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You are in the BMW 3-Series
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BMW 3 Series, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
#340 of 389 Re: 325i 87K miles "Service engine soon" [shipo]
Dec 07, 2006 (11:48 am)
Thanks guys! i will go to autozone and have them read the code, lets see what it turns out to be..
#341 of 389 Re: 325i 87K miles "Service engine soon" [shipo]
Dec 10, 2006 (9:38 pm)
The code reader, read it to be crankshaft position sensor, since the car was working fine, and i assumed that a failed sensor should not cause any major problem so i will have it fixed as soon as i get a chance.. But i have started to see the startup problems, where the car would not start easily, i need to press on to the gas padel for some time and then only im able to change the gear to drive otherwise the rpm needle just dies down. Im not very sure if the sensor and this problem have something to do with each other. In any case i will take it to the auto shop tomorrow.
#342 of 389 Re: 325i 87K miles "Service engine soon" [bmw_123]
Dec 11, 2006 (4:55 am)
Hopefully Div2 will chime in here shortly as I'm pretty sure he posted a link some time back to a DIY discussion of that sensor. IIRC, it's a fairly easy job and could well save you some $$$.
#343 of 389 Re: 325i 87K miles "Service engine soon" [bmw_123]
Dec 11, 2006 (10:16 am)
Yep, a failed crankshaft position sensor can cause the problems that you described. Fortunately the R&R is a fairly simple and inexpensive procedure; the part itself costs less than $90, and it takes less than an hour to swap it out.
#344 of 389 Re: 325i 87K miles "Service engine soon" [div2]
Dec 11, 2006 (5:22 pm)
After talking to various auto-shops i quickly decided (not sure why i did that..) that i will have it replaced at the BMW dealership itself, After waiting for 2 hours i got my car back all clean and washed. They charged $175 for labour and $113 for the part. Just by looking at the error code they were initially not sure wether it is an intake or exhaust camshaft postition sensor (Even though it said 'A' - but who knows what 'A' stands for anyways), the parts shop had both of them but they told me there wont be any return on electrical parts if i take both of them and then later on return one of them after showing it to some other mechanic.
Doing some research before going to the mechanic/dealership was definitely worthwhile, otherwise who knows how much it would have costed me to take my car, with startup problems and "Service Engine" lights on, to the authorised mechanic or Dealership.
Thanks to shipo and dev2 for giving me some info. to begin with.
#345 of 389 timing belt question
Dec 27, 2006 (11:31 am)
I recently purchased an '88 hardtop 3-series. the timing belt was changed in 2001 but that was only less than 5,000 miles ago. the vehicle has been garaged since 2000 by a collector. the question is, do timing belts erode over time or is the need to change strictly at the 60,000 mile marker.
#346 of 389 Re: timing belt question [adurrer]
Dec 27, 2006 (5:01 pm)
Just curious, do you have a 325i or 325is?
There are many schools of thought on timing belt replacement.
Some say 60,000 miles and 7 years. Others more fanatical say 30,000 miles and 4 years.
I'm somewhere in the middle, but since your car has been sitting for many years, I would change it immediately. It's cheap insurance against catastrophic engine damage (which will result if the belt breaks).
After you change it, do it again every 5 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
#347 of 389 Re: timing belt question [adurrer]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 27, 2006 (7:22 pm)
I'd change the belt. 325s WILL break their belts, too. There's not much room for error. And it would be a great opportunity to flush out the old coolant and replace or at least inspect the hoses and drive belts and perhaps replace the water pump while you're at it.
#348 of 389 2001 BMW 325i pre-wired cellphone connection
Dec 28, 2006 (10:50 pm)
Hello, I would like to find out how i can couple my cell phone (motorola with bluetooth) with my 2001 BMW 325i, I see that it has arrangements to do so (pre-wiring), but im not sure if it needs anything extra also to make it work. Any input would be much appriciated.
#349 of 389 Re: 2001 BMW 325i pre-wired cellphone connection [bmw_123]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 29, 2006 (8:30 am)
I think you need some kind of transmitter kit. I'd call the BMW parts department on this one.