Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Resetting Your Service Code

Ever wonder how to reset your Service light after doing an oil change?  Me too. Here are the steps thanks to the 

Step 1: Insert key into slot.

Step 2: Press start/stop button without depressing clutch/brake and wait for the service reminder to disappear.

Step 3: Immediately after service reminder goes out, press and hold the odometer reset. After 3 secs a warning triangle will appear, keep the odo. button pressed and after another 2-3 secs the Oil can will appear. I f you hold it too long (10 secs in total) you will overshoot the runway and some German writing will appear giving the software level/ can bus etc. of the car. Go back to the beginning and start again.

Step 4: You are now in the service menu, use the toggle switch on indicator stalk to scroll up/down through the various service items.

Step 5: When you have the item you want to reset showing, press the BC button on end of indicator stalk. Reset should now appear in the display. Press in and hold the BC button for 2-3 secs and a clock will start whirling around and hey presto, it's done. 

Step 6: You can now either scroll up/down to select another item (as in step 4) or you can press the start/stop button to exit.

Source: [Reset Service Light on]

Monday, April 16, 2012

Too Ricey?

I had someone back into my m-sport front bumper last week putting a lovely trailer hitch imprint in it without leaving a note. This all happened the week after I just had my rear bumper replaced with a m-sport bumper after another Texas driver hit me in the back on a service drive entrance. Fortunately, that bumper hit was paid by the other driver.

I had the Aero front bumper look back when I first bought the car and then replaced the front-end with the m-sport bumper back in 2010.  Now with the situation of having to fix the front bumper I'm looking at either fixing the new damage by replacing what I currently have or possibly doing a fourth bumper look (had stock, areo and m-sport already, in case anyone is counting and no one is except me.)

The Rieger front bumper is oddly appealing. My only issue with it is will it make car look "ricey"?  Will I need a few v-tech stickers and a double layered rear spoiler to the complete the look?

Thoughts? Is it a good look or is it going too far?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Not Exactly Inspiring Confidence

I haven't written much on this blog lately; though, I should because quite a lot has gone on with my 2007 BMW 335i this past year. Unfortunately little of it has been great news to share.

The most recent event was a second failure of the fuel injectors on the car.  In March 2010, they were all replaced by my dealer in Michigan.  Only 2 of the injectors failed back then, positions 4 & 6. Well I had a similar feeling something was wrong again with them a week ago.

Fast forward to late last week and I get news from my dealership here in Dallas that the same injectors that failed last March have failed again and were being replaced under under warranty; even though, my car came out of warranty last July when I hit the 4 year mark.

So twice my fuel injectors have failed and both times in less than 2 years time. Once at 31k miles and the other at 46k miles.  This doesn't make me feel all too happy with my decision to keep the car.

After also having to fix a burnt rear fuze box due to an arching failed B+ cable only 1 month out of warranty that cost me $1,700 to fix, I really am not happy with the owning the car decision.

So, now I'm seriously reconsidering keep my 335i and looking to move on to something else.  I know these cars are complex and have no expectation of Toyota Camry-like reliability, but this is getting ridiculous being only 5 months out of warranty.

I'm curious. Is anyone else having these fuel injector failures?  Anyone have to get replacements more than once?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Will We All Be Driving 2 and 4 Series BMWs?

Reports are surfacing that BMW may be changing their convertible options for the 1 and 3 series cars to be 2 and 4 series vehicles.

You can read more about this breaking news on AutoBlog.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MSN Declares 335is a Top Ten "Need to See" Convertible

"Living up to the company's motto, this folding hardtop is a fantastic package for anyone who wants a BMW with "M" specs but who can't afford it." - MSN article

If you wanted to feel better about your decision to purchase or continue driving what you already have, MSN today made the 335is convertible one of their Ten Best picks. No surprise really since it is the one to beat in the four seat, hard-top convertible segment.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Couple New Zealand Reviewers Pit the 335i against a Volvo C70

The Volvo reviewer feels the C70 is enough car for him and for most people. He is probably right. The C70 is a nice car but it doesn't match the sophisticated driving dynamics of the 335i.

What's interesting is the comparison of "the boots" (trunks) of the two vehicles. I thought BMW's was bad, the Volvo requires the top to be lifted back up to get underneath the space below the folded top. At least Volvo has a button that's easily accessible in the trunk to make this simple, but still it shows an interesting difference I had not seen in other reviews of the Volvo C70.

Not a lot new here, but an interesting perspective on two competitors in the hardtop convertible market.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

You Can Get a Limited Slip Differential for a Non //M Car

"It's called DTC but it should be called fun," says the Autocar reviewer in the video. "The car will come out of corners like a proper rear-wheel car"

Limited Slip Differential or LSD is something that can be had on the //M3 but not the 335i, that is until now. Dinan sells a version for $2,595 (comes in two versions one for Auto and the other for Manual transmission.) Another manufacturer Quaife is selling their LSD for $1,305, that's a special price on the E90Post board.

So why even get a LSD for your car? Limited Slip Differential is designed to provide power to both wheels instantaneously allowing for faster lap times, better control and even power distribution. Most will feel the advantage if they track their cars. For thosee who do not track their car they will see some advantage when roads are rough where the LSD will correct the impact of one wheel hitting lumps and bumps on the freeway without having the pounding we feel in the open differential that is in a stock 335i.

You can learn more about Open vs LSD differentials here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

CSL Trunk Lid Finally Available for E93

DUKE DYNAMICS has released a new rear trunk lid for the E93. It's similar to the CSL Trunk lid look that can be found on many modified E92 coupes. The part isn't inexpensive but it is highly unique and is a rather large part since it replaces the trunk lid and is not just a rear spoiler piece. It lists at $999, but is currently discounted to $845.

Check it out for yourself if you want to see some additional pictures of the CSL Trunk lid. more.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MotorTrend Bores Us All with a Tease

Okay you may just want to skip this post. I was really hoping MotorTrend was going to race the BMW 335i convertible against the Infiniti G37, Lexus ISC 350, and Audi S5 but instead this is just a lame race to see whose top folds down fastest.

Even more boring, it is the Audi because guess why? It's a soft-top and the other three are hard-tops. The Lexus wins that pointless contest, but really who cares about this. Why didn't MotorTrend show us a top-down drag race? Now that would've been worth writing about (oops, I still wrote something...) more.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

DIY Oil Change

An excellent step-by-step oil change on a BMW 335i is available at the Team BHP website. Full photos of the DIY oil change is available on the site with complete write up. I highly recommend this site for those of you who like changing oil instead of having to hassle with the dealership. more.

Friday, January 29, 2010

BMW Announces Pricing for US 2011 3-Series Models

U.S. pricing information for the 2011 BMW 3-Series models was just announced late last night. You can view all of the pricing details at BimmerPost's blog by clicking here.

Here are the main details about the changes for the 2011 BMW 3-series Convertibles (E93):

328i - $45,875 MSRP (includes $875 destination and handling)
335i - $52,075 MSRP (includes $875 destination and handling)
335is - $59,075 MSRP (includes $875 destination and handling)

Changes from 2010 to 2011:
New headlights, tail lights, hood, kidney grill, sideskirts, wheels, front and rear fascias.
335i coupe gets new N55 twin scroll turbocharged inline-6 engine
New colors: Vermillion Red, Deep Sea Blue, Mineral White Metallic (Mineral White is available starting June 2010).
Optional Harmon Kardon Surround Sound System replaces BMW's HiFi professional system.
Bamboo Anthracite Wood trim now available
Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) will be available on the 335is as a $1,575 option.

The big change of course is the addition of the all-new 335is. Car & Driver reviewed the newly enhanced N54 engine that is in the 335is.

Monday, January 4, 2010

More Details Leak About 2011 3 Series Coupe/Convertible

BMW Blog is reporting that several assumed changes are coming for the new 3 series coupe and convertible. Most reports have thought some front fascia and rear light treatments were bound to occur based on where mules where covered when photographed in early testing.

Here is a link to some details around the LED Angel Eyes treatment coming from spyshots: BMW Blog Article

Performance changes include power numbers for the N54 engine to increase in line with the new Z4 sDrive35is: "335 horsepower (340hp in Europe) at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft in “regular mode”; an electronically-controlled overboost function can briefly increase torque under full load by another 37 lb-ft bringing the torque peak to 369 lb-ft."

The Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT), which was currently only available on the current M3, will now be available on 335is models. I believe the new "s" added to 335i means "sport" package models. more.