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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,394
    It turned out to be a blown fuse in the unit that receives the signal from the keys.
  • bmwnut2bmwnut2 Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 528i it has the tv ,phone ,I love it --- But My radio,cd and gps will not come on it dose not even show the gps-navigation in the menu anymore -- I checked in the back, gps cd unit has no lights and will not eject gps cd. allso checked cd unit ,that has power and will eject my cds and load them again but thats all. ---- please help me I am lost without my music and my gps vioce.
    thanks :cry:
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,394
    A sizeable crack has appeared on my windshield just ahead of where the mirror is mounted. Has anyone ever replaced the windshield on an E39? Anything to watch out for?

    MY 2000 528iA
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    Just make sure the glass shop has experience working with BMWs.

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

  • drgumsdrgums Posts: 51
    edited June 2010
    I have been a loyal BMW customer for over 25 years. My 535i 2009 has had 2 dangerous "engine failures" while traveling at cruising speeds on major highways and bridges. The first repair was considered a" fuel pump defect." I was lucky not to be hurt in that first engine failure. However , the same thing happened again last week on the George Washington Bridge traveling in the left lane at 65 miles per hour. Luckily, I was able to move to the right lane and put my blinkers on barely going 15 miles an hour. Fortunately, there were no cars/ tracker trailers on my tail.
    The dealer has been very good with maintenance, however they suggested that I see if it happens again for the third time, and I said " not anymore". My safety and my familiy's safety is on the line here....I received my 328 loaner and called BMW of North America explaining the situation. They seem to know about this problem and I hope they will work this out with me to get me out of this dangerous car and re lease another one without these issues. Funny...I really liked my 2009 535i with a 6 speed etc....I hope to get another one. Maybe customer loyalty will really mean something here?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    What you've described is anything but an "Engine Failure" (which is where the engine itself develops a mechanical problem that prevents it from operating), that said, when the High Pressure Fuel Pump (a known fault area for the twin turbo motor) fails, the engine will become fuel starved and stop operating properly.
  • drgumsdrgums Posts: 51
    Thanks for the clarification. However, this High Pressure Fuel Pump problem is extremely dangerous when the incident occurs. I still enjoy immensely the BMW car experience, ( having 12 BMW's previously) . However, this issue takes priority because of the safety considerations. I hope BMW will make good on this and move me into another vehicle so I can get back to my enjoyment without any worries....

    Thanks for your input....
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    The dealer might have suggested waiting for a 3rd failure so that you could implement your state's lemon law option. Some owners who are members of the Edmunds forums have bailed on their BMWs using the lemon law, for this very problem.
  • drgumsdrgums Posts: 51
    I understand,,,however I have 4 kids and I won't take that chance. I was lucky the first 2 times, but I will not risk this dangerous situation again.

    I am hoping BMW will do the right thing here. I prefer to avoid the legal route and re lease another BMW.

    At least I am still a loyal customer...
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    Well see how it goes and keep the lemon law as a option. Be sure to have all your records, repair orders, notes, etc. in good order.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    One of my friends is a service adviser at a BMW dealer and he's always been honest with me regarding BMW reliability issues. Just last week he told me that BMW's latest iteration of the HPFP may have well and truly fixed the problem.

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

  • drgumsdrgums Posts: 51
    This happened on Wednesday June 23rd for the 2nd time.

    The one prior took place in late May 2010.

    Would you be able to find out when this "latest iteration of the HPFP" took place?

    I am still concerned.

    thank you
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    I should see him Thursday at a Ride & Drive. I'll ask him.

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

  • bchaulkbchaulk Posts: 1
    Hi just trying to trouble shoot here and ordered the new Bentley manual dosnt come out until the 16th of July.
    P0302 is random misfire of number 2 cylinder. My question is the numbering or firing order on the 525 front to back

    Thanks in advance
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    Firing Order is standard 6 cylinder:


    cylinders are numbered from FRONT to BACK

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    The new pump was part number 13-51-7-594-943. It superseded part number 13-51-7-592-881 in January of this year; dealers began receiving them in February. All of the 881 pumps in stock were supposed to have been returned to BMW. However, the 943 pump was superseded in June by part number 13-51-7-613-933 which is a re-manufactured 943 pump.
    More than a few techs now think that the HPFP failures are/were a symptom of other problems in the fuel delivery system and that the latest software updates are what actually fix the problem. Right now this is all conjecture, but it does appear that the 943/933 pumps are failing much less frequently than their predecessors.

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

  • We have a BMW that will not start. Key turns and all lights on, but then no clicks, nothing. No sound at all. trying to remove starter to get tested but how do you get to the top bolt? We have a haynes book but not very helpful on what if anything else to remove and directions on howto. Any ideas for some help?

    Thank you
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    Check the engine to chassis ground cables and load test the battery before you yank the starter.

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

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    I'd also check the neutral safety switch. Try starting it in neutral--if that works, the NS switch is bad or your shift linkage is way out of adjustment. the starter would be the last item in the diagnostic chain and the least likely (but possible).

    So, simple things first---go from the simple to the complex, not the other way 'round.
  • pen101pen101 Posts: 238
    Look at my post at #2511. The aftermarket one is just as good as the BMW windshield, except does not have small BMW logo on it. I have not noticed any extra wind noise or problems since.
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