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Jun 11, 2011 (9:34 am)
Took my 2006 330Ci coupe, performance package, 6-speed into the dealer for an acceleration issue.... It's CPO...
When I hit around 4000 RPM, I get a hesitation or stumble... that doesn't clear up until I'm around 4500... Turns out there is a TSB.. Unfortunately, if no parts need to be replaced, it isn't a warranty item.. The DME needs to be re-flashed, but they can't do it at the dealership... for this TSB, they have to remove the DME, ship it to BMW in NJ, have it updated, then sent back and re-installed.. $530 total..
Not that this isn't bad enough.... they do their normal maintenance checks, and my right rear tire is 5 lbs psi lower than the rest... so, upon inspection, they find a nail in the tread.. Unfortunately, just about an inch in from the edge.. They can't patch it.. Quote for a new tire, mounted and balanced is $450! Even from TireRack it's $312..
Stopped by the local tire chain store, to see if they would attempt a patch.... no dice.
Next stop is at my local independent tire shop.... worth giving it a try...
#5087 of 5378 Re: So.... [kyfdx]
Jun 12, 2011 (12:10 pm)
Frankly, something sounds a bit suspicious. If the car is under CPO warranty and the software needs to be refreshed, I would expect that to be covered under the CPO warranty. After all, how could the owner cause that to be necessary, unless aftermarket modifications were implemented?
I also don't quite understand why the local dealer can't reflash the DME.
Just sounds a bit strange to me...
#5088 of 5378 Re: So.... [busiris]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jun 12, 2011 (6:31 pm)
Trust me.. there are a ton of things that aren't covered under CPO.... basically, if it doesn't need a new part, it isn't covered.. That's under "engine adjustments"..
The sending off to NJ... I know...really weird.. but, I've seen a copy of the TSB posted.... and, sure enough, they can't do it at the dealer.
On the plus side.... it's fixed... awesome, smooth acceleration, all the way to the red-line..
And....good news on the tire... I was at a big car show, today.. A friend of mine was exhibiting his 1911 fire truck... Telling him my big sob story about the repair....and, about the tire... Told me one of his guys helping him with the exhibit plugs tires, all of the time (they have a small fleet of pickup trucks at work).. So, asked him about it.. he said sure...follow us back to the shop after the show.. He had some sort of vulcanizing kit, that puts a plug in from the outside... looks sort of like a caulking gun.. Worked like a charm. Saved me $350, minimum.
#5089 of 5378 corrosion on roof anodized channels
Jun 17, 2011 (5:52 pm)
I have a 2006 325i that is usually parked outside. The paint is all fine, but the black anodized channels on either side of the roof are corroded. The black coating is flaking off, exposing shiny metal.
Has anyone else had this experience? Is there a way to fix it?
What are the indented channels on the sides of the roof for, and what is the proper name for them? I notice some cars have them and some don't. Sometimes they are painted and sometimes they have a black coating, like mine.
#5090 of 5378 Re: corrosion on roof anodized channels [celkan]
Jun 17, 2011 (7:40 pm)
I just purchased a black 2006 325i and I noticed the same thing.
#5091 of 5378 Re: corrosion on roof anodized channels [celkan]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 18, 2011 (7:42 am)
I think you mean "drip rails".
I see this a lot on BMWs that are not garaged--deteriorated trim and especially cracking weatherseals on the front and back windshields.
Sometimes these can be restored with something called "Trim Paint" but it is rather tedious to clean, strip and tape-off the drip rails and repaint them.
Jun 25, 2011 (6:41 am)
So, I'm driving along the freeway, and every light on my dash comes on, and the seatbelt chime starts dinging... and, I'm looking for a place to pull over..
Until, I realize.... the car is still running. All the lights go off, except for the seatbelt unbuckled warning... I unlatch and relatch the belt and that light goes off...
But, all my OBC data has been zeroed out, including the trip odometer (not the actual odometer, sadly). Clock is showing --:-- , so had to reset that... Didn't lose my radio stations or the -miles left until next service-.
Went on to work, drove to lunch, drove home.... and, no further issues.
Thought I was going to have to resuscitate my wallet, though...
#5093 of 5378 Re: Fun on the commute [kyfdx]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 25, 2011 (7:26 am)
Now you know why you don't see any German electronics at Best Buy!
Jul 16, 2011 (12:23 pm)
I have a 1996 318ti that has started to overheat. I had turned the a/c on and the fan kicked in and lower the needle. Without the a/c on the fan isnt engaging. What could be causing this? Could it be a sensor or maybe the thermostat? What do you think?
#5095 of 5378 Re: Overheating [blue318ti]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 16, 2011 (12:45 pm)
Yes I would guess a bad sensor, since the AC overrides the normal sensor.