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No response from accelarator

Hi I have a 318i se registered 2000. It was recently serviced on a full inspection but since it has been returned from garage there is a problem when I slow down at junctions etc. When I go to pull away I have my foot flat out on accelarator but theres no response, I then have to drop it into manual 2 to overcome the problem but that now does not appear to get me out of the situation. She runs fine when she is in full swing it just happens when I have to slow down and pull away again. Anyone any idea what the prblem could be as the garage will not accept any responsability that this fault has been present since the service, it could just be coincedence but I need to no roughly what the problemcould be as they will not diagnose it without charging me a diagnostic fee.

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Most probly the switch on the pedal or the motor in the throttle body, For cheap mobile diagnostics e-mail lhills@hotmail.co.uk

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