fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,532 miles

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2003 BMW 325 fuel system problems

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2003 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 152004

325 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles


There is a problem with the electronic throttle/engine management control module. Whenever accelerating from a stop, the car lunges forward, then stops and goes into a cycle where it does this "bucking" action a few times. The car is 2 years old, but has only done this for the past year. I've attempted to have this repaired by BMW- have been working with them for the last eight (8) months with no result. My family refuses to ride in the car because the jerking motion makes them sick. A BMW field representative knows about the problem but refused to diagnose or repair the problem. I hired an independent mechanic that was able to trace the problem to the electronic throttle control, but does not possess the BMW software or equipment to repair it. Now it has become more and more dangerous to drive because the problem is getting progressively worse. It's is difficult to make left turns at intersections since the car jerks forward and stops. A few times I was almost hit by oncoming traffic due to this.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262003

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,063 miles
Engine stalled in traffic; had to coast to side of the road. Would not re-start, despite strong cranking. Computer read "38 miles to empty" and gauge read approximately 1/4 to 1/8 tank of fuel remaining. Car was towed in and several faults were found: 240, 243. Dealer tech (vista BMW, fl) stated in service receipt: Fuel sending units. Checked fuel pressure... pressure was 3.5 bar. Checked return fuel pressure at fuel tank... pressure was 1.0 bar. Removed both fuel sending units & performed resistance sweep of both resistance cars... both left & right sending units had an open. Replaced left & right fuel sending units. Parts replaced: Fuel sensor, suction unit. Safety consideration: Sudden engine stopage can be extremely dangerous, yet this is not an isolated event. Internet web sites relate other BMW's with similar problems. Especially troublesome is the complete lack of warning. Please feel free to contact me if you would like additional information. Mark peters bedford, tx pylt@comcast.net

- Bedford, TX, USA

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