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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
199,000 miles

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1997 BMW 318 engine problems

engine problem

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1997 BMW 318 Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 092015


  • 199,000 miles


When I was at a stop light, my engine began to accelerate with my foot on the brake. When the light turned green the engine continued to revve higher. It did not tamper down until I put the car in neutral. The engine continued to revve when I began to drive again until I came to my destination and placed the car in park and shut the engine off. It drove fine without further incident that day. Before the incident I had turned on the A/C. on Tuesday (2 days later) it unintentionally accelerated again at higher revolutions at the same stop light. I repeated what I did but this incident, the car did not throttle down. It was as if it was in manual mode with throttle fully opened. I had to put the car in neutral then park. My destination at both times was 10 min away. It drove fine ever since. I had the car about a week. I did test drive the car and it did not have any history of this.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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