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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier



  • dzayiadzayia Posts: 12
    picked up my330i this was built end june....titanium trim and good steering..what a car!!!!!!
  • here's another 'master link (I'm getting good at this, eh brave?). Don't miss the M3 vs. deisel (!) interactive shift curves:
  • The first link posted also has a great (interactive too!) explanation of the "drive by wire" accelerator system. Bye. (;>}
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    dzayia -

    Is your 330i equipped with the sport package?

    joefriday -

    Couldn't agree with you more about late '01 SP-equipped 330i's. I'm glad that I didn't wait until '02 to pull the trigger because I wanted the tanin red interior, & BMW has dropped that color for the new model year. And I do love that tight, meaty steering! It's as close to perfect as steering can get.
  • megrdhmegrdh Posts: 34
    Thanks for your response last week. Static happens mostly on AM stations. Now I start getting static, which has not happened before, even driving under an overpass. Yes, I have tinted window, but as far as I understand the saleman told me, it is not the metalic type or something called "VKool". I think I will let it check when I bring it in for oil and maintenance. I also notice 325is do not have the antenna like 323s. I don't know will an antena help? The static is bothering me because I listen to the radio more than CD. Thanks again. Meg
  • gurumikegurumike Posts: 442
    Most every tint contains a graphite compound which will, to varying degrees, affect AM radio reception. It screens the signal. This is undoubtedly the cause of your problems. The static you describe is exactly what would happen to AM reception with tinted windows.
  • parumpparump Posts: 65
    I agree with Gurumike. However, I have driven extensively in the East Bay and have been able to receive all of the major Bay Area AM stations.

    I wonder if the problem might be partially related to some other cause involving the grounding of the radio circuit.

    I recall reading that some of the three series vehicles have several antennas, and that the radio circuitry selects the strongest signal. However, I believe that this applies to the FM band only.

    Ultimately, I think that the BMW dealer should be the primary investigator of the problem even though the tint may have been installed by a third party. If the tint were the primary cause of the problem, the static should remain constant. Does the static change with acceleration?

    Do you have any additional modifications to your car that include an electrical connection - cell phone, CD player, or amplifier?
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    You are correct in your assessment... I should have referred to it as "generally preferred steering". The steering that originally came on my car was BAD steering. It was very light and lacked road feel. The road feel issue was resolved at the factory in mid-January when they made some kind of change which was still light, but had the missing feel. The change in March added weight to the steering (and possibly some additional feedback through the wheel).
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    I suspect you are publishing all these web pages yourself so we'd never run out of interesting topics to discuss. I'll try to see what else you have published there :o)
  • reubencahnreubencahn Posts: 102
    Thanks. Very interesting.
  • erricksonerrickson Posts: 130
    jusy an fyi...
    If you end up paying the fine, I THINK Valentine will reimburse you for your ticket.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    On Wednesday I took my 328i in for its second service (29,050 miles). While there I got a chance to take a good look at two new M5s on the lot (one of them was all black). Wow, can that car generate some car lust or what. I am still hoping for that M6 a few years down the road.

    Today while I was driving into work in our Caravan, I had to adjust the wiper speed at least 20 times in as many miles, very annoying. I never really appreciated the rain sensing wipers on the 328i until today. I think it is one of those things like climate control and power memory seats (I valet park a lot), when you first get the feature, it is kinda cool, however, take the feature away, and you REALLY miss it.

    For you folks who have ED, how much lead time do you need for ordering before your planned trip? The lease on my 328i is up next April, and I am still undecided as to whether I am going to extend my current lease, lease a new 330i or lease a 330i with the ED option.

    Best Regards,
  • roc50mgroc50mg Posts: 102
    i returned the v1 to them so i doubt they will pay any sort of fine for me.

    anyone else got tagged using v1 or any other detector?

    is there any way to avoid being hit by laser or instant on?

    i just odered the passport 8500 for the 30 day trial. at least escort pays for shipping both ways if i decide to return it after 30 days. it's a real money back guarantee....not like v1 where i'm paying for the ticket plus shipping and handling twice.
  • megrdhmegrdh Posts: 34
    Thanks for your response. CD and tint were installed by the dealer, cell phone is in my handbag which is used only in emergency, no other modifications. I mentioned this problem to the dealer when I brought it in for car care complete. The service man said he will look at it when I bring the car in again. Actually, it is not a bid deal, but sometimes it is hard to avoid driving close to a big truck or paralleling to bart train on 580. Moreover, it suprises me that I didn't have similar problem so often with the radio in my old Civic or Accord. Maybe I must learn to live with it. Thanks again. Meg
  • I don't know what the hell is wrong with BMWUSA and why they don't have the new 2002 models on their website. Every other company seems to have model details and specifications out; why do they have to make it so hard to get the information out to the consumer. Hell, nobody can even figure out the damn pricing to this point!
  • dzayiadzayia Posts: 12

    i did not get the sport package...
  • well you won't have to worry about the BART trains after the workers go on strike next week :-P
  • Seems like all good news for new BMW buyers. 330 prices are unchanged and the 325 is only going up by $110. Considering the standard CD and the couple of other added standard features, that technically makes it a little cheaper than '01 models.
  • For whatever it's worth, I have a 330xi, with sport package, and I do not have the titanium headlight trim. I'm not sure I really care that much, since my car is jet black and the black trim looks very nice with it. But my 2 cents says that the trim either should be there on all or none of the 2001.5 cars. Sounds like a BMW quality control issue to me. By the way, mine was produced in June 2001 and delivered in July.
  • Our dealer in St. Petersburg told us that our 2001 325i on order since July 13 is scheduled to arrive in port (Jacksonville, FL), August 31st. He did not know the name of the ship, but we know that BMW usually uses Wallenius and that the car was shipped from Bremerhaven. We went to the Wallenius schedules and found three ships scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville, but none on August 31st. The arrival dates noted on the Wallenius web site are: August 26th, September 3rd, and September 5th. My question is: How accurate are the arrival dates posted on the Wallenius schedules? Is it possible that a ship scheduled for the 26th to come in as late as August 31st, for example?
  • Driving home from work the AC was not cooling the interior as it normally would and I saw the temperature gauge slowly creeping up to red. Fortunately we don't have heavy traffic where I work and managed to get home without the temp hitting the red mark. I popped the bonnet and lo and behold the aux fan was not working. Switched AC on and off and no dice. I thought I was safe from the aux fan problem as they replaced the fan before I drove the car from the dealership. It just got me that this may have been a problem that I never noticed since we don't have stop and go traffic in NC. Got BMW roadside to tow my car to the dealer (no waits) and they got to me in 25 minutes. What a way to go... long weekend and no car.... ARRRRGH. No rentals available... called dealer and got a 2001 Galant as loaner... Dealer was very accommdating... Took some time to prep the loaner but I got to look at the Z8, M3 and M5 they have in the showroom. That Z8 is one awesome piece of machinery.

    Sorry board I just needed to vent some steam as the incident occured at the wrong time.
  • I also have a June 2001 330xi (PP, CWP, CD, manual, steel gray, gray leather) and it has the titanium headlight trim.

    It looks great on the steel gray.

    I LOVE this car.
  • I finally got my gas pedal replaced and what a difference. I can't beleive the smooth acceleration and what I've been missing. I highly recommend it to anyone with this problem.

    I also got the alarm installed(talked the dealer down $100)and was wondering is there a way to lock the car without the alarm. I travel on a ferry to Connecticut frequently and too many alarms go off from the movement of the boat. Makes for an embarrassing announcent on the PA system.
  • There is a method used to de-activeate the motion sensor while activating the alarm by using the remote key. It is described in the Owner's manual under the alarm section. It allows the vehicle to be locked and the alarm to be to be turned on but without the motion and tilt sensor. I beleive they actually list using a ferry as on of the times you may want to do this.

    Sorry, I don't have the manual handy at the moment.
  • Check out

    It sounds like you need to order the car 3 months in advance and it takes 6-8 weeks for delivery from Europe.

    My wife and I are thinking of doing this. Flights from Wisconsin to Munich are less than $500. Unfortunately, I don't think we want to go to Germany in the winter, so April might be the earliest we would go:-( Maybe I can use the delay to talk my wife into upgrading to a 330!


  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Thanks for the info, my wife and I may see you there come April.

    Best Regards,
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    From the Wall Street Journal and's Public Relations Director:

    We're looking into how small sport sedans are taking over the market. Seems that high fuel prices and the teetering economy have more people looking at smaller cars. But they don't want econoboxes! We're looking at the likes of the 3-Series BMW, C-Class Mercedes and Jaguar X-Type.

    The ideal example for my story is someone who recently traded in a big luxury car for a smaller one--like a 7-Series for a 3-Series, or a big Jag for the new small one. Any help is much appreciated! Please post your comments in the Talk to the Press discussion or send them directly to Thanks as always.

    Note - responses should be made only to the links provided above. Jeannine Fallon, the PR director, won't see them if you reply here.


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  • I have 25,000 miles on my Conti Sports tires
    330i - sports package

    Fronts- 225/ 40 ZR 17
    Back - 225/ 45 ZR 17

    The dealer said this is impossible to have 40 on the front. Does anyone have these matching numbers on their new 330i.
    Going to the dealer on tuesday
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