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Newbie question - brand new B3s
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MartinB3s



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:38 pm    Post subject: Newbie question - brand new B3s Reply with quote

Hi All,

Pleased to have finally joined.

Car is a B3s Touring 2018.

Loving the car so far, despite the fact that it has been back to BMW twice since I got it last month. Frustrating to say the least.

The issue is the Drive train warning light that comes on sporadically - causing the car to go into limp home mode. Sometimes this happens, sometimes it runs absolutely perfectly.

The first time BMW (Haliwell Jones, Wilmslow) plugged into diagnostic machine and ran some updates. Car was fine for a few days and then the blasted warning light appeared again so it's back in.

Are BMW dealers to be trusted with Alpina's? Has anyone else had similar issues?

Car is fantastic - just hope this glitch is rectified so I can get on with enjoying an otherwise belter of a car.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking from experience I would only trust Nottingham Sytners to look at an Alpina with tricky faults which are covered under warranty. Even some “Alpina” registered Sytners are worse than useless so a non Alpina BMW dealer would be hopeless as they don’t get to see the cars often enough to get any hard earned knowledge when it comes to fault finding in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this may not be a specific alpina fault but a fault that regular BMW's suffer from so i'd not lose faith just yet.

Nice car! touring man here also, colour spec?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great choice, would love to see some pics.

I had a similar issue with mine in the first few hundred miles. It happened twice. After stopping, turning it off and starting it again (that old chestnut) it was ok.

I was going to take it to a dealer but its not happened since (13,000 miles now).

Theres some completley useless information for you anyway. Hope it helped. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies...car is back in with local BMW dealership - i'll give them one more shot yet if they start talking about stripping it down etc i think i may ask Sytner Nottingham (who supplied the car to get involved). Going to try and sort some photos now...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum MartinB3s.
That looks a cracking car Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't usually do green, but that could sway me. Beautiful.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is lovely!

What have the dealer said they've done? Most "Drivetrain" faults i've seen are on diesels due to EGR Valves
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum.

Beautiful car!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning car, welcome aboard and hope the fault gets sorted, which I'm sure it will as this fault is a fairly regular on on modern BMWs
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Nice! clap
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still with BMW dealership/ service centre who have raised a ‘ puma ‘ alert. They seem to be holding their hands up and saying that they can’t diagnose the fault and have thus escalated to BMW central. I spoke with sytner who supplied the car and they advised that any BMW approved technician can work on Alpina. Indeed, Sytner do not have Alpina ‘specialists’. The head tech told me that alpina make the cars in such a way that they are compatible with all bmw diagnostic machines etc - so no ‘special’ training is required. So i feel somehwhat relieved by that - just want a fault free car back. My Caterham engine died yesterday too. Not a good week for cars! Luxury problems and all that.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure it will be sorted, don't lose faith.

Miss your 993? I do - had a C2S, no troublesome sensors on those Very Happy
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