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Old June 25th, 2018, 15:50   #646
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Fuel filters are sooooo easy to replace.. at least they have been on my VW TDI, Audi TDI, e320 CDI and now the 535D looks just as easy..... Is it really that much work on the E250 that they're charging you $400 in labor.... that sounds asinine.
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Old June 25th, 2018, 17:58   #647
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Yea. And the battery was the worst. I should have just told them I'd wait. I need to find a shop that I can get second opinions at. Next time I'll be ready. Up until now I've had pre-paid maintenance. My extended warranty makes me take their gouging, but I can use an outside shop and still claim coverage.

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Old June 26th, 2018, 19:24   #648
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There are a ton of videos and write ups on almost any vehicle out there on common maintenance procedures.. I bet with a few basic tools you should be able to do this yourself... and the cool thing is that you're going to feel so good that you got it done yourself along with the amount of money you'll save.

Haynes Repair manuals are great and a good investment, especially if you plan on keeping your car for a few more years.
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Old July 31st, 2018, 05:56   #649
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new seat fix: the silver bubble wrap sun shield. Chopped off about 6", fanned in half, laid on sideways. Forms a slick, hip suspending bubble.

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Old August 26th, 2018, 20:13   #650
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Great car. The only big, four cylinder, bi-turbo diesel car in NA. It's fun, fast and excellent handling. I barely can recall what went wrong in the hundreds of posts I made here, it wasn't much. If I lose this car, I'd replace it with another of the same. My mpg since highway commuting for about a year is 35.
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Old August 28th, 2018, 07:43   #651
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I down shift by taping fast bursts. Off the freeway about three separate levels of rapid sets of paddle taps.
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Old September 3rd, 2018, 12:19   #652
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There is a new gen of the Beamers out soon I think. The 3 series is getting lower and wider maybe. If there's a new gen of the 328d I may test drive it. For financial reasons would like to trade in my E250BT, but I need to find a better or at least comparable car first.
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Old September 3rd, 2018, 15:13   #653
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Rumor is BMW will stop importing diesels after 2018. Hope it's not true, but I wouldn't be surprised.
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Old September 6th, 2018, 09:23   #654
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The 4 visor box approach isn't that good. Lately I slide out the driver visor and swing it at a 45 degree. That way I drive with my left eye sometimes when the sun hits or move my head to the center.
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Old September 6th, 2018, 09:31   #655
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I looked at that car. To my surprise, IIHS is splitting their small offset crash test into more categories such as leg protection. Score was acceptable not good on leg protection so the 3 series still has basic structural/safety flaws. I test drove and the rear end seemed to bottom out on a small bump. 0n the plus side the adaptive leds seemed awesome. The new 3 series is out this fall so if there's a diesel I will try again. The dealer seemed willing to deal on the 2018 price, but so far not that interested.
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Old September 9th, 2018, 08:39   #656
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I looked at that car. To my surprise, IIHS is splitting their small offset crash test into more categories such as leg protection. Score was acceptable not good on leg protection so the 3 series still has basic structural/safety flaws. I test drove and the rear end seemed to bottom out on a small bump. 0n the plus side the adaptive leds seemed awesome. The new 3 series is out this fall so if there's a diesel I will try again. The dealer seemed willing to deal on the 2018 price, but so far not that interested.

The rear end seemed to bottom out? Unless the car was missing suspension pieces or you weight 1000 lbs... thats very unlikely.

I'm not a fan of the 3 class, even though theres one in the household. Its an entry level BMW and sure feels like it.
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Old September 17th, 2018, 14:53   #657
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I am trying another dealer since my last anal open pit mine job of a $1700 oil change. I'm just picking a dealer that seems to have a large service dept based on internet crap. If I am again ass-aulted I will try a specialty shop, but that may invalidate my extended warranty. I think if there's a next time I'll skip warranty beyond my pre-paid service which was overcharge free as long as it lasted. The car however is running flawlessly.
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Old September 22nd, 2018, 12:31   #658
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I was marveling at how huge those vans are, like 4 VW mini-vans of old glued into a big rectangle. All powered (very well I hear) by almost the same 4cyl I have in my E250BT, the difference being the Sprinter is single turbo and the e250 is bi-turbo. This is a fabulous engine.
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Old October 22nd, 2018, 21:56   #659
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Estimate so far for 60k is $550 service, plus $650 to change trans fluid. Estimate for 50k was $200 which popped up to $1600.

There's an E250BT for sale with low miles nearby. Maybe I should trade in instead. Hard to think of trading in a flawless running car. Not only would I have to put down a chunk, I'd have to put full size tires on. Then there's the small chance that somehow the car was rebuilt after a crash and isn't on Carfax, or is a lemon or wasn't maintained. Or just move to Berlin and get the 2019 next gen E class diesel which if it was here I wouldn't be writing this I'd be driving it. Warranty is 100k, 40k to go. Maybe I can find a shop that is certified to do maintenance now that preserves the warranty. Scary. Trick or Treat.

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Old October 23rd, 2018, 04:57   #660
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Why would you trade the car because it needs a scheduled PM service???? Why own a car like that if service costs make your wallet pucker?

Or perhaps find a non-dealer that can accomplish those things for perhaps less money. The parts are generally not super expensive in the aftermarket. I just did a brake job on the rear axle of a 2014 M-class CDI yesterday, it wasn't anything spectacularly expensive.
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