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      07-28-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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Exclamation FML! Help?!

Ok, before the bashing ensues, I've done multiple searches and I'm aware this has probably been brought up more than enough, but I want NoVA advice.

I just recently purchased a 09' 335i Coupe, 34k miles, a little over a week ago. Today I was just getting some Subway up the street, literally one minute from my house, when I get the "Engine Malfunction - Reduced Power" message on my dash. After getting Subway, less than a couple of minutes, I returned to my car and saw the message went away. During this time I couldn't tell if it had a direct impact to actually losing power, since I was going 25MPH or under the entire time. FWIW, when I got home I pushed the car around the block a few times and it seemed fine. I am FULLY AWARE this could be because of the HPFP or things related to it, however that's not what I need advice on.

I live in NoVA, but purchased my car at BMW of Silver Spring, and I was planning to pick up some parts from GetBMWParts this Saturday. It's about a 45 minute to an hour drive, do you think I can make it? Or should I just take it to BMW of Sterling which is 10 minutes away and not take the chance at all?

Also (again please don't bash) when taking it in with a problem like this, do I actually have to schedule a time or can I just drop it off at 7AM, pick up a loaner and let them deal with it? Obviously I don't prepare to have a problem like this and plan a head of time to schedule.

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      07-28-2011, 11:12 PM   #2
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I have always had to schedule time with BMW of sterling and they are pretty busy (usually a week or two out) but since this is a recall thing you may just be able to drop it off.

There's a member here who works at BMW of Sterling, though I don't remember his name - maybe try finding him - through the search - and see if he can squeeze you in early.

Good luck though!
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I have always had to schedule time with BMW of sterling and they are pretty busy (usually a week or two out) but since this is a recall thing you may just be able to drop it off.

There's a member here who works at BMW of Sterling, though I don't remember his name - maybe try finding him - through the search - and see if he can squeeze you in early.

Good luck though!
Thanks. I saw they were about 1-2 weeks out like you stated, so I wasn't sure, especially since I'm not 100% sure this is recall related.

How are they with loaners? (When car is purchased from another dealership)
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If you purchased at Tischer about a week ago and will be there anyway to pick up parts, I would bug your salesman when you go to pick up the parts. Of course he won't know what the problem is, but you can try to get him to have a tech read the codes on the car for you.
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If you purchased at Tischer about a week ago and will be there anyway to pick up parts, I would bug your salesman when you go to pick up the parts. Of course he won't know what the problem is, but you can try to get him to have a tech read the codes on the car for you.
+1 Call your salesman ASAP since it's only been a week. Especially if they want you to do that survey and you haven't done it yet.
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BMW dealers don't care where you buy and service the car.
I'm aware of that, I've just heard some dealerships are a lot better when it comes to bringing your car in for service.
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Thanks all for the advice. I brought my car in for a 2PM appointment at Tischer today since I didn't want to wait until next week, and definitely not two weeks for BMW of Sterling. They had a loaner available and I beat the traffic too.
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What they give you as a Loaner? I need to start taking my car there since I hate getting enterprise cars :-p
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What they give you as a Loaner? I need to start taking my car there since I hate getting enterprise cars :-p
330i sedan. The guy who came before me that I was literally right behind while pulling into the dealership got the last 335i. It's still a lot better then anything from Enterprise.
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I've never heard of anyone getting a loaner car from bmw that was actually a car from enterprise. Thats odd. Both shops I go too always give me a key to one of their many loaners.
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I've never heard of anyone getting a loaner car from bmw that was actually a car from enterprise. Thats odd. Both shops I go too always give me a key to one of their many loaners.
almost all DC/Baltimore area dealers have a tie in with Enterprise in case their loaner fleet is gone. the key is that some dealers have bigger loaner fleets than others and/or they only give loaner BMWs to people who purchased from them
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So getting back to issue at hand, how's the car? What was the problem?
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So getting back to issue at hand, how's the car? What was the problem?
Just received a status update. I'm picking it up today. (Fuck the traffic I'm going to run into at rush hour on 95). They weren't able to find any thrown codes and weren't able to replicate the problem after 11-12 miles of driving. They did however replace a tailpipe?

I've heard Tischer knows their shit, so I guess I'll trust them on this one. Not like I have any other choice?
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I've never heard of anyone getting a loaner car from bmw that was actually a car from enterprise. Thats odd. Both shops I go too always give me a key to one of their many loaners.
The Audi dealer I go to has loaners only through Enterprise. All of them are Audis, though.
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Engine Malfunction but no codes thrown?
Yerp. As stated they said they drove it around for 11-12 miles trying to reproduce the problem or any code and they were unable to. Nothing else I can do, is there?

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Anyone in mind?
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Well, Shane, our resident coder, charges $20 for diagnostics and he'll be able to help. While you are at it, you can get some fun stuff coded on to your car. Shane's a great guy to know and he'll be at Bimmerfest this weekend.

I think Pat also knows someone (Tuner1984).
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My friend had the same problem, ended up being the fuel pump.
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BMW of Sterling does have loaner bmws but it's a pain in the ass to get one, if ur not the 7:00 appt, they may not have one for you and they don't reserve them.

BTW - got my car coded by Shane, super cool guy, the FOB window roll up and removing the orange turn signals are a definite plus.
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