Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.
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A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.
The blower final stage fan resistor is known to fail. Symptoms are the heater fan speed varies regardless of the setting, the fan will not turn off when the car is switched off, or the fan will not switch on at all.
1997 BMW 328i Questions and Answers
the trunk wont open, is there another way to open trunk
1997 BMW 328 i : Start up proble. Car hesitates to start and stutters a lot, but once it starts and you accelerate, all is well.
ENGINE LIGHT goes on when starting.
Changed: spark plugs, TPS sens...
Car makes slight but not-quite-squealing noise when idling at less than 500rpm. Made the same noise about three yeats ago and it was the idler pulley. For 30318 zip code, what can I expect for (es...
I'm encountering some slight vibration at moderate acceleration to highway speeds. It seems that it may be coming from the rear right wheel & is accompanied by a slight noise being heard. ...
1997 BMW 328i Reviews
my pastors wife has a real bad oil leak
I love this car. This is my second BMW. My first was a 1974 Bavaria. That is where my love affair with the inline six started. I have an e36 with a manual trans that I purchased in January of 2010 I have put 10k on it since then. I bought the car when it was in need of a wiper control module, on board computer, drive shaft and flex disc, front brakes, tires and a wheel alignment. Knowing where to buy parts really helped keep my total bill including purchase under 4500. I have a few interior problems that are all cosmetic and just two days ago one of the seat motors in the driver's seat went out. I also had some very broken wires in the trunk lid harness that took me a couple of months to finally fix (me being lazy...whole repair process took less than 1 hour). All in all my car is in very good shape for a teenager. I am a mother with one of my children in a car seat... no tether system and the rear center belt is a PAIN to tighten. That would be the one draw back. Fuel economy is hovering at 29 mpg, power is there to be had, drives like she is on rails. I have a couple of minor problems like the oil pan is seeping (no drips) and the front strut mounts are still cracked, but those will get done in time. One piece of advice if you are considering this car. Keep up on the inspections and maintenance. They are pricey. You can save some money if you are mechanicly inclined, but do not attempt anything other than minor repairs with a Haynes manual. They do not share some of the nuances and tricks that are required to succesfully repair your bimmer. I hope you enjoy driving yours as much as I LOVE driving mine!!
I got a tune up on my 1997 bmw 328i recently, and now the check/maintence light comes on? What could be the cause?
my passenger seat motor when out and i think my front axe is bent but its still handles nice and the acceration is UNBELIEVEABLE
Great classic BMW. Smooth inline 6 cylinder engine with plenty of power to keep up with the new cars. Great steering and handling. I have the convertible with 160k+ miles and have no problems. Original top is still going strong. Back plastic window is cloudy due to age so I wish it had a glass rear window. Trip computer is pretty good for 1997 vintage. I just had the beak pads changed and the price was not bad. $350.