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Old 07-18-2016, 03:51 PM
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335i died while driving

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Have I got a story/ problem

Yesterday evening I started my 335i, and it was idling very roughly but after a couple of seconds it got nice and smooth so I didn't think anything of it. Same thing this morning as well when I left for work.

Fast forward to lunch time. I started my car and it was idling nasty bad. Lots of smoke from the exhaust. I tried to drive it home since I live very close to where I work. Needless to say I didn't make it. Service engine soon light came on, as well as a transmission icon on the dash and a couple of other things. Car wont stay on for more than a couple of seconds. Had to get it towed.

What could be the problem? I am thinking it could just need new coil packs I have had a similar issue before that in the past, but I am not sure if that would cause the car to completely shut off while driving it?
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Old 07-18-2016, 04:34 PM
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Fuel pump. How many miles? It might still be free.
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Old 07-18-2016, 05:30 PM
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It's just shy of 80k. Between my original post and now, I had my mechanic inspect the car, and he thinks it's one of the heads.

Not sure though. I'm gonna have it towed to the spot where I got the car.

Would the fuel pump be the issue? When I was driving it, it smelled like it was burning a lot of gas.
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Old 07-18-2016, 06:13 PM
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What could be the problem? I am thinking it could just need new coil packs I have had a similar issue before that in the past, but I am not sure if that would cause the car to completely shut off while driving it?

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Old 07-18-2016, 08:20 PM
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Symptoms of fuel pump:
What are the symptoms of a failing HPFP?

- Long crank before the engine turns over (slow start)
- Check Engine light illuminates
- Car runs rough, and has reduced power
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:56 PM
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Thanks for all the helpful tips. I'm getting the car transferred to where I bought it from, so I will have the see if it is the fuel pump. I really hope it is because if a head gasket is out, or if the head is cracked, I gotta deal with getting it fixed.

Fortunately for me, I did purchase an extended warranty with the car, so I have that going for me as well.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas, please let me know. I am all ears.
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Old 07-19-2016, 05:53 AM
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At 80K, the fuel pump is under warranty. Smart purchase on the warranty. I had one quoted last year and it was $5,000 for two years.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:20 PM
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If you got a trans error my bet is a bad crank shaft position sensor. That sensor is known to cause the trans to get thrown into limp mode.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:50 PM
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Just to keep everyone updated, I had the car towed to where I purchased it from. They are thinking it is either an injector problem or a problem with the head.

Not gonna be a cheap fix if its either of those. Fortunately as I said before, I did purchase an extended warranty that looks like I will definitely be utilizing.

Once I get an official update, I'll post again and hopefully it will shed some light of others if they run into the same problem I did.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:51 PM
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If your mechanic thinks it's "one of the heads" on a car that has only one head, his head could probably use some help. Seriously doubt it's a head issue.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:55 PM
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Wait...my bad. You said smoke...white or dark?
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:55 PM
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I'll take the blame for that. I am not too mechanically inclined and I sure don't do well memorizing the correct terms when it comes to engines.

It could be "the head."

My bad!

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White smoke, alot of white smoke.
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:11 PM
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You may have a vacuum leak. Is the SES light on? Is the oil filler cap on tight?
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:32 PM
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I'll take the blame for that. I am not too mechanically inclined and I sure don't do well memorizing the correct terms when it comes to engines.

It could be "the head."

My bad!

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White smoke, alot of white smoke.
White smoke is a typically a sign of burning coolant and/or condensation/water.

Does the smoke have a sweet smell to it?
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:46 PM
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@veery - yes the SES light is on along with some other ones I don't remember off the top of my head.

@fdriller9 - no it does not smell like coolant. The exhaust smells like straight up fuel, which is what makes me want to rule out the possibility of the HPFP being the problem...
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Old 07-20-2016, 04:00 PM
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Well as I mentioned earlier, my bet is still a bad CPS.

The car may just be dumping fuel because it doesn't know when to fire it correctly.

Stuck open fuel injector shouldn't cause trans limp mode.
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Old 07-21-2016, 06:05 PM
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Did you have any Tuner installed?

JB4 or some other?
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Old 07-22-2016, 09:00 AM
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No tune. No mods. Straight stock.

The dealer I bought it from is actually taking it to my local BMW dealership to see whats going on with it. I think they ruled out the fuel pump as the issue and they are thinking something in the actual engine block thats wrong.

I failed to mention that when we put it on the scanner, it make back as to cylinders misfiring/ malfunctioning (I believe it was 3 and 5 if I am not mistaken.)

It's just the waiting game for me now.
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:12 PM
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Update:

Looks like the engine is shot. Cylinders 3 and 5 blew. I can't figure out why. Oil levels were all fine and I just gave it an oil change. Let's just say I am very happy I have a warranty with the car that is going to take care of this (with a deductible that pales in comparison to the fixing costs).

Thanks for all the helpful advice.
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:55 PM
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Looks like the engine is shot. Cylinders 3 and 5 blew. I can't figure out why. Oil levels were all fine and I just gave it an oil change. Let's just say I am very happy I have a warranty with the car that is going to take care of this (with a deductible that pales in comparison to the fixing costs).

That's somewhat indeterminate. What exactly has happened?
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:11 AM
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@calwaterboydue

That is what I was told on the phone. To be honest I don't want to believe that is what happened but all the rep told me is these cylinders are no longer working. I have a meeting tomorrow with them, so perhaps I will have more details.

I'm very confused on the situation. My best guess to why this would happen is *maybe* the last owner did not walnut blast the car, so possibly this is the reason?

I had just done an oil change the week before, so that wouldn't be the issue.

Needless to say this has been very frustrating.

I'll update tomorrow once I get more details.
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This is a strange set of circumstances.
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Old 07-27-2016, 02:10 PM
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have you checked for vacuum leak?

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Old 07-27-2016, 03:01 PM
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Unfortunately no.

I have not seen the car for about 9 days already. It's been in the hands of the dealer I bought it from, it was then towed to a BMW dealership, then towed to an indy repair shop, and now there is an adjuster from the warranty company looking at the car.

Needless to say, it's been a mess. I haven't been able to suggest anything nor look at the car myself. Tomorrow the indy shop should be telling me exactly what is wrong. I'm hoping to get some solid answers. All I have heard up to now is cylinders 3 and 5 are messed up.

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Old 07-29-2016, 12:47 PM
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Is your engine an N54 or N55?
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