Hey guys ...
Interesting set of problems. Nothing is broken, no fire, no sparks.
I took the 528i in for service, drop the oil, and check things per the 178K
miles on it.
They (the BMW authorized outside shop) upon finishing the service, went to
start it up ... and unlike there being no problem on delivery, here is a
fuel pump problem.
They say, they pulled the seat and looked for pressure, there being none,
they pushed it outside as there was other work to do. A few hours later,
theyt say, they tried it and it started up no problem.
They think my fuel pump is going on, and was thinking of replacing it. No
humm, no vibration, no problems with it until now.
I recieved the car, turned it on, and drove it off ... listening for pump
problems ... none happening. Turned on the stereo and the middle post
speakers are out.
When home and left it.
Next morning, started it up, and stereo is still gone.
5 more restarts of the ingition, the stereo returns to full service, but
their is an idiot light on the dash board saying tail light out ... go to
tail lights and ALL ARE WORKING.
Next restart, idiot light goes out, and turn signal buld if flashing to fast
showing lost of continunity in the electrical leads. No idiot light on.
Rotate bulb, fix light, every thing is working.
More restarts ... lose the security system ... doors lock, but the red
flashing light showing it is working and on ... is not flashing.
This fixes it self a few more restarts later.
With the same mysterious pattern, of an idiot light going on ... no problems
showing ... then restart ... idiot light goes out and problem appears ...
With this BMW being the 2000 year model, the start of the decade of
production am I losing my computer.
Or did, the shop who did this, fry my computer with a hot short, and some
restarts later, it reboots and works a bit ... then loses it .. and keeps
Is there an fault codes for fuel pump being toast ... or stuff coming up
showing a hot short was received.
I am thinking of going to a Dealership for the next oil change and check
out, as the guys who did this in the first place ... to my reckoning lied to
me about the fuel pump ... as they would have to be sure it was plugged in
and they did not say that. It is electronic fuel pump after all.
So far the car and cruise control is working, it is safe, and fun to drive.
The gremlin is transient ... comes and goes ... always a new thing so far
from fuel pump, to stereo, to security system being out or not functioning
The a few key turns later ... all good.
Nothing was done other then that.
All my best guys and gals who brainaic this stuff up.
Thanks for any help.
sumbuddie on da watchtower