Well my car took a little ride today...

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  1. icculus1284

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    ...on the back of a wrecker.

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    '02 BMW 325i. When I start it up and put it in drive it just dies. It'd run pretty normal in park.

    It did this once a month or two ago then behaved fine. Last Friday it was pretty bad, but once I got it moving it did fine.

    Drove it quite a bit yesterday with no issues at all. Now today I drove it to work and then get back in about an hour later and it got me almost out of the parking lot before it cut off. Every start after that it'd die when put in gear.

    It's at the local non-dealership BMW specialist(fuck BMW dealership r@pe). I'm waiting for a diagnosis of my problem.

    Anyone care to lend some ideas as to what the issue might be while I wait to hear back from them? At first I thought it might be alternator, but I had no trouble cranking or turning on the car. Maybe a bad fuel pump or vacuum hose?

    On the plus side of this whole thing, I did get a kick of these dumb bitch women(yes, every single one was a woman) who would pull up behind my car and just stay there until I walked over to them and told them there was no one in the car and to go around. Even with the hazards on, these dopes would just sit there.

    This dummy actually honked and started getting irate.

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    Did you make sure that the tires have the proper amount of air pressure?
  3. icculus1284

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    :huh:

    I'm pretty sure they're fine. They're almost brand new. Don't know why that would cause the engine to stall...unless I'm missing the joke here.
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    Then I suggest resetting the trip odometer.
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    Sometimes the air in the tires will go stale and the car will quit running.

    True story.
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    icculus1284 Registered User

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    I reset it every time I fill up with gas.

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    Haha, that made me laugh pretty hard.

    Did any lights come on when this happened (DSC and Check Engine)? If so, my guess is camshaft position sensor.
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    Check engine came on. Then the typical shit(battery light, oil pressure, etc) after it died.

    Not sure what the DSC is...
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    Glad to see the truck is packing a fire extinguisher. It shows responsibility and being prepared.
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    Its the one that looks like a yield sign with the circle almost all the way around.
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    He was pretty pro. Got it loaded it up and gone in about 5 minutes. Even had time for small talk.

    I didn't notice it before or after it would stall. "Check engine soon" was definitely up before and after.
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    gleet What's black and white and red all over?

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    It ain't got no gas in it, mmmmmmmmmm.
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    He should take his car over to Bill Cox's outfit.
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    In that case, seems like you have a small bit of dirt in the fuel system. When you gas it, it's enough force to cut off the fuel supply - then is released when the engine is idling.
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    So...is that a simple fix?
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    It's easier then fixing a bad flux capacitor. Hopefully that's not the problem.
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    Distributor! May have corroded leads and will need the cap replaced.

    My truck acted the same way. It would run in park but when I hit the gas it wanted to die like there was water in the fuel.
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    Thanks for a serious response.

    How difficult/expensive is this to fix? I really need the car back on Monday for work.
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    It's about $450-$520 for a truck. I don't know about a German car.

    And get your windows tinted with 15% tint you queer. BMWs don't look right with clear windows.
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    :killme::smackhead:

    I've never even given that much thought about that really...I'm not a big "car mod" kind of guy.
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    buy american
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    I've owned two American cars and they were shit.
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    It is a pretty simple fix to do it yourself, however, what I said might not be the actual problem, just my guess, I've had this problem before on my BMW.

    They will probably hook up the computer to your car which will usually costs 60-150$ (depends on how friendly you are with the establishment), then they'll be able to tell you for sure.

    I don't think its your distributor however, does your car shake in idle?
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    If buy American you mean from American Honda Motor Company, I agree.
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    I don't know if the distributor is a problem,but it could be.

    What happens in this humid ass air in the South is that with the air conditioner running it can condense and get the distributor cap wet.

    After a long time of that happening the water will corrode the power leads that ignite the gas. Then the vehicle will misfire and fail.

    You're lucky. Parts for BMWs are cheap

    http://www.carjunky.com/partstore/?...1172623864W45e4d1f8afe06&cjM114567201di0332bm

    That looks like it's $565 from that web site. But the shop will have some on hand. It can be higher or lower depending on their costs.

    Then they will change the wires too.

    But you have to not forget about labor costs of like $80 a service hour.
    :action-sm

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