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  • andynn002andynn002 Posts: 17
    Hi All,

    Recently i notice a tick tick noise from the rear of my car when i start the engine. Also after i stop the car and come out i hear this noise for sometime.
    Is it normal or needs checking?
    Im still under the maintenance package so will they be checking and replacing anything required under the package??
    Thanks for your help...
  • rob140rob140 Posts: 13
    sounds like a universal joint in the drive shaft

  • fomentarfomentar Posts: 49
    I am at 163K miles on my '03 330xi. I have replaced rear shocks at 155K, front and rear brakes at 92K and 115K, respectively...all factory recommended maintenance performed on schedule. The car is well maintained and doesn't look it's 'age', though I've been somewhat disappointed with sunroof failure and other such expensive repairs. I'm sure I'm due for brakes relatively soon and I recently read a post about the potential for 'catastrophic' failures above 175K. I am contemplating options, including driving the car another year, which would put me close to 200K miles...other consideration is replace with CPO vehicle...
    Am I about to be deluged by a tsunami of repairs by virtue of 'things need to be replaced'? Looking for some sage advice...thanks.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Well statistically your car at 163K is reaching the end of the normal predicted lifespan of a modern car. (175K--225K) As with life itself, some people beat the odds and some don't.

    If you are asking, will repairs increase as mileage increases, in ever increasing proportion to value of the car, the answer is certainly "yes".

    On the other hand, cars are like bank accounts. If you've been making deposits, you won't go bankrupt for a long time, but if it has been mostly withdrawals (of the car's mechanical and cosmetic wealth), then you will go bust sooner.
  • skobolaskobola Miami, FLPosts: 207
    I have a 2008 328i, with which I used to make 280 miles per full tank and it started to go about 40 miles less, while I have not changed my driving at all. I do mostly 5 miles trips, from home to work and back, which I know is not really the route in which I can get great mileage, but, well, I cannot change this. Provided that I have only 8k miles, I believe that the the consumption should go down, i.e., the car to consume less fuel rather than more. I have started thinking that the gas stations may downgraded the fuel, i.e., sell fuel with less octane than stated, but that would be highly illegal, and this is my third tankfull upon it happened, so it would be not likely that all 3 gas stations would do the same thing. Any ideas? Thanks in advance...
  • Definitely try a different gas station. They may have started doctoring the gas. Not the first time it happened.
  • lehrer1lehrer1 Posts: 54
    I was quoted by BMW service: $175 for oil change and computer resetting and $105 for just oil change. It seems to me too steep.
    1. can I do without computer resetting
    2. What equipment should I buy to change oil myself (extruction pump?)
    Thank you in advans. Lehrer
  • idoc2idoc2 Posts: 78
    I enjoy changing my own oil on my '07 328xi because not only can I do it at my convenience but I can do it in less than 30 min. You need low profile ramps. Rhino Ramps for about $35/pair work well. You need a filter from the dealer in a BMW box for about $15 or from Purolator for $18 both made by Mann & Hummel of Germany. A strap wrench to remove the cap on the filter housing is useful. Of real importance is that one uses the correct type of synthetic oil. Your car requires 7+ quarts of a BMW LL-01 certified oil. One can buy this at the dealer ($8/quart) or for somewhat less Mobil 1 0W-40 (NOT just any Mobil 1) as well as a few other LL-01 certified oils can even be bought at Wal*Mart. Oh year the bolt to the oil pan is hidden behind a small plastic trap door. See this link

    Good Luck!!
  • eddie61eddie61 Posts: 1
    Have a deal on the table for $3k. very clean car with 93k miles. timing chain changed 20k miles ago. needs brakes. seems fair. started at $3500.
    Pirelli tires are ok. interior and body clean. front spoiler/ground effect is damaged.

    does an 85 m3 have ground effects front, mid and rear? this one has them front and
    mid but no rear. can't find another 85 m3 on ebay or autotrader.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 127,900
    A 325is isn't an M3... Plus, if this is a US model, the first M3 hit these shores in 1987...

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,087
    Well, it definitely isn't a 325 if it has a timing chain.

    And, like you said, there is no '85 M3.

    Methinks the seller has a 318. Either that or it has had an engine swap.

    '18 BMW 330xi; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 47-car history and counting!

  • lehrer1lehrer1 Posts: 54
    Dear idoc2,
    you made my day! The link you posted is wonderful and I apresiate your advice.
    The remaining question is: should computer be resetted or not.?
    Best regards. Lehrer
  • lehrer1lehrer1 Posts: 54
    Dear e90wraith!
    Your instructions are a masterpiece.
    Best regards, Lehrer1
  • idoc2idoc2 Posts: 78
    I don't know how to reset the computer, it may need to be done by the dealer but I doubt it matters except from an aesthetic sense. I remember seeing directions for doing this on the web somewhere. You might try Googling or Binging it.

    Good luck
  • lehrer1lehrer1 Posts: 54
    idoc2, thank you.
  • - I bought my first BMW recently, a 2000, manual 328i with 70k miles from a private party. All service was performed at an independent garage. My next inspection is due in 8k miles and was wondering whether to go with the Inspection I, II service, or if there is something that needs to be done asap? I know the water pump has not been replaced. I have done my research and know that maintence is key in maximizing the longevity of a BMW.
    - This is the work the prior owner had completed.
    - At 66.9k Front Control Arm Bushings Replaced as well as Pullys and Belts
    - At 65.4k The 60k Major Service and Inspection, as well as Oil Service, Front Brake Disc, Pads and Sensors.
    - At 57k Oil Service and Inspection
    - At 51k Oil Service and Inspection
    - At 45k Oil Service
    - Any help would be much apreciated.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 127,900
    As far as preventive maintenance (like water pumps), I'll defer to others... but, the next scheduled maintenance for your car is an oil service, not Inspection I or Inspection II.

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  • I'm looking at a 2009 328i manual transmission, vs. a 335i manual, vs. a 335d (obviously automatic). I wondered if anyone who had these vehicles could give me some feedback on pros and cons, mileage, and experiences. I'm especially interested in hearing thoughts related to the 335d; Any feedback would be appreciated!
  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    I like the 335i manual which I've had good experiences so far. The one thing I would recommend getting is the sensors for the front and back. It's hard to gauge when backing up and the front end is low so you have to watch out for those low curbs.
  • bmwxibmwxi Posts: 1
    My 2003 325 XI with 34,000 miles has the service engine, abs, stability, and eml lights on. Two different garages have not been able to find the cause. Any ideas?
  • handelhandel Posts: 17
    Upon inspecting my 2006 330xi, 55,000 mi., I noticed bubbling/blistering of the paint over the front left wheel well. I think this means a complete sanding and repainting of at least that area(and probably more) will be necessary, and the problem will probably recur over time. My car is driven in a snowy environment where road salt is used, but I've never seen the problem in such a young vehicle.

    Somebody tell me that BMW will apologize and pay to repaint the damage.
  • Did you do transmission fluid change?
    My 06 330xi auto is 72k miles now.
  • Thanks much, pdude1! Any concern about the turbo technology in the engine. In the past (many moons ago), I learned that turbocharged engines were synonymous with failures at higher mileages and $$$ repairs. I wondered your thoughts of same?

    Also, sports package or no?

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    For 2006 and newer models, BMW has a 12-year limited warranty rust perforation warranty without mileage limitation. "This warranty is for defects in materials or workmanship that results in rust perforation of the vehicle body. This coverage period begins at the start of the New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty."

    So you should have the damage inspected by a dealer, it might be covered under the warranty.
  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    Yeah I heard that too and was a little concerned about the turbos. However, I did heard from a dealer that usually by 70K you will have to do some repair on the turbos (though that's a long time away!). So far 18K miles and I have no problems that I'm truly concerned about. In the last 1K I started to hear some noise after driving in hot weather. But it's only when starting in it's hard to track down as it doesn't always happen.

    Yep, got the sports and premium package! Oh yeah remember people say to change the tires every 10-15K. However, mine still look okay at 18K. Thread is good, but I know passengers have mentioned a rough ride lately so maybe I do need to change the RFT.
  • handelhandel Posts: 17
    Thanks, Backy. There's no perforation yet, just ugliness, but Ill give it a try!
  • Hello fellow BMW lovers and experts. I am new to BMW and new in USA so I need urgent detailed information about maintenance fees please.
    I am planing to finally get my first BMW and I just came to live to Miami so I would really appreciate advice and feedback from you dear experts about the average annual maintenance fees and normal repairs so I can inlcude it on my yearly budget.
    The car will definitely be a convertible model from around year 2004. My first option is a 330 because I've been told that is the best one for reselling. Any suggestions?
    I plan to use it as my daily driver so I consider average 10 - 12000 miles per year.
    Please be so kind to help me with this info before I go car hunting. Any buying recommendation will be highly appreciated too!!
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 421
    I'm considering buying a 2009 328xi.

    Given that my current car is a 2001 model with only 57k miles on it I am expecting to put a similar amount of miles on this car in that time frame. It will not be taken to a race track, just used for a short daily commute and some occasional longer trips (say 40 minute drives)

    So... is it fair to assume my maintenance/repair costs will be low on this vehicle? Right now the main concern I have with a BMW is reliability. Any resources anyone can recommend on what to expect from them?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 127,900
    Are you going to keep the new car for eight years?

    If so, the first four years will have very, very low maintenance costs.. Probably only a set of tires at the end of four years... BMW covers all of your maintenance, outside of tires, for the length of the warranty.

    After that, I'd say your costs could be fairly low... if you find a good independent BMW tech/repair shop.. Even routine maintenance at a BMW dealer can get expensive.

    On the plus side... at 7500 miles/yr, your BMW will only need one service per year...

    That's it for maintenance.... from a reliability standpoint, we've always had very good luck with our BMWs... Unscheduled visits to the service department have been very rare.

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  • dash5dash5 Posts: 421
    Thanks kyfdx, appreciate the response.

    The plan would be to keep the car for at least 5 or 6 years, probably more. Looking at it that way it's 2 years or so of maintenance I'd have to pay for after the warranty. Normal maintenance though I have no problem with.

    Honestly, what you said about "Unscheduled visits to the service department have been very rare." is all I really care about. The nightmare is: oh, electrical problem. next month the AC wont work, next month the engine light goes on, same electrical problem crops up again etc etc. Even if that's covered I dont want to deal with that. Far worse if it's not covered of course ;)

    I think I just need reassurance that hey, first 60k miles on this car should be smooth, statistically speaking, assuming I take proper care of it.
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