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Bmw X5 2001 3.0i. 4th year in a row about the same time each year vehicle can not remain running for more than a few seconds. Always have to have it towed in always runs for about another year. Have replaced fuel filter and spark plugs recently. Bmw hasn't resolved nor has a noted bmw like garage been able to get to the root problem. Does anyone have any idea what to tell the next mechanic to look fortestetc? Thank you for the input.

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Hi there, if it's always the same time of the year you could be getting a bad batch of fuel when you fill up, does this occur after refuelling if so there could be water in the fuel, also when this fault occurs look under your vehicle in line with the rear seats and see if the fuel tank looks like it's been sucked in similar to sucking all the juice out of a carton with a straw, if so then you have a fuel ventilation issue and by the time your vehicle has been towed to a garage the fuel tank has resumed adequate ventilation, the mechanic jumps in and all of a sudden your vehicle starts at the garage ok.

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I had the same issue (replaced fuses, fuel pump, pump relays fuel lines, selaers and gaskets and so on). Finally, I had fuel guage sending unit replaced (the thingy that measure the fuel in the tanks) in both the main and reservoir tanks-and no more problems.

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