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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier

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  • My 01 325i is idling like crap. The mechanic said there is nothing that can be done. I live in a congested area so I'm stuck idling quite a bit. Is there any why I can improve the idle so it doesn't rev for no reason and so it is smooth? Oh yea, affordably? Ang
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 8,015
    Nice man. When's the new ride coming home? I hope you got a good "deal" on the 330CiC! :P

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,211
    It came home on Friday..

    I think I got a good deal.... ;)

    My son insisted we put the top down when we picked it up.. so, we were cruising to lunch under sunny skies, with a balmy temperature of 24 degrees.. :surprise:

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 8,015
    congrats again on a great car! What color/options did you get? Share with us! Inquiring minds want to know.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,211
    Silver-gray with black leather..
    Automatic
    Cold weather package
    Xenons
    BMW Assist w/bluetooth...

    It was the only '05 left on the lot... If it had been the wrong color, or didn't have xenons and heated seats, I would have passed on it, but almost everything is standard on the 330 convertible....

    If the car was for me, I would have had to have the Sport or Performance package.. Not having the Sport package was really my only regret, but my wife couldn't care less.. I also wouldn't have paid for BMW assist, but it was on there, so there you go... Now, we have to get a new bluetooth phone for my wife, so she can go hands free...

    The silver-gray is a great color.. Not as nice as the old Steel Gray, but close...

    regards,
    kyfdx
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  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 337
    It takes 5 days for someone to help this guy out? ;) You're right that it's not in any of the usual places. Open the glove box and there is a panel there with a couple of snap clips that you can open to get to the fuses.
  • Thank you very much...
    I will check it today when off from work!
  • :confuse: Recent random "chirping" noises coming from the dash board / vent (predominantly from the left driver side dash/air vent) after start-up and would go away after about 5-10 min. What might be the cause? Dealer couldn't find the solution. Thanks in advance.
  • I have 29,000 miles on my 2002 325i and my tires are wearing a little thin. I've been looking around for a replacement and don't really want to get Continental's again. Does anyone have a recommendation for new tires? Handling is important, but I want them to be quiet and last longer than the current tires. Thanks for all recommendations.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    My 2002 325xi came with Goodyear Eagle RS-A's and did the job for me. I'm not the most aggressive driver and they worked for me. Not sure if you would really want an A/S on a regular 325i though.

    They lasted for over 50,000 miles.

    -Paul
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 337
    My '04 325i also came with RS-As and I have no complaints about them. They got me through the last winter OK in the Detroit area, so they work sufficiently in a reasonable amount of snow. I also expect to get over 40K out of them.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    If you want to stick with an A/S tire, you might want to look at the Nokian WR. It's A/S with the added bonus of the "Snowflake on the Mountain" winter tire rating. The down side is that it only has an H speed rating.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    Has anyone ever replaced a lower-control-arm/tie-rod combo on a BMW? I'm wondering if it's a job best reserved for trained mechanics or if a backyard hack with a pretty good set of tools, such as myself, could handle it.

    I had the right side replaced at 49K miles (under warranty) and just had the left side done on my car ('01 330Ci w/90K miles). The price tag was considerably higher than I thought it would be. I hope to keep the car for another 50K miles so it's not unreasonable to assume that there will be at least one more go-around.
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    I had my '01 '325i's LCAs replaced at 60K miles. It's expensive (~$800 for the two corners) but unfortunately, my limited skillset is not quite up to this task...
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    Was that an independant shop? I'm paying nearly that for one side (including 4-wheel alignment).
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    That was a dealer 2-3 years ago. A friend in Seattle has the same problem and he's getting quotes ~ $850 for both corners. You shouldn't be paying more than that in PA considering this is the price in expensive cities like Boston and Seattle...
  • I regrettably now cannot garage my car so its outside at night in winter. Is there a way of preventing ice formation on windshields? I would guess that maybe a simple tarp would work but are there any sprays that would alleviate the problem?
  • I agree that the Nokian tire is the way to go if you are in a "cold winter" zone.
  • Hello everyone. My driver's side windshield washer injectors have gotten weak on my 2001 325i . By that I mean they can only shoot the washer fluid not more than 10 inches or so above the windshield base. The passenger side ones are perfectly fine. Has anyone encountered this and is there anything I can do short of having them replaced? Thanks in advance.
  • I also need new tires and last time I posted the same question you did I go a number of people recommending Kumho Ecsta ASX. I haven't bought them yet but I think I am going to go with them.

    Disclaimer: I am looking for tires that are a bit on the cheap side and these Kumhos fit the bill.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I think Kumho tires are an excellent value for the money. They aren't top of the heap by any means, but they almost always provide good performance and service.
  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    I purchased Kumhos Ecsta ASX's ~ 8K miles ago and I think they are good if you are looking for something with better traction in the wet, quiet, longer treadlife and less expensive than most other brands. You do give up a little bit of handling, but that's it from my perspective.

    These were recommended by the guys at Tirerack.
  • Well, I took the bait from a local dealer and let them appraise my 03 330i ZHP (leather, xenons, metallica paint, performance package, 6 speed, 35.6k miles - MSRP 43k). I got a good laugh. They believe it's worth 23k.

    My buyout on the lease in May of 06 is 25k. Soemthing tells me the actual value of the car will be far, far lower by then...
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,211
    I'd say that makes your lease an even better deal than it seemed when you made it..

    Congratulations!!

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  • Oh yeah. That lease will probably be the one i will talk about when I am 75 and boring my grandkids with stories of old school gas powered engines.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 8,015
    I feel bad for whoever buys your car as an extra clean CPO car!

    The lease deal you made was a good one, it will be the deal you compare all your furure leases to.

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  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    After you turn it in, the dealer will wash it, CPO it, and sell it for $32K.
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    Sedan, I presume? What color is your car? Does it need new tires?

    FWIW, KBB shows $24k for the car...
  • 330i zhp, tires have 10k left on them, or about 15k for most drivers. It's silver-gray metallic. Perfect shape and sparkling clean.

    I know what KBB shows and Edmunds but those numbers are almost always inaccurate (they're normally much higher than real world numbers).
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,211
    You'd be surprised at the numbers the dealers are putting on E46s, though...

    My dealer offered me $21,500 ACV for my '03 325i with 38K miles.... This was just three weeks ago...

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