BMW 318i stalling problem?
I inherited my mom's 2003 BMW 318i a few months ago. Awesome car, big BMW fan.
The thing is for the past few months I have only experienced problems with this car. One ofter the next. I have just spent nearly R10k ($1200 there abouts?) fixing a particular problem. Basically upon startup, a bit of smoke/steam would come out the bonnet, but such a small amount, it was barely noticeable. I was told not to worry about it. After about 4 weeks of this though, my car started losing power. It would battle to pull off at intersections, and at its worst couldn't go faster than 60km/hr. This happened every now and then. I was already planning on taking it in to my mechanic, when one day whilst idling in traffic, it cut out. Every single warning light came on (none had been on up until then) It wouldn't start. I tried again and again until eventually I managed to get it (at a very very slow pace) to petrol station. It was taken in and fixed. It felt a bit better after it came back. It didnt smoke anymore but it was alright. But only 2 days later it cut out again while idling. I did manage to start it but it was very irritating. Took it back to the mechanic. That is when I spent the R10k having it fixed. Apparently it need a special tool imported from Germany and half the engine needed to be taken apart. (so I was told). After I got it back it went beautifully, like a Beemer should. Was so impressed.
To cut a long story short, after spending all this money, and after only 5 days, my car cut out in traffic again. Twice.
My mechanic is stumped.
Does anyone have a clue what it could be?