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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 04-13-2005, 12:42 PM
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mass air flow sensor

Need advice. My husband has a 1994 318is. Check engine light came on last week, did it for two days. A couple times before that the car had problems turning over, but started ok. He put gas in it last weekend and when he tried to start it, it wouldn't turn over. He checked under the hood and said gas was spraying out of the engine somewhere, fire dept. and police got called out, yikes. Said he saw a hole in a line or something. Anyways,it was towed away and mechanic got it cleaned up, had to take stuff apart to clean parts out and diagnose it. So fas bill is $232 dollars. He says it needs a new mass air flow sensor. Parts $400 plus ~200 labor. Any ideas if this sounds right and is it a DIY or is it better to let them do it. I found a used part from Bavarian for $175 +sh or a new one Bosch sensor for 283, which would be better. Thank you so much in advance for any advice.
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Old 04-13-2005, 05:57 PM
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Its a simple DIY. Man, I hope to get a wife like you. My wife don't know crap about cars
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Old 04-21-2005, 08:50 AM
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Need advice. My husband has a 1994 318is. Check engine light came on last week, did it for two days. A couple times before that the car had problems turning over, but started ok. He put gas in it last weekend and when he tried to start it, it wouldn't turn over. He checked under the hood and said gas was spraying out of the engine somewhere, fire dept. and police got called out, yikes. Said he saw a hole in a line or something. Anyways,it was towed away and mechanic got it cleaned up, had to take stuff apart to clean parts out and diagnose it. So fas bill is $232 dollars. He says it needs a new mass air flow sensor. Parts $400 plus ~200 labor. Any ideas if this sounds right and is it a DIY or is it better to let them do it. I found a used part from Bavarian for $175 +sh or a new one Bosch sensor for 283, which would be better. Thank you so much in advance for any advice.
I would do it yourself you can swap it in about 15 - 30 minutes. If you want you can give me the $200 and I'll do it.

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Old 04-21-2005, 09:35 AM
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You are getting screwed on that deal. Is this at the BMW dealership?
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:10 AM
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the whole scenerio doesnt make sense. Remember she said gasoline was spurting out? The Mass airflow sensor doesnt have anything to do with that. If anything it is a problem with the FUEL RAIL...that is unless the gasoline burned the plasic on the MASS airflow sensor.
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Old 04-21-2005, 01:53 PM
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We need more info:

Now that he has cleaned up the engine bay and replaced the fuel line is it drivable?

As this car is an OBD1 car you can diagnose the check engine light using the throttle pedal.
See this link for more info:
http://member.rivernet.com.au/btaylo...aultCodes.html

The MAS is a DIY job.
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