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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 06-27-2012, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It beeps at me

I'm thinking it's something stupid like an oil change/service warning, but every once in a while there's a beeping noise that comes from...somewhere? I've always got the radio on when it happens, so I never know if it's coming through the speakers or from that thing that looks like a tiny speaker grill near the comfort controls. Usually three short beeps, but I swear once or twice it may have been four. Sometimes it happens right after the car is started, sometimes it happens after I've been driving it a few miles. There's no lights on the dash to indicate a SES or oil change indicator is going off.

Am I going crazy? Is my car trying to talk to me? WTF does it mean?
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I'm thinking it's something stupid like an oil change/service warning, but every once in a while there's a beeping noise that comes from...somewhere? I've always got the radio on when it happens, so I never know if it's coming through the speakers or from that thing that looks like a tiny speaker grill near the comfort controls. Usually three short beeps, but I swear once or twice it may have been four. Sometimes it happens right after the car is started, sometimes it happens after I've been driving it a few miles. There's no lights on the dash to indicate a SES or oil change indicator is going off.

Am I going crazy? Is my car trying to talk to me? WTF does it mean?
Its not comeing through the stereo, theres a beeper underneath the dash in the plastic panel that bolts down there. Thats what makes the beep. Now I dont KNOW why it would just beep at you, but they NORMALLY beep when you turn on the ignition to "on/run". Mine beeps 4 times when I turn it to on, and then stops. It lasts about the same amount of time as it takes my S10 to prime the fuel circuit, and since my e30 does not do this, I have a habit of turning it on until the beeping stops THEN cranking it to start it. I seem to do it with all vehicles I work on. Just a habit from the S10.
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Weird. It doesn't do it all the time, just started about 2 weeks ago. I'm going to do an oil change and reset everything and see if it goes away.
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sounds like a service warning to me. do you have Idrive? if so check your maintenence and see if you are due for a service.
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I doubt I have Idrive, this car is 25 years old. I think the oil service and SES lights are burned out or just not working. I noticed this morning that my little light bar has gone past yellow and is now red, so it's probably the oil service. Stupid car keeps track of stuff better than I do.

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I doubt I have Idrive, this car is 25 years old. I think the oil service and SES lights are burned out or just not working. I noticed this morning that my little light bar has gone past yellow and is now red, so it's probably the oil service. Stupid car keeps track of stuff better than I do.

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These do not have idrive. Idrive is new bs thats in newer bmws. I dont like the new ones as much as the old ones.
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