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#1 (permalink) Old 07-26-2004, 12:20 PM
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Hey all,

I have a certified pre-owned 01 330xi with ~51k miles which I bought back in Feb of this year. Over the last 5 months I have had more problems than I should with a 3 year old car, some of which are listed below. I'm wondering if anyone has had similar problems. Thanks!

1. Sway bar pin was loose and rattling (which by the way is considered a wear and tear item, and not covered by the pre-owned warranty...sway bar is wear and tear??)

2. Camshaft inlet sensor failed at 49k miles

3. Climate control system -- 2 problems here
a. final stage resistor failed (which I'm told was a fairly common problem on the '01 E46s)
b. almost everytime I turn the car on, the system sets itself to some random temp and vent setting - e.g. last night I had it set at 78 deg with just the face level vents on. This morning turned the car on and it was set to 74 with both the face and feet vents on...the system was not set to automatic.

4. The backing plates on the rear calipers came loose and were rattling.

5. The headlight control unit failed so the headlights flashed on and off at random intervals.

6. The check oil light comes on even when the car is barely half a quart down.

Has or is anyone experiencing any of these problems? Is it possible that this car is simply a lemon? Thanks for responding.
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Whats up with these certified pre-owned vehicles? This is the third one in the last week I have seen get busted.......are they sleeping in those docks at BMW dealerships????? Anyways I have a 01 325xi (39 K) and bought it about a month back....so far its been purrfect. Nuthing's malfunctioned yet but the last coupla posts have made me wonder if tha saying about "costly maintanance cars" about Beeemers is actually true. E46s have been known to have problems but not like the ones yu have had......I think you should go go bust SOME STRIPS with the GUY HAVING hand brake problems ( a few posts up) and sue the damn dealership and BMW for some dough
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I have a 2000 328i which I bought a year ago May.
The only problem I had was with the drivers door
power window regulator. The cables were making
snapping noises. It was changed under warranty.
The previous owner had to change a couple of
sensors but thats it. All new cars have tons of
electronic sensors, gagets etc. which are not made
by the actual car company. All car companies buy
in all these computer chips, sensors and rely on
them working properly.
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I forgot to mention this important aspect.
The previous owner traded my car in for
a brand new 2003 330i. I talked to him
when I bought the car which was a certified series.
He told me that he has been driving BMW's
for over ten years and loves them. If they
were problem cars. I'm sure he would of
switched to Mercedes or some other high
end car.
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Find a good garage that specializes in BMW's and stay away from the dealerships!
I will not leave my car at any garage, if work has to be done I watch to see what is being done.
When I got my first bmw I took it to the dealer to get the oil changed, they took the car around back for 4 hours, when I drove it home there was a rattle under the car.
The service area was packed with customers, one of the service advisors came out and gave me a long winded story of how these cars need a lot of maintenance.
I talked to a woman at that same stealership who told me she was in there every other week with problems.
One week one thing, they fix that then its something else.
She said her husband doesnt understand how the car could cost so much to maintain when his old van doesn't cost nothing but a few oil changes a year and regular maintenance.
Sure enough after telling a neighbor they told me to go to a corner garage, they put the car on a hoist and the heat shield was ripped down.
Three bolts, I had the car up 3 months previous and asked to look under the car, nothing.
Think about it, those BMW dealerships have to scam how can they stay alive if everyones car runs perfect.
They know most BMW owners have coin, why not stick it to them.
Someone has to pay for those lavish dealerships.
They need to create problems.
Don't trust any place that does not let you see the mechanics work.
Believe me talked to lots of BMW owners that have horror stories about dealerships.
I will only go in to buy parts!
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I bought a 2002 325xi CPO. I've had a bunch of problems with it - the thing went in once a month for 8 months... now it's running perfectly. No problems for three months and I'm hoping it stays that way. Sometimes it just takes a while to get the bugs worked out - depends a lot on how the previous owner drove the car too I would imagine.

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