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Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-01-2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 232
Posted By samplemaven
Active cruise control problem

My mechanic has diagnosed the problem with the active cruise control on my 2007 E60 as being a sensor which costs $3500 for the part alone! Having already replaced the tranny, valve seals, sway bar...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer 10-08-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By samplemaven
I had an undiagnosed problem similar as you...

I had an undiagnosed problem similar as you described. Check your oil level and make sure there is an adequate oil level.
Forum: European Delivery 08-15-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,399
Posted By samplemaven
I've had two EDs (one in 2006 with the second in...

I've had two EDs (one in 2006 with the second in 2008). When I turned the cards in (Munich) I simply told the guy who received the cars that I wanted to keep the plates. On both occasions the plates...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-27-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,946
Posted By samplemaven
I must admit...CA has never crossed my mind in...

I must admit...CA has never crossed my mind in the roundie!

Air conditioning has crossed my mind more than a few times...as I live in North Georgia and the afternoons can be very uncomfortable. I...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-27-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,751
Posted By samplemaven
Amen brother, I feel your pain. I've owned eight...

Amen brother, I feel your pain. I've owned eight Bimmers since I first fell in love with the brand after my first ride in one in 1977. As I enter my "retirement" years, I can find a fun replacement...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-11-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By samplemaven
Actually, that $7,100 included about $1,500 in...

Actually, that $7,100 included about $1,500 in other repairs whose cost seemed more in line with my expectations. Actual repair on the valve stems is in the $5,600 range...but that is still quite a...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-11-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By samplemaven
Angry Valve stem repair

I just got some bad news. My car (2007 550i) has been smoking white after idling for five minutes, for some time now...and the car has been leaking oil. I"m now having sensor problems and don't feel...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-22-2016, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 752
Posted By samplemaven
I've been asking myself the same question over...

I've been asking myself the same question over the last couple of weeks...and I've decided to go with a 2011 328i with 55,000 miles...which i am purchasing tomorrow. I bought a 335i new in 2009 with...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-22-2016, 11:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,163
Posted By samplemaven
One way to check values is to use Hemmings,...

One way to check values is to use Hemmings, Kelly, and NADA online. Nothing's perfect, but after you check the value of a car with a couple of these services...at least you have SOME idea of where...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-08-2015, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By samplemaven
No, in my case the the outside, finished layer of...

No, in my case the the outside, finished layer of material slowly became detached from the thick part of the headliner. The material is de-laminating from itself...the headliner assembly did not...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-07-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 862
Posted By samplemaven
Don't overlook Bluntech as a resource. When...

Don't overlook Bluntech as a resource. When restoring my 1972 2002 Tii, Steve was able to come up with EVERYTHING I needed... Plus a couple of desirable options.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-07-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By samplemaven
I have a number of delamination issues with the...

I have a number of delamination issues with the headliner on my 2000 323i. I'm going to try using a paint brush loaded with white latex glue (like Elmer's Glue All), press the headliner into place...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-07-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 436
Posted By samplemaven
Smile Retrieved a 2000 323i from salesman

Took back a 323i with 225,000 miles from a salesman last week. Hard to believe that I'm going through it now and am considering using as my personal commuter car for a high mileage commute...and...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-04-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 768
Posted By samplemaven
Male auxiliary plug tip broken in female plug receptacle

I have broken the tip of my 1/8" male auxiliary plug in the female plug mounted in the back of the console of my 2006 550i. Is there an easy fix...or am I pretty much screwed? Thanks in advance for...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-30-2012, 12:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,853
Posted By samplemaven
Active cruise control

Active cruise control
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-30-2012, 10:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,273
Posted By samplemaven
You should be able to get the holes filled and...

You should be able to get the holes filled and painted for under $200. If the car was worth keeping before the water leak was discovered, its worth a couple of hundred to protect. I agree with your...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-30-2012, 10:07 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 58,155
Posted By samplemaven
173,000 miles on my black '00 323i..it is now my...

173,000 miles on my black '00 323i..it is now my daily driver/grocery getter.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-30-2012, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,797
Posted By samplemaven
I bought my 323i five years ago on a...

I bought my 323i five years ago on a whim...thinking my daughter in high school would like it. She didn't want it (I was shocked) so I let one of my salesmen drive it all over the Southeast for five...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-30-2012, 09:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,859
Posted By samplemaven
I'm noticing a similar problem with my 2000 323i....

I'm noticing a similar problem with my 2000 323i. Under any acceleration pressure...normal or spirited, the car invariably vibrates in second gear in the 2000-3000 rpm range. The vibration does not...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-19-2012, 01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,574
Posted By samplemaven
Both of my fobs quit working some time ago, but I...

Both of my fobs quit working some time ago, but I continued to manually lock/unlock until the lock itself gave way and will no longer function at all. I cannot lock/unlock the doors at all because...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-27-2012, 07:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,206
Posted By samplemaven
If (or when) the auto tranny goes out on my '00...

If (or when) the auto tranny goes out on my '00 323i...currently with 170m miles, I"m considering looking for a manual tranny out of a wreck and doing a switch over.
Forum: Classic Bimmers 05-31-2012, 06:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,029
Posted By samplemaven
Call Steve at Blunt Tech...he can get you just...

Call Steve at Blunt Tech...he can get you just about anything you need.
Forum: Classic Bimmers 05-31-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,727
Posted By samplemaven
If those alloys for a 2002 are in good...

If those alloys for a 2002 are in good condition...that is a great deal.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-31-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 859
Views: 471,829
Posted By samplemaven
When I started this thread, my 2000 323i had...

When I started this thread, my 2000 323i had about 70000 miles. It now has over 160000 miles and still has no problems...nor any symptoms of a problem. I'm hoping to get to over 200000 miles before I...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-29-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 49,686
Posted By samplemaven
My 2007 550i idles a little rough after start-up...

My 2007 550i idles a little rough after start-up but smooths out as soon as I reach the road...about 250' from my garage.
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