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We have a 2004 325i. The last time when I drove it, the engine stalled on the road. Towed it to a mechanic (not a bmw expert). He replaced the coils, but which didnít do any good. Then towed it to a bmw mechanic, who showed me low engine compression -- readings of 40 and 50 on a couple of the cylinders. He told me later that a couple of the ... Read More
Back in November 2005, I was shopping for new 2005 or 2006 Mazda 3 s 5-door. It was introduced in 2004 and still a very hot seller when I started looking at them. I wanted it in Gray or Silver, 5-speed manual, Power Moonroof AND without Black Leather interior. In 2004 and 2005, Mazda didnít use trim levels (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring} so there was just a 2005 Mazda s 5-door ... Read More
OK. My wife had the UA4-UA5 (BMW and Mercedes afficionados should approve of my detail) 2001 Acura TL. When the 2004 came out in early Oct 2003, we both test drove it and she said she had to have it because of its improvements in handling and of course styling. That would be the UA6-UA7 factory codes. About 3 years later, because she puts lots of miles on her cars, she ... Read More
I used to be as anti GM as they come. In my eyes, they've really done a complete 180 compared to the garbage they put in the showroom in the '80s, '90s, & the better part of the '00s. After 2 superb ownership experiences with BMW X5s (2004 & 2007), my Dad decided he wanted a bigger vehicle. He bought a 2010 LTZ Tahoe. After 2 years & 50,000 miles he ... Read More
I agree one should wait on an Acura product but not due to quality but to performance because the current line (awd TL included) is a dog and has been since the tsx and TL redues - it's amazing how long they have gone without producing a solid exciting sedan- Well, the styling leaves a lot to be desired. Not sure that the current version is a "dog". Road and Track ... Read More
I have owned a 530i 2004 automatic. It has 115000 k .It drives like a charm. very nice car. The car is the best car in handling period. Yes the car needs preventive maintenance. I would add instead not to have the attitude to fix a part only when it breaks. I.e the water pump and the thermostate on this version is a very common problem.BMW decided to use a water ... Read More
2004 tL 6 speed - so in car years you do drive a 2007 accord 6pd. Not quite. The 2004 TL 6-speed also came with Brembo brakes, a noticeably firmer sport suspension and summer performance tires compared to the automatic (since switched to high performance all season). So even though the Accord and some other FWD cars now have comparable horsepower, I would still put my 2004 TL as one of ... Read More
I agree with much of what you say. And, in fact, In 2004 I bought a TL 6-speed that was even less than a clone of a 3 series than the G35. I got a fun to drive "sporty" (vs. sport) sedan that had more room for the family, good ergonomics and technology, and excellent reliability. But....I would still contend that part of infiniti's problem is self inflicted. They themselves tried ... Read More
I must inject here that we have had 29 Audis, 3 BMW's and 3 VW's since the late 1970's and only two "Japanese" representatives -- a 2012 Acura TL Advance SH-AWD and a 2011 Infiniti FX35 AWD. I certainly appreciate and respect your experience, but just how many of these cars have made it past 50-60k miles for you to make your durability judgements?? It appears that you have owned a ... Read More
First some back ground. I plan on buying a 2004 330i or 330ci towards the end of the year. Several of these questions I could answer at a dealership, but I am currently studying for the CPA so my time is limited. I am a first time buy and a little inexperience in many of the aspects of purchasing a car. I read edmunds advice on buying and it left some ... Read More
All I will say is that, if it were me, I'd definitely have the car inspected by someone with BMW familiarity before buying any used BMW. The additional $100-200 may well save you $1000's down the road. As an additional step, I would also ask to see the car's history and service records. What you see (or don't see) there will tell you volumes about the car. Good luck!
Hello forum and car_man I've never purchased a BMW before and want to see if this price sounds ok and how much you think I can negotiate. The car is in good shape, has only 40K miles (it's a 2004 model), it's loaded with all packages. Asking $16,900. Haven't seen the car yet, and requested VIN# to get a carfax. Also, should I have a mechanic inspect it before? I know ... Read More
If you prefer the looks of the 4G TL than good for you - because you are getting a heck of a good car beneath the skin. My "snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory" comment was really aimed at Acura shareholders, since sales of the 2009 TL, upon the redesign, dropped by well over 50% from what the 2004 model sold. And that was in a large part to ... Read More
I agree the TL SH-AWD is a terrific car, and with discounts is also a good buy. My comments about Acura really sum up my overall disappointment with the downward spiral of their entire lineup. In 2004 they had the RSX which, while arguably not deserving of the Acura badge, was a terrific sports car (especially in "S" trim). Then there was the first gen TSX 6MT. It's ride, handling styling, ... Read More
I think everything evolves in cycles. For a while (2004 through 2006), Acura was arguably #2 in this segment under BMW. Audi was overshadowed by BMW, Infiniti was showing promise as a Japanese BMW alternative, and M-B wasn't an enthusiasts choice. Cadillac was showing promise and Lexus was failing as a Japanese BMW alternative. Today, Audi is tops and Infiniti is arguable #2 being the best bang-for-the-buck choice in the segment. ... Read More
On the other hand, I'm not sure any ELLPS or even LPS is so enticing to me right now to have me dying to give up my 2004 TL. I could see driving it for the next 5+ years while having another fun car in the garage. Hey habitat, I feel the same way about my '05 TL. At 126K and never having had to fix much of anything on it, ... Read More
Thanks, but no condolences needed. I had a good 5 1/2 years and 30k miles with the 911 and my daughters couldn't fit in the back seat anymore. But if the bank account recovers in time from our upcoming X5 Diesel purchase, I could possibly see a new Cayman in my garage sometime next spring. Regarding the TL vs. BMW, my own 2004 TL 6-speed has Brembo brakes standard. I believe ... Read More
I've been out of the car market (and off these forums) for a couple of years, but our recent decision to replace my wife's SUV brought me back. When we went to look at the MDX, the Acura dealer, seeing us arrive in my 2004 TL 6-speed, asked me if I wanted to test drive a new 2012 TL AWD 6-speed manual. I know all about BMW vs. Acura relative to ... Read More
Here is what Blackstone said about my most recent run of Rotella T6 in my 2004 X3: Universal averages for BMW's M54 I-6 are based on about 6,400 miles on the oil. You ran this oil 8,352 miles, and wear read at or below average across the board. That's the best indication we know of that an engine is in good mechanical shape internally. The TBN was 1.7(below 1.0 is low). ... Read More
In fact I feel sorry for those who get roped into the "BMW experience". Yes, I've been "roped in" for 28 years. Pity me... Frankly, I have driven them and I just cannot justify paying the premium just to drive a status symbol. If you don't appreciate the handling and performance characteristics then you shouldn't buy a BMW. When I help friends buy and install home theater systems I don't push ... Read More
When you say that the A/C was serviced, do you mean that the dealer had to add refrigerant to the system? If so, the dealer knew or should have known that there was a leak in the system(a simple dye test can pinpoint the source of the leak). I would argue that the evaporator failed prior to the expiration of the warranty and thus should be covered. As for the $4000 ... Read More
Has anyone had an AC evaporator go out at 90K miles on a 3 series? I was recently diagnosed with this issue just after my extended warranty expired. I had brought it to the BMW dealership for service on my AC a number of times prior but this was not caught until recently. The cost: almost $4K. The car is barely worth double that. I am at my wits end about ... Read More
the current tsx has also gained in weight vs the 2004-2008 model-- how many lbs well 150-- it also lost 4 hp somewhere and gained gained 8 lbs of torque during that time period. So from what you presented BMW is different --yep they added HP and weight, not vice versa. they have also tweeked it a bit since the last refresh-- and are due for another one in 2012 prob ... Read More
I've never driven a Jetta GLI so I can't comment on it. I think it's (a lot) smaller than the TSX and doesn't have as many amenities and has a less refined driveline though - not a near-luxury segment car. I do really like last years cockpit lighting and layout though - very upscale for an economy car. The TSX weighs less than any version of the A4 Audi makes. It's ... Read More
The Buick in no way will have the frequent costly maintenance and repairs and ultimate financial peril the BMW delivers. You mean like my wife's 121,000 mile 2004 X3? Since the 50,000 mile mark the repair and maintenance costs(including 1 set of four tires) have amounted to $3998- a bit less than six cents per mile, or $83 per month. And note that $427 of that figure represents more frequent oil, ... Read More
Whatever floats your boat. My wife's 2004 X3 has 121,000 miles on it and it was paid off in 2007. Since the 50,000 mile mark the repair and maintenance costs(including 1 set of four tires) have amounted to $3998- a bit less than six cents per mile, or $83 per month. And note that $427 of that figure represents more frequent oil, ATF, and transfer case changes than BMW calls for. ... Read More
So are you and Mr. Shiftright saying BMW is now recommending to perform ATF service on E46 era 3 series built transmissions.? Yes. Since the original question was about a transmissions installed on a E46 and NOT a E83. I take it that you aren't aware of the fact that both vehicles(2003 325xi Touring and 2004 E83) use a GM A5S 390R automatic transmission. Perhaps a BMW TSB # and/or link ... Read More
Did you think for a moment why a Master Technician would advise against recommending a service that would mean more work which would equal to more money? I sure did. The self-described "Master Technician" doesn't trust his shop to do the job properly. Or else he missed the BMW training session that addressed the new ATF change interval. And why does my BMW dealer perform an ATF service -without hesitation- at ... Read More
nice tip! Thanks for posting it. Geez, replacing the entire fuel tank---that's a drag.
Enter the last seven digits of the VIN into the online ETK at realoem.com; that will tell you whether it's an M54 or M56.
says here if its the M54 engine you can replace it but if it's the M56 engine you have to replace the entire fuel tank. You cannot replace the pump by itself. Here's the scoop on the M56...maybe you can figure out which engine you have (M56 is SULEV, sold in CA, NY, MASS and VT, 2003--2005 only, automatic transmission only.
I'm pretty sure the pump is inside the fuel tank... YouTube video on diagnosis and repair of fuel pump
Does anyone know where it is located .My husband is a mechanic and cant locate it. It just wouldnt turn over and thats what hes thinking that its the fuel pump
Does your mechanic really know BMWs? If not, find a real BMW tech. In any case, the mismatched tires tell me that the previous owner couldn't afford to -or didn't care to- properly maintain the car. E46 3ers aren't exactly rare, and I'm sure that there are better ones out there.
Having owned nine BMWs over the past 28 years I wouldn't buy either plan. My 2004 X3 has 110,000 miles on it and from 50,000 to 100,000 miles it did not require any maintenance aside from a four wheel brake job and the scheduled oil services/inspections- all of which which amounted to less than $2000. My 1995 E36 required less than $500 in repairs over the same mileage. That said, if ... Read More
My 2004 BMW 3 series will not pass smog. Emissions pass just fine. But the OBD 2 test does not due to several "monitors" reading "not ready". I have been told by smog stations, the smog referee and even the BMW dealership mechanics that the only way to reset these is by driving the car. BMW has checked the car 3 times and there are no faults or problems found. They ... Read More
I wouldn't worry about the extended warranty on a 328i- especially if you're the original owner. I bought a CPO 2004 X3 2.5 back in 2005 and I never made a single claim under the CPO warranty. At 110,000 miles I've had no mechanical failures of any kind. I've bought one set of pads/rotors, two sets of tires, and followed the "old school" maintenance schedule. It's been the most trouble-free car ... Read More
The price is a bit high in my opinion; check out the CPO section of the BMW NA web site to get some comps. The main problem on the N54 motor is the failure of the high pressure fuel pump(HPFP). BMW recently issued a recall and the fix seems to have solved the problem- in any case the HPFP is warranted for 10 tears or 100,000 miles. Depending on how long ... Read More
I think those TCO numbers are way off. My wife drives a 2004 X3 that we've owned since 12/05; it was a CPO with 16,600 miles on the clock. Now at 107,000 miles, it has needed exactly one repair(an SRS sensor under warranty). The brakes were replaced at 60K and the tires have been replaced twice. The total I've spent on maintenance and repairs is $3650- and that number includes $700 ... Read More
All, Great discussion, wish I could read it all. Here is my simple situation. I have a 2004 325xi wagon with a spare well. I have an option to buy a set of gently used rims and all season Bridgestone RFT tires for a very good price. These will be my "winter" tires for Texas. So, if I have a spare of the same size, what are my concerns? Thanks, Dennis ... Read More
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
99.99% of the time a "professional" fuel system cleaning does nothing more than increase the profit margin of the dealership. BMW does not recommend any sort of cleaning unless there is an actual problem with the system. Ask your service writer how he knows that your fuel system needs cleaning- then ask him how he verifies that the system was cleaned after the service is performed. Pour a bottle of Techron ... Read More
how much would this service normally run, this was under warranty? You had an Oil Service performed- but BMW does not call for a boroscope inspection at an Oil Service, an Inspection I, or an Inspection II. Like shipo, I don't understand why it was done. In any event, my BMW charges @$80 for an Oil Service on my 2004 X3 2.5; the cost for an E90 would be about the ... Read More
I can't find out what I should expect to pay for annual maintenance costs and when is that really big tune up due? All modern BMWs use a Service Interval Indicator or Condition Based Service(CBS) systemto inform the driver when routine maintenance is required. On a 328i an Oil Service will be called for at @15,000-20,000 miles. To be honest, I don't like to run oil that long, so I perform ... 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 am looking to buy a 2004 BMW 330ci convertible 52,000 mi. with titanium silver/ grey, zhp pkg, navi, sport pkg, new 18's, prem sound. wind deflector, cover, 22,000. Vehicle is in Ca. I live in Fl. so I will also be paying shipping, (+/-800.00.) Is this a good price? Thanks!
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.
I had just purchased my 2003 530SP when I found myself working in Germany for a bit. Had a chance to drive the 2004 e60 prior to USA launch... just didn't appeal or "speak" to me in the manner my '03 did. End result... I still drive my '03 530 and enjoy it as much now as when I bought it. Just a fabulous sport sedan that I keep well maintained ... Read More
Our family currently runs three BMWs(counting the 1975 '02 I'm fixing up for my son). My 1995 3 Series has over 120,000 miles on it and maintenance and repair costs(including four sets of track tires) have averaged @5 cents per mile. My wife drives a 2004 X3 and at 92000 miles those same costs for it are averaging almost 3 cents per mile. Worth every penny, in my opinion...
A couple of questions - + Are the repair costs significantly higher with a German car vs Japanese? I have no baseline on my Accord since I have not had to do any repairs. + Is the reliability that much worse for the German cars than an Acura/Honda? Over the past 27 years I have owned nine BMWs. In my experience a 3 Series won't be all that expensive to run, ... Read More
I leased a 2000 328i and when it was up (in 2004), I was able to turn the car into the dealer, the dealer CPO-ed the car that included Service 2, new brakes, new rubber, and a complete detailing, I then purchased the car for 2500 less than the lease buy out plus the car was CPO-ed and had all the needed maintenance done on it.....the dealer didn't know I was ... Read More
some have talked about HP figures. My experience has been that those figures don't matter that much in real life driving. my 330 is a 2004-2005 vintage (one or two generations ago from the current one, I think) with ~200hp and a 5-speed auto transmission. I have also driven the same generation 325 (with a 2.5l 170hp engine) + 5-speed auto transmission, and then the later gen 325 (with a 3.0l ... Read More
"I LOVE my G !!!!" I truly loved my 330i (2004-2005) when it worked. and the two dealerships I have worked with, Bridgeport BMW and Ridgefield BMW,while being on the expensive side, have been very nice to me. hopefully my infiniti experience will be as good.
I have a 2007 328XI with Conti RFTs. I complained of noisy rough ride and at about 3K miles, the dealer changed the Bridgestones to Contis at no charge. Although better, the Contis are still noisy and ride rough. I had a BMW 3 series 2001 and 2004 with regular tires (not RFTs). Much more enjoyable ride and not noisy. Are RFTs here forever?
I live in Toronto so let me take a stab at your questions: 1. You can get 4 tires and install them on your current rims, however, if you plan on keeping your car and being in Indianapolis for some time, it is recommended you get 4 rims. 2. Cannot comment as I have never purchased via Tirerack but some of my friends who have give it a thumbs up experience. ... Read More
Hi dear all, I will move to Indianapolis from LA this Dec. I might drive my 2004 325Ci to there. Because this is a RWD, I am thinking to replace winter tires. I hereby have some questions (sorry I never used winter tires/wheels, so I have too many questions): 1. Can I just buy 4 winter tires? or is it better to buy new winter tires/rims combo because it will be ... Read More
I'm not a fan of AWD, but I have read that Audi has closed the gap with BMW, so maybe I should drive it. I've only driven one Audi before - a 2004 A4 1.8T. I was not impressed.
Conflicted again! I had been assuming I should just get AWD for North East winters in NJ. I had read about snow tires and I am convinced they will make a difference on RWD cars like the BMW 328 I am interested in buying. What I am not convinced on yet: - How big a difference? I owned a 2004 G35 coupe, auto, RWD and stock tires and it was horrible ... Read More
Firstly, the MSRP you listed for the 328xi is high--should be closer to $38,400 bog standard without any fees, metallic paint, anything. Secondly, I'm not sure I follow your reasoning in regards to trading in the car in 5 years time. There is no way that driving 60K miles in 12 months is the equivalent of a 5 year old car with same mileage. Why? Because the car is five years ... Read More
Hello fellow BMW lovers and experts. I am new to BMW and new in USA so I need urgent detailed information about maintenance fees please. I am planing to finally get my first BMW and I just came to live to Miami so I would really appreciate advice and feedback from you dear experts about the average annual maintenance fees and normal repairs so I can inlcude it on my yearly ... Read More
Need some help with this one people... The dealer won't go any lower than $12,500 on this '04 325i with 77K. It has premium package, heated seats and all that...don't know prices or resale values well.. Deal or NO Deal... (just got rid of my new 5 series cause it was too expensive and my dash lit up like a Christmas tree every week for something new to supposedly fix. Use ... Read More
Both cars are pretty reliable, but I'd give the edge to the 3er. For $18K you can possibly find a 2004 330i ZHP, which is the most fun you can have in a 3er short of an M3.
We recently went looking to replace our 03 A4 1.8T quattro. All the cars we looked at would be good choices, depending on your priorities. MB C300 4matic- really liked the looks, smallish trunk, definitely a contender. BMW 328xi- excellent handling, not sure we like the runflat tires, small trunk. G35x- handles like a big car, big HP means less mpg, many nice features. Audi A4: we loved our 03 but ... Read More
Not looking for a 'race car'. Standard wife car; comfortable; good in snow. She likes these styles, so the Subarus are not a consideration. Buy the Audi or the Infiniti; I suspect that the dynamic capabilities of the 3 Series would almost certainly be completely wasted on your wife. Far too many non-enthusiasts own BMWs as it is.
Hello all ! New here...figured it would be an intelligent place... Wife looking to buy a used (2004) AWD Sedan. Each has about 68,000 miles on it. Prices are apparent differences, will deal with that later. Looking at: BMW 325xi AUDI A4 1.8 Quattro Infinity G35x Mercedes c-240 Not looking for a 'race car'. Standard wife car; comfortable; good in snow. She likes these styles, so the Subarus are not a ... Read More
Hello all ! New here...figured it would be an intelligent place... Wife looking to buy a used (2004) AWD Sedan. Each has about 68,000 miles on it. Prices are apparent differences, will deal with that later. Looking at: AUDI A4 1.8 Quattro Infinity G35x BMW 325xi Mercedes c-240 Not looking for a 'race car'. Standard wife car; comfortable; good in snow. She likes these styles, so the Subarus are not a ... Read More
Hi Shipo, I have been following your posts with interest over the last several years and very much respect your knowledge / experience. I live in Central Illinois, 2 hours drive south of Chicago, where there can be a fairly strong winter, depending on the year. My first BMW was a 2004 330i non-sport steptronic that I bought in 2003. In 2006, I bought a 2007 530xi steptronic, both with all ... Read More
As promised , am posting reply as had similar prob with addtion of whistling/whining noise when moving selector when cold. Not do when warm Bmw dealership states is Cyclone Separator otherwise known as Crankcase ventillator.Gave me estimate $1285. Local Indy Edge MOtorworks in Dublin Ca, Gives me $567. So not tranny afterall. Did u get diagnosis??
bmwusa.com CPO 2004 325xi 52,384 miles Jet Black on Black Leatherette Cold Weather Package & Moonroof Manual Trans Price: 18,333 Based on that asking price, 16k is probably a fair starting point. When I bought my CPO BMW 3 & a half years ago the sales man said basically whatever price you see take 2k off of it right off the top immediately than we go from there. Also I am ... Read More
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
The E46 3 Series has proven to be durable and reliable. The six cylinders need a water pump at 60K intervals but other than that there really aren't any major problems. The difference between the CR 2004 and 2005 reliability numbers is just statistical noise. I also recommend that you have the car inspected by a good BMW tech. The E46 3er is a great car, and there are enough of ... Read More
New to owning BMW. We are deciding between a the 2005 with 30K miles or the 2004 with 17K miles. Looked at CR and 2005 has better reliability ratings? Need feedback from owners! Would you buy extended warranty? Thank You!
Take it to a good BMW dealer or independent tech and have the AT fluid level and condition checked.
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 ... Read More
I have this same problem with my 2004 330 Ci. I don't drive the car daily, its normally in my garage but it has done it twice this month. Also, last month while looking at new BMW's the doors wouldn't open, windows wouldn't come down nor would the top. It took about 10 minutes before the doors would unlock and everything seemed normal. My car seems to require antifreeze to be ... Read More
In this case it was a car dealer who paid the $1400 for the new clutch. You'd think they'd know better than to throw their money out the window like that on a clutch repair! Not necessarily. It's also possible that they told you it cost $1400 so you'd think that you were getting a good deal on the car. I know it's hard for some people to believe that not ... Read More
We have a 2004 BMW 330xi with 20,000 miles that is intermittently starting. We turn the key and all the lights go on, but there is no engine ignition or even any sound. Sometimes, if we follow with a quick 2nd turn, the car starts fine. First time in March 2008, had it fully checked at our BMW dealership, only duplicated the episode once and could not find anything obviously wrong, ... Read More
Did you ever figure out what was wrong? We have a 2004 330xi with just 20,000 miles that has been having the same problem. When you turn the key, the lights go on and there is a soft humming sound, but no engine ignition. Sometimes, if you give a 2nd quick turn of the key, the engine starts up fine. Once the car is "on" it's completely fine. First time was ... Read More
Based on my own ownership experiences(nine BMWs since 1983- I currently run three) I have found that BMWs are not terribly expensive to own. My 1995 Club Sport has only needed a thermostat, two belts and idler pullies(replaced as a precaution), and one set of pads and rotors in over 113,000 miles(not to mention numerous HPDEs and autocrosses). My wife's 2004 X3 has nearly 75,000 miles on the clock and it ... Read More
What's rare about it, other than the low miles? Not knowing the price, I'd rather buy an '06 CPO convertible.. They are the exact same car, and even if it has 30K miles, you can get a BMW-backed warranty that will last you 3-3.5 years, depending on the in-service date.. regards, kyfdx visiting host
It just seems that whenever I have the car in to be repaired or serviced, the service folks tell me that I am lucky that I have the service and maintenance program still going. Front brakes - would have been $1,500, 50K service - would have been $1,300, Your dealer is trying to skin you. Bad. Pads and rotors for all four wheels of my wife's 2004 X3 cost less than ... Read More
All true but I think you've been incredibly lucky and/or diligent with your monthly operating costs. Well, that's been the case for my last three BMWs. Three different models, three different years; 1995, 1997, 2004. I don't believe it's luck. Yes, my CCA discount helps, as does a bit of research, but right now my 2007 POS Mazdaspeed 3 is proving to be much more problematic and more expensive to run ... Read More
Hi. First time post, but have enjoyed the site as I get ready to negotiate on a new, leased 3-series when we turn the leased 328i (2004 w/ 2 years extd lease on orig 3 year term--we loved the car!) in this weekend. First of all, I'm quite surprised at the negotiated prices people are posting being so high/close MSRP in this environment? BMW North America just purchased 15 acres to ... Read More
I agree with roadburner - it's really based on your needs. If you like the 5 and need that extra room - then go for that. If you like the 3 and the room is enough than go with that! I also agree that BMWs look 100x times better with the sports package (specifically larger rims and low-profile tires - I guess all cars look better this way). And I think ... Read More
I actually think it is a bit overpriced; especially in today's economy. I guess they don't need the business. Maybe they will come back to you, but if not, you'll find another one. Just my two cents... Stacy 2004 330i/w performance package, 6-spd, alcantara, hk, cold weather package, etc... LOVE IT!!! (5th BMW)
Thanks jmaroun i really appreciate your advice I actually was just kinda iffy on the s4 until i read your reply, then i decided to give it another drive. That thing is SO fast, the engine is really its best attribute. Awesome, awesome engine. It just pulls. The suspension is also really great it feels really stable and the quattro does give it a stable feeling (i know thats a cliche). ... Read More
Also, do you think it is a must to change the brake fluid in the 2 year intervals You should change it every two years at the very least. I usually change it every year on my wife's car. My track rats get fresh DOT4 fluid every six months. and when do I "need" to change the manual transmission oil? On this question I'll have to differ with my friend shipo; ... Read More
Go over to the PAX discussion steve_, "Run-flat, self-sealing, PAX tires for Minivans" #1, 29 Nov 2004 8:27 pm and poke around there. Granted it's a very different crowd, however, I've run into quite a number of folks who are staunch supporters of the Michelin PAX setup. :P As far as the BMW camp goes, I rather doubt that there is a single informed individual that would prefer four RFTs and ... Read More
My service engine light(yellow) has been on and off the last 4-5 months. I suspected the bad gas as a culprit , but now I'm a little confused. I check my gas cap and it's close. I still put in 93 grade and I just had my major service done over at my dealership for 60,000+ miles four months ago. Any advice will be great! JD
Find a good independent BMW tech and out of warranty maintenance and repair costs shouldn't average over $80-$90 per month. My 1995 3 Series has averaged @$50 per month(including the cost of three sets of tires) since I bought it new in October 1995, and at that time BMW did not provide free maintenance for 4 years/50K miles. My wife's 2004 X3 costs about $75 per month to run, but that ... Read More
I recently drove some of this cars and was very well impressed. I donīt know the series well so I have a few questions: 1). On 2000- 2004 models are there regular standard shifts in all models years? 2). On the secuential shift, can it also operate as automatic or dose it always have to work as semi auto? If so how dose BMW expect a valet parking to take the ... Read More
my 08 335i had the light come on within a couple of days of delivery. Turns out thre was a bad wire over the rear wheel--took a day for the dealer to trace it down and about 5 minutes to actually fix.
I have to agree that compared to the 328i, the new A4 will be a better buy even if equally priced. However, I would not be suprised to see the sales numbers showing the 328i in the lead. People flock to BMW dealerships, maybe to get the 335i but realize its pricey and then settle for the 328i:) In all honesty I have no idea why the 328i sells as much ... Read More
In the last 15,500 miles of her 62,000 miles (the last year of her four years), my former 2004 530d averaged 38 miles per gallon on a highway/mountain-road mixture (2-3 passengers, heavy luggage most of the time and speeds up to 96 miles per hour on the highway). (0-62 miles is nominally 7.1 secs for 2004 530d bimmers.) In her last year as well, that 530d got 42 miles per gallon ... Read More
Difeo BMW in Tenafly NJ. Bought both my wife's X3 in 2004 and my 335xi last week there. Offers were way below any other NJ Dealer. Very professional. Great buying experience.
I am going to move into a job this month and i am thinking of shopping for my first car. I have a budget of 30K may be a shade more. I see that the new 3 series/ C300 sport /A4 seem to be in the 30-35k range. In that range i can get a 2004/5 certirfied preowned A8L or similar. I am also thinking of leasing instead of buying a ... Read More
Of course, the price & car are attractive. Things you want to know are: 1. what has the dealer/service done since they took the car back to remedy problems? 2. Is the warranty a true warranty and not the service pkg extended. 3. Will BMW see if previous owner will consent to talk or email you re car history . Or can you otherwise find/contact previous owner? 4. How much inconvenience ... Read More
have you ever driven a 3-series before?[unquote] [Answer]Yes! I've driven my daughter's 2004 BMW 330i When the car came in 2004 was it lacking? I don't think so. So, in my opinion, the LaCrosse Super does belong in this discussion. It's a nose heavy, FWD car with a big engine. It is a highway cruiser not up to the same performance standards as other cars in this group. Performance is about ... Read More
These will be my final replies regarding the LaX Super (I promise): To "louiswei": [quote]Please tell me you are joking. Let me ask you a question: have you ever driven a 3-series before?[unquote] [Answer]Yes! I've driven my daughter's 2004 BMW 330i convertible a few times. I didn't like its bucket seats (they were very hard to get in and out of) and it lacked pickup. Nice radio though. To "jimbres": [quote]In ... Read More
So the service specialist told me that my car is due for a 14 pt inspection/check and I ask him how much it is, he told me it's going to be $750 for the check, I was a little shock and I just opted for a change oil. I needed an advice for my next service appt due approx. 6 months if I really needed the major inspection If the car ... Read More