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      08-31-2005, 08:07 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Nearly 6 Months, 19,000 Miles - A Few Problems to Share

I just found this site whilst trying to do some research on the problems I have been having with my car. I wondered if anyone else has experienced any of the following;

Autobox judder, particularly at low speed
Terrible wind noise (like a hoover) at very high speed
Seat belt tension problems
CD Changer sound quality issues
Low speed acceleration metalic noise........

I know I have put on some steep miles, but I bought a BMW because of the percieved quality etc etc and I dont seem to be getting it right now.

Its been to my dealer 5 times since I took delivery on 10th March and is going back again in September for first service, I have asked for it to be returned in 100% condition this time......

Anybody else having any similar issues?

Any advice for showdown with dealer technical manager next month?
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      08-31-2005, 09:12 AM   #2
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I had car for 4 months with 7,000 miles. I do not have any of the problem u r having. I enjoyed every miles while driving it. sorry to hear u have these problems.
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      08-31-2005, 09:19 AM   #3
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TX, I love the car - probably the best I have had. I was just wondering if any other early deliveries have had similar problems.
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      08-31-2005, 09:28 AM   #4
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I do have one of the earlier model in the US, my dealer told me I was the second person to purchase this 2006 330 with that dealer. hope u can get some resolution when you bring it in for service.
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      08-31-2005, 10:44 AM   #5
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my car has 460 miles on it, so i really cant help, but you might want to be a bit more specific with the problems. Im not the smartest guy in the forum but
1. i have no idea what an autobox judder is
2. when you say "very high speeds" what do you mean
5. what kind of "metalic" noise. like metal clanging on metal, or metal scrapping on metal?
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      08-31-2005, 10:48 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Spooner
I just found this site whilst trying to do some research on the problems I have been having with my car. I wondered if anyone else has experienced any of the following;

Autobox judder, particularly at low speed
Terrible wind noise (like a hoover) at very high speed
Seat belt tension problems
CD Changer sound quality issues
Low speed acceleration metalic noise........

I know I have put on some steep miles, but I bought a BMW because of the percieved quality etc etc and I dont seem to be getting it right now.

Its been to my dealer 5 times since I took delivery on 10th March and is going back again in September for first service, I have asked for it to be returned in 100% condition this time......

Anybody else having any similar issues?

Any advice for showdown with dealer technical manager next month?
i have my car for 2 months, its aat 7000 miles. the wind at high speed is normal i think. i have that problem too. normally i just use the ac. and all your other quetrsion, errR?
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      08-31-2005, 12:53 PM   #7
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I would take the car to a different dealer these all appear to be warranty related issues.

The high speed noise seems to be a common complaint, I must admit I find my E90 very quite at speeds up to 120mph, although the diesel is more refined than the petrol E90s I have driven.

Intriguingly, I see the 330d is now available in the UK, perhaps you could do a gesture of good-will deal with the dealer and swap it for one of those sure to save a packet on your fuel costs.

Please keep us up to date on your car.
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      09-01-2005, 05:54 PM   #8
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At high speeds I get a relatively high pitch whistling noice sometimes...it's actually pretty random. Sometimes it's there, other times, it is absolutely quiet.

Any answers from the dealership on that one?
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      09-01-2005, 06:03 PM   #9
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Wecome Spooner,

It seems from your post that you have had these problems from early on, seeing you have been back 5 times.

I have a silky smooth auto, no CD change problems and no metallic noise whatsoever at any speed. As for wind noise, well, all cars suffer from it to some degree.

You seem to be on the ball with wanting the car fixed to proper specifications as one would reasonably expect from any car, not just your BMW. So other than pressing your dealer's service department hard on these issues, you may need to speak with the service manager and general manager. Your records will be thee so it's not a one off issue.

Take them for a drive and point the issues out and tell them to keep the car until it is fixed. Make sure you get a loaner.

Good luck with those issues and let us know how it all goes.
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      09-01-2005, 06:08 PM   #10
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Autobox judder, particularly at low speed
I have that problem too, especially when starting the car when engine is cool.
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      09-01-2005, 06:30 PM   #11
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High noise at very high speed?
How fast is that? Maybe some over expectation of what BMW can accomplish?

AutoBox judder?
Idle set too low?
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      09-01-2005, 06:47 PM   #12
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i have that high wind noise...it hurts mY EAR's but i think all sedans do that

i have a major problem since day 2 - my wirings all screwed up
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      09-02-2005, 09:02 AM   #13
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Thanks for all responses, it seems that most are unaffected but some do share issues.

David325, thanks for the advice, loan car booked etc - cheers

Bigman - No thanks, there isnt anything quite like the sweet sound of a straight german (petrol) six........

I'll let you all know, my dealer cant get me in until 21st September! so perhaps looking at changing dealers might be a good idea.
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      09-23-2005, 03:57 AM   #14
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Smile Had the Sept Software Update - All is Well

So my dealer had the car for 2 days, but the wait was worth it.

The software update has fixed the autobox issues and it seems like a different car. Smooth, quicker shifts, no hesitation - the box is now ahead of the game.

The windscreen rubber has been replaced - no more noise

CD Changer, changed

New seat belt fitted

Now I have the car that I thought I was buying.

I would recommend all auto drivers to go and get the software update, it made a huge difference for me (rembering that mine was a March 10 delivery).

Anyway, I'm off for some more sports mode action

Thanks for all your comments
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      09-23-2005, 04:35 AM   #15
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Mine is a July delivery June built 330 (without a moonroof) and its by far the quietest car Ive had at high speeds (even at 155mph).
Only a Lexus SC400 I once drove came close.
So wind noise is not a basic E90 problem.
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      09-23-2005, 05:43 AM   #16
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i have had my car for two weeks and only 500 km
i am very happy with the car so far and it is up to my expectations.
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i am glad spooner that you are starting to enjoy your car again
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So my dealer had the car for 2 days, but the wait was worth it.
Now I have the car that I thought I was buying.
Thanks for all your comments
glad we could be of some help and encouragement.

most important was that the bmw service guys were able to repair your car to the expected high standard that bmw is renowned for.

obviously it helped the service guys to see/hear/smell/feel the problems rather than they not show up when you leave the car in their hands, which happens all too often.

3 cheers and happy and trouble free motoring in your e90 for as long as you keep it.

good news.
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      09-23-2005, 08:17 AM   #19
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about the CD changer problem...are you listening to burn CDs? If so...make sure to burn at very low speed and do not run other programs while burning
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      09-23-2005, 09:25 AM   #20
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Hi from Spain, I haven't had any problems on my 320i (took delivery in late June, 3,000 km - almost 2,000 miles), everything ok. But from what I read everyday on a Spanish BMW forum quiet a few people are having problems, specially the diesel (320d): turbos, AC out, varied rattles/noises, and a part called damper (I don't know what it is) has broken down in at least four cars as far as I know, always with a rattle that maybe is similar to your noise.
I hope the dealer solves all the problems, bye.
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Hi from Spain, I haven't had any problems on my 320i (took delivery in late June, 3,000 km - almost 2,000 miles), everything ok. But from what I read everyday on a Spanish BMW forum quiet a few people are having problems, specially the diesel (320d): turbos, AC out, varied rattles/noises, and a part called damper (I don't know what it is) has broken down in at least four cars as far as I know, always with a rattle that maybe is similar to your noise.
I hope the dealer solves all the problems, bye.
I heard same concerning turbos and A/C issues coming from UK owners.
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