Dear friends, please give me some advices and suggestions. What can I do now?
This problem has happened 5 times within about one year, and 4 times within one and half months.
I bought a brand new 2001 BMW 325i. It ran great in the first two years.
On February 6, 2004, my car's "Service Engine Soon" light was on. I took my car to the local BMW dealer, and got it fixed. The following was the description in the report (receipt):
"Customer States check engine light on. Performed dis test, and replaced mass air flow meter. W/T for testing function of air flow meter."
After the dealer fixed the car, I didn't drive this car too much because I had another car and had a long summer vacation. When I had this problem on Feb. 6 2004, my car's mileage was 31,310.
On December 27, 2004, this "Service Engine Soon" light was on again. The mileage was 34,002. That means after driving 2692 miles, this problem happened again.
I took my car to the local BMW dealer, and the car was fixed again. The following was the description in the report:
"Customer states check engine light on. Perform dis test. Fault 227 & 228 fuel trim range exceeded. Test 02 sensors, check for vacuum leaks, replace defective mass air flow sensor. test drive and retest. no faults."
Unfortunately, on February 4, 2005, the same problem ("service engine soon" light) happened again. The mileage was 34,385. That means after 382 miles, the same problem happened again.
I took the car to the local BMW dealer again. The car was fixed again. The following was the description in the report:
"Customer states check engine light on. Perform dis test and read faults. Air mixture faults bank one and two. Replace air flow sensor and reset adaptation values. Clear faults and test drive. Recheck additive and multipicative. Both within specs (Spare Parts Warrant)"
On Feb. 10, 2005, after 340 miles, the same problem happened again. The mileage was 34,725. The same dealer kept my car for a few days and fixed my car. I was told that they tested my car and tried to make sure there was no problem anymore. The following was the description in the report:
"Customer states check engine light on. See history. Performed dis test, found fault code 227 and 228. Both are for fuel trim both banks. Puma case #4703492 checked adaptation values, multiplicative values were out of range, -8.0 both banks. Replaced purge valve and test drove car per puma directions, adaptation values are now within specs, -.94 on Bank 1 and -.86 on Bank 2."
I got my car back on Tuesday, February 15, 2005, but the exactly same problem happened again on Saturday, February 19, 2005. Just after 4 days! I drove the car for about 200 miles after the last repair.
Dear friends, please give me some suggestion - What can I do? My car is still under warrantee now, but the warrantee will be expired on March 13, 2005. Just about 20 days away!
What can I do? Should I make a complaint? Who should I talk to? Should I ask for extended warrantee from the dealer for free? What is Lemon car? Can I say my car is a lemon car?
Please give me some advices. Thank you so much!!!!