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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,402
    Interesting....maybe you need to go back to clarify, just for your own peace of mind---it doesn't seem, on the face of it, to make any sense.

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  • Firebird_EOUFirebird_EOU Posts: 250
    See if there is one near you.
    http://www.bimmershops.com/
  • Firebird_EOUFirebird_EOU Posts: 250
    http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/1999-to-2005-bmw-3-series-2.htm

    $770 is the estimated cost for compressor based on $50 per hour.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271
    That dealer is trying to hose you. You can get an OEM quality fan clutch for $100, and it takes less than an hour to install it. As for the lower control arm bushings, you can get a pair of heavy duty bushings for $90- so they are charging an insane price for labor.
    I agree with Firebird; find a good indie shop.

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

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  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    Are you aware that you're replying to a 9+ year old post?
  • dan3434dan3434 Posts: 9
    I have a 2007 BMW 335i...occasionally I get an annoying squeaking sound when I hit a bump that seems to be coming from the dashboard. It persists every time I drive over uneven roads, but will sometimes go away without explanation. It sounds like a bird chirping. I took it to the dealer, but with the mechanic in the car could not duplicate the problem. As soon as I got near my house (quite a distance from the dealer), the noise started again. Anyone else have this issue? Any idea what it could be?
  • dan3434dan3434 Posts: 9
    No I wasn't...thanks. Will re-post in the right spot.
  • knokoutknokout Posts: 1
    edited June 2010
    I have a 2003 330 xi - love it! Last summer, the AC started to whine and seemed to put some drag on the engine. This summer it is still making the same noise and doesn't seem to cool as well. Also the driver's side is cooler than the passenger side. Any suggestions? Low freon or fried compressor?
  • fomentarfomentar Posts: 46
    I also have '03 330Xi...last year on first 'hot' day, A/C blew warm air...ended up recharging system with 'freon'. Service department suggested 'freon' route as cheaper alternative, to their credit...has been fine since.
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    The recharge-the-freon route is probably just a short term fix. The refrigerant is escaping somewhere, probably from a dried out seal someplace. If you're real lucky, it just might be compression fitting that can be tightened up. But, I would not hold out hope for a cheap, permanent fix.
  • ginritaginrita Posts: 3
    I am considering buying a used 328i with 70,000 freeway miles from a private party. I can't find out what I should expect to pay for annual maintenance costs and when is that really big tune up due? Unfortunately, I drove the car first instead of doing my research first. I read some where that these cars only have about 100,000 miles in them. Is this true? Please help, as I am used to driving a Honda Accord, if that tells you something. :)
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    BMW's can go well past the 100K mark (I have ~195,000 miles on an '87 325). But, you have to stay on top of the maintenance items. Around the 80K-100K mile mark, a 3-series should have the timing belt changed and while the engine is apart, the water pump replaced. Control arm bushings also may need to be replaced at that mileage mark.

    As to how much you can expect to spend to keep a 3 series running, here's one data point. In the 11 years I've had the 325 (bought used in 1999 with 125,000 miles on it), I spent $5300 on maintenance and repairs, including routine stuff like brakes, oil changes, and tires. That works out to $482/year. But. I am able to do almost all the repairs and maintenance myself. If that wasn't the case, then my yearly outlays would have been at least 2 times greater, say $1000/year.
  • ginritaginrita Posts: 3
    Thanks for the prompt response. One last question, if you don't mind?
    If my math is correct you have put 70,000 miles on your car in the 11 years you've had it. Does this include daily driving or is this your "fun" car. Since I already have a large SUV for recreation and I am donating my Honda, this will be my primary transportation. I just want to be sure this car will take me work and back for the next 5 years or so. I just wish I hadn't driven it--the decision would be much easier.
  • dujoxdujox Posts: 10
    You are asking a million dollar question but never less a good one.
    I have a 325xi, Sedan, 2003. Got it on 07 and it had already 125,000 "freeway miles".
    It is- still- my first Bimmer and I did tons of research (BEFORE buying it).
    There are couple things that a first time Bimmer-man should know.
    -Miles in a BMW does not quite tells a lot about a car real condition. Maintenace DOES. Those cars are beautiful but they are drama queen!
    -My research showed me that In order to keep up with my Queen, i should save about 2k a year for maintenance and repair. I then, checked for an "Extended Warranty". (You may check this forum for my finding)
    -I took the advice of 'saving my own Extended Warranty". The cost of an EW goes from 1,500 to 3,500 3 years ago.
    - I plan was to save the equivalent of one work-hour everyday or 2,000/year. This car just got out a lease. So instead of tossing out $2,500 on "Extended warranty'" I took the car to an Indy BMW garage and made are the critical repair. (Not many).

    -As you can see having the taste but no necessarily the status-income to keep up with those car made most of us very creative.
    - Finally, one pieces of advice if you ask: Don't buy Carfax report. BMW DO NOT report anything to anybody. They do not give away the car maintenance record either. It is "classification information" only available to a car's original owner.
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Well, I originally bought the car for my son when he was in college. He drove it for 6 or 7 years, then we did a trade and I got the '325 back. It was my daily drive for the next 3 or 4 years, though I always had a spare vehicle to drive if the BMW was tied up for repairs, such as when I replaced the steering rack. If it had been my only vehicle, then repair costs would have been much higher since I would have needed to rely on a shop for most of the work.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271
    No US spec BMW has had a timing belt since late 1991.

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271
    I can't find out what I should expect to pay for annual maintenance costs and when is that really big tune up due?

    All modern BMWs use a Service Interval Indicator or Condition Based Service(CBS) systemto inform the driver when routine maintenance is required. On a 328i an Oil Service will be called for at @15,000-20,000 miles. To be honest, I don't like to run oil that long, so I perform an oil change at 7,500-9,500 miles. I also use Mobil 1 0W-40 synthetic, which I prefer to the BMW-branded Castrol synthetic. It's a ridiculously simple DIY procedure and it costs me less than $55. The minor service(Inspection I) will come up at @30,000-40,000 miles and the major service(Inspection II) at 60,000-80,000 miles. An Oil Service will cost $60-$150, an Inspection I $150-$300, and an Inspection II $450-$800(prices will vary based on where you live and whether you go to a dealer or a indie BMW shop). Coolant must be changed every three years(using BMW Coolant ONLY), while the DOT4 brake fluid gets flushed every two years. If the car has a slushbox BMW also calls for changing the ATF at 100,000 miles, although I would have the procedure performed every 50,000 miles- and I'd have the differential oil changed(and manual transmission, if applicable) at the same time. Plugs get changed at 100K as well.
    Finally, join the BMW Car Club of America. Many dealers and independent shops offer CCA members 10%-25% discounts on parts and/or labor.

    I read some where that these cars only have about 100,000 miles in them. Is this true?

    Not even close. You can easily get 200,000 miles out of most any BMW as long as it is maintained properly. My wife drives a 2004 X3 with over 96,000 miles on the clock and it looks and performs like a new car. Non-scheduled repairs have consisted of a passenger seat airbag sensor which was replaced under warranty. As others have noted, I'd budget $500-$1,000 per year for maintenance. As for another example of a worn out 100,000 mile Bimmer, here's my 1995 3 Series... ;)

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

  • Firebird_EOUFirebird_EOU Posts: 250
    I thought they claim it's lifetime fill and you don't need to change it?
    My 2006 330xi has 90k now. I changed oil with CBS about 17k miles interval one time at 10k interval out of pocket. My front brake pads haven't been replaced that's how much highway driving or little brake I used. Rear pad replaced before 50k miles by dealer so that's the odd part. The 2nd set of RFT Continental has over 50k miles and it's still got good threads left....

    There is an occasional squeek coming from the lower panel where the heated seat buttons are. If I press down hard on the rubber piece to the left or right of the heated seat button then the noise stops. Does anyone know of a long term fix for this?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271
    I thought they claim it's lifetime fill and you don't need to change it?

    BMW recommends a 100K change on some models. If you aren't keeping the car much past 100K, don't change it. I'm planning to keep the X3 for 3-4 more years so I changed it at around 56K.

    I changed oil with CBS about 17k miles interval one time at 10k interval out of pocket.

    I perform used oil analysis on my X3(and MS3) and the reports on the X3 show that by 9K-10K the additive package in the Mobil 1 0W-40 is almost totally depleted. I sure would not want to run that oil another 8K-10K. Note that Mobil 1 0W-40 has BMW LL-01 approval. I've since switched to Mobil 1 5W-40, which is an SM oil that also meets the tough CJ-4, CI-4, and CH-4 diesel specs. It actually holds up a bit better.

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

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