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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-22-2005, 08:45 AM
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Air Bag Problem

I have owned a BMW since 1968. I have always maintained them myself. The list of cars is: 1968 1600, 1972 2002, 1976 2002, 2001 330i. The 1976 2002 I drove for 150,000 miles.

Recently, the air bag fault light came on. I checked the Bentley manual, and it said that light requires a trip to an authorized service rep. I went to my local dealer, and for $100.00 they checked the fault codes. They said the drivers side seat belt tensioner, and the passenger occupancy pad were the source of the fault codes. They quoted me a price of $900.00 to replace them. The parts cost $70.00 or $80.00 each.

I find it very disconcerting that at any time through no fault of mine, and no lack of maintenance I can be hit wit a $1000.00 bill. (They charged $100.00 to read the codes and reset them)

Has anyone had experience with this problem? Am I being unreasonable in feeling like I am being extorted
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:16 AM
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:19 AM
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I know you can buy BMW reset tools on the internet, but they tend to cost more than $100.

Many manufacturers are moving to computer diagnostic systems that only dealers have, makes it a PITA to DIY.
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:34 AM
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I have a tool to extract fault codes and reset them, but it does not apply to the air bag system. I asked a technical support from BMWCCA about buying a computer that would read the code, and he said that they cost from $1,200.00 to $3,600.00. I would invest $1,200.00 if it was good enough, but he said the cheaper one could not be trusted.

Thanks for your reply
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:35 AM
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Take it to a local independent shop.

If you can, try John Handel at European Motor Works. Tell him the boys from Bimmerfest/So Cal Tech Session Tribe sent you.

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John is the shop owner. He's got a GT1 diagnostic machine that will reset the light for you, and his rates and hours are 100X more reasonable than any dealership shop will ever be. Give him a call, tell him your problem and ask for a quote.
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:38 AM
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Thank you very much for the lead. I will give John Handel a call.
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Old 03-22-2005, 11:02 AM
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http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...DUCT_ID=R5/SRS
Unfortuantly I noticed is only up to MY2000, so it won't help you, unless they make another for 01+, but the system changed with the new engine lineup.
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