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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
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#3487 of 5349 Re: steering and over heating problems with my bmw 3 series compact se 1997 [trapedo]
Oct 08, 2007 (4:42 pm)
hi i just wandered if any one could tell me if they knew why my steering keeps going really stiff and i hear a grinding sounds and then the next day its fine.
Check the condition and level of the power steering fluid. The reservoir has a built-in filter which can reduce the flow of fluid, it's fairly simple to replace.
.I am also having problems as my car keeps getting air locks and overheating hope someone can give me some advice on what could be the faults thanks
BMW cooling systems have specific procedures which must be followed exactly in order to purge all the air from the system. Either find a shop that knows how to do this or buy the E36 Bentley Manual and do it yourself.
#3488 of 5349 Re: BMW 3 transmission problems [ftroha]
Oct 11, 2007 (2:27 pm)
ftroha: any news with the "mediation/conference" with judge in September with regards to faulty transmission? Hope you were successful!
#3489 of 5349 Re: BMW 3 transmission problems [socalsabo]
Oct 11, 2007 (2:43 pm)
Prior to the conference, I was told by the court that I needed to go after the local BMW dealership or go to a NJ small claims court to go after BMW corporate. Consequently, I chose to go after the local dealership. The local dealer failed to even show up for court two weeks ago. Normally one wins automatically in small claims court when that happens, but not here. The other party gets a second chance to appear. So this coming Monday I'm back in court for the same thing. I'll let you know how it turns out. By the way, the faulty transmission in the 2000 323i is so common the judge told me his son experienced the same thing -- sudden loss of reverse gear in the same make/model/year his son bought over the Internet recently. He said good thing his son has a sloping driveway. That way he doesn't need reverse gear when he leaves his home in the morning. Needless to say, BMW's failure to stand behind its product is hurting a lot of people.
#3490 of 5349 100% Reimbursement for Transmission Work
Oct 15, 2007 (9:00 am)
This morning a judge in small claims court awarded me 100% reimbursement for the cost incurred to fix my 2000 BMW 323i transmission. For those of you who have been ignored by BMW Corporate (as I was), you might try going after the dealership that sold you the car. Copies of postings on this website, noreverse.org, consumeraffairs.com and others can be used to help make your case that the defect is real and very common.
#3491 of 5349 Re: 100% Reimbursement for Transmission Work [ftroha]
Oct 15, 2007 (9:14 am)
CONGRATULATIONS!!! This was a long time coming!!! Right is right!!!! Guess that will be my next step! Thanks for update and if you have any "tips" please let me know! Again, Congratulations !!!!
#3492 of 5349 Re: 100% Reimbursement for Transmission Work [socalsabo]
Oct 15, 2007 (9:27 am)
Thanks. I appreciate your message. If I can do this, anybody who persists can. At this point, there's enough credible feedback online from hundreds of customers who have been similarly burned by BMW, enabling them to present a convincing case before a judge. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but patience, persistance and being right (as you say) will see you through. Good luck with your case.
#3493 of 5349 Re: 100% Reimbursement for Transmission Work [ftroha]
Oct 15, 2007 (11:42 am)
What was the legal basis for the judge's decision? Considering the fact that your vehicle is seven years old and out of warranty(Are you even the original owner?) I am interested in his/her reasoning.
#3494 of 5349 Re: 100% Reimbursement for Transmission Work [roadburner]
Oct 15, 2007 (12:51 pm)
The judge didn't really present his reasoning. But I can tell you that he appeared most interested in the fact that I provided copies of hundreds of customer complaints about the same exact problem with the transmission in the 2000 BMW 323i, i.e., failure to engage in reverse. In addition, I described the many times and ways in which I tried to resolve the issue directly with BMW. I also described the means by which I was stonewalled at every turn. Though the car is 6 years old and I'm not the original owner, I did pay a premium for a Certifed BMW pre-owned car whose transmission failed at around 64,000 miles and shortly after the manufacturer's warranty had expired (within two months). It's worth mentioning that the transmission in this make/model/year is sealed and the "lifetime" transmission fluid requires no changing, according to the owner's manual, which is misleading and erroneous. (The mechanic who fixed my transmission told me the fluid was burnt and a drum-shaped component associated with reverse gear was much too thin to last and cheaply made.) Bottom line: apparently the judge figured I was ripped off -- which I was. At www.noreverse.org you can see photos illustrating how this particular transmision breaks down with normal usage. I didn't get around to showing the judge the photos, since he rendered his decision before I could get to them.
#3495 of 5349 Re: 100% Reimbursement for Transmission Work [ftroha]
by kyfdx HOST
Oct 15, 2007 (1:15 pm)
Did the other side show up to dispute your claim? Didn't they blow off the first hearing?
#3496 of 5349 Re: 100% Reimbursement for Transmission Work [ftroha]
Oct 15, 2007 (3:32 pm)
Thank you - I'll let you know!