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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • handelhandel Posts: 17
    Upon inspecting my 2006 330xi, 55,000 mi., I noticed bubbling/blistering of the paint over the front left wheel well. I think this means a complete sanding and repainting of at least that area(and probably more) will be necessary, and the problem will probably recur over time. My car is driven in a snowy environment where road salt is used, but I've never seen the problem in such a young vehicle.

    Somebody tell me that BMW will apologize and pay to repaint the damage.
  • Did you do transmission fluid change?
    My 06 330xi auto is 72k miles now.
  • Thanks much, pdude1! Any concern about the turbo technology in the engine. In the past (many moons ago), I learned that turbocharged engines were synonymous with failures at higher mileages and $$$ repairs. I wondered your thoughts of same?

    Also, sports package or no?

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    For 2006 and newer models, BMW has a 12-year limited warranty rust perforation warranty without mileage limitation. "This warranty is for defects in materials or workmanship that results in rust perforation of the vehicle body. This coverage period begins at the start of the New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty."

    So you should have the damage inspected by a dealer, it might be covered under the warranty.
  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    Yeah I heard that too and was a little concerned about the turbos. However, I did heard from a dealer that usually by 70K you will have to do some repair on the turbos (though that's a long time away!). So far 18K miles and I have no problems that I'm truly concerned about. In the last 1K I started to hear some noise after driving in hot weather. But it's only when starting in it's hard to track down as it doesn't always happen.

    Yep, got the sports and premium package! Oh yeah remember people say to change the tires every 10-15K. However, mine still look okay at 18K. Thread is good, but I know passengers have mentioned a rough ride lately so maybe I do need to change the RFT.
  • handelhandel Posts: 17
    Thanks, Backy. There's no perforation yet, just ugliness, but Ill give it a try!
  • Hello fellow BMW lovers and experts. I am new to BMW and new in USA so I need urgent detailed information about maintenance fees please.
    I am planing to finally get my first BMW and I just came to live to Miami so I would really appreciate advice and feedback from you dear experts about the average annual maintenance fees and normal repairs so I can inlcude it on my yearly budget.
    The car will definitely be a convertible model from around year 2004. My first option is a 330 because I've been told that is the best one for reselling. Any suggestions?
    I plan to use it as my daily driver so I consider average 10 - 12000 miles per year.
    Please be so kind to help me with this info before I go car hunting. Any buying recommendation will be highly appreciated too!!
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 417
    I'm considering buying a 2009 328xi.

    Given that my current car is a 2001 model with only 57k miles on it I am expecting to put a similar amount of miles on this car in that time frame. It will not be taken to a race track, just used for a short daily commute and some occasional longer trips (say 40 minute drives)

    So... is it fair to assume my maintenance/repair costs will be low on this vehicle? Right now the main concern I have with a BMW is reliability. Any resources anyone can recommend on what to expect from them?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,671
    Are you going to keep the new car for eight years?

    If so, the first four years will have very, very low maintenance costs.. Probably only a set of tires at the end of four years... BMW covers all of your maintenance, outside of tires, for the length of the warranty.

    After that, I'd say your costs could be fairly low... if you find a good independent BMW tech/repair shop.. Even routine maintenance at a BMW dealer can get expensive.

    On the plus side... at 7500 miles/yr, your BMW will only need one service per year...

    That's it for maintenance.... from a reliability standpoint, we've always had very good luck with our BMWs... Unscheduled visits to the service department have been very rare.

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  • dash5dash5 Posts: 417
    Thanks kyfdx, appreciate the response.

    The plan would be to keep the car for at least 5 or 6 years, probably more. Looking at it that way it's 2 years or so of maintenance I'd have to pay for after the warranty. Normal maintenance though I have no problem with.

    Honestly, what you said about "Unscheduled visits to the service department have been very rare." is all I really care about. The nightmare is: oh, electrical problem. next month the AC wont work, next month the engine light goes on, same electrical problem crops up again etc etc. Even if that's covered I dont want to deal with that. Far worse if it's not covered of course ;)

    I think I just need reassurance that hey, first 60k miles on this car should be smooth, statistically speaking, assuming I take proper care of it.
  • screenscreen Posts: 1
    I'm in a similar situation I have a 2002 bmw with low mileage (69k km) and am considering a 328ix. I have a question for you. I have had to change my battery 4 times (even changed the alternator). The dealership says its because I don't drive it enough to fully charge the battery. Have you had a similar experience ?
  • qaliqali Toronto CanadaPosts: 58

    I just assumed a lease on a 2007 335i Sedan with Comfort Access. The steering wheel has a button for handsfree, but I cannot find any documentation in the manual to setup/pair phones or how to use this feature. This may be a stupid question, but does the 335i come standard with this feature or is this an add-on?. I suspect it is an add-on, but can someone provide some guidance on whether this can be purchased or whether it is a factory option and what type of $$ I can expect to pay for this. I live in Toronto Canada.
    Many thanks in advance
  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    Does it have iDrive? On the '08 models, you can connect a phone through the iDrive which is pretty intuitive. You can just go to the phone section to connect to a phone, and then the handsfree button on your steering wheel works automatically to connect to your phone when you press it.
  • qaliqali Toronto CanadaPosts: 58
    Nope, no iDrive.
  • jonsdadjonsdad Posts: 4
    You need BMW Assist to have bluetooth capability. If your car has this capability you will have a SOS button on controls near the sunroof controls.
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 417
    Hi screen, well mine is a VW Jetta but I've only had to replace the battery once or twice at most. 4 times sounds really excessive. My commute is 7 miles each way so call it 30 minutes driving a day round trip since it's back roads and lots of lights heh.

    Do you drive it daily? Maybe if it goes longer stretches it's harder on battery life I'm not sure. Good luck with the 328ix! It's a gorgeous car I'm very strongly leaning towards getting it.
  • hello everyone,
    I have recently aquired a BMW 330D SE tourer and I am having starter problem. I take the car for quick drive, say 5 mins and leave car for about 1 hour. the car then wont start, engine turns over OK and there are No warning lights, sounds like it wants to start initially but then wont start, Just wont fire up. Starts first time about 12 hours later. Very intermittant problem. Computer diagnostics show all clear, (BMW dealer). My guess is fuel problem, fuel pump seems OK, Is there a sensor that could stop start up? I've seen that cam sensor could cause problem. Been with BMW garage 4 days but It wont repeat the problem, so I know that if I pick car up it will let me down. ANYONE had similar or suggest remedy? regards Paddy
  • jmarounjmaroun Posts: 139
    I sure will miss the 335! I put almost 21,000 miles on it in just 10 months and enjoyed every single one. Even with her long cranks, due to High Pressure Fuel Pump failures, the E90 335i sedan with sports package and 6speed manual is truly a dream and worth every penny. I would've bought another one if the economy were more stable. Props go out to BMW for doing the right thing and repurchasing this car with really very little hassle. I got a full refund minus milage up to first service for fuel pump failure. WOW! I'm very impressed, but sad that I lost my babe. :(

    I've decided to ride out this economic uncertainty in a 2010 Mustang GT (V8) with 5 speed manual. I got it with a 3.73 rear axle package option that comes with upgraded brakes. Besides that, it's bone stock. Power and Torque on this Stang comes from a blasty V8 power plant and the manual's engagement feels good and solid. Exhaust note is impressive and a joy to listen to. Handling however is reminiscent of my dad's Econoline. Compared to a 3, it's van'esque. I'm thinking of getting Ford's FR3 handling package which I hope will bring her a little closer to BMW handling. I know..a Mustang can never handle as well especially due to its live rear axle. For the next two years however, she'll have to do. I look forward to the next generation 3s.

    I'll tell you one thing, in the past week, I've gotten more looks for this Stang than 10 months with a 335 and 3 years with an 06 330 combined. No one so much as raised an eyebrow for my 335. The Stang is plenny fun too. If I can significantly improve its handling, she might be a keepper! :shades:

    San Diego
  • I haven't been able to find an answer in archives to this question.

    I know BMW doesn't recommend towing a BMW on all 4 wheels. However, that doesn't mean it can't be done, its just not recommended.

    I have a 1998 323ci with manual transmission. Is there anything that should be done to it in order to tow it behind a motorhome? I've heard where some vehicles need some sort of transmission pump to keep fluid flowing while being towed. Who is best to do this kind of work, a dealer or transmission place?

    Anyone know of someone who hauls a BMW 3-Series with a manual tranny behind a motorhome and all is okay? Thanks.

    Chris Olympia, WA
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    I think for any long distance you'd have to disconnect the drive shaft. Probably 40-50 miles would be okay flat-towed. I rather doubt anyone makes a transmission pump for a manual transmission BMW, so you'd have to rig something up to avoid rear bearing damage from the spinning output shaft.


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