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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • I just bought a new manual 2005 330xi. I have put about 1000 miles on it so far. I have just noticed a strange groaning noise when I shift from 4th to 5th gear or from 6 th to 5th gear while accelerating on a hill. Has anyone experienced this so far and if there is a remedy. I am going to be contacting my dealership soon.

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 63,038
    Upshifting while accelerating, going up a hill? Maybe you are upshifting too soon? You might be lugging the engine (too high a gear, too low RPM for load).

    Just a thought..



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  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    A lot of the E39 5ers had a similar problem with AM static. The source is often bad antenna and or ground connections at the rear window or at the radio. Hope this helps.
  • thanks so much for taking the time to reply - could you tell me why you recommend the 93 - 95 over other years?
    and would the reinforcing things you mentioned be better than or in addition to a roll-cage?
  • I have 10,000 miles on a leased 2003 325i and approaching it's 22nd month . At about 8,000 miles and 18 month I asked my local BMW service dept. if I should to change the oil and they said no that I should wait until it was closer the 14,000 miles. Not feeling comfortable with old oil I called again at 22 month and 10,000 miles and emphasized that the car is approaching it's 2nd year without an oil change. This time they said that oil changes should be at 14,000 or 1yr which ever comes first. So because of this oversight (mines and the service dept.), the car's first oil change will be done after almost 2 years on the road.

    Any thoughts regarding warranty, lease terms and longevity of the vehicle ? (I'll most likely keep it at lease end)


  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    1992s had a lot of teething problems; from 1996-1998 the 325 was replaced by the 328. The reinforcements are needed in addition to the roll cage because stiffer bars, springs, and shocks-along with the added stresses of track driving-can actually tear the mounts out of the body.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    The oil should be changed at least annually-BMW calls for this and the dealer should know that.
  • thanks again Mr B, you've been really helpful and seem very knowledgable!
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Happy to help; let me know what you find!
  • teach3teach3 Posts: 23
    gotta problem

    I have recently become aware that immediately after I start my car -- before I start moving -- the beep one hears every now and then from the steering wheel comes on exactly 8 times -- I don't recall this happening when I first got the car (its 6 mnoths old) -- no scary lights come up on the dashboard, everything seems normal -- what does the beeping signify(if anything)? or is it the case that the beeping is normal and I've just been off in another world...
  • Did the problem go away after they replaced the 'forward-gear drum'?

    I have a 2004 BMW and I have to wait about 5 seconds when the car is cold. The car is hardly move forward when I pushed gas pedal eventhough the rpm is at 2-3k.

    Thanks for any input.
  • danaconteydanacontey Posts: 1
    Sadly, my car's reverse gear no longer work, as well. I also have a 2000 323i serie which the warranty recently expired at 50Kand now, it is barely 62K.

    Yesterday morning, it reversed fine. After a stop or two, it wouldn't reverse and my husband had a 4 year old and a 2 year old in the back seat. I find this so disturbing because when I was pregnant, my husband and I did our research and decided to buy a BMW based on its reputation - credibility, reliability and longevity. For the same reason, my husband bought a 2001 325i serie a few months after mine. His experience is a whole different story to talk about!

    So, today, my husband took my car to the dealership in Mt. View, CA and their estimate is about $5200. This is ABSURD! How can a reputable brand's transmission fail at 62K mile???? Not to mention, I service my car every 15K miles and the most recent one was a level 2 service which was performed a few months ago.

    This is so expected and unacceptable. HOW CAN A BMW AT 50K - 62K miles have transmission problem??? IS THIS BMW's PROBLEM???

    If anyone else encounter the same problem, PLEASE, REPLY so we can have BMW look into it and make it their problem.
  • pjo1966pjo1966 Posts: 140
    I had complained a while back about how harsh my 2005 325i is when it automatically downshifts while in sport mode. I took it to the dealers and they couldn't reproduce the problem. I know there is a warranty fix for this. I need to take the car back because it's idling roughly. Can anyone tell me exactly what the warranty fix is called so I can request it?

  • walters4walters4 Posts: 1
    Ran the car thru a new high pressure auto car wash , as under carriage was being cleaned the car began to cut-out and run rough. I found that the #3 cyl is not getting fire . The coil is good and had no problem until this incident. Thanks for any HELP any one can give me!!!!!
  • iz4detailiz4detail Posts: 9
    I am also contemplating about changing my brake pads due to excessive dust on my '04 330 Ci. Some of the posters here are recommending Axxis pads. carries two types of Axxis is ceramic and the other is metal master. Which one is recommended? Also, will these pads require additional pressure on the pedal to stop and/ or create additional stress on the braking system since they are not OEM??

    Has anyone tried the cross drilled rotors at These rotors would look "awesome" on my car with additional braking benefits.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 63,038
    shipo, "BMW 3-Series Owners: Problems & Solutions" #1757, 14 Apr 2005 6:32 pm!keywords=allin%3Amsgtext%20limit%3A.eea1744%20axxis

    Check this message...


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  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    the kevlar sound cool ..But the deluxe specifically say they reduce dust and rotor wear, and squeal although Ive never experienced that on a BMW yet.

  • amt7565amt7565 Posts: 165
    Sorry to hear your plight. $5200 to fix the transmission is excessive! And what guarantee it will not happen again. Look outside of the dealership for repairs. German cars have known to have reliability issues.

    Good luck!
  • amzamz Posts: 8
    Search this message board, and you will see that at least 6-8 people had the same problem. I talked to BMW, and they didn't want to admit that anything wrong with their transmissions. At best you could get discount on your repair (it happened to me).
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Stay away from drilled rotors; they will not increase the efficiency of your braking system and they can crack or shatter if not properly manufactured.
  • fmbmanfmbman Posts: 3
    I bought a 325CIC about 3 weeks ago and just love the car (my first!). I do have one somewhat annoying problem. The windshield is wavy. If I look at an object and move my head back and forth the object changes shape and size. It's not much, but it does happen and it is in the entire windshield not just the edges. I remember a friend of mine who's wife bought a BMW around 10 years ago and he complained about the same thing. Is this something all BMW's have in common or is this just a very strange coincidence.
  • noles1noles1 Posts: 1
    Looking for a quick fix if it's out there. Whenever it rains my 2000 328i leaks. The location of the leak is in the interior of the car, right below where the door and frame meet where the plastic molding is on both the driver and passenger sides. I can't recreate the problem by pouring water on the car in specific areas and following the path of the water to determine the source. Help.
  • car_rmcar_rm Posts: 47
    I had the same issue with my 2003 325 at 1700 miles. My dealer had diagnosed the problem in several others around the same time. They did have a fix for it but I had to wait a month after the initial visit as the repair required an approved tranny specialist who was making the rounds to other dealerships for the same problem. After the fix, the problem went away.

    Good luck
  • fasternetfasternet Posts: 1
    I bought a '92 325I. After spending lots of money on trying to fix the top, the previous owner finally had the electrics disconnected. Is this a problem area for the electric soft-top? Is there someone out there who can help me with this?
  • qoolioqoolio Posts: 1
    Hello all,

    I was wondering if someone could help me out. I have a '97 850 ci and it has never given me any problems until today. Today, I turned the key in the ignition, the electrical came on in the inside but the engine did not catch. After reviewing some general info, I think it could either be the started solenoid or possibly the neutral safety switch? Every time I turned the key, there is electical power but there is no sign of the engine turning over. Do you think this could be a more major problem then some minor electrical?

  • eman6628eman6628 Posts: 41
    That sure sounded like starter problem. Do you hear a clicking sound when you turn the key? If you can locate where the starter is in the car, sometimes if you tap it with a hammer around the case, it will work again, but starter usually have a life span of around 5 to 8 years. It is time for a either new or rebuild starter.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Now is NOT the time to start "flailing"-that is, throwing parts at the problem. Take it one step at a time. Are the battery terminals and ground connections clean? Can the car be jump started? If so, load test the battery-and check the alternator output as well. It's possible that you may have a bad starter, but I sure as heck wouldn't replace it without eliminating other possibilities first. Just for the record, in 22 years of BMW ownership ranging from an E3 to an E39 I have NEVER, EVER, had a starter fail. My two current BMWs are nine and ten years old, with mileages of 119K and 96K respectively. Both still have their original battery, starter, and alternator. Check the simple stuff first...
  • jwyliejwylie Posts: 2
    Anybody else have the driver side curtain and door deploy for no apparent reason?
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 337
    Whoa! Seems like you should really see a dealer ASAP about that one. Having the airbags go off for no good reason is definitely a serious safety issue. Besides scaring the heck out of you, you could easily lose control of the car momentarily. Did this actually happen to you?
  • cybergypsycybergypsy Posts: 51
    I have had 4 Bmw's last year and I never will buy again 2 times the tranny went out at just over warranty 50k, here are the link to a few of mine

    I have tryed to sue also, gets no where, buy a Acura TSX and stay happy...much nicer hen the BMW and does not ever break down....... :lemon:
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