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#29304 of 30250 Re: Brake Fluid Change [gordonwd]
Apr 28, 2006 (6:56 pm)
It was the same with motorcycles -- BMW is the only brand I'm aware of that wants to change brake fluid, especially that often.
The maintenance chart for my 1996 Triumph Speed Triple not only demands a brake fluid change every two years, it also calls for replacing all brake/clutch hoses as well as rebuilding the brake master cylinder/calipers and the clutch master/slave cylinders every four years. And it's not that fast of a bike; it will barely nudge 130 with a strong tail wind...
#29305 of 30250 Re: Brake Fluid Change [gordonwd]
Apr 29, 2006 (6:15 am)
Out of interest, I'd like to know if there is any other manufacturer that recommends changing the brake fluid. My brother has a 10-year-old Civic with over 250k miles with the original fluid (not comparing a Civic with a Bimmer, but just showing you where I'm coming from).
FWIW, I can't imagine BMW recommending brake fluid flush every 30k or so if it didn't need it.... After all, with their free maintenance program, BMW is the one that's paying for it!
#29306 of 30250 Re: Window clunk [kga]
Apr 30, 2006 (12:28 am)
Guys, it's not the regulator. It was just a broken piece of plastic that sits on the window guide. Lots of cars has this problem. Check out the e46fanatics.com forum under DIY and do a search for window regulator. I fixed it this evening with plastic ties as recommended and works great now. Save myself lots of $$...
#29307 of 30250 Re: Golf Clubs in trunk [webby1]
Apr 30, 2006 (10:07 pm)
Went by the dealer and was able to fit 3 sets, (2 reg. bags, + 1 carry bag) in the trunk, with woods taken out of one bag. Test drove the 325 & 330 sedans. I now own a 2003 330i & love it. Awesome machine. Thanks for the help!
#29308 of 30250 Re: Brake Fluid Change [div2]
May 01, 2006 (9:14 am)
"The maintenance chart for my 1996 Triumph Speed Triple not only demands a brake fluid change every two years"
My '95 Honda VFR called for a change every two years also, I believe. I changed it about once a year, when putting on new rubber.
#29309 of 30250 Re: Golf Clubs in trunk [shospaz]
May 02, 2006 (7:19 pm)
Congrats !!!!!!.....the more you drive it the more you will love it.
All the best.
#29310 of 30250 330Xi Issues-Anyone? Bueller?
May 03, 2006 (6:47 am)
I have an opportunity to pick up a clean 2001 330Xi MT(with 83K) at a very good price. I know that the E46 has proven to be very durable, but I'm wondering if there are any specific Xi problems I should be aware of. Thanks!
May 03, 2006 (4:05 pm)
Bought my 2005 330ci last July, and it's been an awesome car outside of a few problems (e.g., a communications chip, one bad injector) that were quickly fixed at the dealer's. I've noticed the car continued to break in up to 10K miles, and now it's a blast.
Anyway, there has been one nagging problem, but apparently it's too subtle for my dealer to pinpoint and correct, so I hope someone here can offer some suggestions. There are creaking noises coming from the right-rear passenger area of the car. The noise is best described as a dry creaking sound, although sometimes it sounds like velcro ripping. It only happens when there's some body flex on the right side of the car, not when I go over normal bumps that affect the whole car the same way. Each time I've had it at the dealer's, I've asked them to fix it. They said the rear 3/4 window needed lubricant and was very dry, and that helped slightly. They also said there was a piece of trim loose in the trunk, and that seemed to help a little. Sometimes I think the sounds are coming from the arm rests, and I've noticed the driver's arm rest makes a similar sound if I really lean on it. Most of the time, the car's tight and quiet, but that also makes the sudden creaking extra annoying.
Since I bought the coupe because I wanted a quiet, tight and fast car, the creak is spoiling what would otherwise be a dream ride. It even makes me think about trading in the car as soon as the business lease is up, which is a waste and shame. I'd much rather fix the problem and keep the car longer. Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
May 03, 2006 (7:26 pm)
You're asking us? You're one of the BMW experts here...lol!
Seriously though, I can't recall reading about any problems with the '01 Xi E46. I know erickpl had a 325xi and put similar mileage on it.
#29313 of 30250 Re: div2 [nyccarguy]
May 03, 2006 (7:47 pm)
Well, the Xi was never on my short list of must-have cars, and as a result I never paid much attention whenever they've been discussed. That said, this one is really clean and relatively inexpensive(probably because of the manual tranny). I also love the color-Electric Red with a Natur(tan)interior. I'd use it as my commuter so I'd like to get another 80K-100K out of it. I know the RWD E46 will do it but I want to make sure that I won't have to eat a transfer case or some such...