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Questions tagged [bmw]

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

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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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Does a timing chain need maintenance?

Does a timing chain (as opposed to timing belt) need any specific maintenance? In particular I'm talking about a BMW Z4
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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 ...
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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 316 - Do I need a new timing chain?

My car has a rattle coming from it, it's 2010 and has 114,000 miles on her, a guy said it's the timing chain, but a woman hit my car last year slightly and I've heard it since then, would it be ...
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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 ...
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How do I find the correct pins in a CAN-BUS connector?

This question might be too technical for this forum, but I'll give it a go. I have a 2012 BMW R1200R motorcycle with CAN-BUS. I'd like to make an Arduino interface to the connector on the bike, but I ...
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Are 320d/520d N47 engines made after March 2011 still susceptible to timing chain failure?

I've read all about the dreaded timing chain failure on 320d/520d BMWs with N47 engines manufactured between 2007 and 2011. I wanted to know if models after March 2011 (when they supposedly changed ...
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BMW x3 triad of lights + AirBag and LowTire light

2008 BMW X3 started to have low tire pressure light on all the time despite all tires looking visually ok. And, besides that, occasionally, when I step on accelerator there is a beep and ABS, BRAKE, ...
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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 is the difference between BMW 318i, 320i, 325i etc?

I'm wondering what the difference is between the different model numbers in the BMW 3-series. Also, what is the difference between the E30, E36 and E46?
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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: http://...
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Why are my wires melting together?

I'm currently neck deep in an electrical issue with my BMW 316i – I think I have a short circuit. I found the wires that are blowing my fuses, and it's bad. Like at least 5ft of 8 or more wires fused ...
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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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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 ...
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BMW 330D 2001 E46 Turbo Charger not working as expected after changing

I have a problem with my car. My car: BMW 330D, 135kw, 2001 year, E46. A week ago my turbo charger got broken when I was driving. There was a lot of white smoke going out of exhaust and there was no ...
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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 ...