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#3843 of 5378 Re: Maintenance Program [canman1971]
Apr 13, 2008 (9:33 pm)
Check out TwinKidneyGrill.com. This is the Georgia BMW dealer which gives the best prices on factory maintenance programs and extended factory warranty, if you qualify for it. The extended factory warranty (100,000 miles or 6-years from in-service date-original purchase) can be bought by any owner. It was $995 for this owner of a used 2003 330i ZHP from a non-BMW dealer. I was not eligible for a factory-extended warranty nor the CPO extended warranty.
The vehicle had 34,000 miles on it when it was purchased and BMW honored over $15,000 worth of warranty work on it. Just went through Inspection II, the costs being covered by the extended factory maintenance program. It is a gamble if it would cover the brakes because I may go over the 6-year time limit for the replacements of pad, discs and the like.
The oil change for $65.00 looks like a "loss-leader," because 7 quarts of factory recommended oil (5-30) will cost at least $42 plus tax and the factory filter, about $10. Would recommend changing oil and filter every 7500 miles instead of the factory 15,000 even though you purchase the factory extended maintenance policy.
The Inspection II will include brake fluid and coolant changes, oil filter changes and inspection of the various sytems on the vehicle. There are threads in E46 Fanatics which will give you what will be done to your vehicle at Inspection II. It you need brakes, it would be worth it at the $995 level. I think Twin Kidney has upped it to $1095, which still is a bargain.
Check out if the oil change due mileage will indicate a need for oil change before you hit 50,000. If so, bring it it and have the car inspected so that the warranty may pay for needed repairs. If not, think of getting the extended maintenance policy from Twin Kidney.
There are lots of DIY threads in E46 Fanatics. BTW I do not think Edmund's BMW forum is as good and informative as E46 Fanatics.
Apr 14, 2008 (2:57 am)
Tried to open the trunk with all 3 methods key fob, dash button and key with no success.
I am assuming this would be electrical, possibly a fuse?
Thanks for any feedbacj.
#3845 of 5378 Re: Trunk Issue [circlew]
Apr 16, 2008 (12:47 pm)
I've had problems with one of my keys as well. It no longer will start my car. how common is this?
#3846 of 5378 ENGINE LIGHT SERVICE
Apr 17, 2008 (12:26 am)
HI, I BOUGHT THIS CAR 1 YR AGO IS A 2002 BMW 325i, WHEN I BOUGHT IT ON THE DEALER SHIP THEY DID NOT SHOWED ME, THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF THE CAR, LATER I FOUND OUT THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN CRASHED, THE CAR STARTED TO HAVE A BAD PERFORMANCE, ENGINE SERVICE LIGHT TURNED ON, I HAD TO CHANGED THE GAS FILTER AND I ALSO HAVE CHANGED THE WATER TEMPERATURE SENSOR THAT IS LOCATED NEXT TO OIL FILTER AND THE LIGHT WILL CONTINUE TO TURN ON AGAIN, SO I WENT TO AUTO ZONE FORM THEM TO CHECK THE LIGHT AND THEY GIVE ME A REPORT WITH A CODE (P0128), SO I STARTED TO SEARCH ON WEB TO SEE WHAT DID I HAD TO REALLY CHANGED BUT NOW I AM CONFUSED BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN THAT THEY MAY BE 2 DIFFERENT TYPES OF SENSORS THAT MAY CAUSE THE LIGHT TO KEEP ON TURNING ON, BUT I AM NOT REALLY SURE IF THIS TYPE OF CAR HAS 2 SENSORS,THE REASON I NEED TO FIX THIS PROBLEM IS BECAUSE I HAVE TO GET NEW LICENSE PLATES AND I WILL NEED TO GO FOR A EMISSION TEST AND I AM AFRAID THAT THE CAR WOUN'T PASS IT BECAUSE THE ENGINE LIGHT IS ON, CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME OUT TELLING ME IF YOU KNOW WHAT TYPE OF SENSOR OR PART WILL I NEED TO CHANGE AND WHERE DOES EXACTLY IS LOCATED, ANY INFO WILL REALLY HELP. THANKS A LOT.
#3847 of 5378 Re: ENGINE LIGHT SERVICE [cobra10]
Apr 17, 2008 (5:20 am)
Just a friendly tip: posting in all caps isn't a good idea. It's hard to read, and many people (like me) don't bother trying to read it.
#3849 of 5378 Re: ENGINE LIGHT SERVICE [cobra10]
Apr 17, 2008 (9:16 am)
According to Bentley, a P0128 code is "Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature)"
I'm not sure if that would affect emissions or not.
BTW, the others have made a good point about the caps lock.
#3850 of 5378 Re: ENGINE LIGHT SERVICE [bdkinnh]
Apr 17, 2008 (9:45 am)
thanks for you help and tip the coolant thermostat is next to cylinder head or next to the oil filter? i replace the last one and is not fix the problem the car get a better performance but the engine light is not desaper my question is those cars has 2 coolant sensor or just one?and were are located thanks again for you help
#3851 of 5378 2002 m3 Inside mirror
Apr 24, 2008 (5:28 pm)
I just purchased a new factory mirror for my2002 m3. The liquid in the old one evaporated.The dealer sold me a newer model of the mirror,The mirror works great but the remote keys do not open or close the doors or trunk. Does anyone know if the receiver for the keys are in the mirror. Or do I have to find an origional mirror for $ 600.
#3852 of 5378 Re: Need advice, problem after service [rhmass]
Apr 27, 2008 (5:56 am)
sorry to hear about that; sounds like a very problematic dealership; is there another BMW dealership at all convenient? If not, have you considered contacting BMW of NA? I am told they are fairly vigilant.
Also, wonder if you can share your thoughts on the vehicle. I am looking at a used 03 325 wagon (only 19000 miles) and wonder if any quirks or issues you would note (particualarly if there are problem issues). Also, those years were before Steptronic came in, is that correct? thanks for any help you can provide.