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#1299 of 1508 Finding a Certified BMW Technician
Nov 01, 2005 (2:00 pm)
I just bought a 2002 BMW X5 3.0i with 42K miles. I know I can take it to the local BMW dealership for service and repairs but they are very expensive (I had routine service done and it cost me $450). I was wondering what is the best way to find a certified BMW technician who could give me better labor rates than the BMW dealership technicians. Is this recommended? I live in the state of Maryland. Any advice for or against doing this would be appreciated. Thanks.
#1300 of 1508 Re: BMW X5 iPod integration [pantaleone]
Nov 01, 2005 (5:05 pm)
I had the IPOD adapter installed at BMW dealer. It works pretty good: much better quality sound than any FM transmitter, charges IPOD, can advance songs and change volume from the steering wheel controls or the radio controls. You have to set up 5 playlists called BMW1, BMW2, etc. and that's all it will play. You can change playlists from the radio buttons. The downsides: does not display song title on radio and you cannot control the IPOD when it is attached. I'm fairly happy with it -- but not sure it's worth $400.
#1301 of 1508 Re: Realistic Gas Mileage [someguy1]
Nov 01, 2005 (5:07 pm)
I do 90% city driving and 10% highway driving. I get a consistent 15 mpg.
2005 X5 3.0
#1302 of 1508 Re: Finding a Certified BMW Technician [islandman007]
Nov 02, 2005 (4:10 am)
Try looking in the Roundel magazine. I know there is a listing of independent BMW mechanics. I am sure you will find one up there. There are way too many BMWs not to have independent mechanics.
Personally, I use both the dealer and an independent BMW mechanic. I'll go to the dealer for any scheduled maintenance since it is free. But I also change my oil every 7500 miles and I take it the independent mechanic for that.
#1303 of 1508 MP3 on OE CD Changer
Nov 02, 2005 (9:12 am)
I have a 2006 X5 4.4, with NAV and DSP (premium sound). Although it is very hard to believe this car does not have a CD player so I bought the factory 6 disc changer. The manual states that it will also play MP3 and WMA files and display "audiotext" for these files. My changer does not play those discs (burned several discs with different compressions and formats), it will play regular CDs but with MP3 or WMA I get just a piercing sound of a binary data stream. It does not report any errors (reading the CD) and it will even fast forward. To me (as a computer consultant for many years) this is either an installation problem or a software bug or this is not possible with DSP. Anybody has this problem ?
This is way above the dealer's technical expertise and I can not find a BMW technical contact anywhere.
#1304 of 1508 Re: Sound System Problem in 2006 X5 4.4i [madx5owner]
Nov 13, 2005 (4:54 am)
Update - well the BMW NA technicians finally resolved the problem. Replaced amplifier and six disc changer the system now works properly. Not sure why it took so much time.
Also found out that the IPOD adapter doesn't work with the premium sound sytem. It also works in the same port as the 6 disc changer, so it's one or the other if you don't have premium sound (which makes sense I guess - if you use the IPOD you don't need a 6 disc changer).
So - if you want to use your IPOD - don't buy premium sound. An IPOD is of course way cheaper - premium sound is $1200 and definitely not worth the money considering the speaker package you get.
#1305 of 1508 Re: MP3 on OE CD Changer [chr12345us]
Nov 13, 2005 (5:07 am)
I have the same vehicle without NAV - and have been able to play discs both with MP3 and WMA files. This capability is important since you can't use the IPOD adapter with premium sound.
You might have an amplifier problem. I would insist that the dealer replace the amp - and if that doesn't work - replace both the amp and CD player until it works. It is supposed to work. Make sure they consult a BMW NA tech if the dealer service techs can't get it work.
#1306 of 1508 Re: BMW X5 iPod integration [pantaleone]
Nov 13, 2005 (5:11 am)
If you have premium sound - the adapter doesn't work. You also have to ditch your 6 disc changer if you have one.
#1307 of 1508 Re: 2006 x5 4.4 [bodble2]
Nov 13, 2005 (5:32 am)
Agreed that the 06 X5 4.4 is pretty neat to drive (having traded up from a 3 liter) - once you get past any flaws or issues encountered with your purchase. I hear the 07 will be a much bigger vehicle. Not seen any comment on other goodies. For me - the 06 is big enough.
However - lusting is a sin ! (grin) It sometimes causes you to leap too early. If you're at all inclined to leap, secondary to lust -I'd suggest you not pre-order - really do your research - and not hand over cash until you get to see, touch, feel and test drive - test drive - test drive !