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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    should have prefaced my message by telling you that I usually don't keep keep a BMW out of warranty, have never put more than 10m per year on any of them so coolant should not get dirty. I do like the oil changed every winter/summer season and BMW will only pay for one of them...so in the off-change I use the Mrs. Fields Oil filters(good enough for 5000 miles). They double as a great chocolate-chip cookie when you are finished with them!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    I know you probably won't believe me (and I didn't believe this either until I saw it demonstrated) but you can actually get an Audi V-6 to misfire by installing a Ms. Field's oil filter. How is this possible? It somehow disrupted sufficient oil pressure to the hydraulic valve lifters at idle speeds

    Okay, how about a Frau Feld's oil filter at least?

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  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    Think FRAM !
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,363
    have never put more than 10m per year on any of them so coolant should not get dirty.

    Coolant is not replaced because it gets "dirty"; it is replaced because the corrosion inhibitors lose their effectiveness and the coolant pH becomes acidic.

    Think FRAM !

    I have to assume you are joking- I can't believe you'd be that naive. I once checked out an STP filter that supposedly fit the M54 in my wife's X3. The pitiful thing was stamped "Made in Malaysia" and cost $10.49. The BMW(Mann) filter cost $7.49. As far as I am concerned, if the filter is not made by Mahle/Knect or Mann it is not going to be installed on any of my BMWs.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,460
    The auto parts store I buy the Royal Purple from for my Prelyde ONLY carries MANN filters.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    You're scarin' me, man.... :surprise:

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,363
    I won't even run Fram filters on my 1999 Wrangler.
    Meh...

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

  • :sick: Is there a how-to maintenance book or if anyone has some instructions, can you please email me one:

    1) Brake flush
    2) Power steering flush
    3) Replace gasket between oil filter housing and engine block
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,363
    The best BMW service manuals are published by Bentley.

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

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    Bentley manuals are very good and the only ones I recommend buying. You can also subscribe for a year to ALLDATA DIY, an online database. I believe it's $29 bucks for the entire year for one car, and that'll tell you how to do most things, in detail. (www.alldatadiy.com).

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  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    I have a 2008 328 sedan. Last evening I went to pick up a friend at the airport, and as I was circling the arrivals section I hit a median going approx. 15-20 mph. on the left side of car. It felt as if I'd hit a wall. I pulled over thinking I had bent a rim or tore part of my bumper off, but to my surprise, visually there was no damage. On my way home the car drove straight and handled normally as if nothing happened. When I got home I did a more thorough inspection with a flash light looking under the car for damage and the only visual damage is some scrapes under the front bumper. Could it have been the RTF's that made the harsh and jolt of the impact exaggerated? Even though the car appears to be fine, should I have it inspected by BMW or save my money?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    I'd definitely go on the alignment machine, yes.

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  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    Thanks for the advise. I have an appointment tomorrow at an independent alignment shop. They are charging me 100.00. BMW wants 150.00.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    Consider it safety insurance and probably a good way to extend tire life....your tires are very expensive and if the front end got whacked out, you'll eat them up pretty fast.

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  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    If it ain't broke...don't fix it. If you are do for a regular (warranty covered) service...ask them to check alignment when it's in...DO NOT CONFESS TO HITTING THE WALL! I have found beemers toi be a tough as tanks...you're PROBABLY ok. But if you are nervous...take it in.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    He said he was going to a private alignment shop, so no warranty jeopardy. 20 mph is a pretty good whack. Lucky the air bags didn't go off.

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  • Are there alternatives to Bridgestone Turanza RFTs on the market for 2006 330i? I need two new fronts. I have 2 new Turanzas on the rear. I thought I heard Continental introduced a RFT that is appropriate for this car. I'm calling around for a deal and would like to know exactly what tire to request quotes for. I'd appreciate any help here. Thanks!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    A couple of comments:
    1) Per TireRack.com, there are 34 different tires of the Run Flat Tire (RFT) variety from 8 different manufacturers.

    2) It is typically recommended that you keep the tires on all four corners the same, handling irregularities can result if you don't. Personally I didn't believe that "recommendation" until I tried it one time; never again.

    3) If you aren't wedded to the ill regarded RFTs, you're options literally skyrocket; much-MUCH better tires for less cost if you opt for Gets Flat Tires (GFTs).
  • Thanks, shipo.

    Tires.com also listed a couple dozen choices but it was not clear whether they were run flats, and the price range was incredible.

    I gather switching to GFT requires buying and storing a spare, which doesn't work for me right now so I'm in the RFT realm for now -- at least on these next two fronts.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    If I end up in a BMW equipped with RFTs, the factory rubber will get yanked shortly thereafter in favor of GFTs, and I will NOT be investing in a spare. Wny? Because there is another option:

    http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?ID=38

    Yeah, the goo might mess up a TPMS sensor, but hey, given that you can buy sensors for much less than the cost differential (per tire) of GFTs and RFTs, who cares? :)
  • phil2400phil2400 Posts: 29
    edited October 2010
    I have a friend with a 1999 328i that refuses to start. I'm not familiar enough with BMWs to offer her good advise, so I'm hoping someone here can help. I looked the car over, and everything seems in order. I was reading the owner's manual about the security system in the car, and that it will prevent power to the ignition system, fuel pump and starter if it cannot read the chip in the key. Later, I found this to be called the EWS system.

    I checked the fuses, and they all look good. I don't know where the relays are located, since all I have is the owner's manual. The car gives no reaction when the key is turned, no relays click, lights dim, nothing. The driver's information panel also gives me nothing. Is this the way the EWS works to prevent start-up?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    do the dash lights and warning lights go on at least? Do the courtesy lights go on when the door opens?

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,363
    edited October 2010
    Load test the battery; you are describing a common failure mode.

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

  • uncletouncleto Posts: 45
    Hi to everyone! My Indie BMW mechanic just repl. both of my cv boot for $395. he also said i need both front side control arm balljoints, bushings for $1200 ouch!!! to me its seems all i need is the outer balljoints. is it true that to repl. the outer ones you need to repl. the control arm altogether. meanwhile, im gonna try to get some more est. the car is 2001 325xi wagon. if would be nice if only they can do just the ball joints and re use the arm. any imputs will be much appreciated before i make my final choice. the car has 72,000+ miles. Thanks again!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    No that doesn't sound right. You should get a 2nd opinion.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,363
    edited October 2010
    I agree with Mr. Shiftright. Something isn't right with that estimate. After all, you can get a complete BMW Performance suspension kit from Turner Motorsport for just $574.33. If you only want the control arms you can get an upgraded set from Bavarian Autosport for $450.

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

  • All the lights light up fine. Courtesy lights are nice and bright. All the dash indicator lights come on, as they should. When you turn the key, tho, you get no changes. No lights dim or go out, no clicking noises.

    The battery is only a couple of months old. We hooked up the jumper cables to the battery in the rear, but still no change.

    Also, is it normal for these cars to not allow a second chance to start the car unless the key is removed first? When I tried to start it, and got nothing, I went to try again, but the key refused to turn. I had to turn off the ignition and remove the key before it would let me turn it to 'start' again.
  • uncletouncleto Posts: 45
    I think the breakdown was $700 parts, $400 for labor + tax. dont even know if the $400 that i paid to repl. both front cv boot was pricey. i had it done this wed. and had no time to shop aorund. Beside 1 dealer here, his the only one Indie BMW mechanic that i know aorund here. Last month i went to the dealer bec. of the recall re. the rear subframe for cracks and inspection for free. So i asked them if they could also check the front suspension. to my supsrise the service manager said, no cracks on the rear frame and no problem w/ the suspension. but to my knowledge i know something is wrong bec. every now and then i could a tod noise coming from the front wheel sound like a ball joint. i tried to jack both front wheel and move the wheels side to side or left to right. there's movement to the left or 9 oclock positon both wheels, none to the right or 3' oclock position. to my knowledge. there's shouldnt be any movement either left or right. am i right on that.
    Thanks!
  • uncletouncleto Posts: 45
    I think the breakdown was $700 parts, $400 for labor + tax. dont even know if the $400 that i paid to repl. both front cv boot was pricey. i had it done this wed. and had no time to shop aorund. Beside 1 dealer here, his the only one Indie BMW mechanic that i know aorund here. Last month i went to the dealer bec. of the recall re. the rear subframe for cracks and inspection for free. So i asked them if they could also check the front suspension. to my supsrise the service manager said, no cracks on the rear frame and no problem w/ the suspension. but to my knowledge i know something is wrong bec. every now and then i could a tod noise coming from the front wheel sound like a ball joint. i tried to jack both front wheel and move the wheels side to side or left to right. there's movement to the left or 9 oclock positon both wheels, none to the right or 3' oclock position. to my knowledge. there's shouldnt be any movement either left or right. am i right on that.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,363
    Check the battery cables- especially the ground cables at the battery and the engine.

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

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