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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    The listed mpg for 05 3-Series (both 325i and 330i are the same) is 19 city / 27 highway.

    All new BMWs come with 4yr/50k warranty and 4yr/50k free maintenance (all oil changes, scheduled interval maintenance, brakes & rotors, wiper blades, etc are all free). Any used BMW will get whatever is remaining on those.... If the vehicle is BMW Certified by the dealer, then it gets an extension of 2 years and 50k miles, which brings it to 6yr/100k..... (When the the 4 years is up, the 2 years kicks in OR when the first 50k is up, another 50k kicks in.)

    If it is Certified and still in the Free Maintenance period, then you also have the opportunity to purchase the full maintenance upgrade to that same 6yr/100k for about $1000-$1100, which is a pretty good deal considering the most expensive maintenance will happen between 50k and 100k.

    Not only will you get better gas mileage and great warranty & maintenance, but you'll really enjoy driving a 3-series.... Have you gotten a chance to drive one yet?
  • sheepdgsheepdg Posts: 12
    I also have a 2002 330i. Oil changes @ 7,500 miles with no oil burned between oil changes. Haven't heard of this (oil consumption) being a prevalent issue. May indicate a serious issue. 1qt of oil every 750 miles for a 330i being within "BMW Guidelines" is pure BS. Houston, we have a problem. Was the car CPO'd (hopefully)?

    Performance Package on a 2002 330i? The Performance Package (i.e., w/235HP) was not offered until the 2003 model 330i IIRC. Do you mean Sports Package?
  • sheepdgsheepdg Posts: 12
    Lamps 2 and 3 are halogen bulbs and only serve as the high beam "flasher" function.

    Lamps 1 and 4 are Bi-Xenon (from 2001 or 2002 on) and serve as your regular driving lights, whether low or high beam. Bi-Xenon lights have extremely long life under normal circumstances. One of the circumcumstances that will cause problems for Bi-Xenon's is a rapid cycling of the lights (low beam-high beam-low beam) hence the high beam halogens are there to serve this specific function.
  • sheepdgsheepdg Posts: 12
    Just a thought, I'm not sure if the alarm system is standard in 2004. The lights flashing (to signify the car is locked) and clown nose blinking can be done regardless of whether or not you have the factory alarm system installed (call it a "pseudo-alarm"). The "Horn" is a part of the alarm system, not the car horn. If the alarm option is not installed, no Horn.

    As an aside, why in hell anyone would want those annoying and terribly effective horns sounding is beyond me personally.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 336
    I have a 2004 325i and an 8-mile roundtrip commute, and get 24 mpg when just driving around town like that. I will get a bit over 31 mpg on a long highway trip. Mine is a manual, so expect the automatic to get a mile or two less.
  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    I don't think it's the Bug. I think it's the type of driving that you do - mostly city driving with a 6-mile roundtrip commute. In my opinion, that's the reason for your terrible gas mileage - 16mpg. Before the car even warms up, you've reached your destination and you're turning it off. Bad for the car. Bad for your gas mileage.

    I encourage you to try a BMW 3-Series, but don't get one for the gas mileage. Given your own personal driving circumstances, I'd be surprised if you got much better than the 16mpg you are getting now in your Bug.
  • odessitodessit Posts: 140
    2006 325i non-SP, AT, no active steering.
    Steering wheel is turned to the left a few degrees when I drive my car straight. If I position steering wheel straight – the car bears a bit to the right.
    Mechanics at the dealership obviously said that they “did not notice it”.
    Anyone had similar problem? Is it even a problem? My tire pressure is 29 front 35 rear.
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    Your alignment may be off.... If the service department can't identify it, then offer to ride with a technician and show them what you are talking about.
  • odessitodessit Posts: 140
    I suspected the alignment, but the car is only four months old. And I do try to drive carefully with respect to tires. Can the alignment go bad so quickly?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,666
    Your alignment may be fine... It is possible it is just the steering wheel that is out of alignment.. An easy fix for the service tech..

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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    "I suspected the alignment, but the car is only four months old. And I do try to drive carefully with respect to tires. Can the alignment go bad so quickly?"

    I had the same problem, and it was the alignment. Roads in CA are horrible. :(
  • odessitodessit Posts: 140
    Is it fixed now on your car? How much did they charge for alignment? It is not covered by the warranty, right?
  • Re: my 1998 328ica

    When I back up sometimes, I hear a mild grinding and a pulling, as if the gearshift is between gears when it's not. But the gear shift is positioned correctly.

    any advice
  • odessitodessit Posts: 140
    2006 325i non-SP, AT, no active steering.
    I was wondering if any of you had similar experience.
    When I turn the steering wheel I feel a cracking noise for a second, like it stumbled on something. I said “feel” noise because with the car running the passenger next to me would not be able to actually hear it unless he physically puts his arm on the wheel and try to rotate it. So I mostly feel it through my arms rather then hear it. It does not happen always. It is really a strange feeling that is hard to describe, like it touches something metal there and then goes past it. It does not stop the wheel from turning and does not make it any difficult to turn the wheel. But at the same time I hear it I feel it when I turn the wheel.
    Anyone experienced the same thing?

  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 336
    I just took my '04 325i in for scheduled service and the rep told me that they would be applying a recall for the ignition coils. He said it's a recent recall and that's why I haven't received a letter yet. What he didn't seem to know was if this is a generic recall for all E46's, only a particular year, or if it was just due to a bad batch of coils that affects just a few cars. But you might want to watch your mailboxes or ask your service rep if you're in for something else.
  • veekay1veekay1 Posts: 180
    Hi Folks:

    I have a new problem with my 2001 325xi: when it rains, water leaks into the car from somewhere onto the front footwells!! Soaking wet!

    I have searched this forum, found a couple of similar issues reported but did not find any solutions....could anyone help please?

    Also have a new problem with a flickering Xenon lamp, this too when its raining.

    Any ideas would be appreciated so I can go to the dealer armed with some info.

    The car is otherwise in fine condition.

  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    "Is it fixed now on your car? How much did they charge for alignment? It is not covered by the warranty, right?"

    It was 5 years ago during the steering retrofit for '01 models. After the retrofit, I noticed my steering wheel was off center, so I took it back and they fixed it. I didn't have to pay for it, since it was related to work they did. You'll probably have to pay for yours.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 336
    False alarm, apparently. When I went to pick my car up, the service rep told me that they didn't need to apply the "recall" since my car already had the correct Bosch coils. Since this was my first service other than a previous oil change, I have to believe that the car was built with the correct parts in the first place.
  • jajjaj Posts: 55
    I had the same issue on my '04 325xi when it was new. The dealer was cooperative, test driving with me and attempting to correct by resetting the wheel a "notch" in the other direction. This overcompensated so they switched it back to the original position and ultimately did an alignment. No charge for any of this. It is better than it was at first but still not perfect; I'm living with it. Apparently it doesn't happen often. You shouldn't have to pay for any efforts to correct. Good luck.
  • Does anyone have any suggestions for winter tires for the 330 xi. And if anyone has used them on the 330xi, does it make a huge difference?

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