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  1. General BMW Questions
    A friend of my wife's took a two year lease on a SUV. I am not sure of the model. Anyway it was at the dealer shop and (of course) they did the courtesy inspection. The SUV has 6100 miles on it. Guess what ? It needed two new tires to the tune of $600 and windsheild wipers at $120. Also...
  2. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hello, my first post here so be gentle. On to the problem. I went on to get my yearly inspection and they told me that my CO(%) is too high to pass, the rest of the car seems to be in perfect condition. Any idea what could be causing this? I went around looking for shops that would at least...
  3. Mid Atlantic Region - DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV
    Hello! I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for where I should take my car for maintenance/repair? I've had a lot of bad experiences with repairs on my BMW; and being new to this area I don't want to go to a place that may either overcharge or not even fix my car. Or would it be...
  4. Ask-A-BMW-Dealer
    Hi, I am buying my X3 at the end of the lease in November. The dealer says I need to bring the car in for an inspection. Why us this required since I am buying the car, and is there usually a fee associated with this inspection? Thanks, Jerry
  5. E46 M3 (2001-2006)
    Hay sorry if this is the wrong place but the mini cooper forum is not helpful. Ive got a 2006 Mini cooper and when I went to get it inspected at two different places both times the obd will not communicate. It gets power but will not communicate. I checked the front engine fuses and the one...
  6. X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
    Hi everyone, new to the forum here. I'm looking to buy a 2013 X5 (not CPO) from a BMW dealership. Two questions: A) They wouldn't let me take the car to my mechanic, which is 30 mins away (maybe too far?) but would allow him to come and use the car lift at the dealership. Is this a warning...
  7. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    I'm the new owner of a 2002 BMW 525i and I thought I'd share my experience over the past week. Overall, it was rough but rewarding. I enjoy troubleshooting but dealing with the tight deadline of a temp tag and the holiday schedule in general, it felt like there was a seemingly infinite number of...
  8. California
    Hi all! I'm a college student, and I run a mobile car pre-purchase inspection platform. We send highly-trained, brand-specialized technicians to provide a condition report on any vehicle. Buyers on Bimmerforums will ask for high-quality inspections. Instead of driving your car from shop to...
  9. General BMW Questions
    Hi all! I'm a sophomore at Duke University and a huge BMW enthusiast. I'm starting a service that matches car buyers with inspectors who can evaluate a car's condition. For example, if you're interested in buying a BMW 3-series remotely, you could hire a factory-trained BMW technician to...
  10. Southwest Regional - AZ, NM, NV, OK, TX, and UT
    Hi all, At this point this is just a feeler. I am from California and am potentially considering purchasing a vehicle out-of-state. I have located a 335d in Plano that I am interested in. Obviously before I purchase a car I would want to verify the condition and get a PPI done. I read some...
  11. General BMW Questions
    Every time I visit a dealer, they suggest a couple of items that require their "attention", without a fail !! And I understand, that is how they make their money. But this also makes me wonder, given their inherent incentive, should I get my Safety and Emission Inspection from them? I've a...
  12. X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
    I'm new to the BMW world and had a question about replacing the cat in my 2008 X5 3.0si. I don't want to go to the dealer and spend over a thousand dollars to have it replaced and found a good aftermarket one for less then 200$ but it says it's not for sale in CA and NY for emissions laws but if...
  13. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hey guys/girls! I am new to the forum and plan on purchasing my 2nd BMW! My first was a 1997 BMW 318i, but I sold that over a year ago. I am not looking to purchase an e46 and have one particular car in mind. Here is the ad: http://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/5055565146.html Looks like it has some...
  14. X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
    I am confused on this one...my 2007 X5 has 78K miles and the Service Due light just came on with the message: date of 6/25/2015 and 10000. Isn't the schedule 30, 60, 90? I had the 60K performed and at 77K (recently) the Check Engine light came on and the shop replaced cyclinder number 4...
  15. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I have a '97 328i. I am currently in need of a NYS inspection. The car has thrown the P0420 code since May, however the check engine light has never been on. I have checked the exhaust and Cat for leaks but have found none. Wondering if it will pass inspection in this state. I'm a college...
  16. 7 Series - E38 (1995 - 2001)
    Hey guys, I'm new here and I drive a 1999 740i. I have a few very important issues that I need help with, the first being a P1475 code. I've more or less put up with it since I couldn't find a fix but now I need to get inspection and the check engine light must go away. I've done some...
  17. Great Lakes Region - IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI
    I'm aware of quite a few good shops in nw subs of chicago, but they're mostly an hour and thirty min drives from where I'm at. I'm near the border of IL and IN. I would like a full inspection done. Most likely will head to the ones in NW suburbs of Chicago if there aren't any in my area. Thanks
  18. Tools and Miscellaneous
    Working and in excellent conditions. Comes with everything you see in pictures. R5 FCX II (Plugs in under hood) - $95 shipped ($140 new) R5 SRS (Plugs in under hood) - $75 shipped ($120 new) If you want both - $160 shipped Complete specs here: http://www.peakeresearch.com/code_tool.htm fits...
  19. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    Are your smog test hydrocarbons going up precipitously lately? What should I look at to understand why mine jumped up recently? Over the past six years, the only thing on my California smog tests that is going way up are the hydrocarbons: - What you can expect for E39 smog emissions test...
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