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      03-06-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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Burning Smell: I'm Scared

After driving my 328 pretty hard i found that the car had a terrible burning smell. I'm not sure if its the engine, the tires, or the brakes because i did brake pretty hard. I'm kinda afraid tho is it normal? Sry if this is a repost. help.
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1) Explain the "burning" smell in more detail.
2) My car smells like burning rubber/a little hot brake smell all the time if I've been driving hard. (Think taking it to 60 on traffic free residential streets by my house then stomping on the brakes at stop signs then getting the back out around the 90 degree corners then repeating)
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1) Explain the "burning" smell in more detail.
2) My car smells like burning rubber/a little hot brake smell all the time if I've been driving hard. (Think taking it to 60 on traffic free residential streets by my house then stomping on the brakes at stop signs then getting the back out around the 90 degree corners then repeating)
It just smelled like something was burning. Well i mean it wasn't anything sulfury, just smelled like burning,lol thats the best i can do. BTW is it really bad that it happens..like for the tires/ brakes/engine? Bcuz if it is, i will stop driving it hard.
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How many miles on it? It's probably Cosmoline. Most cars shipped over seas will have a faint burning smell for the first 1000-2000 miles; it'll get worse if the car gets hotter (Cosmoline burning off).
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How many miles on it? It's probably Cosmoline. Most cars shipped over seas will have a faint burning smell for the first 1000-2000 miles; it'll get worse if the car gets hotter (Cosmoline burning off).
it has about 1700 miles on it. what is cosmoline? is it bad to get rid of it. the car was pretty hot..i was driving it hard for fun, but now i am regretting it.
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its just a waxy substance like vasoline that protects the car while in transit. You probably didnt hurt anything, but dont go around stompin on your brakes for no good reason if you are gona be hypersensitive to some smells. As long as its not a rotten egg fart smell, you should be fine.
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      03-06-2007, 09:18 PM   #9
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Also is it a manual? After you went crazy on the brakes did you sit there with your foot on the brake pedal? or have the parking brake on?
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+1, I think it's probably due to hard driving

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My car smells like burning rubber/a little hot brake smell all the time if I've been driving hard. (Think taking it to 60 on traffic free residential streets by my house then stomping on the brakes at stop signs then getting the back out around the 90 degree corners then repeating)
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its just a waxy substance like vasoline that protects the car while in transit. You probably didnt hurt anything, but dont go around stompin on your brakes for no good reason if you are gona be hypersensitive to some smells. As long as its not a rotten egg fart smell, you should be fine.
lol....i'm fine..i just didn't want my brand new car to be broken. and no it was that kind of smell, but i'm still a bit anxious. and no its not a manual. i pressed the brakes really hard a couple times to slow down and turned it off.
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Same question as above - is your car manual and if so are you stressing your
clutch/disc? When that happens you do get a burning smell which is quite
intense.
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it has about 1700 miles on it. what is cosmoline? is it bad to get rid of it. the car was pretty hot..i was driving it hard for fun, but now i am regretting it.
Cosmoline is an anti-corrosion chemical BMW sprays the cars with prior to shipping. It is supposed to burn off normally within the first few thousand miles but it smells like ass as it does. 9 times out of 10 when an owner with less than a couple thousand miles complains about burning it's cosmoline.
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+1 with what picus said

Burning off those seals also!
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After driving my 328 pretty hard i found that the car had a terrible burning smell. I'm not sure if its the engine, the tires, or the brakes because i did brake pretty hard. I'm kinda afraid tho is it normal? Sry if this is a repost. help.
I know what u mean same here other night.
I turned of the "DTC" & peeled out spinning back tires.
I have 4300 miles & is a manual.
When I pulled into my garage I could smell burning smell.
My guess is nothing to be concern about? next day my car was fine!
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cosmoline gets taken off at the dealer upon delivery...they give it a "special bath" i was told along with a full detail...so that is strange...and i am here in chicago where abouts in illinois?
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My wife's Mercedes B class 170 did the same the first km. Well, it was not about driving it hard... but some coating was burning off. It eventually stopped...until i drive on occasion! My Suzuki Burgman 650 smelled crap as well for the first km. Actually,every vehicle i bought the last years did the same. Don't worry, and if you're in doubt, keep the gas pedal floored!

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Like others have mentioned, it's normal. You just drove it too hard. Even at a few thousand miles you will get that faint burning smell. Whenever you do a spirited drive, you will always get that little smell. Nothing to worry about.
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I bought my 328 xiT in December and it does the same thing. I drive hard, but I am easy on the brakes. High revs and hard corners is my thing. I always thought it was the smell of a job well done.
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You just drove it too hard.
He didn't drive it too hard, he just drove it hard.
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Cosmoline is an anti-corrosion chemical BMW sprays the cars with prior to shipping. It is supposed to burn off normally within the first few thousand miles but it smells like ass as it does. 9 times out of 10 when an owner with less than a couple thousand miles complains about burning it's cosmoline.
+2. This is normal for a new car for the first couple of months or couple thousand miles. Both of mine did it.

When they clean the car after shipment, they can't get everything - and you smell the residual burning off. Sort of a plasticy melting smell right?
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