Have the same problem, probably started a month ago. I'm in SE Arizona and
use premium Chevron which I doubt you can find better. Think it is the
government at work, with all of their wisdom and well intentions.
in article Xns98469CA74735Cfuse1bbagorg@22.214.171.124, dw in Palatine at
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 9/22/06 1:23 PM:
Mine Too. In VA as well as when I lived in CT. Dealer told me that it's
due to the Premium gas leaking by the injectors and vapor binding the
I usually crank it one or two times without letting it start, then cycle the
key off and back to start. Starts right up then.
Mine does that all the time. I guess it's been doing it for
years. One thing to watch though, is the gas you use. In a
neighboring state, a lot of gas stations went to gasohol, using 10%
alcohol. They are required to say so on the pump, but those stickers
wear off over time.
I used two tankfuls of that junk and my car started to idle
rough, stall, and lose power. I switched back to normal to gas in my
own state, and it seems to be okay. One more tankful and I'll know
By the way, has anybody had to add antifreeze to their Mini yet?
I have, and what's in there looks really dirty. I added some because
the overflow bottle was empty. I noticed the fan seemed to be coming
on a lot, and I checked the overflow bottle. The fan still seems to
be coming on alot though.
Some modern fuel injection systems like to do everything for you, including
pressing the throttle (gas pedal) on cranking,
Try starting up without touching the gas,
I find this cures most start up problems almost immediately,
Worth a try,?
That's not it. But thanks for the suggestion. I never ever touch the
throttle when starting a fuel injected car. This is a known issue w/ Mini
and when I had it in for a check I was told by my Mini S.A. to run 89 octane
fuel to try a stop it. I thought it had solved it but it started doing it
again anyway. FYI.....for me this only happened when the car was started
cold, never after it had been run and was warm.
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