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#4068 of 5378 Another Update: oil separator issue [jetzzs]
Jan 02, 2009 (6:48 am)
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. The field rep looked into the problem and the BMW dealership called and said that BMW would pay for all but $500. My husband then authorized the repair right away. That is a savings of $900. It seems like this confirms that they know they have an engineering issue with the oil separator. (We have a 2001 330i with about 100k and we just paid it off and got the title in the mail two weeks ago).
Thanks for all the posts and have a great New Year!
#4069 of 5378 Re: Another Update: oil separator issue [jetzzs]
Jan 02, 2009 (7:06 am)
Sometimes a manufacturer will pick up all or part of some repair costs for loyal customers as well. The oil separator is not a chronic problem but they do fail on older cars at a higher rate. The part itself isn't that expensive, but it is a bit labor-intensive to install.
#4070 of 5378 water on caroet driver side
Jan 04, 2009 (1:20 pm)
need help on finding why the carpet is wet on the driver side mostly after rain. check all the seals on the window and the door, looks fine to me. had suspicion but not sure about it im not losing coolant so i dont think its coming from there. hope anybody out their who had similar prob. will be able to help me. its a 2001 32ix wagon and 60000 miles on it. any imputs will be much appreciated!
#4071 of 5378 Re: water on caroet driver side [uncleto]
Jan 04, 2009 (2:02 pm)
Do you have a sun roof? If so, it could be caused by a plugged drain hole for the sun roof. Good luck!
#4072 of 5378 Re: water on caroet driver side [uncleto]
Jan 04, 2009 (4:22 pm)
There is some kind of seal inside teh door, that if leaking can cause this problem
I had same problem in my 2000 323i on passenger side, and teh dealer replaced some sort of seal inside teh door and problem went away
This was 2 years ago
curiously I have water there again and am not sure if it is teh door or something else. I just had the compressor on the A/c replaced, not sure if they are related
#4073 of 5378 Re: water on caroet driver side [uncleto]
Jan 04, 2009 (7:46 pm)
In addition to the windshield seal and the sunroof drains, I'd check the inner door insulator panel; part number 12 in this diagram.
#4074 of 5378 Re: water on carpet driver side [roadburner]
Jan 05, 2009 (10:21 am)
when you say inner door insulator are you referring to the vapor barrier on the door? some had told me that might be one of the source of the leak.
#4075 of 5378 Re: water on carpet driver side [uncleto]
Jan 05, 2009 (12:48 pm)
Yes thats it the vapor barrier
Now why should tehy go bad? I have no idea
Did I EVER have these problems with a US made car? NO
Did my electric window regulator fail last week when I tried to lower teh winder in teh snow? Yes.
Do I love driving very fast on dry highways with this car? Yes
#4076 of 5378 Re: My BMW will not start on occassion [widriver2]
Jan 07, 2009 (5:43 pm)
Did you ever figure out what was wrong? We have a 2004 330xi with just 20,000 miles that has been having the same problem. When you turn the key, the lights go on and there is a soft humming sound, but no engine ignition. Sometimes, if you give a 2nd quick turn of the key, the engine starts up fine. Once the car is "on" it's completely fine. First time was in March 2008. We had it checked at our dealership, everything checked out diagnostically, though they suspected the key could be a problem and then we didn't have any more problems for 9 months. Now, after our first really cold spell, the car is doing it again. We left it alone for a week over Christmas, then it started fine and we got it over to our dealership. They kept it for a week, again found nothing obviously wrong with it, and decided to try replacing our key. We brought the car home and within a few days, we had the same problem. It is now sitting in our garage. We will wait a few days, then try to start it and get it over to our dealership.
#4077 of 5378 BMW 330xi intermittently starting
Jan 07, 2009 (5:54 pm)
We have a 2004 BMW 330xi with 20,000 miles that is intermittently starting. We turn the key and all the lights go on, but there is no engine ignition or even any sound. Sometimes, if we follow with a quick 2nd turn, the car starts fine. First time in March 2008, had it fully checked at our BMW dealership, only duplicated the episode once and could not find anything obviously wrong, though they mentioned maybe the key was a problem. The car was completely fine for the next 9 months. Then a few weeks ago after our first cold spell, it started again. Same thing, first turn of the key, just the lights and maybe a slight whoosh or humming noise from the engine area. Maybe, will start with the 2nd quick key turn. We again took it to our dealership. They kept the car for a week, ran the same computer diagnostics, could find nothing wrong, and this time replaced the main key. We brought the car home and it started doing the same thing within 2 days. It is now stuck in our garage. We will wait a few days, hopefully it will start and we will take it back to our dealership and try again. Fortunately, we have an extended warranty on this car by having it BMW certified when we transitioned from a lease to a purchase. We decided to purchase this vehicle because we had not a lick of trouble with it for the first 3 1/2 years. Help? Does anyone have any ideas?