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    Stubborn Hydrocarbon Leak

    My 1998 328i has tripped the Check Engine Light due to a minor hydrocarbon leak. I have taken the car to my regular independent BMW mechanic 3 times already and he has failed to fix the problem. He's a good guy, and I realize that this is a difficult problem to isolate, but my patience has worn out. The car drives fine, but it will not pass state emissions inspection. Can anyone recommend a BMW mechanic in the Dallas area for this? I realize that this may involve hundreds of dollars of labor costs to find and fix the leak, but what other choice do I have?


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    Re: Stubborn Hydrocarbon Leak

    Autoscope is at the corner of Coit Rd. and Plano Parkway. Nerces has a great group of mechanics at Autoscope. I've been using them since purchasing my '95 530i 2 years ago. I've never had to take it back to have them fix a repair.

    You can find all the contact information at www.autoscope.net. Ask for Robby. Robby is the Shop Supervisor.

    Let me know how it goes.

    David

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    Thanks for the tip David. I made an appointment to take the car in for tomorrow. Guy on the phone said "No problem. . . we see those all the time." so I hope he is right.

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    I second the motion...

    Autoscope is fantastic. I used them to install my short shifter and my Dinan software upgrade, but I'd definitely take my car there for anything else rather than the dealer. They're not cheap, but they know their stuff.



    Dallas, Texas

    2003 BMW 540i 6-speed ~ Sterling Gray/Black
    M5 Bumpers w/Style-37 18" M-Parallel Wheels
    Dinan Stage I Software ~ Hardwired V1 Radar
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    Digital Sound ~ 30% Tint ~ M5 Rear Sway Bar

    2004 BMW 330Ci Convertible ~ Triple Black
    SMG/Sport/Premium/Xenons/Heated Seats/35% Tint

    Retired: E39 530i, SL500 AMG Sport, E46 328Ci


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    Re: Stubborn Hydrocarbon Leak

    uh.. we have another BillD?

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    Re: Stubborn Hydrocarbon Leak

    Took my car in to Autoscope earlier this week. They replaced the fuel expansion tank and so far my "check engine" light gremlin has not reappeared. Thanks for the advice guys!

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