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Old 04-06-2010, 07:28 PM   #1
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Car sputters and dies at start

My 2009 9-3 2.0T automatic has done this twice in the past 3 months. When I start the car back up again, within 20-30 mins of shutting it off, it doesn't reach idle speed (maybe hits 500-600 rpm), and it sputters and dies. 2nd starting attempt, a little better, but still sputters and dies within a couple seconds. Third attempt, rough idle for a few seconds, then resumes normal idle. All this while in park. First time this happened was in colder weather (26-28 degrees), but it happened again tonight (70 degrees), so I don't think it's temperature related.

No check engine light or anything like that, once car is running, it idles, drives, and boosts normally. I reported it to the dealer after the first time, but they found nothing in a scan and just told me it was an electronic glitch. Now that it's happened again I'm concerned, especially because my car is brand new. My thoughts go to a fuel system issue, but that's just my gut feeling.

Any ideas anyone? Anyone else experience something similar? This is disconcerting with such a new car. Thanks.
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hmmm i usually let the car click to ignition wait 10 secounds for the lights on the dash to come on then off.. then start the car... 2.8t thou... try that... let it have time to check everything and cycle through its process before telling it to just start..?
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hmmm i usually let the car click to ignition wait 10 secounds for the lights on the dash to come on then off.. then start the car... 2.8t thou... try that... let it have time to check everything and cycle through its process before telling it to just start..?

Hmm ok sounds like a good habit to form, thanks.
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2009 eh - got a warranty? Why are you trying to fix it - take it to the dealer and tell them you want to know what it was.....
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My 2009 9-3 2.0T automatic has done this twice in the past 3 months. When I start the car back up again, within 20-30 mins of shutting it off, it doesn't reach idle speed (maybe hits 500-600 rpm), and it sputters and dies. 2nd starting attempt, a little better, but still sputters and dies within a couple seconds. Third attempt, rough idle for a few seconds, then resumes normal idle. All this while in park. First time this happened was in colder weather (26-28 degrees), but it happened again tonight (70 degrees), so I don't think it's temperature related.

No check engine light or anything like that, once car is running, it idles, drives, and boosts normally. I reported it to the dealer after the first time, but they found nothing in a scan and just told me it was an electronic glitch. Now that it's happened again I'm concerned, especially because my car is brand new. My thoughts go to a fuel system issue, but that's just my gut feeling.

Any ideas anyone? Anyone else experience something similar? This is disconcerting with such a new car. Thanks.

I already did, they told me it was essentially an electronic fluke, a one-time thing. They weren't much help at all.
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they just don't want to fix the car
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they just don't want to fix the car

Yeah the dealer, at least the one I've been going to, hasn't been very accommodating so far. Hopefully that will change, or maybe I need to switch dealers for service.
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Yeah the dealer, at least the one I've been going to, hasn't been very accommodating so far. Hopefully that will change, or maybe I need to switch dealers for service.
This sounds like the plan - I'd find a dealership who wants your business and go there. There are plenty of techs standing around waiting to put warranty parts on cars right now... at the least they could be tossing new random parts onto it with the intent to repair. Sounds like the other dealership wasn't interested in your warranty work - just wants cash work (blind-sided)
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Anyone have a good experience with dealers in Chicagoland?
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