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Old Today, 11:48 AM
D R Roberson D R Roberson is offline
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Location: Huntsville AL
Join Date: Mar 2017
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Mein Auto: 1996 BMW Z3
New Member - Need Advice

Hello, I'm a new member.
I've been contemplating joining for some time, just didn't do, but decided maybe only way to get some quality advice on my problem might be this.
Short description where advice is needed.
I purchased new a 1996 Z3. Drove steadily for many years, enjoyed driving, always had serviced as should be.
As time went on, I drove less because I had company cars I drove, net is to this day only have 30,450 original miles on vehicle, all put on my myself.
Short story I put in storage for about 10 years. About 1.5 years ago I removed from storage to begin casually using again. When I started up at storage, check engine light came on.
Trailered to local BMW dealer, asked them to go thru vehicle, change any fluids and filters needed, and told them about check engine light and that gasoline in car, almost full tank, had been in it since I stored, asked them to drain gas.
They told me they couldn't drain gasoline because of EPA laws, but they would put in additives and so wouldn't be a problem.
They also told me check engine due to knock sensors being bad. I had them change knock sensors.
They then told me check engine light still on because engine computer (DME) was bad and it would be $4000 to replace.
But they said if I wanted to drive with check engine light on, there would be no damage.
I picked up BMW, brought home, did lots of DME research, and eventually removed the DME, sent to a BMW DME repair shop in Chicago for repair.
The repair shop called and told me the DME was fine, and they returned the DME to me, total cost about $75.
I reinstalled DME, still had engine check light.
I asked Autozone to read the engine codes and they said issue was knock sensors.
I called the BMW dealer, told them this, they asked I return car to them. I did.
The BMW dealer finally asked me how long the gas had been in the car, I reminded them of my original discussion, i.e. since it was in storage.
The BMW dealer told me the problem was the gas, too old.
I siphoned the old gas out, added new non ethanol 93 octane, still engine check light was on.
Autozone read the codes, said code was bad knock sensors, and again cleared the engine check light.
Again called BMW, they told me "not so nicely" to go away, wasn't their problem.
So, still have check engine light on.
Any ideas???????
BTW, this really was the short story.
Thx for any help.
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