Thanks for all the feedback. I don't think the blower would have drained my
battery had it been healthy, but it was nearly toast anyhow. I found a
Motorcraft 665 CCA replacement battery for $125 installed. That beats the
$300 the dealer wanted. As for the blower, I'm bringing it in Thursday
along with the repair order, where they looked at it before, and see what
On the flip side, I managed to save a work mate $150 tonight by helping him
install a turn signal bulb on his X5. That's right, the dealer quoted him
an hour and a half for changing the front left turn bulb. Five bucks and a
half hour later, he was on his way, with a spare bulb to boot.
I think it's a special part and I've not seen it on sale outside a BMW
It's definitely DIYable on my E39 - it's situated on the bulkhead behind
the heater (it's in the cool air intake to help its cooling) accessible
via the (UK) driver's foot well. You have to remove the carpet strip on
the transmission tunnel and the 'roof' of the foot well. And it's a bit of
a fiddle. A LHD car is probably easier with more room due to no steering
column in the way. But your 3 Series will likely differ in detail.
*Bigamy is having one wife too many - monogamy is the same
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
Final chapter on the heater blower. I took it in and the dealer fixed it
gratis. A pleasant surprise. I guess the mothership was amenable to
comping me since this is a relatively common defect.
As to the oil fill light, I'm gonna live with it. I guess the pressure
sender is on a separate circuit, so if I keep my eye on the level, I'll be
OK. They also told me that the newer models don't have a dipstick, so when
the light comes on errantly, some owners are overfilling their crankcases.
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