I think Furious has posted this warning before but I'll say it again becareful washing your car especially around the bottom of the windshield. My car '96 328i has been at the dealership for a few days now and today I got a call from them asking me if I’ve recently washed the car. They've found water and corrosion (probably after many car washes) in the DME unit. I knew it had something to do with it cause after the wash the car was acting weird the idle was constantly sitting around 4000rpm, check engine light came on, poor gas mileage, traction control light goes on and off, and lack of power (acceleration) and a few days later the engine dies out every time I stepped on the gas. They said I had to replace the whole DME unit which is $1100 and plus labor and diagnostics so total would be $1600!! LORDY!! Not to mention I had a new mass airflow sensor put it a couple weeks ago which ran me $463 dollars!
There goes my savings.. oh well. I knew the cost of ownership is expensive but once I get to drive it again…PRICELESS! I told the tech to tape-up or block the vents to prevent the water from entering the DME again. I do not know where the vents or holes are located but if anyone does please help others. Again just becareful and don't overspray the area beneath the windshield.
Just wash your car and then check the dme compartment for water. I have never seen water in mine.
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Screw those car wash places!!! It's overpriced and they don't do a good job cleaning. They leave your rims dirty! I hate that. One time, I asked how much would it cost to put tire dressing and the idiot says $4.00 more. I said, "are you outta your mind! I can buy a whole bottle of tire dressing for that price!" I always wash my own car which is the only way to go.
Originally posted by 007ben@Apr 20 2004, 05:41 PM they have to use a whole bottle of dressing if you look at their setup... just spray on.
You are an IDIOT. There is no setup like that. I have worked in 3 car washes and now I am incharge of ERP. Inc. Which includes three car wash places, plus one which is built in with the gas station. If we were spraying whole bottle of wheel cleaner on each car, me and my boss would have been riding donkeys instead of BMW's right now.
I htought this was caused by the 2 part plastic piece where the hood meets the windshield, below the wipers. It gets chipped and then starts to leak. If you look you can prolly see that yours is chipped up and prolly needs replacement. I'm more than likely going to replace mine in a few weeks because it's looking pretty rough.
i see lots of DME's go because of waterlogging. as a matter of fact this time of year lots of Bimmers show up at the garage with this problem. because of the better weather , more car washing is happening. and it seems to be those drivethru touchless carwashes that are causing the most of the problems.
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