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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,708
    Not me... I don't need to be the fastest.. I like the linear power delivery of a NA engine...

    If I really need to be that fast, I can just get a Z06 (NA, there.. too)

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    I would guess that not too many people cross-shop BMW 3 Series and Corvettes. :P


  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Based upon the relatively flat torque curve of the turbo motor, I would think that, if anything, the throttle response would be better than the normally aspirated engine.
  • dan12dan12 Posts: 114

    The BMW mechanic I go to for my wife's X5 told me the same thing. If I want to save money on long term maintenance, I should get the 328i.

    My '07 335i has almost 49K miles. I have been told that the turbos can start having problems before 100K miles. I'm not sure how true that is. So far I have had the HPFP replaced, the rear brakes replaced because they were making a noise when turning left, the A/C blower fan replaced because it was making a noise when turning right, and 3-4 other things that were broken or leaking. Not exactly a stellar example of reliability for less than 50K miles. All of this was covered under warranty so I'm not complaining too much, but I had a much better experience with the Acura I owned years ago.... and a worse experience with my Jeep GC.

    I guess the HPFP problem is related to the turbos and maybe the brakes too since they are bigger/different from those of the 328i. The bigger factor might be that '07 was the year that BMW first introduced the twin turbo engine and the HPFP and squeaky brakes are the initial gremlins. I hope a 2011 335i doesn't have these problems. As for the other things that were broken or leaking, well, I guess I should expect that with a non-turbo bmw as well.

    My personal impression at this point is that if I want a reliable BMW my best bet is to get a non-turbo version late in the model cycle. A 2011 328i is probably a good bet. And I am sorry to say this, but I think a better bet for reliability is to buy an Acura, Lexus, etc.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    I think you are getting decades old information there. There may be other reasons for not having a turbo (more expensive to buy, more expensive to do repairs because of the plumbing in the way, probably a need for higher octane fuel) but you don't hear much about turbo failures on modern cars these days.


  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    Sounds like you should change your rule #1 to Never buy a car with a HPFP.

    You didn't mention any turbo's needing replacement...
  • Please give me some guidance, I have found a 1999 323i coupe, 5 speed with 153,000 miles. I need a reliable, economic car for $5,000 to use on my daily commute of 56 miles roundtrip. It being a fun car to drive is a huge bonus! I will have it checked by a mechanic, but, overall, would the car meet my needs.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,304
    The powertrain should be good for at least 250,000 miles. It's the ancillaries that could prove troublesome- radiator, HVAC fan, suspension bits, window regulators, etc. If you can't handle minor repairs and maintenance yourself I'd set aside @$100/month for repairs and maintenance. A BMW must be maintained by the book- to fail to do so will prove very costly.
    Finally, don't have it checked out by just "a mechanic"; find someone who KNOWS BMWs.

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

  • nay5nay5 Posts: 1
    i just purchased a a used 2001 325i a new transmission was put in. the car has 165k mile did i make a mistake of buying this car
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,304
    An automatic I assume, correct? Who rebuilt the replacement? It's only a mistake if you paid too much or the car has been neglected. I hope you had an experienced BMW tech inspect it prior to purchase.

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

  • In the last 2 days, our 2007 328i sedan makes a scraping noise when going over a speed bump, but not if one front wheel only goes over. It doesn't do this for potholes.
    52k miles. Dealer suggested sway bar bushings but said it wasn't necessary?
  • So I bought my '04 330xi back in August with 79,000 miles on it, and around 2 months later was without a car for almost 2 weeks because of a failed CCV and DISA - caused misfirings, insane oil consumption and a host of other issues. I think the time it was out was a result of not taking it to the right mechanic from the get-go.

    With the exception of my expansion tank blowing out when the temperature here in Pittsburgh dropped to 4 degrees in December, I have had no problems - my mechanic was able to swap out the expansion tank, add coolant and bleed the system within 15 minutes of me bringing my car in.

    Plans for March when he takes my snow tires off? Engine Mounts, checking the intake boot for any tears, inspecting the driveline for any damage thanks to potholes, and either an Auto Trans Fluid change or a new radiator (preventatively).

    roadburner - At 84,000 miles have I missed the window for doing a trans fluid change? I would hate to cause the failure of my transmission for having it changed at a point later than I should.
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Doesn't sound like bushings to me.

    Do you get the noise when the front end goes over the bumps, or the back end?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,304
    roadburner - At 84,000 miles have I missed the window for doing a trans fluid change? I would hate to cause the failure of my transmission for having it changed at a point later than I should.

    There are a lot of different opinions on that. I had a drain and fill(no filter change) performed on my wife's 528iA at 100,000 miles and the lady we sold it to now has close to 200,000 miles on it with no issues. That said, more than a few techs say leave it alone if it if the ATF wasn't changed prior to 60,000 miles. I'd probably roll the dice and change it- but with the understanding that I'd be chancing a premature failure.

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

  • Hi Mr Shiftright, I purchased a new Acura RSX in 2006. As a middleaged female, I babied it, handwashed it, oil change every 4k-5k miles, etc etc. With 4 payments left and 70k miles on the car, the engine blew out of no where. Acura treated me like dirt. They talked to me like trash, offered no assistance and the customer service center in California was terrible. I got assigned to the same rude lady that said over and over again "Ma'am, we will not even consider assisting you unless you come up with every oil change receipt every 3k miles." period.... Needless to say, a friend of mine heard about how I was treated and put in a engine from a junk yard ($2k) and I traded it in to the dealer next door to the Acura dealership (also owned by the same) and got a Misti Eclipse SE. Dealer wanted $6k just to rebuild top half of original engine.... crazy. So the morale of my story is I guess you never know what your gonna get.. I see Escorts on the road still running 12 years later.... just never know.
  • Anyone have any comments about the relilability of a 2008 335xi (twin turbo)?? or, maybe I just answered my own question. (my grandpa used to say, if you have to ask, you can't I can afford the car, just the mainenance scares me. It does come with the balance of warranty (car has 36k miles on it) and the warranty that comes with a certified used. But, as a female, a single female, that lives week to week,,, I just cannot afford big ticket items (turbo/transmission/etc). And, I agree with a comment previous about Motor Trend magazine constantly praising the 3 series,,, then I look at the reviews and they seem average. (???). Thanks!!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    Yep, once the warranty runs out, all bets are off on a car. You simply cannot count on what a complex piece of machinery will do over time. A certain small percentage of new cars will self-destruct "before their time" and I don't know why some get stuck and some don't. Life is not fair. :(


  • mylesrmylesr Posts: 9
    I got this reading #0411 on my 325i w/72K miles...service engine soon light is on as well. I have a K&M lifetime airfilter installed and just cleaned it. I was told the secondary air system is usually just for CA emissions...anyone have experience w/this? I am using regular gas and gety 22mpg.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,304
    If you are that worried buy a 328i with a manual transmission. That's a great package and you eliminate three potentially expensive components- the turbos, AWD system, and the automatic. That said, I'm taking a hard look at a 335i manual at my local dealer- but then I'm looking for a car that can double as a daily driver as well as a track toy.

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

  • I had an accident yesterday with my 2011 BMW. The damage to the car was the bottom panel under the passenger side door as well as the door and area above right side front wheel. My question is I'm wondering how the car will drive after the repairs. My concern is that the airbags never deployed during the accident ? Any information regarding the repair and or air bag deployment would be great. I'm pretty concerned about the car after the repair is complete?
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