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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 06-19-2006, 08:56 AM
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Mein Auto: 2001 325i 5spd Sport
325i EML indicator

I just got my new bimmer yesterday. After spinning around for 20 minutes or so, I noticed the EML indicator went on, along with the engine service light and the emergency brake light. Then the car totally lost power. Like, no amount of throttle was hauling it. I pulled over, turned the car off and started it back up after 30 seconds, and it was normal again.

Same problem came again after about a half hour. What does this mean?
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Old 06-20-2006, 07:20 AM
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Mein Auto: BMW 325Ci
i've seen posts like this a bit and I keep hearing it's a cam position sensor. and from the description the car seems to have gone into limp mode.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:14 AM
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no power

yep i have an 01 325i and same thing happened to me, i replaced the cam sensors and it was fine, but you may also need a vanos and those are big bucks. mine needs one but i am ignoring it and it runs ok but idles rough for about 15 seconds in the morning.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:22 AM
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Mein Auto: '97 BMW 328i
I had the same problem with mine.. it happened when i downshifted, then the lights came on and there was no engine power to speak of. Took it in for service, and they read the codes (after all the lights went off - they were still able to pull the fault codes).

The tech said my wheel speed sensors were bad, and my idle control valve needed to be replaced. The speed sensors I got them fixed under warranty. The ICV wasnt covered so I opted out for now.. but I will see if the problem happens again. Its pretty rare when it happens, like every few weeks. Very strange.
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Old 08-05-2006, 08:37 PM
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Same thing just happened to my 2001 325i tonight. Just driving and the Service Engine light, EML. and DSC and Brake light came on (all yellow). Car would not go above 10 mph and would die after stopping. Then just Service Engine Light and EML, still sluggish. After leaving the car for 2 hours, car restarted with just Service Engine Light yellow but I did not try to drive, then yellow oil light came on. It is now parked. Thoughts????
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