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BMW and M Power Owners

Discussion in 'Motors' started by panthro, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. kaptainmarc

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    Location: derby

  2. MoRT489

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    Location: Jersey

    It does but irrelevant for now 15000+ miles to go on both so I didn't list it.

    Dealer referred to it as Inspection II... I have no faith in the assistant's competence though.
    A great choice, but I'd recommend the E93 (hardtop convertible), great car.
     
  3. NVP

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    Birmingham garage have said they can't figure out the issue and to give it to BMW. :confused: The code apparently flagged a relay which they changed but no luck.

    Going to take it to the other garage in MK tomorrow and see if they can figure it out - if it is a part from the previous change I should be able to sort it with the Birmingham garage under warranty (fingers crossed).




    EDIT:

    Update - Took the car back from them yesterday and had a chat with the fella who never mentioned the relay thing again and instead said the code flagged an issue with one of the air spring bags [they replaced the air springs in march] but they say there's nothing wrong with it or the wiring so don't know what to do.

    I've dropped it at the bimma specialist today so let's see wa g'wan
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2019
  4. NVP

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    Just called by the specialist - corroded wire. All sorted.

    Going to pick her up now. Sweet!
     
  5. ChrisD.

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    My car is still on hold. It's been nearly two weeks now with no news and others are in the same situation. I'm half tempted to cancel it all.
     
  6. Damien.

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    Location: Pembrokeshire

    Arrived today, can't wait to get them fitted.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. theone8181

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    Hope you don't install the upside down like you opened the box:p. How much lower you going?
     
  8. Damien.

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    That would be the wife, god knows why she felt the need to open it :rolleyes:

    Drop is 40mm all round.

    Was initially going to buy the ACS springs but really don't like the way the car looks on these.
     
  9. theone8181

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    Wow how high is it normally if you can get away with 40mm, what is it an X1:D.
     
  10. [TW]Fox

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    Hopefully it's an F30 XDrive as anything else is going to look a bit ebay with a 40mm drop :D
     
  11. Chris1712

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    Location: Somerset

    Can anyone give me the secret of how to actually get good friendly service from dealers? I thought by now, having owned 3 BMWs in a row and performed all services / MOTs etc. there they might begin to treat me like a valued customer.

    Right now my Z4 is in for MOT, Brake Fluid & investigation for noisy front suspension. I booked it a long time ago, but there was a 10 week wait for a courtesy car (!). That's outrageous enough, but I have an MOT deadline ultimately so OK I'll have to use trains and book half a day off work. Anyway last week I phoned up to ask about arranging a test drive for the same time, so at least I wouldn't have to spend half my day on trains. I am genuinely considering an M2/Early i8/ Early M4 for my next car, albeit not until summer at the earliest. Completely uninterested and unwilling to provide any such cars, despite having approved used examples of each on their forecourt.

    Am I just the wrong customer? I feel like they're only interested in baby boomers buying X3s?
     
  12. Damien.

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    Correct, 335d XDrive. The car is on stilts as standard, looks abit silly.
     
  13. Damien.

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    Im not sure if this is actually true but I was once told that if your BMW is more than 3 years old then you get a less than premium experience.
     
  14. theone8181

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    Is that an xdrive thing? (im sure i read the xdrive are higher than the non xdrive version). I just wasn't sure if you were going for the slammed look as all my cars look like theyve got less than 20mm between the arch and tyre (although they are more sporty).
     
  15. [TW]Fox

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    Yes, xDrive F30s have SE suspension.
     
  16. Scania

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    Location: On the road....

    Very much dealer dependant, to many your an inconvenience with a brand new one never mind older cars to others they bend over backwards.

    When I take my e38 into Blue Bell BMW Crewe I get treated absolutely fine even though it’s 18years old, same group different dealer from my local one (Knights Stoke-on-Trent) which just isn’t interested just wants volume through both sales and service.

    Back in the day my father was still taking his e39 to BMW at 10+ years old and getting 750iL’s and M5’s as courtesy cars, the dealer was relatively small back then (Howarth Newcastle-under-Lyme, formerly Hartshill BMW) and they couldn’t do enough for you, once that dealer was sold and morphed into the massive Knights site the service went down the pan.

    He now drives a Mercedes and the service he gets from his dealer (MB Stoke) is great, they put Knights to shame.

    Ironically all the above dealers I’ve referred to are part of the Lookers group yet the service/experience varies wildly between sites so ultimately it’s down to local management.
     
  17. MoRT489

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    My car is in for the inspection now, the health check report says it needs a new rib belt for £198.88. This appears to be £20 on Amazon, what gives, is it super labour intensive to fit? Also in the Red-urgent section centre wheel caps :D
     
  18. Scania

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    A genuine one is well over £60 from a dealer and they can be a pig to fit depending on application, so given dealer labour rates I’d say that sounds about right.
    I’d personally be dubious of a £20 jobbie off the Internet..,.
     
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  19. rare

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    There’s nothing wrong with a rib belt for £20 depending on its size. They are super expensive from a dealer for no good reason. So long as it’s a decent OEM brand.
     
  20. Jez

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    You make it sound as though BMW make the belts themselves. They are just rebranded from an OEM, as long as the online one is from a reputable belt maker then i do not see the difference.