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Old 09-25-2012, 06:42 PM
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2001 325i stalling problems. 8 OBD II codes!


My brother just bought a 2001 BMW 325i with 102,000 miles on it. He got it off craigslist and as soon as he got home the Service Engine Soon light came on. I used my OBD II and saw 13 codes, so I'm guessing the previous buyer reset the codes right before selling it.

On two occasions the car shut off on him while driving. No jerking, just stalled smoothly and all the lights stayed on. I drove it once and it stalled on me as well.

We just drove it around 30 miles with no issues. Took it to a shop a dealer friends takes his cars to and he gave us a free diagnostic. He said the PC and VC valves were leaking and was causing the car to run too lean. Also, The car is dripping some oil, which the mechanic didn't really mention.

I should have asked more about what the PC and VC valves were. He said they were under the intake manifold. Also how do I figure out what is the cause of the oil leak? ere be a valve cover gasket leak and spark plugs well are filled with oil? Also i read the camshaft sensor could cause stalling but the mechanic didn't mention anything about it, but it was on the OBDII reading

Codes that i pulled were:
P0313 Misfire Detected Low Fuel Level
P0300 Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected
P1352 Misfire During Start Cylinder 6 (BMW)
P1347 Misfire Cylinder 3 With Fuel Cut-off (BMW)
P1343 Misfire cylinder 1 with fuel cut off
P0171 System too lean Bank 1
P0174 System too Lean Bank 2
P0344 Camshaft Position Sensor A - Bank 1 CKT Intermittent

I find it hard to believe all these codes can be fixed with just change of the valves the mechanic mentioned. He said it would be $280 + tax for the job. I told my brother to sell it AS-IS online since he got it so cheap and with low miles. Any input would help. Thanks.

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