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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,016
    The six cylinders from 1992 forward use a coil-on-plug ignition system. That said, it could be a bad coil.

    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
    I drove the car for a dentist appnt. so far no problem with the car and the light on the panel just cleared. im trying to feel the engine for any sudden changes in power with re. to accelaretion, idling and noise from the engine. im waiting for a call from my mechanic and let him know the situation. we might have to check all the igniton component. he just repl. the sparkplug last year at 60000. i know the repl. should have been atleast 100000. dont know if i did the right thing by replacing them early. oh well.. well see whats his imput about the misfire.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,016
    i know the repl. should have been atleast 100000. dont know if i did the right thing by replacing them early.

    What causes the plugs to foul is starting the car, letting it idle for a few minutes, and shutting it off. If the ignition system is good the problem should not reappear as long as the car is driven long enough to let it reach operating temperature.

    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
    Does anybody knows whats P1345 on the fault code means? im using a generic OBD11, that i borrowed. dont know if the same thing that the PEAKE TOOLS generates. thanks again!
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    according to Bentley, P1345 is "Misfire Cylinder 2 with Fuel Cut-Off"
  • rob140rob140 Posts: 13
    when do I have to change the belt or chain? It doesn't say in owners manual.

    Rob
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,016
    There's no maintenance interval on the timing chain. They rarely need to be replaced before 175,000 miles- if then.

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

  • only have 8K to spend. opportunity to buy 323i wagon 2000 with 87,000 miles for 8K he is firm. I will be putting 25K mi/yr. highway salesman. I would need this car to last many many miles more. I am worried about cost for repairs. Or do I go for Honda or Toyota?
    Please I need your opinion on what to buy. This economic turn got the best of me.Thanks
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    You can get a pretty nice Corolla with many fewer miles for $8k. Gas, insurance, and repair costs will be lower also. If you are worried about $ for repairs and only have $8k to spend on a car, I am betting other costs are important to you also.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    I don't think this is the car for your particular needs, given that your livelihood depends on absolute no-fail operation.

    the price is retail, this model is "okay" in terms of reliability, but 25K a year is 500 miles a week, to say nothing of your pleasure use. This means you'd have to keep the car tip-top, and really almost a bit of overkill for maintenance. This might prove to be more than you wish to spend.

    It would be a nice car for all that driving, though.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    My take in it is this: if it has a stick shift, go for it, if it has the problematic automatic (that loses reverse gear), take a pass.

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,016
    Yep, shipo nailed it.

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

  • I think you all saved me a lot of agrevation. Thank You. I am not going for it.
  • dongadonga Posts: 9
    New to owning BMW. We are deciding between a the 2005 with 30K miles or the 2004 with 17K miles. Looked at CR and 2005 has better reliability ratings? Need feedback from owners! Would you buy extended warranty?
    Thank You!
  • dongadonga Posts: 9
    How much are does a tune up cost? What other costs have you had for repairs after 30K miles?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,016
    The E46 3 Series has proven to be durable and reliable. The six cylinders need a water pump at 60K intervals but other than that there really aren't any major problems. The difference between the CR 2004 and 2005 reliability numbers is just statistical noise. I also recommend that you have the car inspected by a good BMW tech. The E46 3er is a great car, and there are enough of them around that you can afford to be selective. As for maintenance and repair, here's a brief overview:

    On an E46 some services are determined by time, some by mileage, and some by the on-board Service Interval(SI) system(which calculates service based on driving conditions).
    The time based services are: Brake Fluid(every 2 years) and Coolant(every 3 years)
    The mileage based services are: Spark Plugs, ATF, and Oxygen Sensors(every 100K miles for all three).
    The SI system has 3 levels of service: Oil Service, Inspection I, and Inspection II. An Oil Service is called for at 15K intervals(or every year, whichever comes first). It is just an oil change. It costs $80-$125
    The Inspection I rolls up at 30K; it is an oil change, a cabin air filter change, and a comprehensive inspection of the car. Figure $250-$300
    Inspection II occurs around 60K and is essentially an Inspection I + an engine air filter change. Costs average $400-$500

    If you are planning on flipping the car in a couple of years I'd just follow the BMW schedule. However if you're going to hang on to it for a while I'd advise changing the transmission fluid(slushbox OR manual) every 60K at least. Ditto for the final drive oil. If you take your 3er to the track I'd reduce those mileage intervals by 50%. I change the engine oil on my 3er at 7.5K intervals due to the fact that it sees the track every so often and my wife's X3 chews up its oil in less than 9K miles(based on used oil analysis). Some people go 15K without any problem but I'm not one of them.

    As for an extendeed warranty, I just don't think it's worth it. Stick whatever you were going to pay for it in a money market account and just self insure.

    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
    I have a 2001 3251x wagon w/ 6000mls on it. im planning to open the door panel and check the vapor barrier. do i need to be concern on the side airbag. ive seen some photos on some bimmers being taken apart the door panel but not sure if they mention about taking off the battery or thse are older models. needs some advice before i venture on this. any inputs will be appreciated.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,016
    The airbag stays on the door. Just use common sense and work around it.

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

  • rob140rob140 Posts: 13
    our 2002 does same thing. Did you ever find out the problem?

    thanks,

    Rob
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