3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
Browsing this forum kinda makes me very very nervous considering being a BMW owner with everybody reporting some problem or the other.
Thought I would post a good note instead for a change: My e46 (2001 325xi) is three months old and 3000 miles in.......not a single problem yet......not one. I could not be more happier with this car. The thrill of being in full leather seats, wood trim and cornering with that stability is the most awesome feeling yet.
I had a friend take my drive out for a spin and when he cornered the first time his mouth literally dropped open....he was like "man thats awesome dude" (he drives a mitshubishi eclipse spyder)...my proudest moment.....
Maybe I ahve spoken soon and maybe I will have some problems in the future but I am happy to endorse my wheels as the "ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE"
Six months and 9000 miles into my CiC and it just went in for service last week to have a line replaced that holds the lining against the top and my oil light came on a few times after I turned off the car. The result? They fixed my headliner and I got a free oil change when they replaced my oil sensor.
No other problems. Not one and I love getting into it each and every day (as if you couldn't tell by the number of miles I drive) I considered those issues minor and I had a pretty positive outcome with the sensor since it wasn't causing me any grief. I just mentioned it when I dropped off my car for the headliner and my SA said "We'll take care of it"
__________________ 2004 325CiC Convertible; Silver Gray Paint, Gray Leather, Black Top, Sport Package, Premium Package, Xenons, heated seats, but too cheap to buy the nav...
03 325i. i've driven it for .. 17800 - 12000. thats .. um. 5,800 miles. only failed parts have been bulbs for the front turn signals, and im due for a new set of tires. the tread is down to about 3/16ths an inch.
oh yea. and i had to take it to a bmw shop to have the functions reset because my remote window roll up / down stopped working. haha
I am one of the BMW driver who unfortunately have a "bad apple". I agree with you guys in some parts but if you spent 45K on a car and the transmission fails at 6K it really sucks. But I still believe that BMW designs and manufactures the one of the best cars in the world by using hitech. There are some LEMONs probably. And this happens one in a thousand. The drivers who leaves negative feedbacks are the unlucky ones. I hope you understand our concern. I only want BMW NA to be more sensitive to the problems of our vehicles.
You would think with the production of one of the finest cars... and companies in the world... they would take into consideration of a flawed car or two.. and take care of those people... but you do have to understand that... those things are not meant to happen.. and often are they left in a possition they havnt been in before. There are laws in place for such things.. but hopefully things are changing with service dept. understanding a lemon or not a lemon. I know many of the sales reps around my state... and I know how they dell with this situation.. which I am thankful.. or will be later if this ever happens to me. Good Luck with your problem...
Every mass car manufactuer has problems with some of their cars, but the germans (and japanese) have some of the lowest breakdown rates in the world, moreover the build quality, design and materials of german cars ...BMW, Mercedes (some), Audi, Porcshe... are outstanding, they really do know how to make desirable cars
If you buy a french, italian or american car they will always breakdown before a german one, i suppose if you go their forums all the posts will be on how to repair cars rather how to enjoy it...
PS, if someone goes italian, they make ferrari, uhh their so reliable, remember they also make Fiat and Alfa Romeo
'02 325i. I've had it for about a month now. Bought it CPO from dealer with 43K miles on it. So far I've had the Hazard/Door Lock button module replaced (previous owner spilled soda on them...worked when I got the car, failed after about six days), and the famed Final Stage Resistor that keeps the blower blowing. It was inconvenient to take the car in for repairs both times, but everyone was nice and the repairs were free.
Neither incident diminished my love for my car (it's my first BMW), and I feel safe with the small remainder of the factory warranty, and the extension the CPO status brings.
If you want to talk about problems I've had with other makes/models, we'd have to start a whole new thread! :P
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