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#323 of 5378 check engine light concern
Jan 06, 2002 (4:22 pm)
please help with advice!
My car is a 1997 328i, which I bought as a CPO from a local dealer. My check engine light came on last week. I took the car to an independent BMW specialty shop (the dealer is running his usual 28 day wait for an appointment). He ran the codes, and said it indicated that the air pump was bad, as well as a potential oxygen sensor as well. The fuel mixture was off too, he said. Since it is still under warranty, he suggested I return to the dealer.
My dealer ran the codes and reported only that the secondary air pump was reporting bad. They reset the light, and said to drive it and see if the light came back on, and bring it in if it does.
This same dealer replaced the secondary air pump this past July, BTW. My concern: my independent guy says that I risk doing expensive damage to the car if I drive it with a faulty air pump. He said something about damaging the catalytic convertor due to the fuel mixture, as well as other potential failures.
Can I drive this until the light comes back on, or should I insist now that the dealer replace it? Any advice is most appreciated.
#324 of 5378 weird problem 4000 miles ... shap1
Jan 10, 2002 (3:10 pm)
This may be a little too late for a reply. But I have read users having exact same problem ( power loss ) int the bimmer.org's E46 forum. Please visit that site and they will have plenty to tell you about. Dealers must know by now.
Not sure if its the thermostat/fan problem or the accelerator pedal/actuator issue.
2002 325 Conv.
#325 of 5378 nobodyhome888,
Jan 12, 2002 (1:32 am)
Your dealer should of given you a kit for your license plate.
Jan 15, 2002 (4:28 pm)
I just picked up my 01 Steele Blue 325iA with premium & sport packages, harmon/kardon, heated seats, xenon lights, and ski package. As soon as I pulled into my driveway I noticed the brakes squeaking. It has been doing to ever since and only squeaks when the brake pedal is depressed just enough to begin slowing the car, as I push harder the squeaking stops. Is this normal? The car was a Cert-preowned (as a demo) and had 15192 miles on it. It's very annoying and I don't think it should be doing it. Our 2001 740iL has never squeaked. Do I need to have the brakes serviced? Squeaking breaks is a pet-peave I have . . . I can't stand them! Other than that the care is a dream.
Anyway, what should I do? It's fairly loud I can hear it inside the car with the stereo on and I see people turn their heads.
#327 of 5378 lgbaaron
Jan 16, 2002 (9:21 am)
Cheap after-market pads? Try OEM pads.
#328 of 5378 lgbaaron
Jan 16, 2002 (9:40 am)
PBR/Repco Deluxe pads are quiet, inexpensive, and excellent for street use.
#329 of 5378 Service Engine Soon ON - help!
Jan 16, 2002 (6:16 pm)
I posted this question in the Dealer Service and Experiences forum, no one responded, I thought it might have better response in this forum.
I need advice on what steps I may take or what other options I have, my car (325i, 2001, 15000 miles) has been in the dealership service station three times since september 2001. The thermostat was replaced twice and then the air flow meter and air sensor were replaced the last time. I have the car scheduled tomorrow for the same problem "Service Engine Soon" inidicator is ON which makes it the fourth time in 5 months. I am getting frustrated, this is not only affecting my schedule but also my confidence in this car. Would there be a limit as to how many times a the dealership will attempt to fix the problem and if it cannot be fixed, the whole system causing the problem would be replaced or the car will be classified as a lemon? Please advise.
Jan 17, 2002 (12:37 pm)
...are different from state to state. You need to check with your state dept of consumer affairs, or whatever they are called in the state in which you reside. No other answer or generalization works in these cases.
And if you haven't contacted BMWUSA by now, get moving on that. Demand that the dealer's service dept get you in contact with the regional service rep, or whatever BMW is calling them these days. Get into your warranty and owner's booklet and check on the procedure for going after service and grievance problems. There should be a regional number to call to get help.
#331 of 5378 2001 325iT: 1 year/12,000mi problems so far...
Jan 17, 2002 (5:22 pm)
1) Cargo cover squeaked badly from day one, when I lifted it out I realized how incredibly heavy it was and decided never to use it again to save weight on this already overweight car(it's in the basement now).
2) Sticky accelerator pedal from day one and it gets worse when the interior of the car warms up. Dealer had never heard of this occurring before!
3) Right rear of car sat 1/2" lower than left. Dealer replaced one spring, had no effect, after work was done rear suspension started making noises over bumps that previously didn't cause any noises.
4) During hard acceleration the clutch (manual tran) squeals loudly with each gear engagement. Dealer replaced A/C belt but had no effect. This has occurred from about 2000mi (break in period).
5)Window squeaks and rattles have been gradually increasing.
6)During cold weather the stereo display becomes distorted with a strange pattern that resembles a circuit board, this goes away as the interior warms up.
7)Windshield is optically distorted on the lower passenger side.
Interesting that I haven't experienced many of the other problems discussed on this forum.
I have not agressively persued most of these issues with my dealer because I have been recovering from heart surgery and I feel the clueless service department doesn't have the capability or desire to address these problems anyway.
Despite all of this I still think the car is a blast to drive, and every time I pull into my garage and turn off the engine I think to myself, that was a hell of a lot of fun. I knew what I was getting into when I bought this car anyway, from reading all the BMW forums, great fun to drive but don't expect top notch reliability or service. Having owned all Japanese cars all my life I had a burning curiosity to see what it would be like to own a German car. It's about what I expected.