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#19045 of 30250 Seatbelt concerns...
Jul 22, 2002 (5:26 pm)
I know there have been postings on seatbelt 'clicking' (which i've got) but wanted to know if anyone has this problem:
• while driving since 4,000 miles my drivers side seatbelt tightens up considerably so that the lap belt portion is REALLY tight. In fact, i have to get some slack and then it creeps and tightens its way back to the uncomfortable zone.
Between that and the constant clicking should i just get in replaced under warranty? they've already greased it up for clicking but it didnt change anything.
Oh and for the record:
1985 - BMW 3.0si (dads old car)
1986 VW Scirroco ("Mars Red" / Orange)
1989 Subaru wagon
1992 (while living in japan) toyota 'sprinter' -
like a camry
1994 saab 900se (8 years)
2002 bmw 330xi
#19046 of 30250 Sounds like trouble
Jul 22, 2002 (6:31 pm)
I am reposting this message as my previous post was mired in the car history section above. That or no one wants recognize my question because I've been a fair weather poster. But let it be known I was acitve on the board until I had a baby girl, 8 months old now, and the wife began teasing me for spending so much time here. But now that we're having problems she keeps asking "so what are they saying".
Anyway, I recently noticed a grinding/clunking sound coming from the rear passenger side of my E36 (40K mi.). It seems to be most prevalent when I first start driving and at slow speed. It sounds loke a CV joint problem but I'm hoping I'm wrong.
I've kept current on maintenance (dealer and independant) and would expect that a worn boot would have been picked up at my last inspection, a Type II at the dealership.
Any insight you could offer would be appreciated. And I can keep the wife in her place toboot.
P.S. Happy birthday brave. Saw you over at FAQ's and it was good to "hear" a familiar "voice."
Jul 22, 2002 (7:08 pm)
I saw your first post. I'm more than technical generally but A) haven't owned a bimmer for long and B)could only guess what the noises would be because it doesn't match my profiles for wheel bearings or CV joints. Definitely does not sound like a wheel bearing, those get louder with wheel speed. A CV is a little like you describe actually... do you hear clicking when you turn to the right? That noise may not be as obvious at the rear since they don't steer.
Anyway, I'd get into a dealer. My dealer is awesome though so that's easy for me to say.
#19048 of 30250 UGO details please
Jul 22, 2002 (8:59 pm)
Adding a UGO as a project for home sounds like a worthwhile project. Any details on where to purchase, cost, and difficulty of install? I've got a birthday coming up in the fall and it would make a lovely gift.
Thanks and best wishes to all, especially proud new owners!
Jul 23, 2002 (6:14 am)
Those are great instructions. I wish I had seen them BEFORE I put mine in since they cover the problem I had locating the proper connector. I sat there trying and retrying that black connector, sure that I had gotten the wrong UGO for my car (step 8 in instructions).
Jul 23, 2002 (7:28 am)
I was able to view your E-Mail, however, the mail server here at Fuji is down right now, and the firewall blocks access to the Yahoo! server, so, I will have to respond to you tonight. By the way, what color of interior do you have in your car. My former 328i had the Sand color, so I also have the head-liner plate in that color as well.
Jul 23, 2002 (8:39 am)
Mine is grey to go with my black interior. I could possibly buy the head-liner from the dealer, yes?
Jul 23, 2002 (9:02 am)
Would someone post a recent deal they made via ED in SoCal? I am in the process of ordering a '03 Oriental Blue 330i for a late October pickup. I have a pretty good list of dealers and salesman to start from thanks to this board esp. Vkwheels for compiling the list for SoCal. I have enjoyed all the ED reports and will add mine once I finished the trip.
#19054 of 30250 Tire Question
Jul 23, 2002 (9:36 am)
Maybe someone can clue me in on a question I have regarding tires. Is there any advantage to buying tires with a speed rating above H (i.e., up to 130mph) given that the speed is limited to 128mph for US delivered 3-series cars? Seems to me that higher rated tires are overkill, why spend extra?