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I think my fuel sender unit has gone I just wanted how much they are to buy and is it a big job to change ?? Its a BMW 1 series 16i Thanks

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Under the back seat is a cover ,under this cover is the fuel pump,not difficult to do with the right tool to get the ring undone that holds it on

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