2003 BMW 325 I need to fix my wifes car

Tiny
AIRBORNEJONNY
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  • 2003 BMW 325
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 118,000 MILES
First of all I appreciate your help. My wifes car is doing the following:

I was in afghanistan when this started so I don't knwo exactly the whole background, however. I know my wife flooded the engine by driving through a gigantic puddle and stalled the engine. My dad then had to pick her up and tow her car and dry it out, but he is no mechanic hes a body man.

in the morning when you first leave the house the car is extremely hesitant, it feels like someone driving standard for the first time, but this car is automatic. When you're driving, it sometimes does this even in the afternoon or after the car has been driven for long period of time.

when I cam back home, I changed the oil because she had not had it doen in a long time, but I couldnt get the oil filter out so I left it. I know bad. Anyways its been driven a 1500 miles like this.

one day the fail safe mode came on I took it to a transmission place and he gave me one set of codes, then I took it to the mechanic and he gave me a separate set of codes. Here are their combined findings.

143 tank-leak, 142 module fault
227 fuel trim bank#2
228 fuel trim bank#1
243isfire #6 cylinder
053 gear monitoring#3
p0313
p1393
p0174b bank 2
p0171b bank 1


im broke and I cant afford to fix this car at the dealership. What can I do?
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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 AT 8:57 AM

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Tiny
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Ok did anyone replace the air filter? I would get some mass air flow cleaner and clean the mass air flow unit and then clear the codes. I would call around to find a local parts store that does free scans and have them clear your codes and then drive it and see what codes come back and we will work on those. Most of you codes are do to the fuel mixture lean or rich and so this is why I think you should clean the mass air flow unit and go from there. Thanks and get back to me with what you find.
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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 AT 10:35 AM
Tiny
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I cleaned the MAF and also found that the metal ring fastner was loose. I tightened it and the hesitation got better but it still isn't right. Also when you accelerate quickly and are at about 4500 rpm, there is a whistle it almost sounds like a turbo and the gears dont shift appropriately. So tried shifting it manually but it keeps a very high rpm. What do I check or do next? I cleared the codes after cleaning the MAF and tightening the seal and no codes come up now. Oh. I checked the air filter and it was good, it was changed previously.
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Friday, December 19th, 2008 AT 1:22 PM
Tiny
DR. HAGERTY
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You might have a failed cyclone seperator that is giving trouble here. This is not a job for a shade tree type of mechanic. Do you have tools and room to work on the car?
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Friday, December 19th, 2008 AT 2:54 PM

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