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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    Yes, I had this (and many other) problems with my 2006 330i. Actually, I had this particular problem in the very first month. Fixed under warranty. After a few days in the service center of trying this that and the other thing, it turned out to be something as simple as a loose wire.

    I'm leasing mine and it goes back at the end of the summer. It will fortunately never be out of warranty during my time with it.
  • Thank you. I am scheduled for a visit next week and will update the group when I find out the root cause (?).

    I have never owned or leased a BMW before this one. I am quite surprised by the emotions that this car evokes in me. So I would expect irrational thinking on my part as far as this car is concerned and I keep this well past the warranty period.
  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    My car is also my first BMW. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Love the way it drives, the way it looks, and that maintenance is included. Hate having problems (such as adaptive headlight failure) which necessitate periodic visits to the service center for things other than routine maintenance. There are 3 cars in my family now. The other 2 are Hondas. We have had no problems whatsoever with either Honda. My BMW is by far the worst car I have ever had when it comes to things going wrong with it. So I'm thinking long and hard whether or not I will get another BMW when my lease ends this summer.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,643
    Took our '05 330Cic in for Inpection I (30K mile checkup).. They did the normal stuff, plus flushed the brake fluid.. Total cost: $ZERO

    Didn't realize it.. but, that is the first trip to the dealer since the 15K oil service.. Just over one year... :)

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  • My anti freeze light went on so I filled it with regular anti freeze but the BMW dealer said I need to put BMW anti freeze in. Is this ture and did I ruin the car by putting in regular anti freeze. Thanks
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Is it true that you need BMW anti-freeze? Yes, it's true.

    Did you ruin your car by putting regular anti-freeze in there? No, that would be unlikely, especially if it has only been in there for a short period of time. That said, you would be best off if you had the cooling system flushed and the proper coolant re-added to your car.

    FWIW, if you are on a budget, you can also use the Zerex G-05 HOAT coolant (I've found it to be available at most NAPA stores). http://www.valvoline.com/zerex/pdf/Zerex_CoolantChart.pdf?coaid=1B5D1AEA1AFC

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    I brought my car in for routine service and soon received a call that the rear shocks have leaks and also one of the cv joints. The caller told me they only have one shock in stock, so he proposed to put it on now and ordered the other one to have it put on when it arrives. I was surprised to hear this proposal as I thinkshocks should always be replaced by pairs. This is the first time I come to this dealership for service. Is this a normal practice to do it one at a time. It seems he can always ask me to come back when he has the parts rather to do it piecemeal.
    The car is a '02 325ixT with 45,000 miles
    TIA
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    I didn't authorize the repair, but did raise the question to the service advisor as I thought shocks should be replaced by the pair (later confirmed by board members here). His explanation was that it would save me time to get one done now since the car is in the shop for maintenance anyway, and then bring the car over for the other one when the order is in. Totally bogus statement.

    While I am not technically oriented, being a member of CCA for many years and reading Mike Miller's column does me good, and of course I also benefit from reading many postings here by those very knowledgeable people.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,353
    Only in pairs. Do not do it separately.

    Regards,
    OW
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,643
    He probably doesn't want to give you time to shop the deal...

    If he replaces one.. then, you'll go back for the other one... If he quotes you a price for both of them, you might find another place to get it done cheaper..

    Either way, I agree... wait for the other one..

    I was having front struts done once... The left and right were two different struts.. They sent two left struts, and the repair shop put the left one on, and told me they'd call when they got the proper right hand strut.. Every strut that the distributor shipped was the wrong one.. It turned out they only had left struts.. I never did get a matching strut... :surprise:

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  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    Thanks, kyfdx and OW, you have confirmed my understanding of the replacement for pairs only. When this dealer starts to do so, I don't have a good feeling as to their honesty. Is there any visual ways to realize the shocks indeed need replacement. After all, it has only 45,000 miles. Can one see the cv boot to determine it is leaking?

    Again thanks for the advice.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,282
    I'd get a second opinion from a good independent. I've NEVER replaced the OEM shocks on a Bimmer prior to 100K. If you plan to keep the car a long time I'd go with Bilstein HDs- though you should really replace all four if you want to go that route. If you want a decent less expensive shock I'd consider Monroe; they offer a shock that's made in Europe and it has received good reviews from several E46 owners.

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

  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,353
    Any shop replacing only one shock is not to be trusted. Roadburner's suggestion to get a good independent shop is the best approach. Imagine one shock with 80K miles and one new one. Perfectly balanced suspension it is not. Doing it twice almost doubles the labor cost let alone your time.

    These are the type of establishments who bring you in twice and really do not replace anything (because it ain't broke) and charge you anyway. Wouldn't be surprised if he oiled up the shock housing and showed you it leaked!

    Need a new mechanic.

    Regards,
    OW

    Regards,
    OW
  • I need to replace the front control arms and bushings and the BMW dealer gave me an estimate of 1100$. I looked up the parts at various web sites and they go around 30-50$ per pair. It seems like a huuuuge difference...Any idea how much should it really cost?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,282
    Any idea how much should it really cost?

    I checked some sites that sell OEM quality parts; assuming you own an E46, the control arms will run $130-$180 per side. The bushings will $82-$150 per pair. If you are a BMW CCA member many dealers and independent shops will offer 10%-20% discounts on parts and/or labor. Find a good independent BMW tech and you should be able to get the parts installed for under $600.

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

  • cct3cct3 Posts: 1
    Antifreeze reservoir is empty. Car ran hot briefly. I pour antifreeze mixture into reservoir and it seems to pour out the bottom. I cannot see the bottom of the tank. Does this seem to be a hose issue or the reservoir? I know nothing about this. Car has 100,000 miles
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,282
    I pour antifreeze mixture into reservoir and it seems to pour out the bottom. I cannot see the bottom of the tank. Does this seem to be a hose issue or the reservoir?

    I'd put my money on the expansion tank-AKA resevoir-being cracked. It's a common problem on sixes with 100K or more on the clock. It's a relatively cheap and easy fix. Just don't overheat the engine again- unless you want to R&R the head gasket(and possibly the cylinder head as well).

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

  • I have a 2007 335i sedan. Yesterday I got an (alarming!) message along the lines of "Electric steering wheel lock. Do not turn off engine. Engine may not restart." In fact, though, when I did turn off the engine, it did restart (at least then). Anyone know what's going on with this?
  • kirkrkirkr Posts: 17
    I had the same thing happen on my 2006 325xi. It was a faulty sensor. I was always able to start the car until it was fixed. However, I did hold my breath each time.

    Regards,
    Kirk
  • Thanks. In light of the car being able to start, that makes sense. I've gotten it to my dealer this AM and should know for sure later today.
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