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Question Asked: Right "low beam light"s failing..
February 08, 2011, 04:04 AM
I went to get the xenon bulb on the right side replaced since it's been coming on and off intermittently for the last few months. But the new replacement went out right on the spot, and the tech said that the whole thing has to be replaced. I asked if I can get the old bulb placed back since, at least, it was working for extended periods of time before going off. I was quoted about $500 (labor included) to replace the module and am wondering if this is really needed. Thanks for the input.
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Problem Reported: Oil Leaks From Engine Area
September 15, 2010, 10:08 PM
<p><a id="ce_127" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/valve-cover-gasket-set">Valve cover gasket</a> leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.</p>
Problem Reported: Coolant Leak From Radiator
September 15, 2010, 10:08 PM
<p>It is not uncommon for the <a id="ce_96" class="ct_null tooltip" href="/radiator">radiator</a> to develop a coolant leak. A leaking radiator will require replacement. When a leaking radiator is replaced the entire cooling system should be inspected and if any additional leaks are found they should be repaired also.</p> <p>Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.</p>
Problem Reported: Multiple Power Steering Hoses May Simultaneously Fail
September 15, 2010, 10:07 PM
<p><span class="ct_glossary tooltip">A fluid leak may develop from one or more <a id="ce_5625" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/power-steering-hose">power steering hose</a>. When a leak is being repaired, it is not </span>uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.</p>
Car Review: 1994 BMW 325i
February 11, 2011, 04:37 AM
I bought this car in '02 with 120k miles on it and drove it for about 4yrs before I crashed it (I was driving drowsy on the fwy when I lost control, spun and crashed, rear ending the center divider) @170k miles. It wasn't maintained well when I got it but it still was a solid performer. It needed many repairs through the years - from worn out shock absorbers to bushings - and it was well worth the expense. While the exterior is still the best looking car, in my opinion, the interior sagged and rattled annoyingly as it aged. The engine was in excellent shape even after the crash and it seemed it would have easily done another 150k miles. What impressed me the most was when I crashed the car, it automatically shut the engine, lowered the windows, and turned the emergency light on - all by itself - while I sat in there dazed. Right away, the highway patrol traveling on the opposite direction saw me and came my way, zig-zagging to slow the traffic, and I was able to walk away without a hitch. Impressive car all the way through!!
Car Review: 2002 BMW 530i
February 09, 2011, 02:26 AM
We bought the car @27k miles - CPO - in 2005. Right off the bat, car wouldn't start: got it jump started but it quit soon after, so the alternator and battery were replaced under warranty. The next problem that was vexing this car was the cooling system - the expansion tank (small crack), thermostat, cap and bleeder screws were replaced @48k miles. Also replaced leaking p/s hose; a badly leaking valve cover gasket and grommets; and a worn out front thrust arm bushings. But soon @51k "check coolant level" warning, as well as "service engine soon'' light, kept showing up which was very annoying since the issue wasn't resolved. Anyways, tech determined that the radiator leaked and needed to be replaced; and for the "SES" warning, two possible causes were presented - faulty tank vent valve and/or leaking crankcase vent valve causing lean mixture. We declined both fixes at the time and drove car for a year and half with these issues. Had to add lots of water and coolant as a temporary fix in the meantime. @60k, we found a good repair shop (shout-out to Swiss Motors) other than the dealer and replaced radiator, belts, hoses, all 4 brakes, pcv valve,..., for less than half what the dealer quoted. Overall, the car makes up for the upkeep with its looks and performance. Finding a fair shop other than the dealer is a prerequisite for owning this type of vehicle.
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