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Re: Almost got into an accident. Help! (archive)

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Posted by DC on September 21, 1998 at 19:53:04:

In Reply to: Almost got into an accident. Help! posted by Arlo Rey on September 21, 1998 at 12:28:28:

Your incident has no relationship to the use of your valet key nor does this vehicle have any sort of "time-based" circuit to shut off the ignition in the event of theft/car jacking.

BMW would be successfully sued to the point of bankruptcy if they manufactured and sold such as system. Anti-carjacking devices will disable the ignition only when the car slows to less than 3-5 miles per hour. Cutting the engine on the highway is a sure way to cause an accident.

I agree with the premise that the car's computer was momentarily disrupted by a localized signal of some type. Or possibly an aftermarket alarm system malfunctioned and killed the ignition. Report it to the dealer at once.

: I was driving down the freeway yesterday with my '98 Z3 when my engine suddenly stopped running. I tried pumping gas but it didn't worked. My gas gauge showed empty with the red light on (but I know it's not). So I slowly pulled over the right shoulder (I was on the fast lane)and turned off the ignition. I can say that I was lucky not to have caused an accident and being rear-ended. I restarted the car and it started. I checked the gas gauge and it showed 1/3 full. My Z3 has been okay since then. Just wondering if there's any explananation to this phenomenon? Also, this was the first time I used my valet key. (On the freeway, I switched to the main key and have stopped using the valet key for fear of reoccurence). Anybody has any idea why this happened? I am now hesitant to take my car out on the freeway because it could have been worst for me.

: Any info would be appreciated.

: Arlo Rey

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