* Server response code: 500
We've had a minor breakdown.
We've had a minor breakdown.
The page you were looking for didn't load. Try refreshing the page, or check out our
BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair
Last post on Apr 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Go to NHTSA to file a safety complaint.
Or call Monday-Friday (8 am to 8 pm ET) (888) 327-4236 TTY: (800)424-9153
#3185 of 5349 A couple of points...
Jan 17, 2007 (1:02 pm)
Given the sheer number of "Can't go into reverse" complaints from 323i owners, it seems rather obvious that there is indeed a problem and BMW should step up to the plate and offer some form of relief. FWIW, I don't believe that BMW built the automatic transmissions affected (designed by ZF and built by GM if memory serves), however, they put it in their car and they should be the folks who fix it. Geez I'm glad I'll only drive a BMW with a manual transmission; it would indeed be kind of annoying to have reverse go out for no apparent reason. :-/
Another thing to consider is the address posted above. I used to live right around the corner from BMW-USA (literally as their offices are at the corner of Chestnut Ridge Road & Glen Road, I lived on Glen) and so please consider my first hand knowledge of the area when I tell you that the above address is incorrect in two ways. The correct address is as follows:
BMW of North America
200 Chestnut Ridge Road
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
Both misspelling the town name and using the old zip code (changed in 1999 or 2000 if I remember correctly) will likely result in your correspondence not getting to its intended recipient.
#3186 of 5349 Re: A couple of points... [shipo]
Jan 17, 2007 (1:24 pm)
Now I know where you stopped in Montvale on your way home from your recent trip when the puppy had an accident...my former company was next door to Mercedes on Mercedes Drive and I lived about 3 miles from you in River Vale.
#3187 of 5349 Re: A couple of points... [circlew]
Jan 17, 2007 (2:08 pm)
Oddly enough, and unfortunately for me, my several year contract with MB-USA (down the hill next to the farm) ended just six months before we built the house on Glen Road. Go figure.
#3188 of 5349 Re: BMW problems [ftroha]
Jan 17, 2007 (3:56 pm)
Thanks much. I'll write them. (BMW NA Customer Service will not give me a phone number.) The NTSB bulliten may take up to two weeks, per NTSB... but I'll share if and when I receive. Thanks much and good luck to us both!
#3189 of 5349 Re: Reverse problem like everyone [dboy62]
Jan 17, 2007 (4:22 pm)
Did you ever have any luck? I have same make and model, and yes, same problem!!! Just happened to me... what was your outcome? DId you receive the service bulliten from NTSA? I don't have it yet and would appreciate you sharing if you have it. I, too, have contacted BMWNA (no luck), consumer affairs and nhtsa... this is wrong, wrong, wrong!
#3190 of 5349 Re: 06 325xi engine tapping [drivo]
Jan 17, 2007 (7:40 pm)
Sorry for the absence; I am somewhat relieved to hear that someone else out there is hearing the same tapping that I am. I've had my 325xi back to the dealer, but of course, the sound was not reproducible. I later found that my oil sensor seemed faulty, as I was getting fluctuating oil level reads. the sensor was replaced, but the tapping/clicking has recurred despite this. When I've opened the hood, the tapping is coming from the low left side of the engine. It's certainly connected with the drivetrain given its association with engine speed. It was particularly cold here in RI today, and the noise was immediately evident. The dealer tells me that no one else has reported the problem, but that they'd put out a "bulletin" regarding this problem and track it. My plan is that the next time it occurs, I'm going to drive it to the dealer and let them hear it for themselves. I'm concerned about the long term wear and tear on the engine. It's surely shaken my faith in BMW - not sure I'd buy another.
#3191 of 5349 Re: 06 325xi engine tapping [mmancini65]
Jan 18, 2007 (5:50 am)
I really am concerned regarding these types of problems in this level of cars. That is why I decided to lease to align with the warranty coverage. Engine problems occur in every nameplate from a statistical view but when you get over $35K - $40K price, the stakes are higher.
When the entire wiring harness to the steering wheel needed to be changed to correct the airbag sensor failure about 3K miles into my lease on this'06 330xi, I felt spot on that i had made a good decision to lease. Also, major repairs after the warranty expires are much higher for the nameplates in this forum.
The current technology is giving dealers problems with repair, IMO. So, even though an engine is mechanically fine in build quality , the systems that affect it can sometimes be a detriment and that is the price that is paid. Garbage in, Garbage out. Mrs. OW's '03 Yukon had a MAP sensor failure in 2005 that the dealer could not fix until the third try and imminent lemon law procedure was presented to them (NJ is a lemon law state). The engine was/is flawless otherwise (Mobile 1 since inception).
#3192 of 5349 Fuel Tank: overflow, ....
Jan 18, 2007 (10:11 pm)
2005 325i 13K-miles bought new
In the last 4 months or so, I have been visiting BMW dealers 5 times to fix various problems.
During those trips, I had my fuel pump, fuel filter and fuel tank itself replaced, respectively.
Still I had problems with filling fuel.
Today, it happened again:
1) after the fuel pump popped at ~14 gallon (about a full tank), and I pull out the fuel pump nozzle, I saw there was about several ounce of overflowed outside;
2) then, about 10 seconds after I drove the car, there were two moments of "engine shake", each lasted about 1~2 seconds and their were about 5 seconds apart.
All these may sounds subtle, but after considering the history in the last a couple month you won't think they are subtle:
1) 3 months ago I first found it was impossible to pump more than 9 gallons of fuel into this 16-gallon tank;
2) Then I took it to the dealer(s). After a couple of "denials" from the dealer(s), one dealer finally got a magic error code. So, the fuel pump and filter can were replaced;
3) a few hundred miles later, the tank couldn't take more than 9 gallons again;
4) took to a dealer, and another magic error code was found, so the whole fuel tank was replaced;
5) a few hundred miles later, the tank couldn't take more than 9 gallons again;
6) took to the dealer, and that time there was no magic error code. So, "no error code means no problem", and the dealer somehow managed to pump a full tank in by themselves.
7) Today, now is the first time I try to fill the tank full again by myself, after the dealer did it last time.
*by the way, the fuel pumping problem have been reproduced by myself in 3 different gas stations, in various occasions.*
Depressed I regret didn't buy a lexus, mainly because that lexus salesman was rediculously arrogant for nothing.
#3193 of 5349 Re: Fuel Tank: overflow, .... [cao]
Jan 19, 2007 (6:24 am)
Very interesting because I have had occasions in my '06 330xi where the gas pump handle shuts off almost immediately after beginning to refuel. Once it happens, I needed to manually operate the handle with less flow so the pressure does not trip the automatic shut off in the pump handle.
I assume there is a pressure problem that develops but not every time or the problem could be a combination of pressure and really sensitive gas pump check valves. It did happen at several different gas stations also but I was able to make sure the tank was full.
I had this problem before on a 1994 Suburban. In some cases I needed to rotate the handle 180 degrees to allow the flow not to trip the switch.
Change your gas cap. See if this helps.
#3194 of 5349 Re: Fuel Tank: overflow, .... [circlew]
Jan 19, 2007 (6:40 am)
I've had the occasional early/premature auto-shutoff thing happen on any number of cars, my two BMWs included. Like you said, normally a rotation of the filler neck or a lower flow setting will solve the problem. Regarding cao's problem, I'm really having a difficult time understanding what could be causing the issue as described.