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Old 05-09-2005, 05:39 PM
elader elader is offline
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Bad Start? Anything else?

My car is becoming the family joke. A tranny, an alternator all in three months. This morning, the car started outstandingly weird - hard chug chug chug - for about 1 minute. Then it smoothed out. After it stopped, the 'service engine soon' light went on briefly.

Any ideas? I have 7 months left on the warranty, and then I am selling this car. It hurts, I love to drive it, but not to own it.

Eric L.
Germantown Maryland
2002 330i (sold)
2011 Miata GT
2011 Audi Q5
2014 Yamaha FJR1300
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Old 05-09-2005, 06:59 PM
Ace Ace is offline
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my dad had a similar problem with his e39. one morning it started rough but then it started to idle rough as well....turned out that he had to have all the ignition coils replaced....take it in to the dealer and see if they can find a fault code. good luck!
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