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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Feb 02, 2003 (12:08 pm)
fomentar - All owners manuals want you to use only OEM accessories. Don't know why you ask, but don't be too worried. I have not used Finish First, but have used several other synthetic wax products on my BMW - they are fine and do provide a very deep shine.
ajl1000 - Congratulations on your purchase. I too have a 2000 323i (23,000 miles) and, yes it does have DSC along with traction control. In 2001 they added something else, maybe electronic brake control?
Feb 02, 2003 (2:50 pm)
I have an OB 325i. It probably gets dirty more easily than silver or other lighter colors. I still like it when it's dirty (that's my excuse for washing the car only once a month or so) but the color looks deeper, richer when it's clean.
#21774 of 30250 fomentar
Feb 02, 2003 (3:01 pm)
The purpose of BMW's non-OEM disclaimer is twofold: first, BMW wants you to buy their own parts and accessories and second, it gives them a bit of legal cover in case Joe Mama Pimp installs 22" Bling Bling wheels and a 3000 watt video/sound system in his X5 and then wants warranty work for the unsafe handling and a weak/dead alternator. I seem to remember that my 1987 535is had a similar caveat stuck on the upper left corner of the windshield. Bottom line: I wouldn't worry about a detector or a cell phone, but I would be concerned about letting just anyone hack/splice into a modern BMW electrical system. A new Bimmer has a lot of onboard computer modules chattering at each other and a clueless installer could cause numerous problems.
Feb 02, 2003 (7:00 pm)
BMW323is and div2: thanks for the replies. I was asking specifically for confirmation of my thoughts...I figured it is mostly marketing on BMW's part, but never hurts to ask general opinions. No intention of having any work on "electricals"...was not focus of question, but I appreciate and agree with your point.
#21776 of 30250 brave1heart - Brake Pad Replacement
Feb 02, 2003 (7:02 pm)
What kind of brake pads did you get ? I'm thinking when it's time to replace my brake pads, I'd like to get the ones without the graphite. I really hate cleanining off the brake dust. Did you get them replaced at a delaer or an independent shop ?
#21777 of 30250 i have a question?
Feb 02, 2003 (7:08 pm)
i am considering buying a titanium m-shifter knob to replace my black stock shifter. i love the way it looks. my questions are;
does anyone have experience changing the shifters?
was it hard?
do i risk damaging anything?
do you recommend it?
#21778 of 30250 Balt/Wash DC Service
Feb 02, 2003 (7:12 pm)
Does anyone have any good experience with the maintenance service of dealers in the Balt/DC area ? I bought my car at VOB, but I've heard they have so-so service, and the logistics of getting there are terrible. Any experience with Sterling, Russel, Passport, etc. ?
Feb 02, 2003 (7:58 pm)
My brake pads were replaced at 29K miles and they were covered. That's why I went with the stock ones. Brake dust is not a consideration at all for me (it looks like you are driving the car hard, that's all) and next time around, I'll be looking for slightly better performance pads.
#21780 of 30250 I've never replaced the shift knob
Feb 02, 2003 (7:59 pm)
but I've read that you just pull it up hard and it should pop out.
#21781 of 30250 Creaking Emergency Brake
Feb 02, 2003 (10:19 pm)
I frequently set the e-brake on my new 325i when launching from hills (manual transmission in San Francisco) and as the car 'settles' back on the brake the rear wheels emit creaking and poping sounds. Does anyone else's do this? Think I should have it looked at?