BMW Automobiles - An Electronic Nightmare
Count 1 of the Indictment:
BMW engineers decided that BMW car owners are too stupid to use an oil dipstick to measure the oil of a BMW, so they removed it, replacing it with an electronic sensor. Bad idea for you, good idea for them, when you ruin your engine from a faulty sensor failing to register a lack of motor oil.
Electronic sensors don't tell you if the oil is dirty or oxidized, if there is water in the oil (indicating a blown head gasket), if the oil smells like gasoline or diesel, among other things you can see on a dipstick. And guess what? Topping up the oil is warned against unless the sensor tells you to do that.
Worse still, BMW forbids you from changing your own oil, with the Owner's Manual instructing you to always have their dealer service center do that simple job.
And if the battery is disconnected, you need to visit the dealer service center once again, to "reset" your moon roof, among other things! Your BMW car is actually a financial parasite!
Every BMW is overloaded with electronics and car electronics are notoriously unreliable and tend to stop working at the worst moments. Electronic sensors for tire pressure, voice commands, GPS, etc., are money waiting to be spent at the car dealer's service center.
Like little time bombs, they explode your bank account at the scheduled moment. There are too many sensors, suggesting BMW owner I.Q.'s have drastically dropped to moron level. BMW sensors they forgot to use are for scheduled urination, headache, and scheduled bankruptcy from car repair.
That's why used BMW automobiles are so cheap - they will need a large infusion of money to keep them running when that little "service engine soon" light reminds you to fill your wallet with cash to buy your next few months of travel. The only thing cheap about the BMW is the attitude of the company towards its customers.
Simpler Is Always Better!
Can you believe that BMW actually installed "a feature" that makes the car engine die when one stops for a stop light or for traffic? Torturing the BMW owner with frustration and fear is part of "the experience" of BMW.
Making a simple, reliable automobile that almost anyone could repair is not happening at BMW and it makes one wonder what were they thinking when they decided to build an electronic Frankenstein?
Copper wires tend to become brittle in cold climates, so flexing them repeatedly by opening and closing doors, trunks, and hatches, will break them eventually, leaving the car without electronic communication for sensors. The closer to the Arctic one lives, the sooner it happens. When it does, some cars do weird things.
Some Ford cars, for example, lock the gear shift in "Park" when the rear tail light stops working. Ford uses a secret release mechanism that even some mechanics overlook, but a cover button removed reveals a hole to poke a pen into to release the shifter.
Do BMW owners feel so lucky when their engine unexpectedly dies at every traffic stop? In panic, they have to dig out the owner's manual to look for how to disable this "feature".
In the list of cars that suck, I would put BMW near the top, if not #1, for the lack of any oil dipstick alone!
The BMW automobile is more than a car, it is an expensive conspiracy to turn a rich car company into a much richer car company. Or perhaps it is Hitler's revenge for Germans losing the war?
Edited by Zharkov, 19 April 2019 - 02:29 PM.