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Old 04-16-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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Stranded on the Highway...

Last night my trusty 2002 330i w/136,000 miles that I've had since new stranded me for the first time. It's now at the mechanic's and I'm awating their call...

It has been starting a little hard for the past couple of weeks and while I was driving home on the interstate last night it started to hesitate and lose power. I pulled off at a truck weigh station so I wouldn't be on the shoulder and I had no warning lights etc... and it was still running but there was hardly any power. No leaks or anything else. Once I turned it off it wouldn't start again, it sounded like an old flooded car.

Any ideas of what the problem might be???

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Old 04-16-2009, 08:49 AM   #2
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Did you run out of gas?



Jk Seriously though thats weird. Hope your mechanic can get you back on the road again soon.
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:06 AM   #3
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I would feel stupid but that would definitely be the cheapest fix.

I'm pretty sure it had about 1/4 tank left and the OBC said 90 miles to empty...
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:57 AM   #4
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Could be that your coils went bad.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:11 PM   #5
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Seriously, pour some gas into the tank. Your fuel level sensor maybe inaccurate.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:16 PM   #6
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Sounds like an electrical charging problem to me.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:19 PM   #7
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Bad gas or water build-up in remaining 1/4 tank?
Do you often run the tank down below that level?
If not, chances are you might have water in there, and when it gets down that low it starts sucking the diluted fuel/water mix.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:19 PM   #8
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Seriously, pour some gas into the tank. Your fuel level sensor maybe inaccurate.
That's what I'm thinking too... those instrument gauges after time need to be readjusted for accuracy. Perfect example of my car is that after 188,000 miles the tach shows about 500RPMs too low.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:20 PM   #9
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Speaking of which, is anyone changing fuel filters, or are we considering them "lifetime" as well?
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:23 PM   #10
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Absolutely change them. They are not life-time. I helped a friend change one and it came out black...
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:27 PM   #11
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At what mileage?
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:32 PM   #12
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