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Hi my bmw 316i is driving me mad.for a couple of months now

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Hi my bmw 316i is driving me mad.for a couple of months now it has been really shuddering and rev counter up and down before going anywhere. Then it started to cut out when pulling in or out of junctions and reversing, the warning light came on and I called the aa out, he told me it was a air fuel problem and to take it to a garage which I did. They found a couple split air pipes and replaces but still it carried on cutting out. They recommended me to go to a bmw specialist which I did, they changed a breather value and then when it still continued to cut out they changed a sensor. After this which was a week ago it has cut out but still slightly shuddering and revs up and down. Then yesterday the temperature dial shoot up into the red saying it's over heating when I had only been driving 5 minutes and today its still doing the same. Do you think these are both connected and how do I go about solving this? Its been going on foronths now and in to garages about 7 times. Any help could be much appreciated. Charlotte

what year and model is this car?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The is 2000 and its a 316i

there isn't much that would be connected and cause these short of a blown head gasket. I would have a test carried out for this to verify


as for other possibilities, for the overheating they most likely would be a failed thermostat or water pump or leak/low fluid level. there are simple tests that can be made for this


as for the cutting out, this would most commonly be a fuel pressure/delivery issue, failed crankcase ventilation system or possibly a failing cam sensor or idle control valve


I would have the above checked if they have not been.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your answer. I shall now decide if i should spend out even more money on it or get rid of it. But really appreciate your help on this. Thank you

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