Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > General BMW

General BMW
Use this forum to talk about general BMW news/stories and to chat with fellow enthusiasts about the direction that BMW is going in for their cars and/or motorcycles!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #126  
Old 01-30-2013, 02:25 PM
bimmerman420 bimmerman420 is offline
Registered User
Location: Oak Forest
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1
Mein Auto: 2000 bmw 328 is
Tunnel ride!

Reply With Quote
  #127  
Old 02-08-2013, 04:00 PM
cruisingbimmer's Avatar
cruisingbimmer cruisingbimmer is offline
Bond Girl
Location: Land of the Free and Home of the Brave
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 231
Mein Auto: 2009 BMW 328i
Great video! Made me want to go out and find a tunnel to drive through!
__________________

"Just the thing for unwinding after a rough day at the office."
BMW CCA Member 473595

2009 E90 Alpine White | Saddle Brown | Sport | Premium | Comfort Access | iDrive | Steptronic | Super Fantastic | Bavarian Beast

Reply With Quote
  #128  
Old 02-24-2013, 10:43 PM
californiawills californiawills is offline
pending
Location: california
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 4
Mein Auto: car
Quote:
Originally Posted by KrisL View Post
Here are the top 10 things that anyone considering a new or used BMW should know. I'm going to make this a sticky - feel free to add on to it!
  1. Most newer BMWs require synthetic oil and premium fuel. Do not give your car less than it requires.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, parts and labor on BMWs is not more than the competition; however, BMWs are not as reliable as Japanese cars and they do require more maintenance.
  3. If your car is out of warranty, find yourself a competent independent mechanic. Their labor rates tend to be about half that of dealers. http://www.bimrs.org/ lists such shops.
  4. Buy a Bentley repair manual for you car. Even if you don't work on your car yourself, it's good to be an informed consumer (example: if your check engine light illuminates, Autozone will plug into your car for free and give you the car's trouble code. You can cross-reference it in the Bentley manual to see what's wrong).
  5. Historically, manual transmissions are more reliable that automatic or steptronic transmissions.
  6. BMWs have great brakes - this is due in part to the rather soft pads and rotors they use. Don't expect them to last more than 30-50k miles. The rotors generally wear at the same rate as the pads so 'machining' the rotors OR replacing pads without rotors is not recommended. There is a 'brake pad low' warning light that is triggered by a wear sensor that will illuminate on your dash when you are due for new brakes. It looks like this: . When you replace your brakes, you also need to replace the wear sensors ($10-20 each). There's one on the front left wheel and one on the rear right wheel. Parts for all 4 rotors, pads, and sensors are generally $200-500 and labor is about the same.
  7. The 'sport package' available on most BMWs is usually considered a necessary option by enthusiasts. It usually includes better (bolstered) seats, stiffer suspension (better handling), as well as larger wheels and tires. One caveat: It also comes with summer only tires that are NOT suitable for ANY slushy/snowy/icy conditions. If you live in an area that gets snow, it's highly recommended that you buy a second set of wheels with dedicated snow tires.
  8. It's fairly common for OEM tires to only last 10-20k miles. Price out replacements on www.TireRack.com to prevent being shocked: It can cost $600-1500 for replacement rubber. Also remember that tires are the #1 performance mod available to you! There's a significant difference between cheap all-season tires and good summer-only tires. Ask any questions in the Tires, Wheels, and Brakes forum.
  9. BMW engines are tuned very well from the factory. It's very difficult to get more than a few horsepower out of intakes, exhausts, chips, headers, etc. (the newer the car, the more true this is)....unless, of course, you're talking about the N54 twin-turbo (335i, 535i, etc), in which case, completely disregard what I just said!
  10. The BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) is a great organization- membership ($48/yr) entitles you to a free subscription to the monthly magazine Roundel, discounts on parts at most BMW dealers, high performance driving schools/car control clinics/autocrosses, local gatherings/rallys/dinners, as well as a $500-1500 discount on your next new or CPO BMW (you must be a member for at least a year prior to purchase - and this transaction is completely independent of the dealer - you receive a rebate check after purchasing the car for at your dealer-negotiated price). Join here and if you found this post useful, use me as your referrer (Kris Linquist #170334)
I agree with you.
But these following three check....


1.Exterior: Take a look at the exterior of the car properly.
The moment you see a dent or a scratch think twice before buying it since it may have been involved in an accident.

2.Engine: Lift the hood and inspect the condition of the engine.
Even if you are not an expert at such things, you can definitely look for anything suspicious like excess oil splattered over different components and things like that.
These will actually help you in making a decision whether to purchase the vehicle. Also check for the various oil or fluid levels of the car. If any of the components look extremely dirty then it may mean that there might be an issue with it.

3.Test-drive: Never buy a car before test driving it, even if it is a used BMW.
Tacoma citizens, amongst others in US have faced numerous issues in the past just because they did not perform this test before buying the vehicle.
Reply With Quote
  #129  
Old 08-09-2013, 11:16 PM
Dave 20T's Avatar
Dave 20T Dave 20T is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, WA
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,689
Mein Auto: '13 320i, occ. use of X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by KrisL View Post
Here are the top 10 things that anyone considering a new or used BMW should know. I'm going to make this a sticky - feel free to add on to it!
  1. Most newer BMWs require synthetic oil and premium fuel. Do not give your car less than it requires.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, parts and labor on BMWs is not more than the competition; however, BMWs are not as reliable as Japanese cars and they do require more maintenance.
  3. If your car is out of warranty, find yourself a competent independent mechanic. Their labor rates tend to be about half that of dealers. http://www.bimrs.org/ lists such (Kris Linquist #170334)
I disagree with number 2. Maintenance is very infrequent as far as oil changes,no requirement to change coolant, etc. Repair may be high, though.
Reply With Quote
  #130  
Old 08-13-2013, 03:00 PM
funkle funkle is offline
Bimmerless
Location: SF
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: Z4 M Coupe
Quote:
Originally Posted by KrisL View Post
Here are the top 10 things that anyone considering a new or used BMW should know. I'm going to make this a sticky - feel free to add on to it!
BMW engines are tuned very well from the factory. It's very difficult to get more than a few horsepower out of intakes, exhausts, chips, headers, etc. (the newer the car, the more true this is)....unless, of course, you're talking about the N54 twin-turbo (335i, 535i, etc), in which case, completely disregard what I just said! [/LIST]
What about the N52 3 stage DISA valve mod (or N51 ecu tuning)? From what I've read it can result in as much as a 40hp gain for $800-1600 for the intake & flash (or even less for the N51 which just requires the flash)

Last edited by funkle; 08-13-2013 at 03:02 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #131  
Old 08-30-2013, 07:34 AM
mullini mullini is offline
Mullini
Location: Redondo Beach CA
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 195
Mein Auto: 2013 BMW sDrive 28i X1
My addendum after having my first BMW 9 months (sDrive28i X1, a real "first BMW" lol)
1) Be prepared to be annoyed by any number of little things that will not diminish your love at all. Exs: the door lock/unlock in the middle of the dashboard; the ASS sometimes engaging when you park in your garage, while you are preoccupied with some task, and when you hit the ignition button, instead of turning the car off you turn it back on again; the first time you have to replace a RFT...
2) If you're in a metro area such as Los Angeles - you are not going to feel special. There are freakin' BMWs everywhere.
3) You know when you pull any type of traffic "gambit" that you would have pulled in any other car you have ever driven, another driver watching is going to go "BMW driving SOB"
4) Not long after you buy your BMW, they will come out with a feature you'd love in the next year model, or release a brand new model that's an even better fit for what you wanted....but you'll still be happy when you next climb into the BMW you bought...

A couple of those are prompted by my visiting Pacific BMW to get an after market tire warranty (good deal, look up Daniel Dutton) because my first RFT replacement made me realize that policy is worth the peace of mind. And in the showroom I saw the new 3 series GT....ummm mmmm.
Reply With Quote
  #132  
Old 11-20-2013, 10:35 PM
winkingvomer winkingvomer is offline
Registered User
Location: Los Angeles, california
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 2
Mein Auto: ford focus
Quote:
Originally Posted by KrisL View Post
Here are the top 10 things that anyone considering a new or used BMW should know. I'm going to make this a sticky - feel free to add on to it!
  1. Most newer BMWs require synthetic oil and premium fuel. Do not give your car less than it requires.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, parts and labor on BMWs is not more than the competition; however, BMWs are not as reliable as Japanese cars and they do require more maintenance.
  3. If your car is out of warranty, find yourself a competent independent mechanic. Their labor rates tend to be about half that of dealers. http://www.bimrs.org/ lists such shops.
  4. Buy a Bentley repair manual for you car. Even if you don't work on your car yourself, it's good to be an informed consumer (example: if your check engine light illuminates, Autozone will plug into your car for free and give you the car's trouble code. You can cross-reference it in the Bentley manual to see what's wrong).
  5. Historically, manual transmissions are more reliable that automatic or steptronic transmissions.
  6. BMWs have great brakes - this is due in part to the rather soft pads and rotors they use. Don't expect them to last more than 30-50k miles. The rotors generally wear at the same rate as the pads so 'machining' the rotors OR replacing pads without rotors is not recommended. There is a 'brake pad low' warning light that is triggered by a wear sensor that will illuminate on your dash when you are due for new brakes. It looks like this: . When you replace your brakes, you also need to replace the wear sensors ($10-20 each). There's one on the front left wheel and one on the rear right wheel. Parts for all 4 rotors, pads, and sensors are generally $200-500 and labor is about the same.
  7. The 'sport package' available on most BMWs is usually considered a necessary option by enthusiasts. It usually includes better (bolstered) seats, stiffer suspension (better handling), as well as larger wheels and tires. One caveat: It also comes with summer only tires that are NOT suitable for ANY slushy/snowy/icy conditions. If you live in an area that gets snow, it's highly recommended that you buy a second set of wheels with dedicated snow tires.
  8. It's fairly common for OEM tires to only last 10-20k miles. Price out replacements on www.TireRack.com to prevent being shocked: It can cost $600-1500 for replacement rubber. Also remember that tires are the #1 performance mod available to you! There's a significant difference between cheap all-season tires and good summer-only tires. Ask any questions in the Tires, Wheels, and Brakes forum.
  9. BMW engines are tuned very well from the factory. It's very difficult to get more than a few horsepower out of intakes, exhausts, chips, headers, etc. (the newer the car, the more true this is)....unless, of course, you're talking about the N54 twin-turbo (335i, 535i, etc), in which case, completely disregard what I just said!
  10. The BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) is a great organization- membership ($48/yr) entitles you to a free subscription to the monthly magazine Roundel, discounts on parts at most BMW dealers, high performance driving schools/car control clinics/autocrosses, local gatherings/rallys/dinners, as well as a $500-1500 discount on your next new or CPO BMW (you must be a member for at least a year prior to purchase - and this transaction is completely independent of the dealer - you receive a rebate check after purchasing the car for at your dealer-negotiated price). Join here and if you found this post useful, use me as your referrer (Kris Linquist #170334)

thanks a lot for this list. the parts and labor of BMW's is always an issue, they say that it costs more than the competition.
Reply With Quote
  #133  
Old 12-02-2013, 07:53 PM
wickedhalf wickedhalf is offline
Registered User
Location: Los Angeles, california
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 2
Send a message via ICQ to wickedhalf
Mein Auto: ford
Quote:
Originally Posted by KrisL View Post
Here are the top 10 things that anyone considering a new or used BMW should know. I'm going to make this a sticky - feel free to add on to it!
  1. Most newer BMWs require synthetic oil and premium fuel. Do not give your car less than it requires.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, parts and labor on BMWs is not more than the competition; however, BMWs are not as reliable as Japanese cars and they do require more maintenance.
  3. If your car is out of warranty, find yourself a competent independent mechanic. Their labor rates tend to be about half that of dealers. http://www.bimrs.org/ lists such shops.
  4. Buy a Bentley repair manual for you car. Even if you don't work on your car yourself, it's good to be an informed consumer (example: if your check engine light illuminates, Autozone will plug into your car for free and give you the car's trouble code. You can cross-reference it in the Bentley manual to see what's wrong).
  5. Historically, manual transmissions are more reliable that automatic or steptronic transmissions.
  6. BMWs have great brakes - this is due in part to the rather soft pads and rotors they use. Don't expect them to last more than 30-50k miles. The rotors generally wear at the same rate as the pads so 'machining' the rotors OR replacing pads without rotors is not recommended. There is a 'brake pad low' warning light that is triggered by a wear sensor that will illuminate on your dash when you are due for new brakes. It looks like this: . When you replace your brakes, you also need to replace the wear sensors ($10-20 each). There's one on the front left wheel and one on the rear right wheel. Parts for all 4 rotors, pads, and sensors are generally $200-500 and labor is about the same.
  7. The 'sport package' available on most BMWs is usually considered a necessary option by enthusiasts. It usually includes better (bolstered) seats, stiffer suspension (better handling), as well as larger wheels and tires. One caveat: It also comes with summer only tires that are NOT suitable for ANY slushy/snowy/icy conditions. If you live in an area that gets snow, it's highly recommended that you buy a second set of wheels with dedicated snow tires.
  8. It's fairly common for OEM tires to only last 10-20k miles. Price out replacements on www.TireRack.com to prevent being shocked: It can cost $600-1500 for replacement rubber. Also remember that tires are the #1 performance mod available to you! There's a significant difference between cheap all-season tires and good summer-only tires. Ask any questions in the Tires, Wheels, and Brakes forum.
  9. BMW engines are tuned very well from the factory. It's very difficult to get more than a few horsepower out of intakes, exhausts, chips, headers, etc. (the newer the car, the more true this is)....unless, of course, you're talking about the N54 twin-turbo (335i, 535i, etc), in which case, completely disregard what I just said!
  10. The BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) is a great organization- membership ($48/yr) entitles you to a free subscription to the monthly magazine Roundel, discounts on parts at most BMW dealers, high performance driving schools/car control clinics/autocrosses, local gatherings/rallys/dinners, as well as a $500-1500 discount on your next new or CPO BMW (you must be a member for at least a year prior to purchase - and this transaction is completely independent of the dealer - you receive a rebate check after purchasing the car for at your dealer-negotiated price). Join here and if you found this post useful, use me as your referrer (Kris Linquist #170334)
thanks a lot for this, I'm planning on buying a car and i've not decided yet if i'll get a bmw. your post is a great help.
Reply With Quote
  #134  
Old 02-25-2014, 07:50 AM
jljljl jljljl is offline
Registered User
Location: Ottawa
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 45
Mein Auto: '02 BMW x5 3.0i e53
All in all good list, one question though. In point number 1 you mention newer bmws need synthetic oil and premium oil. Don't all bmw need that? .. I have an '02 x5 e53 and on the gas door, it says 91, which is premium gas.
And everything you said in #7 about the sports package is valid, as I have that package and really enjoy it.

Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
__________________
JL
'02 Arctic Silver BMW x5 e53 3.0i Sports Package
Reply With Quote
  #135  
Old 05-19-2014, 09:32 AM
EMORY2268 EMORY2268 is offline
Registered User
Location: Tennessee
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1
Mein Auto: 2006 325i
You can get locked inside

Apparently there is no lock/unlock button inside a 2006 325i.. I learned this the other day when my wife stayed inside the car to check her facebook while I went into a store. I instinctivly locked the car as I left, only to come back and find her very pissed off. Tried it myself, and damed if the door will not open from the inside once locked. No inside button either.
Reply With Quote
  #136  
Old 05-19-2014, 07:39 PM
pflau pflau is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Westchester, New York
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 257
Mein Auto: BMW 328i xDrive
Quote:
Originally Posted by mullini View Post
2) If you're in a metro area such as Los Angeles - you are not going to feel special. There are freakin' BMWs everywhere.
I can attest to that and I live in Westchester NY. Those BMW F30 328s are a dime two dozens.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #137  
Old 05-19-2014, 08:09 PM
Dave 20T's Avatar
Dave 20T Dave 20T is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, WA
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,689
Mein Auto: '13 320i, occ. use of X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by pflau View Post
I can attest to that and I live in Westchester NY. Those BMW F30 328s are a dime two dozens.
This is what I like. I don't want a fancy car.
Reply With Quote
  #138  
Old 06-02-2014, 09:02 AM
RBell789 RBell789 is offline
Registered User
Location: Iowa
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 4
Mein Auto: BMW
Quote:
Originally Posted by crowz View Post
I think its how you treat them more than anything. Mine is pushing 250k miles and is a great car still and very dependable.
I couldn't agree more, if you take good care of your BMW, you won't have to buy spare parts every year or something.
Reply With Quote
  #139  
Old 06-10-2014, 05:22 PM
vmpatterson vmpatterson is offline
Registered User
Location: Colorado
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 99
Mein Auto: Volvo V70 R& T5, 911 CS4
If you like to drive I would strongly recommend the sports package or DHP. We ordered a 328xi M Sport with the DHP in 2013. Its my wife's car. One of her 90+ year old friends comments on how nice the ride is in comfort or ECO mode. But even in Comfort or ECO mode the ride is better than the loaner 328x I got from the dealer when we had the first service done. The loaner felt like a standard US or Japanese car - not any fun. Further, with DHP you can tighten up the suspension in Sport or Sport+ mode. Makes it a much better car, not as good as my 911 or V70R that just got totals at a stop light - people shouldn't be allowed to drive with loose sandals that can come off and are stupid enough to try and put them on when they are still moving. (notice I didn't say women although in this case it was, certainly there are many stupid guys out on the roads). Anyway I also got the summer tires and just change then out in the winter for good ice tires they also make a big different. Now looking at a 328xi Sports Wagon.

Last edited by vmpatterson; 06-10-2014 at 05:24 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #140  
Old 06-18-2014, 06:25 PM
BlackBmw13 BlackBmw13 is offline
Registered User
Location: Long Island NY
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 36
Mein Auto: 2013 BMW 320 Xi
i wish i read this before leasing my car, but thank God i leased and didnt buy.
Reply With Quote
  #141  
Old 06-24-2014, 05:54 AM
volcom850 volcom850 is offline
Registered User
Location: germany
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 2
Mein Auto: bmw
Just Lease it

The top thing to know is to always lease and never buy a BMW
Reply With Quote
  #142  
Old 06-24-2014, 08:38 AM
Dave 20T's Avatar
Dave 20T Dave 20T is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, WA
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,689
Mein Auto: '13 320i, occ. use of X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by volcom850 View Post
The top thing to know is to always lease and never buy a BMW
If this were true, then BMW's leasing business would go bankrupt. Leasing is profitable. Therefore, in the big picture, it is cheaper to buy the car, then sell it, rather than lease unless you pay too much in the beginning or sell it too cheaply at the end.

Leasing, however, is easier because it's a prearranged agreement.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > General BMW
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms