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Emissions to high for annual test

So far my garage have changed engine coolant temp sender +mass air flow meter + management ecu + camshaft sensor still no improvement car has been in their hands for four weeks now .HELP.desperate.

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Your garage is full of idiots. Ok, they replaced all those parts and no improvement. Make 'em put all the parts back and get a refund. They can't diagnose the problem so they're just replacing parts and hoping for the best. Now, if they replace enough parts, you'll end up with a brand new old car and it should run correctly. But, you don't list a problem, so I can't offer a solution. Could be the whole problem. If you didn't tell the shop what's wrong either, yeah....just replace stuff and pray. Praying works on German cars btw, because the pope is German and Jesus now loves German cars. Go to church, Pray, and write back with a specific problem that a bmw mechanic can help you with.

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