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Old 07-26-2010, 12:28 PM   #1
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Exclamation Repair History - opinions?

Can some tell me if i should run from this or is it not bad?
My biggest worry is that "permanent heating failure/thermostat" part - what's that about?
Thanks a lot IA.

Repair History (Claims)




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ID

Loc
ID

Claim
Number

Repair
Order
Number

Repair
Order
Date

Repair
Entry
Date

DAVIS
#

Mileage

Defect Code/Description


24987

01

811080

153755

01/04/2010

01/06/2010

N/A

25,384

3241054800

Hose from pump to steering gear leaking


24987

01

796290

151004

11/16/2009

11/18/2009

N/A

24,333

1011004700

Cold start drop in engine speed
1153121200

Characteristic map thermostat, heating permanent failure
6121001200

Vehicle battery permanent failure



24987

01

718100

137437

04/03/2009

04/07/2009

N/A

20,542

1142004800

Full-flow filter body leaking
34000077MP

BRAKE FLUID CHANGE- FULL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
61610077MP

FT WIPER RUBBER INSERT-MP
85990087MP

MP-LOW MILEAGE ANNUAL OIL SERVICE


24987

01

634190

123177

08/04/2008

08/05/2008

N/A

17,790

5141017800

Arm rests (incl. soft pad) door trim panel, front poor surface finish


46786

01

140040

244366

03/11/2008

03/12/2008

N/A

15,187

0084310100

TCU SIB #84-22-06 AND SIB #84-23-06 #


46786

01

140030

244366

03/11/2008

03/12/2008

N/A

15,187

3332003700

Rubber mount, semitrailing arm (outer, rear, bottom) connection to vehicle body loose
85990089MP

1ST ENG OIL SERVICE-FULL MAINTENANCE


04124

01

862420

468493

04/03/2007

04/05/2007

N/A

10,447

6131621500

Seat adjustment switch, front (without memory) permanent malfunction


04124

01

856800

467460

03/21/2007

03/23/2007

N/A

10,159

10320105MP

STATE & LOCAL TAXES - FULL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
85990087MP

MP-LOW MILEAGE ANNUAL OIL SERVICE
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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Bump. Anyone? I searched, BTW, but can't get a clear idea on how bad this service Hx is.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:17 PM   #3
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Just a guess, but this "permanent" seems to simply mean the part cannot be fixed. For example, "permanent battery failure," i.e. it needs a new battery. Your car needed a new thermostat, not all that unusual, and not that serious on a BMW, since they simply stick open when they fail (engine does not warm up as fast, it does not cause engine to overheat). You could also call the dealer where the repair was made and ask them what they mean by the term.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:24 AM   #4
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There are no red flags in that history. You should know that these descriptions are taken from a standardized proprietary list and so they aren't necessarily accurate or precise.

I'll translate for you:

Quote:
Hose from pump to steering gear leaking
Minor power steering leak--extremely common in the E46. My 323i had it when it was as little as four years old; I drove it that way for another five years and never bothered to fix it because the leak was so gradual that it was a hell of a lot cheaper and easier to routinely check (and refill) the fluid.

Quote:
Cold start drop in engine speed
1153121200
Low or wavering idle; can cause hesitation or stalling. Common problem with 330 ZHPs before an ECU reflash. Is this car a ZHP?

This can also be caused, for example, by a bad fuel filter. There's a pressure regulator built into the fuel filter of later E46s. When it goes bad, there isn't enough residual pressure in the system to feed the engine after it sits for a long period (e.g. overnight--hence cold engine), so the car will struggle to start and maintain idle until the pump has enough time to get everything going.

Quote:
Characteristic map thermostat, heating permanent failure
6121001200
The thermostat is just a valve that adjusts the flow rate of engine coolant from the radiator. In doing so, it regulates the temperature of the engine: in a cold engine, it will close somewhat to help the engine warm up quickly. Once the engine warms, it will open further as needed to prevent it from overheating.

In this case it failed, probably in the "full open" position (by design, to prevent engine damage from overheating). When this happens, the engine fails to warm to operating temperature, which adversely effects fuel efficiency and increases engine wear. While no significant damage occurs (provided it doesn't stick shut, which can cause overheating), it is inadvisable to run it hard under these circumstances. Very common on higher mileage cars, which is why the thermostat is considered a preventative maintenance item for cars with 75-85k miles. That's a very low mileage for a thermostat failure, but suffice it to say that it's just a single component.

Quote:
Vehicle battery permanent failure
Dead battery. It happens.

Quote:
TCU SIB #84-22-06 AND SIB #84-23-06 #
A recall that affected the Bluetooth/BMW Assist module.

Quote:
Rubber mount, semitrailing arm (outer, rear, bottom) connection to vehicle body loose
85990089MP
Bad trailing arm bushing...who knows why. Could have been that way from the factory. Since it happened at low mileage, the owner probably complained about some light clunking or rattling and that was some tech's diagnosis of the problem.
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