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Engine will not turn over/loses power

Hello I have a 1996 318i 5 speed manual sedan (original ower) which until recently has had no problems but last week while driving I noticed it was losing power, dash lights dimming some jerking then engine died. I got a boost but was only able to drive it for 5 minutes before engine died again. Before having it towed to a mechanic is there anything I should be looking for – perhaps faulty air mass meter, however, even after recharging the battery it does not turn over now - thank you

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  • Anonymous Sep 25, 2008

    I'm having the same problem (94 318i). I just recently (week ago) had a new alternator put on it. Any advice or any idea of what it may be?

  • Anonymous Sep 25, 2008

    I'm having the same problem but on a 94 318i. I recently (one week ago) put on a new alternator. Any advice on what may be wrong?

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    I have the same problem started 6 months ago. New battery fitted and was ok. Now the cold weather I am have the same problem. When cold I would drive for 4  to 5 miles and then warning lights come on and then no power engine ideals and then cuts out. I have a booster battery in the car and jump start it and it will drive ok. Till the next day. I am still waiting for a known solution.

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    my car will run for about 12 minutes and shuts of, wont turn back on until moore than 5 minutes.



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It could be the wiring at the back of the car open the boot and you will see about 4-7 cable rapped in electrical mates were cut through and started causeing him all sorts of engine and electrical problems get some electrical spade adapters and reconnect colour to colour then rap them in electrical tape.p.s get back to me let me no how you get on thanks.

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You need a new alternator

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The battery its no good.

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