Question Answered: Error Code P0012
June 30, 2010, 01:10 PM
It sounds to me like you should get another mechanic to take a look at it if he's done all that and still can't find the problem. That code relates to all the things you've replaced.
Question Answered: Oil changed ,cannot reset service warning
June 30, 2010, 12:54 PM
This is for Push Button Start E60 models only
Put the key in ignition. Leave the car in gear and push the "Push to Start Button" but only press it 1 time. Don't worry, car will not start. This is called position 15. All dash lights will light. Now push and hold the Odometer reset button. It will initially light up a warning triangle, continue to hold until the Oil can symbol lights up. The oil lamp should be the first to illuminate. For the oil reset, when the oil can illuminates, let go, then press and hold. After about 3 seconds a message saying "Reset?" will appear. When it does, let go of the button and press it again until the mileage indicator resets itself. That should do the trick, if for some reason you try this and doesn't work then I recommend taking it into a certified BMW shop/dealer and have them reset it for you. They shouldn't charge for a simple reset.
Question Answered: engine light on due to "catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 2
June 29, 2010, 05:24 PM
This could mean a couple of things related to emissions. The catalytic converter could be shot, it's possible the oxygen sensor went out, or you could have an exhaust leak. I'd recommend taking it to an emissions specialist and get it diagnosed to find out exactly what the problem is. Check out the directory to find a local shop www.repairpal.com/directory and search for your zip code. Under each shop location it'll list whether those shops specialize in emissions or not.
Question Answered: Brake lights not working
June 29, 2010, 01:30 PM
Check the stop light switch as it may have gone out. It's located on the upper back side of the brake pedal and if that's the problem it's about $12 at the parts store.
Question Answered: CAN THE DISC BRAKE ROTARS BE RESURFACED?
June 29, 2010, 12:50 PM
The mechanic has to measure the rotor to determine if it has enough material to resurface, and if it doesn't then rotor replacement is required.
Question Answered: air bag light is on
June 28, 2010, 02:00 PM
The best bet would be to take in your car to a certified tech who can scan the computer for the proper codes. The problem is there are a number of things that could cause the light to come on, but the scan tool will tell you exactly what tripped the light. Your car is only 4 years old, it may still be covered under warranty.
Question Answered: right front turn signal not working-back works.
June 23, 2010, 05:26 PM
I've seen this happen and when it does there could be a number of things, but it's likely you need a dealer to install a DRL Jumper Kit...the bulb is not making contact with the socket correctly. I believe last time I heard about this there was a recall, you should check our common problems/recall for the 2007 Ion and see if it's listed.
Question Answered: how much will it cost to replace wheel bearing
June 23, 2010, 05:24 PM
It will typically cost you 2-400 bucks for just one wheel bearing, but if you are looking to fix both wheel bearings it'll be anywhere in the range of $500-$800 depending on whether it's the front or back. www.repairpal.com/estimator for more details.
Question Answered: left front & rear power window not working; right front & rear power window DO WORK
June 23, 2010, 05:16 PM
I had the same thing happen to me. My windows seem to come and go, sometimes they work sometimes they don't. Last time I had it brought in to check they said I needed a new door window regulator and said it would be $200-$300. Most of that was in labor as they have to take apart the door. Your best option is to go to www.repairpal.com/directory and input your zipcode. Click on a couple of the shops and under the Amenities section it will list whether they provide free estimates.
Car Review: 2003 Saturn Ion
May 21, 2010, 05:02 PM
I've had my Ion for seven years. In the beginning it was great, and I was excited to own my first car. I enjoyed the fact that the dashboard meters were located in the center dash as opposed to behind the wheel. I personally feel it makes it more visible and easier to keep track of your speed. For the majority of the car it worked from getting me to A to B, but if push came to shove and I had to get out of the way quickly the engine is not powerful enough for that quick acceleration.
Ever since day 1 I've had electrical problems which I've been told is related to the Sun Roof they put in. I constantly get the map lights to flicker on and off due to vibrations, all of which has never been fixed by the factory as "we could not duplicate the results." When it comes to the Heating and Air conditioning I will warn you that even when it is not turned on I still feel air/heat coming through the vents. Not quite sure how to explain that. The other gripe I have about it relates to the nozzles. When you want to change the direction of the flow it works great from design allowing you to swivel it in many different directions, but it does not have vents per say to close. When you try to close the valve by turning the nozzle sideways you will hear a loud whistling noise which is quite annoying.
On the other side of things it is very spacious and reasonably comfortable. It worked great for me while in college when constantly transporting stuff back and for, but for the long term I'm ready for something new. All in all it's a decent car nothing more nothing less.