Listen to yourself man- porshe and Alfa -'come on dude - the last Alfa was imported here what 20 years ago- I stand corrected the douche comment should also equate to Alfa owners as well- My wife once oned a 1998 crv or code name EJ8, on the civic boards no one called it the EJ8-( it came in 5 or 6 different styles with 3 different engines) - lots of ... Read More
Gotcha. No offense taken. I used to always think the newer is better while having respect to what a previous model was & that people who complained that an older generation of is far superior to the new model were just being stubborn & ridiculous. I really feel that BMW has taken a completely new direction with the current generation 3 series that I personally do not like. Only time & ... Read More
Sweendogy - I give you a lot of credit for attending various driving schools. I also agree with you that if more people (not the guys here on the board), drove vehicles with manual transmissions that they'd pay more attention to their everyday driving habits. I used to heavily criticize many things on these boards many moons ago (I think I signed on in '99) from AWD to Automatic Transmissions. Automatics ... Read More
Funny thing, I had moved four states away from where I'd originally leased the car and per BMW-FS, the only dealership which must accept the return is the dealership which originally leased you the car. When I called my (new) local dealership and told them I had a 530i coming off lease and asked if I could return it to them they flatly said, "No." I pressed, "Look, I now live ... Read More
The goal of every single car manufacturer in the entire world is to SELL CARS! If we all "did the smart thing" by paying cash for our Camcord & driving them for 10 - 15 years until the wheels fell off, then luxury cars wouldn't exist. Performance cars wouldn't exist. People have the mindset of: "I'm paying $40,000 ($50,000) for a car and it better have..." Car companies make a lot ... Read More
I need help with the gear linkage 5 speed. Its getting difficult to shift in reverse.. An illustration or maybe someone that, live in Houston that I can talk with about this problem.
I guess you missed the part that he said BMW and BMW Financial Services gave him the runaround for 2 weeks. I saw that & I agree that this is reprehensible behavior. If it happened to me, I'd hire a lawyer & declare war. Still, I've been a member of Edmunds for over 12 years - since the fall of 1998 - & this is the 1st story of this sort ... Read More
Looking at the bmw web site one can find for the 2.5 liter 6: 1995 - 189 hp@5900 -> 168 ft-lbs @5900 1998 - 168 hp@5500 -> 160 ft-lbs @5500 1999 - 170 hp@5500 -> 162 ft-lbs @5000 2001 - 184 hp@6000 -> 161 ft-lbs @6000 We can furthur compute that at 6000 RPMs the torque is less than: 1995 - 165 ft-lbs 1998 - 147 ft-lbs 1999 - 149 ft-lbs ... Read More
Nice car! I've had my 1995 ti since new: Head gaskets are NOT an issue on the M44 motor unless the car was repeatedly overheated. As always, the key to the successful purchase of any older BMW is to have it thoroughly checked out by a QUALIFIED BMW technician. I'd also want to take a look at the vehicle service history. Was the oil changed regularly? Was the DOT 4 brake ... Read More
I haven't been able to find an answer in archives to this question. I know BMW doesn't recommend towing a BMW on all 4 wheels. However, that doesn't mean it can't be done, its just not recommended. I have a 1998 323ci with manual transmission. Is there anything that should be done to it in order to tow it behind a motorhome? I've heard where some vehicles need some sort of ... Read More
I own a 2001 330 ci and regardless what others tell you, it's usually going to cost you around $150-200/month in anticipated repair costs. Less if you do them all yourself. At 97,000 miles you start to see things like oil manifold leaks, broken hoses, belt issues, and even water pumps and steering pumps that exhibit problems. Thank God I haven't had an issue with the convertible top yet. I also ... Read More
How bout some details? :)
Hope it works out. I bought a used 335i manual this weekend. Two years left on the warranty. Then two years CPO.
Thanks. I like to plan for the worst outcome and be happy when it all plays out better. :)
By the book come down to 1k a year? More or less on average? A lot depends on where you live. My local dealer(Swope BMW, Louisville) performed an Inspection II and brake fluid flush on my wife's X3 for just $374. Santa Monica BMW charges $1105 for the same work. I know that the cost of living in California is higher than that of Kentucky, but 295% higher? That said I'd ... Read More
Wait...you came out of a 2006 3-er! What gives? Regards, OW
Thanks. I guess it's the by-the-book thing that vexes me. I've never looked into maintenance schedules on a 3 (always leased so quite frankly the cars got BMW service and that's it). By the book come down to 1k a year? More or less on average?
I have little choice. I must get a 4 door as I drive my son daily. The options at 4 door and fun are limited to...well I've not found anything much. Given the circumstances I've lowered my expectations. Fun isn't really the only goal here so after driving everything again (G37, 09 A4, CC, GTI, WRX, C, CTS...if it's got 4 doors and sporting pretensions I drove it), I've come back ... Read More
What kind of yearly upkeep (beyond oil changes) will an e90 require? I haven't owned an out-of-warranty car since 2001. Well, I'd change the brake fluid every two years, and the coolant every four(even though BMW doesn't call for it. As for mileage related services, I'd change the transmission and final drive oil every 50K. If you keep it past 100K I'd throw in a new fuel filter along with new ... Read More
i definitely recall lots of complaints of an obese car with uninvolved driving characteristics, i should never have given up my ZHP, etc. ya know, blueguy, they've only gotten heavier and softer.
Didn't you get rid of your leased E90, because you didn't like it?
I'm waffling on a used 2006 3 series (I'm also waiting for next week when I expect BMW will sweeten the pot on new 08 and 09 cars). The car's only got 19k miles on it and it drives perfectly. According to the cpo report it's in great shape and about the only pending repair will be the brakes in 9k miles (included maintenance warranty is out Dec 09 - so ... Read More
I've owned a 1995 3er since new. No issues of any consequence. The sixes need a water pump every 60K miles or so, and there are some glitches with the electronic HVAC controls, but overall the cars are very robust. Around 75K-100K you may need some suspesion parts, but again, it's no biggie. I'd try to find a car that has been maintained by the book, as BMWs don't tolerate neglect ... Read More
Oh, I am definitely capable of doing my own repairs, and I plan on doing most of them. My thinking: I just got rid of a '98 Ford Taurus SHO V8, in which I had many spur of the moment problems; one of which was when a break down turned out to be an axle popping out of the transmission resulting in a tow. After that happened the second time a ... Read More
I would not buy a 10-11 year old BMW if 1) I didn't know how to turn a wrench and so 2) was dependent on a BMW dealer or private mechanic for all the repairs and maintenance. I bought my 87 '325 when it was 12 years old (back in 1999), so a little older than what you're looking for. In the past 9 years, I've spent around $4500 on maintenance ... Read More
I'm interested in buying a used BMW 3 series, somewhere in the 1998 year range. I'm curious as to what I'm looking at when getting into the mechanics of the car, and what it's going to need from me. Would anyone be interested in giving me some tips? I'd appreciate any information you can give me. What known common mechanical problems are there? What is the price range for repairs on ... Read More
If you NEED the car for transportation, and money is tight, you're crazy. You can get a car with less potential, but less potential expense in it for the same dollars. An old Toyota Corolla, or an old GM car will serve you much better as routine transportation. If you already have a second car that will get you to work pretty regularly when this one is waiting parts (or waiting ... Read More
I'm currently on my 4th 3 Series. I've followed "sell-before-this-date" rule on three of them.... and I think that's the way to go. They're desirable cars that are easy to sell while still under CPO and command a (slight) premium because you can tell the buyer "If you have any problems, you're still under warranty". After that's gone, you're dependent on having all your stamps in your service book. Otherwise people ... Read More
I'm buying a 2006 325i, 28k? miles - CPO from new jersey BMW dealer. Car drove quite well - tight, firm suspension, good pick up decent acceleration. I've had 2 BMWs - 1994 325i and 1997 540i. Both were my first BMWs and first new sports cars - and I fell in love! Over the last 14 years I've had the pleasure to garage a number of fine cars - 1998 ... Read More
Dave, Thanks, hopefully the fact that I am reasonably athletic (I was running 10 miles three to four times a week at a 7:50 pace on a dirt trail, just prior to the fall) will allow me to respond to the Physical Therapy faster than would otherwise be the case for a typical 45 year old. ;-) In the meantime, I let my wife drive when we go on a date, ... Read More
My wife's '07 X3 has black leatherette. While only a little more than a year old, the seats still look brand new. If I were to ever get a BMW for myself, I would get leatherette 100%. I agree, my wife's 1998 318ti had leatherette seats and most people thought that they were leather. And they are much easier to care for as well.
Hey Gang! This (long) post is sort of a catch-up post, prompted in no small part by our 5-Series friend and compatriot DaBimmer, who just sent me an E-Mail suggesting (very tactfully I might add) that I get off my butt and rejoin the discussions here in the TownHall. Thanks Tony for the kick in the hind quarters. ;-) For starters, I am NOT currently driving a BMW, I have instead ... Read More
I've been following the BMW related discussions here on Edmunds since I started researching my 1999 328i back in the summer of 1998. Through that entire time one thing has remained true, the Dallas area dealers will not negotiate an ED deal below MSRP (and very little off of MSRP for domestically sourced cars). The common consensus is to either allow them to screw you, or patronize the BMW dealers in ... Read More
for 7 years and over 135,000 miles my Mom drove a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E with RWD (no traction or stability control) and snow tires (during the winter). During the '90's we had some pretty nasty winters here in the suburbs of NYC (part of which fueled the SUV craze). My parents sold the 300E and leased one of the first 1998 CLK 320s (RWD) for four years. The winters got milder ... Read More
I'm learning... and you're not the only one who likes the E46 models. _____________________________________________ The E46 automobile platform is the fourth generation of BMW's highly successful 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. The sedan was introduced in 1998 and replaced the E36 sedans the same year. ..In 2000, the E46 lineup received an engine boost... The first major overhaul occurred when the E46 sedan underwent a facelift in ... Read More
Of course you're correct, but I always have the choice of replacing with OEM's. Nevertheless, on my wife's minivan and obviously on my 1998 Maxima I've gone thru several sets of tires (and use snow tires in the winter) and it hasn't made a noticeable difference in the speedo accuracy. I suspect that tire manufactures have industry standards with regards to dimensions when they produce tires of a specific size. Even ... Read More
Its(sic) really totally unacceptable that my BMW's speedometer is far less accurate than my wife's Honda minivan or my 1998 Maxima. Using two GPS units my BMW consistently indicates a speed about 7% faster than true speed whereas the speedometers in the other two cars are dead on. Despite BMW justification there is really no excuse for such a basic inadequacy. It's good to know that you don't sweat the small ... Read More
Its a good thing you're such a light sleeper so you won't be inconvenienced by the expensive Swiss alarm clock you just bought that doesn't keep accurate time. Let's not be apologists for BMW's shortcomings of which there are several (speedo inaccuracies, RFT's, no dipstick, no temp gauge ...). We should not be dismissive when members of this discussion group level legitimate criticisms. Its really totally unacceptable that my BMW's speedometer ... Read More
What could be the problem? The E36(1992-1999) 3 Series cars had a similar issue. In that case the problem was caused by corrosion deposits on the fuel sending unit contacts within the gas tank. BMW cured the problem by introducing a replacement unit fitted with gold contacts that do not corrode. I solved the problem on my 1995 and 1998 3ers by using only Top Tier gasolines- which contain detergent properties ... Read More
I bought a 323i 1998 convertible second hand. My wife won't drive it until I give her evidence it has a roll bar. I can't get in touch with the former owner, and BMW couldn't tell me, even with the VIN#. Any suggestions? Find a new wife? :P That will possibly be less trouble in the long run. Does she still ride a bike with training wheels? Wear flame retardent jammies? ... Read More
I bought a 323i 1998 convertible second hand. My wife won't drive it until I give her evidence it has a roll bar. I can't get in touch with the former owner, and BMW couldn't tell me, even with the VIN#. Any suggestions?
The dealer is lying to you. Who do you trust - a dealer who wants to make money off an out-of-warranty oil change - or a manufacturer that wants to protect their brand? Who loses by you getting an early oil change? You lose cash/time, the dealer makes extra money and BMW is none-the-wiser of the dealer's duplicity. Who loses if you don't get the extra-undeeded oil change? The dealer loses ... Read More
Hi Erickpl I tried to have installed an isimiple ipod interface for my '02 325xi this weekend but it will only work when I have started the car and then connect the interface (loaded in the trunk). Not practical, I know. I remember that you said yours has been working for a couple of years. did you get yours through BMW? My BMW dealer has one for sale (more expensive) and ... Read More
This query routinely comes up on bimmer.roadfly.org forums. I pulled down one posted there on 2/2/02. According to it the 17-character BMW Vehicle Identification Number can be decoded as follows: First three digits are manufacturer's code (e.g., WBA=BMW AG, WBS=Motorsports). Digits 4-7 are the model code (my '98 540i6 is DE53; my wife's '00 323ia is AN33). Digit 8 is the restraint system identifier (e.g., both my car is 2=seat belts ... Read More
hauss, blueguydotcom is referring to the nomenclature for the specific BMW models. A quick cheat sheet (off the top of my head so may be off by a year here and there) is as follows: 3-Series: E30 -- 1983-1991 E36 -- 1991-1998 E46 -- 1999-2005 E90 -- 2006- (Coupe version called E92) 5-Series: E28 -- 1982-1988 E34 -- 1988-1996 E39 -- 1997-2003 E60 -- 2004- Options: ZPP -- Premium Package ZSP ... Read More
While I've never experienced any heat related rotor problems on either of my BMWs (they always seem to make'um beefy enough for the job), I have on other cars. Take our 1998 DGC for example, in the first 115,000 miles, that van hand no fewer than six sets of front rotors (due to heat warping), while our 2003 DGC managed nearly 60,000 miles on its first set (and no warping when ... Read More
I can only commiserate with you (as opposed to share your pain) as the oil level sensing device in all of my cars are still the low-tech dip stick (which doubles as the exit point for used engine oil on all of my cars as well). As for my "doing their darnedest" comment, could it be that I was a little too free with my language? Yup. That said, it seems ... Read More
"Even Shipo changes way more frequently than BMW recommends." Well, I think that needs to be qualified. My first BMW (a 1999 328i) was one of the first 15,000 mile OCI BMWs to hit our shores. For the forty some thousand miles that I had that car I relied on the dealer to do the ~15,000 mile oil changes as requested by the car itself. When I turned the car in ... Read More
I need some advice from some of you BMW afficianados. I recently purchased a 2007 328xi (Xenons, Premium and Cold Weather packages). I have noticed that the speedometer reads about 3mph high at 30mph and 5mph high at 60 etc... when compared to either of two portable Garmin GPS (models i2 and 530) units. My other two cars, my wife's 2005 Honda Odyssey and my old 1998 Maxima have speedometers which ... Read More
"I also had a '99 (323i 5sp) and an '02 530i 5sp - both great cars..." Great choices, I couldn't agree more. ;-) "The problem with testing a SP-equipped BMW, especially the 5, is that dealers rarely have any 6-sp versions - it seems you have to order one to drive one (which I did with my '02). I'm wondering how fun the paddles would be on the sp trannies." I ... Read More
"If you really are a "driving enthusiast", the manual transmission is the only way to go with the 3 or even the 5. If you don't find the automatic transmission offensive to your driving preferences, that you really shouldn't find the non-sport package suspension and standard wheels and tires offensive either. It's still better than 90% of the other vehicles out there in terms of handling and it will save you ... Read More
"Shipo, you probably have 2MM miles under your belt!" I added it up a year ago or so and if I recall correctly, I'm going to cross the one million mile mark sometime later this year. "You got a good GC minivan judging by your use!" Our 1998 (a Gen3 van) only has 132K and change on the clock, on a different forum I've run across a couple of individuals that ... Read More
"Shipo, when will you be in the market for a new car?" Hmmm, when will I be in the market for a new car? Tough call. As of last November when my (then) current contract was ending I was looking forward to finding a new assignment a little closer to home and thus changing the economics of a new car back into my favor. Prior that that contract I'd driven between ... Read More
The new C-Class looks like it was made by putting the new S-Class in the horizontal part of the crusher and took the car out before the top was crushed. Could the Ultimate ELLPS be a used car? Not just any used car, but a '97-'98 BMW E36 M3 4 door. I saw 2 great examples listed for sale in ROUNDEL (BMWCCA's monthly magazine). 1998 M3 Sedan: Black/Grey, 83K miles, 5-speed ... Read More
"I had a 2004 TL 6-spd also. Liked the TL's engine, chunky gearbox action and great stereo; disliked the on/off switch clutch, uncommunicative steering which loaded up heavily and asymmetrically, it's tendency to wander around if not watched constantly, it's flatspotting std EL42s" It just goes to show you that everyone can have different impressions and opinions of the same car. On your positives, I agree with you on the gearbox ... Read More
I believe Rocky was referring to the IQS rating from J.D. Power on Global Assembly Plant Quality. Here is the report: Assembly Plant Awards September 1, 2006 Toyota receives a total of four assembly plant quality awards for producing vehicles yielding the fewest defects, including the platinum plant quality award for its Iwate, Japan, plant, producer of the Lexus ES 330. The Iwate plant averages 32 PP100. Plant awards are based ... Read More
Hello all. Here is what I am looking at: 2006 Used (11k miles) Certified 325I w/ Sports, Prem, Park Assist, and Xenon Lights. They asking $37,950, but not sure if that is what they are using for the below deal. Here are the numbers they did supply me: Residual = $27,912.55 w/ a MF = .00242 - 24 month lease. Here is the deal: I am trading in a 1998 328IS ... Read More
Well, this I know. ;) A 2004 RX-8 is closer to $12K if you shop around, but first year cars are problematic. $15K can be had with some haggling on a 2005, though. Los Angeles is great that way - most everything sells for low trade-in(but dealers give you auction for trade-in as a result) I searched nationwide on three databases and found *one* S500 Coupe from the mid 90s with ... Read More
1987 Porsche 928 S4 5.5 1992 Porsche 968 5.9 2001 Porsche Boxster S 5.6 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo 5.3 2004 Mazda RX-8 5.8 1982 Lamborghini Countach S 5.7 2000 Jaguar XKR 5.6 2006 Honda S2000 5.5 1986 Ferrari Testarossa 5.3 1970 Ferrari 330 GTS 6.9 1990 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 5.8 1987 Buick Regal GNX 4.7(just to prove old doesn't mean slow) 1995 BMW M3 6.2 1998 BMW ... Read More
Hi there, Did you get your steering wheel column fixed? I had been having trouble similar to you and then a week ago today I started the car and the same steering wheel indicator with a padlock came on and the iDrive (I have a 325xi with iDrive, GPS/Navigation, etc.) gave me a message that I should not stop my engine because it would not restart. I was instructed to find ... Read More
I'm thinking that the reason that the post numbers in the "Real-World Mileage Numbers" discussion are so low is that most of us 3-Series owners spent out time in the now defunct 3-Series discussions and didn't even know there was a discussion dedicated to fuel economy. That said, I've been contributing in the various 3-Series discussions since 1998 and have read pretty much all of the 50,000 plus posts since that ... Read More
"Why does BMW spevify not to rotate the tires?" My understanding is that there are two main reasons: 1) Like you speculated below, cars with staggered tire sizes cannot have their tires rotated and as such this is a moot point for most non-AWD SP equipped cars. 2) I've heard suggestions that BMW believes that tires "wear in" to their location on the car and that the cars' balance could be ... Read More
Thanks so much for the links to the 3 Series manual by Robert Bentley. I had seen the 1998 verstion, but not the 1999 - 2005. I have just ordered it from Amazon.com. Just today I was talking to a BMW enthusiast and he told me how to change the center console switch: It is very simple really, you just carefully pry it out of its socket with a fine pointed ... Read More
Thanks for the suggestion to purchase the manual. I have checked Haynes, Chilton and Bentley and they do not publish a manual for the 2000 328i BMW. Their manuals only go to the year 1998 and I understand there is big difference between the '98 series and 2000 bodywork.
The plastic trim around the outside of the rear window on my 1998 BMW 323 has come off. The window itself is plastic, but in very good shape since it is always garaged. The dealer said I would have to replace the whole window at a cost of $700. This seems unreasonable and I was wondering if anyone knew of an after market company that sells the plastic trim. I would ... Read More
Are you comparing an E46 325xi 5-Speed Manual with an E90 325xi 6-Speed Automatic? If so you've got your answer. If not and both cars are Automatics, then my guess is that the E46 feels different due to either shorter gearing and/or a different operation of the automatic. Maybe I'm getting the 325xi confused with another car with an automatic, however, is it not true that the Automatic in the E90 ... Read More
Hi All, I had a problem in the past with climiate control system and saved $450 by fixing it myself with help from here. Now my Harmon Kardon Stereo has died and I am wondering if it can be fixed somehow without spending too much money. I have googled but not much help. A while ago some of the control on my stereo were working on and off. Like volume control, ... Read More
Wow, sounds like there is another Michiganer in the house. Aldubya, could you tell me if you get all your maintenance done at the dealership? I have a 1998 BMW 528i and it is up for its inspection 2. I called Erhard BMW in Farmington Hills, since they are 3 miles from my job. They told me that an inspection 2 would cost me $1200. That is pretty ridiculous if you ... Read More
Uh...NO. The 335i will only come in one version: coupe. BMW has decided to drop the coupe's 'c' designation so there won't be a sedan version of the 335i. That you know of. Those of us frequenting bimmer boards have read otherwise. It's in BMW's best interest not to publicize the sedans with the bigger engines. Also, the 300 HP 3-series comes with a twin turbo I6. Although I have nothing ... Read More
I have a 1998 bmw 328is and I am not sure if it has a sports package or not. Some websites for prices ask you to choose whether you have a sports package and also a sports suspension. If you have one do you automatically have both? I have a rear spoiler and ground effects, but I am not sure how to tell if I have a sports package. I am ... Read More
Hello all, I hope everyone had an enjoyable turkey day holiday. I just wanted to report that I'm enjoying my BMW experience with ownership, but I have one problem. It seems that I'm driving the 1998 M3 more than the 2002 325ci? I'm having a hard time deciding which car to take in the morning now haha( I know, tough life). I love the M3. Don't get me wrong, the E46 ... Read More
"If they really want to steal the car, then BMW's system is extremely effective in preventing that." Absolutely correct. To help further illustrate this point, back in 1999 when I moved from a 1995 Passat GLX to a much more expensive 1999 328i my car insurance went down! "Not that I'm complaining mind you," I told my insurance agent, "but why?" "Because our experience with BMWs is that they are very ... Read More
Hello room. Long time no post...I know. Hey Nerd, I will give you the info when I get to my office in the morning. I have it on my computer at the office. I'll tell you exactly what she paid for the 5. I know it was a good deal. Let me write myself a not while it's on my mind. I have to tell you all about this weekend. Friday, ... Read More
In 1998 I test drove two early E46s, one with SP, one without. I wound up with a very early production 1999 328i, non-SP. A couple of years later Brave1Heart of the 3-Series (2005 and earlier) discussion and One Lap of America fame and I swapped cars for a day and a half. He had a 2001 325i SP equipped very similarly to my 328i so that I could re-experience the ... Read More
Sorry to hear about your problem with your Mercedes. I'm sure it's somewhat uncharacteristic though. My mom has a 1998 C280 and my sister has a 2004 C230. Both cars has been pretty flawless for them outside routine maintenance. The same has to be said for everyone else I know with a Mercedes.I hear stories about people's BMW experience but I don't know how bad it really is all things considered. ... Read More
Hmmm... let's see. Every car company has some cars sitting on the side of the road Lexus included. It's not just a European and American car issue. All Japanese cars are not flawless and I refuse to believe such. As for BMW's reliability overall I won't go as far to say they have a better overall track record as Lexus but I KNOW it's not as bad as you all are ... Read More
I'm getting spoiled by my new(er) Chrysler products as well. I'd love to justify a new car based upon the fact that the old 1998 3.8 GC will hit 100,000 in early November, however, I just checked the oil at the 4,200 mile mark since the last change (still using Mobil-1), and wouldn't you know it, the damn thing only used a half of a quart. :P At this rate, it ... Read More
I don't have an issue with RunFlats per-se, I do however take issue with the fact that the E90 isn't equipped with a spare tire and a jack. Entirely too often I find myself on road trips where the combination of being only able to drive 50 miles or less after a puncture (thus runining the tire) and the need to then buy a replacement tire (incurring a potentially significant amount ... Read More
Hey Guys, I just thought I would follow up and let you all know what has taken place in the past couple of days. First of all, I would like to say thank you to all who replied with great info and help. I just wished that I knew about you all before I purchased my past vehicles. Wed I went back to John Roberts BMW(Dallas) to meet up with my ... Read More
Do you know what's worse than being called a liar? Being called a liar and then not being able to find the resource that was used as the foundation of the statement in dispute. It seems that since I researched the multi-stage intake manifold issue a couple of months ago, BMW has gone and revamped their web site. Instead of containing content about the M52 and M54 series if I6 engines, ... Read More
I'm in the middle of a two week business trip, in the 1998 Caravan no less (had to bring along a couple of servers, my bicycle and lots of tools and stuff). I'm currently hanging out in the western suburbs of Chicago, then on to New York for a couple of days, and then back to New Hampshire next Thursday. Needless to say I'll be primarily in "lurk" mode at midnight ... Read More
The trunk of the new S class is like that of the 1998 Maybach concept. 1998 Maybach concept Check out this ghastly BMW. New BMW coming
The "E" numbers are BMWs internal codes to refer to a specific vehicle platform, so I guess I said it wrong before. Sorry about that. Anyway, the current E60 5-Series is a completely different platform from the ground up than was the previous generation E39 5-Series. The E60 5-Series has been/will be offered with a total of seven engines so far, and the E39 5-Series was offered with a total of ... Read More
Your comments echo my own feelings of seven years ago. Back then I was a happy 1995 VR6 Passat GLX 5-Speed driver and was looking forward to getting a 1999 Passat with the same basic features as my 1995 plus a couple of extra goodies like power memory seats, climate control and automatic wipers. As fortune would have it, the 1998 Passat GLX was equipped exactly as I wanted my next ... Read More
BMW's feeling the heat. (shown in design) First, I remember hearing volvo as "box" on wheels. But if you noticed and look at pre 1999 BMW's, I think "box" on wheels was a tough race to call between volvo's and BMW 3's. Then redesign of 3 series > 1998. Then 7 series(2002), but I think this and Aztec competed for uglist car on the road. It looks like a 3 is ... Read More
I've been active in this discussion on and off since 1998, and in that entire time I've heard nothing but non-complimentary things about the sales attitude of the Dallas area BMW dealers. Collusion I believe is the formal term for what they are doing. Fortunately for them other dealers (as in dealers not in the Dallas area) are not in on the same secret deal and as such the Dallas dealers ... Read More
Ok, probably a silly question, but, "what's a reasonable expectation for battery lifetime on a 2002 BMW 330Cic that sits undriven?" I ask because, I travel for a living. Since August of last year, I've had THREE brand-new batteries flatten to the point of not being jumpable, two of them since getting a solar-powered trickle-charger. I assumed the original battery died because I hadn't driven it for two weeks and it ... Read More
Hello, Having recently arrived in the US and having had no prior experience with BMWs in my home country,India, I'm asking all you enthusiasts for advice on which used car to buy. I have narrowed my choices down to the following two: a 1998(E36) 328 & a 2000(E46) 328. Both are stock 4 door sedans with around 50K miles. The price differential between the two is about $5K. I had read ... Read More
On my 1998 318i the catalytic converter needs to be replaced (hear a terrible ratting sound). Do you know if aftermarket CC are any good or should I go with the original part. Also, does anybody know of a good website selling original BMW parts. THANKS in advance.
Hi, I'm thinking of purchasing a 1998 BMW 328iS coupe,6cyl,4speed automatic overdrive and with 150000 miles ..for 6000-6500$(Kelly Blue Book value 8200$)...is it a normal deal considering high milage of the car..what things I should look at before buying it?What major problems this car can have because of it's high milage?What are the weaknesses of this model?
1998, wow has it been that long ? It's all comming back to me now. Im glad you brought up the manual issue here ,I wont have to post on the Passat thread :). The other evening waiting on my salesperson I walked the entire lot and back lot pining to see one manual 325 or 330! Finally I located a Jet black/Sand leather Sport 325i.Now what important about this is ... Read More
If I'm not mistaken, his name was/is Frank Rizzo, known for the "Rizzo Method" of E-Mailing/Faxing all dealerships within a given radius and offering a fixed price above invoice. A bit of background; back in 1998 when both Frank and I were looking to replace our then current mounts (mine was a 1995 VR6 Passat GLX 5-Speed), we were both looking to get a 1999 Passat GLX 5-Speed, however, VWoA in ... Read More
"Given a little shopping, I suspect one could find a dealership that will offer a small discount" Absoulutely correct! I managed to only get a 3% discount on my 99 323i during August 1998. That 3% is nothing to boast about, but when I placed the order there was a 3 month waiting list. Dont let a BMW sales rep make you feel like his doing you a real big favor ... Read More
Most members here are discussing new vehicles, so you might hop over to our Real-World Trade-In Values discussion to get feedback on the pricing. To see what other high-mileage 3-series owners are experiencing, have a look at our BMW 3-Series Owners: Problems & Solutions discussion. kirstie_h Roving Host Host, Future Vehicles & Smart Shopper discussions
Hi, I'm thinking of purchasing a 1998 BMW 328iS coupe,6cyl,4speed automatic overdrive and with 150000 miles ..for 6000-6500$(Kelly Blue Book value 8200$)...is it a normal deal considering high milage of the car..what things I should look at before buying it?What major problems this car can have because of it's high milage?
dax9... When I say "CPO '00 323iA with PP" the "A" stands for automatic transmission and the "PP" for Premium Package. Another one is "SP" for Sport Package, which my wife's car lacks. I'd strongly encourage you to get one with SP. (My 540i6, which means she has the 6-speed manual, comes standard with a SP.) Whether to go Certified Pre-Owned or not depends on a lot of factors. How risk ... Read More
hi, about to buy a 98 BMW 328is, leather, manual, 42,000 miles - "BMW certified". have an agreement with dealer for $24,500. do u guys think this is a good deal? thanks for your advice!
"As rumored, the 2006 3 Series will be available in March" True, it is likely to be available in March just as in March 1998, when BMW introduced the then new 3series. That is fortunate if your are European. In N. America we usually receive the 3 series 6 months after the European Intro date. Dont set yourself up for disappointment---expect it during Fall 05. At least we fellow BMW driving ... Read More
But many of you already know how young (and impressionable;) I am. Here goes: My first car (also my first new car) was a 1992 Chevrolet Beretta GT. White/Grey w/ white mesh style wheels (think 530i SP wheels, but white). I won't bore you with all of the details about electrical problems (Power windows & Rear defogger wouldn't work silmultaneously), AC problems (O rings, EVapoator Core), faulty dimmer switch, 3 exhaust ... Read More