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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier



  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152

    If I remember correctly, you can find the alarm in the parts department of either of the two following dealership sites:


    Ahhh, now I see where you were going with your previous post. Yes, I was in fact missing something. Sorry about that. ;-)

    Regarding the same ride across the various width ranges for 17" wheels assuming the usage of the same make and model of tire; hmmm, I'm not sure why but something in my gut just doesn't feel right about that assertion.

    <Thinking at the keyboard>
    First off, a 17x7 wheel with at 205/50 tire will weight somewhat less than the wider widths.
    Second, the wider tires while still running the same basic inflation will have a broader surface with which to contact the road, and that too should cause a harsher ride.
    Finally, according to one of the TireRack consultants, the same Make/Model of tire may NOT have the same construction and as a rule, costs more money to cover the differences.
    </Thinking at the keyboard>

    Does any of this definitively mean that the wider/lower profile (as a percentage of tread width) will ride firmer than the standard narrow rubber? Probably not. It's just that my gut says it does.

    Hopefully somebody with more knowledge on this subject will chime in here and enlighten us all. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    If for some reason you really worry about your car, get an aftermarket alarm that will contact you when the alarm's tripped. Otherwise, it's useless. Passerby simply don't care.

    If for some ungodly reason you'd want a stolen car back, then go for the old lojack. Of course with many friends who have had their cars stolen, the ones who got the car back were always the least happy. The saying "drive it like you stole it" has is roots in what people do to stolen cars (the ones that aren't taken to a chopshop or across to mexico).
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 53,776
    I agree with you.... that the same brand/model may not ride the same, even though they have the same sidewall height.. but, I guess my point was, specifically in this case, the difference between the ride in the sport and non-sport 330i was more likely (or most likely) due to the difference in the "type" of tire, rather than the width.

    I hope no one with more knowledge steps in... It is much more amusing for me to guess...



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  • memphis10memphis10 Posts: 161
    Pacing is a legal method to catch speeding. I figured it out the hard way this past weekend. Got pulled over doing 55 on a 40. RD didn't go off and when I saw the ticket, I found that the cop had checked off pacing as the option of detecting speed. BTW, I love the exhaust note of the ZHP. I wonder if an aftermarket exhaust like Borla or something else will give me the same kind of sound.
  • rshaw11rshaw11 Posts: 52
    I have a 2002 325i and the ignition key is sometimes very stiff. It doesn't seem to spring back all the way after starting the car, and once I couldn't even turn it when I tried to start the engin. I moved the steering wheel back and forth, but this didn't free it up. After trying it for three or four minutes it finally worked. Anyone else having this problem? When I took it in last year and reported the problem, the dealer said it was ok, just like all the other cars.
  • decsdecs Posts: 8
    -I understand that Sat radio is available as an accessory on the 3er, how integrated is the unit going to be wrt displays, multi-function steering wheel etc. Thanks.

    -Also, interested about special options like stand-alone sport seats and myrtle-wood, where can I find the list of option codes. Any feelings on SC performance center delivery? Thanks.
  • dennydenny Posts: 17
    I have had the problem you describe several times but haven't asked the dealer to check it out as yet.(2002 325xi).
  • rshaw11rshaw11 Posts: 52
    I'm going into the dealer in two weeks and will have them check it out again. I'll let you know how that goes.
  • bmw323isbmw323is Posts: 410
    I had the whole ignition lock up on me when the engine was running! Couldn't turn it off. I could have just popped the clutch, but then I wouldn't have been able to restart it. It happened on my return to the office from lunch, so I left the engine running, called the dealer service department and brought the car in. They had to send the whole ignition part to the factory. The car was out out of service for 5 days (over Labor Day weekend). They were very nice to give me a loaner with no notice. However, when I got the car back, the ignition was very hard to turn and sometimes I have difficulty in getting the key out (it sometimes sticks part way out). I've been told that the stiff turn is fine and what happended to my car was a fluke that they never heard of before. Most of the loaners I've had also had very hard-to-turn keys.
  • flyf1shflyf1sh Posts: 12
    I am very interested in what you said regarding your dealer offers "tires for life". Could you elaborate on this a little.
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    "-Also, interested about special options like stand-alone sport seats and myrtle-wood, where can I find the list of option codes."

    The dealers should have'em.

    415 rear sunshade $400
    431 auto-dimming mirror $325
    438 dark wood trim $500
    481 sport seats $550
    488 lumbar support $450
    502 retractable headlight washers $375

    Our special-order 325i arrives from Germany at the west-coast port 6 weeks after placing the order.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    Does anyone know which RD is the best? I got pulled over once doing 88 on 65 lol, and somehow my RD didnt warn me :(
    Im considering valentine1, but im not so sure if its any good...
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 53,776
    Valentine One has the reputation for being the best out there.. The guy that owns it started at Cincinnati Microwave and helped develop the original Escort.

    There are really only two choices.. Valentine One and Escort. You can't go wrong with either one.


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  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    RD's are not licenses to speed. They are not effective against pacing and other techniques like observations from aerial platforms.

    They are just a check to keep you safe. :)


    I'd opt for the Valentine though. Multi bogey counters, arrows, etc. V1 or the new Passport/Escort 8500? would probably be the top choices for reliability and accuracy.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    seems like the cops out there r getting smarter :)
    ive heard a lot of cops are starting to use this technique, but imo as long as we keep our eyes open well be ok :)
    I looked at ebay and found new v1s for sale at lower starting to wonder myself if they might be selling fakes, anyone know anything about this?
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    You can buy a refurb Valentine for $350.

    Pacing? Heck, in CA all they gotta do is see your car and give you a ticket based on visual assessment of speed.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735

    Fortunately, I drive up in the Mojave desert area - Lancaster, Palmdale, Edwards AFB area and out to Barstow and Vegas. Wide open areas. I can be zipping around 80-85 and they don't even bother with the cars they see on a regular basis. I drive past a CHP and 2 Sheriff's depts each day. :)

  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    85? Man, I can barely do that in urban areas. Out there, nothing under 95 - unless the popo is around.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 10,621
    my Dad ended up with the Passport 8500 X50. I'll let you know how it does next week. He's taking it (in his X5) to Pittsburgh, PA for Memorial Day weekend.

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  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    what about radar jammers? :) sounds pretty illegal to me, but i never used one though, is it any good?
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    I'm not gonna touch those or the infrared traffic light changers.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    performing hostly duties ...

    Your Membership Agreement is very clear on this point: " does not allow the promotion of illegal conduct or activities or fraudulent schemes in Town Hall."

    That means that we aren't going to further pursue radar jammers, or other illegal methods of avoiding getting caught speeding.

    How about we just get back on topic...

    Thanks for your understanding.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    i got it, sorry 'bout that :)
    and thx for reminding me, totally forgot about the rules before :)
  • butmywife1butmywife1 Posts: 26
    FLY: My dealer (Hahn, Yakima, WA) offers "tires for life" which means when the tread gets to or below a threshold (3 cm?) they'll replace it through a local tire dealer. I'm on my first replacement set of tires now. The catch is that they will only replace each tire as it reaches the threshold. So, I had one replaced, another tire two months later, and the remaining two a month after that. I didn't mind as it saved me $500 or so. "For life" means as long as I own the car.

  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    i heard of this one case where the engine shuts off everytime the driver use cellphone inside his car...anybody have any idea what the problem is?
  • bavarianbavarian Posts: 63
    Blueguydotcom said.....

    "then again some view going to europe as a vacation. to each his own. when i go on vacation i want to go to fun places."

    Such as? Disneyworld or Cancun? Where are these fun places?

    When was the last time you were in Europe and what "fun" was lacking there?

    Some of the best "fun" to be had in Europe is picking up a new BMW in Munich and driving it on the autobahn where you can go as fast as the car will go which in the case of your car would be 155mph rather than the piddly 95mph you do on the highways of CA (with all due respect to the CHP). The roads are also smoother there and twisties abound. The people driving on the same road also have a rough idea of how to drive, unlike their American counterparts.

    ED is a great way to go, to save money and to savor the car , even if it is a "lowly"(sic) 325.

    Norris, European by birth and future M3 owner
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Such as? Disneyworld or Cancun? Where are these fun places?

    Asia, Africa, So. America, Australia.

    When was the last time you were in Europe and what "fun" was lacking there?

    Never been and don't plan on it until I've exhausted the rest of the interesting continents.

    Some of the best "fun" to be had in Europe is picking up a new BMW in Munich and driving it on the autobahn where you can go as fast as the car will go which in the case of your car would be 155mph rather than the piddly 95mph you do on the highways of CA (with all due respect to the CHP).

    I've done 130 on the freeway. 155 was attainable but not desirable given it was the middle of the night. I needn't visit the autobahn to have fun on the road.

    ED is a great way to go, to save money
    That's true in select cases. Purchasing a normal 330i or 325i you can get as good, if not better deals locally. And without the expense or hassle of going to europe. High end makes like the 5 and 7 and M should save you cash. But again, there's the hassle factor.

    Norris, European by birth and future M3 owner

    Me, American by birth, German by blood and not at all interested in Europe. Give me Thailand or Tokyo anyday...
  • I purchased a european spec first aid kit box and kit that was supposed to mount under the seat of my 2004 330cic. I was told it would work with the power sport seats (SP) but it does not fit. When you run the seat all the way back and down (tall driver) the box interferes with the rearmost seat travel.

    Too bad -- I was planning to install a box under each seat and was looking forward to the extra storage space under the seats. Has anyone had a different experience with this item and seat configuration ?

  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    I also noticed, when the front seats are raised to make clearance for the big shoes from the rear-seat passengers, the power motor interferes & forces their feet slightly crooked, even worse when there are 3 pairs of shoes to be distributed.

    Those of you getting the $995 power feature on the non-sport seats just to gain the thigh-tilt adjustment might as well save the $ & special order the $550 manual sport seats w/ even more adjustments including the cushion length(Wow, something the S-class got). I also find the sport seats' headrests a little more comfortable possibly due to being able to lower further. & w/ the $445 left over, get the $450 4-way power lumbar on these manual sport seats, as the memory feature from the power seats does not memorize your lumbar position anyway.

    Combining w/ the absence of moonroof to keep the front occupants sitting high AND more forward, a 325i can be a decently roomy sedan so everyone gets to enjoy the ride. What a bargain!

    I also noticed BMW purposely ruined the rear center armrest lately by changing the nice thick high one into something uncomfortably low just like the one w/ the optional $500 folding rear seat, so those who spent that $500 won't get jealous? This doesn't apply to our leatherette 325i, which doesn't have one to begin with.
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    "Give me Thailand or Tokyo anyday..."

    Tonight I was just persuading the teenager student driver of the family, that's bound to take over our "unwanted" TSX auto, using the left hand to hold the steering wheel so he can eventually adapt to drive stick easier, but he prefers using the right hand since he's right handed. 'cause I'm sick of his nerdy dad that can't drive stick & is against stick.

    Thailand & Tokyo drive on the left just like the Brits. Is "right-hand steering/left-hand shift" a reason? I visited Thailand in '98, & I think the E46 sedan's rear-glass width sucks for lane changes in crowded cities. The C-class sedan & IS300 are better. No wonder I like to drive my '84 Jetta & '90 Protege.
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