2000 323i. The last two times the car has been filled with gas it has developed starting problems. May just be a coincidence. First time my daughter drove to Starbucks, when she came out it didn't start. Cranked over, sputtered and then stopped. Called a tow truck and while waiting it decided to start. Drove to repair shop and the only thing they could find was an EVAP code. Cleared it and the car ran fine for 10 days. Filled up the car yesterday and all was good until today. Maybe 15 miles since getting gas and started several times. Went out this afternoon and the car wouldn't start. Cranked over just fine but wouldn't start as if it wasn't getting any gas. Called a tow truck and had it towed to repair shop. After being unloaded from the flatbed the dam thing started so now I'm back to square one. Don't even know where to start regarding authorizing work?
Country: United StatesMake: BMWModel: 323iYear: 2000
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These symptoms point to a failed fuel pump or other problem with fuel delivery.
I would have the filter replaced for starters, and if the problem persists it is a pretty safe bet the fuel pump will need to be replaced. In order to verify 100% you will need to replicate the no start condition while diagnositcs are being carried out.
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I understand that it is perhaps a fuel delivery problem but if the car starts 95% of the time how could I ever replicate the no start. I tried that today by having the car towed when it wouldn't start and it started once towed to its destination. Really don't wish to spend money chasing a problem without some certantity. Does the fact it has no happened twice after filling the tanl lend any clues or is it just an odd set of circumstances.
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the fact that it happned after filling points more to the pump since it will often happen when cool fuel is added.
you will need to either replicate it or equip yourself to test the pump for the next time it happens.
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Well it's not cool fuel. The first time it happened it was after driving the car, going into a Starbucks and then trying to start the car five minutes later. The second time was a day after gettinf fuel. Car started in the morning when cold and not in the afternoon after sitting for 4 hours. Equiping myself to test the pump next time it happens is a flimsy answer. Please just respond with an OK and I'll accept your answer. Time is money and $15 sin't going to break the bank. My gut told me to not buy a used BMW, next time I guess I'll listen.
if you don't want to replace parts or wait until you can replicate the problem, then the only option will be to be able to test yourself.
99% the fuel pump is the problem, your symptoms point right to it.
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