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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • bslatebslate Posts: 14
    Hi all,

    I have a 1994 318ic that needs a new (used) engine :sick: . I am searching around for someone local to do this and one of the options that has been presented is to put an older (1988) straight 6 engine in to replace my 4cyl. I am fine with this but I am wondering if there are any negative points or concerns that I should be aware of. Will this cause issues with the existing tranny/electronics etc? I love the idea of replacing the engine with something a little more powerful - and it would be more cost effective too, especially since this is a second car. Thanks-
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    I am fine with this but I am wondering if there are any negative points or concerns that I should be aware of. Will this cause issues with the existing tranny/electronics etc?

    The 4 to 6 is a pretty common swap, and it's not that difficult either. However, I would NOT use a 1988 vintage engine, as that will prove to be a much more complicated project. You want an engine from a 1992 or later 325i or 525i. In addition, you really need to find a good BMW shop to do the work as they will be aware of what needs to be done so that you don't have any problems later on.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • So I don't have the code # yet. However, the dealership did say the problem was the same again, misfire on cylinder 1. They chose to keep my car overnight as the service guy stated he 'happened' to think of something. He said his thought is that I might be losing coolant and the coolant could be leaking such that it's causing the mis-fire. I don't understand the specifics. I'm also concerned that the service adviser sounded as though he was the one to instruct the service techs to evaluate the coolant/cylinder issue. One would think the 'service tech' could have determined that sooner than 4pm, when the car was there at 6:55am. MY THOUGHT is that when they replaced the coil 1 week ago [when they diagnosed the misfire in cylinder 1] they didn't tighten something or install something correctly BECAUSE when I picked the car up and started the car, the coolant indicator came on, and then went off within 30 seconds, or so. During the weekend, same thing happened.
  • So now the latest is they called to get my permission for 1 of the techs to drive my car home. They will take some sort of portable tester with them such that if the SES light comes on there are immediate tests that can be performed. They have verified fuel injectors, pressure, put a scope in the cylinder holes, validated compression - they cannot determine the problem. There is something called a 'robo' repair ticket filed with BMW and a response can take up to 72 hours - that's where they're at with it. So there's the potential my car sits at the dealers this weekend. :mad:
  • Hey guys. Just picked up a 2006 330xi for my cross country drive. I know BMW says I should use premium, but I am about to drive 4000 miles and wanted to know if I really have to use premium or if regular is sufficient.

    Keith
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    If you use Regular it'll cost you more than if you use Premium. Why? Simple, to keep your engine from blowing up, the engine control system will retard the valve and ignition timing so far that your fuel economy will drop, and drop by more than enough to make Regular gasoline cost more per mile than Premium.

    Like it or not, you have a car with a high compression engine, and to get both the best power and best economy out of it, you need to feed it properly.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • chile96chile96 Posts: 330
    I wanted to give some praise to a BMW dealership - Permian Basin BMW way out in West TX. Wife's '03 325ia suddenly lost power steering after the month before replacing the belts - don't know if that has anything to do with it. Car's warranty ended March '07 so it had been out of warranty for more than 9mos and has 41K on the clock. We have followed all the scheduled maintenance at BMW dealers and even the last belt repair was paid in full by us ~$700.

    Anyways, after learning the cost and possibility of the rack being affected totalling $3000, I called BMWNA and spoke to Darci who was very receptive. I just told her the facts and informed her that we were actually looking to purchase a new vehicle (550 vs 535) in the next month. After a day, they agreed to pay for half the repair of $1400 (if it was just the power steering pump). I was ready to pay my half but thought it wouldn't hurt to ask so I politely asked her if there was anything BMW could chip in since I was told this partial payment was being comped by the dealer themselves. She said to give her a couple of days and see what she could do. We were on vacation in Hawaii so I had all time in the world but just wanted to see what she could come up with. Two days later, right before we're about to leave Hawaii, she informed me that BMWNA decided to do a 100% goodwill repair after speaking to the local rep. I took it as someone basically just gave me $700 so I was happy.

    I asked her what made the difference and she said she and the local rep could see we had been faithful customers of BMW dealers(albeit different dealers as we had JUST moved to West TX three days prior and had no business with this dealership before). She suggested to the rep that we would continue to be faithful customers to this dealer although I think she was being very modest.

    This has definitely kept me in the BMW family ;)
  • bemerbemer Posts: 20
    Put access key into a slot and press "start" button without touching clutch or brake pedal (in case of AT). If you depress the clutch or press brakes (AT), the car will start. We don't want that, so just press "start" button and stay away from clutch or brake.
  • Ok guys...

    I want to "hard-wire" my iPod in my E46. Any suggestions? Comments?

    I've heard that the sound quality is better than using the devices that you plug in the cigarette lighter/fm radio station.

    ~slim~
  • Hoodoomusic,

    ICARKITS.COM
    or
    NEOCARAUDIO.COM

    I ordered from Icarkits.com....got a little black box with a few wires--on my 2002 330ci with Harmon Kardon system, it hooks up to the unused wires for the cd changer in car's trunk....i then ran wires under back seat and along interior trim and placed it under my driver's seat...the connector to ipod is right next to my emergency brake,,,i like this for easier access to ipod than in glove compartment.....
    IT IS INCREDIBLE!!!! Can control Ipod from steering wheel to a certain extent--SOUND IS AWESOME!!!!

    I do notice a VERY slight clicking like sound betwn songs--but i dont hear it when songs are playing....cost $ 190 WITH shipping...received it in 3 days!!!!

    Let me know how you make out??

    Good luck!
  • Hi again - I am FINALLY preparing to submit a claim to Small Claims Court - looking at the forms I have a couple of questions that you might be able to help with - Did you name the dealership as the Defendant? (Did you mention individual names?) How did you answer - "Why does the Defendant owe the Plaintiff money?" I'm thinking misrepresentation - but wondered how you answered? Thanking you in advance....I appreciate your input!
  • From all the research I have done, Dice ipod intergration is the way to go. That is what I'm putting in mine whenever I get around to it. Go to bimmerforums.com for a lot more opinions on it. Here is the link for it. $160.00, or I think 190 with the HD radio.

    http://www.diceelectronics.com/Merchant/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=DETE- ST01&Category_Code=DICE_IPOD_BMW
  • Thanx for the info Brother! I'll let ya know how it turns out!!!
  • HI, I have a 2005 325i. I drive about 24 thousand miles a year but I'm gentle on the brakes. I've already had to replace the brakes twice. Once at 42 thousand and now at 68 thousand. Is that normal? How often should front or back brakes be replaced?
    Thanks
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,369
    Others may know better regarding your model year but I think that you had good service for the first set and decent for the last set of brakes. I have 30K on my 2006 330xi and the original pads look like at least 50% left to go.

    Regards,
    OW
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    I've already had to replace the brakes twice.

    Are you talking about all four corners or just one axle? Did the brake lining light illuminate?

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • :cry: Fault code = 2742 My 2004 325i repeatedly had SES light coming on. After 7 trips to the dealership, they contacted BMW "expertise" and was advised to check lifters for scoring. Found scoring on 1 thru 8. Ordered new ledges and lifters, removed double vanos unit, removed intake and exhaust camshafts, installed new ledges and lifters, performed engine timing, set vehicle to TDC and set in camshaft locks, torques all bolts to specs., reinstalled double vanos, installed new valve cover gasket.

    I pick up the car, get in, start the engine and SES light is on. Dealership pulls code and says an adjustment to the intake needs to be made and they need to keep it another day.
  • On a 2003 325 my fronts had to be done every 23k; backs at 45k.
  • You don't have to use either. 2 parts water and 1 part coke works even better.
  • gbmw3gbmw3 Posts: 1
    I am not the car saviest guy around. I have a 328ic and the trim on the front drivers side under the convertable top, (the plastic piece that runs across the top at the front on the interior) the little white snap has come out, and will not stay up, it seems like it's just an easy fix. I went to the dealer and they want me to buy an entire new plastic piece to correct the problem at $219 and thats without the labor. Is this the only way or can i fix it myself with out getting a whole new trim piece? Also, I need to replace a piece of moulding is that something simple or should I get the dealor todo it? IAnd if so where do I need togo on the net to learn how to replace the moulding? Another question how hard is it to replace the interior carpeting do-it yourself job or hire out? I know its alot of ?'s but I would thank anyone who feels like helping me out.
    Thanks
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    I would strongly advise you to join the BMW Car Club of America. Many dealers and independent shops offer 10%-20% discounts on parts and/or labor. In addition, you will have access to the expertise of both technical advisors and local chapter members.
    With regards to your questions, if the white clip is broken or missing and the pieces it snaps into are intact, you should be able to buy the individual clip. Replacing the carpet isn't so much difficult as it is fiddly. You will need to remove the front seats as well as all or part of the console. Ditto for the door sill moldings and front kick panels.
    If you are really interested in learning how to work on your 3er, you should buy the
    Bentley Service Manual for your car. In any case, don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • tsj3tsj3 Posts: 3
    greetings people
    im new on this block, im looking to purchase a 97 328ic tomorrow, its as-is and in need. lots of minor repairs. living in arizona and im a little weary of overheating since the indicator screen is prompting check coolant fluid. its full.
    at 140k its a decent fixerupper.
    any words of experience or wisdom on any front for me and my first bmw.
    shocks,springs,struts,doors,windows,timing belt, rear window, auto transmission.
    thanks so much :
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    the indicator screen is prompting check coolant fluid. its full.

    If the expansion tank is full, then the coolant level sensor is either bad or disconnected.

    shocks,springs,struts,doors,windows,timing belt, rear window, auto transmission.

    Shoot me some specific questions and I'll give it my best shot, though I can tell you right now that your car has a timing chain and not a belt. In addition, unless you know when all the vehicle fluids were last changed, I'd change them ALL- oil(Mobil 1 0W-40, Castrol Syntec 0W-30, or BMW 5W-30), ATF(Dexron III or IV), Diff(any good synthetic 75W-90), coolant(BMW Coolant+distilled water ONLY), and brake fluid(DOT 4 only).
    And as I told the gentleman above, get the Bentley Manual and join the BMW Car Club.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • tsj3tsj3 Posts: 3
    thanks chief
    i have taken note on all of your responses and i appreciate it.
    since i am not handy and savvy with my way around cars, is this a good car to rely on or am i getting in over my head, its a great deal if im willing to take it on.
    thanks again
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    this a good car to rely on or am i getting in over my head

    The answer depends on the condition of the car and your mechanical ability. BMWs don't tolerate abuse or neglect very well. Why not have the car checked out by a good BMW tech? In your case I believe that it would be money well spent.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • nimodonimodo Posts: 1
    1996 E36 Turn the key off, engine stops but there is still power to the idle control. (it hums) and drains the battery. Pulled out the engine control relay and engine still runs. Everything else works fine. The only thing I have done is replace the fuel pump. What is going on? HELP!
  • Would someone please recommend an independent BMW garage in or near Tempe, AZ? My 325i (2002) developed an odd problem: the engine turns over but won't catch. This happened minutes after the car had started and run fine. Too warm to freeze, just under 60K miles (250 short of next service) and well maintained.

    Thanks and best wishes,

    Ed
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    Would someone please recommend an independent BMW garage in or near Tempe, AZ?

    I'd go to bimrs.org and see if a member shop is nearby.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • I was driving down the road and my clutch went...worn out completely(1996 model). My friend and I replaced the clutch and it shifts smooth and fine, with a new clutch and throwout bearing, and clutch slave cylindar. I am now experiencing some good vibes(sounds like exhaust and is harmonic). This happens while driving as well as in the driveway with the e-brake on. I do not feel the vibes coming from the shifter or the clutch pedal(I thought maybe it was the flywheel, but the clutch pdel doesnt pulse as I press int he clutch pedal). Where are some good places to look, I was thinking maybe the exhaust or motor mounts, but was not sure how to pinpoint whether it is the ressonator, cat, or muffler that is creating the vibes. help please!!!
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,369
    Did you loosen any supports while you were under there? Something might be loose or the Ex. Sys. if it's touching the chassis somewhere.

    Regards,
    OW
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