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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Nov 11, 2009 (12:50 pm)
I have a 2001 BMW 3 Series Coupe (E46). First thing in the morning when the engine is cold, the engine revs on its own. The rev needle goes up to about 3,000 rpm and then drops to idle. This happens time and time again. If I switch the ignition off and then on again it stops? Does anybody know what is wrong with it? Also, when I come to a stop, regardless weather I put the foot or handbrake on, the ASC light flashes as I pull away again and the rear right wheel seems to stck as if the brake is still on for a moment...! Very frustrating...!
#30153 of 30250 2002 BMW engine fire (fatal)
Nov 15, 2009 (7:10 pm)
I lost my 21 yr old son July 2009 when he fell asleep in our 2002 BMW 330 with the engine running. The car caught fire after idling for one hour. Investigation showed cooling fan failure. I read that 2001 3-series had same problem with massive recall. Anyone heard of same problems with 2002 cars? BMW refusing at accepting any blame or taking corrective actions. Do not want this to happen to any other family! Any suggestions?
#30154 of 30250 Re: 2002 BMW engine fire (fatal) [wolrag42]
Nov 15, 2009 (8:21 pm)
Oh my god. I'm deeply sorry for you loss. You might want to try bimmerfest. If there is something going on, there'll be a thread about it over there.
#30155 of 30250 Re: 2002 BMW engine fire (fatal) [wolrag42]
Nov 17, 2009 (5:36 am)
I'm sorry about your terrible loss.
You'll want to contact the NHTSA to report this fire--and stay on them to follow up as they tend to be questionably competent, at best.
Here's their website:
Also, did your car have a manual transmission or an automatic? The reason I ask is that the manual cars had only a single, electric fan while the automatics had a mechanical and electric fan.
Thank you for helping to protect others by taking action. You may also wish to start a web site and post the reports findings there as well--that would be very helpful to all.
#30156 of 30250 Re: Probable Tail light, brake light, turn signal recall? [8av8]
Nov 17, 2009 (5:41 am)
After years of overheating the connector wiring is severely damaged and all the connectors require replacement. Replacing the grounding wire with a larger wire is helpful and needed, but doesn't solve the supply side of the problem as those wires are damaged too.
BMW needs to step up and do a recall on this; shame on them for shirking their moral and legal responsibilities.
#30157 of 30250 Re: 2002 BMW engine fire (fatal) [pylt1]
Dec 08, 2009 (9:08 pm)
car had automatic transmission. Will try to followup with reports as insurance company and BMW are fighting over details (BMW won't acknowledge ANY responsilbility for the fire even though their 2001 cars all had SAME problem)
Dec 29, 2009 (7:48 am)
Just purchased a 03 330ci. Its a joy to drive. Just wondering about what maintenance I should be concerned with. Noticed viewing forum about Scheduled Maintenance I and II. Can anyone explain what I can expect.
#30159 of 30250 Re: Passenger Side Mirror [notmybmw]
Jan 06, 2010 (11:56 am)
Also need to make sure your mirror adjustor switch is in the proper position. if it isn't set to passenger side (IIRC), it won't go down when backing up.