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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,286
    Labor and tax rates vary quite a bit, so I'll give you the approximate cost of the part as well as a reasonable installation time.

    Drive belts- both belts should cost no more than $85. One hour to install, tops.
    Stabilizer end link- the link should cost around $40 with one hour of installation.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Thanks a lot, the dealer quoted 472$ to fix this. I found a guy to get this done for 250$, you think that is feasible?

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,286
    $250 sounds reasonable, but I'd want to make sure that the tech actually knows BMWs and isn't using you car for practice...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Hi all-

    has anyone compiled a list of "typical" repairs and maintenance items/costs for the current generation BMW 5-series (non-turbo models)? I see many questions in this forum about extended warranties and maintenance programs. Are they worth the money, what to expect, etc. It would be very helpful for all those considering buying a used 5 series to understand what the repair and maintenance costs of a typical model will be (assuming average millage) for the first 100K miles or so.

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,286
    Cost estimates depend on location as well as the specific dealer or indie shop. I'd say to budget @700-900 per year or 15K miles. On a BMW that sees merely street usage I follow BMW's service schedule except that I change the transmission oil(manual or slushbox) every 50,000 miles. Ditto for the final drive oil. I also change the coolant(using BMW coolant ONLY) every four years.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • The cost for my 2002 530i 5 speed sport package was approximately $1500 for items that would have been covered by BMW's extended maintenance or warranty programs which at the time cost approximately $3500. After factoring profit and commissions you can expect the average maintenance cost to be approximately half the cost of the extended maintenace/warranty programs. I typically follow the maintenance schedule recommended by Roundel/Bimmer's tech editor.
  • I got estimates from the dealer for my 2020 530i (60K miles) to fix drive belt and rear stabilizer for 500$, I found a guy who did this for half the price, this is my first repair since 7 years.

    Can some one recommend me the cheap and best winter tires? my tires are old and I havenot changed them since I bought them, is that why I see the stering shaking when I apply brakes at 60mph or more speed?

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    If you are getting a tremor thru the steering wheel during braking the most likely cause is warped rotors.

    As for winter tires, Bridgestone Blizzaks have gotten me thru New Hampshire winters with no serious problems. They are not the cheapest (about $500 for 4) but tires are the last place I'd want to cheap out.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • I have bought a certified 5-series couple months ago. I have just realized a foggy film on the chrome around the doors. I tried chrome polish, but no change.

    Any ideas on what could be used to clean and polish the chrome around the doors? Thanks
  • A while ago I received some correspondence from BMW regarding the fuel pump on my 2008 535I. To be honest I paid no attention to it but I think it related to extending the warranty on the fuel pump. The other day I was doing about 65 on the Garden State Parkway and I felt the engine lose power. The car would still do better than 60 but it lacked power and the turbo wouldn't kick in. The dash lit up with an engine that looked like it was half lit and a message came up saying that there was an engine malfunction and I had reduced power. I got the car home without incident and went on Google to see if anyone else had the same problem. I found numerous instances of other owners on other BMW sites having the same problem and the cause was a malfunnction in the high pressure fuel pump (HPFP). I called my dealer (Park Avenue BMW) and explained the problem and they said to bring the car in at 6PM and they would give me a loaner(which turned out to be a 2009 528) . By noon of the next day they called and said the car was fixed . They replaced the fuel pump. Park Avenue really did a great job for me.
    Has anyone else with a 2008 535I experienced this problem or heard about it?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,286
    BMW is having some issues with the HPFP used on the N54. Some cars are affected and some aren't. There are quite a few discussions about it on various E90 forums and message boards.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Got my 2010 535i with M sport package on Aug 28, 09. At 850 and then 1000 miles, I had the High Pressure Fuel Pump (HPFP) go out. The car would start but it would sputter. BMW issued a bulletin on July 5, 2009 on the issue actually so it’s well known. I am surprised and perturbed that BMW did not rectify the problem for the 2010 (vehicles with the twin turbo).

    The symptoms are as follows:

    1. Sputtering of the engine when trying to start.
    2. Delayed start

    I learned per the BMW service advisor that the HPFP provides pressure for the fuel line when the engine is off. When the HPFP fails, it does not provide the pressure so the start delays and hence the sputtering.

    BMW of Fremont fixed it in one day.

    They replaced the HPFP, tested the car, waited, and tested it again. So far so good but we’ll see. Hope this post helps.
  • I got a squeeze noise when turning the wheel on my 2005 525i.The noise doesn't seem to be too bad, but kind of annoying. Does anybody have the similar issue and know the solution for it?

    Many thanks!
  • OK-my 2003 525 is at a shop with extensive water damage to the electrical due to rain water seeping into the car somehow and coming up under the back passenger floor. What was your recourse, did BMW pay to repair? I have owned so many Bimmers and never used my garages and never had this happen. PLEASE HELP ME! I NEED INFO :sick:
  • As I can confirm by a message posted by a member in 2005, I am not the first. I am desperate! My 2003 525 has had rain leaking into the car into the back on the passenger side and has caused what I am told is $6000 in electrical damage. I need to know if anyone has experienced and if BMW NA handled? HELP! When I do general online searches for this I am not getting anywhere! I have owned many bimmers and have never had this happen??? :sick:
  • My 2004 530 has 124k miles on it. The service guy at my local dealership said that transmission filter is built-in to the housing and should be replaced at 100k, but I can't find anything written to verify this. Does anyone know if this is true?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    I didn't find out HOW to do it, (yet) but the book says it takes 2.9 hours labor to change the filter, so it must, in fact, be a real pain to do. Looks taking off the oil pan isn't all that easy on this car. It also says the FLUID needs replacing at 100K, but doesn't say anything about the filter.

    Fluid change is listed at only 1.8 hours, so that must be without removing the oil pan.

    The question is, therefore---is a filter change required at 100K or it is a "lifer"?


  • I bought 2005 525i recently, condition looks OK to me. I use to do oil change by my own on other cars and would like to do the samething on my 525i, a couple of questions:

    1. If I use Mobile synthtic oil, should the interval every one year or 12 thousand miles?

    2. Can I use the aftermarket oil filter purchased from other auto shops or better use the one from BWM parts department?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    I'd use the dealer's filter or a German filter from an online BMW specialty vendor.

    Best thing I can say about oil changes is that if you are going to extend the oil change beyond manufacturer's recommendations, get an oil analysis periodically, and then you KNOW what's going on.


  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    if you are going to extend the oil change beyond manufacturer's recommendations, get an oil analysis periodically, and then you KNOW what's going on.

    Problem is that BMW doesn't give any recommendation other than changing when indicated by the service interval indicators which for some drivers is as long as
    15,000 miles. Many owners and some techies consider such intervals absurdly long, particularly in the case of the initial oil change. IIRC Mike Miller, the service guru at Roundel recommends changes at not more than 10000 mile intervals.

    My BMW Indie techs recommend 5000 mile intervals, which seems excessive in the other direction but since I think it's a good idea to have your car looked at by a pro every season, I generally change every 5 or 6K.

    BMW also requires that you use their proprietary oil, which IIRC is actually relabeled Castrol Syntec. I'm sure any similarly rated synthetic would suffice.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

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