I went in for other repairs and mentioned that I was having the fuel guage problem. They said they would look at it and advise me, but that they might be able to fix it by tightening some cable to the sending unit (I don't know what they meant). They never called, they just went ahead and replaced it, cutting the carpet and all. I was super pissed off when I looked at it for the first time, but now I'm OK. It really is someplace you would never see. Still I think I would have chosen to live with the fuel guage problem rather than have the carpet cut. At least I can't smell much fuel yet.
Anyway, here is the link back into the archive of some fuel guage replacement pictures.
Posted by Robert on May 25, 1998 at 15:53:37:
I was cleaning up the hard drive and found some pictures I never posted. The following four shots are from a 1.9 getting its fuel sending unit replaced. Some of you might not have picked up on what we were talking about when we said they cut your carpet to do this.Note from Rachel 12/01/06: Thanks to Robert of MZ3.net for these missing pics, there is also a great article on MZ3.net.
Thanks to Jim Powell for his dealer invoice for the FSU repair:
Posted by D///Mill on May 12, 2000 at 19:40:45:
Knowing this was one of the bugs in our Coupes, I had kept two
write-ups regarding a fix without the dealer remedy of cutting
the carpet behind the passenger seat. One remedy was posted by
"///Mike G" on 4/12/99, and the other by "Mike S" on 10/30/99.
Here is what they said ...
My '00 "///M coupe" also started fine with fuse #31 removed, just like Mike S mentioned. (Maybe there is a difference between the '99 and '00.) So I then pulled the instrument cluster fuse #23. Again, the car started fine without the fuse. Put the fuse back in and fuel gauge popped back to normal operation!
To summarize ... If pulling fuse #31 doesn't work for you, try #23. That's the one that did the fix for me.
And another fix:
Posted by MCM5 on April 14, 2001 at 08:02:21:
BMW Service information Bulletin 16 01 01, January 2001"
Found in Roundel Tech Talk by Mike Miller
And one more fix for the road....
In the December 2006 Bimmer Magazine Mike Miller updates this information again. He says even this new part doesn't always work and he said a fuel additive will work. I haven't tried it yet. It may well work, but my fuel gauge hasn't danced since I stopped topping it off, same as Robert.