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#1 (permalink) Old 05-05-2005, 04:54 AM
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I finally bought a BMW. After waiting for years and thinking that I was not going to get one ever, I bought a 1999 323 i. It's awesome and runs great. I want it something newer but the family is growing and the $dinero$ is less.

Anyway lets go to the point, I like to work on cars and I have work in all my cars before but none of them was a BMW. Who knows of a good manual that I can trust and Is working on BMW's really difficult or is not that bad (I'm talking about simple stuff like brakes etc.). I want to be on top of the maintance before it gets too expensive.

I called the dealer and they want $1000.00 for an oil change, plugs, re-set the service lights and changing the ambient sensor. Also, has anyone experienced a drop on the RPM's while the car is on idle. I noticed that the other day, it seems like the car it's going to stall but it comes back aqain. I'll appreciate your sugenstions and ideas.
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The $1000 sounds like a rip off. If you have only one dealer in town, check to see if there is a good import car repair shop. Here in my home town, there is a service repair shop that only handles BMW's and they are cheaper than the dealer.

The Bimmers I have start out idling higher than other cars I have owned, then drop down after a couple of minutes. Also the shifting for the first few minutes will go higher before a shift (auto trany). This is to warm up the car's motor quickly. Its particularly noticeable on my 528i.
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Originally posted by Chanto@May 5 2005, 02:54 AM
I finally bought a BMW. After waiting for years and thinking that I was not going to get one ever, I bought a 1999 323 i. It's awesome and runs great. I want it something newer but the family is growing and the $dinero$ is less.

Anyway lets go to the point, I like to work on cars and I have work in all my cars before but none of them was a BMW. Who knows of a good manual that I can trust and Is working on BMW's really difficult or is not that bad (I'm talking about simple stuff like brakes etc.). I want to be on top of the maintance before it gets too expensive.

I called the dealer and they want $1000.00 for an oil change, plugs, re-set the service lights and changing the ambient sensor. Also, has anyone experienced a drop on the RPM's while the car is on idle. I noticed that the other day, it seems like the car it's going to stall but it comes back aqain. I'll appreciate your sugenstions and ideas.
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You should look into the Bentley service manual. You should be able to order it from Amazon or B&N. I've never seen it in stores, though.

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Thanks guys. I'll look for that manual. Now the right side window is making a loud noise when I try to open it. I heard that it's a common thing for the E46's. Is it easy to fix or I'll have to take it in? Thanks again...
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depends how badly the idle fluctuates. mine drops for a split second to about 500, and comes right back up. this seems normal; however if it starts luggin, it may be vanos or o2 sensor, or worse yet mass flow sensor. all these shoudl flash codes, if you have no codes, all is good. warranty left on yours?

if it is a squeel, it is the gaskets. bmw used to make gummiplfege, dealers still have it. $7 a tube, lasts for ever.

not familiar with failing regulators on e46 otherwise.
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1000$ for an OIL change!!!! WOW what are they putting in there......gold laced fluid???? That is preposterous.......I paid 45$ for my oil change, filter and reset of indicator at a non-BMW dealership....its a local import repair shop. They did a dandy job too....that was 8000 miles ago......! 1000$.......lol, they must be sniffing something. Even if it included filter change, resetting, new oil and ten other things it should not cost 1000$. Besides if you work on your cars all the time.....you should be able to change your own oil on a bimmer easy. That I guess should be the easiest thing on the vehicle to DIY. Do a google search and I am sure youll find tons of DIYs for BMWs E46s to be specific. Good luck and welcome to the forums.
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Actually alot of us have. Unfortunatley there were several reasons for it, but most had to do with sensors. My problem was the intake cam position sensor, but I have heard of everything from vacuum line to o2 sensor. Good luck
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