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#2711 of 5378 Re: BMW Reliability [div2]
Mar 19, 2006 (10:30 am)
My experiences with a 318ti...
I own a 1995 318ti - Cheapo Base Model - Hellrot. I drove it daily from August 1995 to January 2005.
I've had a battery explode once while starting the car (I blamed the battery; the guy at Autozone blamed the car; status: unresolved). I had to replace the thermostat at about 105k miles. The ignition switch failed at about 85k miles.
I've replaced (list based on memory):
The 'shocks' on the rear hatch (worn out - 100k)
O2 sensor (precaution - 100k)
Belt (precaution - 60k)
Tires (normal wear - various)
Windshield washer sprayers (clogged - 105k)
Wiper blades (normal wear - various)
Exterior bulbs (burned out - various)
Steel Wheels (w/ some cool Borbets from the Tirerack - 100k) - Link
Serpentine belt (precaution - 100k)
Front plate - Link
Ignition switch (failed)
Batteries (36k - died; 45k - exploded; 95k - died)
All-in-all, the most reliable car I've ever owned.
#2712 of 5378 Re: 2006 325i Transmission Slipping [bdr127]
Mar 19, 2006 (1:22 pm)
#2713 of 5378 Re: Z3 COUPE REPAIR COSTS [rex01z3coupe]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 20, 2006 (10:13 am)
Some of this stuff sounds like normal wear and tear at 60K...you could get all of this done at an independent shop, you dont need the dealer for "expendables" like brakes or hoses or belts. The window regulator? Maybe removing the panel and lubricating and adjusting everything in there would make it work better. That one sounds a bit suspicious.
As for brakes, usually you do not turn rotors on German cars. Leaking power steering hoses are kind of a notorious BMW malady.
#2714 of 5378 Re: 2000 323i 5-Speed Manual Rear Clunk [silvernubira]
Mar 23, 2006 (4:55 pm)
I have a 2000 323ci 5-speed also. When I hit around 160,000 miles, a bar that is welded to the trunk had somehow come un welded. I had my local BMW shop check it out and re weld the bar. no problems since.
You description of what you are hearing sound really similar to what I was hearing.
Hope that helps
#2715 of 5378 Some Help
Mar 24, 2006 (6:31 am)
I have a 2002 330i with approximately 98,000kms or 61,000 miles. The car runs great but every morning I start the car it sounds rough. After warming up, the car is quiet again.
I've noticed this only since this past winter. I live in Toronto, a cold weather environment.
I had the car go through its appropriate service last fall.
Thanks. Appreciate any input.
Mar 25, 2006 (5:44 am)
On my 2000 323i with 59000 miles, my oil light goes on when I start it and stays on for about 1 minute, max. I check my oil frequently and it is always the same. Any reason for this? I'm going in for my Inspection II soon, so maybe they'll tell me. One time and only once, which is odd to me, I noticed smoke coming from under my hood. I checked it and it smelled like oil, and went to the dealer. Of course, when I got there, it wasn't doing it anymore and hasn't done it since. He told me to just keep an eye on it and if it does it again, bring it in, but it hasn't. Only the light issue.
#2717 of 5378 Re: Oil Light [canman1971]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 26, 2006 (11:21 am)
What kind of oil filter do you put it? If I were you first thing I'd do is buy a filter from the dealer and see what happens.
#2718 of 5378 Re: Oil Light [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 26, 2006 (12:44 pm)
My dealer did my last oil change, so it's gotta be a BMW filter. I'm taking it in within the next month so,(Inspection II) hopefully it'll take care of it.
#2719 of 5378 Squeaky Brakes
Mar 28, 2006 (12:47 pm)
Hi, I have a 2005 325i and for the entire year I had the car, the brakes have been squeaking when I press to stop the car. I've took the car in a few months ago and they said that it is normal for beemers to squeak. Does anyone have the same problem?
#2720 of 5378 Re: Oil Light [canman1971]
Mar 28, 2006 (1:05 pm)
could be that your oil sensor has gone bad; esp. since you mention that the oil level is fine.