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Old 06-28-2005, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you in the Dallas area, I heartily recommend Classic BMW. They took care of me, even when the dealer I got the car from in Austin apparently "declined to participate." So that's what they're calling weasling out these days? >_>

Apparently my molding WASN'T covered under warranty, and I didn't just need the c-pillers on the rear windows, it had to ALL be replaced. No good. Still, the service manager, John Kobell, worked with me and reduced a $700 and change bill to a $323 bill and even tossed on a free BMW Texas flag emblem (pictures forthcoming, too dark right now).

Turns out my window regulators were kaput too, but those are under warranty (thank God) and were replaced at no cost. I don't think I ever saw what the bill would have been, but tell you what: GET THE CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED WARRANTY. I've only had the car for three months, and I assume the added cost of the warranty just paid for itself. Let that be a lesson.

One thing they brought up that I want to check with y'all about. They said that my suspension bushings were worn out, and those too were not covered by my warranty. They don't yet pose a danger, but eventually I could feel some trembling in the steering wheel if I let them go long enough. I admit, I'm not sure what this means, could someone explain it to me?
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They said that my suspension bushings were worn out, and those too were not covered by my warranty. They don't yet pose a danger, but eventually I could feel some trembling in the steering wheel if I let them go long enough. I admit, I'm not sure what this means, could someone explain it to me?
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Here's your explanation.....Bad Bushings

Get them fixed.
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sweet Jesus. Is there any way to lower the cost, or am I just going to have to eat the $545 I was quoted? On the one hand, I don't want to end up like THAT. On ther other hand... I can't afford to pay that much.
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, I agree. To get any used BMW Certified Pre-Owned is around $1K-$2K.

Yes, it is well worth it. If you sell your used BMW, the CPO transfers with the car.
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Old 06-28-2005, 11:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sweet Jesus. Is there any way to lower the cost, or am I just going to have to eat the $545 I was quoted? On the one hand, I don't want to end up like THAT. On ther other hand... I can't afford to pay that much.
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You can pick up the parts on ebay for under $200, but I don't think BMW will warranty the parts if they aren't BMW. They should at least warranty the install. There is a Ebay store called "PFC Groton" that sells those parts cheap. It is not a hard job to do, so if you can, DIY.
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You can pick up the parts on ebay for under $200, but I don't think BMW will warranty the parts if they aren't BMW. They should at least warranty the install. There is a Ebay store called "PFC Groton" that sells those parts cheap. It is not a hard job to do, so if you can, DIY.
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That sounds good, as long as I don't hurt my CPO. I don't want to do anything to screw that up.

While we're on the subject of DIY projects, is replacing my foggy/hazy headlight covers myself a good idea, or should I just invest in a new pair of headlights (with projectors, demon eyes, etc). I'm fairly certain that my headlights are not covered under my warranty (but please, someone correct me if I'm wrong).
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Old 06-29-2005, 12:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That sounds good, as long as I don't hurt my CPO. I don't want to do anything to screw that up.

While we're on the subject of DIY projects, is replacing my foggy/hazy headlight covers myself a good idea, or should I just invest in a new pair of headlights (with projectors, demon eyes, etc). I'm fairly certain that my headlights are not covered under my warranty (but please, someone correct me if I'm wrong).
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It won't effect your CPO. They aren't covered now, so it shouldn't be a worry. (call and ask just be be 100% sure)

As for the headlights, no way in hell the housings are under warranty.
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It won't effect your CPO. They aren't covered now, so it shouldn't be a worry. (call and ask just be be 100% sure)

As for the headlights, no way in hell the housings are under warranty.
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I'll call John and ask. I always want to make sure of something before I do it.

I didn't think the housings would be under warranty, but what about the rest of the headlights? I'm still thinking not.

If not, are Umnitzas a good investment?

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if i read correclty, your car is 00. so the 4 yr warranty long expired.

what warranty did you buy exactly?? so that it lasts until now? when ? who provided this??
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if i read correclty, your car is 00. so the 4 yr warranty long expired.

what warranty did you buy exactly?? so that it lasts until now? when ? who provided this??
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It's used, he purchased a preowned warranty
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I believe the full name is something like "Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle With Extended Service Contract" or something like that.
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i think some of those warranties are bunch of crap.

i may be wrong however. this is because to my knwoledge there are two kinds:

1. underwritten by some joker, and with many stupid limitations. accepted at bmw dealers.
2. underwritten by bmw, and those are fantastic. those just extend the factory warranty to 6 yrs and 100k. also accepted at bmw dealers.

anybody knwos this for sure, cos i am speculating (i change cars too often fo rthis to matter to me)??? used used
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