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Old 03-02-2014, 05:22 PM
DIANEINATLANTA DIANEINATLANTA is offline
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Do I have a lemon?

My 2007 335i recently developed two serious oil leaks, both oil pan and engine gasket. Had to replace them both. Then the overflow container for the radiator ruptured during the recent 'snow days' in Atlanta - under very little idling stress. Thermostat needs replacing and I understand that water pump is on the horizon. The car has 74,000 miles. I owned an 82 Porsche 911sc for 20 years and I understand about repairs, but I'm not sure all this is normal.

I feel some play in the front end - may be looking at new struts and shocks? Is this normal maintenance for this car?

Also has strange unidentified groan in dashboard when weather is cold - caused when wheel is turned completely one direction or another.

I've read about turbo issues with this model??


With the Porsche always had a back up car - maybe that's what I need!
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:54 PM
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I'm in the ATL too... off topic question, did you get stuck during snowmageddon?

Took me 11 hours to get from Alpharetta to Woodstock.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:36 PM
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None of what you list seem extraordinarily early failures.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:26 PM
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Can't really call a 7 year old a lemon. Stuff wears out - you just had the unfortunate luck of having a bunch of stuff wear out at once.
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:02 PM
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I have 2006 330i (87,500 ml) nd in the last 6-12 month I experience all issue you described. You missed burning front park lite and windows actuators. Just fixed oil pan and fuel pump, next month front bushing ($680 + wheels alignment after bushing replacement $300). And this week when coils and spark plugs came - replacing them. Pretty sure my car not lemon.
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My 2007 335i recently developed two serious oil leaks, both oil pan and engine gasket. Had to replace them both. Then the overflow container for the radiator ruptured during the recent 'snow days' in Atlanta - under very little idling stress. Thermostat needs replacing and I understand that water pump is on the horizon. The car has 74,000 miles. I owned an 82 Porsche 911sc for 20 years and I understand about repairs, but I'm not sure all this is normal.

I feel some play in the front end - may be looking at new struts and shocks? Is this normal maintenance for this car?

Also has strange unidentified groan in dashboard when weather is cold - caused when wheel is turned completely one direction or another.

I've read about turbo issues with this model??


With the Porsche always had a back up car - maybe that's what I need!

That really ,really sucks. My last BMW zipped through 150k mi before the first issue: Broken ground strap.

I'm beginning to wonder....I drove a Lexus once....is there a reason Honda etc. are successful?
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:05 AM
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Thanks everyone

I guess I'm spoiled. I have had 3 Mustangs, 4 Oldsmobiles, 2 Fiat Spiders, 1 Austin Healey 3000, 3 varieties of Honda, a Mazda, you name it. Several of these were backup cars for the 82 Porsche 911. We still have it in the family

The only other cars that were this much trouble were the Fiat Spyder and the Austin Healey, both of which were lots of fun and lots of maintenance.

I'd like a combination of lots of fun and low maintenance! Probably impossible.

Re snow days for the person from Alpharetta - I was stuck for approximately half an hour when the overflow container blew - pretty lame. Walked the two miles home.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:03 AM
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Normal BMW stuff.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:39 AM
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Your comparison to the AH 3000 is apt!

S2000 for no maintenance issues whatsoever.

Hope you have a good indy (not the dealer) to do these expected maintenance repairs .... Munich Motor Sports on PIB keeps us going at a reasonable cost.
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The pan gasket is not normal, the oil filter housing gasket is normal, the valve cover gasket replacement when it happens is normal, the water pump and tstat is normal at your mileage (preventative and best to replace them both). The overflow tank, the OFHG, water pump and tstat are not some of BMWs best work. In fact none of those are BMW parts they are from subcontractors that BMW contracts with. However BMW is responsible because they trade quality and durability for cost. The water pump has been updated 3 times so a current one should be more reliable and the OFH gasket failing in all E90 6 cylinder petro engines is just plan unacceptable.
You don't have a lemon you just bought the car when it was going to need some parts replaced. Once you get through this you should see another 60K miles or more before needing much else but new plugs every 45K and normal fluid changes.
My Porsche puked so much oil on the floor I got rid of it as well as poor injectors and on and on and on. Those of us that have owned 911's except the more current models fell in love with BMW because they are reliable. I have never been stranded by my BMWs with the exception of one supercharged overbuilt 325 I owned which blew a water pump at 7K rpms. Other than that once experience never been stranded...

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Someone may have topped off your coolant with too much water and it froze, damaging your head gasket and destroying your overflow.

As for the oil pan leak, it's probably just coincidence.

Definitely not unheard of to replace these gaskets at that mileage but not very common either. The overflow exploding is rare I think. I haven't heard of that happening to anyone.
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Someone may have topped off your coolant with too much water and it froze, damaging your head gasket and destroying your overflow.

As for the oil pan leak, it's probably just coincidence.

Definitely not unheard of to replace these gaskets at that mileage but not very common either. The overflow exploding is rare I think. I haven't heard of that happening to anyone.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:41 AM
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Expansion tank failure is not that uncommon from searching google, several bmw models, different years.
My theory is higher than normal temperature of coolant (i.e., pump failure) and/or lower than normal ambient temperature creating a very high temp difference between inside and outside wall of the tank. Thin, brittle plastic and you know the rest.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:42 PM
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Expansion tank failure is not that uncommon from searching google, several bmw models, different years.
My theory is higher than normal temperature of coolant (i.e., pump failure) and/or lower than normal ambient temperature creating a very high temp difference between inside and outside wall of the tank. Thin, brittle plastic and you know the rest.
Not normal for the E90. E46 and E39, sure.
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I'm in the ATL too... off topic question, did you get stuck during snowmageddon?



Took me 11 hours to get from Alpharetta to Woodstock.

I sure did! Got stuck trying to get from Powder Springs back home to Dunwoody. Finally make it home...the next day. I was in my 528i at that time.


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