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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Your car probably has an "indirect" TPMS, which is described below in a post from Tire Rack:

    Indirect systems work in conjunction with the ABS wheel speed sensors that "count" the number of revolutions of each tire. If the right front tire is low (25psi) it will spin faster than the left front tire (35psi). The ABS system will recognize this change and alert the driver with a flashing light and possibly a loud chime. BMW's indirect systems do not affect the fitment of aftermarket wheels.

    Note that this technique uses the speed sensor on the wheels that's part of the ABS system. That sensor is very rugged and, if it is not working, I'm sure you would be seeing your ABS warning light come on.
  • my 2006 330i has only 24500 miles and its warrant expired 6 months ago,is there any warranty service campaign for these pumps?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    There is a TSB for this known and frequent problem but not any kind of official extended warranty for it that I'm aware of. Maybe, given the low mileage, you can petition BMW for some relief. Or you can ask the dealer to advocate for you. Some dealers are given discretionary funds for goodwill settlements.

    The TSB info is:

    SI B12 04 05
    Engine Electrical Systems

    October 2008
    Technical Service

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  • Thank you for your reply...
    My ABS light is fine and the tire pressure warning is not flushing.. just stys lit for the remainder of the ride until the car is restarted. and then, again 7-10 minutes have to pass by for it to come on again.

    I know that i have a tpms sensors on the wheel by the valve
    any clue what i need to fix to make it go away?
    Thanks again.
  • Over the last two months I've had the car in the shop 24+ days for engine related problems.

    It started in October - my doors locked, the starting crank was really long and the navi didn't work. A trip to the dealer and the actuators were replaced, they did something to get my navi working and they reflashed my ecu.

    A week later the engine was taking even longer to crank. I brought it in. 1 week passed and I had new injectors.

    The problem persisted. Another visit and the HPFP (fuel pump) was replaced. Over 6 or so days.

    The next day I got an engine malfunction light. A week passed and they gave me my car with a set of new turbos.

    Another week passed and I got the engine malfunction light once more. This time they replaced my manifold over 6 days.

    One odd thing, my SA refused to give me details on the car's previous visits to the dealership before I bought it. I wonder what's in there...
  • Sounds just like the kind of experience I had at Roseville BMW. Lousy service, and if they break something, they deny responsibility. Tried two other BMW dealerships, and was totally unimpressed by all three. I'll do as much of my own work as possible and if it's something I can't handle, I'll try to find an independent shop. They don't pay their technicians enough to get talent. I suspect the only reason BMW dealer service has satisfied customers, is because the customers don't know enough to realize they are getting screwed by incompetents.
  • Might be a buyback -- essentially privately lemoned to BMW by the prior owner.
  • According to CA law BMW and the CA DMV would list it as a buyback. Looks like it was a lease return.

    I finally got all the records. Over 2 years the original owner had 2 HPFP's replaced and one HPFP sensor replaced. He also had his navi replaced. Those two areas have been common problems for me too.

    Thankfully the 2006 changes to the CA lemon law allow for used cars with a warranty to still have access to the buy back option. I've already begun discussing this with BMW.
  • Yep, its the only way,unles :mad: s you are rich and can afford to change cars before warranty expires.beware of the replacement thermostat on N52 engines it just don't fit on the hoses with quick connectors
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,328
    BMW doesn't know who they're messing with!

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

  • To put it simply it's going very well. Love the :lemon: law. :blush:
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,328
    so what will you get next? inquiring minds want to know!

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

  • Many outside influences will shape that - sadly. New house, 1 year old, health issues are all going to influence the next vehicle. The 335i was great for the kid though.
  • I had 1 xenon light on my 2005 3 series go out and it cost $1500 to fix. I was told all 3 of the following failed simultaneously the bulb, ignitor and module. Total parts $1000 labor $400. Is this ridiculous or what? Anyone else with similar story?
  • yvkyvk Posts: 1
    2005 330xi with 45K. Garaged for some time, fell behind on maintenance. Any good source on what is required maintenance schedule at this point? Also, any recommendations on repair shop in central/northern NJ?
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    No, not that bad. My son just replaced one of his HID bulbs in his 2002(?) Acura TL. Only needed the bulb which was around $90, if I remember correctly. Had to drop the bumper in order to remove the headlight trim. Took him a couple of hours in my garage.

    He wasn't sure if it was just the bulb or something else. So, he started with the cheapest thing and was going to work his way up from there. Luckily, it was just the bulb.

    I wonder if the dealer (assume this is where you had the repair done) just shotgunned it and replaced everything that could be the problem, without doing any real troubleshooting.
  • Hi Everyone,
    I'm going to be buying my first BMW, the 328 with a manual tranny. Is this a good move? I know they are basically good cars, but they do have there share of problems. Will I be happy, or should I keep my G37S coupe. The G runs great, just bored, want to see what a bimmer feels like, will I notice a difference? Thanks for your help.
  • Yes they feel different. The 328 is a bit more button-down and predictable in terms of handling and refinement. That said, be prepared when it's out of warranty. They can run forever with proper maintenance.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,328
    how old is your g37S? How many miles are on it? Bored... your boredom is gonna take a huge depreciation hit.

    Make sure you go with the Sports Package as well as the manual transmission!

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

  • I just purchased a 2010 328i xdrive. I have had it just a few days and noticed some scratches on the interior molding. Does anyone know of a product that I can use to minimize the appearance of the scratches? Thanks, I appreciate it.
  • hal56hal56 Posts: 94

    '08 335 with key fob and comfort access entry.

    Should be able to keep fob in pocket and be able to unlock and then open door simply by placing hand on door handle.

    About 75% of time that does not work. Dealer saying that they cannot find anything wrong and it must be other radio frequency interference. I say BS.

    My other car-a Lexus--works perfectly.

    But what do the folks here say? Does the hand on door handle/no fob work most of the time or not?

  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    The RF interference sounds like BS to me.

    I have never had a problem with a similar type key FOB on my Infiniti G37S. Only difference from what you described is that I have to push a button on the door once the FOB is in range, not just place a hand on the door handle. But, it has always worked.

    The problem could be the remote, or it could be the sensor in the door handle - some sort of capacitive sensor, I would guess. Did you try it with the other door? What about the trunk?
  • qaliqali Toronto CanadaPosts: 60
    I also have a 335i with Comfort access and I'd say it works for me all the time. Try the passenger side door to see if it works better. You can then possiblly rule out the whole system and focus on just the driver side door. Also, you should be able to lock all doors simply by placing a finger on the top of the door handle on either the driver or the passenger side door. If that works, it may just be a defective sensor on the inner side of the handle that unlocks the door.

    Good luck,
  • hal56hal56 Posts: 94
    I'll have to try passenger door.

    I also have the convertible and all too often the trucnk will not lift when I get close using the "touch" method. So I think its system based.

    The dealer is a problem, I think.

    Last year I had a problem at stop lites where when I took foot off brake the car lurched forward. No findable problem said the dealer 4-5 times., Then took a drive with chief mechanic and he saw/felt the problem--software update fixed the problem.

    which all tells me the guys are lazy even at BMW.
  • Sounds like routine BMW service to me. If the computer doesn't tell them what to do, they can't troubleshoot the problem. I had a 100K maintenance agreement with BMW and they did alright with routine service, but anytime something less than simple needed fixing they were totally helpless. Truthfully, they broke as much as they fixed. I fought with Roseville BMW for over 18 months, when they broke the clockspring in my steering column, which disabled the drivers airbag and some of the switches in the steering wheel. Best I was able to get out of them was they only charged me half of the $1500 they wanted to fix what they broke. The clockspring broke after they removed and replaced the steering column to fix the ELS. I would have tried fixing it myself except I wouldn't have been able to reset the airbag fault without taking it to them, and they won't reset what they don't repair. I had to wait until I could get a manual before I could try to prove to them that they had broken the clockspring. That's another thing, I couldn't get a manual for a 2006 325i until October 2009! What kinda crap is that? My 100k agreement has expired and I'll be damned if I'll ever let another dealer service department touch my car. I'm lookin for an independent shop in the Sacramento area for the few things I can't handle. Anybody knows any good independents within 50 miles of Sacramento, I'd appreciate it if they could pass it on to me. BMW service departments suck big time. I've tried three different dealerships and wasn't impressed by any of them. I been wrenchin for over 45 years and I know when someone knows what they are doing and they damn sure don't!. I've maintained, troubleshooted, and repaired computers and other electronic systems, mechanical, electric, electromechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, refrigeration, vacuum and hi vacuum systems. So, I'm not just talkin out my [non-permissible content removed], like their service writers.
  • hal56hal56 Posts: 94

    one problem about BMW vs say Lexus--is that BMW owners are a bit more anal about our cars and performance--expectations run high in both circumstances--

    But some of the attitude I see in BMW service reminds me of the Buick, Pontiac, Chevy , Chrysler attitude of years ago.

    And I have taken in cars for service across the country.

    The entire thing is difficult to explain--if i gave my customers the same attn level I get from car dealers in general, the clients would fire me in a NY minute
  • On the flipside I've had 3 BMWs the past 7 years and my service experience has been very good. Very good. Polite, they try to fix issues, they give me updates and overall I feel BMW dealers in my area and BMW NA are exceptional at listening to customers. I love working with BMWNA and BMWFS as both are top notch when it comes to professionalism.

    This weekend I'll probably buy my 4th BMW and I'm not going to hesitate even though my third is a :lemon: . It happens. The dealer and the manufacturer were classy about it and I can't say those kind of positive things about other manus I've owned in the past.
  • hal56hal56 Posts: 94
    ok--I will flipside you:

    On my second trip to my dealer I go to pick up my car when I see it driving out of the service bay driven by a couple of kids.

    The service dept gave my car to the wrong party--the kids were picking a car up on behalf of someone else--they were thriiled to be getting a 335 HTC-as far as the door.

    I undertand there is good and bad service and skiiled and not so skilled people--
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    That story reminds me of one I read in the papers, about a kid who worked at the airport and drove a forklift into the belly of a 747. His last quoted remark was "This isn't going to go on my record, is it?" :P

    GEEZ, that dealer needs to tighten up a bit.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,328
    and what pray tell will the 4th one be? Another 335i?

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

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