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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
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#3679 of 5378 Re: E36 3 Series Engine Swap [bslate]
Jan 08, 2008 (11:59 am)
I am fine with this but I am wondering if there are any negative points or concerns that I should be aware of. Will this cause issues with the existing tranny/electronics etc?
The 4 to 6 is a pretty common swap, and it's not that difficult either. However, I would NOT use a 1988 vintage engine, as that will prove to be a much more complicated project. You want an engine from a 1992 or later 325i or 525i. In addition, you really need to find a good BMW shop to do the work as they will be aware of what needs to be done so that you don't have any problems later on.
#3680 of 5378 Re: Bought a lemon [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 10, 2008 (9:15 am)
So I don't have the code # yet. However, the dealership did say the problem was the same again, misfire on cylinder 1. They chose to keep my car overnight as the service guy stated he 'happened' to think of something. He said his thought is that I might be losing coolant and the coolant could be leaking such that it's causing the mis-fire. I don't understand the specifics. I'm also concerned that the service adviser sounded as though he was the one to instruct the service techs to evaluate the coolant/cylinder issue. One would think the 'service tech' could have determined that sooner than 4pm, when the car was there at 6:55am. MY THOUGHT is that when they replaced the coil 1 week ago [when they diagnosed the misfire in cylinder 1] they didn't tighten something or install something correctly BECAUSE when I picked the car up and started the car, the coolant indicator came on, and then went off within 30 seconds, or so. During the weekend, same thing happened.
#3681 of 5378 Re: Bought a lemon [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 10, 2008 (4:26 pm)
So now the latest is they called to get my permission for 1 of the techs to drive my car home. They will take some sort of portable tester with them such that if the SES light comes on there are immediate tests that can be performed. They have verified fuel injectors, pressure, put a scope in the cylinder holes, validated compression - they cannot determine the problem. There is something called a 'robo' repair ticket filed with BMW and a response can take up to 72 hours - that's where they're at with it. So there's the potential my car sits at the dealers this weekend.
#3682 of 5378 Premium vs regular gas
Jan 11, 2008 (8:21 am)
Hey guys. Just picked up a 2006 330xi for my cross country drive. I know BMW says I should use premium, but I am about to drive 4000 miles and wanted to know if I really have to use premium or if regular is sufficient.
#3683 of 5378 Re: Premium vs regular gas [kresnick]
Jan 11, 2008 (8:50 am)
If you use Regular it'll cost you more than if you use Premium. Why? Simple, to keep your engine from blowing up, the engine control system will retard the valve and ignition timing so far that your fuel economy will drop, and drop by more than enough to make Regular gasoline cost more per mile than Premium.
Like it or not, you have a car with a high compression engine, and to get both the best power and best economy out of it, you need to feed it properly.
#3684 of 5378 BMWNA coming to the rescue
Jan 12, 2008 (3:37 pm)
I wanted to give some praise to a BMW dealership - Permian Basin BMW way out in West TX. Wife's '03 325ia suddenly lost power steering after the month before replacing the belts - don't know if that has anything to do with it. Car's warranty ended March '07 so it had been out of warranty for more than 9mos and has 41K on the clock. We have followed all the scheduled maintenance at BMW dealers and even the last belt repair was paid in full by us ~$700.
Anyways, after learning the cost and possibility of the rack being affected totalling $3000, I called BMWNA and spoke to Darci who was very receptive. I just told her the facts and informed her that we were actually looking to purchase a new vehicle (550 vs 535) in the next month. After a day, they agreed to pay for half the repair of $1400 (if it was just the power steering pump). I was ready to pay my half but thought it wouldn't hurt to ask so I politely asked her if there was anything BMW could chip in since I was told this partial payment was being comped by the dealer themselves. She said to give her a couple of days and see what she could do. We were on vacation in Hawaii so I had all time in the world but just wanted to see what she could come up with. Two days later, right before we're about to leave Hawaii, she informed me that BMWNA decided to do a 100% goodwill repair after speaking to the local rep. I took it as someone basically just gave me $700 so I was happy.
I asked her what made the difference and she said she and the local rep could see we had been faithful customers of BMW dealers(albeit different dealers as we had JUST moved to West TX three days prior and had no business with this dealership before). She suggested to the rep that we would continue to be faithful customers to this dealer although I think she was being very modest.
This has definitely kept me in the BMW family
#3685 of 5378 Re: minor issue - "homelink" remote control behavior [mlifxs]
Jan 12, 2008 (9:44 pm)
Put access key into a slot and press "start" button without touching clutch or brake pedal (in case of AT). If you depress the clutch or press brakes (AT), the car will start. We don't want that, so just press "start" button and stay away from clutch or brake.
Jan 14, 2008 (11:56 am)
I want to "hard-wire" my iPod in my E46. Any suggestions? Comments?
I've heard that the sound quality is better than using the devices that you plug in the cigarette lighter/fm radio station.
Jan 14, 2008 (12:28 pm)
I ordered from Icarkits.com....got a little black box with a few wires--on my 2002 330ci with Harmon Kardon system, it hooks up to the unused wires for the cd changer in car's trunk....i then ran wires under back seat and along interior trim and placed it under my driver's seat...the connector to ipod is right next to my emergency brake,,,i like this for easier access to ipod than in glove compartment.....
IT IS INCREDIBLE!!!! Can control Ipod from steering wheel to a certain extent--SOUND IS AWESOME!!!!
I do notice a VERY slight clicking like sound betwn songs--but i dont hear it when songs are playing....cost $ 190 WITH shipping...received it in 3 days!!!!
Let me know how you make out??
#3688 of 5378 Re: 100% Reimbursement for Transmission Work [ftroha]
Jan 14, 2008 (1:11 pm)
Hi again - I am FINALLY preparing to submit a claim to Small Claims Court - looking at the forms I have a couple of questions that you might be able to help with - Did you name the dealership as the Defendant? (Did you mention individual names?) How did you answer - "Why does the Defendant owe the Plaintiff money?" I'm thinking misrepresentation - but wondered how you answered? Thanking you in advance....I appreciate your input!