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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Apr 26, 2009 (9:01 pm)
I recommend you stay away from Option A, the 2000 328i sedan. Consumer Reports says it is one of the worst cars to own, and I have to agree, having had one for six years. I replaced all kinds of major parts and didn't see an end. I finally traded it in for a 2005 330i.
Some times Consumer Reports actually does get it right. I am not convinced they know their new cars, being a major fan of the Ultimate Driving Machine, but they like my 2005, and I love it.
Happy twisties. And don't forget about your local chapter of the BMW CCA.
#30134 of 30250 Re: Newbie! [jtueller]
Apr 28, 2009 (9:53 pm)
I would try to find out whats the transmission manufacturer/model is . Make sure transmission is NOT 5HP19 by ZF. This transmission has a design flaw; the drum breaks as early as 35k miles with no sign of failure in advance. Hundreds of people have complains about it (including myself), there is a suit going on against bmw. There is even a website (noreverse.org) dedicated for it...! Hope its not too late for you.
#30135 of 30250 Re: Newbie! [fezgin]
Apr 28, 2009 (10:48 pm)
Thanks: Good Info; I will research see if I can find out what tranny I have.
(anyone have suggestions how to do this?)
My car is at the dealer now and will have info on what they diagnose Wed nite.
Will post my info Wed nite:
Thanks again for your helpful input..
#30136 of 30250 Re: Newbie! [lucky1man]
Apr 29, 2009 (1:02 am)
Dealer should be able to tell you from the VIN. Also look at the website I mentioned above...
#30137 of 30250 Thinking about a 3-series
May 01, 2009 (9:02 am)
Hi all, been thinking about picking up a used 3-series for my commute. I'm driving 60 miles of twisty/hilly state routes in my Tundra, and while it has advantages (avoiding large road kill, visability, possibly surviving a head-on with a semi.....) it's not the most fun vehicle for this commute. I'd like to run go with an AWD (gets nasty in winter and will run snow tires too) and a six-speed manual unless there's a major reason to avoid those models. I'm looking at '04-'05 models as I prefer that bodystyle to the newer ones. I want something reliable since it's over an hour to the nearest dealer and there's no BMW mechanics around either. So what's the safer choice for this generation? I'm not as concerned about performance, so if the 2.5L is more reliable (an efficient) I can go that route. And suggestions would be appreciated.
#30138 of 30250 Re: 2004 325 automatuic transmission issue [jjdaniel]
May 04, 2009 (6:46 pm)
As promised , am posting reply as had similar prob with addtion of whistling/whining noise when moving selector when cold.
Not do when warm
Bmw dealership states is Cyclone Separator otherwise known as Crankcase ventillator.Gave me estimate $1285.
Local Indy Edge MOtorworks in Dublin Ca, Gives me $567.
So not tranny afterall. Did u get diagnosis??
#30140 of 30250 BMW Performance Short Throw Shifter
May 12, 2009 (9:10 am)
I am thinking of getting the short shift kit sold by BMW Performance Parts. The shifter travel is supposed to be decreased by 25% or so using the kit. Anyone have any experience using a short throw shifter, please share them. How does this compare with the UUC shifter?
#30141 of 30250 Re: BMW Performance Short Throw Shifter [akv25]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 12, 2009 (9:30 am)
I've used short shifters and they are great but they do increase shifter effort (it's a trade-off) so if you do a lot of traffic driving you may not care for this mod.
#30142 of 30250 carrying a kayak
May 20, 2009 (12:59 pm)
Does anyone have a roof-rack and kayak carrier on their car? It seems like Thule and Yakima are the two big players. Any feedback on either of those two brands? Any other manufacturers I should check out?