Car lost power and died while driving.....and a few other problems - E46Fanatics E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > General E46 Forum

General E46 Forum
This is the place to get answers, opinions and everything you need related to your E46 (sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon) BMW!

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 11-12-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Phoenix Arizona
Posts: 4
My Ride: 2003 BMW 325i
Car lost power and died while driving.....and a few other problems

Hi, I am new to this forum so I will apologize in advance if this type of issue/problem has been discussed before. Also pardon my terminology and lack of known acronyms. My husband works on my car and I'm posting to get some advice while he is at work.

I have a 2003 325i with 85k miles. We think we are dealing with a few problems here.....Recently the Service Engine Soon light is on and on Friday the coolant light was on. I noticed that the temperature wasn't getting as warm as it should and when I turned the heat on, the air was cold. We checked the coolant level and filled it up and the light went off. While driving it, the car randomly lost power while driving and even if I floored it, nothing would happen and the car wouldn't move. I took my foot off the gas and eventually I was able to accelerate again as normal, but noticed the car did backfire a few times. We did notice this was while the heat was on, so we turned it off and it seemed to run ok. Later that evening it did the same thing again when the heat was not on.

This morning I went to leave the house and it was very rough starting, took longer than normal to start. After about 5 blocks, I lost all power again, this time, while in the middle of the road, the car completely died. (heater was not on). Electronics were still on and all lights on the dash lit. After pulling over, I waited a few minutes and was able to start it up and drive back home. When I got home I let it run for a while in the garage and noticed that the temperature of the heat never got hot, it was cold. I was going to take it to Auto Zone to get the code read from the service engine light, but am afraid it may die on me again.

Here is a clip of the noise that is making....

In my research I've found that I may need a new gas cap, and have been reading a lot about the fuel pump, but that is all I've got so far. Do the symptoms I describe mean anything to anyone here? I am at a loss and would really appreciate any help._a_
KBidd75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE membership to remove this ad.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:53 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.