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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Your car probably has an "indirect" TPMS, which is described below in a post from Tire Rack:

    Indirect systems work in conjunction with the ABS wheel speed sensors that "count" the number of revolutions of each tire. If the right front tire is low (25psi) it will spin faster than the left front tire (35psi). The ABS system will recognize this change and alert the driver with a flashing light and possibly a loud chime. BMW's indirect systems do not affect the fitment of aftermarket wheels.

    Note that this technique uses the speed sensor on the wheels that's part of the ABS system. That sensor is very rugged and, if it is not working, I'm sure you would be seeing your ABS warning light come on.
  • my 2006 330i has only 24500 miles and its warrant expired 6 months ago,is there any warranty service campaign for these pumps?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    There is a TSB for this known and frequent problem but not any kind of official extended warranty for it that I'm aware of. Maybe, given the low mileage, you can petition BMW for some relief. Or you can ask the dealer to advocate for you. Some dealers are given discretionary funds for goodwill settlements.

    The TSB info is:

    SI B12 04 05
    Engine Electrical Systems

    October 2008
    Technical Service


  • Thank you for your reply...
    My ABS light is fine and the tire pressure warning is not flushing.. just stys lit for the remainder of the ride until the car is restarted. and then, again 7-10 minutes have to pass by for it to come on again.

    I know that i have a tpms sensors on the wheel by the valve
    any clue what i need to fix to make it go away?
    Thanks again.
  • Over the last two months I've had the car in the shop 24+ days for engine related problems.

    It started in October - my doors locked, the starting crank was really long and the navi didn't work. A trip to the dealer and the actuators were replaced, they did something to get my navi working and they reflashed my ecu.

    A week later the engine was taking even longer to crank. I brought it in. 1 week passed and I had new injectors.

    The problem persisted. Another visit and the HPFP (fuel pump) was replaced. Over 6 or so days.

    The next day I got an engine malfunction light. A week passed and they gave me my car with a set of new turbos.

    Another week passed and I got the engine malfunction light once more. This time they replaced my manifold over 6 days.

    One odd thing, my SA refused to give me details on the car's previous visits to the dealership before I bought it. I wonder what's in there...
  • Sounds just like the kind of experience I had at Roseville BMW. Lousy service, and if they break something, they deny responsibility. Tried two other BMW dealerships, and was totally unimpressed by all three. I'll do as much of my own work as possible and if it's something I can't handle, I'll try to find an independent shop. They don't pay their technicians enough to get talent. I suspect the only reason BMW dealer service has satisfied customers, is because the customers don't know enough to realize they are getting screwed by incompetents.
  • Might be a buyback -- essentially privately lemoned to BMW by the prior owner.
  • According to CA law BMW and the CA DMV would list it as a buyback. Looks like it was a lease return.

    I finally got all the records. Over 2 years the original owner had 2 HPFP's replaced and one HPFP sensor replaced. He also had his navi replaced. Those two areas have been common problems for me too.

    Thankfully the 2006 changes to the CA lemon law allow for used cars with a warranty to still have access to the buy back option. I've already begun discussing this with BMW.
  • Yep, its the only way,unles :mad: s you are rich and can afford to change cars before warranty expires.beware of the replacement thermostat on N52 engines it just don't fit on the hoses with quick connectors
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    BMW doesn't know who they're messing with!

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

  • To put it simply it's going very well. Love the :lemon: law. :blush:
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    so what will you get next? inquiring minds want to know!

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

  • Many outside influences will shape that - sadly. New house, 1 year old, health issues are all going to influence the next vehicle. The 335i was great for the kid though.
  • I had 1 xenon light on my 2005 3 series go out and it cost $1500 to fix. I was told all 3 of the following failed simultaneously the bulb, ignitor and module. Total parts $1000 labor $400. Is this ridiculous or what? Anyone else with similar story?
  • yvkyvk Posts: 1
    2005 330xi with 45K. Garaged for some time, fell behind on maintenance. Any good source on what is required maintenance schedule at this point? Also, any recommendations on repair shop in central/northern NJ?
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    No, not that bad. My son just replaced one of his HID bulbs in his 2002(?) Acura TL. Only needed the bulb which was around $90, if I remember correctly. Had to drop the bumper in order to remove the headlight trim. Took him a couple of hours in my garage.

    He wasn't sure if it was just the bulb or something else. So, he started with the cheapest thing and was going to work his way up from there. Luckily, it was just the bulb.

    I wonder if the dealer (assume this is where you had the repair done) just shotgunned it and replaced everything that could be the problem, without doing any real troubleshooting.
  • Hi Everyone,
    I'm going to be buying my first BMW, the 328 with a manual tranny. Is this a good move? I know they are basically good cars, but they do have there share of problems. Will I be happy, or should I keep my G37S coupe. The G runs great, just bored, want to see what a bimmer feels like, will I notice a difference? Thanks for your help.
  • Yes they feel different. The 328 is a bit more button-down and predictable in terms of handling and refinement. That said, be prepared when it's out of warranty. They can run forever with proper maintenance.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    how old is your g37S? How many miles are on it? Bored... your boredom is gonna take a huge depreciation hit.

    Make sure you go with the Sports Package as well as the manual transmission!

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

  • I just purchased a 2010 328i xdrive. I have had it just a few days and noticed some scratches on the interior molding. Does anyone know of a product that I can use to minimize the appearance of the scratches? Thanks, I appreciate it.
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