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Old 07-03-2006, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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service engine and control arms

my "service engine soon" light is on. What exactly does this mean? I just had an oil change and brake fluid change.

Seondly, i need to buy control arms for my car (2000, 323ci). What is the best source for genuine bmw parts?

My car just came off the warranty last week. Does anyone know of a good place to buy extended warranty from? Also, is it worth it because as of now the car does not have any problems except for the control arms which anyways wont be covered by warranty becuase its wear and tear. right? any comments?
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The Service Engine Soon Light usually means there is a fault with an electronic part of the powertrain, or an electronically controlled/monitored system. You need a scanner/OBD II reader to find out the fault code set in the powertrain module to find out what the SES light is. These tools range from $50 for super basic code readers all the way to $5,000 for advanced professional diagnostic equipment. Some auto parts stores will check it for free. Once you get the code (and if you're not sure how to interpret it), run a search for the code number in this forum or post another thread.

Obviously the BEST source is the dealer. However, you can also try these links out:

http://www.bmwparts.com

http://www.autopartswarehouse.com

http://www.realoem.com

You can't order parts from Realoem.com, but it's a good reference to look at. You can also Google "BMW parts."

An extended warranty, in MY opinion, is ALWAYS worth it. You just never know...

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