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#3972 of 5349 2006 325i - known problems for year/model?
Oct 03, 2008 (2:31 pm)
I'm buying a 2006 325i, 28k? miles - CPO from new jersey BMW dealer.
Car drove quite well - tight, firm suspension, good pick up decent acceleration.
I've had 2 BMWs - 1994 325i and 1997 540i.
Both were my first BMWs and first new sports cars - and I fell in love!
Over the last 14 years I've had the pleasure to garage a number of fine cars -
1998 Porsche Carerra, MB SL 500, CLK 320,Jag VDP, Inf M35x -
The point of listing these is to point out the fact that I'm going back to my roots -
There's something unique about BMWs - and no other car comes close to that
combined marraige of suspension, acceleration and steering.
Having stated this, is there anything inherent in this particular year (2006) and model(325i) to be aware of?
From my recent demos, I hadnt really found a MAJOR increase in performance between the 330i and 325i...is this projection on my part ( Im looking to save every dollar i can) or is the 325i a decent ride?
This 57 year old body doesnt need the off the line mach speed but I dont want to be bored either! (I've got my motorcycle for the speed and a lexus for the comfort)
I need a nice everyday transport with a bit of fun ...
Will the 325i meet my rather conservative needs?
2006 325i, cold weather and premium package
Silver and black interior (big plus!)
under 30 k miles,
body and interior -excellent cond -garaged and well maintained
ride very good -tight, no overdamping, good steering response
OTD $25,000 ( inc tax)
3.9% x 60 m, CPO with maintainance package (2012 and 70k more milage
All feedback appreciated.
#3973 of 5349 Re: re 335 xi 8800 miles fuel pump problem [ponytrekker]
Oct 04, 2008 (1:58 pm)
I was so happy they fixed the problem in 24 hrs(replaced fuel pump and so other stuff associated)... went in to pickup my car and headed home, on the entry of the highway... when the car went above 50-55 the engine malfunction light went back on and car started to lose power. this is total bullshit!! Did they
a)misdiagnose the problem..
b) not fix it and said they did or
c)is the car a lemon??
I got a bmw so I didn't have to go in and out of the shop... this sucks!
#3974 of 5349 Re: re 335 xi 8800 miles fuel pump problem [superdog]
Oct 04, 2008 (6:15 pm)
"I got a bmw so I didn't have to go in and out of the shop. . ."
Well, that's certainly a contrarian point of view. Most people appear to acquire (the majority lease) a BMW for the driving experience, not for the reliability. If you thought that by spending this much money, you were going to get a stone-reliable piece of equipment, I'd suggest doing more research on the 'net next time, prior to the acquisition. Happiness = reality - expectations. Your expectations were clearly too high.
Good luck. Hope you (eventually) get it fixed. When they're running, they're great.
#3975 of 5349 Re: re 335 xi 8800 miles fuel pump problem [superdog]
Oct 04, 2008 (8:07 pm)
I got a bmw so I didn't have to go in and out of the shop... this sucks!
It does suck, but you'd better get used to it. The only thing that kept me under the allowed mileage on the lease was all the days my 2006 330i sedan was off the road due to spending time in the shop.
BMWs are not Hondas when it comes to reliability. In addition to a BMW, I currently have two Hondas in my family. Our 2+ year old Accord has never needed a repair. Our 2 year old Pilot once had a problem with the keyless remote device, but that's been it.
I've owned a bunch of Japanese cars - Honda, Acura, Infiniti. My 330i needed more repairs than all the Japanese cars I have had combined.
#3976 of 5349 Re: re 335 xi 8800 miles fuel pump problem [davidd3]
Oct 05, 2008 (9:35 am)
My '06 330xi had one problem with a sensor at 5K miles and since then perfect at 42K. One flat that cost me $250 because of the RFT but the car drove for 100 miles on zero pressure so I never got stuck with this car.
Not to bad.
#3977 of 5349 Re: re 335 xi 8800 miles fuel pump problem [circlew]
Oct 05, 2008 (8:16 pm)
My '06 330xi had one problem with a sensor at 5K miles and since then perfect at 42K.
Not bad at all, I'd say. Question is whether I was unlucky or you are lucky. Hard to say what's the norm.
I'm nevertheless on my second BMW now, a 2008 328i coupe. Only 2,000 miles and I think the engine has the same lifters problem I experienced with my 330i. Only heard that sickening ticking noise once so far, hoping against hope not to never hear it again. Other than that, I've noticed some empty deliveries of seatbelts. Here we go again . . .
#3978 of 5349 Thirteen going on Fourteen...
Oct 06, 2008 (9:06 am)
I'm the original owner of a 1995 3er with over 113K on the clock. It also serves as one of my track rats and the only non-scheduled maintenance it has needed has been a couple of recalls/TSBs under warranty, a thermostat, a couple of drive belt idler pullies, one set of pads/rotors, and a timing chain tensioner(which I replaced in 20 minutes only as a precaution).
My wife's 2004 X3 has 70K on it and the only non-scheduled repairs have been a passenger seat SRS sensor under warranty and a set of pads and rotors at 60K.
#3979 of 5349 Re: re 335 xi 8800 miles fuel pump problem [superdog]
Oct 06, 2008 (5:01 pm)
I have a 2007 335xi with a little over 13,000 miles. I had one of the front wheel bearings replaced about half the mileage ago. It was such a non-trivial event that I don't even remember which wheel. Granted, I was out of town for the week and it was ready when I returned.
I also had an oil cooler installed ($1,800 job) for free as the dealer (and BMW techs) couldn't explain why my car didn't come with the cooler just because it didn't have 18" wheels.
I love driving my car. Loving the actual car is weird.
I had some minor, but expensive, body work recently done at the dealer's body shop in Ashland, MA. Since it was partly an insurance repair from a flying rock ding, I was given a Lexus IS 250 AWD. While not bad, it is clearly no comparison to the 335xi. Or probably any BMW, for that matter. The shop did a fantastic job. I was really pleasantly surprised.
By the way, the Lexus rental from Enterprise came with the 6-speed slushbox and paddle shifters. For anyone considering this combo in a Bimmer, GO FOR THE MANUAL TRANNY. While fun for the first 2 minutes, it gets old quickly. And the paddles turn with the wheel, so when you start off and need to shift to 2nd, your reaction will be "where the &%^$^ are the paddles?"
The only thing I'd want more in my Bimmer is to have 300 ft-lbs of torque from 1 RPM on the tachometer, not 1500. I want to leave the line like I was hooked to a giant slingshot. Since that's not likely to happen, and more than a bit wacky, I'll remain very happy with my '07 335xi, especially since the weather is already turning chilly, and the Almanac is predicting a nasty cold snowy winter.
I can't wait for the first time I fire up the rump-roasters!
#3980 of 5349 Re: re 335 xi 8800 miles fuel pump problem [xeye]
Oct 06, 2008 (6:50 pm)
also had an oil cooler installed ($1,800 job) for free as the dealer (and BMW techs) couldn't explain why my car didn't come with the cooler just because it didn't have 18" wheels.
Curious, what was the reason for the oil cooler install which you got for NC - did you order it on the car and it wasn't installed? What do 18" wheels have to do with it?
#3981 of 5349 Re: re 335 xi 8800 miles fuel pump problem [zekeman1]
Oct 06, 2008 (7:15 pm)
Sports package came with 18" wheels and an oil cooler, among many other things. No sports package, no oil cooler & many questions regarding oil temp & engine longevity.
No dipstick, either, but at least the oil level sensors didn't work (at first -- haven't heard of "issues" lately).
Oh, and then there are those wonderful run-flats.