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Why my idrive screen starts to function properly as it should work after i drive 15 minutes or so?? Example-i start the car and screen is on but when i press something its reacting after some time but later starts to work properly
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???!!!
Hi, I live on the far south coast of NSW and have had since new a 2016 BMW 328i M Sport Gran Turismo which currently has travelled 25,500 kms. While the car drives very well, what drives me crazy is the very harsh ride and the creaking/squeaking noises in the cabin when driving on sealed suburban and regional roads that do not have a smooth surface. Roads with imperfections are a shocker. When friends travel with me they say "What are all those creaks/squeaks?" Yes, very embarrassing indeed. I'd like to know the cause of this noise but suspect it may have something to do with the big and heavy M Sport 19" light alloy wheels with very low profile run-flat tyres - 225/45/R19 (front) and 255/40/R19 (rear) - and tight suspension. Driving in Eco or Normal mode makes no difference whatsoever. I would be most grateful for any advice, please. Regards, Ronald Dove
I think you need to check it out with a mechanic. Could be anything from suspensions to interior.
Thank you RW1891. That covers quite a wide field. The car still has 6 months left on the factory warranty and is due for its next service with the dealer in May. I previously sent an email to the dealer's service manager describing all the issues but so far have not received a response.
If you hear it from the wheel well then it's most likely your control arms but a car with such low km should not have that problem. If you can't hear it on the outside then I would not worry. But it wouldn't hurt to get someone to look at it but that'll cost you $$ especially if you don't have a warranty. If it's something major, sell the car before it becomes more noticable. These newer BMW cars are literally money pits as they age. The older ones 2004 and before are bulletproof. Based on my experience driving all kinds of bmws/German cars. Too many sensors in these cars. A s class has 120 modules so imagine the pain it is to fix these. I've charged people thousands for these type of repairs. Computers take more time to fix especially if you need a 25,000 dollar scanner just to find out the problem but that doesn't always work
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thinking of buying a 320d msport deisel (twin turbo with sports shift paddles).....any pro’s/cons?
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.
Thank you so much
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?
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.
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.
Sorry I dont have any knowledge on this
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.
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.
Looking at purchasing a 2007 BMW 320i executive just reading air bags not deploying? Are these cars safe? One reason was going buy one.
I am sorry I cant help you with this model mine is a older model.
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.
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.
Looking at buying a2007 320i m can anyone tell me if they have problems?
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
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.
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??
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.
Wow., I was going to buy it for the safety too. Now you leave me stranded, for the right reason.
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?
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.
If installed the release levers are accessed via the boot under the parcel shelf, hard to believe that would be an option.
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?
None , be smart get a toyota or commodore , unless you have plenty of money to repair the German cars
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