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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • The cost of the jack, at $439, is a totally different issue -- I didn't say whether it was worth this amount or not.

    But we're getting off the thread of this topic.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,032
    Well if the subject stays on how to work safely while under your BMW, I think that's okay---this is why I brought it up in the first place. Some $59 floor jacks were tested and found to leak after ten uses! I just want you guys to work safe. Also your BMW owner's manual should tell you where the safe jacking points are, and how to balance the car.

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  • I appreciate that.
  • Im also in the look out for a Jack, contemplating on getting a craftsman.. but a upon inspection they were made in China, that gave me a second thought. Im still lookong around. The one in the Tire rack looks nice but its beyond my budget, cost like $169.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,032
    I always ask if a jack is rebuildable and if the company who sells it either has the parts or can direct you to a source. If a jack's not rebuildable, then you pretty much have your answer as to quality. I have read (but not confirmed yet) that rigorous testing of various imported jacks selling in the $49-$79 range showed that quite a few of them began to leak after 10 uses....not a typo.....10.

    You know, if you're just changing your oil 2X a year, and using jack stands, that might be okay.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    edited November 2010
    We all take pride in whether the fix worked, regardless of the tools involved.

    I tend to but top tier tools only when I know that they are going to receive a lot of use over an extended period of time. I prefer to only buy a tool once- even if I have to pay more. I have some Craftsman tools as well, but lately I've been buying Kobalt tools at Lowes.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,032
    One tool that I *always* buy from Snap-On is open end wrenches---they will NOT expand under stress and will not slip off the nut and crush your knuckles.

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  • Firebird_EOUFirebird_EOU Posts: 250
    edited January 2011
    It turned red and prevented me from starting the engine. Tried wiggling the steering wheel, open/close doors, have it towed to BMW dealership. This is the 2nd time it happened after the dealership replaced the steering column at 38k miles (now 99k miles). I am going to ask BMW for a good will repair.

    Is there a way to disable the "lock" in the steering column? I don't need that feature!

    http://www.bmwtis.com/tsb/bulletins/bulletin_graphic_temp/B612806g.htm
  • chewy2chewy2 Posts: 19
    What happened to this post?
  • Hello all:

    I'm thinking about buying a 2006 328i with 92,000 miles on it, price is $13,348 sticker and 15,000 out the door ...well my question is; is this a good deal?

    Is this a safe decision (considering just the milage and price)?

    I live in L.A.

    All help is welcome:-)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,146
    I think all of the '06 models were 325s or 330s...

    So, are you looking at a different year or a different model?

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  • Do BMW batteries really need to be programmed?

    Had to have my 2007 335i towed today because even after jumpstarting, the car wouldn't keep running.

    Was told that if I need a new battery, the cost would be around $350. Was told that while I could get my own battery, I'd need BMW to "program it" - I forget the specific reason given, but was told that unless programmed, the batter would likely get overcharged or undercharged. This is something new to models 2006 and later.

    Can anyone out there confirm that this is accurate? If I could get some quick responses, I'd appreciate it becuase I could purchase the battery from Interstate Batteries for about $185.

    Thanks.

    PS - please keep your fingers crossed that it's a HPFP issues, since that'd be free!!! :)
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Think it has to do with "registering" the new battery with the car, or just "telling" the car that you have a new battery so that the car's charging system identifies it as a new battery and adjusts the charging profile accordingly.
  • I read the same although I haven't had the need to replace my 2006 330xi with 100k miles.
  • Well you don't pay sticker... the 2006 model needs steering column replaced when it goes bad and that's $1,200 at the dealer.
  • I need some help from BMW owners. I am interested in buying a used 2008 335I coupe but:

    Edmund's 'True Cost to Own' tool says a 2008 335I Coupe will cost $8300 in maintenance and $7000 in repairs. :sick: On the other hand the same tool says a 2008 Infinity G37 will cost $5400 in maintenance and $2400 in repairs.

    Are Edmund's figures anywhere near accurate for the BMW?
  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    read the blogs regarding the hi-pressure fuel pump (N54 engine) and you will understand.....then stay AWAY!
  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    I have a 335i and just received a message about to come in for a recall as they will replace the HPFP for free. Not sure if anyone has done this yet???
  • dan12dan12 Posts: 114
    I have a 2007 335i and just had the HPFP replaced. It took over a week because they couldn't get the software updated. They finally had to replace the CCC (not sure what it's called, but I think it's the central computer board). Got it back tonight and it's perfect.

    I guess I am somewhat lucky because the fuel pump lasted 48K miles. I am hoping that it's now fixed. I have seen a lot of people complain about multiple repairs though, so crossing my fingers. It's such a beautiful car, this issue is a real pity. I missed my car even though I had a brand new Z4 loaner (that's nice too, but different story). Hopefully the new (2009/10/11) turbo engines don't have this HPFP problem. I can't believe BMW would continue selling this engine if they hadn't figured out the fuel pump.
  • dan12dan12 Posts: 114
    >> Edmund's 'True Cost to Own' tool says a 2008 335I Coupe will cost $8300 in maintenance and $7000 in repairs.

    The first 4 years 50,000 miles cost $0 for maintenance and repairs since BMW offers a full maintenance and warranty for that period. You will have to pay for tires which are expensive, but everything else is covered.

    You can then choose to extend your maintenance and warranty. For an additional 4 years and 50,000 miles, expect to pay about $2K for maintenance and $3.5K for the warranty. This is a bumper-to-bumper BMW warranty so there are very few exclusions. So if you are worried, you can always pay up front and enjoy your car. Btw, you can call a dealer and get more accurate pricing (you can haggle on this stuff so call multiple dealers).

    The 335 does have a fuel pump problem though. I just had mine replaced. Google it and you will find lots of complaints. If you extend your warranty it won't cost you anything to fix it, but it can be a problem. Mine went out in the middle of the night 200+ miles away from home. Luckily it was OK for me to continue driving with "reduced power."
  • skobolaskobola Posts: 207
    I think that additional warranty is for additional 2 years and 50k miles, which would then cover the car up to 6 years and/or 100k miles, whichever comes first.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    I think those TCO numbers are way off. My wife drives a 2004 X3 that we've owned since 12/05; it was a CPO with 16,600 miles on the clock. Now at 107,000 miles, it has needed exactly one repair(an SRS sensor under warranty). The brakes were replaced at 60K and the tires have been replaced twice. The total I've spent on maintenance and repairs is $3650- and that number includes $700 worth of maintenance that was performed that BMW doesn't call for (more frequent oil changes as well as ATF, transfer case oil, and coolant changes). Also note that all scheduled maintenance was performed at my local BMW dealer.
    According to TCO a 2006 X3(the oldest X3 that they provide data for) would have needed $9612 in maintenance and $8553 in repairs over five years- or $14,515 more than I actually spent.
    So yes, I'd say the TCO numbers might be a little inaccurate...

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  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    Three times! 3 replaced HPFPs. Bye Bye car!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,032
    Well this is your particular good fortune--however, you aren't really calculating TCO correctly. It states:

    "The Edmunds Inc. True Cost to Own® (TCO) pricing system calculates the additional costs you may not have included when considering your next vehicle purchase. These extra costs include: depreciation, interest on your loan, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, maintenance, and repairs. "

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  • dan12dan12 Posts: 114
    When did you have the 3 HPFP's replaced? I just had mine replaced last week for the first time. I hope it doesn't fail again. I don't know what they replaced it with... it shouldn't be the same faulty part. That would be kinda stupid.

    Anyone know if the HPFP problem is gone in the later turbo models? Or are these engines to be avoided on all new BMW models?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    Well this is your particular good fortune--however, you aren't really calculating TCO correctly. It states:

    "The Edmunds Inc. True Cost to Own� (TCO) pricing system calculates the additional costs you may not have included when considering your next vehicle purchase. These extra costs include: depreciation, interest on your loan, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, maintenance, and repairs. "


    Sorry, but I DID calculate my figures correctly. Check the 2006 BMW X3 TCO page. I only used the 5 year maintenance and repair figures- $9,612 and $8,553 respectively. I did not include or use the individual numbers for depreciation, fuel, financing, etc.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    Anyone know if the HPFP problem is gone in the later turbo models? Or are these engines to be avoided on all new BMW models?

    My friends inside and outside of BMW NA are cautiously optimistic that the latest HPFP and its accompanying software reflash have cured the problem once and for all. The HPFP issue is extremely hit or miss; I looked at one CPO 2007 335i with nearly 40,000 miles and it has never had a HPFP problem. Ditto for one friend who regularly tracked his E92 335i for two years. Then there are cars that have had 3 or more HPFPs before 30,000 miles. I have another friend who is a BMW SA and in his experience he has found that cars that are driven hard have been less likely to require a HPFP service.

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  • dan12dan12 Posts: 114
    My friends inside and outside of BMW NA are cautiously optimistic that the latest HPFP and its accompanying software reflash have cured the problem once and for all.

    Thanks for the info. I hope this is the case. My HPFP failed after 48K miles. I don't drive too hard. I'm hoping to keep my car another 3-4 years up to about 100K miles. After that... I will probably stay away from turbo engines.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    edited January 2011
    I'm hoping to keep my car another 3-4 years up to about 100K miles. After that... I will probably stay away from turbo engines.

    Well, at least BMW has extended the warranty on the HPFP so you should be good. The rest of the car has proven to be pretty durable. I made a much more foolish purchase decision- my Mazdaspeed 3 needed a new turbo at 26,000 miles. And did I mention that it has cost more to repair and maintain than my X3 and 3 Series combined? That's the last time I will ever consider a car that doesn't come from Munich or Zuffenhausen.

    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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