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BMW 3-Series 2006



  • carnaughtcarnaught 'zonaPosts: 2,341
    I hate it when the AC is on when I am being heated and the temp. outside is 32 degrees. I hit auto thinking that AC needs to be turned on manually; but it's one whenever Auto is hit. I have to try it again and see; maybe it's both times i used a new key fob since I just got the car. Maybe it memorize my AC setting to be off now. Will report back...

    Yes, a/c is on (not "one") when the auto button is hit. The compressor is actvated when the outside (therefore inside) temp. is hot enough.
  • hate it when the AC is on when I am being heated and the temp. outside is 32 degrees.

    Every car I've ever owned, I've always used the AC with the heater. I need to have the moisture removed from the air, otherwise my windows fog up. Shrug.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "Every car I've ever owned, I've always used the AC with the heater. I need to have the moisture removed from the air, otherwise my windows fog up. Shrug."

    Yup, there are indeed times where that is exactly what I do as well, however, when it's below say fifty, and certainly forty degrees, there isn't typically enough humidity in the outside air to require drying.

    Thinking about this logically, just because the A/C is showing as enabled, that doesn't mean that the compressor is engaged, especially when the OAT is say -20.

    FWIW, I don't mind having to disable the compressor after hitting the Auto button by turning off the A/C. That said, I rarely agree with what the Auto feature is doing and where it is sending air so initially I press Auto, turn off the A/C, and set the venting that I want. That still allows the system to engage the fan as needed to keep the temperature where I've set it. When I need or want different venting, I set the system accordingly. I'm thinking that in my nearly seven years of BMW driving, I've actually hit the Auto button a total of a couple of dozen times (beyond my initial fiddling with it that is). The A/C button is one that I rarely hit as well, especially because there can be an easy seven to nine months where the A/C isn't needed even once around here.

    Best Regards,
  • My otherwise black dash on my 330ci has an annoying tan strip that reflects the sun in both the front and rear. I was wondering if others have this problem and if so have they done anything to deal with it? I don't want to put on a cheap cover, and, my upholsterer just gave me an estimate of $200-300 to spray paint those places.

    Just curious. I think it's dangerous to drive when the sun hits and i get all that refection there, it gets hard to see.

    thanks, Patti
  • Just purchased 325 with sat. prep. but no sat. receiver. Does anyone know what options you have. I assume you can take to dealer and have sat. receiver installed. Any aftermarket options? Is the antenna wire connected to anything if you don't have the sat. receiver? Thanks.
  • nkeennkeen SE PennaPosts: 313
    I run mine with the compressor off most of the time. It seems to compensate with warm air and increased fan speed to keep the windshield clear. I'm a convert to not using A/C much in summer either -- now prefer to drive windows down and sunroof open except when the noise (concrete expressway and semis) is too high. Can't keep rears all the way down due to buffeting, however -- about 4" up seems to work.

    It would be nice if the car were available with manual single zone A/C. I think I know better than it does most of the time.
  • Too humid in SD to run with windows down in the summer. Wish i could but that's only possible late at night. :(
  • carnaughtcarnaught 'zonaPosts: 2,341
    I discovered a "neat" phenomenon related to keeping windows open. This applies to the times where outside temps. are not too oppressive in the range of the 60's-low 80's F. You'll get a cooling breeze, not drafty, if you tilt open your moon roof and crack the rear window open on the right (opposite) side to where you are sitting (presumably driver's seat). It works well on my Bimmer and other cars.
  • tcn2ktcn2k Posts: 277
    Hmm, so long as the a/c isn't engage even though the a/c light is ON; I guess that is good enough for me. I will keep an ear out to see if it is indeed off when the temp outside is like 29 degrees.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,328
    Humid in San Diego? I was there last summer & trust me, there's NO humidity there compared to NY.

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

  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Talked to swapalease today and they said that of 130 2006 3 series put into the system over the last 30 days, over 36 have been swapped. Average lease price of 589.

    Anyone here try it? I'm considering dropping my 06 330i on there either at my payment or maybe even offering some extra dough off the payment to move the car. $450 a month for a 330i is pretty low compared to the others currently on there.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,754
    Someone wants a 335i?


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  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    No, actually want to lose 330i and get into something else. Possibly. Still torn. I know i'm not happy putting money into my e90 each month when I know I don't want it or like it much. Seems like a waste of my money and of a car some other person may like quite a bit.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,612
    Blue, try also. Hope you get happy soon. I do like mine, though. Too bad I wasn't in the market or I'd take you up on it!

  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    I'd love to find someone in the market. Heck straight up it's only 472 a month - by far the cheapest 330i on swapalease. If I don't get any nibbles I'll sweeten the pot and make it a $425 a month 330i.

    Swapalease said it should move fast given the low price and the high number of available miles - 17000 over the next 12 months.
  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    I agree that it should move fast. It will be a great deal for some lucky person, even straight up at $472/month for 12 months and 1,400 miles per month.

    By comparison, I am paying $632 per month for my 2006 330i. It's not that I got a bad deal - - my lease was based on a sales price of about $2,500 below MSRP. My substantially higher lease payment is reflective of my (1) opting for 15,000 miles per year, put no money down, and rolled the sales tax and acquisition fee into the monthly payment, paying only the DMV fees and security deposit at drive off.

    Anyway, let us know what you get next and if you like it better than your 2006 330i.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Actually, it's 15k miles per year, I put $0 down, taxes are rolled into the payment (it's really 430-something without taxes) and there's no security deposit as it was my second lease with BMW.

    The big difference - I got the car through European Delivery so my cap cost was 14% below MSRP.
  • jtlajtla Posts: 373
    It sure will move fast. I would have taken it if it were known earlier. SD is not far from me. My 328i is now "en route".

    BGDC, I sure hope you will still hang around BMW 3-serier forum after your 330i is adopted. I am sure you will at the ELLPS forum. I really enjoy and respect your posts.

    Maybe we should start a thread: What BGDC should/will get next? :)
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 9,211
    What don't you like about your 330i besides the looks?

    What color did you get? options?

    $425/mo. sounds VERY attractive.
    Toy '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD, Commuter '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo FWD, Wife's '17 VW Golf All-Track SE 4-Motion AWD
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    White, sport package, leather, pdc, comfort access.

    The car's just too big and too isolated/reserved for me. I came from the e46 ZHP and I miss that car.
  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    Wow! You got an awesome montly payment for structuring your lease in that way. Too bad you don't like your car. I love my car, hate my payment.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,328
    it definitely is a great deal on swapalease! Too bad I'm not in the market right now!~

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

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 9,211
    I know someone asked this somewhere else, but what is PDC, and what is included in comfort access?
    Toy '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD, Commuter '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo FWD, Wife's '17 VW Golf All-Track SE 4-Motion AWD
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,754
    Park Distance Control... basically, parking radar..

    Comfort Access.. You leave the key fob in your pocket... door unlocks, then you push a button to start the car...


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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,328
    one more thing...I don't do grey interiors.... It is either black or black as far as interior colors go. But I guess the price is right and it is only for a short while :P

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

  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Don't like black interiors in BMWs as they're one tone. With the grey I get two tone as I use black floormats and the doors/dash are black. Nice constrast. Really only the leather is grey and half the door panels.

    The grey in the e90 isn't as nice as my ZHP because the ZHP's black carbon trim and black headliner really contrasted nicely with the grey leather.

    If i had to do it over, I'd probably consider the lemon interior or the terra. The coupe's have a nice red that looks stunning with the black pieces.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Do you mean like this?

  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    My 2006 330i has developed an on-again, off-again, ticking noise coming from the engine department. First time I heard it a few weeks ago, I scheduled a service appointment, the sound went away, and I canceled my appointment supposing it would be a waste of time. No warning appeared on the dash. I figured if I bring in the car when it's not making the noise and not otherwise indicating a problem, they will likely find no problem. Now it's happening again. I made another appointmnet. This one I intend to keep even if the sound goes away again. It's not until March 28 though, because that's the earliest they can give me a loaner car. I requested a 335!

    Coincidentally, there is an article in the latest edition of Automobile Magazine reporting an engine problem with their long-term tester. They described the first indication of a problem as being a ticking sound from the engine, first only during cold idle and eventually all the time. Turned out to be a valve problem. The car was in the shop for 5 weeks. The cost was $4,300, which was fortunately covered by warranty. Now I am thinking that my car may have the same major problem.

    My car has also developed two minor problems which I will have them troubleshoot at the same time. One of the hood latches does not work (so my hood is only locked down on one side). And the rear cupholders are stuck in the tucked in position.

    My car is now 18 months old and has 26,000 miles. It's been a very good stretch of trouble free driving pleasure between my near immediate problem with the adaptive headlight feature (one week in the shop for that) and these latest problems 18 months and 26,000 miles later.

    Now if they do give me a 335 loaner, maybe, just maybe, I won't be too upset if my car has a major problem which necessitates a few weeks in the shop.
  • mathew1mathew1 Posts: 42
    You know. I have the same problem with my 2006 325xi. On cold starts there is a clicking noise. I did take it in and they said they did not find any problem. But I did have an interesting problem. The BMW logo on the steering wheel was chipping from the inside. I suspected some leak from airbags and asked them to investigate. They had to replace the entire logo along with the airbag. They did not tell me what the problem was but if you see a chipping logo it might not just be a cosmetic problem on the steering wheeel.

    let us know what you find and if the problem is as you say, that is a biggy.

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