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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-13-2007, 03:05 PM
VonE36-E39 VonE36-E39 is offline
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Fuel Problems

My '96 328i was running rough on the freeway. The RPM's were not moving but the needle that show the gas mileage was jumping from 40 to 10 and back. It quickly went lower until I exited and pulled in a gas station where it stalled. My gas guage showed 1/4 of a tank but after I filled it with gas, it started and I was able to drive it home. Can anyone help me narrow it down?
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Old 08-13-2007, 03:36 PM
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Fuel pump maybe? Generally if the fuel pump goes out you can go however long the gas that has already settled will take you, then the vehicle will die. Who knows, though--I'm not mechanic. This is a question for someone else, I believe.
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Old 08-13-2007, 05:57 PM
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Could be youre fuel lever sensor gone haywire, or it has gone haywire because of very little gas ?
Is the car running properly now and the pump also? Is it idling properly with out smoke, starting properly ?
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:56 PM
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Fuel Level Sensor

It seems to be running fine so far. I hesitated looking at the fuel pump since I replaced it last year. It's not smoking but it seems to take a bit longer to start in the morning. Is there a way to test the fuel level sensor or should I just replace it? Thanks.
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