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#958 of 5349 Idling problem - Need urgent help
Jan 20, 2004 (2:58 pm)
I am in the UK. Recently bought a 1996 BMW 318iSE, well maintained, all services done at BMW dealership, has 71k miles. It drove well for the first few hundred miles. Now it's developed a strange problem. On idling, the engine revs from 1k to 2.5k. It's as if I am racing the engine, even i do not have my foot on the gas pedal. It looks awkward when I'm stuck in the traffic or at a signal. When the car's running, it suddenly accelerates - could be pretty dangerous in slow traffic. The local mechanic said that the "Idle Control Valve" needs replacing which is gonna cost me GBP110. Anyone else had the same problem before with their car? What fix was made? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Jan 20, 2004 (3:08 pm)
if they lifted the car and spun it at 80 and couldn't recreate that sound, then the problem could be in one of the hub bearings... i remember when one of my front hub bearings on a car long ago had died and it would whine... the problem was my ears were trained to hear the car and so i could hear the whine over my cheap car's engine noise but the mechanics could not (ugh!), some trial and error fixed the issue and then i sold the car...
#960 of 5349 Forward
Jan 21, 2004 (7:31 am)
#961 of 5349 Forward Gear Drum Problem
Jan 21, 2004 (7:35 am)
KD: It looks like a flywheel with a cylinder attached, made of heavy stainless steel(at least that is what it looks like). The problem is that it leaks fluid when cold but is fine when warm. I am not a mechanic and am only repeating what the mechanic told me. He also showed me what the part looks like. I have e-mailed BMW to find out what has been done to enhanced the part.
#962 of 5349 Having the same problem in morning with my 04 325xi trans slippage
Jan 22, 2004 (12:12 pm)
I can't believe everything that is happening to my car. I too have the cold morning start problem where the car does not engage in drive for two or three seconds (i back out of my garage and my driveway is sloped down, so the car starts drifting to the street while i am flooring it in drive!!!). Is BMW actually replacing transmissions because of this???
I still want to know if anyone else's car has the high pitch whine mine does while the car is at idle or low rpm? I can hear my car "whistling" from inside my house while it warms up outside, it's that loud and annoying!!! The dealer says the high pitch is normal because of the all wheel drive, my audi a4 advant does not make that noise! Please someone else tell me they have this noise.
#963 of 5349 drsanti, I have the 80+ noise too!
Jan 23, 2004 (3:47 pm)
I have a 2001 330Ci and a year after I had purchased the car I noted a relatively loud noise coming from the rear of the car. The car had to be going above 80 and the accelerator has to be only slightly depressed (otherwise it doesn't happen). I took it to the dealer 2 times, and they had my car for almost 2 weeks until they returned it the second time (having changed the differential). I thought that I had fixed it, but no, it was still there. I also noticed the noise (although significantly more faint) at 40mph. I basically just gave up on it since it was either very faint or too fast to fix.
#964 of 5349 Message Number 963 - don't give up!
Jan 24, 2004 (8:38 am)
For message number 963 - rear end noise at high speed - don't give up on getting satisfaction, especially if you own the car. If you're leasing the car and plan on turning it over I'd agree with your approach. If you decide to further pursue this issue, try contacting BMW USA and expressing your concerns directly to them. They have a broader perspective on technical issues because they get to see all of the tough cases in North America from dissatisfied BMW drivers. They also have direct contact with the engineering support staff to help research the issue. Good luck and I hope you get satisfaction.
Jan 27, 2004 (6:32 pm)
Glad to hear your good luck with the marque- you have had more of them than I with one . My one has been a nightmare/ A 2000 with 12 trips to service in 3 yrs and 3 mos and not for oil chmges - if you want to be depressed, mail me back and I'll fill you in Jim
Jan 29, 2004 (10:28 am)
This is driving me crazy and no one replied to my last post. Please, if you own a 2004 or 03 325xi with auto trans, tell me if your car makes a high pitched whine while in idle. My 323i purred like a cat when in idle, my new 325xi makes a high pitched noise from the engine when at idle, i can hear it in my house while it's warming up in the driveway. I took it to the dealer and they said it's normail. Today at the street corner a 325xi pulled up next to me and it was just as quiet as my old 323i!!!! Please, let me know if your 325xi is quiet or makes that noise!! What should I do!!!
#967 of 5349 StacyAndBrian
Jan 29, 2004 (10:58 am)
I might suggest that you post this question over in the 3-Series area as you are not getting any traction here.
FWIW, the noise does not sound normal, however, I haven't owned a 325xi, just a 328i and a 530i. To help your dealer, I might also suggest that you try to isolate the sound.
Is it coming from the front (engine and accessories) or the rear (electric fuel pump) of the car?
Is it coming from the transmission (do you have a manual or an automatic)?
Is the sound louder above or below the car?
Is the sound louder of the hood is opened?
Is it coming from the actual engine?
Is it coming from the accessory area (ie. power steering pump, A/C compressor...)?