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Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2000 11:39:20 -0800
From: Brendon Macaraeg <brendonm_at_sirius.com>
Subject: '<e36> survey entry'
Thought I'd take a few minutes to give you a survey
on my vehicle history for the E36 page (great site by the way!).
I own a '96 328ia that I bought with 29K on the odo.
The purchase was made under the Pre-Certified Warranty Plan.
I purchased the vehicle April '98, so I'll have had it two years this
coming April. I just turned the 62K mark on the odo.
Luckily, most of the problems have been comsmetic in nature and were fixed
under the original or extended warranty:
- headliner sagging in back. Dealer replaced with whole new headliner
- Readout on Check Engine display flakey. Dealer replaced with new one.
- lights behind blue arrows on HVAC fan controls started to flicker -
replaced under extended warranty ($50 deductible charged)
- radio readout dimming and brightening at random. Not covered under
extended warranty - replaced myself with new stock radio/cd controller from
another BMW mailing list digester that I bought for $60 (the dealer wants
$800 for that thing! NOT!).
- Left front foglight lens cracked - known problem with these. I replaced
it myself with part at ~$60 from Bavarian Auto. Made the investment in
Stone Guard protectors from Bavarian Auto to prevent this in the future -
great investent - recommend these highly!
- The only mechanical problem I've had was having the front wheel barings
replaced - done by dealer under warranty. It pays to have a good mechanic,
otherwise I would have never known to take it in.
- Clear coat is chipping off at the top of the front passenger door near
the window seal. Unfortunately, I didn't notice this until the original
warranty expired. This isn't covered under the extended warranty. I just
took the car in for a detail job yesterday and the detailer told me that
that door panel was most likely repainted - next time I buy a car I'll look
VERY closely at the trim.
- I have this "clicking" noise that comes from the bottom of the car under
the front passenger seat and somewhere in the rear as well. I've called my
dealer about looking for a tech service bulletin on this, but they don't
return my calls (gee, I wonder why?).
Overall, I'm very happy with this car. For the first year I had it, I was
commuting 80 miles roundtrip from San Francisco to Redwood City (on the
peninsula). I've driven this car hard, and I figure the worst that could
happen mechanically would happen by now. One of my old co-workers had an
'80s 528 on which he put 250K. I'm confident that I can get this car to
last me to at least 150K, if not more. Despite the little problems, I love
driving this car. My next car will most likely be another BMW - I've driven
several different cars on rentals and relatives, and no other car drives
like a BMW.
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