POSSIBLE FUEL PROBLEMS

  • Tiny
  • ltmjapan
  • 1996 BMW 316
  • 2WD
  • manual
  • 70 miles

My 1996 BMW 316i (compact) began to sputter every once in a while…. Sporadically over the past month. Today, it started fine, and then when I went to drive away, it began to lose power. As I put the car in neutral and pressed the gas in high RPS to warm up the car; the car began to act normally. Once I started driving again, it continued to sputter, and then the problem went away. Upon driving around 40-60 miles per hour, the car began to lose power again, but quickly regained speed. It now seems as though, I have to warm up the car for 10-15 minutes before I drive, then it will act normal. However, when I go to accelerate and change gears…. The car sputters for a second then catches up again.

Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 6:46 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Dr. Hagerty
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Send the last 7 of the VIN so I can ID the car.

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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 9:04 PM
  • Tiny
  • ltmjapan
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617404D

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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 9:09 PM
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The last 7 of the VIN will be 2 letters followed by 5 numbers

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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 9:19 PM
  • Tiny
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Sir, sorry. It is FR74074 and it is a 1999 BMW 316i

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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 9:34 PM
  • Tiny
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The M43 motor was not sold in the US market and I dont have experience with them. Your mechanic should start with the easy stuff like fuel pressure and delivery, fuel contamination, stored fault codes and so on.

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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 10:49 PM

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