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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Hey guys-

    want to throw this out there:

    A buddy and I were installing aftermarket "parking sensors" on the back of my E90 and every thing was going fine until he tried to tap into aline for power and ground. Now anything run off either front cig lighter is not getting power. We figure it is a fuse but neither of us wants to go digging and cause further harm. Anyone know exactly where the fuse for the cig lighters is. everything else works fine. Thanks!
  • pl11pl11 Posts: 4
    Well, no argument here! Total incompetence. I am not in SF area. I'm in the Central Valley (Fresno). I looked into the BAR financial assistance program but it doesn't apply to me. It is only good for biannual smog checks, not for smog checks from change of ownership (which mine is). I've also already tried the referee who told me they are under stricter regulations than before. They used to be able to cut people slack, but not anymore (in their words). j

    If your people in the SF bay area are able to give me a quote (at least to some degree) over the phone, then I might just be willing to take it there for repairs. I am somewhat hesitant because I've taken it to BMW and 3 other mechanics that heard my description of the problem and said "oh, yeah bring it in we can take care of that"....and each one failed to do so. I'm out of pocket so much at this point....still searching for answers.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,901
    edited April 2011
    Well you might try these guys. They are *characters* and do not present the best image of spiffiness (they could care less) but they really do know what they are doing. Gee, that's a long haul from Fresno, though. If you have AAA premier service, they'll flat bed you 100 miles.

    You can check out their reviews on YELP:

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/marin-bavarian-san-rafael

    Marin Bavarian
    775 Andersen Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94901-5362
    (415) 453-7670

    if you go, be sure to check out their elaborate display of junk foods. Bring a 6-pack, they like that.

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  • pl11pl11 Posts: 4
    Thanks, I'll check it out. I'm seriously considering selling it at this point. I'm not a "car guy". I like cars as long as they don't present problems lol. At this point I'm willing to take a loss on the car just to get rid of it because at this point, my time is not worth the hassle. Someone with the desire to do a little work could get a steal with this car, so maybe I'll explore that route. Hmm...anyway, I appreciate the responses!
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Bring a 6-pack, they like that.

    I've used a body shop around here that works that way, only in their case it's a case of Coors Light :P .
  • cooljc74cooljc74 Posts: 23
    Hey guys, (especially to car appraisal experts)

    I noticed a palm size dent on trunk door and sligtly cracked rear bumper; hit and run probably...
    I am trying to decide if it's better to have it fixed out of pocket or go thru insurance.
    I also plan on selling my car 6-12 months.

    How much is taken off on average when you see 1-3K repair done when you pull up a carfax report on 3 series? I am not sure what info/How much detailed info will be shown up on the VIN history report either. Hit and Run, accident, detailed description of the damage & etc...

    Thanks in advance.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,901
    What year car is this and what kind of shape is it in otherwise? How many miles on it?

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  • cooljc74cooljc74 Posts: 23
    edited April 2011
    2008 335
    39,500 miles.

    No other accident or damage.
    Good to excellent condition.

    Single owner.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,901
    Well okay then---you definitely have to have this car fixed *properly*--no cutting corners on this new an automobile. Since you aren't filing a police report, chances are this repair would never show on CARFAX but if it did all you need do is take a couple of photos of the damage prior, and show that to any prospective buyer. This will assure them that the accident was very minor.

    As for claiming it on insurance---you'll get ten different answers about this--my rule of thumb, for better or worse, is that if the repairs are under say $1000, I'd probably pay for it myself. This advice also depends on your prior claims records.

    But by all means, get the best possible repair done to the car. Nobody is going to pay good money for a botched up 3-4 year old BMW.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,592
    Why are you planning on sellling the car?

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

  • cooljc74cooljc74 Posts: 23
    Thanks for the advice.
    I haven't had any claims for the past several years at least.
  • cooljc74cooljc74 Posts: 23
    Need more room for a new born baby.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,592
    congrats! Is your car stick or auto? Sport Pkg?

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

  • cooljc74cooljc74 Posts: 23
    Auto, Prem, Sport. heated seats...
    Thanks!
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    I have a 2008 328i sedan with 25k on it. Took the car in for a oil and filter change. The oil indicator on the instrument panel read that it was about a 1/4 low. When the oil and filter change was completed I drove off and a few miles down the road I decided to check the oil level. It was at the same exact level as when I brought in before the oil change. The service advisor drove it around back and would have it checked out. 1/2 later he brings the car around and says everything is fine, however the oil indicator reads 1/4 low. He couldn't explains why it read 1/4 low and not at the max as it should be after an oil change. I know the oil level is within specs, however I always check my oil peroidically and it always read max level until recently. Could something be wrong with the computer?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,901
    Apprently the sensors for this system operate in mysterious ways, and no dealer seems to be able to explain it. :)

    Here's what I've read about how oil level is checked:

    "The capacitor is at the same level as the oil level in the oil
    sump. As the oil level changes, the capacitance of the capacitor changes. The electronic evaluation unit creates a digital signal from this. The engine management system uses this to calculate the engine oil level. The electronic
    oil level check is displayed on the Central Information Display (CID) as well as in the instrument cluster. On vehicles without a CID, the oil level is only displayed in the instrument cluster"

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  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    edited April 2011
    Thanks for your reply. I still don't get it. It always read max when I checked it until recently. You'd think it would read full/max after an oil change. What happen to the days of the dip stick. Now I have to rely on a computer. :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,901
    Are you using the button on the lever to get a reading or are you going through iDrive?

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  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    The button on my lever. Why?
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    That's interesting. Sounds like they are using the oil to change the permittivity of the insulating material in the capacitor (which can just be something as simple as a pair of wires stuck down in the oil pan). As the permittivity changes because of the oil level rising or falling, so does the capacitance.

    I wonder if all oils have the same or nearly the same permittivity? If the oil level circuit was designed/calibrated with an oil that has a higher permittivity than the one the dealer is using, that would cause the measured capacitance at full oil level to be less than predicted, so the monitoring circuit thinks the oil is down a bit. A higher permittivity, means a higher capacitance, all other things being equal.

    Parallel plate capacitor

    This is all just a SWAG!
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    Thanks, still a little confused. I shouldn't be to concerned right? :D
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,901
    Oh I was wondering if iDrive gives you a different reading.

    I don't even care if my car's dipstick says 1/4 of a quart low, as long as I know that's what it is.

    I believe, if the sensor were bad, there is an error message built right into your system to alert you to that.

    I suppose you could add just a smidge of oil to see if the reading changes. I suspect they don't measure the oil level in 1/10ths so adding a harmless little bit might just kick it over the top.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,504
    I'd just ignore it.

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

  • 2006 330xi

    Sat. radio was working fine before I left on a 2 weeks vacation.
    So happens the annual bill is due and Sirius disconnected my Sat.
    I went online and paid the annual fee but I cannot re-activate it.

    Tried parking it outside and while driving on different days. They tried to re-send the signal, and I tried using online resend activation.

    On iDrive Sat. menu I am not getting any preview channel sound.
    It has all my previous channels and presets, but the bottom of idrive displays the first channel on the preset even though I tried to set it to 189 Weather (or any other channel). There is no "acquiring..." message anywhere.
    There are no other options I see that can change.
    The main screen displays my EIN and to call 1888 xxx Sirius.

    FM/AM works fine.
  • nepropneprop Posts: 41
    I have a convertible E46 model and I recently replaced my battery. This model has 5 window controls - 2 for the front, 2 for the rear and 1 for all 4 up or down at the same time. Since my battery replacement the window control that is supposed to raise or lower all four windows at the same time only lowers or raises the front 2 windows.

    There must be some sort of reset process to get the electronics aligned after a battery replacement. Everything worked perfectly before the battery replacement and everthing else is working perfectly since. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,504
    Try this with each window switch and then with the main 4 window switch

    Ignition on, all doors closed.

    Window all the way down
    Release switch.
    Press and hold switch all the way down for 10 seconds.

    Window all the way up.
    Release switch.
    Press and hold switch all the way up for 10 seconds.

    Ignition off.

    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
    My wife turned on the a.c. light was on but no air coming from the vent. check the knob and it was in the I position. open the hood and cleaned the micron filter. the a.c fan is turning. what could be the problem. many thanks!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,901
    You might check to see if the AC compressor clutch is engaging at all. As someone switches the AC on and off, you should be able to see, with the hood open, that the front of the compressor "clicks" and then engages the drive belt.

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  • qaliqali Toronto CanadaPosts: 60
    I have a 2011 328i x-Drive sedan with Premium sound system. I know how to calibrate the sound level for an iPod and the volume level to car speed sensitivity, however, my question is there a way to change how much volume changes when the volume knob is turned or the volume buttons on the steering wheel are pressed? I find that I have to turn the knob quite a lot (or press the button many times) for an appreciable increase/decrease in sound volume. In my previous 2007 335i this was not an issue.

    Thanks in advance.
  • uncletouncleto Posts: 45
    I finally have air on my vent, just cleaned the micro filter w/ some dirt and a leaf blocking the in one of the hole leading inside the car. no need the check for the fuse. the a.c is working also. Many thanks!
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