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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    "I suspected the alignment, but the car is only four months old. And I do try to drive carefully with respect to tires. Can the alignment go bad so quickly?"

    I had the same problem, and it was the alignment. Roads in CA are horrible. :(
  • odessitodessit Posts: 140
    Is it fixed now on your car? How much did they charge for alignment? It is not covered by the warranty, right?
  • Re: my 1998 328ica

    When I back up sometimes, I hear a mild grinding and a pulling, as if the gearshift is between gears when it's not. But the gear shift is positioned correctly.

    any advice
  • odessitodessit Posts: 140
    2006 325i non-SP, AT, no active steering.
    I was wondering if any of you had similar experience.
    When I turn the steering wheel I feel a cracking noise for a second, like it stumbled on something. I said “feel” noise because with the car running the passenger next to me would not be able to actually hear it unless he physically puts his arm on the wheel and try to rotate it. So I mostly feel it through my arms rather then hear it. It does not happen always. It is really a strange feeling that is hard to describe, like it touches something metal there and then goes past it. It does not stop the wheel from turning and does not make it any difficult to turn the wheel. But at the same time I hear it I feel it when I turn the wheel.
    Anyone experienced the same thing?

  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 337
    I just took my '04 325i in for scheduled service and the rep told me that they would be applying a recall for the ignition coils. He said it's a recent recall and that's why I haven't received a letter yet. What he didn't seem to know was if this is a generic recall for all E46's, only a particular year, or if it was just due to a bad batch of coils that affects just a few cars. But you might want to watch your mailboxes or ask your service rep if you're in for something else.
  • veekay1veekay1 Posts: 180
    Hi Folks:

    I have a new problem with my 2001 325xi: when it rains, water leaks into the car from somewhere onto the front footwells!! Soaking wet!

    I have searched this forum, found a couple of similar issues reported but did not find any solutions....could anyone help please?

    Also have a new problem with a flickering Xenon lamp, this too when its raining.

    Any ideas would be appreciated so I can go to the dealer armed with some info.

    The car is otherwise in fine condition.

  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    "Is it fixed now on your car? How much did they charge for alignment? It is not covered by the warranty, right?"

    It was 5 years ago during the steering retrofit for '01 models. After the retrofit, I noticed my steering wheel was off center, so I took it back and they fixed it. I didn't have to pay for it, since it was related to work they did. You'll probably have to pay for yours.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 337
    False alarm, apparently. When I went to pick my car up, the service rep told me that they didn't need to apply the "recall" since my car already had the correct Bosch coils. Since this was my first service other than a previous oil change, I have to believe that the car was built with the correct parts in the first place.
  • jajjaj Posts: 55
    I had the same issue on my '04 325xi when it was new. The dealer was cooperative, test driving with me and attempting to correct by resetting the wheel a "notch" in the other direction. This overcompensated so they switched it back to the original position and ultimately did an alignment. No charge for any of this. It is better than it was at first but still not perfect; I'm living with it. Apparently it doesn't happen often. You shouldn't have to pay for any efforts to correct. Good luck.
  • Does anyone have any suggestions for winter tires for the 330 xi. And if anyone has used them on the 330xi, does it make a huge difference?

  • :shades: Great points, I have been researching the vehicle I want. I couldn’t decide between the great looks and prestige of a Mercedes or the durability and luxury of a BMW. I had no idea that the Mercedes’ quality had dropped so low. After looking at this forum I found many prev. BMW owners got Mercedes much to their dismay. After researching J.D. power and NCAP and forums I discovered that Mercedes is not a great choice at all and BMW would be the way to go. Thank you for putting it in to perspective with your blunt and to the point response.
    Bye :)
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    I can assure you winter tires will make a huge difference regardless the drive system of your car in places where there is snow. I have always driven rwd BMWs with winter tires and had never got stuck ever in snow. I just ordered a set of winter tire/rim for our 325xiT. I was initially going to try winging it with our AWD but decided otherwise. The hustle of seasonal tire/wheel chang-over will be outweighted by the savings of original tire/wheels wear, not counting the safety factors in winter driving.
  • Thanks rhmass,
    I have never used snow tires before so I have not actually experienced the benefits. But I wanted to find out if you had any suggestions for what type of snow tires to use on your 325xi.
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    If you are a performance-oriented driver, I'll suggest ordering a set of alloy wheels with Dunlop Wintersport 03 which come either H or V rated. Tirerack actually have these tires on special and you'll also get $50 rebate from Dunlop with a set of four. It cost me (my 325ixT uses 16 inches wheel, yours may be 17) a total of $807 for four tire/rim set without counting the $50 rebate. These winter tires have been consistently rated among the top. A set of winter tires should easily last for three to four winters, so is money well spent. Talk to Tirerack peple. They are very helpful and know BMWs well.
  • mariusmarius Posts: 1
    I had a similar problem, but the water came into the rear right passenger foot well. I traced the problem to the sunroof gasket. After the rain you may want to open the sunroof and, standing outside the car, check if you see any wet spots on the lower metal surface inside the sunroof housing.

    Le us know if this was of any help.
  • Actually, I want to spread the word out to bimmer lovers who own 330i's or zhps. I confirmed with my service advisor that indeed, there is a "hidden" recall that calls for the ignition coils replacement. I say hidden because only BMW knows which cars were equipped with the defective coils (thought about you blue) and which ones not. There is no public notice. So as they complete my Inspection I, they will proceed to replace'm , sparing me the aggravation of an unscheduled visit to the shop. In other words, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of suffering. ;)
  • abfischabfisch Posts: 591
    I don't want to sound like an idiot so bare with me. I bought a 04 325ci recently. While my daily driver Toyota does not have collapsable side view mirrors, I see that this car does. I tried to gently collapse the mirrors while the car is in the garage, but they did not move. I don't want to bust anything.

    Can someone gently tell me, can these mirrors be collapsed by pressure while in storage, or they are not meant for that. They are only meant to give under impact.


  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    Put some muscle into it when you're trying to fold them. They aren't meant to be flimsy. Otherwise, they would fold in every time you drove down the freeway. You are trying to fold them inward toward the window and not down or up aren't you?
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    Is there a gap in between the "base" of the part that extends out, or does it look like one solid piece? If there is no crease where it should bend, then it probably doesn't.... But like tayl0rd said, put a little muscle into it. :)
  • abfischabfisch Posts: 591
    Thanks for the reply, really. Yes, I am folding them toward the rear or window. They just would not move too easily, and I just wanted to make sure that it was OK to do so and not get a bill from BMW for a $400 fix out of stupidity on my part.

    Thanks again. I will put some body weight into it and see what happens.

  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    I could be wrong as I have a sedan, but I think the coupe mirrors fold diagonally up (instead of straight-back).
  • abfischabfisch Posts: 591
    Anybody know for sure, before I bust something??? Could not find it in the owner's manual nor service manual(Bentleys).

  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    "Anybody know for sure, before I bust something??? Could not find it in the owner's manual nor service manual(Bentleys)."

    Why would you want to fold them? They aren't automated, so I'd think it's more hassle than worth.
  • abfischabfisch Posts: 591

    Thanks. I wanted to fold them in because I am always brushing up against them in the garage as the space is tight.

    While I have your attention, do you have that cargo net in your car. Where does the cargo net attach at the trunk end of the car??? REalize, I just got this time last week. I cannot locate the metal posts near the trunk opening but see them near the back seat/front part of the trunk. A little help would be appreciated.

  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    "Thanks. I wanted to fold them in because I am always brushing up against them in the garage as the space is tight."

    Park it so you have more room on driver side, and less room on passanger side. That's what I tell my wife to do, since she parks in the garage. :)

    I'm not sure if you can fold them. Something like that would be listed on your owners manual.

    "While I have your attention, do you have that cargo net in your car. Where does the cargo net attach at the trunk end of the car"

    I never got the cargo for my old 330i. I used to put stuff in the passanger side to keep it from flying around in the trunk. Still do it with the new car.
  • Any suggestions for tires... I have a 2003 325i. I need some new ones...
  • i recently purchased an 85 325e for my son's first car. he has liked working on it, and it has all been fine until now. apparently he was looking around underneath the steering column and dash, and when he finished he tryed to start the car.... but as he turned the key, the engine wouldn't turn over and suddenly a very loud alarm sounding noise began to emit from the front left side of the car. the noise seemed to be coming from an area next to the fuse box, under the hood. this noise continued for about 10 to 12 seconds and then quit.

    what excactly happend and what can be done about the situation??????
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Does the car have the on-board computer with keypad? If so, it sounds like your son activated the built in alarm function. Check the owners manual; it should tell you how to rectify the problem.
  • chile96chile96 Posts: 330
    Michellin Pilot Sports All-Season. No brainer
  • Winter: Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2 or Dunlop Winter Sport M3
    Summer: Goodyear F1 or Michelin PS's

    if you see snow rarely and DON'T want two sets of tires, the Michelin Pilot Sport All-Seasons or Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S are top choices in all-season tires.

    If it was me and my 325, I would have snow tires put on my 16" stock rims and look for some 17" rims for summer tires on ebay.

    I run 18" Pilot Sports and 17" Dunlop M3's (Thanksgiving to tax day) in DC area on my 330i.
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