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Fuel gauge stays at empty with orange light on all the time

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Most likely it's the sending unit in the tank. My Audi has an access panel in the trunk to get to the pump and sender, and your BMW most likely does too. Pull up the carpet in the trunk and you would see an access port probably 6-8" across if you have one. Remove that and carefully remove the sending unit. You may have a broken wire or something as simple as dirty contacts on it. Repair any broken wires and clean all contacts with electrical contact cleaner, and put it back in (that was the fix for my car).

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