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      08-06-2007, 04:34 PM   #67
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Had a bit if a prang this morning - shunted my car into another.
So looks like my car is going to go into a garage for more time

Sorry to hear that ShereKhan, I clouted the sill on my Porker 997 a month ago on someones driveway marker stone, I feared what it would look like after the repair but on its return you just wouldn't know anything had happened to it plus it comes with a lifetime warranty so if anything develops with the repair or paintwork its covered for getting it put right. BMW gives a warranty as well.

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Sorry to hear that ShereKhan, I clouted the sill on my Porker 997 a month ago on someones driveway marker stone, I feared what it would look like after the repair but on its return you just wouldn't know anything had happened to it plus it comes with a lifetime warranty so if anything develops with the repair or paintwork its covered for getting it put right. BMW gives a warranty as well.

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Well its not the first time in the bodyshop (not BMW - as lease company like me to use theirs!)

I got hit by a unknown bit of flying metal on the severn bridge during gale force winds. It blew out the front kidney grille and damaged the bonnet lip.

This time the bumper is damaged - in the weirdest of places though.
I'll see if I can post a pic up tomorrow in a new thread.
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      08-07-2007, 10:35 AM   #69
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Put 300 miles on the car today and happy to say all seems fine. In fact I would say pulling away is far smoother. Some of the problems on Friday may have been due to me filling up with super unleaded after a while on normal unleaded this might have caused the ecu to recalibrate itself but no expert on how seemless swopping between 97/97 and 99 is. Have a few hundred miles to cover for the rest of the week so will keep you posted.
Anyone interested in obtaining a 320si have just missed the opportunity at Sycamores, Peterborough however they did mention they are expecting another in a couple of weeks time.

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Thanks for update, everything is okay including idle? If everything is fine, im gonna change my throttle potentiometer. Thank you.
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I doubt i'll get a 5 series - My dealer only keeps 1's and 3's as their courtesy cars. I had my first 320 touring last time it was in. I've always had 1's before.
Quite fancy a E92 coupe to drive though. I definately won't accept a 1 series as it won't be fit for my work use - too small.

I've been in 3 times since I've had the car - one was for a service. I'm due another service (spark plugs) in about 4k miles. So that'll be 5 visits in twelve months!
Had a call yesterday and looks like my lease company have got some serious clout

I'm gonna get an X5 as a courtesy car
Considering all I asked for was a three series and I get a X5.
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Had a call yesterday and looks like my lease company have got some serious clout

I'm gonna get an X5 as a courtesy car
Considering all I asked for was a three series and I get a X5.
what a luck ShereKhan


Paul what about you, pls let me know
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go to an independant car technician or engineer, then if they can fix it bill BMW uk for it
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Hi
Paul (Monty's Si ) have the solution, dealer changed his throttle potentiometer and he sad to me "everything is ok for 1400 miles", you can ask to "Monty's Si" from private message if you want.

I'm trying to change my throttle potentiometer, my dealer working about it.



ShereKhan what about you? any progress?

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anyone has a solution yet?

anyone had there car successfully fixed?
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I left my car at the airport car park for three days. When I came back the car didn't sound too healthy.

Its as if the fuel pressure isn't being maintained on start up not sure how the engine requests the fuel pressure via the throttle potentiometer.

So mine still has the fault. However I'm due for my 2nd service in 1500 miles. The spark plugs will be replaced then so i'll see if that makes any difference.

The 2nd service will fall around the 31k mark. So thats going to be end of the month most likely.
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      09-15-2007, 04:30 PM   #78
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THANKS 320sitr

" throttle potentiometer " in dutch is .....

I went to my dealer this week, they said there was (still) no solution at this point.



They told me to call BMW Belux, so I did. BMW Belux promised to investigate it. Haven't heard from them since.

Monty ? Tell us more please
Hi, when BMW dealership changed throttle potentiometer it was at the request of UK BMW HQ Technical people, they explained that the symptoms indicated an air leak or that the ecu was occasionally forgetting the idle start and stop positions of the mass air flow meter this was in effect masking the real cause (in previous generation fuel injection this was controlled by mechanical stops and a wiper arm that acted as a rheostat. My 87 Range rover constantly needed this bit cleaning to smooth out idling). So I don't think it was a simple case of plugging in the OBD and the engineer being told to change the throttle Potentiometer. This required a bit of thought by the boffins. I am suprised that BMW UK have not relayed this fix out via the service bulletin system to all BMW dealerships.
If your dealerships are struggling to sort out a similar rough idling snag to my own, then I suggest they contact Rebecca at Sycamores BMW service department and ask how they fixed Paul Leggett's 320si. I hope this helps.

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Hi, when BMW dealership changed throttle potentiometer it was at the request of UK BMW HQ Technical people, they explained that the symptoms indicated an air leak or that the ecu was occasionally forgetting the idle start and stop positions of the mass air flow meter this was in effect masking the real cause If your dealerships are struggling to sort out a similar rough idling snag to my own, then I suggest they contact Rebecca at Sycamores BMW service department and ask how they fixed Paul Leggett's 320si. I hope this helps.

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Further to above I've attached photo of the part that was replaced (hope this helps ShereKhan).

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So Paul,

the starting prob is completely gone ?
Topaz - never say never, but I now press the starter button without thinking about whether it will rough idle or not. Plus whether I'm getting used to the car, I am getting 480 miles (813 km) out of a tank of Ron 95 unleaded which is far better than before the throttle Potentiometer was replaced.

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This component sorted my problem however your own starting issues could be unrelated.
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Thanks Monty/Paul it'll help the dumbasses at my local stealership.
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I get under 600km from mine on 98.

800 sounds diesel-like

But mine only has 900km on the clock. Running it in gently. I drive out to the country every second evening and take it for a 60-70km drive on backroads.

How early did you start having problems?
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