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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • My BMW is a 325i(E46), recently I always heard sounds like "" from the rear wheels when someone getting in or out the car in parking mode.
    I tried to fix the problem by sending the car to BMW's official service center. The technician said it's the normal sounds that if the hand brake applied.
    I just wonder have anyone got the same problem and why I never heard the same sound from other brand of cars?
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Relax; it's a common characteristic of BMW cars.
  • Hello Mr. B

    Did you meant the sounds of my BMW is normal?Please advise....Thanks!

  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Yes, the noise is normal-just the nature of the beast.
  • I have a two month old 330xi with sport seats and a 6-speed. Inspite of all the available seat adjustments, I'm having a hard time finding a comfortable driving position (I'm 5'8" and 140lbs, so it's not that I don't fit well in the car). One part is that the seat feels like it is turned slightly to the left, while the seat cushion seems to tilt back and to the center of the car. I've also noticed that the angle of the seat cushion can't be lowered as much as the passenger seat, which would help somewhat with at least one portion of this strange feeling. It's especially noticeable in that the passenger seat is completely absent of this problem...I can very easily adjust the passenger seat to a comfortable height/angle/distance. At first I thought maybe the seat cushion just needed to be broke-in, or I just wasn't used to the car yet...but it's been two months now and 2,000 miles and it doesn't seem to be improving significantly. Also, the gas pedal seems positioned much closer to the driver (than the dead-pedal, and also in relation to keeping a comfortable distance from the gas pedal while still being able to depress the clutch all the way to the floor...most noticeable when trying to cruise at a constant speed on the highway), and at a much steeper angle than other cars I've driven, including my Boxster, which has the same accordian-style gas pedal, but an almost ideal driving position for angle and distance with the pedals. A friend of mine says there are aftermarket kits available that can at least reduce the angle of the gas pedal. Is that something the dealership can do, or even endorses as a modification, or is it purely an aftermarket thing and something I'll have to do on my own, at the risk of violating my warranty or lease restrictions? These are both things I did not notice in the car I test drove (I ordered this one from the factory), which also had sport seats and a 6-speed manual. I've even asked several friends to drive the car and they all agree with my observations. Has anyone else experienced/noticed a problem like this? I'm very frustrated that a car I bought primarily for the pleasure of driving, and is billed as the ultimate driving machine, has become so unpleasant to drive because the driving position is less than ideal. Thank you for your insight and help on this.

  • rdr1rdr1 Posts: 4
    picked up my baby a week and a half ago ... 325i, silver gray, blk ltte, sp, pp, xenon, AUTO ... Love it! So I'm real careful about not reving past 4K and vary my speed on the hwy to break it in but i noticed something today ...

    When I was trying to switch lanes, I accelarated and instead of the rpms going up, they started to drop off to 2.5K and then jumped to 4.5K. There seems to be a resistance now around 3K when I know I didn't notice that before.

    It just doesn't seem right ... I expect the car to accelarate when I give it gas - in this case, the speedometer starts increasing, the pedal feels heavy, the RPMs start dropping and then boom - they shoot up to 4500 and then the speed picks up.

    I should mention that this happens only when the car is in 4th and on the move. Off a stop, its great.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks ...
  • lojaklojak Posts: 7
    Your auto transmission is adaptive, meaning it learns the shift points as you drive it more to try and match your driving style. This is all computer driven. Just like any computer program, however, they can malfunction or simply calculate your "personal" shift points incorrectly. You can drive it some more and hope that it picks up your more "usual" shift points, or take it to the dealer and have them reset it. Also, have them run a check on any software updates that might be available. The new 5 series were notorious for their "immature" software builds, especially with the auto tranny.
  • A very similar feeling occurs in my 2001 530 auto. It started around 20,000 miles and is steadily getting worse (now at 65,000)and in 2,3 and 4 gear. The dealer has done the new software route a couple of times which usually helps for a while, BMWNA says it is "normal" and the folks at Roundel say it is the nature of the automatic beast to think for itself. I have given up trying to get it fixed and learned to live with it - mostly by keeping the RPMs above 3000 which is easy to do with the steptronic transmission and not without some inherent joy. If you find a different solution please post it.
  • I read some posts that it is kind of "normal" that a bimmer will lose some Engine oil every 4-5K miles, thus require adding a quarter motor oil. However, my own experience is much worse than that. In the last 6 months, the engine oil light came up three times, which means almost every two months, I had to add a quarter of motor oil. I mainly use the 2001 330i for daily commute and drive no more than 1200 miles/month. No heavy traffic and no hard driving (even though the baby is built for that). BTW, if it matters, I do take the car to a back road with nice curves from time to time (every 2-4 weeks) and the engine oil warning light almost always came up after one of these enjoyable mountain road curving.
    Do you folks consider this normal? Other than the mysterious loss of engine oil, the car drives like a charm and I don't see any other problems.

  • I am waiting for my beamer to be born in about 4 more weeks. I can't wait. does anyone have a 2005 330 convertible? What do you think?? Anyone with the steel blue color? i also purchased a hard top. Any comments appreciated
  • I'm new to the boards here, looking for advice on a 1988 325ic body problem that I can't seem to solve: rainwater starting to fill up the well where the convertible top is stowed. The dealer suggested a new seal to keep the rain out, but that hasn't worked. And the real problem is how to keep the rainwater draining out once it does seep into the well. Has anyone else had or solved this problem, or have a suggestion for me? I keep having to bail the water out of that well, and it's slowly corroding away the metal parts of the soft top that is stowed there.
  • drddodrddo Posts: 31
    I'm not sure, but I may be having the same problem. My new 2004 325xi is stalling every morning now that the weather is getting cold. The first turn of the key, the engine catches very briefly then stalls. The second turn starts every time. The engine is a bit rough until it gets warmed up, then it works like a charm. Kyfdx, is the software update you mentioned the fix I need?

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,666
    Well.. the problems I've heard about were more transmission related.. When the engine is cold, you shift from Reverse to Drive.. and it seems to sit in neutral for two to three seconds..

    However, most stalling, hesitation problems with 3-series seem to be fixed by some kind of computer update.. I'd definitely have the dealer look at it (it's free!!).

    (no problems here..crossing fingers)

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  • paulepaule Posts: 382
    Any chance there's a drain hose that is plugged?
  • glakerglaker Posts: 49
    I'm swapping over my summer wheels/tires on my new 330 for the new winter wheels/tires I recently purchased. Can anyone help me out with the proper torque setting for the lug nuts when I tighten them? Thanks.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    88 lb/ft, tightened in a "Star" pattern.

    Best Regards,
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,666
    Got mine put on today.... 88 lbs.. or so they tell me... lol

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  • glakerglaker Posts: 49
    Thanks Shipo and kyfdx! I sent an e-mail request for the same info to the "Owners' Circle" at BMW-USA. Guess what they said???? "Sorry, we don't have that kind of information". God forbid they should provide something useful other than sales crap! Glad we've got this forum!
  • webby1webby1 Posts: 209
    "Well.. the problems I've heard about were more transmission related.. When the engine is cold, you shift from Reverse to Drive.. and it seems to sit in neutral for two to three seconds.. "

    In my 2004 330I fixed on Oct is the comment from the N/C invoice :

    " Check vehicle does not move when first put into gear on coldstarts. Drives fine when warmed up.
    EGS programing . Bulletin 24 07 03
    Short test no codes in EGS. Reprogram as per Bulletin 24 07 03 ".

    Thanks KDX
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Your welcome. ;-)

    Oddly enough, the data does exist over on the "Owners' Circle", within the downloadable PDF manuals. If you simply download the manual for the 2004 3-Series sedans you will see on page 150 that the torque specification is 120 Nm or 88.5 lb/ft. It seems that the folks over at the "Owners' Circle" don't have the ability to read their own manuals. ;-) Kind of funny if you think about it.

    Best Regards,
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