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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
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#3765 of 5378 Re: 2001 BMW 325 [cct3]
Feb 23, 2008 (8:33 am)
I pour antifreeze mixture into reservoir and it seems to pour out the bottom. I cannot see the bottom of the tank. Does this seem to be a hose issue or the reservoir?
I'd put my money on the expansion tank-AKA resevoir-being cracked. It's a common problem on sixes with 100K or more on the clock. It's a relatively cheap and easy fix. Just don't overheat the engine again- unless you want to R&R the head gasket(and possibly the cylinder head as well).
#3766 of 5378 Electric steering wheel lock
Feb 24, 2008 (9:48 am)
I have a 2007 335i sedan. Yesterday I got an (alarming!) message along the lines of "Electric steering wheel lock. Do not turn off engine. Engine may not restart." In fact, though, when I did turn off the engine, it did restart (at least then). Anyone know what's going on with this?
#3767 of 5378 Electric steering wheel lock by (mikewesq1)
Feb 25, 2008 (5:31 am)
I had the same thing happen on my 2006 325xi. It was a faulty sensor. I was always able to start the car until it was fixed. However, I did hold my breath each time.
#3768 of 5378 Re: Electric steering wheel lock by (mikewesq1) [kirkr]
Feb 25, 2008 (5:58 am)
Thanks. In light of the car being able to start, that makes sense. I've gotten it to my dealer this AM and should know for sure later today.
#3769 of 5378 Re: Adaptive HID Lamp swivel fail [manualguy]
Feb 25, 2008 (11:49 am)
I got the adaptive headlamps fixed last Friday. The service person said that this was unusual but understandable. The driver side headlamp apparently has to make more small motions than the passenger side .
I dont understand why that is the case. But, anyway, they installed a new headlamp unit and it is working fine now. I am trying to figure out if it better to use the automatic setting on the headlamp or not! I asked the service mgr the same question, and he said that leaving it in auto mode is better and this should not happen again.
#3770 of 5378 Re: Adaptive HID Lamp swivel fail [manualguy]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 25, 2008 (7:49 pm)
The driver's side lamp won't swivel as far to the left as the right side lamp, to avoid shining into the eyes of oncoming traffic on curves...
If you don't leave it in automatic, then it won't swivel.. they are fixed forward..
#3771 of 5378 Re: Adaptive HID Lamp swivel fail [kyfdx]
Feb 25, 2008 (8:27 pm)
"If you don't leave it in automatic, then it won't swivel.. they are fixed forward."
Well now, ain't that annoying. As I understand it, Xenon headlight assemblies have a lifespan that is calculated more by on/off cycles than hours of operation. With that in mind, I always kept my Xenons off of the "Automatic" setting as they had a tendency to turn on and off all too often (i.e. shady street, tunnel, overpass...). Hmmm, I suppose that means that I could simply switch them to "A" when I want them on.
#3772 of 5378 Re: Adaptive HID Lamp swivel fail [shipo]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 26, 2008 (4:23 am)
Of course, when you switch them to "A", you are turning them off and back on...
I never use the auto setting... I don't seem to achieve any real-world advantages from the swiveling... and since our DRLs are activated, I don't have any need for the automatic part, either..
When I need the lights, I turn them on.... When I stop, I turn them off.. just like the last 33 years...
(my wife loves the auto setting... go figure)
#3773 of 5378 Warranty Set to Expire: What to Look For?
Feb 26, 2008 (3:05 pm)
My car is going in tomorrow for a checkup because my warranty is about to expire. I'm at 47500 right now. Is there anything I should ask them to look into. I know they are going to do a whole "used" car inspection. (Brakes, suspension, fluids, etc...) But, I was wondering if there is anything special I should ask. They already told me they are doing a oil change. Thanks in advance.
#3774 of 5378 Re: Warranty Set to Expire: What to Look For? [canman1971]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 26, 2008 (12:04 pm)
As Mr.Shiftright advised me, one time..
"My front end seems to have a shimmy, and when I go over a bump, I hear a clunk."
That will get them to check the front control arms and bushings...