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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,400
    So this morning my E30 fired right up. I passed my Prelude on the way out of the parking lot and almost felt guilty, like I was cheating on it. ;) I put some heat on and opened the manual sunroof. I got an early start to give myself some extra time. Mostly I was going along at about 60 - 65 mph. The car felt a little nervous to me. I dropped it off at my trusted mechanic (as opposed to the Dominicans who own the fix a flat shop down the street from my store) to have the new BF Goodrich tires mounted and balanced.

    After work I got a ride to the mechanic, he told me the rims weren't in the best shape (I should look for new ones) but he was able to balance the tires very well. I thought the suspension was shot, but he told me everything was tight. The new tires completely transformed my car. I drove home and felt completely comfortable at speeds between 75 & 80. The car tracks straight as an arrow. It is hard to believe the car is 18 years old! It is remarkable.

    I'm getting a few goodies for hanukkah for my BMW (everyone is happy as my usual answer is I don't need or want anything short of a new 911): New glove box lock & latch, new Roundels for the front and back, new Roundels for the bottlecap wheels, and I want to learn how to use a claybar.

    I'm going to start driving it a few days a week now.

    What did I miss about my Prelude? My slick shifting 5 speed manual transmission, my SIRIUS radio (I can't stand radio commercials & there is no substitute for HOWARD), and my Prelude's passing power.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,400
    so my mechanic says there is plenty of life left on the brake pads, but they still squeal before I come to a complete stop...any suggestions?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Clay is easy. Here's what I use...

    http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/car+care/car+polishing/paint+cleaning+clay/p- aint+clay+%26+speed+shine+kit.do?search=basic&keyword=clay&sortby=newArrivals&pa- ge=1

    There's even a video there to show you how.

    My brakes squeal too. Personally, I like to think my Porterfields are talking to me - squealing with delight and egging me to brake a little later next time. :)
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I HAD thought about it. But we're wanting a sedan for lower insurance vs a coupe or hatch. May do some digging though.

    -Paul
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,423
    When conditions permit, brake HARD from @ 60mph down to 20 mph four or five times. Allow the brakes to cool a bit-say one to two miles-between applications.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 66,887
    In my experience, BMWs are pretty cheap to insure, overall...

    I think if you get a 4-cylinder, none of those cars will be more expensive to insure than the other, regardless of configuration.

    One example: Our convertible was only $72/yr more to insure than our sedan.. (of course, we aren't 16 yrs old).

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  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    My M3 costs less to insure than our Volvo. :blush:
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Okay, so find me some good examples of a 318ti or other 4cyl BMW. :)

    'Tis a challenge!!!!!!

    -Paul
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,423
    Here's a 1998 318i

    There are a bunch of good candidates on Auto Trader, many under $5K; an Acura dealer in IL has a Bright Red 1991 318is. I'd buy it but my wife has limited the Roaburner fleet to five cars and one motorcycle... :cry:

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,400
    Our insurance went down when we sold my wife's 2000 Mazda Protege and replaced it with her '07 X3.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Saw some pics of the 318. VERY nice.

    Anybody have any input on performance of these 4cyls? I have experience with BMW's I-6 and V8, but not their 4 cylinder. How is acceleration? Longevity? That 318 has about 138k on it, so I have a concern for reliability.

    -Paul
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,423
    Anybody have any input on performance of these 4cyls? I have experience with BMW's I-6 and V8, but not their 4 cylinder. How is acceleration? Longevity? That 318 has about 138k on it, so I have a concern for reliability.

    The M42/M44 engines produce @140 bhp stock. They develop most of their usable power above 3500 rpm so you have to shift accordingly. An E30 318is will knock out a 0-60 in the mid-nine second range. The E36 sedan and coupe will need a bit less than that. A ti will hit 60 in the low eights. A Conforti chip can be fitted to the 1991-1995 cars and it cuts almost 1/2 second off those times. As for longevity, a well-maintained engine should make 200K with no problem. My ti has almost 115,000 miles and all the engine has needed is a new thermostat, although I did replace the timing chain tensioner as a precaution(an easy and cheap DIY).

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,400
    This morning we had some snow on the ground, so I opted to take my Snow Tire Clad Prelude to work over my RWD, open differential, Soild rear Axle E30. When I was cleaning the cars off today, I noticed the wipers didn't wipe especially strong. With just a little ice on the windshield, the wipers got stuck half way (whereas my Prelude & wifey's X3 just wiped the ice off). Is there a fix for this besides a new wiper motor?

    Tomorrow calls for clear skies, so I'm going to use the E30 tomorrow

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,423
    With just a little ice on the windshield, the wipers got stuck half way (whereas my Prelude & wifey's X3 just wiped the ice off). Is there a fix for this besides a new wiper motor?

    Could be just a loose bolt in the linkage. Have you bought the E30 Bentley manual yet? It's a tremendous help...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,423
    Investing in BMW

    It's a clever ad, but most think it is a proposal from an ad agency that was never actually aired...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,400
    One of the first things I bought was the Bentley Manual. I just figured I'd pose the question here as I leave it in my car. I'll check it out over the weekend.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,423
    I checked the ETK and looking at this diagram it appears that perhaps nut #8 may be loose. If that's not it then it's likely the gearbox in the motor assembly is worn out. That's what happened to my Bavaria back in 1983...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • Guys, I have an opportunity to buy a rare 2004 330cic with less than 2,000 miles on it from a local dealership. Unfortunately, due to its age/production date, it cannot be CPO'd and it's factory warranty coverage is expired although it's nearly new. My dealership offered to sell me a bumper to bumper warranty for $3100.. I've looked on line for warranties.. one's for about $1600. I'm just wondering if anyone knows/can recommend the best place to buy a warranty from. I don't know/think I need every little thing covered, but powertrain, major electrical would be nice - oh and since its a convertible it would be great to have the mechanism for that covered as well.

    Thanks!
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 66,887
    What's rare about it, other than the low miles?

    Not knowing the price, I'd rather buy an '06 CPO convertible.. They are the exact same car, and even if it has 30K miles, you can get a BMW-backed warranty that will last you 3-3.5 years, depending on the in-service date..

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    kyfdx
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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,423
    E46 drop tops aren't exactly a dime a dozen, but they are nowhere near rare...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • not rare per se I know they ae out there.. but the mileage is unique you are right kyfdx.. Price is motivating me, its $21k.. so it's inexpensive and has lower miles... which is why I'm researching warranties.. I am hesitant to buy it given the low mileage, I'm worried about gremlins that haven't surface yet.. but would have if the car had say 30k miles. .
  • cbp1cbp1 Posts: 11
    I received an iPod for Christmas and am wondering how or if it can be used in my 2001 330ci. I haven't found an auxiliary power supply to plug it into. Are there adapters and how do they work?
    Thanks for any help you can provide.
  • I'm planning on doing the same thing with my iPod. I bought one of the FM mods that work thru the FM stations, but the sound quality is not where it should be for my taste (too much static).

    Try this link (you may have to copy & paste in your browser):

    http://www.icarkits.com/product_info.php?products_id=96

    It's suppose to plug in where a cd changer would go, yielding superior sound quality. I hope this helps!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    When I bought a 2000 328Ci recently, the sales rep told me there was a way to connect an iPod to the audio system, and I could ask the service dept for help with that. Since I've sold the car, it's not something I would pursue but it might be worth a call to your local BMW dealer's service dept. to see what they say about it.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,423
    This is the route that I would take.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • akv25akv25 Posts: 42
    Guys:

    Two questions:

    1. Has anyone heard of Wahler thermostats? A local shop I called says that it is OEM but doesn't come with a logo - they buy it direct and save some money.

    2. When the water pump fails, do the idiot lights come on and flash? I am getting to the 75K mark and since water pump failure is a common issue, I would like to be aware of any signs besides the temperature gauge (it is a reliable indicator but I doubt if my wife will notice this while driving if the engine overheats).

    Thanks in advance..
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,876
    A temperature gauge is a bad early warning system unless you are paying very close attention to it. If a pump fails and the needle goes into the red zone and stays there a bit before you notice it, your engine may be severely damaged. Modern alloy engines do not have the "slack" for this level of punishment like old iron V8 truck engines from 30 years ago. Cylinder heads like to bend under severe overheats.

    If you are really nervous and if wifey is really oblivious to temperature gauges (as are many people these days male or female) then you might just want to swap it out as a preventative measure. I know others will disagree with this strategy and I understand their objections ("if it ain't broke, don't etc etc")

    Here's a quote from Edge Motorworks, a well-known SF Bay Area BMW shop:

    "Water Pump Failure

    Water pump failure is without a doubt the easiest way to cause extensive and expensive damage to your BMW. The main symptom will be a rapidly overheating motor. What occurs is that the bearing or impeller on the stock pump, breaks, completely disabling the cooling system. If you ever see the temperature gauge on your BMW climb above the 3/4 mark,

    TURN THE CAR OFF IMMEDIATELY AND CALL A TOW

    TRUCK!!

    We can't stress this enough. Failure to catch the overheating motor in time can result in a warped head or even more severe engine damage. We recommend changing out the waterpump in six cylinder cars every 60-80k.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,423
    I'd just add that the E46-like virtually all BMWs since 1992-has a buffered temperature gauge, so it doesn't start to move off center until the motor is getting very hot. Once that gauge moves off center-never mind 3/4-switch off immediately.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,876
    People think they have "slack" but they don't. Unless your traffic situation is utterly dangerous (left lane, Santa Monica Freeway), you have to shut that engine off at the first sign of unusual gauge movement. Some people have driven 5-6 miles while in the "red zone" thinking they can limp home but they regretted that decision in most cases.

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  • akv25akv25 Posts: 42
    Thanks for the responses gentlemen. Any benefit of the EMP pump over the OEM in terms of performance or reliability?
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