hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
149,000 miles

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problem #2

Jan 122016


  • 98,000 miles
When starting the car after it has been in cold temperatures (-25 C or colder) the fuel injectors leak significantly. It appears as if the body of the injectors shrinks such that the injector pulls away from the fuel rail. A steady stream of fuel is observed out of several injectors. The amount of fuel leaking is enough to observe a steady stream of fuel exiting underneath the engine compartment. This continues until enough heat has built in the engine compartment to warm the injectors and cause them to seal against the fuel rail. While driving in temperatures around 25 C, this usually takes 10 to 15 minutes to warm up enough to stop the leaking.

- Steamboat Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Mar 012013


  • 200,000 miles
This is not as much a complaint as a request for help. Since March of 2013 I have replaced 5 throttle bodies and 3 gas pedal sensors, all oem parts. The problem that happened again today: Driving at normal highway speed [55/60] the eml, traction control and brake warning lights all went on. Pulled over and turned off. Restarted, now "service engine, eml, traction control and brake lights" were on. Turned off, restarted, same lighting situation, very rough idle and car would not drive, as it was struggling for fuel. Unplugged the "mass air flow sensor": car started, displayed no warning lights, drove fine about 8 miles to repair shop. Code read shows, "throttle position sensor", replaced..same problem within minutes of driving. A little internet research on E46 finds this an all to common problem with no solution. Thanks in advance.

- Mt. Airy, MD, USA