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#329 of 832 I Drive and more
Oct 02, 2005 (2:22 pm)
Looking for an answer. I have a 2003 BMW 745Li. It has 10,000 miles. Upon starting the vehicle as usual I have to tap the IDrive knob or joy stick twice as some call it to get the IDrive to allow you to open the screens. The other day this did not work and without this device I have no navigation or radio or any of the other components it controls. Is this a common occurance? I read in another forum that this can become a nightmare. At this time I have an appointment with my local dealer for this repair. They gave me an appointment 2 weeks away.Which I find strange but am being patient. After this I will be demanding immediate service for a device that controls all these functions for this vehicle. As I now have BMW's NA phone number. Any help or advice would be appreaciated. Thank You
#330 of 832 Re: 745 LI [beammeup]
Oct 02, 2005 (2:28 pm)
If you have a warranty for full coverage then the dealer that services your 745 knows by the computer when the oil or any other service needs to be performed. It also comes up in your dash. It will say how many miles till you need something serviced.
#332 of 832 Frequent Service Visits
Oct 02, 2005 (5:15 pm)
I have had a 2003 745i for 14 months. The car was in the shop twice before I bought it, once for regular service and another for an electrical problem. In the last 14 months I have had this car in the shop 5-6 times for a left sided buzzing noise on 2 occasions, routine maintanence followed by the car light on the nav on one occassion, windshield wipers jumping, the air conditioning turning on when off, buttons peeling, etc. I have never had a problem under the hood. Now the trunk will not open. Does anyone think 6-7 visits over 14 months is abnormal.
Are others having the same problems. I for one am tires of frequent visits to the dealer. Love to drive the car but I do not think this car is really worth all the trouble. I may be selling it soon even with the loss I will have to take
#333 of 832 Re: Flat on takeoff [broke2]
Oct 02, 2005 (5:16 pm)
Why did you install injector cleaner???
#334 of 832 Re: Flat on takeoff [jbuchanan]
Oct 04, 2005 (6:27 am)
Hello: I have a 2003 745Li w/ the 4.4 engine. The vehicle was stored for about a year and a half. It was started a few times during this period. When I purchased the car, it started ok ran a little rough, but accelerated ok. I drove the car to my home about 60 miles, I did notice some vibration from the left front on braking but this went away after I stood on the brakes quite hard from 80 mph. I have since put 2 tanks of 93 octane fuel with the second fill up I added a product called Berryman or Berrymen fuel system cleaner. I have not noticed an adverse operating condition. The dealer I go to serviced the car and they performed service I did not even tell them about which was a real pleasure. The reason it went into service was for peace of mind with the new purchase mainly. It did have a noise like a light banging sound which the dealer said was 2 bushings in the front suspension which they did replace as with other routine maint. But the IDrive computer is working intermittintly which will be serviced on the 10th of October. We shall see.
Oct 04, 2005 (4:29 pm)
Recentley purchased a phone for my 740IL and I can't get activation because cingular says that it is no longer activating TDMA because of blue tooth technology. It's a shame to have a hands free phone and can't get activation.Is there some wa to possibly get the phone activated.
#336 of 832 Re: Frequent Service Visits [davieboy1]
Oct 05, 2005 (7:34 am)
I'm with BMW of North America, LLC. I've passed this message on to a BMW NA Customer Relations Representative who will be in touch with you soon.
BMW NA Customer Relations
#337 of 832 1998 BMW 740i check engine light with sounds
Oct 06, 2005 (12:58 pm)
My 1998 bmw 740i has 150k miles, recently the check engine light has come on won't go off...mechanic say that diagnotic check show nothing going with the engine yet I have noticed there is some vibration in the engine even after its has been running for a while with a noise coming from the left side underneath the driver door. Please assit me with this matter, Thanks
#338 of 832 Re: 1998 BMW 740i check engine light with sounds [whale2]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 06, 2005 (1:37 pm)
First off, go to another mechanic. The light is on for a reason.