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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • uncletouncleto Posts: 45
    Hi! Just want to know if anybody had received a notice last year re. issue with regards to defective rear subframe and its status. went to the site and i believe BMW agreed to the out of court settlement. if anybody has info. on this will be much appreciated. Thanks!
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,161
    Yeah... what he said... or,

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  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    I have a 2011 328I convertible with comfort access remote key. It is my preference to leave my "keys" in the car when it's in my garage so I don't forget them. I have been warned that by doing so I will discharge the battery overnight (don't know if that's the car battery or the key battery). My questions- is this a fact? Does it refer to the key battery or the car battery...and if it is the key battery will just putting in the slot to start to start the car (rather than depending on the remote featuire) charge it sufficiently to get it back up to speed.
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    :P :P :P

    Yeah, wish we had an indie shop around here, the closest one is 4 hours away. :(
  • Firebird_EOUFirebird_EOU Posts: 250
    You are still under the free warranty period. Are you driving frequent low mile trips or not driving much but more highway miles? You should have already done the coolant and brake fluid change (every 2 years per computer).
  • uncletouncleto Posts: 45
    Was able to search and points to faulty thermostat, low engine coolant, faulty coolant sensor and intake air sensor. im just worried that it might cause to over heat my engine. does anybody knows if it easy to replace thermostat on my 325ix wagon, 2001 w/ 70,000 miles, any imputs will be much appreciated. For now im gonna check the coolant make sure im with the max. Thanks, in advance!
  • xeyexeye Posts: 162
    Is this your 1st manual? You DO know there are THREE pedals, right? ;)
  • I've got a 2009 BMW M3 sedan.

    i'd like to disable the smart key while I go surfing, leave the key fob in the car, and just take the small metal key to keep in my shorts while I'm in the ocean.

    My old 2008 prius had a button under the steering wheel which would proximity sensor for unlocking the doors.

    Is this possible with the BMW key?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,161
    I'm guessing he has an automatic... :(

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,661
    You went from an '08 Prius to an '09 M3 sedan? How's that work? Congratulations!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH, 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD

  • It couldn't be more different.

    M3 makes me smile just hearing the sound of the engine.
  • k_yk_y Posts: 6
    I am planning to get a 2007 328xi as a Certified Pre-owned vehicle with 31k miles.
    As I am new to BMW, can anyone please tell me what all should I check for before purchasing this vehicle?
    Also, any thoughts on how much I can pay for this vehicle? The dealer is asking for $25k.

    I have been an Acura driver for the past few years, and decided to move to BMW right after I drove my friend's vehicle. I could not wait, and sold my Acura to purchase a BMW. I guess I enjoyed the drive of a BMW too much.

    Thanks.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,041
    Price seems okay for a fairly low miles CPO car with AWD. I'd say the biggest concern would be if it has run-flat tires on it. You should drive the car for a distance and see if you can tolerate the inherent noise and harshness of these tires--also check them for wear, as they don't usually last very long, and they are $$$ to replace.

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  • suardocsuardoc Posts: 1
    I wanted my first car to be special and saved for > 2 yrs for a BMW. I have my eyes set on a CPO 2008 BMW 328i with 35000 miles for $24,000. Unfortunately, my dealer has backed off the 0.9% APR, is not giving me the 2 yr maintenance for free as advertised and is asking me for an extra $2000 for a 2 yr maintenance (in addition to the $24,000).
    My questions are (1) is it beneficial to get the maintenance cost paid upfront even if the car is not being used much? (2) is the $2000 charge worth it? (3) is my dealer fleeing me now? :cry:
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,161
    If I remember correctly.... extended maintenance plan on an E90 has a list price of $2095 and a dealer cost of $1595. (At least, those were the prices in June)..

    1) Not being used much? How many miles do you drive per year?

    2) Somewhere around $1800 would be the price I would shoot for, if buying the plan.

    3) Not sure.... why won't he honor the quoted price? There is always another used BMW coming down the road... Hundreds come off lease every week. Don't worry about this one getting away... Tell him you want the original deal.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,574
    I'd find another dealer. The guy is being jerked around. The .09% interest and the maintenance plans are national promotions subsidized by BMW Financial.

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

  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,359
    We have a '09 335i with 10K miles. The brakes work perfectly underway, but if the car sits for more than a day or so the pedal is as hard as a rock when I get in. It goes back to normal as soon as the engine starts. My interpretation is that the booster has lost its vacuum. Is this normal or does the system have a leak?

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    That's normal behavior for any vacuum boosted brake system.
  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    Had the same problem with my 09 335xi...there is a service bulletin on this but they did it and it didn't help. Much worse in the winter when the car is very cold in the am. Got so bad my wife couldn;t put enough pressure on the brake to get the car started. Finally traded the car- new (2011) 328i convertible (and also got a 2010 X3)...netiher has the problem.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,041
    There should be enough vacuum reserve for some extra pumps without the engine running.

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  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    took my '09 328i x in for the above.

    Oil and filter change

    Check fluids

    Adjusted wiper blade

    Scope inspection? They put a camera in the engine looking for abnormal wear?

    I still have 5-6 mm left on the tires before the wear bars.

    how much would this service normally run, this was under warranty?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    They did a borescope on a car with only 15,000 miles? Hmmm, I wonder why.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,574
    how much would this service normally run, this was under warranty?

    You had an Oil Service performed- but BMW does not call for a boroscope inspection at an Oil Service, an Inspection I, or an Inspection II. Like shipo, I don't understand why it was done.
    In any event, my BMW charges @$80 for an Oil Service on my 2004 X3 2.5; the cost for an E90 would be about the same.

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

  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,359
    There should be enough vacuum reserve for some extra pumps without the engine running.

    Well, I haven't tried shutting it down and pumping the brakes, but the reserve canisters in my other cars don't lose vacuum that fast. I wondered if it was a BMW thing or if I had a problem that could potentially escalate. So far it sounds like no one has had a catastrophic failure that was foreshadowed by this symptom. Thanks, all.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • saf2010saf2010 Posts: 2
    Does anyone know about the exclusions for the BMW Maintenance program? I recently purchased a 2007 328i and the service department informed me my fuel system would need cleaned soon. He quoted me $160. Is this type of service not included in the original maintenance period? I only have 42,000 miles. Thanks.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,574
    99.99% of the time a "professional" fuel system cleaning does nothing more than increase the profit margin of the dealership. BMW does not recommend any sort of cleaning unless there is an actual problem with the system. Ask your service writer how he knows that your fuel system needs cleaning- then ask him how he verifies that the system was cleaned after the service is performed. Pour a bottle of Techron in your tank every 5000-10,000 miles if it makes you feel better.
    I have a 1995 3 Series with 121,000 miles and a 2004 X3 with 99,000 miles- both are running fine and neither car has ever had a "professional" fuel system cleaning.

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,161
    Yeah... .if you want to drop an extra $160 on your car, do a mid-term oil change...

    Otherwise, just say no to their extras.....

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,574
    I did a bit more digging and discovered that there is a BMW approved fuel system service. Note that BMW does not recommend the service unless the car is exhibiting the listed symptoms. BMW also states that using a Top Tier fuel or using their BMW labeled Techron every 3,000 miles should prevent any problems. This information is also contained in a flyer BMW has begun distributing to dealers.
    So...
    I would amend my prior advice by stating that BMW proprietary fuel system cleaning procedure wouldn't hurt anything- but it is still totally unnecessary unless the car is exhibiting the symptoms listed in the flyer.

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

  • saf2010saf2010 Posts: 2
    Thanks for your help! I was back the other day and passed on the cleaning!
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