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Sunday, December 11, 2005

My Bimmer's Broken

'Bimmer'? What's a 'Bimmer'?

According to that there Interweb thingy, a Bimmer is a motor car made by BMW.

'But I thought that was a 'Beemer'?

Well, you thought wrong, according to that there Interweb thingy. In the olden days, before they made cars, BMW made motorbikes. And in the tradition of BSA bikes being called 'Beezers', the BMW bikes were called 'Beemers'. So when BMW started making cars, they had to have a different name, and that name is 'Bimmer'. Not that I've ever heard anybody use that word, but there you go. More useless trivia from Keefieboy.

Anyhoo, the ageing 'Bimmer' that I bought a few months ago has been doing its job extremely well. Until last night. On returning home, I discovered that the electric windows would not close. Not only that, the central locking had also given up the ghost. So it was fortunate that the front windows were open - I was able to reach in and push down the lock buttons.

I'm not remotely mechanical, but I figured that this could well be a fuse problem. I consulted the handbook to find out where the fusebox is, and the label inside the fusebox cover told me that the central locking and window winders are on the same circuit as the instrument panel, and that flummoxed me a bit because the instruments were working fine.

Some time later I went down to the shops and I noticed that the electronic diagnostic display that for some reason always tells me I have a door open even when I don't...was not working. A little bit later the actual instruments (speedo, rev counter etc) packed up.

I parked up and had a fiddle with the fuses. The instruments worked again, but still no action on the windows. So, off to the car doctors with it, unless any you geniuses out there have any useful advice to offer...

And the bloody scrolling wheel on my mouse has packed up too! What next?

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somewhere in the back of my mind I remember there being a pair of additional cut-out swithes for the electric windows behind the driver's side kick panel.

There used to be two switches under the dash on the really old BMW's of the 80's. I however accept that your Bimmer is not that old.

5:46 pm  
Blogger CG said...

scrolling wheel - use talcum powder. preferably Johnsons prickly heat. works like magic

10:15 pm  
Blogger Petite For Life said...

Thanks for information about it ;)

11:13 am  
Blogger kaya said...

I was going to ask the husband, but Im sulking and therefore not talking to him.
But that was only for 1 hour yesterday. I will speak to him, but only for you. Dont want him to get the idea I WAS THE ONE TO SPEAK.( why am I sulking again?...)

9:09 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Thanks Kaya, very noble of you?
Why are you sulking?

9:22 am  
Blogger kaya said...

...still sulking...
HE is buying another car and selling off his old one. When "I" the martyr needs a complete BRAND NEW (DEAFENING) MUSIC SYSTEM installed because MY cd player in the car has gone on the blink.
...but for you Hombre I will ask...

8:44 pm  
Blogger kaya said...

23.10 hours
Checked with domestic bimmer guru and then as he gazes into the crystal ball he aske me what series....I forgot year and model.
Tried to chk archives but no luck there. So tell me pls.

11:10 pm  
Blogger Robert said...

Next will be the instrumentation electrics, the water pump, the a/c, the radiator and the cylinder head - all requiring long periods in the garage. Then your wife will force you to get rid of it and you'll buy a cheap, reliable Japanese car. At least that's what happened to me!

1:20 pm  
Anonymous Cheesemonkey said...

Next will be the instrumentation electrics, the water pump, the a/c, the radiator and the cylinder head - all requiring long periods in the garage. Then your wife will force you to get rid of it and you'll buy a cheap, reliable Japanese car. At least that's what happened to me!

1:21 pm  
Anonymous Cheesemonkey said...

Next will be the instrumentation electrics, the water pump, the a/c, the radiator and the cylinder head - all requiring long periods in the garage. Then your wife will force you to get rid of it and you'll buy a cheap, reliable Japanese car. At least that's what happened to me!

1:22 pm  
Anonymous mohamed Elzubeir said...

From a happy bimmer owner, I will tell you that owning a considerably older model is not the best of ideas. I am no mechanic, not by a long shot -- I wouldn't of have even gotten as far as looking things up in the manual (good for you!).

So, yes, I would dare say, cut your losses now, sell the car and invest in a newer model of a 5 series perhaps. It really is worth the investment. If you are on a tight budget though, then you may want to consider VW?

Japanese cars? *puke*

10:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid question: Have you had the battery checked out?

2:33 pm  

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