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#4360 of 5378 Anyone with a Motorhome tow a 3-Series w/Manual Tranny 4-down?
Aug 27, 2009 (7:20 am)
I haven't been able to find an answer in archives to this question.
I know BMW doesn't recommend towing a BMW on all 4 wheels. However, that doesn't mean it can't be done, its just not recommended.
I have a 1998 323ci with manual transmission. Is there anything that should be done to it in order to tow it behind a motorhome? I've heard where some vehicles need some sort of transmission pump to keep fluid flowing while being towed. Who is best to do this kind of work, a dealer or transmission place?
Anyone know of someone who hauls a BMW 3-Series with a manual tranny behind a motorhome and all is okay? Thanks.
Chris Olympia, WA
#4361 of 5378 Re: Anyone with a Motorhome tow a 3-Series w/Manual Tranny 4-down? [chsmithins]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 27, 2009 (8:39 am)
I think for any long distance you'd have to disconnect the drive shaft. Probably 40-50 miles would be okay flat-towed. I rather doubt anyone makes a transmission pump for a manual transmission BMW, so you'd have to rig something up to avoid rear bearing damage from the spinning output shaft.
#4362 of 5378 Re: 2007 335i Bluetooth question [jonsdad]
Aug 27, 2009 (12:28 pm)
Thanks everyone who responded. Alas, after several emails with a BMW rep, I discovered that the 335i is just "pre-wired" for bluetooth. If I want to add the functionality they have to install a control unit and modify the area around the sunroof control. Bottom line, it will be CDN$1300 for parts and CDN$500 labor. A bit disappointed considering this really should be standard on a car at this price-point.
#4363 of 5378 Re: Anyone with a Motorhome tow a 3-Series w/Manual Tranny 4-down? [chsmithins]
Aug 27, 2009 (2:48 pm)
Your best bet will be to get a 2-wheel dolly and tow the BMW backwards, assuming it's not AWD.
#4364 of 5378 Rough Idle after long drive
Aug 28, 2009 (9:19 am)
Hoping someone can advise.
Recently drove my 328xi (2008) to Orlando. After driving about 800 miles (in a day) when I started the vehicle it had rough idle for about 2 minutes but then was fine. While in Orlando no rough idling.
Return trip no rough idling, but when I started the car this morning once again rough idle for about 2 minutes.
Help would be appreciated.
#4365 of 5378 Yes, and I was referred to the owner's manual
Aug 28, 2009 (9:46 am)
I don't remember the page number, but the NJ National representative told me that the manufacturer states in the manual, that the battery requires sustained driving and that very low mileage consisting of mostly short trips may be insufficient to keep the battery charged. My 2008 335xi stalled at about 7500 miles, and had a very rough idle, until I took it in, and had the battery recharged, was told that should suffice for another 6000miles+, unless I took some long trips. The engine timing was also affected by the low charge, but reset during the process. The vehicle has substantial electrical components requiring sufficient power to "boot up." If one confines their driving to commuting, as I do, less than 15 miles/day, and not taking a (guesstimated) quarterly trips of several hundred miles, the problem will reoccur. I find this to be another example of idiots engineering the vehicle. The other example is the continued failure of fuel pumps with a twin-turbo engine. One writer here (jmaroun, Aug. 25th) had his car repurchased, I just read, but I don't know the frequency of fuel pump failure. I had to replace my first one at 6500 miles, and I'm now at 11,500. If it seems like sour grapes, I think that auto manufacturers should be designing vehicles to accomodate all types of drivers and have zero tolerance for major component failure or failure to drive in a certain fashion. Oh, one other thing--why does BMW refuse to provide, as standard equipment, a 6-CD changer, when all Japanese cars, even economy , and most other German autos now consider this standard equipment. I miss loading 8-9 hours of sound, and it's not safe to try and change a single disc while in motion, driving alone, that's certain.
#4366 of 5378 Re: Yes, and I was referred to the owner's manual [ursamajor]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 28, 2009 (9:58 am)
I find the representative's explanation for the battery failure, as presented here, to be rather unbelievable. My friend's wife, who became very ill, hardly drives her 328ix at all---it sits for weeks, and its battery never goes dead.
Furthermore, your car doesn't run all day off the battery---your alternator should be putting out more than enough juice to keep the car running happily.
#4367 of 5378 94 325iS, 215k, never ending trouble?
Aug 28, 2009 (5:09 pm)
I'm looking for a 3rd car for some cheap fun (other two are an 08 civic everyday car and 01 subaru forester which belongs to my girlfriend) and I came across a 94 325iS with 215k miles for roughly $2500. For some reason this peaked my interest. I've always loved the E36 3-series and would love to have a fun car to play with, maybe get into some local autox.
Any 15 year old car with 200k miles is going to have issues, but am I just asking for trouble here?
Any opinions would be appreciated. I've always thought the E36 had a good reputation for engine/transmission reliability.
#4368 of 5378 Re: 94 325iS, 215k, never ending trouble? [wreckzach]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 29, 2009 (10:23 am)
Well sure you're asking for trouble. The car has exceeded its statistical lifespan already. (in actuarial terms I mean).
Reputation? Not all that good if you include the cooling system as part of "engine".
Price is okay, but plan on spending money on it, at least to re-hab the cooling system straight way, and be sure to check the control arm bushings, the driveshaft coupler, and all the electronic gizmos.