Last post on Nov 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 3 Series, Sedan
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#4979 of 5378 Re: 2006 E90 steering wheel locked [Firebird_EOU]
Feb 04, 2011 (1:01 pm)
Unfortunately, welcome to the club. My car had this happen when I was leaving to work. Had the vehicle towed to the dealer yesterday. Thankfully still has CPO. Unfortunately, they said they had to reprogram the car to see if this resolved the issue. Honestly, I do not think so. Probably needs whole new steering column. Contacted attorneys suing for minicooper Class Action to see if they want to take this up. I would file a complaint with NHTSA to make sure your issue is documented. Particularly since I called BMW and they state their is no investigation by the NHTSA. They are treating it as an isolated problem when there are many posts for E46 and E90 models, I believe X3 as well. Here is the link to file a NHTSA complaint: http://www.safercar.gov/link">
#4980 of 5378 Re: 2008 335xi Twin Turbo [busiris]
Feb 04, 2011 (5:29 pm)
I think I'm going to get a Pontiac G8 GT instead... it's serviced locally at a chevy dealer, the reviews are raving,, replacement parts won't be that expensive,,, although it's a Pontiac (never thought I would even think about it),, it's supposed to be an awesome sport sedan. Thanks ya'll!!
#4981 of 5378 Re: 2008 335xi Twin Turbo [carchick67]
Feb 04, 2011 (5:44 pm)
The G8 is a great car, but remember that it is built in Australia and replacement parts may well be an issue over the next few years. Edmunds had a long term G8 and they had to wait two weeks for brake pads- and this was over a year ago.
#4982 of 5378 Re: 2008 335xi Twin Turbo [roadburner]
Feb 05, 2011 (7:00 pm)
roadrunner, in your suggestion posted you mentioned replacing both the transfer box oil and the automatic transmission fluid. I was making appointment with the dealer today for the 60,000 miles (Inspection II) service on our 2006 325xiT. The service advisor told me the dealer's service foreman would not recommend such maintenance performed due to the potential damage to the respective components. I am now confused as to why he would discourage me for such services, since obviously I will be paying it our of my own pocket. Is there really a possibility for negative outcome from such service. Since my appointment is a week from now, so I still can insist on the services, if I want to do so.
What is your opinion on the reason the dealership wouldn't want to perform such service? TIA for your advice.
#4983 of 5378 2000 323ci fuel filter needed?
Feb 07, 2011 (5:56 am)
Any opinions on whether I should change my fuel filter or not? My 323ci has 325,000 miles on it (runs great too engine never rebuilt). It is easy to get to and change but it has never been changed. Will it damange my engine if I don't change it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
#4984 of 5378 Re: 2008 335xi Twin Turbo [rhmass]
Feb 07, 2011 (12:51 pm)
The service advisor told me the dealer's service foreman would not recommend such maintenance performed due to the potential damage to the respective components.
My dealer performed a drain/fill on the automatic transmission(no filter R&R) and transfer case of my wife's X3 without any hesitation- the total bill was $207. If you want to replace the filter on the newer ZF autoboxes -like your car uses- you have to replace the oil pan and filter as a unit. and the new part costs $270. Having said that, a simple darin/fill or the AT and TC is NOT rocket science, and I'd be very inclined to tell your SA that if the foreman doesn't think his shop is competent to handle what is a very simple job then you will find a shop that is qualified.
A few other observations:
BMW still calls for a 100,000 mile ATF change on most of their automatics; what does your dealer tell those customers?
The transfer case is equipped with sensors that actually indicate when the fluid needs to be changed and will indicate a fault when hooked up to the DISplus or GT1 diagnostic computer. Does your dealer just ignore the fault and send the customers down the road in blissful ignorance?
Just my $0.02...
#4985 of 5378 Re: 2000 323ci fuel filter needed? [kburger1]
Feb 07, 2011 (12:53 pm)
Change it; a clogged filter won't damage your engine but it could shorten the life of your fuel pump(s).
#4986 of 5378 Re: 2000 323ci fuel filter needed? [roadburner]
Feb 07, 2011 (7:56 pm)
Change it? Why? Fuel filters these days are good for an easy quarter of a million miles, errr, that is unless you live in the middle of a very dusty desert.
#4987 of 5378 Re: 2000 323ci fuel filter needed? [shipo]
Feb 08, 2011 (5:30 am)
? what makes you say that?
I can't say I've had a newer vehicle long enough to text your theory. Last vehicle I even took past the 100k mark was a '98. But if a fuel filter would last that long, what would be the point to having a filter at all? I mean, if what is coming out of your tank is THAT clean, then it certainly wouldn't hurt your engine.
#4988 of 5378 Re: 2000 323ci fuel filter needed? [qbrozen]
Feb 08, 2011 (7:05 am)
Fuel filters aren't at all like they used to be, nor is gasoline. The filters are way-way larger and the fuel we buy now is cleaner by many orders of magnitude. FWIW, we've run two cars over the 200,000 mile mark with the factory filter, and have another two with 191,000 and 156,000 miles respectively, both with the factory filters in them as well.
The fact is, in-tank fuel filters in modern cars will easily last a quarter of a million miles unless you either buy horrifically bad gasoline (i.e. fuel which is nowhere near up to the minimum standards now required), and/or live in a very dusty area.
To turn the tables a bit; can you name me even a single (non-exotic) car sold in North America in the last decade that recommends periodic fuel filter replacement? I cannot.