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  1. I just filled the water back up in the battery and noticed this wire is unhooked, does anyone know where it goes? Black wire coming from the positive wire
  2. The running costs are pretty decent for any BMW, I can log into the BMW owners site (anyone with any BMW can) and get coupons for very reasonably priced routine maintenance, such as oil changes and brakes. The coupons on the BMW site brings the service costs down to about what a good independent garage would charge, like $200 for a one axle brake job for example. My BMW is 15 years old and they still give deals for it, I’m guessing they’ll still give the same deals for an E36 too. The BMW dealer here will push you to take a loaner car for almost any service, it’s just a trick to ge
  3. Some updates: I updated the battery size and type to the correct value. It still wouldn’t register but it updated to 70AH lead acid with no issues. It was set to 120AH, but the battery is only 140 reserve minutes (the length of time it can produce 25 amps of power) which I worked out as 66 and 2/3 amp hours. Is it possible this 1st generation E90 (2006) doesn’t have the registration function? After doing this, the car went into sleep mode very quickly, completely powering the radio off so that it took almost 60 seconds for the BMW logo to go away after starting the car, which
  4. It could be the high pressure fuel pump, assuming that engine is direct injected. It shouldn’t be loud enough to hear from inside the car though, mine sounds like someone whacking a rock with a hammer when the engine is cold and still can’t hear it inside the car.
  5. You can reset it with Carly or Carista (Smartphone apps, requires additional hardware sold separately) or have a BMW technician do it. There isn't a way to do it from the car itself. How old is that battery? If it's the original 2013 battery you are probably headed for a replacement pretty soon anyway.
  6. Unplugged the FSR and the transmission gear indicator light finally went out and the car started the following morning. I'll order an aftermarket FSR for $25 and hope it works
  7. Yes if the car has a "deleted" DPF then it's going to smoke. That's the whole reason for the DPF (diesel particulate filter): to eliminate smoke, soot and ash from the exhaust. MPG will go up with the DPF removed because most cars don't run heavy enough loads to keep the catalyst in the DPF filter hot enough to burn the collected soot and ash off, so the engines go in to a regeneration cycle. Regeneration raises the RPM of the engine high enough to keep exhaust temps hot and air flowing for the regen cycle. The second part of the regen cycle is diesel fuel is pumped into the exhaust pipe t
  8. I think you’re on to something with the FSR, I noticed that when the fan is on high, it doesn’t really go on high. I’m not sure why I haven’t noticed it before, but the fan is definitely only getting up to about 2/3 speed. IBS is probably messed up too since it won’t accept the new battery command from Carly but other codings work… sort of.
  9. I'm an idiot, i see you posted all the information in your post subject. Is it better or worse than your current car? I'm assuming quite a bit older? I don't know UK prices but it would go for about $2000 to $3000 here, depending on condition
  10. It's a BMW forum, we'll probably all just tell you to keep it and sell your other car -- however, no one can answer that question without more information about the car. At a minimum, the model year and the 3 digit number and any letters on the back of the car and the number of doors it has. Also, if it has "//M" on it anywhere, that raises the price up quite a bit.
  11. I'm not sure of European requirements for emissions, but if your car has a functioning DPF and SCR system and no mechanical failures the tips on your exhaust pipes should be incredibly clean no matter what you dump into the fuel tank. I worked for a company with 300 diesel powered (80,000 pound GVWR) trucks, the only time the exhaust tips got dirty after SCR and DPF was introduced was if a turbo failed and overloaded the DPF. We never put anything in the tanks other than #1 or #2 ULSD diesel fuel, depending on the weather. We even had a Volvo rep come check the VN370 tractors with a machine
  12. Thank you for taking the time to help with this. How do I get to the FSR plug? I can see the edge of it but I can't figure out how to unplug it. I also got the full Carly adapter and ran full diagnostics on it, and attempted to register the battery which the used car dealer told me was new (but he didn't have the tool to register the battery). Attempts at registering the battery with Carly fail almost instantly. About half the time it will only start if the IBS is unplugged as well. 2F80 2E98 - Generator, communication 2DEC - Power management, battery 2E8E
  13. It wasn’t the relay, still goes dead just not as fast. It’s not going to sleep for some reason. I pulled the codes, pretty much all of them are under/over voltage codes which would be expected when the battery dies. I hear something that sounds like a small fan running behind the hvac controls, is there a cooling fan in there for the navigation radio? IBS sensor is hooked up now, we drove it for 17 hours straight (825 miles) and that seemed to fix the IBS issue. After the 17 hour drive, it started but cranked slowly the next day.
  14. Finally tearing into the issues with this new to me 2006 325xi i left it on charge all day, and it was drawing almost 7 amps after the battery finished charging. I checked the relays and fuses and the one labeled 30g was warm to the touch, but the car had been off all day. I pulled it out and I noticed the automatic transmission gear selector light went out, which had been on whether the car was on or not. I’m not sure if the draw went down, I was measuring with a battery charger and after I opened the door it changed the power draw of course.
  15. Yes the AWD is nice, tried it out on the snow already. the used car dealer said he replaced the battery and alternator to try and fix the problem but still couldn’t figure it out, and the car won’t start unless the IBS is disconnected. he told me he knows next to nothing about BMWs, and didn’t reset the battery but it was doing this before he swapped it out. its also got only one set of “eyebrow” lights working on the right side, the left side is out totally. He wanted to keep it until it was fixed properly but I thought I could track down the electrical
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