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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • nbbnbb Posts: 16
    The glove box is not locked. I know about the valet mode and made sure it wasn't activated. Still not sure about the actuator. I guess I would have to take it apart and see if it is getting voltage. It wouldn't be such a pain if the keyhole on the convertible was not hidden under the trunk handle. My wife's 323i has a much more accessible keyhole.
  • I just bought a pre-owned 2006 330i (1st time BMW owner). Navigaiton, Premium & Sport Package with 20,000 miles. The in service date is November 2005. I would like to know the next service date/miles. At time of starting ignition the "service date/miles" indicator shows 10,000 6/2009.

    Obviously this is incorrect. Do I need to take the car in to a dealer so that they can tell me the actual date of the last service? Will the dealer have to "re-set" the computer? One important note here: I did not purchase from private party or dealer, I purchased from auto wholesaler.

    Thanks for the help in advance!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Why is the display incorrect? All it is telling you is that you have 10,000 more miles until the next service is due.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • O.K. Lesson learned, I should get better acquainted with the owner's manual. I should have realized this before posting previous message. This makes total sense now... I feel much better and now realize that the indicator informs "next service date" not "last time serviced".
    Thanks for helping out this "Newbie".
    Happy Holidays!
  • I have a 2000 BMW 328CI and am trying to find a replacement for the center console ( or i think thats what it is, heh the thing in which the cup holders are located) does anyone know a good website that i can check out for this part, and other interior trip parts?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    That's either dealer or wrecking yard. So you might google for BMW Salvage.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,892
    does anyone know a good website that i can check out for this part, and other interior trip parts?

    First, find the part and its number here.
    Second, take the number to your dealer, get a price, and see how it compares to online dealers such as Circle and Pacific.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    1- my driver's side seat belt just started retracting quite slowly (sometimes I have to feed it back in a bit.. is there an easy fix for this, or do I have to replace the seat belt?

    If I have to replace it, is it a DIY or do I have to bring it to a mechanic?

    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=EV53&mospid=47725&btnr=72_0330&hg=- 72&fg=05&hl=38

    2- car appears to be burning oil... not sure what else to think given that the oil light has come on again (last time was ~ five weeks ago; I added 1/2 a quart then). I did wait for the car to cool down and checked the oil level (via dipstick) and it was closer to the minimum mark. I added another 1/2 quart and it's now reading about 2/3 up from the minimum mark. Anything I can do to minimize this consumption, or is it something I have live with?

    3- while I had the hood up, I decided to check the coolant level via the expansion tank [recall that I had my radiator replaced approx. 6 weeks ago (preventive meausre)]. The "stick" was below the cap line, so I added some distilled water. Should I be monitoring the level of coolant on any regular basis?

    Thanks,
    Sunil
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,892
    If I have to replace it, is it a DIY or do I have to bring it to a mechanic?

    It's a DIY; you'll have to pull the B-piller cover, and you may need larger Torx drivers. Before you do that I'd pull the belt out ALL the way to make sure that the belt isn't twisted- that could be the problem...

    Anything I can do to minimize this consumption, or is it something I have live with?

    Probably not; how many miles per quart do you get?

    Should I be monitoring the level of coolant on any regular basis?

    Check it monthly, when the motor is dead cold. Use a 50-50 mix of distilled water and BMW coolant.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    Thanks, roadburner.

    I think the last time I added a quart of oil was ~ 1500 miles ago. I'll keep a better record going forward.
  • I'm trying to get an idea what people are paying for the schedule maintenance at around 57K miles. I spoke with a dealer and they said I need the INSPECTION II schedule maintenance and was quoted $850. Is this about right? Thanks for your help in advance.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,892
    I spoke with a dealer and they said I need the INSPECTION II schedule maintenance and was quoted $850.

    Yes, a 2003 E46 will call for an Inspection II at @60K miles. I think the quoted price is extremely high. My local independent BMW shop recently performed an Insp. II, a coolant service, a tire rotation, and a front end alignment on my 1995 318ti, and the cost was $592. Keep in mind that an E36 Insp. II is much more labor intensive, as it calls for changing the transmission and final drive oils, the spark plugs, and the fuel filter. In contrast, the only items replaced on your car are the engine oil, oil filter, cabin filter, and air filter. That said, if you plan to keep the car, I would change the 'lifetime" drivetrain fluids at 60K.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    As roadburner mentioned, Insp II is only an oil change, new air filter and new microfilter... you can order these parts online and do them yourself (oil~ $50, air filter ~ $40 and microfilter ~ $20, IIRC). All are pretty easy to do.

    I did these myself and then brought the car to my local indy BMW mechanic and had the differential fluid changed, new thermostat, new water pump, new serpentine belts and new fuel filter put in. The cost for these items was ~ $600 (parts and labor).
  • I have been rreading these forums for awhile and I would like to introduce myself. I have an alpine white 2003 BMW 325xiT that I purchased two years ago at 24,000 miles. It is my first BMW and I have really enjoyed the car. I now am at 52,000 miles and am about 2400 miles away from inspection II. So far I have only had to replace brakes, and tires. The only out of ordinary repairs have been a new thermostat, O2 sensor and a fuel sender wire that was gnawed by a mouse.

    My service plan for the car calls for oil changes every 7,500 miles (our half way through what the car recommends for an oil change via the OBC. I have the 3 month 3000 miles routine so ingrained with me I struggle waiting the 7,500 mile mark. I'll replace the inspection II items i.e. airfilter, cabin filter etc. myself and have a BMW indy mechanic look it over. My local dealer charges about $540.00 for inspection II which seems to be a glorified oil change.

    I plan on changing the waterpump after 60,000 miles as per Mike Miller's recommendations in the Roundel.

    On oil changes, how do you base your intervals on time or mileage? I've heard the 3 month 3000 miles for years and I drive this car about 14 K a year. Do you think half of the interval is sufficient? I had the oil changed last summer when the OBC was reading 7,500 to inspection II. Now I am about 2,400.

    Thanks,

    Mark
  • the quote $850 is cheap. I had the insp II last year on my 2001 325i for 1111.41 plus they told me to replace thermostat, water pump... and I walked out with the bill of $3040.76.
    I think my car is a lemon. I just had it fixed the passsenger front door due to rain water leaking in and the rear passenger window has broken regulator ( to roll the window up and down) and today I found there is a pool of water near the driver door too after a long day and nite rain from the storm. Anybody has similar problem? I like the car but I am getting tired of leaving it at shop too often.
    M.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,892
    the quote $850 is cheap. I had the insp II last year on my 2001 325i for 1111.41 plus they told me to replace thermostat, water pump... and I walked out with the bill of $3040.76.

    Sorry, but you got hosed, plain and simple. I hope the service manager kissed you and sent flowers the next morning. My local dealer doesn't charge that much more for an Insp. II on an E46 M3- which includes changing all drivetrain fluids as well as a time-consuming valve adjustment. As a matter of fact, a few years ago I put off changing a noisy idler pulley on my wife's 128K 1997 528i, and in late fall of 2004 my procrastination was rewarded by the pulley bearing disintegrating and taking out both belts and the fan shroud. I decided to let my independent BMW tech handle the repairs. While he had the car we decided to replace the radiator, the water pump, and the remaining idler pulley as a precaution. My tech also found and replaced a bad tie rod and had the car aligned. The total cost of repair? $1161.
    And one more data point: I had my dealer change the thermostat in my E36 3er just last month- $160

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,892
    I have been rreading these forums for awhile and I would like to introduce myself. I have an alpine white 2003 BMW 325xiT that I purchased two years ago at 24,000 miles.

    Welcome! That's a great car; I almost picked up a five speed Touring on ebay, but I snoozed and lost... :(

    On oil changes, how do you base your intervals on time or mileage? I've heard the 3 month 3000 miles for years and I drive this car about 14 K a year. Do you think half of the interval is sufficient? I had the oil changed last summer when the OBC was reading 7,500 to inspection II. Now I am about 2,400.

    I'm a bit more conservative than some of the other members on this board, so I also perform a 7500 mile oil change. Just be sure to use a BMW filter as well as a BMW Longlife 01 rated oil. Some commonly available oils that meet that spec are:

    BMW Synthetic 5W-30
    Castrol Syntec 0W-30
    Mobil 1 0W-40

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • Roadburner,
    You are right. My local dealer ripped me off. I guessed because I am a gal and know nothing about car so they easily scared me. Anyway, if you follow this forum you may remember a while back I asked for a referral to an independent shop in SF BayArea not only because of the high cost of maintenance at my local dealer, but I also feel they no longer treat me well. :(
  • Here is an action shot of my E46 Touring at a local autocross event. I get some good natured ribbing about having a wagon and some of the local club members call it a grocery getter. I remind them since it is a BMW, it is the Ultimate Grocery Getter.

    image

    I was autocrossing it using the stock 16" Michelins. Next season, I plan on using Bridgestone RE070 mounted on 17" E36 Style 24 rims. It should be interesting to see if the change in tires will improve my track times. This is a very fun car to drive and I am looking forward to the next season. I am participating in a BMW Winter Driving School in a couple of weeks. That should tide me over for awhile.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,206
    Don't feel bad.. and don't blame it on being female..

    Actually, your experience is more the rule, than the exception.. There is a reason that BMWs got their reputation for being expensive to maintain.. It's a dealer network that charges astronomical prices for dubious repairs..

    You shouldn't have to have an intimate knowledge of the mechanical workings of your car, to avoid being ripped off by the service department.. But, in many cases, that's exactly what you need..

    Good job seeking out an independent..

    regards,
    kyfdx
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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    Even good indy shops aren't that easy to find for BMW. They can be just as treacherous.

    After years of searching, I've only found two really great BMW shops in the Bay Area, one in San Rafael and one in Santa Cruz. I'm sure there are more. Some have good "reputations" but they are very ego-driven and snooty, another trait I don't care for in an BMW indy shop.

    One of my favorite indy BMW shops is run by a lunatic. If you catch him on a good day, he is BRILLIANT with these cars, but if he's on a bender, don't go near the place. LOL!

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  • hgeyerhgeyer Posts: 188
    Hello everyone,

    Does anyone know offhand the size of the caliper brake line bleed valve? I have an E46 2002 330i. I'd like to drive to the hardware store without having to remove/replace the wheel to check. If I recall from the last time I did it, its either a 7mm or 9mm fit (I ended up using a box wrench that time). What I do remember is that it isn't one of the sizes that comes in the trunk mounted tool kit.

    Thanks.
  • skj109skj109 Posts: 8
    I have a 2006 330i with sports package. Does anyone know where I can get the maintenance schedule online for this car? Thanks for the help.
  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    I have the same car (2006 330i), but without sports package. I do not believe that there is a written maintenance schedule for this car. It is computerized and somewhat customized for each car taking into account the driving that is done on the car. When something needs to be done, the on-board computer lets you know, counting down the miles to the next service.
  • I purchased a 2004 325i, 12,500mi. in July 07. The car belonged to an elderly man that passed away. He only drove around town, store, doctors, etc. I have had the SES light come on 7 times in 5 months. Due to my varying work location, I've had 2 different dealers address this problem. 1st time, dealer said it was a coil misfire - replaced the coil, then it was the coolant light, replaced the water pump, then SES light again, 2nd Dealer said it was bcuz my 'fuel light' came on [WHAT!!!????], so I drove away - 2 weeks later I'm back there and they say it's the same coil misfire in cylinder 1 again - they replaced it. I pick-up my car and when I start it, the radiator light comes on - but then immediately went off - so I didn't think too much of it. Of course it's come on again over the weekend, went off, but now the SES light is on again. I took the car to an independant, Dinan in Mtn. View, CA - they stated a misfire in cylinder 1 has been logged 7 times in that car. Did I buy a lemon? I sure do LUV IT - LUV IT. The warranty expires in Mar.08, and, I can't keep taking this thing in every other month. HELP!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    Well a misfire error code could be caused by at least....oh.....7 or 8 different things, of which a coil is only one....I mean it's a GOOD GUESS but it could be something like:

    Ignition system
    * Fuel injectors
    * Fuel pressure
    * Running out of fuel
    * EVAP canister purge valve
    * Evaporative emission system
    * Low compression
    * Base engine problems
    * Controle Module damaged

    Was this error code P0301?

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,892
    Does anyone know where I can get the maintenance schedule online for this car?

    Here's a brief overview. On your E90 some services are determined by time, some by mileage, and some by the on-board Service Interval(SI) system(which calculates service based on driving conditions).
    The time based services are: Brake Fluid(every 2 years) and Coolant(every 3 years)
    The mileage based services are: Spark Plugs, ATF, and Oxygen Sensors(every 100K miles for all three).
    The SI system has 3 levels of service: Oil Service, Inspection I, and Inspection II. An Oil Service is called for at @15K intervals(or every year, whichever comes first). It is just an oil change.
    The Inspection I rolls up at @30K; it is an oil change, a cabin air filter change, and a comprehensive inspection of the car.
    Inspection II occurs around 60K and is essentiall an Inspection I + an engine air filter change.

    If you are planning on flipping the car in a couple of years I'd just follow the BMW schedule. However if you're going to hang on to it for a while I'd advise changing the transmission fluid(slushbox OR manual) every 60K at least. Ditto for the final drive oil. If you take your 330i to the track I'd reduce those mileage intervals by 50%. I change the engine oil at 7.5K intervals due to the fact that my 3er sees the track every so often and my wife's X3 chews up its oil in less than 9K miles(based on used oil analysis). Some people go 15K without any problem but I'm not one of them.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,313
    Thanks, 'burner. I bookmarked this for future reference -- it's an excellent concise summary of what really matters.
  • THANKS so much for the info. I have a service appt. on Wednesday [tomorrow] and I'll be sure to find out what the "code" is. I will also look back on prior service papers and see if the dealer, or the independant I went to, noted that. This brings to mind that I need to start tracking codes. I am also going to make a note of what you've listed here and present it to the dealer to "check" all of the above. THANKS again and I'll let you know.
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