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      07-30-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Exclamation POSSIBLE LEMON - 06' 325i

Hello everyone here at E90 Post,

I'm a new member to the site and I have a problem here that I'm not sure how to handle :/.

Situation:

So I have a CPO 2006 BMW 325i with 51,000 miles on it. It has the extended CPO warranty but not the maintenance. I go to BMW of Dallas to get my services and they have always been timely and I have never had issues on my end with the car other than this one.

Problem:

When it rains and only when it rains and I have been driving around through puddles and on the highway there is this problem near the mid lower end of the car. Around the splash guard or the undercarriage. Every time I go over speed bumps (even slowly) or up inclines whenever the two front tries hit something that slows them down something sounds like it is moving up and down in my car and sometimes even scraping.

What I have done:

I have taken the car in for this problem about 5 times already and have been through different service managers; some nice and cooperative and some incompetent and rude.

Around the 4th time I took it in for that issue I decided to have someone from BMW of Dallas drive around with me so that they would be aware that there is a problem and im not jsut making this up whenever it rains.

A shop foreman drove around with me and clearly heard the problem and was very nice about everything and he said it probably had something to do with some bushings getting wet and the water acting as an anti-lubricant that probably caused a problem. I thought that was probably the case too. I was at 48,000 miles at the time and in a hurry to get this all fixed. They fixed it and said everything should be fine and now im at the 51,000 miles and it has rained these past three days and sadly... I noticed the problem again.

What should I do they know there is a problem and they haven't helped me at all. Could this possibly be a Lemon or have some sort of problem that merits a recall or something of that nature. Please help me out I love BMW's and I will drive one forever but I cant keep driving this particular vehicle if this problem persists.

Thanks everyone sorry if this was a bore.
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      07-30-2009, 02:47 PM   #2
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If they have only "fixed" it once you'll not be able to "lemon" your car. Have them repair the problem again. If the same parts are causing the problem they should take care of it for you after only putting 3000 miles on the car the parts and or labor should not have failed.

Be nice to them and let them help you.
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They didn't really fix it to begin with they just changed some part that they thought was the problem. I am nice to them all the time since I'm 18 and I dont want to come off as a snob but they take advantage of that sometimes. So they really haven't fixed anything. What are the conditions for a car to be classified a lemon? Thanks for the help.
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I believe that it is 3 attemps to have the same problem repaired. It might be different in your state. Whatever the problem was, it was atempted to be fixed under warranty. which means that they should honor the repair under warranty still
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      07-30-2009, 08:12 PM   #5
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I don't believe CPO's are covered under the Lemon Law, but visit this site for further info
http://www.lemonlawamerica.com/
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the warranty item was claimed inside the orginal manufacturers warranty period. Not the CPO extension.
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I don't think you can lemon a 4 - 5 year old car in any State.
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From the Ca.DMV website...

A special provision, often called the "Lemon Law," helps determine what is a reasonable number of repair attempts for problems that substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. The "Lemon Law" applies to these problems if they arise during the first 18 months after the consumer received delivery of the vehicle or within the first 18,000 miles on the odometer, whichever occurs first. During the first 18 months or 18,000 miles, the "Lemon Law" presumes that a manufacturer has had a reasonable number of attempts to repair the vehicle if either (1) The same problem results in a condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven and the problem has been subject to repair two or more times by the manufacturer or its agents, and the buyer or lessee has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the problem as provided in the warranty or owner's manual or (2) The same problem has been subject to repair four or more times by the manufacturer or its agents and the buyer has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the problem as provided in the warranty or owner's manual or (3) The vehicle is out of service because of the repair of any number of problems by the manufacturer or its agents for a cumulative total of more than 30 days since delivery of the vehicle
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That helped me out alot so I dont come off as ignorant thanks alot guys! I appreciate the help and concern.
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