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Old 09-09-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Columbia
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New 330xi Owner! (coolant light flicks on next day? wtf?)

Greetings All-

Super happy to be in the fold. Finally! I've been researching for the past several months and finally pulled the trigger on a 2005 BMW 330xi w/ 89K miles.

Found it at a Ford dealer. Clean carfax. Past owners seemed to take good care of it-- at BMW dealership. That being said, I discovered a crack in the expansion tank the next day. Took it straight back to them. They gave me a rental car (Crown Victoria ) and fixed the problem.

I'm still skeptical though. I'm taking it in to the local BMW dealership for a full check up and if they find anymore red-flags I'm taking it back. Either way- I love the car and plan to drive a e46 whether its this one or not.

I have two requests:

1) Can you guys recommend a good service manual? I see the cheap Haynes manual and another from Bentley Publishers. I'm guessing the latter is better and I shouldn't waste money on the Haynes?

2) Can you guys recommend a good diagnostic cable/setup?

Thanks in advance.
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