11-20-2011, 11:14 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Planet Earth
My Ride: Imola 330i M-Sport
Originally Posted by msgjuba
Thanks for the offer BMW-North. I'm not close by though, I'm in SW Ontario. The car is driveable, in fact, it feels perfectly fine, no engine light on now.
I'm getting a lot of hate on here, so I'm just going to briefly respond. I'm going to get my codes read, especially now that I know its stored in the memory. I'm not trying to diagnose over the internet. But I am trying to get an idea of possible causes that are common points of failure, and understand how those failures might affect the car, so I can use common sense to figure out what might be the problem. What do you guys think mechanics did before there were on-board computers? Geez, the internet generation...
For example, common sense would say that an unbalanced engine means a cylinder isn't firing, and ginpunk gave me a free and easy way to check if that is happening, by myself, if the problem happens again. I don't see what's so offensive about asking questions so that I have a better understanding of common points of failure.
About me not going to the mechanic as soon as my engine light goes on: I don't have the luxury of going to the mechanic every time it blips on and off again, especially knowing everytime I bring my car in I get a $1000 bill. The car has 170k, if the engine blew up tomorrow it would suck but not be the end of the world, the car isn't that valuable with that many kms. It's not like I've been driving around for months while my engine light remains on. I don't see why I need "driver education" or how I am lacking "common sense". That's a pretty rude response.
Thanks for everyone that has been helpful so far. I will try to figure out where I can get my codes read and report back.
The vibration can be caused by the following problems
-Bad coil , try to guess which one out of the 6
-Bad engine mount
-Bad tranny mounts
-Bad O2 sensor
-Pressure loss (CCV)
-and anout another 10 different things
Common problems with this car are as follows:
-All mentioned above
-All bushings and basically all suspension components
Lets see where your common sense is when you try to use it to correlate it to the problems you have.
Cars were EXTREMELY easy to fix and diagnose before there were onboard computers because cars were BUILD that way. Cars that were build 25 years ago didnt even have 1% of the things that E46 has.
You'll get nowhere with your common sense , I tell you that right now. I see people like you all the time.