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#4910 of 5349 Programming a car battery???
Jan 07, 2011 (8:37 am)
Do BMW batteries really need to be programmed?
Had to have my 2007 335i towed today because even after jumpstarting, the car wouldn't keep running.
Was told that if I need a new battery, the cost would be around $350. Was told that while I could get my own battery, I'd need BMW to "program it" - I forget the specific reason given, but was told that unless programmed, the batter would likely get overcharged or undercharged. This is something new to models 2006 and later.
Can anyone out there confirm that this is accurate? If I could get some quick responses, I'd appreciate it becuase I could purchase the battery from Interstate Batteries for about $185.
PS - please keep your fingers crossed that it's a HPFP issues, since that'd be free!!!
#4911 of 5349 Re: Programming a car battery??? [taxesquire]
Jan 07, 2011 (12:33 pm)
Think it has to do with "registering" the new battery with the car, or just "telling" the car that you have a new battery so that the car's charging system identifies it as a new battery and adjusts the charging profile accordingly.
#4912 of 5349 Re: Programming a car battery??? [taxesquire]
Jan 08, 2011 (7:19 pm)
I read the same although I haven't had the need to replace my 2006 330xi with 100k miles.
#4913 of 5349 Re: Buying a 2006 328i, 92,000 miles $13,420 [smartcookie]
Jan 08, 2011 (7:21 pm)
Well you don't pay sticker... the 2006 model needs steering column replaced when it goes bad and that's $1,200 at the dealer.
#4914 of 5349 True Cost to Own 335i
Jan 10, 2011 (6:27 pm)
I need some help from BMW owners. I am interested in buying a used 2008 335I coupe but:
Edmund's 'True Cost to Own' tool says a 2008 335I Coupe will cost $8300 in maintenance and $7000 in repairs. On the other hand the same tool says a 2008 Infinity G37 will cost $5400 in maintenance and $2400 in repairs.
Are Edmund's figures anywhere near accurate for the BMW?
#4915 of 5349 Re: True Cost to Own 335i [bobtheb]
Jan 10, 2011 (6:35 pm)
read the blogs regarding the hi-pressure fuel pump (N54 engine) and you will understand.....then stay AWAY!
#4916 of 5349 Re: True Cost to Own 335i [rfl]
Jan 10, 2011 (8:50 pm)
I have a 335i and just received a message about to come in for a recall as they will replace the HPFP for free. Not sure if anyone has done this yet???
#4917 of 5349 Re: True Cost to Own 335i [pdude1]
Jan 10, 2011 (9:02 pm)
I have a 2007 335i and just had the HPFP replaced. It took over a week because they couldn't get the software updated. They finally had to replace the CCC (not sure what it's called, but I think it's the central computer board). Got it back tonight and it's perfect.
I guess I am somewhat lucky because the fuel pump lasted 48K miles. I am hoping that it's now fixed. I have seen a lot of people complain about multiple repairs though, so crossing my fingers. It's such a beautiful car, this issue is a real pity. I missed my car even though I had a brand new Z4 loaner (that's nice too, but different story). Hopefully the new (2009/10/11) turbo engines don't have this HPFP problem. I can't believe BMW would continue selling this engine if they hadn't figured out the fuel pump.
#4918 of 5349 Re: True Cost to Own 335i [bobtheb]
Jan 10, 2011 (9:14 pm)
>> Edmund's 'True Cost to Own' tool says a 2008 335I Coupe will cost $8300 in maintenance and $7000 in repairs.
The first 4 years 50,000 miles cost $0 for maintenance and repairs since BMW offers a full maintenance and warranty for that period. You will have to pay for tires which are expensive, but everything else is covered.
You can then choose to extend your maintenance and warranty. For an additional 4 years and 50,000 miles, expect to pay about $2K for maintenance and $3.5K for the warranty. This is a bumper-to-bumper BMW warranty so there are very few exclusions. So if you are worried, you can always pay up front and enjoy your car. Btw, you can call a dealer and get more accurate pricing (you can haggle on this stuff so call multiple dealers).
The 335 does have a fuel pump problem though. I just had mine replaced. Google it and you will find lots of complaints. If you extend your warranty it won't cost you anything to fix it, but it can be a problem. Mine went out in the middle of the night 200+ miles away from home. Luckily it was OK for me to continue driving with "reduced power."
#4919 of 5349 Re: True Cost to Own 335i [dan12]
Jan 10, 2011 (10:49 pm)
I think that additional warranty is for additional 2 years and 50k miles, which would then cover the car up to 6 years and/or 100k miles, whichever comes first.