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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
2answers
516 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
269 views

BMW 320i 1992 Gearbox in Sports Mode [closed]

My cas is a BMW e36 320i, with an automatic gear box. The gearbox has three modes, Economic, Sports and ICE. When in Economic mode, The gearbox switches smoothly between the 5 speeds, however, the ...
1
vote
1answer
404 views

No sound from audio set in BMW7 (E38)

My 95' BMW E38 recently broke down its audio system. I can't hear anything from radio or CD set. It is difficult to find the cause. I even tried connecting only amplifier and radio module (no luck). ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

Jack points for a 2003 BMW 325i

So I know about the 4 rubber pads on the sides of the car. They make really stable points for my jack stands. Problem is getting my jack stands under the pads if I'm using them to prop up the car. The ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

Correct procedure and cost repair BMW timing chain (BMW 318ti)

I was looking to buy a used BMW and realised that the one I liked has timing chain. I am more used to timing belts and know that they cost about £200 ($320) to replace. However, I don't have any ...
3
votes
3answers
215 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

BMW 530xd e60 2008 diesel engine turns but won't start

I have a problem with my BMW, just bought it, previous owner hasn't been facing such problems. When the engine is cold for e.g.: after night. Outside temperature is about -4 to +1 degree, engine won't ...
1
vote
2answers
584 views

Modifying BMW 1.16i to have more horsepower

I'm planning to increase the horsepower of my BMW 1.16i along with some additional make-up modifications. If I'll be making the horsepower upgrade, it will happen using the official software from ...
2
votes
1answer
183 views

BMW | Engine Struggles and Overheats

I had a problem with the coolant light going on for few minutes after running the car from a cold engine and then it would turn off by itself. I took it to the mechanic and they added coolant and, ...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

BMW 320i e36 VS BMW 325i e36 [closed]

What are the difference between a BMW 320i e36 and BMW 325i e36, Does the 325 engine offer much more power than the 320 engine, what are the Pros and Cons of each one, Thanks
3
votes
3answers
834 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

Does my BMW e36 320i 1992 have a Gearbox cooler

Does the BMW e36 come equipped with gearbox coolers, if not, can I install one. Thanks
1
vote
1answer
382 views

How to extract motor from BMW 318 TDS E36 Fuel prepump to clean it

It seems that a clogged motor can make it seem as the prepump (on the pic below) is dead. I noticed that a very small cleanup (external) revived it for a few minutes. Now I would like to take the ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

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, ...
4
votes
1answer
195 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
142 views

Engine torque throughput curve is flat or wavy in low gears between 2000 and 4000 rpm

As the title says BMW's (93 E34 525i M50B25TU) engine misbehaves in low gears, namely in 1st and 2nd, most of the time when the engine is cold but sometimes even when it is properly warmed up. The ...
3
votes
7answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

BMW 330Xi tire rim broken

New tire started leaking air just to find out that the tire is alright and the air taking pin is also fine. the rim is cracked from inside. I've no clue how that can happen. Also, my mechanic is ...
5
votes
0answers
105 views

Car Audio wiring

BMW E46 Android head unit A little context: I have a head unit, that I want to have constant power through ACC. Basically, it's an android tablet customized for my car, but the manufacturer ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

On a BMW E46 330Ci, is it necessary to pull the handbrake lever when you're in 'P' mode?

My flatmate drives a 2001 BMW E46 330Ci automatic transmission. I sat next to him while he drove us to the supermarket. When we arrived, I noticed that he only put the gear lever into 'P' and switch ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Are ignition coils easy to replace on a BMW 318i 2.0L 2007 msport model?

They'll cost me £21.06 each. I watched a video on YouTube that showed a guy clipping of the engine cover and pulling out and plugging in the coils. I'm not 100% sure what BMW model this was but it ...
1
vote
2answers
876 views

Remote locking button stopped working with 1997 BMW 728i

I have a 1997 E38 with a very strange problem with the remote locking mechanism. I'm able to unlock the doors and open the bootlid, but the locking button doesn't lock the doors anymore. It used to, ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
420 views

LSD on BMW M3 or 330ci E46

There is an LSD for BWM. Can anyone give me an link to sale of this where I can find LSD for BWM M3 E46 / E36, or BWM E46 330i?
0
votes
1answer
1k views

How reliable is a second hand 2011 bmw 335i? [closed]

not sure if this is the forum to ask this sort of question... I'm thinking of buying a 2011 bwm 335i with 16K KM on it. What sort of issues do these cars have normally? Should I stay away from this ...
1
vote
1answer
136 views

How different is the injection phase in a BMW M41 Engine in flat terrain vs climbing terrain?

Let's say I am driving in a BMW 318 TDS (gasoil) : on flat terrain, at 70km/h, with only one passenger, at 2000rpm on a climbing terrain, at 70km/h, with 4 passengers and a loaded car at 2000rpm ...
3
votes
2answers
616 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
294 views

BMW 2008 328i Sedan iDrive GPS Navi LCD display - how to connect video RCA to it

Does anyone know how to connect a video RCA to the BMW iDrive LCD display? I opened it up and saw this 12-pin connector but there's no RCA hookups anywhere. I wanted to connect a rear view camera to ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

BMW 318i overflow tank issues

Having an issue, but I will clarify as to the vehicle in question fist. 97 BMW 318i 4cyl, 140,589 miles auto. Items replaced recently include the thermostat and the water pump less then 500 miles ...
2
votes
1answer
557 views

2005 BMW X3 Cranks won't run

2005 BMW X3 won't start after extremely cold weather. I replaced the battery and tried starting with spare key. The engine turns over but still won't start. It was running fine before cold weather. ...
2
votes
2answers
103 views

where to put my coolant

I have a 325I 2003. I wanted to put coolant in my car and I started putting it in the reservoir. But I wasn't sure if that is where i put it so I stopped. Will it hurt if I put a little in the ...
4
votes
5answers
8k views

Power Steering Fluid for 1997 BMW 528i?

I'm pretty sure my power steering fluid is low (and may even be leaking). I got the car used and I've been told that this model of BMW doesn't use standard power steering fluid. Does anyone know ...
4
votes
1answer
95 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
306 views

Where is the “comfort relay” in a BMW 1992 325i AUTO?

Please advise where the Comfort Relay is positioned in my car which is right-hand drive. The problem is that the windows and sunroof do not open or close.
1
vote
2answers
696 views

Can an Idle Control Valve cause backfiring and can it be cleaned

I am pulling codes for my engine indicating a faulty idle control valve. The vehicle at idle seems to hunt jumping between about 800rpm and 1100rpm. It happens maybe every 20 seconds. If I accelerate ...
2
votes
1answer
415 views

Where to pour oil into the engine (BMW E34)?

As the title says. Also, how to open the access point (if it non trivial). (It's an M50B25TU engine)
3
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
503 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
607 views

Replace door on BMW 320D E46

I recently bought a BMW 320D E46 (2001) with two doors (passenger side) that are dented beyond repair (i.e. repairing them would be ridiculously expensive). I have the opportunity to buy two ...
2
votes
1answer
201 views

motorcycle oil for m50B25TU (BMW E34)?

I just bought an e34 from a friend and he said he uses liqui moly racing synth 10w-50 for the engine. My mechanic was quite surprised when I told him and said I shouldn't use that, instead use real ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
448 views

BMW 33D 2001 no power problem

I have: BMW 330D, 2001 year, saloon, 135kw Recently I have change the turbo charger of my car. There was a problem related with this post. Then I went to the garage and they ran the diagnostics. ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
284 views

What is a shock absorber?

I was told that I need to replace the shock absorber in my 1992 316i BMW. When I attempt to visit a web site to order the part it does not list any of parts with this name. I know nothing about cars ...
1
vote
1answer
619 views

Wiper linkage converting from RHD to LHD

What is main diferences beetwen RHD and LHD wiper linkage? Is possible some how convert RHD -> LHD wiper linkage for BMW E46? I have good working LHD wiper linkage motor and full RHD linkage with ...
1
vote
1answer
895 views

xenon balast and igniter testing

I have a BMW E46 with EOM xenon headlight, but they stopped working. I checked and BMW xenon headlights have two pieces: balast and igniter. Is it possible to determine which one is broken? I added ...
3
votes
1answer
476 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Manually shifting an automatic transmission?

My car has been rather sluggish lately - both ABS and TCS lights are on, which means there is a sensor error somewhere. I haven't had the time to look for and fix said error, but I have had to drive ...