A luxury German auto & motorcycle maker producing such vehicles as 330i, 540i & x5

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Is a BMW E30 a hard car to start learning to fix on?

I like BMWs but I want an automatic. I know how to drive a 5-spd but others will drive the car that do not. That is an old car. I know that automatic transmission is going to die. But, I've always ...
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Can I use “Designed for BMW” Michelin tyres with a non BMW?

I am looking for a Michelin Pilot Super Sport R18 225/40R18 88Y and 245/35R18 92Y for my Mercedes-Benz W208, but this tyres marked on the website as "Designed for BMW". What does it mean? What are ...
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The garage I went to cannot get the wheel off my car

I have a BMW with a flat tire, I took it to tire shop but we could not find the bolt nut, and he said he could not do anything. So I went to breakers yard, they had one and tried to get the tyre off, ...
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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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Is the wing (AKA fender) on a BMW 335d MSport attached by glue?

I have cracked my wing and discovered that there is glue under the wing as if it has been repaired before. The garage I bought the car from is claiming that it is factory fitted and that BMW use glue ...
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Engine stalls when RPMs reach 4500 under load, but not when vehicle stationary

I have a 2006 BMW 325ci. There are 2 faults, one is life threatening. 1) Driving on freeway if I attempt to pass and engine reaches 4500 rpm it suddenly stalls, and I coast to the side and survive ...
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BMW E46 electric headlight leveling

My E46 BMW 320d was recently driven through some water too deep for it. The engine and rest of the car is fine but the electric levelling feature for the headlights has failed. The headlights were in ...
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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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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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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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BMW e36 320i motor looses power significantly out of a sudden

I have a 1992 BMW e36 320i, when i start in the morning, or in cold weather, the cars functions normally and has a lot of power. However, after a little, or when the weather is hot, the car ...
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Is there any particular difficulty in replacing Ignition coils in a BMW 528i?

My mechanic tells me that he has to replace the 6 ignition coils in my 1998 BMW 528i - he wants $800 to do it. I can get new coils online for about $30 each, and it seems to me that I could put them ...
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Wheel rubbing/tight at one point per wheel revolution

On my 2005 BMW 320D, I recently (200 miles/1 month ago) noticed a rubbing noise coming from the front passenger side wheel. It is only really noticeable on smooth tarmac at slow speeds, but I did ...
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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 ...
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Car is heating while Coolant Temp Sensor is normal

I bought a BMW 318i and the car heated twice so far while the coolant temperature sensor is normal. If we exclude the possibility that the sensor is malfunctioning, what problem would cause the ...
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Functionality of buttons on keys.

I recently purchased an old BMW 318is (1994 model, so it really is old) and received two pairs of keys. The keys come with a silver and black pad that has 4 buttons on it. I'm not sure what each ...
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Is every BMW service, always needed?

Is every BMW service, always needed? I have a BMW 325i 2004. It's supposed to be due for a service. The advisor says it includes the regular oil change, check fluids and top off fluids as well as ...
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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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Engine suddenly died on uphill, then went back to life after a few tries

Car: BMW 318 TDS Compact. 90HP. 168.000KM Situation: was driving a very intense uphill section at 70km/h, in 4th gear (2.000 rpm). Everything was ok. Engine sound, temperature, etc... Suddenly, ...
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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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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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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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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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Good resources for BMW repair, diagrams? Besides Mechanics.stackexchange.com

I have a 2003 BMW 325i and I wanted to know where I could find good technical documentation on it. I presume there is a maintenance manual or a Climber guide. Being that this is the age of the ...
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BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine

The car: BMW '90 E30 320i Cabrio with the six-cylinder M20 engine. The problem: the red engine oil warning light inside the instrument cluster (not the check control) lights up after some driving. ...
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Car starts with push start but not with jump leads

Perhaps somebody can identify this issue. The car is a 2003 BMW Z4. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week Jump leads did nothing Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...
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accidentally placed oil in the coolant reservoir in a BMW 325i. How do I fix it and what is the cost?

I accidentally added oil to my coolant reservoir. I have a BMW 325i. The oil light came on and I figured my oil may be low. When the oil was added the oil light warning went off. However, the ...
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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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Is it possible to use biodiesel in a BMW 335d if I remove the DPF and remap the ECU?

The new (2009-current) BMW 335d sells in the U.S. with a DPF to reduce emissions, but which prevents the use of biodiesel. I've read about people removing the DPF and re-mapping their ECU to get ...
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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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BMW e36 wont maintain idle

A friend has an e36 that wont maintain idle. The car is driveable but coughs and stops when idling. I've checked the air box and boot and they are in good condition - no leaks. I think spark and ...
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Adding cruise control to BMW without electronic throttle control

I don't know very much about throttle bodies and stuff, but I do have an interesting question: I just bought a 2000 BMW 323i with the M52TU engine. It would seem that this specific year does not have ...
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Coolant still in expansion tank after draining from engine and radiator — BMW E46 (2003 330i)

I attempted to do a cooling system flush today (along with replacement of radiator hoses, water pump and thermostat). After removing the blue drain plug (my car only had one, apparently some cars ...
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Bluetooth not working - Any ideas?

I have a 2008 BMW 328xi. I'm told all BMW's from 2002 on have Bluetooth. I looked online and found a video from a dealership that showed a person pressing and holding the telephone icon on the ...
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Car I test drove had a high clutch engagement point; why?

I test drove a 2002 BMW 325xi with 80,000 miles on it the other day and while it didn't have any major issues cosmetically or mechanically from what I could see, there was something strange about the ...
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Charging battery on BMW 320ci 2003

I left my BMW unused for 6 weeks. Then I started the engine for 10 seconds and turned it off. A few days later I started the engine and drove it 10 metres and turned it off. Then I attempted to start ...
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BMW E46 Clutch squeal

When I release the clutch at 3:rd or 4:th gear on my -98 BMW 328i, it makes a little low pitched squeal, for maybe half a second. This is not an issue on the other gears however. What could be at ...
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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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Can I put a regular lead acid battery in place of a gel battery in a BMW R110RT?

I just got a 2000 BMW R1100RT and the previous owner told me the battery is 7 years old so I figure it's time to go. I saw this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEBjekqUV9c and the guy points ...
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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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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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Car won't start in the cold

everyone! I've googled about this issue, but couldn't find much info. I hope that someone could help. I have cold start issue below -10C(14F). If it just -10C it harder to star, but if temperature ...
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Mechanic Troubles And A Small Watery Oil Leak

My car is a 2005 BMW 525i E60 with about 180,000km on the clock. It has been well looked after and serviced. I don't get dealer services, but go to a mechanic who has always been good and uses the ...
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BMW M41 cold start problems

I have sometimes this problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvpjEdGH8-A The engine coughs for a long time before starting ... I don't understand why, because, sometimes, with the same cold ...
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Why is my 2004 BMW z4 front suspension making noise?

Every time I go into rough terrain, specifically bumps or speed bumps, there is a thud sound from the front end. Thinking it might be the bushings but I'd prefer not to purchase without confirmation. ...
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How to fix an electronic transmission that chooses overdrive and torque converter lock

'95 BMW 540i Automatic If I drive for a short (5 min) trip say go in to a store and come out. The engine will start and idle fine, but upon gear selection the car will try to drive through the brakes ...
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What is the liquid used in the 2014 M3 charge air cooler?

I'm familiar with the use of air intercoolers/charge air coolers to cool the intake charge (usually on turbocharged engines). But this BMW engine seems to use liquid to cool the intake charge. Which ...
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Why does the air condition climate control suddenly blows cold air?

I have a BMW 320i 2008. When I turn on the hot air and Automatic recycle, after a point, it blows cold air for 5-10 mins, then back to hot and so on. This doesn't occur when I put the recycle on. Any ...
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Stubborn rear fog light (BMW E46)

The rear fog light in my BMW E46 2001 is broken. Obviously, I first tried replacing the bulb itself, but the old bulb was still fine. I tried with a new bulb anyway, but the light didn't work. I ...
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BMW 320D 2011 ED - Engine Malfunction Icon

driving back from work and this warning light came on.. the car wet into limp mode but then was ok after 1 second. No lights on after that! today the same thing happened driving to work came on for 1 ...