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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • screenscreen Posts: 1
    I'm in a similar situation I have a 2002 bmw with low mileage (69k km) and am considering a 328ix. I have a question for you. I have had to change my battery 4 times (even changed the alternator). The dealership says its because I don't drive it enough to fully charge the battery. Have you had a similar experience ?
  • qaliqali Toronto CanadaPosts: 60
    Hi,

    I just assumed a lease on a 2007 335i Sedan with Comfort Access. The steering wheel has a button for handsfree, but I cannot find any documentation in the manual to setup/pair phones or how to use this feature. This may be a stupid question, but does the 335i come standard with this feature or is this an add-on?. I suspect it is an add-on, but can someone provide some guidance on whether this can be purchased or whether it is a factory option and what type of $$ I can expect to pay for this. I live in Toronto Canada.
    Many thanks in advance
  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    Does it have iDrive? On the '08 models, you can connect a phone through the iDrive which is pretty intuitive. You can just go to the phone section to connect to a phone, and then the handsfree button on your steering wheel works automatically to connect to your phone when you press it.
  • qaliqali Toronto CanadaPosts: 60
    Nope, no iDrive.
  • jonsdadjonsdad Posts: 4
    You need BMW Assist to have bluetooth capability. If your car has this capability you will have a SOS button on controls near the sunroof controls.
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 417
    Hi screen, well mine is a VW Jetta but I've only had to replace the battery once or twice at most. 4 times sounds really excessive. My commute is 7 miles each way so call it 30 minutes driving a day round trip since it's back roads and lots of lights heh.

    Do you drive it daily? Maybe if it goes longer stretches it's harder on battery life I'm not sure. Good luck with the 328ix! It's a gorgeous car I'm very strongly leaning towards getting it.
  • hello everyone,
    I have recently aquired a BMW 330D SE tourer and I am having starter problem. I take the car for quick drive, say 5 mins and leave car for about 1 hour. the car then wont start, engine turns over OK and there are No warning lights, sounds like it wants to start initially but then wont start, Just wont fire up. Starts first time about 12 hours later. Very intermittant problem. Computer diagnostics show all clear, (BMW dealer). My guess is fuel problem, fuel pump seems OK, Is there a sensor that could stop start up? I've seen that cam sensor could cause problem. Been with BMW garage 4 days but It wont repeat the problem, so I know that if I pick car up it will let me down. ANYONE had similar or suggest remedy? regards Paddy
  • jmarounjmaroun Posts: 139
    I sure will miss the 335! I put almost 21,000 miles on it in just 10 months and enjoyed every single one. Even with her long cranks, due to High Pressure Fuel Pump failures, the E90 335i sedan with sports package and 6speed manual is truly a dream and worth every penny. I would've bought another one if the economy were more stable. Props go out to BMW for doing the right thing and repurchasing this car with really very little hassle. I got a full refund minus milage up to first service for fuel pump failure. WOW! I'm very impressed, but sad that I lost my babe. :(

    I've decided to ride out this economic uncertainty in a 2010 Mustang GT (V8) with 5 speed manual. I got it with a 3.73 rear axle package option that comes with upgraded brakes. Besides that, it's bone stock. Power and Torque on this Stang comes from a blasty V8 power plant and the manual's engagement feels good and solid. Exhaust note is impressive and a joy to listen to. Handling however is reminiscent of my dad's Econoline. Compared to a 3, it's van'esque. I'm thinking of getting Ford's FR3 handling package which I hope will bring her a little closer to BMW handling. I know..a Mustang can never handle as well especially due to its live rear axle. For the next two years however, she'll have to do. I look forward to the next generation 3s.

    I'll tell you one thing, in the past week, I've gotten more looks for this Stang than 10 months with a 335 and 3 years with an 06 330 combined. No one so much as raised an eyebrow for my 335. The Stang is plenny fun too. If I can significantly improve its handling, she might be a keepper! :shades:

    Joseph
    San Diego
  • I haven't been able to find an answer in archives to this question.

    I know BMW doesn't recommend towing a BMW on all 4 wheels. However, that doesn't mean it can't be done, its just not recommended.

    I have a 1998 323ci with manual transmission. Is there anything that should be done to it in order to tow it behind a motorhome? I've heard where some vehicles need some sort of transmission pump to keep fluid flowing while being towed. Who is best to do this kind of work, a dealer or transmission place?

    Anyone know of someone who hauls a BMW 3-Series with a manual tranny behind a motorhome and all is okay? Thanks.

    Chris Olympia, WA
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,605
    I think for any long distance you'd have to disconnect the drive shaft. Probably 40-50 miles would be okay flat-towed. I rather doubt anyone makes a transmission pump for a manual transmission BMW, so you'd have to rig something up to avoid rear bearing damage from the spinning output shaft.

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  • qaliqali Toronto CanadaPosts: 60
    Thanks everyone who responded. Alas, after several emails with a BMW rep, I discovered that the 335i is just "pre-wired" for bluetooth. If I want to add the functionality they have to install a control unit and modify the area around the sunroof control. Bottom line, it will be CDN$1300 for parts and CDN$500 labor. A bit disappointed considering this really should be standard on a car at this price-point.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,244
    Your best bet will be to get a 2-wheel dolly and tow the BMW backwards, assuming it's not AWD.
  • jonsdadjonsdad Posts: 4
    Hoping someone can advise.

    Recently drove my 328xi (2008) to Orlando. After driving about 800 miles (in a day) when I started the vehicle it had rough idle for about 2 minutes but then was fine. While in Orlando no rough idling.

    Return trip no rough idling, but when I started the car this morning once again rough idle for about 2 minutes.

    Any ideas.

    Help would be appreciated.

    Thanks
  • ursamajorursamajor Posts: 124
    I don't remember the page number, but the NJ National representative told me that the manufacturer states in the manual, that the battery requires sustained driving and that very low mileage consisting of mostly short trips may be insufficient to keep the battery charged. My 2008 335xi stalled at about 7500 miles, and had a very rough idle, until I took it in, and had the battery recharged, was told that should suffice for another 6000miles+, unless I took some long trips. The engine timing was also affected by the low charge, but reset during the process. The vehicle has substantial electrical components requiring sufficient power to "boot up." If one confines their driving to commuting, as I do, less than 15 miles/day, and not taking a (guesstimated) quarterly trips of several hundred miles, the problem will reoccur. I find this to be another example of idiots engineering the vehicle. The other example is the continued failure of fuel pumps with a twin-turbo engine. One writer here (jmaroun, Aug. 25th) had his car repurchased, I just read, but I don't know the frequency of fuel pump failure. I had to replace my first one at 6500 miles, and I'm now at 11,500. If it seems like sour grapes, I think that auto manufacturers should be designing vehicles to accomodate all types of drivers and have zero tolerance for major component failure or failure to drive in a certain fashion. Oh, one other thing--why does BMW refuse to provide, as standard equipment, a 6-CD changer, when all Japanese cars, even economy , and most other German autos now consider this standard equipment. I miss loading 8-9 hours of sound, and it's not safe to try and change a single disc while in motion, driving alone, that's certain.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,605
    I find the representative's explanation for the battery failure, as presented here, to be rather unbelievable. My friend's wife, who became very ill, hardly drives her 328ix at all---it sits for weeks, and its battery never goes dead.

    Furthermore, your car doesn't run all day off the battery---your alternator should be putting out more than enough juice to keep the car running happily.

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  • I'm looking for a 3rd car for some cheap fun (other two are an 08 civic everyday car and 01 subaru forester which belongs to my girlfriend) and I came across a 94 325iS with 215k miles for roughly $2500. For some reason this peaked my interest. I've always loved the E36 3-series and would love to have a fun car to play with, maybe get into some local autox.

    Any 15 year old car with 200k miles is going to have issues, but am I just asking for trouble here?

    Any opinions would be appreciated. I've always thought the E36 had a good reputation for engine/transmission reliability.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,605
    Well sure you're asking for trouble. The car has exceeded its statistical lifespan already. (in actuarial terms I mean).

    Reputation? Not all that good if you include the cooling system as part of "engine".

    Price is okay, but plan on spending money on it, at least to re-hab the cooling system straight way, and be sure to check the control arm bushings, the driveshaft coupler, and all the electronic gizmos.

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  • I have a 2002 BMW 325 convertible. The oil was changed about 2 months ago. All the sudden the oil light comes on yellow when I start the car, stays on for about 15-20 seconds then goes off. Anybody have any idea what the problem might be? The oil level is fine.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,605
    Could be just a squirrely sensor. When this oil change was done, do you have any idea the brand of filter that was put in? Cheesy filters can cause problems in German cars--I've seen it too often to doubt it, weird as it sounds.

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  • I got the parts from the BMW dealer...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,605
    Any engine noise, tapping, etc.?

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  • hi can any 1 help?????????
    i have a bmw 330 d and last night while driving the dsc light came on with the telltale light ie handbrake light but appears in orange like the dsc and red when the handbrake is on.the car is no different to drive and is idleing fine
    can any1 please help
    totally lost, 1st bmw and poss the last!!
    cheers
    pedro
  • hi can any 1 help?????????
    i have a bmw 330 d and last night while driving the dsc light came on with the telltale light ie handbrake light but appears in orange like the dsc and red when the handbrake is on.the car is no different to drive and is idleing fine
    can any1 please help
    totally lost, 1st bmw and poss the last!!
    cheers
    pedro
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,605
    I think BMWs scanning computer can read actual oil pressure in lbs.

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  • IF the light comes on after the car has just been turned on - after about 10 sec. of running. The problem is your oil level sending unit is defective. Its a good idea to replace it when u get the next oil service done. The level unit is at the bottom of the oil pan and costs about $180 for the part.Easy to do it when changing oil. If you wish it can be done at home. Take the usual precautions.

    If you are in NorCal - bay area - let me know.

    :shades:
  • That's exactly what happens! can I wait until the next oil change? or should it be done now?

    thank a bunch!!

    I'm on the other side of the country, in Baltimore, MD
  • Its not a serious problem. As long as you don't ignore it when the light lights up any other time except that specific time. i.e. - while driving for more than few minutes and it shows in yellow or red - then pull over as soon as it is safe and manually check the level.
    :shades:
  • bavauto.com has the sensor w/ o-ring for $110. Replacing the part is basically just removing 3 bolts, unplugging the old one, plug in the new one, and put the bolts back in. Unlike the sedans, my coupe has a steel reinforcement plate that must be removed to get to the oil pan. I would imagine your convertible has a similar plate. If I remember correctly, it's just six bolts that need to be removed to get the plate out of the way... no big deal.
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