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out of fuel?

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So I just had a really strange problem this morning. While driving to work my 325ci started to stall when I applied the throttle. I was nearly at work and made it to the parking lot. At the parking lot I let the car idle while I used my OBD to read any fault codes. There were none.

While idling the car died. When I started it again, it would run for a second or two en die.

I called roadside assistance. After listening to the car he said it sounded like there was no fuel. He banged on the gas tank with a hammer to maybe get the fuel pump going while I was starting the car, but it made no difference. He then gave me a jerry can and told me to get 5L of gas from the gas station nearby.

After adding the gas, the car started immediately and ran smooth. I drove to the gas station and fill her up. So here comes the strange part.

The gas meter indicated that there was 1/4 left in the tank and the board computer indicated I could still drive 130km. I’ve added 5.67L trough the jerry can and I’ve added another 48.63L at the gas station (maybe I could have topped her of even more by 1 or 2L if I had waited). So 54.3L in total.

The fuel capacity of the E46 325ci is 65L. So this leads me to believe the fuel indicator and board computer aren't wrong. But when adding the first 5L she started immediately.

Any ideas?
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Buy the VDO fuel pump assembly.
I live in The Netherlands. I guess this aftermarket pump is ok? It's a CONTINENTAL/VDO
Yes. VDO company merged with Continental.
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I just need the rubber seal shown on the image below. The problem is my car is from 2001 and the VIN-number shows two rubber seals. Called the dealer and they can't tell me which one I need neither.
This was just brought up recently in another thread. There is a seal on each side of the tank, right (passenger in USA) and left.
they're both the same left and right, just two different type of seals:
They are identical, from my experience anyway. The part number is 16111184084
I can only find a URO brand in The Netherlands if I want an aftermarket. No experience with URO. Should I get it from the dealer?
URO is terrible, so avoid that.
Dealer will have a quality genuine BMW part.
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