In Reply to: I hate BMW service departments!!! (more) posted by GideonArcher on April 21, 2000 at 16:25:01:
Silly as it seems, getting your wallet out of your back pocket was a serious suggestion. It made a difference for me. Beyond that, I don't have this problem.
: My wheels look like they were painted by a 12 year old kid with a can of Rust-Oleum, Honda Civic-16k-nicely painted wheels, M Coupe-42k-crappilly painted wheels, something doesn't add up. According to BMW SF "This is because of driving conditions and possibly sand". Oh yeah, overspray happens when your wheels get wet and accumulate some road tar, yeah whatever buddy.
Just playing devil's advocate here, but are you sure it's overspray and not pitting? Painted wheels are very prone to pitting if you let brake dust get wet.
: On a better note, they supposedly put a check valve on the hosing somewhere for the rear wiper. I am going to test this weekend and see if it helps.
Is this the Ron Stygar mod? Keep us posted.
: So No resoloution on;
: Gear shift getting WAY nothcy sometimes,
Interesting. I had this problem when the car was new, but it's been getting better (3100mi and counting). Once, I was totally locked out of 1st, and the car was stationary. I had to shift into 2nd, goose the clutch a little, then go back to 1st.
: Stink of washer fluid when using either rear or front washers.
Rear washer too? I've noticed this with the fronts, and think it's just something that we'll have to live with. Given that the firing line of the front washers is directly over the cabin air intake, (see thread on cowl induction ;) I'm not sure what could be done about it.
If you're looking for a clueful service department, I've been very pleased with My BMW in Monterey (Seaside, actually) A bit of a haul, yes, but if they get it right...
Someday I'll tell you the whole saga of the special Valdez option on my 540i. ;)