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From: Michael Jones <msj_at_defcen.gov.au>
Subject: Australian 318is
thought you might like a down under view of these cars .....
I bought a new 318is auto in March 1997. Its a Jan 1997 build. Black
on black with 10 spoke alloys & sunroof.
After 2000km there was noticeable noise in the diff during coasting at
about 80kmh. I demonstrated the noise to the local BMW service centre &
they acknowledged it - asking me to see how it progressed.
AT the forst service (14000km) the diff was howling like a dog under
accel;aertion, coasting & de acceleration. A new diff was fitted under
warranty. AFter 1 week the new diff had noise too. I took the car back
& they ordred yet another replacemeent - this time they said it would be
a "hand built" diff from germany (to be fitted next week - 22nd Feb) I
think the forst replacement was a recon. Stay tuned on this ....
Other dramas -
L/H window - occasionally would wind down a few inches after being wound
up. Adjusted & fixed at first service.
Air Con -
It could only manage about 9 degrees (Celcius) at coolest settings.
It was tested for pressure - all OK. They said it was within spec.
When the second diff was being fitted, I pushed the issue & they finally
agreed to test the gas (involves purging system & weighing the
refridgerant). It was 10% low. They filled it corrrectly. AC works a
little better now.
On the coolest setting - A digital guage shows it will cycle down to 3
degrees C, then quickly back up to 12 degrees C. I would have expected
it to run at a constant 3 - 5 degrees C. (my 20 year old Merc does!) It
gets pretty hot down here in summer, so I'm a bit dissappointed.
Poor Starting -
recently will cough and splutter when started after several hours on non
use. Proba fule pressure drop - dripping injector?? To be checked next
week. Happens about 8 out of 10 starts.
Idle surge -
- when idleing along in Drive & steering turned to ful lock - idle will
drop suddenly then surge to about 1500 RPM - a bit dramatic in tight car
- in Drive, foot brake on, at idle, revs will drop well below 500 RPM
for no reason. Happens with AC on or off. Happens about once/day.
- in Drive, foot brake on, at idle, lights on, open door then close it,
revs will drop well below 500 RPM then surge high again. Doesn;t happen
- The mechanics could find no cause for this stuff.
glove compartment lid is a poor fit - sags at one side.
Rear R/H window - trim piping below window lifts off on hot days.
Thats about it. Hey, I would love to hear your reader's comments on
these probs. Especially the air con & idle surging. I'm curious to
know if the air con can be re programmed to operate in lower range??
Finally, FYI - I believe a 318is in the US cost about US $29,000. Thats
about AUS $43200. Well the list price here for a 318is is AUS $57200.
Most of this is import duties.
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