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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#9597 of 12242 Re: what to look for? [NeworUsed]
Feb 02, 2009 (8:21 pm)
So if I were to buy a used 3-series, is there anything i should look for? Sort of a bug-a-boo that some 3-series are cursed with.
The 2001-2004 3ers have a pretty decent reliability record. At 60,000 miles you'll probably need a water pump, but that is no big deal. Older cars had problems with window regulators but the newer cars(and replacement regulators) have an improved design. The real key is to find a car that has been maintained by the book, as BMW's do not tolerate neglect. Find a decent dealer and/or a good indie BMW tech and you'll be good to go. I'd say that maintenance and repairs for a 3er of that vintage should amount to no more than $900 per year.
#9598 of 12242 Re: Should I buy? [goral]
Feb 03, 2009 (3:21 pm)
I called today but they said the program ended yesterday. I was so ready to grab that deal.. oh well I guess I will have to wait for another one..
#9599 of 12242 Re: Should I buy? [chung]
Feb 03, 2009 (5:34 pm)
#9600 of 12242 E90 08 335i STEPTRONIC
Feb 03, 2009 (6:36 pm)
I just got a new lease for '08 335i and am trying to figure out how to work the STEPTRONIC on that. As far as I understand its the DS mode and you use it manually change the gears with higher numbers like M5/ M6 used for faster speed. So on the highway I swtich from D to DS and then accelerate and switch up till I reach M6 and drive on that (over 65-70 mph). On slowing or exiting the highway I just shift back to D - is this the right way to use it or am i missing something?
#9601 of 12242 Re: E90 08 335i STEPTRONIC [Scorpio77]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 03, 2009 (7:19 pm)
D is for drive... You can put it there and drive it like any automatic..
When you push the lever to the left.. you are in Sport mode... That is still fully automatic, but with more aggressive shift points (higher revs before shifting, quicker downshifts when slowing down).
Once you are in Sport mode, you can then shift manually by tipping the lever forward and backward to upshift or downshift...
Nothing you are doing is going to hurt the transmission, but it's totally unnecessary, especially on the freeway. In fact, by shifting over to Sport mode, you are probably going to use way more fuel than just leaving it in D (which is where it belongs for highway use).
#9602 of 12242 Re: E90 08 335i STEPTRONIC [kyfdx]
Feb 04, 2009 (6:56 am)
Thanks for the message. I did like the feel off the sports mode and manually changing the gears on the highway - i think its more responsive than just on '"D". But I see your point on leaving it on D if not overtaking or making a move. Does anyone else use this ? I think its a very cool think considering the pickup and response you get from the engine - what i am unsure off is when do use it ? for taking overtaking, for driving fast, or when exiting from the highway or in the city? any thoughts ?
#9603 of 12242 Re: E90 08 335i STEPTRONIC [Scorpio77]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 04, 2009 (7:16 am)
Everyone plays with it, when they first get it... I find that Sport mode is a lot more fun around town, even in fully automatic mode... But, you'll find that it makes a big difference in fuel consumption... After a few weeks/months, you'll probably tire of it...
Out on the highway, if you need maximum power, just floor it... There is no difference with your foot on the floor..
Also.. once you are in manual mode, you have to move the lever back to "D" to get back in automatic... If you then want the Sport mode in automatic, just push it back to the left..
#9604 of 12242 Re: E90 08 335i STEPTRONIC [Scorpio77]
Feb 04, 2009 (8:51 am)
- what i am unsure off is when do use it ? -
For psychological reasons. It's there to massage the psyche.
#9605 of 12242 Re: Should I buy? [moneyball]
Feb 04, 2009 (2:34 pm)
Did BMWFS make the offer, or the dealer? I called BMFS to try to negotiate the unrealistically high end of lease (April) purchase price on my 2006 330i, and they wouldn't give me the time of day...
#9606 of 12242 Re: Should I buy? [mattress2]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 04, 2009 (7:17 pm)
It's too early... Wait for them to call you... probably around 30 days before the end..