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July 29, 2013

Donald asks…

Will giving the last 7 digits of your VIN be a security issue?

I need to order this part off this website but they ask for the last 7 digits of my VIN to assure 100% that I’m given the correct BMW part. Would this be a security problem?

Administrator answers:

No Why would it be? You own the title or your bank dose…..It’s just to identify the parts for your car…

Jenny asks…

Difference between BMW for the us and one for Europe?

Are there any differences in a BMW made for the US and one made to be driven in Europe? Also, is there a difference in bavarian parts and regular BMW parts?

Administrator answers:

Typically cars bound for the US must meet NHTSA and US EPA standards.This can include differences in bumpers, emissions, ride height, air bags/safety equipment. Many European models are not for sale in the US because they don’t meet one or more standards. For instance, diesel engines are much more popular and available in Europe but not for export because of the US EPA restrictions on particulate and gaseous emissions.

As for parts, most European cars have OEM parts sourced from makers in other countries. So, while you may have a German car, some of its components might be made in Belgium …or France or maybe Sweden. There should be no difference in parts if they are manufactured by an original OEM supplier or BMW; whether you buy them here or over there they will be the same.

Michael asks…

Which car is more reliable to maintain and own BMW 3-series or Audi A4?

I’ve heard some pros and cons of owning each and I was wondering if someone could give me some suggestions. Obviously I was told that the 2000 A4 was considered as a money pit and BMW parts on a 1998 3-series are hard to find.

I hope to get some input before looking at finding which pre owned car would be worth owning.

Administrator answers:

Both cost about the same to maintain, get whichever you prefer. As to the person talking badly about the e36 3 series, complete bullsh*t. I had a 98 328is, and it was very reliable, and cheap to maintain. These cars are getting more and more easy to get parts for. Because they are now two chassis models ahead of the e36, you can get parts, even whole part cars for very cheap compared to this time last year. I wish I had kept mine, it’d be much cheaper to maintain than the M5…
As for Audi, it’s a great car, not as sporty, but more luxurious. AWD is a plus too. My girlfriend loves her A6, but she’s run into a few problems (you will with any car, regardless of sticker price) with the electrics. Bulbs not working even when they’ree brand new, cig lighter not working (for hooking up GPS), and dash lights flickering. But she still wouldn’t trade it for the world, and I’m the same way about my BMW’s. Sometimes you find loyalty with a certain car brand, but you can’t let that cloud your judgment. Find which one you like more, and buy it. I am 20, and pay my way for everything, including car maintenance, insurance, and gas, yet I drive a European luxury car. If you’re gonna pay for a car, get one you love driving everyday.

“I have the rest of my life to make up for the mistakes I make today.”

Robert asks…

Is it good to buy a used BMW with 100-140 miles?

I’m 19, making pretty good money and want to buy a nice car. Will the car break down a lot? What would typically break down and how expensive is it because I know BMW parts are pricey. I want to go luxury, you think its a good idea?
how much CJ? Also, I forgot to ask, how many miles you think it would last? Something in the 100-140k mileage range at $4000-$8000.

Administrator answers:

I take it you mean 100 to 140 thousand miles. It has been a long time since BMW stopped making cars that were good to own after they went off warranty. I would recommend something else. If you don’t like my advice, can I interest you in a 325is automatic with 93K miles, red with black leather, sunroof, traction control, trip computer, and dual zone climate control?

Linda asks…

How come I have to change my BMW brake disc already?

Whats with this people wanting to change my brake disc of a 2 year car ?

I have a Toyota and I change the brake this like one time, and it have 14 years (2002)

I understood that the brake disc deteriorate if you dont change your brakes pads on time, when is needed

I have only change my brake pads on time and was on time, as soon as the light sensor went off, I change the pads

Now the sensor is on and I went where I bought the car to buy my pads but it seems they want me to change both front brake discs, so I went to another recognize BMW part shop and they told me I need to change the four of them!

I want second opinion on this cause I dont think its that neccesary or it deteriorate that fast

With your opinion I’ll check again in a particular mechanics and see if Im a need of new brake disc

Thanks in advance
Whats with this people wanting to change my brake disc of a 2 year car ?

I have a Toyota and I change the Brake Disc like one time, and it have 14 years (2002)

I understood that the brake DISC deteriorate if you dont change your brakes PADS on time, when is needed

I have only change my brake PADS one time and was on time, as soon as the light sensor went off, I change the PADS

Now the sensor is on and I went where I bought the car to buy my PADS but it seems they want me to change both front brake DISCS too, so I went to another recognize BMW part shop and they told me I need to change the four of them(discs)!

I want second opinion on this cause I dont think its that neccesary or it deteriorate that fast

With your opinion I’ll check again in a particular mechanics and see if Im a need of new brake DISC

I just dont feel like the BRAKE DISC have deteriorate that fast

Thanks in advance

Administrator answers:

You really must not have driving your Toyota that much or did much braking in that vehicle, or your driving habits have changed with the BMW over the Toyota.

My wife’s 2003 Corolla needs a brake job about every 18 months. She drives in very hilly areas and applies her brakes more frequently.

I drive a 2004 Pontiac Vibe (the same as a Toyota Corolla with a different upper shell). Have not had to replace the brakes yet and last inspection still had 50% of my brake pad left.

Brake pad replacement depends on your driving habits and braking frequency. It doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion. (It rarely ever does), but not sure how you got 14 years on a single set of brake pads unless you didn’t drive that much.

Ok, your talking about the disk rotors, I misunderstood your question. These days manufactures do make rotors out of cheaper metals to minimize brake noise. You can purchase rotors made from higher quality metals that last longer from an auto parts store. Just ask them for the higher quality rotors.

Most manufacturer’s have a minimum thickness that is recommended for the rotors as well. These days they don’t make rotors as thick to reduce weight and allow for better cooling of the brake area. This unfortunately amounts to having to change the rotors a bit more frequently. From personal experience this is typically every other brake job for the original OEM brake rotors. (ie you can get them turned(machined) once, but typically not twice)

Next time you have the brake rotors replaced, ask for the higher quality rotors. They are more expensive (typically by 50% more), but they will keep you from having to replace them as frequently.

Lizzie asks…

my bmw 318ise 1999 is not starting every thing window wiper ac lights signals are working but engine is not?

starting there is a wire out of iggnition electrician said it cabn be immobilizer.
i lost the key and get it from the bmw parts shop they said it starts your car stright away this key come with out immobilizer what shell i do?

Administrator answers:

If you turn the key and nothing happens.its ether the starter motor or if its auto. The inhibitor switch,

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