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2002 BMW 318ti - engine keeps cutting out while driving

Engine has started to cut out without warming. The hazard warning light (the one that comes on when you turn the ASC off) also the battery and oil lights are on and are red. The car will not start for a while (sometimes hours later).

Not the battery or the alternator, and will start every time when cold.

Will now only travel some 500m then engine will die.

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  • scobie4497 Jan 02, 2009

    I have the same issue with my 2002 e46 can someone please help

  • scobie4497 Jan 12, 2009

    hi there bmw manI have issues with my bmw and really hoping you can help me --- very simular issue as prev with cutting out when hot ---- to start of with car is bmw e46 318i 2001 -- problem is car start ok when cold but when heats up asc light also abs and handbrake warning light comes on --- shortly after this engine will cut out -- if I leave it for 10 minutes it will start again but it will just keep doing the same thing over and over again --- I got the car plugged into diagnostic machine ( snap on ) which come up which 3 error codes 1 - 5df4 ( system voltage 9 volts ) 2 - 5e1a can - ( data error from dme / dde 3 - 5df5 ecu internal error. I really hope you can help with this. thank you

  • quizuxhaderu Mar 04, 2009

    Scobie4497 - Hello there. Mine turned out to be the crank shaft sensor (as the last post from 2012antony suggested). Cost about $700 to be replaced and problem fixed in a couple of hour.

    Sounds like a sensor problem again.. Good Luck.....


  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    i have a BMW 316I with red oil light on and engine sound, which after sometime the engine could not turn on

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    its a 2000 model e46 not 2008
    sometimes when i turn the key to start car only the airbag warning light comes on and engine just turns over but wont start. if i turn the key on and off eventually all the lights on the dash light up and it fires straight away. any ideas?

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Right have a check down your local garage if they do diagnostics be about 15-30 pound well worth it tells you a hell of alot more then wht i can say here but on e46s any lil prob tht asc light wil come up its warning you cars not right beware in other words. ive had it on rear abs sensors the asc light is just warning but have them plug it in to diagnostics tht will tell you all about it and whts going on prob sensor somewere let me no how you get on..

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Its a sensor on engine, will need replacing, it cuts your car off when too hot, will get worse, i paid for to of these sods to b replaced with a dig check, paid £500

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  • 2012antony Mar 03, 2009

    i actually think its the crank shaft sensor.

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