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Old 02-07-2009, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy '97 328i looses accelerating power and check engine light comes on?

Hello fellow BMW enthusiasts,

I have been having some trouble for about a month now with my 1997 328I, the car drives fine until I want to accelerate or am accelerating while going up a hill, the car then shakes a little and the check engine light will come on and I will lose all accelerating power, when I come to a stop the car feels like it is going to stall but it doesn't.

I used to be able to just turn the car off and then turn it back on and the check engine light would go off but recently it has been happening a lot and now the check engine light stays on, so I took it over to autozone to get the codes from the OBDII and they are as follows: P1250, P0420, P0430 and P0304

P1250 - PRC Solenoid Circuit Malfunction
P0304 - Cylinder #4 misfire
P0420 - Catalyst Efficiency Bank 1
P0430 - Catalyst Efficiency Bank 2

I have been searching and reading as much as I can about each code but I cant seem to find anything that is consistent with all of them, some people say that P1250 means that I need to replace a coil and some say that it is a result of running my gas too low. Has anyone had this same problem or know how I should go about fixing it? O-yea I just changed the spark plugs about 6 months ago.

Any insight is greatly appreciated

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Hello fellow BMW enthusiasts,

I have been having some trouble for about a month now with my 1997 328I, the car drives fine until I want to accelerate or am accelerating while going up a hill, the car then shakes a little and the check engine light will come on and I will lose all accelerating power, when I come to a stop the car feels like it is going to stall but it doesn't.

I used to be able to just turn the car off and then turn it back on and the check engine light would go off but recently it has been happening a lot and now the check engine light stays on, so I took it over to autozone to get the codes from the OBDII and they are as follows: P1250, P0420, P0430 and P0304

P1250 - PRC Solenoid Circuit Malfunction
P0304 - Cylinder #4 misfire
P0420 - Catalyst Efficiency Bank 1
P0430 - Catalyst Efficiency Bank 2

I have been searching and reading as much as I can about each code but I cant seem to find anything that is consistent with all of them, some people say that P1250 means that I need to replace a coil and some say that it is a result of running my gas too low. Has anyone had this same problem or know how I should go about fixing it? O-yea I just changed the spark plugs about 6 months ago.

Any insight is greatly appreciated

Thanks,

Zach
Hi, Zach....Welcome to the Werkz......

I searched this P1250 - PRC Solenoid Circuit Malfunction, & came up with something about low fuel pressure.....unfortunately, there are so many things that can cause these codes....they all seem to be fuel related.
1st, I would start with the basics, like when was the fuel filter last replaced,
2nd, A miss in any cylinder will cause a catalyst efficiency code, because of an air/fuel mixture being too rich.....so, I would look for a faulty firing ignition coil.

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Hey Johnny,

Thanks for the welcome, I will start by cleaning the MAF and ICV tomorrow because to get to the ICV I need to take the MAF off anyway.

I will let you know if that makes a difference in the driving.

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Found the problem... the rubber boot coming off the MAF had been dry rotted and cracked which completely threw off the MAF
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Found the problem... the rubber boot coming off the MAF had been dry rotted and cracked which completely threw off the MAF
Great news Zach, that would definitley cause a vacuum leak, hopefully thats, thats!

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gozbay im also having a problem like this. and i was wondering if that was your problem??
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Well I am hoping that was my problem, I ordered the part ($36) on sunday night and hope I will be able to put it on by wednesday.

All I can say for right now is that for the time being I used a little duct tape to attempt to seal the cracks and cleaned the MAF and my check engine light has gone off and I have noticed a signifigant difference in the driving. I have tested it by flooring it while going up a long hill and it red-lined perfectly fine and there was no hesitation while accelerating (I had the most problems when I was going up big hills)

However this morning the the same thing that has been happening happened while I was just accelerating on a normal road so I turned the car off and the check engine light which came on went off and the car drove fine the rest of the day, I hope this was just because some air was getting through my tape job...

If not there may be something else wrong but I would definitly suggest cleaning the MAF and checking that and the boot that comes off of it for cracks.
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Hi Zach,
did your the new MAF fix your issue. I might have the same problem too.
Hesitation while accelerating..
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It was actually both the MAF and there was a coil that was bad that didn't test as bad with a volt meter, which was the main problem I suspect.
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hello people! i need some help with my 00 323i asap.my check engine light came on,i checked it and this code came up p0304 camshaft position sensor A bank 1 malfuntion. i changed both intake and exhaust cam sensor both it won't go away.the car takes long to accelerate can any one help?
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engine light - same problem

Hello
I have the same problem with my 2000 bmw323. Actually, this problem started with going up hills 2 years ago. (My car would do this every once in awhile). Now, the check engine light has been on for a week straight and the car shakes like it is going to stall. I need to take it to my mechanic but he is out of town for a week. I wonder how long I have until it breaks down or if it will break down? I am taking a 2 hour road trip to fly out of LAX on Thursday.
Should I take it to another mechanic before driving out of town or not?
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