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Date registered: Sep 2009
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If I am not posting in the right place let me know, I'm a newbie
I have owned BMW's for years, my daughter has one , my husband had one and I did. Recently we went into another direction. I saw a cute little ml320 a 1999.Bought it on the spot. Liked it because all the seats went down and i could fit all my horse equipment in it. With getting 23 miles to a gallon it is great. Where my truck gets 9. Anyway. Like any new relationship we had a little bit of a rough start. And I mean start. I had it for a month then all of a sudden it went into limp mode and I drove 5 miles like that ..LOL. After many many replacement parts it was the fuel pump.We have a code reader that covers this car also. It was pulling a lot of different codes and we did find alot of leaks in the hoses, dry rot.Replaced a couple BIG parts also..NOT good but I am sure they would have had to be replaced soon also. But then the fuel pump was it in the end. Even though the code reader did not bring it up.. Now about 3 months later I put the key in and it cranks( with a spark) but doesn't start. I turn the key off and try again and it starts.This is ALL the time. Never any different. Took it to the mechanic after 2 months of this that put the fuel pump in and he said he can't figure it out.He said no codes coming up and the fuel pump is working. So, without a chilton book ( i can't find one on this car) I started at the most likely in my limited Mercedes mind. I put new batteries in the remote key(which i have only one , yikes I know) it wasn't that. I don't know if the chip in the key can do this. Never had a problem with my BMW like this.The battery looks pretty beat and thought hummm well maybe that. Not that. The mechanic said it was not the starter. It does this all the time. If you turn the car off after driving it, it will start right up. Wait 15 minutes and it's the 2 key turn on again. So when it's hot it starts right up. I am wondering if it's a relay for the fuel pump. Is there one or 2 relays and where are they located. Any help would be greatly appreciated.I am a babe in the woods with this car. I'm pretty good at checking stuff and if I have a book can follow ideas and go with it, but with not being able to get a book it's hard.Growing up with 3 brothers has taught me to learn and try to eliminate the easy stuff. Sorry for the long post and sorry if I posted in the wrong place or did something wrong. Just let me know.I have a feeling I will be on here alot..LOL..I do love the thing...