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Old 02-08-2005, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright some of these are silly questions, some probably cant be fixed cheap, but I just would like to know instead of staring at them all day.

1. Mechanic said the muffler was clogged (not feeling much out of exhaust) He wanted to charge me 500 to fix. What do I need to do to fix/replace the muffler?

2. Cruise Control, only works if you hold in resume for a second or so...

3. On the Led Screen that says the time/ etc. Its the smaller one beside the one that displays speed/temp/fuel consumsion etc. I cannot see the display because I believe you light is out, you can make out the numbers just barely but there is not backlight. The other screen is fine though.

4. One of the keys is one that is supposed to have a light. There is no bulb in it. Can I put an led in it or it is not really worth it. Also, How much do keys cost from the dealer? How bout remotes?

5. I know one of the common problems in the e36 are the foglights, is it just the bulb or is the the whole assembly?

Thanks you guys for your time, I searched and searched but couldnt find anything
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Old 02-08-2005, 10:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I can help with some of that, but not all.

1. Muffler: I am not sure how much it shoudl cost but you can do a search for an aftermarket muffler/exhaust and it should be less than that.

2. Cruise control: There is not really a on and off button for it. Yes, hitting resume takes you back to the set speed you can also push it away from you (accelerate) and that will turn it on too, turns off like any other by braking or by moving the level up or down. Look in your owners manual for more info.

3. LED: sounds like it may be burned out or have a bad connection. It can be expensive and I would not worry about it too much, because I bought an aftermarket stereo that has a time display. The only thing on that right hand screen is the time and date.

4. Key: My key that i got was the same way, the dealership can order another they have to be specially cut by bmw and set to the dealership. The lighted on does nothing else but have a little light so you can see where you are putting it. I ordered another one that was unlighted for $50, they said the lighted was $80 adn told me to get the other. You also have to have all your records showing that you own the car or they will not do it.

5. foglights: sorry i don't really know, mine work perfectly other than i caught a rock in one the other day.
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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about the muffler, would a clogged muffler cause a noise say when i'm idling i rev it up a bit, as the rpms are dropped in hear a little putt putt out of the muffler. Would this be the cause? If not what would be?
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Old 02-11-2005, 05:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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someone please help with this...i'm not trying to blow 500 on a new muffler
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1.what the mech may be talking about is that you have clogged catalitic converters. but if this was true you would have a check engine light on, so i would say leave it alone, don't spend $500 on something that you don't even know if something is wrong with it. if anything take it to a bmw certified mech and get another opinion.

2. don't know

3. you can replace the light behind the display, don't think it is an led tho

4. dealership can order you a new key, i think it cost me like $30 but i really don't remember.... maybe jsheares is right

5. never head of fog lights being a common problem
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If it really is your muffler you could pick up a used stock muffler for nothing.. 50 bucks should buy you one.
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I can help with ?'s 3-5.
3. I had the same thing happen with the display. It is the light if you can still see the info. The light is about $3. My display came out with the help of a credit card to release it from the pocket below. That was a simple one.
4. The key that the dealer gave me was all busted without the light. I took the liberty of taking a key that had the light in it. I swapped the light and battery into my key. Then after that I decided to get an extra key. The key with out the light was$45. I opt to go with the key with the light which was $55. They also told me that they are the only ones to get the keys from Germany. Damn stealerships. Now for the remote... Aftermarket and it is hard to find an installer that want to get near a BMW.
5. The fog lights that came with the car that are stock had broken lenses. So I caught a sweet pair off of ebay for less that a single from the dealer. Less than $100.
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