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Re: BMW Owners' Forum by Paentera(m): 6:07pm On Jul 31, 2012
I drive a 525i '91 model with a M40 engine. Very basic (no sportiness to it) but a master of the road. Like clockwork, my BMW trained only mechanic calls me every three months to service the vehicle - change the oil (due to the age of the vehicle), the fuel filter and tune up the car. I change my ball joints every 6-9 months to ensure no rumbling sound is heard as I cruise from point A to B with no stress. One good thing about the beema is that no matter the age, if well taken care of - you'll always enjoy it. I initially patronised a jack of all cars mechanic but found the present one I use in 2010 through another friend who uses the same spec and I've never regretted it. Ideally the BMW is a vehicle for finicky persons who have the discipline of a solid maintenance culture (I'm sure its the same for many other vehicles), but with the BMW, when you take care of it - it takes care of you! For Beema owners looking to get genuine parts, leave me a message so I can follow up with you!
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by coonz(m): 6:09pm On Jul 31, 2012
coolI am presently in my 528i...I have dealt with accord n camry 2008 to 2011 sevral times..going for X5 soon
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by richesmine: 6:11pm On Jul 31, 2012
I drive a 1991 BMW 318i model.it will be a year with me by august 8. about a month ago I had a problem with its fuel pump after packing it for four days without warming n d fuel gauge was at reserve. again today d engine went off after ignition after two days of packing which was quite unusual.is there any explanations for this in d house?. thanks
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by emperorlog: 7:05pm On Jul 31, 2012
i am intending to buy the 2008 BMW X3. I have been doing so many findings but so far i am not convinced about the performance of the car considering fuel consumption, maintenance and the likes though i heard it drives smoothly and fully balanced. I would love to be enlightened from experienced people please. Thanks
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by Wallie(m): 9:08pm On Jul 31, 2012
emperorlog: i am intending to buy the 2008 BMW X3. I have been doing so many findings but so far i am not convinced about the performance of the car considering fuel consumption, maintenance and the likes though i heard it drives smoothly and fully balanced. I would love to be enlightened from experienced people please. Thanks

Fuel consumption compared to what? Compared to other SUVs in its class, it should rate very well. Six speed tranny with modern engine to limit fuel consumption.

The only problem that I see with driving cars like this in Nigeria is due to the lack of quality fuel. In Nigeria, you seem to only have one grade of fuel and it's probably the lowest one, 87 octane rating.

The engines in modern BMWs require a minimum of 91 octane rating (RON) and I don’t believe you can find it in Nigeria. This means that the car will run inefficiently and burn more fuel because the ECU (computer) will try to compensate for bad fuel by retarding timing.

Essentially, the higher the octane rating, the less likely the fuel will detonate under pressure. If the fuel detonates too early (knock), the ECU will minimize the compression of the engine to accommodate the bad/inadequate fuel.

Of course you can add octane boosters to the fuel to bring up the octane rating. Hopefully, I didn’t confuse you.

2008 is a good year to buy because the SUV was updated (LCI) in 2007.
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by budusky77: 10:02pm On Jul 31, 2012
Sisi_Kill: Why are you guys being Carcist? angry angry

Why can't I discuss my 1988 Camaro here?

What does your BMW have that my car doesn't? It has engine, it has key that opens the door, it has tires and a boot too and when the panel beater finishes with it (hopefully by the end of the week) it will have a sunroof.

And the rewire guy told me by the time he is done, nobody will be able to see the wire connecting the speakers to the CD player in the boot.

We are also working on the keyless starting feature. . .As soon as the wires stop sparking and shocking people every time they touch. . .I will be good to go.
Guy sorry its obvious dat ur camelion or wat ever u call it need wheelbarrow tire, nd pls wat about the steering hope u will get d panel beater to manufacture
It too sorry b40 I forget carpenter don nack u chair? Am tinkin an emulsion paint will doo too.
As for the car backup camera, my brother's friend's girlfriend works for Cannon and she is going to get me a deal on a Cannon T50. As soon as we can figure out a way to mount on top of the car and have it connected to the small TV we already installed in the dashboard. . .y'all can't say I don't have that.

So please tell me why I can't join the your group?? undecided
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by Somorin1(m): 10:03pm On Jul 31, 2012
Do you Guys work on your cars in Nigeria?

Here's what I'm going to be working on this weekend on my E38



Will be changing the wheel bearing and hub while at it.
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by Siena(m): 10:13pm On Jul 31, 2012
Great thread.

I've owned 3 BMW's, and currently run a late model.

My first was a 1976 BMW 1602, bought as an unfinished project. I completed it, and ran her for eighteen months before selling her to a collector who came over from Sorrento, Italy to pick her up.

Second was a 1990 BMW E30 325i M-Tech II Sport in Schwartz Metallic. Brilliant car, handled pretty good, a car almost built for the track. Kept her for two years before selling.

Third was a 1990 BMW E30 M3 Cabrio in Macau Blue Metallic, bought on a whim during a trip to Frankfurt. Arguably one of the best handling M3's BMW built. The ride was very firm, and well suited to smooth German Autobahns, but equally at home driving in the city. Kept her for two years too before selling.

I'm an Audi man at heart, and currently run an Audi S8. To supplement the Audi, I purchased a 2008 BMW E87 118d M-Sport in Schwartz Metallic. This has the 2,0 TDS engine. Very frugal, and whilst nowhere near as comfortable, luxurious or quick as my Audi S8, is in a different league when it comes to consumption. So far, she's been brilliant, and I have no plans to sell her just yet. But at the same time, she won't be replacing the Audi S8 as my daily driver.

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Re: BMW Owners' Forum by ZUBY77(m): 10:32pm On Jul 31, 2012
I bought e36 325i in Germany back in 2002. Shipped it to Nigeria. Used it in 2004 to 2006..packed it.. Bought mitsubishi lancer vboot 2005..had an accident with it.. Tried toyota camry 2002, dumped it, then 2002 peugeot 406 prestige, bought this one in 2010 in holland....

The car i m driving now is the packed BMW 325i, E36.. My love.... The balance @speed is beautiful ...

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Re: BMW Owners' Forum by GreenOil: 12:10am On Aug 01, 2012
Greetin' 2 Beema fans like me... Pls, can someone hint me abt BMW X1 2006 or 2008 model. Am savin' my peanuts to get a beema x1 series model...i so luv the sporty or GTi look. Pls, i need detail info... Thnks! [color=#006600][/color][i][/i]
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by GreenOil: 12:33am On Aug 01, 2012
Ok... Some thing like this. Pls, hint me.
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by topfally75(m): 6:15am On Aug 01, 2012
I use BMW E36 1997 Model, I am having problem with the AC condenser, it got busted when refilling the gas .
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by nkc(m): 9:36am On Aug 01, 2012
i love bmw, they are excellent german breeds, just like siena pointed out

however am on the other end with a c63 amg coupe p31, and i dare say handling is excellent for me with this, havin compared with a bmw m3.

but as always bmw is one superior brand in handling.

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Re: BMW Owners' Forum by yungboss(m): 10:25am On Aug 01, 2012
topfally75: I use BMW E36 1997 Model, I am having problem with the AC condenser, it got busted when refilling the gas .
have you taken it to a technician for proper check? I have not experienced this, or heard of this before. Pls get a reputable specialist to help on this...have you checked whether the ac fan works when the ac is on?
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by yungboss(m): 10:35am On Aug 01, 2012
Siena: Great thread.

I've owned 3 BMW's, and currently run a late model.

My first was a 1976 BMW 1602, bought as an unfinished project. I completed it, and ran her for eighteen months before selling her to a collector who came over from Sorrento, Italy to pick her up.

Second was a 1990 BMW E30 325i M-Tech II Sport in Schwartz Metallic. Brilliant car, handled pretty good, a car almost built for the track. Kept her for two years before selling.

Third was a 1990 BMW E30 M3 Cabrio in Macau Blue Metallic, bought on a whim during a trip to Frankfurt. Arguably one of the best handling M3's BMW built. The ride was very firm, and well suited to smooth German Autobahns, but equally at home driving in the city. Kept her for two years too before selling.

I'm an Audi man at heart, and currently run an Audi S8. To supplement the Audi, I purchased a 2008 BMW E87 118d M-Sport in Schwartz Metallic. This has the 2,0 TDS engine. Very frugal, and whilst nowhere near as comfortable, luxurious or quick as my Audi S8, is in a different league when it comes to consumption. So far, she's been brilliant, and I have no plans to sell her just yet. But at the same time, she won't be replacing the Audi S8 as my daily driver.
you have seen it all bro!
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by yungboss(m): 11:15am On Aug 01, 2012
richesmine: I drive a 1991 BMW 318i model.it will be a year with me by august 8. about a month ago I had a problem with its fuel pump after packing it for four days without warming n d fuel gauge was at reserve. again today d engine went off after ignition after two days of packing which was quite unusual.is there any explanations for this in d house?. thanks
an obvious sign of fuel pump failure is a whine from where the pump is situated. Mine is under the rear seat...look for where urs is an listen for that whiining noise...also check whether ur fuel filter is okay
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by topfally75(m): 11:10pm On Aug 01, 2012
yungboss:
have you taken it to a technician for proper check? I have not experienced this, or heard of this before. Pls get a reputable specialist to help on this...have you checked whether the ac fan works when the ac is on?
thanks, datz my next line of action.
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by emperorlog: 7:56am On Aug 02, 2012
Wallie:

Fuel consumption compared to what? Compared to other SUVs in its class, it should rate very well. Six speed tranny with modern engine to limit fuel consumption.

The only problem that I see with driving cars like this in Nigeria is due to the lack of quality fuel. In Nigeria, you seem to only have one grade of fuel and it's probably the lowest one, 87 octane rating.

The engines in modern BMWs require a minimum of 91 octane rating (RON) and I don’t believe you can find it in Nigeria. This means that the car will run inefficiently and burn more fuel because the ECU (computer) will try to compensate for bad fuel by retarding timing.

Essentially, the higher the octane rating, the less likely the fuel will detonate under pressure. If the fuel detonates too early (knock), the ECU will minimize the compression of the engine to accommodate the bad/inadequate fuel.

Of course you can add octane boosters to the fuel to bring up the octane rating. Hopefully, I didn’t confuse you.

2008 is a good year to buy because the SUV was updated (LCI) in 2007.

Thanks so much. You didn't confuse me. I got all that right. I appreciate. Gracias
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by Ngutor(m): 9:42am On Aug 02, 2012
Nightshift
Sir Nightshift I don't actually own a BMW just planning to get one for the wifey. Do you reside in Germany? Do you bring this babies in? Am interested in 3series 2001-2003 models
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by Nightshift(m): 7:06pm On Aug 05, 2012
Ngutor: Sir Nightshift I don't actually own a BMW just planning to get one for the wifey. Do you reside in Germany? Do you bring this babies in? Am interested in 3series 2001-2003 models
Turn to last page. I wrote a message for you there . Let's see how i can help you get a nice BMW here in Germany.
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by dipotech: 1:39pm On Aug 07, 2012
Pls where can i get good suck absorber for my BMW car, i need all the four. Pls i need good ones as some mechanics are saying Toks are better than new ones. Pls any insight on this and how much will the good ones cost, i mean to fix all the four, thanks
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by xerotop(m): 7:47pm On Aug 07, 2012
am currently on my 6th bmw model now. But I think am goin to take a break for some time. My very good mechanic has turned into a car dealer. U hardly see him to work on ur car. I intend selling my upgraded e46 coupe 2.8 ltr engine and my wife's e36. She nearly bite me wen her car was not repaired for 2 weeks because my mechanic turned car dealer was in cotounou. Already got her a civic, so I can rest.I love BMW with passion, but its a pity I have to take a break. I will definetly be back. Beemaa for ever.
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by yungboss(m): 5:49am On Aug 08, 2012
xerotop: am currently on my 6th bmw model now. But I think am goin to take a break for some time. My very good mechanic has turned into a car dealer. U hardly see him to work on ur car. I intend selling my upgraded e46 coupe 2.8 ltr engine and my wife's e36. She nearly bite me wen her car was not repaired for 2 weeks because my mechanic turned car dealer was in cotounou. Already got her a civic, so I can rest.I love BMW with passion, but its a pity I have to take a break. I will definetly be back. Beemaa for ever.
pls when ur ready to deal, send me details of ur e46...i think i'm interested...
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by xerotop(m): 1:58pm On Aug 08, 2012
@ young boss
I will try and upload d pix. I stay in d northern part of nigeria.dat might pose alil diffiCulty if u r not around the north.
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by ZUBY77(m): 8:45am On Aug 10, 2012
I heard some noise under my kamba and the tech said its the kamba bearing. Damn this kamba poo costs 18K here in Onitsha. They are changing them now and i am not gonna carry anyone for a week. Lol.

Meanwhile i have a BMW E36 Automatic transmission for sale. Green in colour... 325i. 6plugs, big engine sealed etc. Full option..

If you are interested, call me on 08179462856
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by yungboss(m): 4:29pm On Aug 12, 2012
zubby,
you didn't upload picture of the car
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by ZUBY77(m): 8:07am On Aug 13, 2012
will go take some pics later
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by yungboss(m): 6:51pm On Dec 25, 2012
i currently have a few issues with my e36, just fell short of stock standard:

My engine, having run hot,when the ignition is turned off, it does hesitate to shut down.
i have black fumes (lightly) out of the exhaust pipe (running rich) and the idling has dropped a little (say, from its supposed 750 to a little above 500, estimate 600).
The car also breathes sometimes (and other times goes off from critically breathing).

THINGS I HAVE DONE:
1. i have tested the MAF, replaced it with other MAFs but same problem.
2. Changed the ECU, no improvement
3. Cleaned injectors, same story.
4. Oil changed etc but no general improvement...

i don't know whether its a clogged PCV...please help with suggestions and solutions.
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by yemosla(m): 12:23pm On Dec 29, 2012
Hello guys pls I need u guys to purge me of dis BMW syndrome of it being too expensive to maintain and dat it's not economical I v been longing to buy one but anytime I mention it to my friends, all I get is "HAAaAaAaAa wat do u want to do wit BMW" I need to know how much I can get a 2003/04 BMW called coja ? Pls hw reliable is it and hw economical is it ? Tanks
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by yemosla(m): 12:02pm On Jan 04, 2013
Guys pls help me run a vin check on dis BMW vin#WBAET37403NJ23664 tanks .
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by cmax16: 9:50pm On Jan 04, 2013
yemosla: Guys pls help me run a vin check on dis BMW vin#WBAET37403NJ23664 tanks .

I checked the vin number against the national insurance crime bureau website, www.nicb.org the vehicle has not been listed in the VINCheck Theft Record or Total loss record.

The NICB VINCheck database is made possible through the cooperation of participating NICB members. check the link bellow for participating members:

https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck/special_thanks

Happy new year!
Re: BMW Owners' Forum by yosmen: 7:21am On Jan 07, 2013
i own a BMW E36 M50 engine.i love my beemer

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