Well I have been the owner of a 330d BMW for two weeks now and so far I am losing the love
First issue was when I fuelled it up, it decided that it would spew a gallon of fuel on the floor as there is an issue with the fuel tank breather, which BMW are fully aware of and charge £45 for piece of pipe to fix it, no recall though..
Then I had fun changing the air filter which compared to any other car I have ever owned is a complete faff. What is wrong with a few clips and ten minutes of your life to replace the element?
Today, I have ordered my swirl flap blanks, vortex filter, rubber gaskets round and square from PMW today which will give me piece of mind about the swirl flaps, which I had never heard of with any other car I have owned but seems quite acceptable to BMW and there owners.
Then to put a big downer on things my wife calls me in work today to say the car has bleeped and a few lights have come on, these consist of the brake warning light and a picture of a car on a lift in red. So when i got home I have had a look and to my horror I find the most unused friendly interface I have ever used, press this, hold that, push brake pedal, roll thing on the stalk and press BC button etc..... and to find out a code which was CC-ID71, then it off to Google to search what his could be.
I think I am correct in thinking it could be rear brake pads or brake pad sensors? The pads look like there is plenty of life in them though... I find this car to be, well, difficult, in every respect.
So, my questions to you guys to make life easier are these.
Do BMW cars randomly give there owners a re hard time?
Do BMW cars have lots of timers that tick down to put warning lights on so you feel obliged to go to the dealer?
Finally, I have owned many VAG brand cars from VW, Skoda, Audi and even a Seat, all of which are easy to operate and easy to work out the error messages when they occur, a simple straight forward message is displayed to tell you what the issue is! None of this WW 2 coding like the BMW. With the VAG cars I have used VCDS, a great piece of software that allows fault finding, diagnostics and coding adaptations to be carried out, what is the software and what lead do I need for BMW?
Please help me restore my faith in the 330d as I have always wanted one and now I have one I want to burn it