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In first and second gear it's really bad, but when I go faster it stops grinding. The grinding is so rough you can feel it from the inside of the car.
Same issue found trying to buy this vehicle (from 2nd owner). Must have been that way for some time as oil leak and tears at boot joints were moderate, despite owner claiming to have just had the 85k check up done, new brakes, rotors and pads put on. Not sure how they missed this or the leaking oil pan. Mechanic says that the axel(s) may also need replacing ($1500) but they won't know until they get in there. Oil pan could be cracked, or could be just the gasket leaking ($800). Again, won't know until they get in there. Thermostat is stuck open at the moment but owner would have to fix ($400) in order for car to pass smog and be sold. Decided not to buy as a result. Car is otherwise in great shape. Is that the right choice, or buy and get it fixed?
sometimes everything is ok and some other times it's like there was no more power steering at all ?? I check the power steering oil level and it's fine...does anybody have that trouble before? can somebody help me please?
I could be driving with my heater on then all of a sudden I will lose my heater so I turn my car off then on again and I will have heater again whats the problem?
fan running slow so I change fan clutch still fan goes same and still temperature goes high
coolant recovery tank replaced 1 year ago, cracked by mechanic during air filter replacement...for awhile coolant leaking I have to add some almost everyday. Shop wants to replace waterpump(its seeping) 2 belts, they are crackly looking and thermostat. They want 700 for this not including the hoses.....
My 2005 325xi has 145K miles on it. There appears to be no real guidance on the scheduled maintenances after schedule II. Would should i do? i know my car needs a flush of the anti-freeze and power steering fluid based on the color.
I had defroster on and a burnt plastic smell started coming out
Car now has 94K miles. Seemed to occur after an extreme cold spell that was so cold my car wouldn't turn over without a jumpstart
Is there a special tool for this?
does this model have an anti theft system? i dont have the manual for the car
My '01 325xit has been nearly trouble free for 189,000 miles. (Two window motors replaced as stated in the other comments.) It was running great, until I brought the car in for brakes and an alignment, and they found the oil leak (mentioned in previous comments), told me I needed a new compressor (a/c was working fine), coolant hose replaced, oil pan leak (in addition to the one above. This was $4274.92. The next week, 140 miles later, the alternator went out. They admitted it was partially their fault because of the solution they used to clean the engine, but that the alternator was "old". $500. Two weeks later (and 400 miles) , the car started "chugging" and could barely accelerate: new spark plugs and ignition coils on all 6 cylinders. $1095.00. Now the "Service Engine" light goes on and off, the car "chugs" again on and off, and it seem to slip/miss/or backfire at times when I accelerate from a stopped position (but it has also occasionally done this on the freeway). Are they screwing up my car?
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