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  Reply # 1118311 29-Aug-2014 23:55
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DravidDavid:
Kraven:
Correct. Not a dipstick in sight! You can view the level on the idrive (computer) screen. Also no temperature gauge.


Wew.  What happens when the computer tells you your engine is at a safe temperature when it isn't and your oil is fine when it's not?   You can't exactly be called careless by BMW if your vehicle blew up.  Especially if it was all serviced on time.


It would be incredibly incredibly rare for something like that to happen. I think you would find BMW most supportive in that situation.

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  Reply # 1118449 30-Aug-2014 11:22
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Kraven: Currently driving a 2008 E90 330i. Absolutely love it.

Previously had a '93 E36 320i, then a '00 E46 328i.

DravidDavid: Is it true, that on the new models, you can't physically check the oil?  Instead relying on a computer to tell you whether or not it needs changing?


Correct. Not a dipstick in sight! You can view the level on the idrive (computer) screen. Also no temperature gauge.


New VAG cars have the same - so there's a thriving Ebay market in retrofit dipsticks.
The biggest problem with no dipsticks is for DIY oil/filer changes.  Not so good having to jump in and out of the driver's seat constantly with oily / dirty overalls when you're topping up the oil. Franchise workshops no doubt have the diagnostics plugged in with a screen visible to the mechanic.  

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1118835 31-Aug-2014 09:06
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Yeah, Not a fan of all this electric monitoring.
Dads Audi shows errors like cabin light earth, Oil leaks, out of line wheels, brakes status. Like thats when the dealer plugs the reader into it.




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  Reply # 1118841 31-Aug-2014 09:47
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Can you not just buy yourself an OBDII scanner off amazon and run that through your phone / Laptop? The service software is easily enough found :)

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  Reply # 1118847 31-Aug-2014 09:54
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My E39




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  Reply # 1118848 31-Aug-2014 09:57
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Mattmannz: My E39



If it was a 540 i would ask if i can buy it. But its only a 2.2L :(
Nice though!




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  Reply # 1118891 31-Aug-2014 11:13
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I have had 5 V8's in the past and whilst they are great fun to drive that wasn't what I wanted from this car. I am actually very surprised how quick the 2.2 6cyl is actually, it goes a lot better than I thought it would initially.

It's going to stay stock and be economical to drive and require less maintenance. V8's or sport pack cars have always been driven harder and will require more maintenance. With the 540 and M5 they have different suspension and brakes than the 6cyl cars and are more expensive to maintain.

If you haven't already, check out bimmerforums and bimmerfest and read the E39 sections. A lot to look out for on these cars.

I went with my 2003 as it has all the upgrades and fixes that cause problems on the earlier cars but there are still lots of things to look out for like dead pixels, window regulators, air vents, radiator overflow bottle mounts, cd changers and lots of other little things that can quickly add up if you like to keep your car in top shape.





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  Reply # 1118898 31-Aug-2014 11:28
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Yeah, my mechanic is a BMW enthusiast and has a 540 and only really complains about the constant oil leaks on the back of the block. (Typical issue with M62)
They are fairly robust for a BMW of that age.




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  Reply # 1118901 31-Aug-2014 11:46
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I guess it depends how anal you are. My experience is that most mechanics tend to let stuff go on their own cars unless its critical.

Anyway, awesome cars, they are amazing to drive and you will love the V8. Have you found one or still looking?




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  Reply # 1118904 31-Aug-2014 11:51
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Mattmannz: I guess it depends how anal you are. My experience is that most mechanics tend to let stuff go on their own cars unless its critical.

Anyway, awesome cars, they are amazing to drive and you will love the V8. Have you found one or still looking?




Still looking. Only going to buy a 2003.
Need to fince some BBS RC's.




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  Reply # 1118905 31-Aug-2014 11:52
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I love those wheels!!!!!!!! That's porn....

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  Reply # 1118909 31-Aug-2014 11:59
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TimA:



the e30 m3 really was 'the ultimate driving machine'.

they have never bettered it and never will.

;)

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  Reply # 1118916 31-Aug-2014 12:23
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Sadly I dont have any decent photos of my 750iL but here are my favourites.

e30 318is


e38 740i


e34 535is







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  Reply # 1118921 31-Aug-2014 12:43
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TimA:



the e30 m3 really was 'the ultimate driving machine'.

they have never bettered it and never will.

;)


Are you the owner of that?
I went to that meet too.




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  Reply # 1118924 31-Aug-2014 12:53
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Love the E35 and E39's. The 7 series is too big for me i think.




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