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2003 BMW 3-Series Service



  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Thanks. :blush:

    Regarding my question and your answer, I actually called BMW dealer and apparently is still 15K or one year, whichever comes first. They told me to bring car around one year anniversary – "doesn't even have to be exactly one year".

    Hmmm, interesting. I'm quite sure that some sort of a service bulletin of some sort was issued a year or two back that stated that the one year oil life age requirement had been rescinded. I'll dig around and see what I can find.

    Best Regards,
  • bemerbemer Posts: 20

    I am not sure if I want to challenge my dealer on this one…?
    I forgot to mention that I did talk to the salesperson, the one that sold me this car (actually I was sold on it before I came to the dealership -?. The story could be different when I talk to service manager.
  • Thanks, cdnpinhead and shipo. One other question; I've got a dent in mine and wanted to get a new one. Do you know if you are able to buy these or you need to buy a new bumper?
  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081
    They told me to bring car around one year anniversary – “doesn’t even have to be exactly one year”.

    I've been getting similar feedback from service advisors at two different local BMW dealerships. They both will provide oil change services at one-year anniversaries, if the service indicator is not yet down to zero.

    However, I think your sales guy is incorrect regarding his "doesn't even have to be exactly one year" advice he gave you. From what I understand, BMW is very strict now regarding these terms. I've been told BMW will provide this complementary service only if the service indicator is all the way down to zero, or if a full 12 months have passed since the previous oil change.

    Earlier this year, I wanted to bring in my 2005 325 for its 1-year oil change service. (The indicator still showed about 2000 miles.) I asked if I could bring it in on Feb 10? The service advisor said "no"; I needed to wait until at least Feb 16, because that was the exact date of the previous year's service. So, I ended up bringing it on the 17th, instead.
  • Hi, I have a 2002 325i sedan with Auto trans. My car's developed a chirping cricket-like sound in the area of the driver's side front area. My mechanic says it's not mechanical. It comes and goes, and it's gotten a lot more annoying. It's not tied to speed, AC/fan operation, or anything I can tell. Has anyone else experienced this? Thank you.
  • According to the dealer, the fan control unit needed to be replaced. Just fyi.
  • bspechtbspecht Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 325i and am experiencing the same high-pitched buzzing, chirping sound, it seems to be coming from my dashboard. It sounds more electrical than belt-driven. I've tried to turn on/off the AC and the radio, but neither of those make it go away. It's very annoying, but typically it goes away after two or three minutes of driving. It it's intermittent, and starts after I start the car, mostly in the afternoon or evening. Anyone else having this problem? What's the solution.
  • vickikechvickikech Posts: 4
    Hello Bspecht, the dealer replaced the fan control unit and that fixed the chirpping, buzzing problem. Am very glad, because it was really getting on my nerves.
  • saminasamina Posts: 2
    I need to get my 50,000 mile service done on my 2005 BMW 325i in Houston. I heard the dealer charges around $900. Is this true? Can anyone recommend a good private mechanic who can competently do this service maintenance for less than the dealer?
  • My 335Xi is approaching 6000 miles and I would like to replace the oil myself before the maintenance schedule says to, as I did on my previous 330i. Does this require a plate to be removed to access the oil drain plug and if so does it come off easily and how much are the bolts torqued when replaced?


  • Mike,

    Maybe this will help.

    Looks very similar to my 330Ci, so probably very similar to your 330i also. There is a textual write-up near the bottom of the page. No torque specs given though. Aren't they in your manual?
  • Thanks for the help. I have a manual for my 330i but there are no manuals out yet for the 335. My 330i did not require anything to be removed to access the drain plug.

  • I just bought a BMW 325i witn 60,000 miles, i went ahead and got the 60,000 service done but the service light is still on. They told me that was normal?? Is that true?? I am not sure what I should do. I bought an extended warranty should I take it in to get looked at?

    Thank you for your help
  • That's lame. It's not normal. So long as there's nothing else the matter with the engine, the sensor's probably bad. Lots of sensors on mine had to be replaced. The window guvenors (sp?) are bad too, at least for the 2002 325i.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,293
    I just bought a BMW 325i with 60,000 miles, i went ahead and got the 60,000 service done but the service light is still on.

    Do you mean the Oil Service or Inspection light?

    They told me that was normal?? Is that true?

    They are either idiots, fools, or liars- or possible even all three.

    The following procedure may, repeat may work, but I have not personally used it on an E90 3er:

    Step 1
    Insert key into slot
    Step 2
    Press start/stop button without depressing clutch/brake and wait for the service reminder to dissapear.
    Step 3
    Immediately after service reminder goes out, press and hold the odometer reset. After 3 secs a warning triangle will appear, keep the odo. button pressed and after another 2-3 secs the Oil can will appear. I f you hold it too long (10 secs in total) you will overshoot the runway and some German writing will appear giving the software level/ can bus etc. of the car. Go back to the beginning and start again.
    Step 4
    You are now in the service menu, use the toggle switch on indicator stalk to scroll up/down through the various service items.
    Step 5
    When you have the item you want to reset showing, press the BC button on end of indicator stalk. Reset should now appear in the display. Press in and hold the BC button for 2-3 secs and a clock will start whirling around and hey presto, its done
    Step 6
    You can now either scroll up/down to select another item (as in step 4) or you can press the start/stop button to exit.

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

  • How would we find someone to repair a blower motor/rheostat in the Appleton WI area? We're not having much luck. The dealer wants to replace the entire unit at a cost of over $1,500. We've had this happen before and it was only a rheostate that was pretty cheap plus labor.


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