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BMW E90: Professional Radio (Alpine CD73) USB Adapter won't work

I bought an USB Adapter which emulates a CD Charger. The port wasn't used yet. When I plugged my battery the Radio worked, but I couldn't find the CD charger /USB in my radio source menu. Do I have to ...
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Disconnected wires near battery in BMW e46

I noticed a disconnected wire dangling next to the battery in the trunk of my 2005 BMW 330ci. It was actually a red and blue wire that veered off from the thick red one in the middle of the image. ...
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Losing coolant fast after just fixing radiator

I have just got my coolant tank and radiator replaced after a leak in the radiator and a cracked coolant tank. I filled the coolant tank last month and now it is nearly empty. I am just wondering if ...
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What's the difference between BMW 320i SE and Non SE?

My Dad gave us a car, but we don't know the exact model of it. We know that it's a BMW 320i imported from Japan. The year is 2006. There's a letter "M" on the steering wheel. Some pictures: ...
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Distinguishing between mechanical and electrical failure in ignition diagnosis

After a month and a half of not driving the car, yesterday I tried to turn it on, however the only sound that I heard was the rotation of the starter, which is not engaging the flywheel (the engine is ...
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Lifetime transmission fluid

I'm looking a purchasing a 2006 BMW X5 3.0i and found out that the transmission fluid (by dealer) is not suggested until the vehicle surpasses 100k. They also state that the vehicle will let me know ...
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Mercedes Benz E300 BlueTEC HYBRID

Could anyone please tell me what BlueTEC HYBRID and Blue Efficiency mean and the pros and cons of those ? Are those better than BMWs Efficient Dynamics ? Common faults they undergo ? Maintenance ...
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BMW 320D E46 Facelift [closed]

I`m about to get a BMW 320D E46 Face lift model (2000) and that is 120K driven. I would like to hear whether its worth in terms of repairs, maintenance cost ? Do I need to go each and every garage for ...
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BMW E90 pre facelift - REST heat button / fuse

In my E90 I have a REST button: It seems not to work, when I press it, the LED won't light and the heating won't work. Could this be a defect fuse? And if yes, which one (could it be 15 and/or 67)? ...
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Bluetooth module causing interference with aftermarket setup

I am fitting a new soundsystem in my bmw (e46). There's an amplifier in the boot (mb quart onx 4.80/500). A line out converter converts the high level inputs from the OEM headunit, into the low level ...
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BMW E60 (525d M Sport 2005 UK). Cranking but not starting. Fuel Pump/Relay issue?

Background: Long term bad earth problem has been causing iDrive to crash and reboot for years. Bad earth seems to drain the life of the battery over a period of a few years. On my 3rd battery now. ...
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BMW M52 coolant refilling

I have a BMW 328 -98, or in other words, an E36 with the M52 engine. I cannot for the life of me understand how the coolant system works on this engine, and therefore not how to properly top it up ...
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Exhaust Backpressure and Its Impact on LTFT Values

This is a follow-up from my initial question which can be found here : LTFT and STFT values are off and don't make sense. Car : BMW 2015 F10 M5 Modifications : Eisenmann Race Catback Exhaust, ...
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LTFT and STFT values are off and don't make sense

Car is a 2015 BMW M5 and it has an aftermarket CAI and a catback (slip on) exhaust. No other performance mods or tunes. About 6-7 months ago, I bought a Kiwi OBD-II reader, simply out of curiosity ...
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AirbBag and 4x4 light is on after changing BMW X3 battery. Why?

After I changed my BMW X3 2008 battery at home the 4x4 and AirBag light is on. Any ideas why? Some people claim that changing BMW x3 battery is not straight forward, however, they don't explicitly ...
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Is there a way to search music in a 2005 BMW 320D Touring

Is there a way to search music in the BMW 320D Touring menu? I also can't scroll through the music list in a cd/dvd. Only lets me scroll through the songs already on screen. How can i scroll ...
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Ideal Coolant Temprature for BMW F20 116i

I've a BMW 116i F20 2012(turbocharged). Bought it at 2012. After two years of using it as default I got it coded with Gorilla so that it's default hp of 136 bumped up to 210. Now it's close to 29K in ...
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Auto Trans gear selector does not engage ANYTHING?

2002 BMW 325xi. It has the GM 5L40-E auto trans. The vehicle disengaged drive while moving. My g/f was driving the car and the transmission was engaged i.e. power was being transmitted from the ...
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BMW E90: Coming Home automatically on darkness

I have a BMW E90 ( pre- facelift ) with light package . Currently my car is set so that the " Coming Home " function can by pressing the headlight flasher is switched off, press at ignition . My ...
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Car stored for 6 months shows low oil level after 300 miles

Just bought a car from a BMW dealer and the guy told me it was sitting for almost 6 months before I came to purchase it. When I left the dealership the oil was above the min mark showing green. Drove ...
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E46 rough idle with coolant light on

The car is 2001 BMW 330i. I have changed ignition coil, spark and IAC. Last week, my car experienced rough idle. Then I changed the coolant temp sensor today. After adding coolant and bleeding, the ...
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How to diagnose BMW MOST bus fiber optic for a break in the loop

Got a BMW e93 with no sound, center console displays "No Warning Tones" message. Searching the web, came to conclusion that there maybe a break in the fiber optic MOST bus loop. Car has been ...
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accidentally placed oil in the atf reservoir in a BMW 520d. How do I fix it?

I accidentally placed engin oil in the atf reservoir in a BMW 520d. How do I fix it? I have to ask that what effect on my car and how i remove all the ATF oil and how to refil new oil. BMW E39, ...
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Engine noise / rattle when clutch is fully pressed [BMW 320d e46, manual]

I have a strange noise, like a rattling/stomping sound at idle, when pressing the clutch pedal. The clutch and the flywheel (DMF), were both changed with new parts. Except for that sound, the car ...
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Interpreting ABS/DSC fault code

I have an ABS, DSC and handbrake warning light (the latter telling me it's likely from one of the rear wheels) on my BMW E46 320d from 2001. The warning used to be intermittent (it would go away, then ...
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BMW radiator problems

My radiator is spewing water when it is shut down. No hoses are leaking. Comes out of the bottom of the BMW and there isn't any over heating that the gauge shows.Can I still drive it if I fill the ...
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Fuel gauge not accurate

This does not always happen but it has happened twice in last 6 months. My fuel gage is accurate most of the times but these two times it was showing that there is 10-15% gas in my tank but my car ...
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Advice for buying used car

I am a newbie car driver (I got the license few days ago). I am about to get a used car and I am perplexed regarding which one to get. My concern at the moment is what is the maximum mileage that I ...
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Car can't start after rocker gasket change

I have a 2008 BMW 120d LCI with N47 engine. Recently was diagnosed with some oil leak on the rocker gasket near the injector area. Were advised to change the rocker gasket seals. So I did change the ...
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My BMW X5 won't stay running

Hello I have a 2003 BMW X5. I just got the engine replace a couple days ago. I went to pick it up but because the shop was done installing the motor but now I have to deal with the other problems I ...
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Quick Oil Change place overfilled my BMW Z3

Just got this car, a BMW Z3 3.0 from a Tampa dealer and have not even had it 10 days and Check Engine Light came on. I wanted to get the oil changed to full synthetic just in case it wasn't and ...
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BMW 320d es auto engine size

I would like to know how to tell engine size of a BMW. I only buy cars a 1.9 litre or smaller engine.
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What would cause the cam carriers to shatter on my BMW 3 Series (2011)

The timing chain has stretched and the cam carriers have shattered after only 72,000 miles. What could cause this? I have found out that the car was mapped/chipped by the previous owner. Have no idea ...
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Where is the e46 AC drain hose located?

I've tried looking online, but I can't find a description and the images are too zoomed-in to tell exactly where the AC drain hose is. Another problem is that the hose might vary between generations. ...
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BMW 320Ci (E46) flat battery, caused by light?

I just bought a second hand manual BMW 320Ci yesterday, and after driving around in the backyard for 15mins this morning, I found I have a flat battery this evening. The engine won't start and I can ...
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Is vehicle's fluid level monitoring the best way to detect all leaks?

I did an oil change for my friend's car and the mechanic was trying to convince me that it is leaking oil and brake fluid. He suggested that the car needs a costly repair (~$1400). While I don't have ...
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AC suddenly stopped working?

After few hours driving in town with a lot of traffic my AC was working fine, keeping low temperature inside. Then I had to stop the engine for few minutes and when I turned it on, although the AC ...
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Engine on BMW G650GS 2011 does not start when it's hot

I have a rather strange problem with my BMW G650GS. In the morning, when the engine is cold, it starts fine with a single crank. There is no problem with riding, the engine works fine and never ...
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How to know BMW e46 AC type

Apparently there are two types of air conditioning units - IHKR and IHKA - in BMW e39's. I'm curious whether there are different types in e46's and, if so, how do I find out?
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BMW e46 AC intake location(s)

Is the intake for the air conditioning unit the same (i.e. under the hood near the windshield wipers) as the regular cabin air intake? What about in recirculation mode?
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BMW e46 cabin air vent smells [duplicate]

The cabin vents smell like mold and mildew. It's worse during humid days. I'm pretty sure the AC has something to do with it (since it smells bad when I turn the AC off and keep the fans blowing) but ...
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BMW e46 problems after Lysol in air intake

I was spraying Lysol into the cabin air intake (not the engine intake) right under windshield wipers while running the fans, and after doing this for several minutes (fans on the whole time, Lysol ...
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Urgent! BMW 318i 2007 E90 Heating Up

I've BMW 318i E90 2007 which is heating up after about 2-3 miles and since it has been heating so quick esp in down town and low speeds, I have not had a chance to take it to highways. Now, there are ...
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Will my tyres fit?

I currently have 225/50R16 run flat tyres on my BMW 3 series 320d E90 (2006) and I am looking to get some new alloys. I'm looking at getting 16 Inch BBS SR alloys. They have a width of 7J and an ...
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What is the Carter Gas Filter for?

I'm confused with this, are there any combustion gasses in the carter and why do they need to be filtered? What is the Carter gas filter, where is it located and what is its use? Is there a way to ...
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Rough idle in neutral

I have a 6-speed 2012 135i, and whenever I idle in neutral, the car vibrates and makes a noise that I can only describe as sort of a faint grinding sound (it doesn't actually sound as bad as that ...
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Is it common for ECU's to maintain individual limit maps for each knock sensor?

Preamble I'm in the process of interpreting my BMW M5's ECU binary with the aid of some nifty scripting and rather informative forum posts. One of the things I've found is that there are knock limit ...
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My car doesn't leak oil but I have to tap it off every 500 miles

I am in a really weird situation. I have a BMW 325i(2002). I bought it second hand and I have been driving it for 5 years. Now, lately I have been having to tap my oil every 500 miles with 2 quarts. ...
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E46 Check engine light on at high altitude

In my E46 BMW, the yellow check engine light always turns on when visiting Lake Tahoe (altitude ranging from 6000-8000 feet). It usually turns off if I've been there for a couple days. After many ...
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E46 engine chirps when idling in the morning

The title pretty much sums it up. If I haven't driven the car in a few days, the BMW E46 engine makes a faint chirp for about 30 seconds when I start up the engine. It's more like a rapid chirp, as ...