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#1 (permalink) Old 03-29-2005, 05:40 PM
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OK, guys & gals, I just bought my 1st BMW, a 2002 325 Ci. One heckuva car in near perfect condition with 59K miles. The car is silver/black with sports package, 17" wheels and 5-speed. Questions: (1) Were my T/S lenses clear from the factory or were they added? (2) Are these cars sensitive pulling from a stop, or am I just not feeding it quite enough throttle to prevent an occasional stall? (3) It appears that I have all the glovebox books, but I can't find instructions to program the homelink (correct name?) system to operate my garage door. Any help would be appreciated. That's it for now...
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I know you didn't ask for this, but you might want to bookmark this reference for E46's:

http://www.bimmerdiy.com/e46
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Like you I'm a brand new owner of a 325ci. I believe your turn signal lenses are clear from the factory b/c mine are clear and it was an off-lease company car. Sorry I can't help with the other 2 questions. Good luck and congrats.

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Originally posted by Z Bimmer@Mar 29 2005, 07:40 PM
OK, guys & gals, I just bought my 1st BMW, a 2002 325 Ci. One heckuva car in near perfect condition with 59K miles. The car is silver/black with sports package, 17" wheels and 5-speed. Questions: (1) Were my T/S lenses clear from the factory or were they added? (2) Are these cars sensitive pulling from a stop, or am I just not feeding it quite enough throttle to prevent an occasional stall? (3) It appears that I have all the glovebox books, but I can't find instructions to program the homelink (correct name?) system to operate my garage door. Any help would be appreciated. That's it for now...
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I just bought a manual 99 323i, and I noticed how easy it was to stall when I first jumped in it. I just figured I was use to my heavy, low-engaging aftermarket clutches in my other cars. I got use high-engaging clutch after a few days, though.

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Originally posted by Z Bimmer@Mar 29 2005, 05:40 PM
OK, guys & gals, I just bought my 1st BMW, a 2002 325 Ci. One heckuva car in near perfect condition with 59K miles. The car is silver/black with sports package, 17" wheels and 5-speed. Questions: (1) Were my T/S lenses clear from the factory or were they added? (2) Are these cars sensitive pulling from a stop, or am I just not feeding it quite enough throttle to prevent an occasional stall? (3) It appears that I have all the glovebox books, but I can't find instructions to program the homelink (correct name?) system to operate my garage door. Any help would be appreciated. That's it for now...
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Clear lenses were added to the sport package for Coupes starting in 2002, so your car came that way.

Took me awhile to get used to the BMW manual as well - my shifts weren't all smooth in the beginning....you'll get used to it.

Not sure on the Homelink question.
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Thanks, folks! I appreciate the answers... I ordered a Bentley manual, hopefully it'll have the remote garage door info in it. rsn - thanks for the DIY referral.
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Thanks, folks! I appreciate the answers... I ordered a Bentley manual, hopefully it'll have the remote garage door info in it. rsn - thanks for the DIY referral.
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I have had numerous BMWs, but my new 330i suffers with the pull away issue. I have had it back to the dealership a few times over this and after they have told me it is in the design, and from other postings on this forum, I now believe it is a deign problem. The dealership said with the 328 they can put part of the cluch (or all, can't remember) to fix the problem, but on a 330 this is not possible. I guess this is also true on the 325. I'm getting used to it, but it is embarrassing when a friend drives my car and thinks it is faulty....
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Funny, I visited my local Bimmer dealer this morning, their service people told me that I would get used to the start-out sensitivity. I've had the car about 800 miles, and am at last not stalling it going forward (for about 4 days now), however I've stalled it about 3 times in reverse during the same period. I think I figured out why, but don't have a solution as yet. I back slowly, and prefer to keep slight pressure on the clutch. It's worked with every manual trans I've driven, over the last 40+ years, but not my 325Ci! I don't like using throttle until the clutch is fully engaged, but I guess it's time to change...
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Funny, I visited my local Bimmer dealer this morning, their service people told me that I would get used to the start-out sensitivity. I've had the car about 800 miles, and am at last not stalling it going forward (for about 4 days now), however I've stalled it about 3 times in reverse during the same period. I think I figured out why, but don't have a solution as yet. I back slowly, and prefer to keep slight pressure on the clutch. It's worked with every manual trans I've driven, over the last 40+ years, but not my 325Ci! I don't like using throttle until the clutch is fully engaged, but I guess it's time to change...
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I must admit, reversing at low speed is an art in my 330, I have to rev it and everyone thinks I am a bad driver.
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and i thought maybe it was just me having not driven a clutch in a long time.. at least my 2 stalls have been in empty parking lots and not at busy stoplights. i don't think that it's anything that i won't get used to though. the funny thing is that the guy at the dealership was telling me how BMWs have the easiest to handle clutches (this was after we decided to buy it and we were just chatting).. haha, maybe just for him? i like the feel of the clutch though - the sensitivity is relatively similar to the clutch i learned on (a toyota pickup, oddly enough - sorry to even make the comparison, for you purists/elitists!)

.. and i'm not sure if i'm the only one, but i tried driving my friend's (2004?) accord sometime last year, and man.. THAT thing was a sensitive clutch. i could hardly get it to catch when i started it a couple times - maybe i'm just a bad driver, who knows used
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