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1999 323i BMW

I just purchased a 1999 323i yesterday. When i was driving it today it suddenly had no acceleration, the EML light came on, and a light that has a triangle with an ! and a circle in the middle came on. Any suggestions as to what the problem could be?

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  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    I got my BMW like 3 months ago and it does that to me. I have noticed that it does it when i am stuck on the freeway or in traffic, when i am constantly braking a lot. They told me that I have to park in some were safe and turn it off and put the handbrake on. No i dea why it does it, but its staring to bug me!

  • 323ishelp Oct 11, 2008

    I have the same problem. It's frustrating. What can be done?

  • solterochi Jan 07, 2009

    I've been having the same problem for 4 years!  It only happens during the cold months.  I've taken it to 4 different mechanics including a BMW dealership to no avail.  They (mechanics) have replaced the throttle twice already, a sensor in gas pedal was also replaced.  I have a 99 323i as well.  This problem is VERY annoying as I have spent a ton of money on this same problem only for it to return every winter!! HELP!

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    I too have a 99 323i with the same problem. The EML light, the light with the triangle!, as well as my engine light will come on. After I pull over and turn the car off, all the lights go away except my engine light. I have taken it to the dealership and they always find nothing and well as other BMW autoshops. And after a couple of days, my engine light goes off. I do not know what causes the problem and no one seems to know either.

  • Anonymous Feb 15, 2009

    i only have this problem if i drive more than 70 miles,the code says throtle body actuator mechanical problem?eml comes on last time i pushed gas pedal to the flor five times and it got fixed,i am assuming a bad mdk [electronic throtle actuator]

  • burglarette Feb 16, 2009

    This car tries to act like its keeping you from slipping, but it doesn't, it just turns on lights and you'll slip anyways. Fun car though.
    Anyone else have an oil leak on this car that no one can find?

  • tony0007 Feb 26, 2009

    My 1999 323i eml and check engine light came on the other day, the car drove awful/slow. Stopped car, restarted it and all was fine. Came back next day, drove car to repair shop, next day no warning lights on. Mechanic suggest throttle actuator replacement $700 repair.

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I finally fixed this problem!  Not sure if it will work for everyone but it did for me.  My new mechanic said there is an electronic 10 pin connector hooked up to the throttle body and mine had 2-3 pins that weren't making a good connection....THAT'S IT!

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This is an anti-slip regulator control cutting in telling you have wheel slippage, and its in teh process of stopping the wheel from spinning, or you have the manual override on.

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Hi i have a bmw 323 coupe 1999 and it wont go past 2 tousand revs and the eml lights on does any1 know y????

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  • lee heap Dec 18, 2012

    hi i have a bmw 323 coupe 1999 and it wont go past 2 tousand revs and the eml lights on does any1 know y????

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