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git_yo_own 02-05-2013 08:22 AM

How to identify potential engine/tranny issues when test driving
Rookie here! I don't know much about cars, but I do know what I like!! :)

I'm planning on doing some 2011 3 series sedan test driving this weekend, but needed some tips. Can anyone throw out a few tips I should keep in mind while test driving? I'm concerned I might oversee an engine and/or transmission (auto) issue. The few of issues I thought about were:

1) Does the engine sound normal,
2) With my foot on the brake, does the car shift smoothely when changing gears from Park, Reverse and Drive, and
3) Do the gears shift smoothely when accelerating.

Does anyone think I missed anything else crucial?

fun2drive 02-05-2013 08:29 AM

If it is a 2011 and less than 50K miles you have BMWs 4 year/ 50K mile bumper to bumper warranty so anything not normal can be covered. Strongly suggest driving some at the dealership to get a feel for what is normal. No one here can tell you what to look for regarding engine and transmission operation. You never said manual or automatic, 328 or 335. Do more research to understand the differences between those two cars and drill down to what makes sense for your requirements. Take your time, repeat take your time, and post what you observe when you drive the cars after getting some test seat time.
Again you have little to be concerned about since you will have factory warranty.
If you are not a DIY guy you need to establish a relationship with good independent BMW shop once you are out of factory warranty or better yet seek out a CPO car, Certified Pre-Owned which is at the dealership. That will get you 6 years from date of delivery and 100K miles coverage whichever comes first...

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