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Date: Wed, 19 Feb 1997 01:10:24 -0500 (EST)
From: Tay Systems Research <tsr_at_taysystems.com>
Reply-To: Tay Systems Research <tsr_at_taysystems.com>
cc: andersen_at_usitc.gov, Mike Whitley <MWhitley_at_iso.saic.com>,
Ron Browne <rbrowne_at_erols.com>
Subject: Inspection I (long)
On Monday, January 27th, I took my '95 Alpine White 318ti in to the dealer
for its Inspection I, and here's the report. :-)
As some of the members on the list have known, I've been comparing the
costs of Inspection I and other BMW-maintenance costs, especially here in
the Washington, DC area. There are 5 BMW dealers here in the metro
vicinity area; my car purchased from Tischer BMW (Silver Spring, MD) where
all the unscheduled oil changes, the first OIL SERVICE and warranty
related issues have been handled all this time), but for the Inspection I,
I wanted to try the other dealers (especially the ones that I've heard
positive comments about) and try them out.
After much discussions and research, I've decided to try Heishman's (they
do BMW, Porsche and Audi, just like Tischer) located at Arlington, VA. My
reasons are threefold: (1) they offer a 15% discount for parts *AND* labor
for BMW CCA members (most other dealers only offer 10% and none on parts),
(2) one of the service advisors had come highly recommended by name from
someone who knows the owner (Scott Heishman) and is a long time DC-area
BMW owner and (3) they were conveniently located near downtown DC. Note:
unless you bought your car from Heishman, there is no service loaner but
they will drop you off/pick you up at the Metro stop (subway) station.
BTW, I am also aware and have been informed by other owners that compared
to some of the other dealers, their rates aren't the cheapest (shop rate
is $65/hr) so the BMW CCA discount makes up for it, hopefully.
At 18,559 miles, the yellow LED and "INSPECTION" words were luminating.
This also gave me a chance to see if I could get some minor issues
resolved or addressed, mainly:
- the B-pillar peeling
- parking brake needs too many pulls (an adjustment)
- squealing brakes
- a rare occurence where someitmes the transmission will pop
out of second gear when shifting from first at cold
- passenger side airbag cover (the top) is slightly warped
Here's the invoice, summarized where needed for brevity's sake. The
numbers in the parentheses are my explanations/footnotes.
Body Equipment 1
Customer states the right airbag cover is warped
--ordered a new part--parts dept. will call.
Inspection #1, per BMW check-list 260.00
PARTS QTY FP NUMBER DESCRIPTION
1 11421727300 Oil filter 318is 8.74 8.74
2 82141486857 Order case 854 (1) 1.95 3.90
1 99990000009 44K (2) 21.90 21.90
2 64118363274 Microfilter (3) 29.00 58.00
2 61611372747 Wiper rubber (4) 6.56 13.12
TOTAL PARTS 105.66
TOTAL LABOR & PARTS 365.66
Customer states check the parking brake, seems have to pull
the handle a lot more than when the vehicle was new.
--Adjusted the handbrake
Customer states the brakes are squealing badly.
--Burnished the brakes some--there was evidence of wheel
cleaner and tire dressing on the rotors-they are quiet now.
--Some brake noise will come and go, depending on
driving conditions and dust built-up. (5)
Customer states the transmission will pop out of second
gear at times, happens most when cold and shifting from
first to second
--We could not duplicate this condition. (6)
Doors--All Doors WARRANTY
Customer states the drivers door is hard to close, does
not always latch.
--Adjust the door striker. (7)
Shop supplies-BMW 10.40
EPA Hazardous waste removal-BMW 2.00
15% Car Club - BMW labor -39.00
15% Car Club - BMW parts -42.45
Total labor 260.00
Total parts 105.66
Total misc. - 42.45
Total tax 5.22
TOTAL INVOICE $ 328.43
- I bought 6 qts. of Mobil 1 synthetic (10W30) from Price Club/Costco at
$20.79, or $3.46 per qt. The 318ti needs 5-1/4 qts (said the dealer) and
I got back about a half qt. bottle. My reason for going with Mobil 1?
Since I'm following the service interval, I'd feel more comfortable
knowing that the additives in the oil will last longer with such long
intervals between oil changes, which seems to be in the 8-9K+ miles range.
- B-pillar problem: mine is only affected at the driver's side door and is
hardly noticeable; service advisor recommends holding off until it gets
worst as he feels BMW may have another solution besides the present TSB.
- (1) "Order case 854" is their way of saying, "Genuine BMW windshield
washer fluid." :-)
- (2) "44K" is fuel injector cleaner, or something of that sort.
- (3) Yes, the 318ti/Compact has *TWO* microfilters. It's actually two
small microfilters that is in the size of one regular E36 microfilter.
- (4) Only the front wiper rubber refills were changed; the rear is still
okay and hardly used at all.
- (5) I've pretty much resigned to the fact that the "squealing brakes" is
a "feature" of all BMWs, especially the 318ti's. It happens on the VW
Cabrio, on Merc's, etc. The price we pay for good brakes. ;-)
- (6) I knew that they'd probably not find this problem since it's very
intermittent and probably due to the fact that it only occurs 1 out of
say, 10-20 times, and often when it's cold. They'll say that they'll keep
an eye out on it though they had a case where a 318ti's synchros had to be
replaced (a rare incident).
- (7) This one caught me by surprise! I realize that the doors were hard
to close (you have to shut them fairly firmly) but I found out that the
technician who was working on my car apparently owns a 318ti Club Sport
and had the same problem, so addresssed the issue as a warranty item,
which was why I didn't raise this issue up.
- The replacement airbag cover is here; I'll have to find time to go in
during regular weekday hours for about 30 mins. sometime to get the cover
replaced for the passenger side.
At $328.43 (not including the cost of the Mobil 1 that I provided; they
didn't charge me for their oil, Valvoline 15W-40), it's not too bad,
especially with the BWM CCA discount applied. Looks like my $35/yr
membership paid off. :)
Am I happy with the work Heishman's did? Yes, and the service advisor was
very professional, took the time to explain everything. Will I go back to
Heishman for any other future service? Yes, though for Inspection II, I
think I may try Passport and see how they compare. :-)
I'm poorer now, but at least the car has been blessed. :-)
David Tay Tay Systems Research
'95 E36/5 318ti Active Fairfax, Virginia
BMW CCA #130574 703/760-9022 - Fax 703/893-1154
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