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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier



  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    andygtr - I hear you. I recently heard both a Mark Levinson and a custom system almost back to back. The custom system IMO blew away the Mark Levinson. You can always design a better custom system for less than a factory optioned system. The question to ask yourself is, "Is it worth the hassle?".
  • go to -- they not only sell the silver rings for the gauge cluster, they also have a set of installation instructions on how to remove the cluster and install the rings. Post some pics when you get it completed!

    I am not sure if changing the rings will affect the warranty's coverage -- you might want to write BMW NA with that question.
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 593
    specially since my house has a denon top end set up that pumps out approximately 2800 watts through 7 definitive speaker boxes, i think the HK sound system sucks super duper...
    honestly though i hate it... even honda accord LX come with better sound systems.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    ksso - it doesn't matter how much your house system pumps out, it ain't in your car. The Honda system, which I've heard is not better than the HK. The HK is very flat and not overboosted. BTW the 2800 watts your denon puts out is nothing, that's what my neighboors kid has in his car.
  • eve123eve123 Posts: 12
    I signed the deal with the $2,000 incentive, plus $500 dealer profit. Where have you heard that it might go up to $2500?
  • kennynmdkennynmd Posts: 424
    I have the stock system in my 325ci and it was terrible so I had to do something! The only thing I did was changing the tweeters to MB Quarts. I then added a 10"JL Audio sub powered my a 500 watt JL Audio amp. It finally sounds decent!
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 593
    the 2800 watts is not about power, its about the fidelity, the 2800 watts mean nothing had it not being pumped by speakers like definitives... i dont think any of my neighbors even know my system can blow mine and their roof off, it isn't played for power, its played for the fidelity and s/n...

    but honestly, with two sub woofers and all that 600 bucks can buy, the HK in my wife's car completely sucks minus the fact that it changes volume based on speed of car, but then again, the road noise is higher in a convertible and so it might matter more that the HK is a lackluster system...
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 593
    so now, hmmm, when can i test drive?
  • I recently purchased a 2003 325i and am very happy with the car and the dealer. One problem I have is having to go to the dealer to have these little options "programmed". I recently had to have my second key reprogrammed and now my mirror doesn't tilt. It seems most of this programming is done with clicks on the key in a specific combination. Are these settings documented anywhere?
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    mirror tilt. If you are referring to the downward tilt of the mirror when the car is put into reverse, that has nothing to do with the key. That tilt is controlled by the mirror selector switch. Setting the selector to the left mirror disables the reverse tilt, setting the selector to the right mirror enables it.
  • andergtrandergtr Posts: 101
    at the time, the CL was available only with the manumatic--i got the first year of the car.

    it was a cool car, but the tranny should not have failed. the dealer said that they had a defective run of trannys, and i got one of them. of course, the silver lining is that i sold it and got the bimmer.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    Yes, but when I am sitting in traffic and it takes 1.5 hours to go 20 miles, I thank heaven I do not have to do, clutch in, shift, clutch out, shift, clutch in, shift, clutch out...yawn....
  • I heard this through a dealer in NC via phone. Not too reliable, but he did mention $2500. Maybe he was confused. My dealer is telling me that the $2000 incentive ends Friday, Halloween night? I would guess it would be carried into the next month just like the 5 series incentives? Anyone hear different?
  • andergtrandergtr Posts: 101
    and adding amps to the BMW stock system. the head unit itself isn't bad, but the speakers are terrible, and the system is underpowered, so you get a muddy sound.

    you don't have to go all-out and put in the nakamichi head unit and the ADS speakers and amps to get good sound.

    i still might, though! :)
  • I understand that the mirror tilt is controlled bu the mirror switch, however it no longer works regardless of where the switch is positioned. since I noticed it after I had the key fixed, I assume is was reset. The bigger issue is that all these little settings require a trip to the dealer....
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 593
    when Samsung takes over the world, you could just fire up your Internet Explorer (since MS would also have taken over the world), log onto a site that will beam your personal choice of setting for the day directly to the OnStar like apparatus in the car that will reset the car to your day's liking.

    I can't wait to wake up and say, I wanna spank my car at 150mph today for my 12 minute drive to work... get to a browser and set up my car to lower its suspension, tightens its guts...

    ok, this ketosis is getting to my brains.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 337
    If you set the doors to lock when you "drive off", exactly what does that mean? As soon as you put it in "D", or after you are actually getting up to speed? The reason I ask is that my wife's Olds locks as soon as you put it into a gear other than "P" or "N", and it really annoys me to have the doors lock whenever I'm just backing the car out into the driveway. Some systems lock at 15mph or something -- how does the Bimmer work?
  • mrl11777mrl11777 Posts: 154
    BMW locks when you hit 5mph.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    BMW locks when you hit 15, if you have opted to have your key settings programmed to do so.
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 593
    my service adviser told me 3 mph, since its close to 5 kmh, the german default... (3 * 1.67 = 5.01 )
    but you get the picture, the car has to more than just roll to get the locks to sink in.
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 593
    buried in the payment estimator... there is no direct way to get this info, but anyways:
    2004 2.5 X3 without options $30,995
    2004 3.0 X3 without options $36,995

    same ball park as the 3.

    compare that to 2004 3.0 X5 without options at $40,995... the 2003 X5 to 2004 X5 spread is $800

  • rustyrrustyr Posts: 10
    I had the key set so the doors lock when the car gets to 5 mph. But I thought the driver's door would unlock automatically when the key is removed from the ignition (my Passat worked that way). Instead, I have to pull the door lever twice to unlock the door so I can get out. The service person just told me he didn't think it could be set the way I want it, but he wasn't positive either. Anyone have it set so the driver's door unlocks automatically as I suggest? Thanks.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    Maybe there are two thresholds for the car door lock, 5 and 15mph. For me I would like to be able to move the car 10 feet without the doors locking.
  • parnolaparnola Posts: 140
    My 325i 5-speed has developed a harsh vibration that appears to come from the exhaust. When I let off the gas at about 50mph in 4th gear I get a loud vibration noise and you can feel it on the under/back-side of the car. I'm going to make an appt to take it in, but has anyone experienced this?

    In addition, while accelerating, I get a rattling sound coming from the transmission. When I shift gears it goes away, then as the RPMs go higher it comes back. Has anyone had this happen to them?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,574
    I'm not an expert... but this sounds like it could be a loose heat shield. Thats a piece of metal that protects the underside of the car from the heat generated by the catalytic converter. When it becomes loose, it vibrates against other metal parts. The sound is coming from the right place, and is also consistent with being louder at higher RPMs. I would hope this is it. Cheap to fix.



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  • I dropped off my ED 325Ci in Munich Sept 19th and since then have had to make-do with drooling over photos of it in scenic Bavarian locales. It left Bremerhaven on October 6th aboard the Jingu Maru
    and bobbed around on the Atlantic until Oct 16th when the ship unloaded in New Jersey. Unexpectedly two other ships unloaded that day( and each ship can carry up to 6,000 cars) and the result was my car was in the VPC for a lonnnnnng time. BMW Owner's Circle thinks it is still there but the fact is that I picked it up from my dealership in Indiana yesterday soon after it rolled off the BMT truck. It was going to take an extra day to prep it but I took it anyway and will wash the German bugs off the hood myself.

    Suffice to say I have been driving the car a lot in the past 24 hours and my face is aching from all this grinning.

    The 5 speed is the main reason but I mustn't forget the Sports Package and those awesome seats.
    They are heated so driving around with moonroof open in 48 deg temperatures is no problem. The Gipsy Kings are banging away on the HK (admittedly not as good as my B&W/Rotel set up but it fits in the car better and costs a fraction of).

    The Adaptive Xenons are peeking around the corners looking for deer out here in the Michigan woods and the DVD Nav is guiding me home.

    Interestingly my old car, the Fern Green 2001 325i is now a CPO in the dealer's showroom-the only CPO in there and is marked up alomost $5K over my buy-out price.

    At some point I will be putting together my ED story with photos on a web site but first I have some driving and some gardening to catch up on.

    A few things are clear to me now....

    1 ED is the way to go (For me at least) regardless
    of whether I saved money or not (I paid $3800 under MSRP) The driving experience in Germany was priceless.

    2 A manual gearbox raises the fun quotient quite a few notches and makes me feel like I am helping the car show off his stuff.

    3 Sports Package is a no-brainer. The car lives for cornering.

    Norris, eyeing the keys once again
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 593
    I'm sorry I did not mean to challenge your completely customized bullet proof built 100% unique car's pedigree.

    All I meant to point out was the car has to more than just roll to get the locks to set in.

  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I didn't realize/forgot when I posted. Almost every setting is customizable in a number of different ways.
  • Hi fellow BMW owners. This week we're trading our 328IS coupe in for a '03 Honda Pilot. I feel kinda weird. I'll miss the Beamer a lot but we've had it for 2 years without any mechanical problems and are afraid of the costs of repair. Sooner or later something is going to's a '98 model. I would recommmend owning a BMW to anyone who can afford it. It's a fantastic car to drive. Too bad the police always give you those funny looks and pull out their radar guns when they see you coming towards them on the highway. Not all BMW drivers are speeders! Insurance is also a cost. Too bad. Am looking forward to all the extra room in the SUV. Happy driving,

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