Thread: Worse day of my BMW's life.
November 30th, 2004, 05:32 PM #1
Worse day of my BMW's life.
Last night I lost the steering on my 2002 BMW 330XI and the engine kept on overheating. I nursed it to the local Exxon station and left it for the night. I figured it was the belt since it powers, the power steering and the fan which cools the liquid. But, it is much worse. Got a call from the Exxon saying the water pump burst which shreaded the belt.( I was half right) According to him it started with some bearing problem. So the water pump, themrostat, and belt needs to be replaced. Something tells me I should have the BMW towed to the BMW dealer to fix it but, it is out of warranty so this is most likely cheap way to get it fixed. I aways figured a car will have at least one major problem in its lifetime. This is my BMW's major problem. It seems my theory is correct since every car I owned had a major problem. All the Chrysler cars I owned had a serious transmission problem. The Jeep Grand Cherokee's transmission was shot and my Jeep Cherokee had major raditor problems. That story aside hope my BMW gets fixed soon.RIP, F-14 tomcat. Best fighter in the world for 33 years
November 30th, 2004, 05:34 PM #2
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November 30th, 2004, 05:37 PM #3
My car is 18 years old and hasn't had a major mechanical problem yet. *shrug*
I guess it's just the luck of the draw.
*Knocks on wood*
November 30th, 2004, 06:41 PM #4
I'm surprised their Bingo its a Ford
November 30th, 2004, 06:46 PM #5
Our family has had nothing but success with FoMoCo. 1986 Crown Victoria LTD still runs like a dream with 133,000 miles; 2001 F-150 SuperCrew is great; 2003 Mazda Protege... eh, it's a Mazda, but it still runs fine. My grandparents also had a 1983 Lincoln Town Car which ran fine until about 1999 when it encountered an incessant stalling problem. They now have a 1999 Town Car that runs great. My grandfather also has a 1962 Mercury Meteor which runs dandily.
I don't know...
It also helps when one does his own maintenence. Cars don't like those paid mechanics...
November 30th, 2004, 07:06 PM #6
It's no secret in the auto industry that some German car manufacturers have lost the once-prized stigma of prestige and reliability in the past decade, especially VW and BMW. Yes, it's a generalization but CSI scores, owner retention, maintenance costs, and warranty claims are speaking volumes in publications like Consumer Reports. For a 330XI under warranty to burst a water pump(they usually seep with bearing noise) and shred the serpentine belt so soon is hopefully an anomaly.
November 30th, 2004, 07:21 PM #7Originally Posted by ToadmanRIP, F-14 tomcat. Best fighter in the world for 33 years
November 30th, 2004, 07:42 PM #8
Honda and Nissan: those are the ticket.
1973 Datsun (Honda) truck: 19 straight years, no problems through about 250k miles, 10 years, when the odometer broke, then it developed a starter problem, my dad drove it 9 more years push starting it with an estimated 350k miles.
1987 Nissan pickup: No problems for 235k miles till it was sold.
1990 Honda Accord stick: No problems at all, currently at 255k miles and still going strong.
November 30th, 2004, 07:55 PM #9Originally Posted by samwichse
November 30th, 2004, 08:04 PM #10
What he said...... Datsun was NOT Honda....by no stretch of the imagination.
I haven't had a car so far that has had any major problems.....
All of them have been Datsuns or Nissans... Except for a 1964 Dodge Dart that I blew the differential out of.., 1968 Camaro (rarely drove it), 1988 IROC (sold) and the Taurus SHO..(still here)
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November 30th, 2004, 08:26 PM #11the Taurus SHO
Something tells me I should have the BMW towed to the BMW dealer to fix it but, it is out of warranty so this is most likely cheap way to get it fixed.
You get crappy benz intill you pay $100,000+.
November 30th, 2004, 08:29 PM #12
Datsun was its own company until Nissan bought it out in the 80's.
November 30th, 2004, 08:34 PM #13
The biggest problem on my truck was when my radiator cracked. It was plastic so I don't blame it for cracking after 122K miles. Other than that, it hasn't had any major repairs. 1990 Mazda b2600i.
The biggest problem my mom had on her Crysler 300m was a broken timing belt which wouldn't let her get out of first gear. No transmission problems and the car still runs great almost 6 years later (Bought in 1998, Model year 1999)
My step dad hasn't owned a ford truck long enough to get a major problem. So far the one he has kept the longest is his last one which is a 2001 F-150. The biggest problem it ever had was when the computer got shot.One by one the penguins steal my sanity.
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November 30th, 2004, 08:37 PM #14Datsun was its own company until Nissan bought it out in the 80's.
The original Z car was to be the Datsun Fairlady, at the direction of the Nissan CEO at the time. The directing manager for Datsun operations removed the Fairlady stickers on the cars when they reached the US ports, thus leaving them with only the Z designation. There was a big controversy in the company, but the Z sold so well in its first few months that the manager was never fired for his act of insubordination.
November 30th, 2004, 08:39 PM #15Originally Posted by RobRichRIP, F-14 tomcat. Best fighter in the world for 33 years
November 30th, 2004, 08:41 PM #16Originally Posted by Mr.Macintosh
November 30th, 2004, 08:42 PM #17
Several of my friends swear by Mercedes. Anyway, I never had a problem with any the Mercedes I ever drove, but those were 70's and 80's models. You know, back when companies still built cars with steel bodies and cast iron engines.
November 30th, 2004, 08:45 PM #18Originally Posted by implexant
The 80's and 90's benz models were really reliable. I am talking about 2000 models and up. Mercedes went down in quality and brought Chrysler down with it( Chrysler was much better without mercedes). BMW as well dropped but, at least working on it and not as much of a drop as mercedes.RIP, F-14 tomcat. Best fighter in the world for 33 years
November 30th, 2004, 08:47 PM #19Originally Posted by RobRich
My dad got rear ended last week by a VW Passat. Some 25 year old yuppie forgot to stop. Poor girl's front end is a wreck. He had two small, barely noticeable scratches on a little black rubber piece of his bumper.
I used to be a HUGE Volvo fan... now I'm leaning more towards the Benz market.
November 30th, 2004, 08:48 PM #20Originally Posted by Mr.Macintosh
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