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Hi, while this is almost a year after the fact I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. I had a 2002 VW Passat with cloth seats and door panels...they did the same thing and I thought it was unusual until I did a little research and found that many of them do that, seems that the adhesive just breaks down and no longer will hold. Plus the fact..lol..loaned it to ... Read More
Of the six BMW 3 series we have owned, one, 2002 325xiT had the problem approximately at 60,000 miles. This is the only one with the problem. I had it replaced and had the battery replaced as well. There has been no issue any more. The total cost, if I remember correctly, amounted to around $850 at an Independent shop.
Stickguy, I resisted the siren call of BMWs for most of my adult life because new ones always seem just a bit too expensive. I passed up on the 2002s, 320is and the wonderful E90s until one fine day I stopped in at a BMW reseller near my office and priced second-hand E39s. I ended up getting a 4 y/o 2000 328ia for about half the original MSRP. I've put 100,000 ... Read More
I have personal experience with the HDs on everything from a 1973 Bavaria and a 1975 2002 to my 1999 Jeep Wrangler. I have heard good things about the FSDs from several BMW CCA members as well as some friends in the Mazdaspeed 3 community(I'm planning on putting a set on my 2007 MS3). Another friend put Monroe(!) struts/shocks on his E39 5 Series and loved them(they are made in Belgium, ... Read More
I will say that the BMW club idea is great to some - infact it maybe a driver of sales, but who really knows the value of this- I guess it does get owners closer in some way. The majority of BMW, Audi, Infiniti, mb, Acura owners do not participate in such clubs- most are buying (leasing) a car that fits needs/budgets. The majority of the people who would participate are ... Read More
..setting aside glossy magazines, logo coffee mugs and golf hats, I'd put these two items at the absolute pinnacle of marketing: (1) BMW Performance Center Delivery: Order your BMW from scratch and whether its an X5 made down the road in SC or M3 made in Germany, you have the option of picking it up at the Performance Delivery Center in Spartanburg. At NO additional charge. That includes a free night ... Read More
not once in all of the years did I read any auto enthusiast magazine compare the S2000 and NSX together But I did that comparison. With my own butt in the drivers seat and had my own checkbook out.. 1996 NSX 30k miles vs. new 2002 S2000. They were a hell of a lot closer than you might be fooled into thinking from simply reading Road and Track and not doing ... Read More
My son has a 2002 325i BMW in Australia and has a starting problem, which no one can figure out or fix. If the car sits for an extended time – usually overnight – it is very hard to start. It turns over but will usually take about 10 minutes of fiddling, before it will start and run. After it finally starts up, it seems to run just fine. The problem ... Read More
If I'm not mistaken, even the original Legend was built upon an Accord platform - or some variation of it. The Integra was definitely based upon the Civic. Part of the problem/dilemma with Acura over the years is that they have not put enough distance between themselves and Honda in the engineering and product positioning of their vehicles. Both Lexus and Infiniti put a much bigger gap between themselves and their ... Read More
NYC, Haven't checked KBB or other sources, but $19k for a 2010 TSX with 49,000 miles doesn't seem terrible, given that Acura is discounting the heck out of their new cars now. I just got another e-mail from Pohanka Acura indicating they would give me $9,300 of a brand new 2012 TL SH-AWD (manual or auto), which works out to around $36k. I have to believe that Acura's aggressive pricing on ... Read More
I am a BMW fan, as evidenced by our imminent pick up of an X5d in early September at the Performance Delivery Center in Spartanburg. And the 550i is a very nice car in many respects. But it could - and should - be better yet. The 550i 6MT weighs 4,350+ lbs, goes 0-60 in about 5.0 and gets 15/22 MPG. The CLS550 is 200 lbs lighter, goes 0-60 in 4.4 ... Read More
The Audi A6 quattro on day one was not FWD biased. It was a 50% 50% set up with a non-reactionary TorSen system. Torque was able to be shifted instantly F or R -ward based on circumstances. The non-reactionary system was unique (probably still is since most of the market doesn't use TorSen) since it was said to "act in real time." All other systems "react" which means there is a ... Read More
Yes, I would say so. $9k is about a 33% increase in price. A 2002 Toyota Camry LE was $19500. A 2012 Camry LE is $23400. About a 20% increase. The 2003 Audi A4 Quattro was $27500 and the 2013 version is $33400, or about a 21% increase. If one could consider the Camry as a "commodity" and use that as a baseline, it would seem BMW ELLPS has creeped substantially ... Read More
NYC, way back when Motorcyclist Magazine did a test between NSX and I believe it was Honda CBR900RR, the NSX was fastest around the track, I was at Willow Spring raceway the day of the photo shoot, and watching the NSX go around the track and being lucky enough to be a passenger for a couple of laps solidified me on wanting one, but at the time, 60K was too rich ... Read More
Also, when you add some packages and options the price difference becomes smaller. I compared a 2012 328i sport line to a 2013 328i sport line. With the same options in both cars, price difference was a more reasonable $550. Great. They've taken a car that is already too expensive, and before anybody can even get one, have made it even MORE expensive. I know this is still the best sports ... Read More
I don't know, the surgical facelift (literally) that BMW did to the 3 series is not of my liking. Following extensive surgery, BMW just inverted the turning signals from left to right and viceversa, so now it points up (smile) instead of down (mean?) Do you guys like the Joan Rivers (post facelift #237) look of the 2003, or the previous appareance of the 2002 model? Of course, this is just ... Read More
Hello, I too am sorry about your loss. I write to you because our 2002 BMW 330 self-combusted in our garage! It was being driven daily, and had been parked the evening before the fire at 7pm. At 7:15am or so the next morning, my sister and mother saw a small amount smoke coming from in the front grill. Within 15 minutes of noticing this (and calling 911) the car had ... Read More
Are you certain there won't be 3 series wagon after the 2012 model which is actually a carry-over from 2011. We have a 2002 xiT wagon and love it. I check a few months ago with the BMW salesman concerning the new model and he wasn't sure if BMW North America will import 3 series wagon to the state after 2012. We all know for sure the 5 series wagon is ... Read More
I still rather have NA straight 6. Perhaps if (when) gas goes to 5-6 buck a gallon, I'll change my mind. I basically decided to jump in and get one before new 328, exactly because of the four cylinder replacing base six in 328 (got the wagon, so no 335i on that, plus 50K+ after some options still too much for me). Boy, what a sweet machine - drove it in ... Read More
"My view on BMW 3 series is that if you can't spring for the good one (335ix) then get the TSX/TL, G35, A4, or whoever else your looking at." Seriously? You consider a 328i a "Bad" BMW? Geez, silly me; I'm thinking a 328i (or better yet the 2.0 liter turbo F30 model which is slated to be the 328i replacement) is pretty much the perfect BMW for me. Why? Given ... 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
Hi Everyone, It's been a while since I last posted a msg. The first car I got out of college was a 2002 Ford Mustang V6 manual, it was a fun car to drive and was problem-free, perfect for a young out of the college kid. I had since gotten a 2002 Jaguar S-Type and a 2007 Mercedes E350 Sport. The E350 was a lease and after I returned the E350, ... Read More
Herewith a page from an E46 Service and Warranty Information booklet: BMW changed from "Lifetime Fill" to a 100,000 ATF change interval in 2002.
I just recently found that I had a bad battery in my 02 325ci. I went to Autozone and purchased another battery, but the battery light is still on. How can I turn it off or is there possibly another problem?
Our 2002 BMW 330CI just did the exact same thing... The anti-theft/key problem. I almost had it towed as well. Bottom line - keep an extra key with... Ours came with the plastic wallet key, the valet key, and the 2 larger battery keys. The pure plastic key is in my wallet now... (Never leave home without it...)
Certainly goes to show how much of a status symbol the BMW has become. Those same drivers are likely driving automatic transmissions and would have gotten to wherever they were going in a Ford, but, of course that would not be driving a "beemer" (as opposed to "Bimmer"). Good for BMW a they have increased their market tremendously which of course is what they should accomplish. The Ultimate Driving Machine has ... Read More
kyfdx Thanks, I do appreciate the suggestions. I have perhaps not liked a car less than when I owned a VW Squareback... Dating myself... Nothing works. Temperatire control just doesn't work, blue tooth is a joke then there are the bloody run flat tires which have been well cited as awful tires. "Trend setters" are giving more credence to the experience of driving than BMW can support. As said before the ... Read More
I wouldn't buy or lease a BMW on a bet.. I am that disgusted with them. Yep my S2000 is so much more car price per pound than BMW can ever remeber what made them "hip" to begin with (2002). 3 Series is a joke. Can't wait for my lease to end. I absolutely hate run flat tires and that BMW has taken away our ability to customize our cars for ... Read More
I just bout a 2002 BMW 330xi yesterday. went to go to the grocery store this morning and it wouldn't start. Like yours, it turns over and everything else seems normal but it just doesn't fire up. I saw your post and was wondering if your second fuel pump took care of the problem or if their was something else wrong.
I don't know why you bothered to call the dealer. Right there on the website, it says "you must enter into a retail installment sale contract...using standard BMW FS rates."
i'm in the market for BMW 328i coupe or 335i coupe. i called the dealer about the promotion which they have it online. the salesman said that if i get 100k mile warranty, i have to get a loan @ BMW Finance which is around 6%+, they won't allow me to get my own loan since i get the promotion. That's suck and i told the salesman that i can get ... Read More
Found a used '02....have never owned a BMW before have owned several Mercedes over the years. This is a very nice and clean car with 158,000 miles on it. Very high but its a one owner car that was mainly driven on the interstate. What are the main things I need to look for as far as maintenance and repairs? Supposedly the control arms were replaced last week.
Dealer maintenance prices are outrages in comparison with private garages. It really depends on the dealer. My local dealer(Swope BMW, Louisville KY) provides excellent service at extremely reasonable prices. Here are a few examples of service costs for my wife's 2004 X3 2.5: ATF and Transfer case fluid change(I don't believe in "lifetime" fills): $207 Oil Service(AKA 15K service)+coolant flush: $128 Inspection I(30K service)+brake fluid flush+wiper blades: $302 Inspection II(60K service)+brake ... Read More
Recently my 2002 325 battery light came on during driving and the car stalled with practically all lights came on. Upon towing to the technician who found out that the alternator was bad, so it was replaced. We have 56,000 miles on the car. We have had six BMWs over the years without ever having the alternator requiring replacement even at the mileage well over 100,000. The question I had about ... Read More
A BMW won't be as inexpensive to run as a Honda, but they are nowhere near as expensive to maintain as the urban legends some like to parrot. Since 1983 I've always had one or more BMWs in the garage; I currently own a 1995 3 Series as well as a 2004 X3(and a 1975 2002- but that's a hobby car). The 3er has 121K miles on it and the X3 ... Read More
I used to drive a 2002 S4, and just bought a 2010 G37. This is my $.02 - - Interior quality: nothing beats Audi. Period. Stepping from Audi into a Bmw (yes even my 8 year sold car) is a step down, and IMO bigger step than Bmw->Infiniti G. - driving dynamics: the big difference is AWD (mechanical AWD, not electronic) vs RWD. You can easily feel the difference (if you ... Read More
Hi-I was wondering how you locate a BMW CCA technician? We are storing our deployed son's 2002 BMW 328i and it likely will need a new clutch. The estimate from the dealership was almost $2K for that work and replacement of the Guibo joint. They wanted over $660 for the replacement of a slightly leaking valve cover gasket. I'd like to get the items fixed for when our son returns but ... Read More
All six of my past BMW as well as the three I currently(a 1975 2002, a 1995 318ti, and a 2004 X3 2.5) own have had speedometers that are 4-5 mph optimistic. Big deal.
Speaking for myself, I have a BMW "product", a MINI, which can be serviced at a BMW dealer, and the *only* things I would take the car there for might be....might be...very complicated electrical/computer work that could require access to esoteric tools or information. Regarding the valve cover, there is a "leak" and there is what we call "weepage". A leak might drip on the ground or foul electrical parts, but ... Read More
The dealer is hosing you big time; no way does it cost $600+ dollars to R&R an E46 valve cover gasket. I'd start looking for a good independent BMW tech here. A good indie shop will service your car properly for much less than the dealer that is trying to gouge you.
Thanks again...I'm making a list of what to have fixed and where! The BMW dealer said that the 'valve cover gasket has a slight leak' and to replace it is $661. I'm not a mechanic but I do realize gaskets will wear over time and it is a used car. I'm just not sure of the price. I just don't want my son to return, drive the car, and have something ... Read More
Many thanks!! I think the items were "clutch is at its end of life", and the guibo joint needs replacing...also the fuel filter, valve gasket, brake fluid, engine filter, drive shaft assembly joint, and a left rear side ground wire (althought the break light does come on when you engage the breaks). Technically I think a trip to a local may do the trick but is there any advantage to havning ... Read More
HI, I need advice on potential need for alignment. I brought my 2002 325 xit wagon in last night to have the rims with snow tires taken off and replaced by the summer tires. I noticed that all four tiress seemed to have a bit more wear on the inside. The wagon track straight on highway without any pulling. My past experience with alignment problem seemed to have more wear on ... Read More
car had automatic transmission. Will try to followup with reports as insurance company and BMW are fighting over details (BMW won't acknowledge ANY responsilbility for the fire even though their 2001 cars all had SAME problem)
I'm sorry about your terrible loss. You'll want to contact the NHTSA to report this fire--and stay on them to follow up as they tend to be questionably competent, at best. Here's their website: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm Also, did your car have a manual transmission or an automatic? The reason I ask is that the manual cars had only a single, electric fan while the automatics had a mechanical and electric fan. Thank ... Read More
Oh my god. I'm deeply sorry for you loss. You might want to try bimmerfest. If there is something going on, there'll be a thread about it over there.
I lost my 21 yr old son July 2009 when he fell asleep in our 2002 BMW 330 with the engine running. The car caught fire after idling for one hour. Investigation showed cooling fan failure. I read that 2001 3-series had same problem with massive recall. Anyone heard of same problems with 2002 cars? BMW refusing at accepting any blame or taking corrective actions. Do not want this to happen ... Read More
That's lame. It's not normal. So long as there's nothing else the matter with the engine, the sensor's probably bad. Lots of sensors on mine had to be replaced. The window guvenors (sp?) are bad too, at least for the 2002 325i.
I have a 2002 BMW 325 convertible. The oil was changed about 2 months ago. All the sudden the oil light comes on yellow when I start the car, stays on for about 15-20 seconds then goes off. Anybody have any idea what the problem might be? The oil level is fine.
I'm in a similar situation I have a 2002 bmw with low mileage (69k km) and am considering a 328ix. I have a question for you. I have had to change my battery 4 times (even changed the alternator). The dealership says its because I don't drive it enough to fully charge the battery. Have you had a similar experience ?
I've never owned a BMW before and I need some second opinions. I'd like to get a manual 3 series. I'm only able to look at used 2004 or older because of price. I've got a 2004 325xi with 52,000 miles on it. Basic - not even power seats. It was listed at $16,000. I've gotten the guy down to $14,000 (plus D&H and tax). It's through an auto broker in ... Read More
our 2002 does same thing. Did you ever find out the problem? thanks, Rob
my daughters 330 has an occasional no start. engine cranks but will not complete firing. all has been checked including steering column teardown with no results. not a daily occurance but weekly and i am at my wits end. since its at bmw when i drive it, it never occurs. thanks for your help. harv
Hey, about to lovingly dive into the world of BMW ownership, totally committed to doing research, keeping up on maintenance, and getting the most out of the car, but could use a little advise on the two cars I think I've narrowed it down to: Option A: 2000 328i, in the last year he's replaced the water pump, power steering pump, serpentine & acc. belt, intake elbow hose, fuel filter, gas ... Read More
It's about every 7 years between major model changes. In the interim there's a mid-cyle appearance update on the 4th Model Year--that's almost always just minor light and trim changes. For the E46, this update occurred in the 2002 MY. For the E90 it was this year, the 2009 MY. Here's the recent "major change" schedule for the sedan: From E36 to E46: 1999 MY From E46 to E90: 2006 MY ... Read More
"O.K., normally you would be correct...however I recently found an oil change special from advance auto with 5 quarts of synthetic oil at 24.99 and an oil filter included, and they let me change out a filter that would fit the BMW. It was a great deal." I'm thinking you missed the point (a couple of points actually): 1) As far a I know, every BMW sold in the United States ... Read More
Doesn't this no-dipstick thing make you crazy? It feels like we're being led at gunpoint to the dealership. Amen, brother. Something tells me that in 20 years Roundel articles aren't going to be about modifying today's cars, but rather crutching along 2002s & other early models that can actually be worked on. It took the trifecta of RFTs, big drops in lease subsidies and the dipstick/take everything to the dealer attitude ... Read More
Below is a post that was on the Windy City BMW group last year. I actually had this problem on my 2002 330i. It was easily fixed for about $10 and an hour of my time. ------------------ Does anyone here have tips on how to successfully ask a dealer to perform (minor) repairs specified in a TSB on a car is 7000 miles out of warranty? This is the TSB I ... Read More
It could still be the battery- have it load tested. Also check and make sure that all battery connections and main grounds are clean and secure. It might be the starter, but in 25 years of BMW ownership and maintenance I've never had to replace one. Find a good indie BMW tech who knows how to diagnose problems- not just throw parts at them.
I was wondering if you found a solution to the problem you had with your car no starting. It appears I have the same problem on my 2002 325 ix. I took the starter out and had it tested. It tested fine. I 'm wondering if there's a problem with the alternator since one of the two main leads to the starter comes through/from there.
However, the only car I'd consider trading for my 08 manual E90 335 with Sports Pkg, is perhaps an 06 E46 M3 with Competition Pkg. But then, you'd have to live with 2002 electronics and body design. So, why not get the E90 M3??..Well, just read the reviews and look at the buldgy thing..nearly every review has commented on its bloated weight and numb steering feel. Fact is, unless you're able ... Read More
Now that I have experience driving on snow with two BMWs and three types of tires, I will offer my "Subjective" analysis on how well they work on snow, on a scale of 1 to 10. 2002 530i - Michelin Pilot Primacy - 2 (Summer Tires) 1999 328i - Michelin MXV4 Energy Plus - 5 (All-Season Tires) 2002 530i - Michelin Arctic-Alpin - 10 (Winter Tires) So, will all season tires ... Read More
Here are a couple of data points based on personnel experience. 1. The first car I owned was a ’69 Camaro Z-28 muscle car (RWD). I would put snow tires (on the rear only) every winter season. With snows on the rear, the car would do very well in snow of 3-6 inches. I remember driving the roads around the local reservoir one evening around Christmas when it was snowing to ... Read More
You make a good point about the pre-87 E30s. My uncle had an E21 and he let me drive it when we took a trip together from Dallas to Oklahoma back in the early 80's (I don't remember what city). I think it was a liquor run (tax free in OK?), but I digress. I remember at the time that I thought it was a fantastic car and I'm sure it ... Read More
Congrats on baby #1 as well as getting your E30 running! I probably won't be able to really tear into the '02 until early spring. I bought a MOMO steering wheel adapter so my Alpina wheel is being used again after 16 years of hanging on the garage wall, and I cleaned a few fuse contacts which restored my turn signals and high beams. Right now the plan is to get ... Read More
First thing I'd do is follow factory procedure on bleeding air out of the cooling system, since you've opened it up.
hello coolant light coming on now and again, keep toppping it up, still overheating , replaced thermostat, expansion bottle, but recently it overheated and engine ceased, it starts still but ????
The dealer changed the oil in my wife's 2002 325Ci at one year and 6500 miles and charged it to BMW. Also checked tire pressures and checked other fluid levels. The mechanic reset the maintenance monitor.
I went with an appliance recently (Honda/Acura TSX), but was very pleased to see how the owners manual went into great detail to help the owner do basic tasks (oil & filter changes, bulbs, etc.) -- they're not in the "take it to the dealer for everything" mode, which BMW seems to embrace wholeheartedly. I'm moved to question which one is the appliance, really? Sad to say, my Mazdaspeed's manual doesn't ... Read More
I just purchased a new 335I with the sport package so different size rfts. Life has now come to end! BMW has ruined our lives with these RFT's. Maybe they should have jet engined helicopters standing by to fly to those in critical need. Maybe they can assist a customizer to build those fiberglass wheel carriers extending out off the back bumper like they had on some old luxury cars like ... Read More
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
Hello room, I just wanted to ask a question. I have a friend in the market for a newer car under $25K. He is looking at a 2002 Nissan Maxima SE with leather pack, auto, sunroof, bose. He has been cross shopping other cars. So far he has came up with a Linc L.S. V8, a 2001 Acura CL coupe Type S(asking $20,900 for the CL), and a 2000 BMW 325i ... Read More
The leatherette is durable and easy to care for. One BMW salesperson I know tells of how people come in to trade their Bimmer and swear that the seats are leather when they are in fact leatherette. It's a personal choice; me, I'll take the leatherette every time. I've been underwhelmed by the BMW HK systems that I've heard, but I haven't seriously evaluated a 2002 or newer system.
I have never leased a car, so I am pretty new to this. I have heard two opinions on leasing and don't really know which is best... Should I put a lot down to get a lower payment? Or should I only pay what I need and fight for a good rate? I have near perfect credit, its at 820 right now. I am trading in a 2002 Acura CL type ... Read More
HI, I BOUGHT THIS CAR 1 YR AGO IS A 2002 BMW 325i, WHEN I BOUGHT IT ON THE DEALER SHIP THEY DID NOT SHOWED ME, THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF THE CAR, LATER I FOUND OUT THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN CRASHED, THE CAR STARTED TO HAVE A BAD PERFORMANCE, ENGINE SERVICE LIGHT TURNED ON, I HAD TO CHANGED THE GAS FILTER AND I ALSO HAVE CHANGED THE WATER TEMPERATURE SENSOR THAT ... Read More
Wow, I have just read several years of posts on the RFT problem. It has changed my mind on a new BMW. I am currently driving my excellent '99 Saab 95 and was about to spring for a new BMW. No thank you, BMW. I will wait for the RFT dust to settle. [For the record, I have like BMW for many years, having test driven the old 2002 many times. ... Read More
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I found a 2002 330xi AWD with 14000 miles; silver, auto, sport package, moonroof, xenon, leather, 3yrs left on warranty. Quote at $35,400. What do you think of the price? Also, are the BMW 17" wheels with all seasons adequate in the snow? Comparing to similarly priced and similarly equipped new 2003 Audi A4 3.0 AWD. Regards, bibest
I bought the extended maintenance for my 2002 325exT at about $1,250. I just had my last service visit earlier this month under the contract. Unless you can and are willing to do most of the maintenance yourself, it is a good deal. I had both my front and rear brakes and rotors done, two oil changes, two set of windshield wipers replaced and all drive belts replaced during this extended ... Read More
Shipo, Definitely great to know, and yet sorry to hear. I will be reaching out to Austin and Houston dealers today to see if the results are any different. Thanks for your insight, appreciate it, and I'll keep the list apprised to results. I went through this in 2002 wit Orange County, CA dealers, and the results weren't great then, either.
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've come to the conclusion that the best car for the OP is actually none of the above. He wants something affordable and sporty and luxury, that's also reliable and gets good gas mileage. Unfortunately, they stopped making this car 2-3 years ago, but that's fine, because used like-new examples run about $20K. Get a Mercedes C230K Sedan with manual. This is the *4 door* sedan with the 1.8 supercharged engine ... Read More
I'd buy a BMW or Audi diesel in a heartbeat. I've driven them in Europe and and entirely impressed, especially in their abilities to accelerate from say 20 mph to speeds of well over 100 mph. Forget the issue of fuel availability, if diesel cars start becoming popular (and I predict that they will), gasoline stations will increasingly start offering diesel as well. Case in point, of the three closest gas ... Read More
I think that you are entirely too caught up in straight line acceleration, and if that's your only yardstick, go buy a WRX and be done with it. There are plenty of people who would consider the x28i over the x35i, and for many reason, me included. When I leased my 2002 530i I made the conscious decision NOT to get a 540i (or an M5 for that matter). Why? Because ... Read More
Hi, My 2002 BMW 325CI has not started 5 different times in the last three months. In three of those cases the car started 10 to 15 minutes later. Once it would not start for 2 days. After the second incident, I took it to the dealer and they could not find anything wrong with the vehicle, nor was there a code indicating a problem. Unfortunately it has happened a few ... Read More
Hi, My 2002 BMW 325CI has not started 5 different times in the last three months. In three of those cases the car started 10 to 15 minutes later. Took it to the dealer and they could not find anything wrong with the vehicle, nor was there a code indicating a problem. Once it would not start for 2 days. Power seems to work as radio and lights come on. We ... 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
hi i have bmw 2002 325i and i get the sensor but i dont not were is it
Hello, I just recently switched from 2001 325i (95k miles) to 2004 330i (60k miles), the latter one seems to be sluggish when the car's speed is increased. 330i is reaching high speeds (as expected) but somehow the transmission seems to be sluggish. I have driven 2001 330ci, 2002 330cic, along with 325i, all of them seem to be more fun to drive and have really responsive pickup and accelerate really ... Read More
I see you keep you car for at least 6 years (2002 model lost to accident), so the BMW will be more reliable for the long haul. As for tires, I never met a dealer who was not willing to swap out a set of tires to make a sale.
Anybody have a clue about this?? I wrote a while ago about an icessant and annoying whistling type sound emanating from what sounds like the top of my driver side door/window when driving above 50 mph or in windy conditions.... Last Monday I took car to bmw dealer and they kept car for about 24 hrs checking out the problem...they replaced the door seals along the frame of both the driver/passenger ... Read More
I am going to have to purchase a car. Car accident - not my fault - is causing this purchase. I had a 2002 BMW 325xi which I loved. I went car shopping yesterday and thought I decided to buy the 2008 328 xi, but I stopped at the end of the day at the Mercedes dealership, took the c300 sports AWD for a spin and I was impressed. From everything ... Read More
I am in the process of negotiating a lease on the above 335xi. MSRP on the loaded model I am looking at is 52,130; They are basing the lease on a discounted price of 50,610. With 2500 down, sales tax at 4426, 210 estimated tax, plus 50 documentation, estimated balance due is 52,796. Lease quotes are $879 (24 mo.) and $806 (36 mo.). I have never done a lease, and do ... Read More
After nearly six years of great performance my car will turn over but won't start....minutes after starting and running fine. Any ideas of simple ways I can drive the car to a garage rather than have them tow it? Also, can anyone recommend an indpt BMW shop in the the Tempe, AZ, area? Thanks and best w ishes, Ed
Would someone please recommend an independent BMW garage in or near Tempe, AZ? My 325i (2002) developed an odd problem: the engine turns over but won't catch. This happened minutes after the car had started and run fine. Too warm to freeze, just under 60K miles (250 short of next service) and well maintained. Thanks and best wishes, Ed
Thanks. I have the same problem and was too lazy to post a question or do a search. If I may cross-post another question (I tried BMW maintenance with no luck): I'm about to do a brake fluid flush. The last time I did it, I found that I didn't have the right size wrench for the bleed valve. I used a box wrench, but it was a pain. I'd like ... Read More
I am looking for some info here, I am shopping for a bmw between 2002-2004, my question is what are the major differences between these 3 models? Comfort, ride, acceleration etc. If anyone knows where I could look to find the most info I would appreciate your help. Thanks and I hope to get some serious replies asap. ;)
The market is too small. The 1 series is extremely overpriced for what most americans will see it as - a baby 3 series. Hardcore drivers on the flipside will see it as too heavy and e9x-like to really be the second coming of the 2002. It's caught in the middle and rather than attempting to feed one side or the other, BMW tried to straddle the line. So enthusiasts won't ... Read More
First off, is the fluid level actually low? If not, then the level sensor is bad(part #8). If the reservoir is almost empty, the likely culprits are the reservoir itself(part #1) and the washer pump(s)(part #4 and part #6). If you car doesn't have headlamp washers then only part #6 will be present(and the reservoir will have a different BMW part number: 61667007970). I suspect the pump is your problem, only ... Read More
WEIRD QUESTION.....does ANYONE know HOW or WHERE, I can obtain a 2002 3-series coupe brochure?????? Thanks