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10-24-2003, 10:47 PM
...and why oh why are German auto makers STILL unable to make a reliable fuel gauge/sending unit? Every BMW (6) and Porsche (4) I've owned has had fuel gauge problems. Now the M3 gets added to the list.

Earlier this week I had noticed a fuller tank than expected, but since I had been driving on the highway I didn't think too much of it. Then last night after starting the car, the fuel gauge and OBC start behaving erratically. So I figure I'll stop for fuel to be safe. Four miles later it sputters to a halt.

So I call BMW RA at 11pm, and am told it will be an HOUR and 15 MINUTE WAIT (I've used MB Roadside Assistance in the same general area twice...took them 15 and 20 minutes). I know I can walk home, get my truck, go to a gas station, and take care of this myself in the same time or less. But it's late, I'm tired, so I wait. Exactly 75 minutes later the tow truck arrives, and he proceeds to explain to me how to read a gas gauge. It took everything I had in me to smile and nod. I ask if he's got premium in the gas can, and he says he doesn't know what's in there. Great, I think to's probably diesel or something. As he tries to get the nozzle in and the can up, he proceeds to pour gasoline all over the side of the car, splashing on my legs, and on my feet (the nozzle wasn't screwed to the can). I'm squishing around in shoes soaked with gasoline. He wrestles with the gas can for a while, and can't seem to get gas into the car. Again he spills it all over the car (I'm a safe distance this time). Then he takes a pair of pliers and rips the end off the plastic filler, and stuffs it in the car. Now I'm wondering what kind of plastic chards are in my tank. 40 minutes later, I've got about 3/4 gallon of gas in the car. "I'd better follow you to the gas station. I wasn't able to get much in there." Yeah, no ****e.

At the gas station where it was brightly lit, I found a blue rubber ring in the filler neck. Not sure if it came from his gas can or if it's supposed to be attached to the car and was dislodged while he was thrashing around.

Between this and getting keyed on Monday, the M3 has given me a lot of grief this week.
Los Angeles, CA
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10-24-2003, 11:02 PM
you need a drink, maybe I give you a call later on tonite<br>

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10-24-2003, 11:04 PM
At least the idiot didn't create a spark and set the car and you on fire! Sorry to hear the bad news.

10-25-2003, 12:28 AM
Sorry you had such a frenzy, next week will be better.<br><img border="0" src=" M3 Cabrio.JPG" width="150" height="210"></a></p>

10-25-2003, 01:01 AM
contract with local towing outfits - on my friend's 750il the guy put magnet tail lights on his truck and scratched the Hill out of it!

10-25-2003, 01:04 AM
Apparently, California gas is the worst. I beleive it's the sulfites or something in gas that makes sending unit stick at the most unoportune times. BMW AG thought that all of the Cali e36 ownwers were crazy idiots about the infamous gas gauge problem untill they saw it first hand. BMW changed some of the materials in the sending unit to combat the poor quality gas and I belive that there was a TSB. I have seen other e36's with the same problem. Rule of thumb, don't trust the gauge with starts to get too low or when the light comes on.

10-25-2003, 01:26 AM
When I broken down, it took them <b>5 and half hour</b> to get me towed.

Some people try to say that it's not their fault, they just use local company by contract. Ok, but why other companies like Lexus gets to me within 45 mins?? they use the "good' local company but BMW picks the "sh1tty" one??


10-25-2003, 04:29 AM
Two recalls on fuel senders for the A6, A4 senders are "just flaky" enough that they're unreliable but not subject to a recall, and senders in the TT aren't notably accurate either...

10-25-2003, 06:56 AM

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