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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • owner6owner6 Posts: 89
    The insurance companies will replace a 2006 auto bumper. Thats why this Girl has insurance. Get it replaced at the BMW body shop. Its a new car and deserves a new bumper, not some second rate fix. The girls insurance co is obligated to give you a rental car.. keep us posted.

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,688
    no...salvage title means no warranty, period. If Scion is doing it, she just lucked out or the repair was emissions related. I guess you can give it a try....Also your insurance company may not pay for repairs if it is unaware that the car is under salvage title, and if it finds this out.

    here's what CARFAX says:

    "Vehicles with titles that have been branded as salvaged, scrapped, or dismantled are not covered under the manufacturer's warranty, with the exception of applicable emissions warranties. For further information regarding the branding of vehicle titles, please contact your state's department of motor vehicles."
  • jamesspotjamesspot Posts: 57
    I feel your pain. A minivan backed into my '04 after I owned it for 5 days. Any decent body repair shop will remove the bumper, sand it out, mix their own paint to match, repaint and then paint the clear coat. After putting it back on, you will not know the difference, The only drawback is if it happens again, you will need a new bumper, as they can only be sanded so much.
    Repairing the BMW bumper is around $300-350. A new one for a Mazda Protege (my daughter was rear-ended twice, one minor repair, one bumper replacement) is $500. I'm guessing a new BMW bumper will be slightly more.
  • koimankoiman Posts: 12
    "a legal issue if something was to happen to the caris it a fault of bmw or the reason why it was salvaged " My car will undergo an inspection by the state I think this would absolve any legal issues. I also see many cars with no damage at all that sell as salvage simply because they are stolen and insurance has paid off before recovery. I currently own a mini and have had a positive experience with them so I'll call my dealer when the car is road ready and hope for the best.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Why do you think you were able to buy that E46 for such a low price?
    Could it possibly be because it has a (drum roll) SALVAGE TITLE?
    Which means a savvy buyer would realize that the sled:
    Likely has NO warranty coverage,
    Will probably have a trade-in value somewhere south of a 1998 Kia with 250,000 miles,
    Possibly be uninsurable.
    You see, as Robert Heinlein always said, TANSTAAFL(There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch); the money you "saved" by buying the heap will be spent paying for work that would normally be covered by the OEM warranty-not to mention the hit you will take when you try to sell it. If it wasn't an xi, I'd think that maybe you could find a CCA Club Racer who might want it. But it is and you won't. Just out of curiosity, how many pieces was the car in when you bought it?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,688
    insurance companies don't like to pay for the same car twice, so you'd best check if they will cover you in an accident...I kinda doubt it but sometimes they will if they know all the circumstances of the total.
  • glakerglaker Posts: 49
    Okay, for two seasons I have been switching back and forth between a set of summer wheels/tires and a winter set. In the fall I had trouble getting one of the wheels off the hub and needed help from a local repair shop. Now I have another wheel I can't get off after the winter. First thing I'm gonna do is get a floor jack so I can really bang on the wheel to get it off. But I'm wondering if there is a compound I can put on the hub to keep the wheels from "freezing" to the hub. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks...
  • koimankoiman Posts: 12
    Why the attitude? I bought this car for myself not to sell and make a buck. I've had a offer of 21000 for it by a customer of the body shop but selling was never my intention. I've owned 4 salvage title car in my life all restored by the same bodyshop and I've had no troubles with any of them. When looking for this type of car I've notice that why the insurance co. salvage one car and not another is almost impossible to understand. The car I bought is low mileage and very lightly damaged I've known other people who owned your basic domestic car that were heavily damaged and even required clips that the insurance co. gave clear title. I realize the salvage title hurts the trade in value but if you research it you will see its in the 20 to 30% range and having photos of your car before the restore are helpful. Keep an open mind you may learn something.
  • chile96chile96 Posts: 330
    sorry for the delay to your question but i have been extremely happy with the michelin pilot sports. incredible tire!

    my wife did not a curb pretty hard and a bubble did show up but we went over to discount and the tire was replaced free of charge since we bought the "no questions asked" tire replacement policy for ~$25 a tire. best insurance ever! no, it's not prorated, a completely new tire

    when i get some time, i'm going to take my other new sports cars over there and get the insurance on my existing tires - they'll do this after inspecting them to make sure that they are relatively new and free of issues
  • webby1webby1 Posts: 209
    I have a 2004 330i and after over 40 yrs of driving many different cars this is the most enjoyable and reliable car so far. My son has 2005 320i and he also loves it.
    My dealer is great...I am in Canada.
    I would be very surprised if you test drive one and do not like it ?!
  • Hi Guys,

    I am an owner of 2006 BMW 325i with Navigation option. I bought it in late November and loving it. However last evening, out of nowhere my Navigation system started acting weirdly. It shows me wrong current location of my car. Also when I feed in new destination it starts with voice command " your route is in the display direction" but then never guides me further. Also on the map my car is shown at some other location (I don't live there nor have been there) and the current location never changes. I am taking my car to a dealership this weekend to get this checked.

    Any input on this will be appreciated.

  • hgeyerhgeyer Posts: 188
    I have the same problem. I saw a product called Wheelmates by Kleen Wheels at Bavarian Auto for $19.95. These are thin non-metallic discs that install between the wheel and rotor to prevent sticking. I'm thinking of buying these, does anyone have any experience with the product?

    The part number is 4505 at
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,688
    It's a two-way street with salvage cars, to wit:

    "whatever got you into a car cheap when you buy it, will in turn penalize you when you sell it".

    If you understand that, then there's no problem with owning a salvage car....presuming somebody put it back together again correctly of course.

    You will find a trend developing these days in the insurance industry to salvage more and more cars rather than fix them.
  • sheepdgsheepdg Posts: 12
    Use a liberal dose of anti-sieze on the hubs and save youself a workout with a dead blow hammer next time.

    Be careful on the Kleen Wheels. In some cases they can restrict airflow to the rotors/calipers & pads which is not a good thing when your brakes start heating up. Also, most dealers won't provide warranty/maintenace on your brake system if you tool into the dealership wanting maintenance or warranty repair work with these installed!
  • jim1395jim1395 Posts: 34
    i use a rubber mallet and a few good hits around the tire. works every time for me.
  • For the past couple of months my exhaust has been making a roaring noise that is almost unbearable in the backseat. Can someone tell me what the problem is? and what is the easiest way to fix it? thanks
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,688
    that's something you need to look at right away, since you don't want exhaust gases leaking into the car. Any competent muffler shop should be able to locate the leak, but don't replace with a cheap muffler. Maybe just a connection came loose.
  • jasondjasond Posts: 28
    I have a kinda basic question. My 330xi has picked up some asphalt behind the front and rear tires from road repairs in my area. I neglected it for a time and it now has hardened and I cannot remove it by simply washing the area. Is there any way I can remove this material without causing damage to the paint work? Incidentally I have the metallic silver color. Thanks, Jason
  • wjc12345wjc12345 Posts: 10
    Greetings All,

    Owner of a 2004 325i. Brought in my car for yearly "check-up" and finally got 1 problem "solved". Since the very begining, my radio display (LCD) was fragmented/extremely hard to read in cold weather. You'd have to wait 20 minutes before the car was warmed up, and then were finally able to read the radio station display. The dealership finally replaced the radio unit. When I picked up the car, I checked to see if the display was easily readable - and it was. However, once I got home, and was re-programming station pre-sets, I realized that the "ST" (denoting stereo was not appearing on any FM band stations, and the AM band now diplayed numbers in MHZ's & LHZ's - I am now totally unable to receive AM band stations. It almost seems like the radio has not been "Americanized" for U.S. radio reception. I live in Long Island & purchased car in Manhattan, so I couldn't just turn around & go back. They are closed today (Good Friday), and I can try my luck with a dealer near me - but I was wondering if there is a "quick Fix" to this problem. I read the "radio manual" cover to cover and found no help there.

    Thanks in advance to anyone with any ideas.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,688
    There are special tar removers you can buy at auto parts stores. I have heard that WD-40 softens it up, too but I would test that on a very inconspicuous part of the paint first, like the front air dam, way down underneath.
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