These are the BMWs you should be excited about in 2021

Date Published: January 31, 2021

These are the BMW's you should be excited about in 2021

BMW has an exciting year ahead.  There are several exciting new models in line to launch this year. Here is a list of BMWs that will keep you on your toes:

  • BMW M3 and M4
  • 4 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe
  • BMW 128ti

BMW M3 and M4

The most exciting news for BMW is the release of the new M3 and the M4. Here are the exciting features that this model offers:

  • 3.0-liter-six-cylinder petrol engine.
  • 375kW and 600Nm to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

4 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe

  • Three engines will make up the power plants: two petrol and one diesel
  • The 2.0 diesel engine will offer 140kW and 400Nm

BMW 128ti

  • The BMW 128ti will be powered by a Turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine.
  • The engine will offer 180kW and 380Nm.

Electric cars to look forward to

BMW iX

The BMW will only go into production in 2021.  BMW has reported that the iX is comparable to the X5 in length and width, and is almost the same as the X6 in height.

BMW has stated that the high-voltage battery will offer more than 480 kilometers of range.  The iX is expected to consume less than 21kWh per 100 kilometres.

BMW iX3

The iX3 will go on sale in 2021.  You can recharge your BMW iX3 with 150 kW up to a level of 80% in only 34 minutes. The  recharging process for the BMW iX3 is said to be simpler, faster and more efficient than ever.

BMW i4

The BMW Concept i4 is the first purely electric BMW Gran Coupé. The BMW i4 will only enter into production in 2021. BMW has started that with an expected range of 600 km,  drivers and passengers can look forward to a tremendous sporty driving sensation.

Author: Omega Fumba

Get to know your BMW

Date Published: January 31, 2021

Get to know your BMW

Are you a BMW owner or a hardcore fan? BMWs have some of the most advanced features in the world.  Here is a list with some of the best technological BMW features:

  • Adaptive LED lights
  • BMW Brake Dust
  • BMW Key FOB operation
  • Working your Wipers
  • BMW Service Indicator 
  • BMW Climate Controls
  • BMW Apps
  • Connecting your iPhone and your BMW
  • Connecting your Android and your BMW
  • How to program your BMW key: BMW Cartridge Key (BMWs with a keyhole in the dash)
  • Remote Key Re-Initialize
  • BMW Garage Door Opener Instructions

Adaptive LED lights

The adaptive LED lights were first introduced on the BMW 7 Series in 2012.  This feature is now also available with Xenon headlights on the all new BMW 3 Series.

BMW Brake Dust

BMW brakes offer superior stopping power. However, brake dust can accumulate on the wheels over time.  Even though you may have to make a few more visits to the carwash, the brake dust is a worthy consequence for better safety.

BMW Key FOB operation

The newly redesigned BMW X5 key fob includes person profile settings such as;

  • Locking preferences
  • Mirror positions
  • Memory buttons
  • Seat positions
  • Climate control
  • Navigation views
  • Multimedia settings 

For more instructions on the BMW Key FOB, click here.

Working your Wipers

Learn how to work your BMW wipers.  This video illustrates how to activate the wiper function, set different wiper speeds, activate the rain sensor and turn on the wiper jets.

BMW Service Indicator

iDrive allows you to track your next BMW service date and understand what kind of service is required.  

Here is how this feature works, each time the ignition is turned on, the driving distance or time till the next service visit is displayed in your instrument cluster.  

BMW Climate Controls

Learn more about your BMW Climate Controls feature.  This video illustrates how to activate the different settings of the Parked Car Ventilation feature.

BMW Apps

BMW has an app that you can use to connect to Facebook, Twitter, or web radio into your iDrive display. Click here for instructions.

Connecting your iPhone and your BMW

Modern BMWs allow you to connect your iPhone with your BMW. 

Connecting your Android and your BMW

Modern BMWs have a feature that allows you to pair your Android via bluetooth to your BMW.

How to Programme your BMW key

BMW Cartridge Key (BMWs with no keyhole in the dash)

Simply take the new BMW key fob and hold it against the marked spot on the right side of the steering column. Hold in the start button until it starts the car. 

The start button needs to be pressed the whole time; it could take between 5-20 seconds for the car to start.

Remote key initialize

If a key fails to operate remotely, it will have to be re-initialized (all keys in sequence at the same time)

These are the instructions: 

  1. Get in and “close all doors”
  2. Turn ignition on & off quickly (no more than 5 seconds) to start the process. Next action must take place within 30 seconds
  3. First key – hold down button #2 (unlock) while striking button #1 (lock) three times. Release button #2. Confirmed by door lock operation.
  4. Repeat for second key within 30 seconds of first.
  5. After the last key then cycle the ignition on/off to finalize the process (not necessary to start the engine.

BMW Garage Door Opener Instructions

Did you know that you can program your BMW to act as a garage door opener? Click here for step by step instructions.

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Where to take my BMW for repairs?

Date Published: December 22, 2020

Is there something wrong with your BMW?

Let us take care of it!

Over the lifespan of your vehicle, it will need to go through mechanical repairs. Due to the wearing and tearing of your car, there are parts that will need to be fixed or replaced.

Offering decades of experience, at 3 Service Centre we can give you peace of mind, knowing that your vehicle is in good hands. 

Services offered at 3 Service centre

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2020 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2 door vs 2020 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 door

Date published: December 22, 2020

The Mini Cooper Hardtop is easily one of the most desirable Coopers. If you are planning on purchasing your next Mini, you might be wondering which model you will be taking home with you.

In this article, we compare the Mini Cooper Hardtop 2 door vs the Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 door.

Appearance

The most obvious difference between the Mini Hardtop 2 Door and the Hardtop 4 Door is found in the exterior body. The two-door vehicle is smaller in it’s structure than the 4 Door. 

These models have a similar grille, comparable headlights, and almost identical hoods, roofs, and side panels. At the back of the car, the Hardtop 4 Door has more definition.

Performance

The Hardtop 2 Door and the Hardtop 4 Door are both available in Cooper and Cooper S trims. The Cooper trim for both MINI versions comes with an I-3, Twin Power Turbo 1.5-liter engine that generates 134 horsepower. 

In addition, the Cooper S also has the same powertrain between the two models, and this is a Twin Power Turbo I-4, a 2.0-liter engine that produces 189 horsepower. 

The Hardtop 2 Door is also available with a top-level John Cooper Works trim. This trim level draws 228 horsepower from its TwinPower Turbo I-4 engine.

Car features

The Mini Hardtop 2 door and the Hardtop 4 door share many similar features in interior design and style. This includes the circular port that holds the touch display screen. 

The two models share additional shared features that include Bluetooth connectivity, a heated steering wheel, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an auto climate control system, and other gear.

The model of your choice might be influenced purely by your preference in car size. Given that these two models share many similar characteristics except the appearance of the exterior body.

Author: Omega Fumba

BMW’s first all-electric compact SUV

Date Published: December 14, 2020

BMW has unveiled a new electric vehicle called the iX. The iX is expected to go on sale in early 2022. This will be BMW’s first all-electric compact SUV.

The BMW offers an electric driving range of about 300 miles per charge.

The iX’s battery pack can be charged at a rate of 150kW, this means that it can go from 0 to 80 percent charge in about 34 minutes and can take on 100 kilometers (62 miles) of range in about 10 minutes.

BMW had released the i3 hatchback seven years ago when the mainstream Electric Vehicle market was still in its earliest stages. Since then, many car brands have stepped in launching different versions of electric cars. After 7 years BMW has returned to launch the iX.

Infotainment and Connectivity

A large 14.9-inch infotainment display combines with a 12.3-inch digital display to create the iX’s impressive dashboard design. 

The software allows you to customize menus and graphics. This car is expected to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other expected features are wireless smartphone charging capability and an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot. An 18-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo system is standard but BMW will also offer a 30-speaker Bowers & Wilkins setup as an option.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

BMW says the iX will offer around 500-hp combined from its two electric motors. BMW also claims it will go zero-to-60-mph in less than 5.0 seconds.

Author: Omega Fumba

Here is how the BMW Remote Diagnosis feature works

Date Published: December 9, 2020

Technology is constantly being integrated into modern cars. Modern cars are becoming more and more high-tech everyday, making our daily lives easier.

An example of this is the new BMW remote diagnosis feature, a new option introduced on cars fitted with iDrive 7 OS. If there is an error with your BMW, this can now be diagnosed from a distance.

How it works

If you have connected your BMW to the internet, a representative from BMW can remotely connect to your car and check for any faults and advise you on what to do.

Unlike back when your car would unexpectedly have an error, you would have to drive your car to the repair shop to connect it to a diagnosis tool to see what was wrong.

The BMW remote diagnosis is a convenient way of finding out if your BMW has an error. The BMW Remote Diagnosis helps you identify whether your car is still safe to drive.

Do I still have to go to the repair shop?

Yes, you still have to go to the repair shop to get your car repaired. However, the BMW remote diagnosis feature allows you to save time because the technician can pre-order the parts needed before you even get there.

 This way, the time that your precious car spends at the dealer is reduced and you can spend more time with your car!

Author: Omega Fumba

Mini Cooper rated one of the best small hatchbacks

Date Published: December 2, 2020

In discussing the best small hatchbacks, the Mini Cooper is bound to come up in conversation. The Mini Cooper is a vehicle that delivers retro style, charm, class and desirability.

With a range of models varying from a hardtop three- or five-door hatchback or a two-door convertible, every model features an upscale, comfy cabin if you’re willing to pay for it. There are two trim levels for each variation of the Mini Cooper, with the more expensive of the two equipped with a more powerful and more desirable engine. 

Mini hatchback reliability and safety

The Mini Cooper Hatch received four out of five stars when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP. Euro NCAP is an organization that provides consumer information on the safety of new cars.  Adult protection was rated at 79%, child protection at 73% and pedestrian protection at 66%, with a 56% score for safety assist.

All Minis come with Mini Teleservices and Mini eCall, this monitors and oversees the car’s state and can alert the emergency services if the car is involved in an accident.

Author: Omega Fumba

JCW GP Limited edition unleashed

Date Published: December 2, 2020

Since the ownership of Mini by BMW in the 90s, the Mini Cooper has had great amounts of success.

The Mini has built a great reputation of very capable compact performance cars.

The Mini JCW

The JCW acronym stands for John Cooper Works. Two-generations of JCW have been available in South Africa, with the first in 2005, followed by a second generation in 2013.

The JCW is an award-winning model with engines of up to 228 horsepower. The John Cooper Works line was created for car enthusiasts who demand the ultimate in performance engineering.

The JCW GP has a limited supply

The latest Mini JCW GP has been confirmed for South Africa. South Africa was only able to secure a supply of 38 cars.

For a car with so much exclusivity, you need to be prepared to dig deep into your pockets.

The Mini JCW GP costs R809 488. This car is yet to be the most expensive Mini Cooper to be sold in South Africa. 

Mini JCW GP: Is it worth the cost?

The JCW GP has huge 355mm front brakes. With bolder fenders and an enormous rear wing, the car definitely demands attention.

If you take a glance inside this Mini, you will realize that there are no rear seats. The rear seats have been replaced with a bright red strut brace. Despite the vehicle’s hatchback profile, this Mini is strictly a two seater.

The JCW GP’s suspension has been dropped by Mini Coopers engineers, lowering it’s centre of gravity. BMW provides the two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 225kW and 450Nm.

The JCW engine features include new twin-scroll turbocharger running greater boost pressure, a reinforced crankshaft with a larger main bearing, lighter pistons, new connecting rods, a redesigned vibration damper, a larger sump and greater cooling potential.

The JCW GP is a front wheel drive vehicle only available as an eight-speed automatic.

Author: Omega Fumba

What to check for when you buy a used BMW

Date Published: October 2, 2020

Are you interested in buying a BMW but a brand new car does not fit your budget? Here’s what to check for when you buy a used BMW.

Three steps to consider when buying a used BMW

Do your research

Doing your research is the most important step in buying any preloved car. BMW has a variety of different models with their own trim levels. The trim levels may differ depending on the year of the model.

When you are planning on buying a used BMW, you need to think about the depreciation of the car. Most cars lose their value quickly but, the more expensive the car is, the longer it takes to lose value.

Check the vehicle's history

Another important thing to do when purchasing a car is to check the history of the vehicle. A vehicle history report (VHR) will tell you about the previous owner’s accidents, warranties, service, and possible liens. You can search online for a free vehicle history report, but you will need a vehicle identification number (VIN).

Read the vehicle’s warranty. If the car does have a warranty, find out what is included in the warranty and if it is transferable to the next owner.

Get the best deal

If there is a specific car model that you are interested in, look up the real market value of that car. The market value will tell you what other car buyers are paying for pre-owned BMWs. 

Tips for buying a used BMW

Used car checklist: what to look for when buying a second-hand car

It Is extremely important that you take a good look at the history of the vehicle. When looking at the car report, keep in mind that a car report only mentions things that were reported. This means that even though it is wise to carefully look through the report, you should not fully rely on it. 

Buying a used BMW? How to inspect a used BMW?

When you are buying a used BMW from a car dealership, they are required by law to give you certain information about the vehicle. You need to make sure that you watch out for any mechanical issues with the vehicle.

Ask them what parts might have been serviced or replaced recently and pay close attention to problems with things like the cooling system and its components, including the water pump and thermostat. It is also necessary that you test drive the vehicle to make sure that there are no problems. 

Ultimate guide to picking a used BMW

Reliability

Buying a used BMW means that you will have a car that is reliable, regardless of the model. With the correct maintenance, BMWs are very reliable.

Budget

It is important that you plan ahead and know how much you will spend. Like other cars, some BMW models will cost more than others. You also need to consider other costs besides buying the car itself, there are costs such as; buying a service plan and running the car.

Model

When buying a car, you need to think about what you need to get out of the car. It could be luxury, comfort, space or simply the need to get around, there definitely is a model for everyone. Here are the different types of car categories to choose from:

  • Family cars
  • Sports cars
  • Hatchbacks
  • Estate cars

Author: Omega Fumba

South Africans are keeping their cars for longer

Date Published: October 2, 2020

Due to our crippling economy, many South Africans are keeping their cars for longer periods of time. A research published by the Automobile Association (AA) looks at how the economy influences people’s decisions around car ownership.

Why South Africans are holding on to their cars for longer than before

“A good extended or pre-owned mechanical warranty is a smart investment to make, as it gives you the opportunity to be fully prepared for non-wear and tear damage to your vehicle’s engine, transmission, drive train, electrical system, turbo assembly and loads more” says Ricardo Coetzee, the head of Auto & General.

Coetzee also stated that it may be a good financial move to keep your car longer to save on car repayments, but with older vehicles there is a higher risk of having a mechanical breakdown. More than 90% of South Africans have said that they have chosen to keep their cars for longer because of the current economic state. In a research conducted by Automobile Association (AA), just over 40% of South Africans say that they are keeping their cars for between 5 and 10 years. And, just under 35% have stated that they are keeping their cars for over 10 years.

There is a need for better maintenance of vehicles. “Proper, proactive maintenance is key to protect you against a mechanical breakdown, massive expenses, an accident or worse. In addition, a good extended (or pre-owned) warranty / service plan could come in very handy when it comes to the replacement of components that were damaged by something other than wear and tear”, says Ricardo Coetzee 

14 car parts most likely to fail

Auto & General(AA) and the Tyre, Equipment, Parts Association(TEPA), have put together a list of car parts that are most likely to fail on higher mileage cars. They have also advised that car owners should inspect and maintain these car parts on a regular basis. Here is the list of car parts:

  • Timing belts
  • Brake system 
  • Brake hoses or brake system seals
  • Brake fluid 
  • Radiators and Radiator hoses
  • Alternators
  • Water pumps 
  • Shock absorbers 
  • CV joints
  • Clutches
  • Engine and gearbox seals 
  • Starter motors 
  • Oil pumps 
  • Engine and gearbox mountings 
  • Wheel bearings
  • Universal joints

A growing number of South Africans are keeping their cars for more than 10 years

Maintenance

The research conducted by the Automotive Association shows us that only 20% of car owners have maintenance plans for their cars, whilst just under 50 percent of car owners have stated that they pay for maintenance out of their own pocket.

David Chard, the managing director of AA Warranties says that too many people rely on the hope of their car not breaking down, and when their car does break down, they prefer to pay from their own pocket instead of having a solid financial plan in place. Chard says that it is easy and budget-friendly to get a service or maintenance plan.

Important steps vehicle owners must take to keep their vehicles running for longer

Here are a few important steps from the MD of AA Warranties on how to keep your vehicle running for longer:

  • If you are starting a vehicle from cold, allow it to idle for five minutes for the oil to circulate
  • Avoid speeding, turning and braking
  • Try not to over-rev your vehicle
  • Attend to warning lights immediately; don’t think these will go away in time, they may indicate serious issues
  • Regularly check tyre pressure. Do this when you stop to refuel. Also check your oil when refuelling
  • Check wheel alignment and balancing every six months, especially after extensive travel
  • Replace serviceable items (e.g. brake pads, fan belts) according to the service schedule of your vehicle
  • Request the parts which were replaced during a service to ensure they were in fact replaced
  • Stick to the servicing schedule of your vehicle; being proactive about your vehicle’s well-being is part of being a responsible car owner
  • Consider a mechanical warranty to provide ‘medical aid’ cover for your vehicle.

Author: Omega Fumba