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#5214 of 5378 Does Extended Warranty make Sense?
Jan 27, 2012 (3:48 pm)
I just purchased a 2010 328i XDrive with 35K miles. Dealer is offering the BMW extended warranty (not third party) for 6 years /100K miles at $2500 (7 years / 100K was $3000). He was also offering to extend the maintenance program to 6 years/100K for another $1700.
The car is relatively new - In service date was in May 2010 but mileage is high.
Should I buy the warranty, maintenance or both?
#5215 of 5378 Re: Does Extended Warranty make Sense? [wasdcbmw]
Jan 27, 2012 (4:41 pm)
If you can afford it get the maintenance warranty but I wouldnt get the service warranty because you can save money by buying the parts online and getting a reputable mechanic to do the work or do it yourself if you can. I have an 08 328xi purchased with 39000 miles and havent any issues 30000 miles later.
#5216 of 5378 Re: 2006 BMW 330xi will not start [puffin1]
Jan 28, 2012 (8:29 pm)
My 2006 330xi has 120k miles and still on original battery, it's garage kept so no more (so far) starting in the morning and this winter it's pretty warm.
Also I'd drive 80 miles a day 75% highway so the battery gets charged.
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#5218 of 5378 Spontanaeous oil burn - any thoughts?
Jan 30, 2012 (7:37 pm)
Here's a puzzler - 2001 330 128k miles. I took it in for a water pump and while in the shop (Indy) the PCV oil separator condensed water & cracked in the cold winter night. When they fired her up the shop filled with white oil smoke... quite an event I've been told. Replaced the PCV assembly and burned off the oil dump into the cylinders... but now on some cold starts (not all) and just driving at any speed or condition, she'll spontaneously burn oil for a couple seconds and then it stops, all is good, like nothing ever happened.
All cylinders checked for compression and are OK. Based on that we're scratching our heads as to what would cause this intermittent oil burn...
Any thoughts on next steps?
#5219 of 5378 Re: Spontanaeous oil burn - any thoughts? [markiemark1]
Jan 31, 2012 (6:36 am)
white smoke is water, not oil.
#5220 of 5378 Re: Spontanaeous oil burn - any thoughts? [qbrozen]
Jan 31, 2012 (12:52 pm)
This is oil - billowing clouds - I blew through 1 quart in the last day. The inter-mittent bursts last for about 5 seconds, then the engine clears it out and all is well for awhile. My mechanic is stumped. It is not consistent, it comes and goes. Does not not have to do with temperature as it's 55 degress F in Michigan today. Seems to happen at lower speeds 70mph. Happens whether I'm accelerating, decelerating or on cruise control.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to analyze to get to the root cause?
#5221 of 5378 Re: Spontanaeous oil burn - any thoughts? [markiemark1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 31, 2012 (1:24 pm)
Only thing i can think of under these conditions would be a sudden rise and fall in crankcase pressure.
#5222 of 5378 Metro Detroit area BMW Indie shop recommendations?
Jan 31, 2012 (1:47 pm)
Anyone have a recommendation for an Independent BMW shop in the greater Detroit area, Northern suburbs?
For motor work.
#5223 of 5378 Re: Spontanaeous oil burn - any thoughts? [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 31, 2012 (1:52 pm)
Any thoughts on what might cause a sudden rise in crank pressure to happen?
I thought it may be a faulty PCV assembly that we just put in but my mechanic didn't think so. He said if it was faulty, it would be a continue draw of oil from the pan into the cylinders causing the engine to Hydro-lock... which is what happened to it when they had it in the shop a couple weeks ago.
Prior to that I had no isues with oil consumption or these intermittent oil bursts.