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Old 12-30-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
peter freiberg
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My Ride: 330Ci 2001
Unhappy 2001 330Ci won't start

My wife and I are very disappointed in the cost of upkeep of our 330Ci.It is a fun driving car but the cost to maintain it have now reached the critical point.We purchased the vehical used 70K miles in 07,have only put 15K miles on it and dumped over 20K into repairs.Three power steering pumps,flooding issues,constant electrical issues,oil leaks(A very stained concrete driveway) and on and on.The dealer has no pity and I believe he is have the fault and once again it will not start.just click,click away.jump starting did not work.We will get the vehical serviced Monday and then get rid of it...We currently have two Toyota's with 180K and 60K miles and our only cost have been new tires and I do the oil changes,the same also applies to our other two Toyotas which had 220K and 160K miles on them and none of them have ever leaked any kind of fluid..Fortunately we purchased all the Toyotas new.As I said above the vehical is fun and exiciting to drive,but as many of my acquaintances have said BMW "BRING MONEY WITH"..
We are very disappointed owning this vehical

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Old 12-31-2012, 08:41 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear about all of your problems. Yes these cars tend to be a little needy at times. However, if you want something that is bland and not a lot of fun to drive then you're in the right spot with your Toyotas.

Based off your post I can conclude a couple things.

1. You bought the car right at the point where a lot of things need to be replaced (cooling system, belts tensioners, belts, plugs, and so on).

2. You are being massively screwed over by the mechanic if you've actually dumped 20k into the car.

I bought my 2003 325i with 110,000 on the odometer. I've probably put close to 2k in the car over the past year and a half. That includes full cooling system overhaul, control arms, control arm bushings, belts, tensioners, plugs, oil separator just to give you an idea.

The only way I am able to afford to keep this car is I did this all myself. Now mind you I had never worked on cars before owning this one. Just takes time reading great sites like this one and bimmerfest.com. There is a wealth of knowledge out there on all the repairs you need to do to keep these cars in working order. In the end you either have to be willing to put some effort into the upkeep of the car or be ok with dropping serious chunks of change for repairs that only take a couple hours and make a world of difference.

Sorry for the diatribe, but sometimes it helps to read some perspective. I know it's helped me over the years. Good luck with your new cars.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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Find a....

....reputable indy BMW mechanic. Try the local chapter of the BMWCCA for recommendations; it has a web site. Also, search the internet but check all mechanics at the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org).

If your car has gone through three P/S pumps, then either a) your mechanic has been installing crappy pumps or b) your mechanic has been re-billing you for the same work! Hint: dealer mechanix are not trained to fix your BMW! They are trained to throw parts at the problem. My 2001 330Ci (105K miles) last saw the dealer just before the warranty expired. Find a good local indy mechanic!

Happy New Year! Btw, join the BMWCCA!

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