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BMW 3 Series, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
#322 of 389 Re: 1997 BMW 328i [meccai]
Jul 11, 2006 (2:42 pm)
Hi meccai, welcome.
Try posting in our BMW 3-Series: 2005 and earlier discussion. There are a lot of folks there who can probably give you some advice.
But I have a tip for you ... don't post in all caps. It looks like you are yelling at us, it's hard to read and for that reason a lot of people will just skip it.
Again, welcome - enjoy the Forums!
#323 of 389 325i Timing belt or Timing chain?
Jul 11, 2006 (7:31 pm)
Hello fellows, I must begin with by saying that this car is truely awesome!!..
My question is, how can one find out wether his car is having a Timing chain or a Timing belt..?? Also when should one think about replacing it (after how many miles).
My car's model is : 2001 BMW 325i Preminum package.
Thanks in advance!
(Long live BMW.. )
#324 of 389 Re: 325i Timing belt or Timing chain? [bmw_123]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jul 12, 2006 (3:41 am)
#325 of 389 Re: 92 325i life expectancy [meccai]
Jul 12, 2006 (6:06 am)
thank you for the advice
#326 of 389 need input from you owners....
Jul 12, 2006 (6:34 am)
I've been jockeying back and forth on an '06 330i "automatic" and an '06 IS 350.
Bot some questions on the BMW side of the ledger. I now the car comes with synthetic oil. I also know there are no pre-described oil change intervals....just what the computer designates. Anyone have any experience with the typical oil change intervals via tha computer? Anyone know how those intervals affects long term longevity?
Saw the discussion on the "run flat" tires. After extensive test driving (some of it very spirited on bad roads), I don't feel they detract from the ride, nor the handling of the 3 Series. Longevity may be a different story.
I drove a model with I-Drive. I know this option has been much maligned in the press. But, coming from an Acura TL with Nav, which is generally thought to be one of the best Nav systems out there, I gotta say I prefer the I-Drive. It boots up almost instantaneously (certainly much faster than the Acura). It allows you to view a map, as well as another function (like stereo opreation) simultaneously (one function displayed at a time with the TL). Voice recognition is much better with I-Drive over the TL. And, probably the biggest advantage, you can operate the I-Drive without taking your eyes off the road (TL uses a touch screen....you have to avert your eyes off the road to use it).
I don't know how this I-Drive version compares to earlier versions, but I like it. Wasn't thinking of getting the I-Drive option, but am reconsidering.
The rest of the car is as good or better than all the trade rags say.
#327 of 389 Re: need input from you owners.... [graphicguy]
Jul 12, 2006 (6:48 am)
Anyone have any experience with the typical oil change intervals via tha computer? Anyone know how those intervals affects long term longevity?
The E90 calculates an OCI of 15K. I'm not too impressed with BMW's synthetic so I use Mobil 1 0W-40 and I change it every 7.5K(it's an easy DIY job, and costs less than $50). I also change the "Lifetime" final drive and transmission fluids every 50K. Note that I tend to keep my Bimmers for 130K miles or more. If I was dead certain that I was going to flip the car in 3-5 years I'd just follow the BMW maintenance schedule.
#328 of 389 Re: need input from you owners.... [div2]
Jul 12, 2006 (7:09 am)
Thanks div2. I know me. I will "flip" the 330i, if I buy it, in 3 years. It's still a horse race between it and the IS 350. I keep coming back to the 330i because of its driving dynamics and ride/handling setup. That IS 350 sure is fast, though (it's just so "peaky" in its power delivery, however).
I'm certain BMW doesn't refine it's own synth oil. So, they have to buy it from someone and slap their name on it.
It may be Mobil 1 for all I know.
#329 of 389 Re: need input from you owners.... [graphicguy]
Jul 12, 2006 (7:45 am)
It may be Mobil 1 for all I know.
#330 of 389 Re: 325i Timing belt or Timing chain? [kyfdx]
Jul 12, 2006 (9:45 pm)
Thanks for replying, also it would help a lot if you can give me some idea as to what should be the symptoms that are needed to be watched which can indicate that the timing chain should be replaced. My car had aroung 85K miles on it.
Jul 13, 2006 (12:45 pm)
I have a 1995 318ic convt. Question is the bottom of my car is not painted the color of the rest of the car It is a flat color and I have seen some 95 that are painted to match the body color. Why is this. thanks jim