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BMW 3 Series Sedan

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alexander h.

alexander h.asked

3 Series E46 (1998-2005)

Are the side mirrors powered on a 318i 2004 BMW and lf so how do you engage to make them work

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Muhmmd Z.

Muhmmd Z.asked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

Hi,

I’ve bmw 320i e90 2007, the engine oil level light (yellow) went off that engine oil level is below minimum. I topped up with 1L then I checked oil level and the indicator showed that oil level is OK. One week later, engine oil light went off again, i checked oil level and indicator showed that +1L of engine oil is needed to be topped up, I did add 1L. Two weeks later, engine oil light went off again, I checked the level, it was below minimum, then I checked the oil level again just 2hours later and oil level was OK (above minimum) !!!! [There’s no any oil leak at all]. Can I please know what’s going on with engine oil in my car???!!!

Thanks!

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Jez P.

Jez P.asked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

Been thinking about getting a 2005 E90 330i, are there any particularly bad known issues with this model, engine wise (N52 engine I think) or with anything else to do with the car? Don't really want to be continually spending money on fixing it.

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RW1891
RW1891

Hi Jez P, these are wonderful cars to drive. The steering feedback and the road grip of these are awesome. Some of those do suffer from coil pack issues, and injector issues. But my understanding is those are not common and rather common problem is their plastic water pumps rear with time. Check the car with a good independent bmw mechanic. That is worthy. Not buying the car because of fear of these issues at least in my view is like dumping a Victoria’s Secret model because she caught a common cold - happens sometimes, but nothing to split hair upon.

Kaylee F

Kaylee Fasked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

I was looking at buying my sister a 2005 320i E90. It has 300,000kms (yes I know thats a lot) but the engine seems great in it. It has had the whole top end replaced recently. It has a new cooling system plus new gaskets throughout. It's a manual too if that changes anything. And the high kms are because they live out of town and were driving into town almost everyday putting at least 1,000kms on it a week.

So my question is, is it worth taking a look at? She will only have it for a year until she gets off her P plates and can afford the car she wants.

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Larry
Larry

Hi Kaylee, My current 320D replaced my 2002 318i which had 210,000 kms on the clock. It was an ex-diplomatic car which had about 35,000kms on it. My daughter drove it for a couple of years and we sold it to a friend last year who is very happy with it. Our first BMW was a 1986 525e which was still going strong with over 340,000klms last we heard(about a year ago). The bottom line in my opinion and experience is that the mechanicals in BMWs are so good that they will go forever (!) provided they are serviced meticulously. Things like seals, gaskets and suspension rubber boots will of course wear out/perish and can be expensive to replace. Only real problem we had was with the 525e which like your 320i had the top end replaced at about 180,000klms. In summary unless your 320i has very good service credentials at such a high mileage, I would be wary, as repairs might bring tears to her eyes. The engine is not the only costly thing; think shock absorbers, transmission, ball joints, engine cooling system, electricals etc.

lilgen

lilgenasked

3 Series E46 (1998-2005)

how do see if its a real e46?

1 answer
Larry
Larry

Ask your BMW dealer

Mark B

Mark Basked

3 Series E46 (1998-2005)

What did the 2004 318i executive cost in AUD IN 2004?

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PerthResident
PerthResident

$56 500, can find all car valuations on redbook.

https://www.redbook.com.au/cars/details/2004-bmw-318i-executive-e46-auto-my04/SPOT-ITM-209213/

sue

sueasked

3 Series E46 (1998-2005)

BMW 320I 6cyl is the cam gear belt driven or chain driven or gear driven?

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PK
PK

It is chain. No timing belt there.

Toni S

Toni Sasked

3 Series F30 (2012-2019)

Thinking of buying a 320d msport deisel (twin turbo with sports shift paddles).....any pro’s/cons?

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BrianG335
BrianG335

If its brand new, then go for it. Just make sure that you ask for the full specification to make sure exactly which options the car has.
If its used, make sure that that it has a precise service history with no skipped or overdue servicing. Check the 'service requirements' with the I-drive controller to make sure things like brake pads, filters etc aren't nearly due for replacement. Diesel servicing prices are a little more expensive than petrol.
If you have the VIN number, use one of the free BMW VIN decoder websites to check out exact build date,where it was built and the full detailed specifications.

Toni S
Toni S

Thank you so much

Snehal

Snehalasked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

i am planning to buy a 320 E90 2006 model which has done 17000kms. not sure wether its the best decision but i have always been a great fan of BMWs. Wanted to find out if it will be an economical car or will it drill a hole in the pocket? Also wanted to know that is it ok to buy it on such high kms done?

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Gt Patrol
Gt Patrol

Pay and Get it checked thoroughly over by a BMW specialist before you buy. I didn't and a $8000 car cost me another $8000 to make it reliable. ( It costs to look good ) ha ha.

Sparrow

Sparrowasked

3 Series F30 (2012-2019)

I have just bought a new 2016 f30 BMW 330i m sport. The car makes creaking noises when driving slowly over an undulating surface. Any comments welcome.

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Ahmet S
Ahmet S

Sorry I dont have any knowledge on this

natural
natural

If it's new why aren't you taking the car back to the dealer?
If you're already not getting any satisfaction there I would call BMW Australia and make the problem as public as you can on social media.
Creaking on undulating surfaces sounds like a chassis/suspension problem - maybe a suspension mounting or joint that isn't properly seated or tightened, or perhaps a faulty Macpherson strut. You could get a workshop to check it out but this shouldn't be your problem - it's has to be a warranty issue.

Sparrow
Sparrow

I am taking the car back to the dealer, who believes the creaking noise is coming from the door seals, that some coating on the rubber seals was removed in the pre-delivery process. The reason for my question was to determine how prevalent is this issue with other owners.

KBug

KBugasked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

Looking at purchasing a 2007 BMW 320i executive just reading air bags not deploying? Are these cars safe? One reason was going buy one.

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Ahmet S
Ahmet S

I am sorry I cant help you with this model mine is a older model.

natural
natural

I can't speak for the 2007 model but my 2003 model 325ti airbags worked fine when the person I sold it to had an accident. I would be contacting insurance companies to ask whether they had any data to suggest the effectiveness of '07 3 series airbags was problematic.

nregu57
nregu57

I now have a 2007 320i and have not heard anything about faulty airbags. There was a safety recall last year on a huge variety of different vehicle makes and models, but this one was not on the list.

Vince Magliozzi

Vince Magliozziasked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

Looking at buying a2007 320i m can anyone tell me if they have problems?

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acerace
acerace

Sorry ,I cant help with that model.I have a M3 1994
My only comments would be ,BMW parts and (probably) labour charges are horrible.Buy low klm cars only and get it checked by an independent.

Keep Googling for reviews on your model .Good Luck

DrBob737
DrBob737

Excellent model. I have the 2litre diesel and it's been great. Watch out for small leaks such as oil filter cap gasket and housing. Just stupid small design flaws that lets BMW down. If you're thinking nav unit and bluetooth remember to consider models with iDRIVE business pack built in as it is very expensive to add aftermarket later. Fuel consumption 5.4litres/100km with diesel and expect about 8.2litres/100km with petrol model. If you can handle a little idle diesel noise consider the diesel model 320D. It's more powerful, quiet above 1200 rpm and solid road handling.

hope

hopeasked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

Im interested in buying d bmw 320i 2010 model. At 118000 km it still looks very new inside & d engine & was looking at a merc 180 c class. Reading all d comments send a chill down my spine cos i wanna upgrade
From my corsa GSI to something big must i look 4 something else??

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Robert M
Robert M

I personally would not have another BMW in my yard.
Multiple injuries for road accident including broken neck in 2 places. I bought a BMW for the safety factor. 10 airbags not one deployed.
I contacted BMW Australia who told me and I quote "That's what your insurance company for". No apologies and never had the decency to write my name on the reply.

Pusker Beral
Pusker Beral

Wow., I was going to buy it for the safety too. Now you leave me stranded, for the right reason.

kobrini1

kobrini1asked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

I have a BMW 2008 320i.
How can I expand the luggage area?
I tried and tried, I looked at the manual book, no success.
Can someone help?
Thanks, Isaac

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AndyM156
AndyM156

If you are trying to expand the luggage area by lowering the rear seats, you may not be able to do so.

I ran into the same problem on my 320i which I purchased second hand and discovered that rear seats that are able to be lowered are an optional extra that the purchaser had to select at the time of purchase.

Couldn't believe it wasn't a standard feature - fair rip off.

Ben McLean
Ben McLean

If installed the release levers are accessed via the boot under the parcel shelf, hard to believe that would be an option.

Dillon

Dillonasked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

Can anyone give advice please. I want to buy myself a BMW E90 2007 model 99000 km out of motorplan or Mercedes cdi c220 2005 model 114000 km. Which one is the best to go for??? So confused...petrol consumption and running costs?

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Andrew t
Andrew t

None , be smart get a toyota or commodore , unless you have plenty of money to repair the German cars

sofia

sofiaasked

3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

Hi, I am considering purchasing a 2010 BMW 320d Executive (E90 MY09) through a dealer. After having done an awful lot of reading, I am wary about this purchase. I am trying to find the exact specs on it. The N47 engine was built either late 2009 or early 2010 which has me worried. I really just want to ascertain if I am buying a heap of problems for what would be my first BMW. Buy or run away?

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CraigB
CraigB

I'd just make sure you get an independent mechanical check before purchasing. See if they've got full service history and have the transmission checked out.

Never
Never

I would not buy another BMW , not to scare u I had my 2013 328i within 9 months I had battery replace, modling came off , windows. Instrument and steering wheel rattles like hell.

brixous
brixous

I would not buy one either . Its trouble trouble trouble endless and expensive troubles . imagine at 60,000 to 70,000 my diff died on the car .Have you ever heard of a diff busting at that early age not even in the cheapest car on the market . I am afraid to drive it interstate because its unpredictable

Martin

Martinasked

3 Series E46 (1998-2005)

320i 2005 six cyl still beautiful wagon 145k km. Spent solid $ on alternator and fuel injection. Hold or sell before it gets ugly or is the 320i 6cyl a stayer?

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Zaks
Zaks

145k is not much, if you service the car at independent mechanics it will cost you less. If its fuel efficient I'll keep it if not that means engine is wearing out. But again if car is over 15 years then its trouble. Yours is 8 years only.

PK
PK

I got my 2000 323Ci at 200000km. At 240000km after 2 years, it is still a very dependable car. It had been well maintained by previous owners. I service car regularly and keep everything in tip top condition. It doesn't burn a drop of oil between changes. Does 8l/100km average.
I do most of the work myself. It needed a new DISA valve - $250 from clickable. Replaced windscreen cowl due to degradation - $200. Replaced power steering pump due to broken shaft with used but upgraded one - $100. Replaced worn out steering rack with lightly used good one - 150$. Replaced cracked valve cover genuine + gaskets - $500. Replaced leaking oil pan gasket(diy hard) - $50. Refreshed vanos rattle rings and seals with upgraded ones - $200. Full service kit from clickable (oil, spark plugs, cabin, fuel and oil filters) - $270. Regular oil kit every 7000km - $135 at clickable.
After all above maintenance work, and being able to work on above myself I have to say I have saved a lot of money. Some of them are not easy, such as oil pan gasket for sure. However if you are not technically inclined, I cannot recommend this car unless previous owner had already taken care of above areas.

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