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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#19 of 38 Re: Bumper Door? [broiler1]
Oct 19, 2007 (9:04 am)
Tow hook/eye access required by Europe (Germany only?). They're on both the front & rear of any car marketed on the continent. The actual structure underneath the bumper cover may not be present in North American vehicles, but the cover itself is universal.
#20 of 38 Re: Bumper Door? [cdnpinhead]
Oct 19, 2007 (9:42 am)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the Tow-Hook port is used for tie-downs on the Ro-Ro vessels that bring our cars over here from Germany. In the case of my ED 530i, I dropped it off with E.H. Harms in Munich with the cover intact, and when I picked it up here in the U.S., the cover had gone missing and the metal underneath showed signs of recent use.
#21 of 38 Re: Oil change [shipo]
Oct 19, 2007 (6:12 pm)
Your contribution to this forum is incredible, and I am sure many members are grateful to have someone like you here.
Regarding my question and your answer, I actually called BMW dealer and apparently is still 15K or one year, whichever comes first. They told me to bring car around one year anniversary – “doesn’t even have to be exactly one year”.
#22 of 38 Re: Oil change [bemer]
Oct 19, 2007 (11:35 pm)
Regarding my question and your answer, I actually called BMW dealer and apparently is still 15K or one year, whichever comes first. They told me to bring car around one year anniversary – "doesn't even have to be exactly one year".
Hmmm, interesting. I'm quite sure that some sort of a service bulletin of some sort was issued a year or two back that stated that the one year oil life age requirement had been rescinded. I'll dig around and see what I can find.
#23 of 38 Re: Oil change [shipo]
Oct 21, 2007 (7:51 pm)
I am not sure if I want to challenge my dealer on this one…?
I forgot to mention that I did talk to the salesperson, the one that sold me this car (actually I was sold on it before I came to the dealership -?. The story could be different when I talk to service manager.
#24 of 38 Re: Bumper Door? [shipo]
Oct 22, 2007 (9:00 am)
Thanks, cdnpinhead and shipo. One other question; I've got a dent in mine and wanted to get a new one. Do you know if you are able to buy these or you need to buy a new bumper?
#26 of 38 Re: Oil change [bemer]
Oct 23, 2007 (4:33 pm)
They told me to bring car around one year anniversary – “doesn’t even have to be exactly one year”.
I've been getting similar feedback from service advisors at two different local BMW dealerships. They both will provide oil change services at one-year anniversaries, if the service indicator is not yet down to zero.
However, I think your sales guy is incorrect regarding his "doesn't even have to be exactly one year" advice he gave you. From what I understand, BMW is very strict now regarding these terms. I've been told BMW will provide this complementary service only if the service indicator is all the way down to zero, or if a full 12 months have passed since the previous oil change.
Earlier this year, I wanted to bring in my 2005 325 for its 1-year oil change service. (The indicator still showed about 2000 miles.) I asked if I could bring it in on Feb 10? The service advisor said "no"; I needed to wait until at least Feb 16, because that was the exact date of the previous year's service. So, I ended up bringing it on the 17th, instead.
#27 of 38 Cricket like squeak/Mosquito whine in Front
Nov 20, 2007 (1:24 pm)
Hi, I have a 2002 325i sedan with Auto trans. My car's developed a chirping cricket-like sound in the area of the driver's side front area. My mechanic says it's not mechanical. It comes and goes, and it's gotten a lot more annoying. It's not tied to speed, AC/fan operation, or anything I can tell. Has anyone else experienced this? Thank you.
#28 of 38 Follow up to Cricket Chirppy Noise question (posted 11-10-07)
Nov 28, 2007 (4:06 pm)
According to the dealer, the fan control unit needed to be replaced. Just fyi.