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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier



  • harts31nharts31n Posts: 1
    buying a 2000 323it wagon 95000miles what sould i look for as far as problems.
  • densmith1densmith1 Posts: 9
    I am having issues with my passenger side mirror not keeping its setting. When I unlock the car by pressing the remote button the mirror changes its angle. Is this a problem with the mirror or with the remote? Is there something I am doing wrong? I am driving a 2007 328i sedan and have the mirror switch pushed all the way to the left.
  • kathyc2kathyc2 Posts: 159
    Just a guess, but it might have something to do with the driver settings. For example when you get in and adjust it, but don't set it as your driver setting the next time you open it, it thinks you want it to go to the memorized setting and changes on it's own.
  • 8av88av8 Posts: 1
    Instead of re-pinning the connector could't you just cut the wires at the harness and splice a 10 gauge to them...ground the 10 ga on the chassis/frame?
  • bemerbemer Posts: 20
    My 323i was doing this for years. Switch to "top grade gasoline" and use only 91 octane. I had no check lights come on for last 3,4 years. It could be faulty sensor as well. Good Luck!
  • notmybmwnotmybmw Posts: 101
    I suspect you're bang on, Kathy.

    Another possibility is that densmith1 and some other driver (with a different key) may both be using the car. I believe two separate keys can be programmed to position the outside mirror to two different settings. (or did I just dream this???)

  • I have a 2001 BMW 3 Series Coupe (E46). First thing in the morning when the engine is cold, the engine revs on its own. The rev needle goes up to about 3,000 rpm and then drops to idle. This happens time and time again. If I switch the ignition off and then on again it stops? Does anybody know what is wrong with it? Also, when I come to a stop, regardless weather I put the foot or handbrake on, the ASC light flashes as I pull away again and the rear right wheel seems to stck as if the brake is still on for a moment...! Very frustrating...!

  • I lost my 21 yr old son July 2009 when he fell asleep in our 2002 BMW 330 with the engine running. The car caught fire after idling for one hour. Investigation showed cooling fan failure. I read that 2001 3-series had same problem with massive recall. Anyone heard of same problems with 2002 cars? BMW refusing at accepting any blame or taking corrective actions. Do not want this to happen to any other family! Any suggestions?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 12,602
    Oh my god. I'm deeply sorry for you loss. You might want to try bimmerfest. If there is something going on, there'll be a thread about it over there.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • pylt1pylt1 Posts: 12
    I'm sorry about your terrible loss.

    You'll want to contact the NHTSA to report this fire--and stay on them to follow up as they tend to be questionably competent, at best.

    Here's their website:

    Also, did your car have a manual transmission or an automatic? The reason I ask is that the manual cars had only a single, electric fan while the automatics had a mechanical and electric fan.

    Thank you for helping to protect others by taking action. You may also wish to start a web site and post the reports findings there as well--that would be very helpful to all.
  • pylt1pylt1 Posts: 12
    Unfortunately, no.

    After years of overheating the connector wiring is severely damaged and all the connectors require replacement. Replacing the grounding wire with a larger wire is helpful and needed, but doesn't solve the supply side of the problem as those wires are damaged too.

    BMW needs to step up and do a recall on this; shame on them for shirking their moral and legal responsibilities.
  • car had automatic transmission. Will try to followup with reports as insurance company and BMW are fighting over details (BMW won't acknowledge ANY responsilbility for the fire even though their 2001 cars all had SAME problem)
  • Just purchased a 03 330ci. Its a joy to drive. Just wondering about what maintenance I should be concerned with. Noticed viewing forum about Scheduled Maintenance I and II. Can anyone explain what I can expect.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Also need to make sure your mirror adjustor switch is in the proper position. if it isn't set to passenger side (IIRC), it won't go down when backing up.

  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    Your owners manual should have the maintenance schedule in it.

    If you don't have the manual, this chart (pg 4) should give you some idea of what's involved...
  • Hello, I am new to this forum. Has anyone heard any latest news on E46 cracking chassis problem? Appreciate any response.
  • bokkiesbokkies Posts: 1
    edited February 2010
    My 2003 320D switches on, but if you turn the key to position 3 the starter does not turn...nothing happens. After about 45 min suddenly it starts, running for 1 to 2 days. Then the same thing over. 45 to 1 hour waiting in town and then it starts again. Can year the feul pump running when i switch it on. No alarm lights on. Took it to a repair shop, pluged in the computer and only 1 fault....Key 1 faulty. Tryed Key 2 and does the same. Please help....despirate.
  • I am looking for a 3 series coupe (not convertible) with navigation and comfort access. What is this car selling for and what is Residual and Money Factor for 36 mo. lease 12K miles?? and if I put 3K down what should I expect a good monthly payment would be?
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    What year do you have in mind? You're posting in a thread devoted to 3-series BMWs built prior to 2006, so presumably you're looking for a used car that's at least 5 years old.

    As a rule, it doesn't pay to lease used cars. You're better off buying them.
  • roger48roger48 Posts: 5
    How do I get rid of the musty odor from the air vents. Thanks in advance.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,079
    There are a few guides in our Guides section, with several ideas:
    They're under the "interiors" banner, or you can do a search on "odor."


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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 61,762
    In addition to kirstie's excellent guide, I've also had good luck by removing the cabin air filter, (NOT the engine air filter--LOL!) and squirting some OZIUM (an air purifier found at most hardware stores) in the cabin filter receptable, which will eventually lead to the AC evaorator, then replacing the filter with a new one. A quick squirt in the interior AC vents might be okay, too.

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  • When I look under the hood of my 2003 E46, I notice that the engine cover is off to the left and slanted.
    Does this mean that the engine slanted or is it straight up and down, thus the "straight six" denomination?
    I've been looking through countless engine diagrams and I still can't tell.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Regardless of whether the engine is "Slanted" (BMW engines are not) or vertical, all of the cylinders are in a straight line and as such, the engine is considered a "Straight-6".

    Best regards,
  • Thanks for educating me.
    Now I know that a slant-6 IS a straight-6, as opposed to a V6.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Yup. :)

    For some of us older members the term "Slant-6" is synonymous with Chrysler's old 198 and 225 Slant-6 engines. I had the 225 version of the engine in my 1966 Plymouth Valiant 200; said engine was designated "on life support" at ~110,000 miles by the mechanic of the family I bought the car from. I didn't believe a word of it and bought the car for a whopping $250. Funny thing, when the car had ~215,000 miles on the clock it was sitting in front of the home of a friend when a high-speed chase went through the neighborhood; the perp hit the front of the car and the first police car chasing him finished the job by hitting the rear. Had the car not been completely destroyed my bet is that that motor would have run for another couple of hundred thousand miles. :)

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 11,471
    Do you remember how they used to have contests at some car shows where guys would bring a few beaters, put bricks on the accelerator pedals, and see which old heap would last the longest? I remember reading about one contest where a slant six acted like the Energizer Bunny- they had to drain the oil and the radiator before it finally seized.
    And once it cooled down it fired up again...

    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

  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I'm surprised the other contestants didn't immediately appeal to the judges to have the guy with the Slant-Six stripped of his title for cheating. :P
  • spb3spb3 Posts: 5
    Does anyone know how to check the oil level on the dipstick for a 97 BMW 328i! Where is low on oil on the dipstick?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 11,471
    edited August 2010
    There will be a pair of notches on the dipstick. The safe zone is anywhere between those two notches:


    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

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