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Question Asked: Can failed outer axle boots damage axle?
December 31, 2010, 05:15 AM
A year ago, I brought my 2004 BMW 325 xi (81,000 miles) in for routine maintenance. When I picked the car up, the BMW shop explained that they found premature failure of the CV outer axle boots. Both boots were split and leaking grease. They replaced both boots as the grease had leaked, and the axle was were turning dry. This was covered under warranty. In December 2010, car was vibrating while riding. They stated they had to replace the right front CV shaft. They did this and the vibration stopped. Narurally, this was not covered since my certified car warranty expoired in July 2010. Should the defect to the CV shaft (axle) have been discovered when they examined the vehicle and replaced the boots in January? Could the left the left front CV shaft also be expected to fail? Is this a common problem. I am not sure if this car is safe, and I feel BMW shafted me. Is there a government agency I should report this to in case a recall is needed? Bob
Question Asked: Mirrors change position.
April 02, 2009, 05:19 AM
The mirrors on my vehicle change position without warning. Generally, while driving, the mirror motor kicks on changing the position. The moving mirror is the one on which the right/left switch is pointed. Both mirrors are affected, dependent on t4he position of the R/L switch. Should this be covered. I bought teh care certified in 2006. It has about 60K.
Question Asked: BMW 325 xi coolant level.
February 17, 2009, 06:10 PM
In 2006, I bought a certified 2004 BMW 325xi. After about a year, the cooloant light came on, and the BMW service manager said this is common on this vehicle. Hew said just top it off which I did. Is there a bigger problem he is not telling me about. There are no leaks.
Question Asked: 2004 BMW 325 xi - Oil consumption
February 17, 2009, 06:08 PM
My 2004 BMW 325 xi has a 15,000 mile interval between oil changes. I still have 5000 miles left to go, but the yellow oil light came on, and the oil level is low on the dipstick. Should I change oil more frequently or is there a problem? I see no leaks, no smoke.
Question Answered: Car vibrates on uphill grades as if riding on rumble strips.
December 31, 2010, 05:23 AM
Sounds similar to my problem. In January 2010, while undeer certified car warranty, BMW replaced my front outer axle boots, because the boots had leaked all grease and axle was running dry. In December, I was getting rumble strip noise, and at lower speeds, car was vibrating. After warranty expired, they stated the rf CV shaft (axle) was damaged due to my driving habits (81,000 miles of easy commuting)probably caused it. I got stuck with the $800 bill for the rf axle replacement. Now I am worried about the left one. Not sure if this could happen on other side. The car runs OK now, but the question mark is still there. I feel BMW shafted me. I plan on reporting this to the appropriate fed agency. I feel ythat the boots are defective, and maybe the axle.
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