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Old 03-07-2004, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Took my car to the dealer for a couple of things: 1)Car pulled to left or right over uneven road. 2)When I stop and press the clutch, RPMs drop to 600 and the car mildly vibrates.
They said that they couldn't find anything wrong with it. Is this BS? Should I take it to another dealer just to be sure?
Also, do I have to pay the preliminary estimate of $112? Service rep. said that I would have to pay it if they diagnosed the car and found out that the problem wasn't a result of BMW. TIA
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Old 03-07-2004, 11:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well to me it sounds like #1 is only because of uneven road but #2 might be a mechanical problem , something that a code will not come up on. to be honest they might have been right, but get either tech or extech to give their opinion
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the first one might even be control arms or bushings which are common on our cars to go out, i know my steering is pretty sloppy, im going have this investigated when i come back from texas.
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I don't know about the car pulling, but my car does the RPM drop thing sometimes. I'll stop at a light and throw in the clutch, and just for a second the idle will drop to 500 RPM or so and the car will vibrate. Doesn't seem to last long tho, and then it just idles normally so I haven't asked the dealer if anything was wrong. I have a 2004 330XI with the 6 speed manual and under 2000 miles. It's prolly just the engine control program being sloppy...but if it's something wrong i'd like to know too!=)
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control arm bushings are a frequent problem. maybe you need an alignment??

the RPM thingy i have no idea. never experienced that.

if your car is under warranty, you wont need to pay anything
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