key. It normally has problems starting up another two times after and starts properly on the third attempt. Occasionally after restarting the car feels odd and lacks power.

This problem happens only when the car is restarted once warmed and usually sorts itself out on the third attempt at starting. Also, I think the thermostat is bad as the car takes ages to warm up and now the temp needle very really goes to the middle point as it should (unless im stuck in traffic). When on the motorway (highway) it stays between the blue bit and middle point.

Do you think these two issues are related?

The car is not registering any faults on the CEL.

There are a lot of posts on here advising the coils are likely to be bad but wanted your help for any pointers please... I've seen a few other posts on Camshaft position sensor and vacuum leaks etc.

To be honest, I've just spent 1.5k on the car with new wheels and replacing the tensioner and oil sensor and am trying to keep repairs as cheap as poss. so any help would be appreciated-

Thanks in advance and very Merry Christmas to all-
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