Last post on Nov 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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#5358 of 5378 Black Soot Exhaust
Aug 29, 2013 (1:42 pm)
My 2013 335i has very black soot at the exhaust tail pipes. The dealer service said its OK. They said if anything was wrong there would be indicators and codes for review. However they couldn't explain what is causing it. It doesn't look good to me and some of my friends noticed it and said it has a rich mixture and can damage the engine or catalytic converter.
I called BMW North America and I was told they only help with car features or personal issues and that I should go back to the dealer and have them check it out again. CATCH-22.
Is there anyone who can verify ond/or explain what causes this black soot. Do I need to go to the dealer and check all the 335 exhaust pipes to see what colors the exhaust is, than if they are different than mine I am back to where I started. I am concerned because I am planning a drive to Colorado to see my son and do some sight seeing. (see America trip).
#5359 of 5378 Weird Radio Issue
Sep 20, 2013 (12:40 pm)
I have a 2013 320i with a strange problem. This has happened 3 times so I have finally discovered the pattern but not the cause: our church parking lot is under some major power lines. You can actually hear them buzzing when you walk under them. When I park in a certain place in the lot the elevation puts my car within 50 feet or so of the lines and when I start the car the radio will have lost all of its station presets. After a restart or 2 they will return. Is something not shielded properly or is it just the proximity to the lines? Anybody else ever have a problem like this?
#5360 of 5378 Re: Weird Radio Issue [scottnsc2]
Sep 20, 2013 (12:56 pm)
I'm thinking it's haunted. May have to perform an exorcism. Seriously, you may be onto something, although it doesn't seem like that should do it if everything is properly grounded and shielded. I would think that RF would be more likely to affect it.
#5361 of 5378 Re: Weird Radio Issue 
Sep 24, 2013 (1:03 pm)
I had that problem and was told it was the ignition reduction shield and my radio went useless.
#5362 of 5378 Re: Weird Radio Issue [puffinalong]
Sep 24, 2013 (1:35 pm)
It's very difficult to shield against 60 Hz interference in the scenario that was described - parked under or near a high voltage transmission line.
In that situation the primary method of interference is magnetic coupling. To effectively shield against a 60 Hz magnetic filed you need a thick steel (greater than 0.1 inch) enclosure. Typical automotive sheet metal, .080 inches thick (guessing here), would only reduce the magnetic field strength by 90%.
#5363 of 5378 Odd Behavior from Droid Pandora
Sep 25, 2013 (9:48 am)
I discovered some odd behavior this past weekend apparently caused by the Engine Start/Stop function in my 2013 335i xDrive. After a walk using my Droid Razr to listen to Pandora One via satellite using earbuds, I returned to my car and pressed the Engine Start/Stop button without the clutch depressed to go into Ready mode so the time display would illuminate. I did this while Pandora was still playing.
When I pressed the button again to go to Off mode, Pandora instantly stopped playback! It was as if I had pushed the Pause button on the smartphone. I was able to repeat this behavior three times consistently. There was no wired connection between the smartphone and the car. The Bluetooth connection would probably have been established, though.
What gives? Why would the Engine Start/Stop function be putting out a signal that would be picked up by the Droid Razr and interpreted by Pandora? Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon? I have been on Bluetooth calls when shutting down the engine with no interruption to the call.
#5364 of 5378 Re: Odd Behavior from Droid Pandora [xeye]
Sep 25, 2013 (11:08 am)
hey there xeye! Good to see yourself still hanging around. Tasman Green/Oyster 2011 335xi, right?
Once you enter the car and turn it on (start button only, no clutch) the phone automatically pairs itself with the car. When you turn the car off, the pandora turns off too.
The car knows when you are on the phone and that you might want to continue your conversation outside the car.
#5365 of 5378 Re: Odd Behavior from Droid Pandora [xeye]
Sep 25, 2013 (11:09 am)
I stop using Pandora on my PC, as it screwed it up and I think that it's affecting your Droid somehow. Do you have a GSM or CDMA signal?
#5366 of 5378 Re: Odd Behavior from Droid Pandora [nyccarguy]
Sep 27, 2013 (12:54 pm)
Thanks for the feedback, all.
I am, indeed, still around, but I am now in a 2013 Black Sapphire Metallic 335i xDrive Sport w/Leather Dakota Black/Red highlight. I went to the dealer in early May this year just to 'look around', and wound up driving out a few days later in the new ride. If you spot one of these with MA license 'STLTH', that might be me. The only items I miss are the H/K stereo and the parking sensors as I did not custom-order this one. About the only package this one doesn't have is the M 'lipstick'. The really REALLY nice thing is that I didn't have to wait, agonize and track the RORO all the way across the ocean for 8 weeks!
Someone got a sweet Tasmin Green/Oyster CPO with about 30,000 miles!
My wife traded in her 2008 328xi for a 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth, also great fun to drive. On start-up, it sounds like two Harleys strapped together! Our neighbors love us. Her license plate is 'LUIGEE'.
I am very impressed by how BMW tweaked the car between the '11 and the '13. I was a little skeptical when they came out with the 3 lines, but someone put a lot of thought into the ergonomics of the newer version. Flipping the switch between Comfort and Sport with pressure on the GO pedal never ceases to bring on a big grin!
On Monday, I will be taking the car in for service as I think I've lost half of the horn sound. It sounds more life a Nissan Versa than a BMW. It's embarrassing to honk the horn!
Good to chat again. I will try to post a pic soon.
#5367 of 5378 Re: Odd Behavior from Droid Pandora [xeye]
Sep 27, 2013 (5:25 pm)
Nice ride! I'm sure your car is lightning fast.
I am currently leasing a 2011 328xiA & love it. I've got a total of 30 months/50K miles to enjoy it. It goes back 9/22/2014. I have driven a new 328xi (base model, loaner car) and didn't particularly care for it. It sure was a lot faster than my Titanium Silver/Black 2011, but severely lacked the steering feedback & "buttoned down" handling I crave. I got my car in March of 2012 as a leftover with a subsidized lease & lots of cash incentives. The current body style is going to be out of my price range when my lease is up.