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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Before I bring it in and hear that the complete suspension has to be replaced, does anybody have any idea what it could be?

    It could be any number of things; a control arm bushing, an anti-roll bar link, an upper strut mount...
    That said, it might be something as simple as a loose or broken exhaust hanger.
  • ndegroat1ndegroat1 Posts: 11
    I have a '99 528i that had the same clunking problem. Replaced the bushings and all seems to be well(quiet) right now...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,975
    See if the chirp goes away when you step lightly on the brakes.

    See if the chirp goes away if you turn on/ or off the AC.

    See if the chirp goes away the second you let your foot off the gas.

    do these tests and report back to us!

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  • bon_bonbon_bon Posts: 19
    The gas mileage on my 2006 525xi is pretty bad. Granted I have not even completed the first 1000 miles yet. Still, I am averagin only 14mpg or less. It is supposed to be around 20-29. Will this improve as the engine settles a bit ? What are the other owners getting ? My 2002 ML 500 gets better mileage than my 2006 525 xi.
  • bon_bonbon_bon Posts: 19
    Would like to know if there is any way to switch the informational icons "on" on the map. These are like the Hotels, gas stations, restaurants, etc. I was told that there is a way to do that. Currently my map is just plain and simple road map. The other NAVs I have used in other cars have these other icons that allow you to spot a hotel, gas station, etc. on the map itself. A very useful feature when you are on a highway.

    Thanks in advance.
  • jb_shinjb_shin Posts: 357
    At least on my 03 model Nav, I just need to "search" for a particular type of landmakr or icons, as you say, and all nearby icons are displayed in the map. It goes away when you search for something else, or something you are not likely to find.
  • docstudocstu Posts: 3
    Braking and letting off the gas has no effect on the noise. However, I never checked what happens when the A.C. is turned on. I originally thought a dragging brake pad, or the heat shield against the driveshaft but it isn't that. Do you think it could be a wheel bearing? Thank you for helping me! Randy
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,975
    So you are saying the noise doesn't slowly decrease in frequency as you let off the gas? That's pretty weird. If that's true, it isn't related to engine or wheels or brakes. It's a random suspension noise then.

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  • docstudocstu Posts: 3
    That is why no one can figure it out. I hate to take it to a dealer and pay a fortune when it doesn't appear to affect the performance of the car. Thanks again for you interest. randy
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,975
    There are actually little microphones that mechanics can install to track annoying under-chassis rattles.

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  • mrfledgemrfledge Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 530i that leaks into the rear passenger floor whenever it rains. I've determined that front seal around the rear door is the area of the leak. The seal 'looks' fine and the door appears to good fit to the body. Is there something else I should look for before blindly replacing the rear door seals? Thanks
  • sb55sb55 On an Island in VermontPosts: 185
    Did you check the sunroof drain tube? That is a culprit in many cars, not just 530i's.

    2007 Miata, 2010 BMW 535xiT, 2014 Chevy Silverado LT Ext. cab, 2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon

  • mrfledgemrfledge Posts: 2
    Yes I did. Not clogged. It is definately coming through the door. I confirmed this with the garden hose. I'm looking for some way to confirm which seal/gasket needs replacing. Thanks for the input.
  • We have a 528 that is 8 years old. We are ready to drop a rebuilt transmission in at 186,000 miles or 300,000km. I'm just curious to what other owners have experienced with a 5 series and high mileage and repair costs. The car drives like new and looks awesome, so putting a bit of money in doesn't bother me if I get the years out of it.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    If you still like it I'd hold on to it. Stick an all-metal radiator and one of the new super heavy duty water pumps in it and-with regular maintenance-you'll make 200K miles easy.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I started working on what I thought was a "short term" contract a year ago that required a 100 mile per day commute. Said contract seems to morph every couple of months, with every change entailing an extension, and as such it ain't so "short term" any more. With that in mind, I'm considering buying a used car for the first time since 1979. That brings me around to your question, my intent is to find a good condition 528i 5-Speed and drive it until at least the 250,000 mile mark. I for one have every confidence that the E39 is more than capable of running that many miles in a very economical fashion.

    Hope this helps.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Shipo, check this out...
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Thanks Div, that car is sweet (or as they say up here in New Hamster, it's "Wicked nice"). The only thing that it's missing is the sportier interior. I'm not sure what the ordering option was called because my 530i had the upgraded suspension, blackout trim, sport seats and "M" steering wheel all combined into the Sport Package whereas the earlier E39s apparently had them as a separate order item. I can certainly live without the "M" steering wheel, however, the seats are the same ones that came in my 1999 328i, and while reasonably comfortable, the Sport Seats that came in my 530i fit me so much better and felt so much better to my occasionally sore back that those are the ones I'm looking for.

    Very nice find though, it's going to be a great new ride for some lucky new owner. ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Yes, it's a nice car for the price. I'm halfway looking for an E30-E46 to use for my work hack. I found a very clean low mileage 1997 M3 sedan-only the blasted thing has a slushbox. Grrrrr.... :mad:
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I found a very clean low mileage 1997 M3 sedan-only the blasted thing has a slushbox. Grrrrr....

    They actually made such a thing?!? Yikes, what a way to destroy a wonderful car. :cry:

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    They actually made such a thing?!?

    I guess BMW NA figured that it couldn't hurt, as the US E36 M3 didn't have a real ///M motor to begin with.
    Interesting footnote: BMW NA briefly considered putting the 3.2 US M3 motor in a special M Sport E39. The idea was to offer an M5 Lite, if you will- which is what BMW does in Europe with their various M Sport editions...
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Interesting footnote: BMW NA briefly considered putting the 3.2 US M3 motor in a special M Sport E39. The idea was to offer an M5 Lite, if you will- which is what BMW does in Europe with their various M Sport editions...

    OMG! I'm involuntarily drooling. Imagining what my 530i would have been like with a somewhat more screwed down suspension, a 6-Speed Manual and that 3.2 liter mill is just..., just, errr, WOW. :shades:

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • ndegroat1ndegroat1 Posts: 11
    hi.. We have a 1998 528i w/ 194900 miles. Original engine, trans. Mainly highway the first 130 K of it's life, mixed bag now (including gravel, dirt roads looking at farm properties).
    Main items in need of repair (it's at the shop today) control ar bushings and the airconditioning. Don't know the $ b/c I haven't picked "Schultz" up yet (it seems only my cars are named, not my husband's- something fishy there)
    Because of the highway miles the hood needs to be repainted (this is next)and we are debating on whether th windshield really needs to be replaced (I'm hoping for a nice sized pebble from the interstate to help me on this one).
    We gave up on the cupholders ages ago and the driver side door handle broke a few months ago (my husband fixed this with a scrap yard spare unit -read cheap- on a Saturday AM)
    Other than these things, which really aren't awful for a vehicle that has been well loved by our family of 5 (now 6, so it's mine again!)...Hope this helps.
    Before I forget. Sign up for the Susan G. Komen Ultimate Drive for a Cure. besides BMW donating to this great cause, you get to drive sweet rides...see BMW NA website: http://www.bmwusa.com/bmwexperience/EventsandPrograms/UDSK/
    Happy driving.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    We gave up on the cupholders ages ago...

    Pretty funny, I'd had my E39 for nearly three years when I noticed one day that folks here at Edmunds were talking about their "Cup Holders". "What cup holders?" I asked. Someone told me where to look and sure enough, there they were, errr, if you can call those pop out loopy thingies "cup holders". ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Very nice find though, it's going to be a great new ride for some lucky new owner.

    Darn it, now I'm tempted to go look at that 1998 5er. I suspect I could grab it for around $12K. Problem is, that dealer just took a 1987 928 S4 in trade, and I can pick it up for @$17K. I'm afraid resistance would be futile... ;)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,975
    Unless your rich uncle left you that fortune, I'd stay clear of 928s if I were you :P

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,133
    Or, is $17K a very large amount of money for a 928 S4?

    Not that I'm that familiar with the 928 market... I had always heard that they depreciated heavily..

    I like that 5-series around $12K... but, the $15K they are asking would be wayyyyyy too much..

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  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I like that 5-series around $12K... but, the $15K they are asking would be wayyyyyy too much...

    I agree, I wouldn't even be considering it if it didn't have the manual tranny and the SP. Plus, I've already owned one E39, so I won't have to learn a new BMW platform. If only it was Electric Red like the 528i SP I saw a few weeks ago... Anyway, if I do get it I'll quickly rip out the CDV and maybe stick a Conforti cold air intake and Shark Injector on the old sled. I might even track it once or twice-who knows?
  • ndegroat1ndegroat1 Posts: 11
    I have a colleague who was in Germany a while back. He inquired about the holders at a dealer and the gentleman all but laughed at him. "Cars (especially BMW's I presume) are for driving not living," he replied. Installing these contraptions is a patronizing attempt to placat the NA buyer since the "loops" only hold cans, not even a decent insulated coffee mug! The holders really only matter in our family because there are kids in my car (who, when I bought it weren't allowed to drink in it, so the fact they were all close to death-holders, not kids- gave me a little extra back up!).
    Have a good one... :)
    Niki
  • g1daddyg1daddy Posts: 1
    I have E39 for three years now. It has rattling car seat problem and it is getting worse. Whenever I drove on a bumpy road, passenger seat rattles and it annoys me. Does anybody have the same problem?

    When I took my car to the local dealer where I purchased my E39 to fix this problem , the service manager said "You are complaining about something we are never going to fix". It was definitely not the kind of answer that I expeced for a $50000 car. Anyway I had them check for it. When I got back to them later day when they said it is done, the service manager said he checked it and it is normal because he found the same problem in other cars too. This was one of the stupiest answer I ever heard.
    Actually it is just a half of the whole story. I will talk about another half later.

    Anyway, does anybody have the same problem for E39?
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