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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,456
    If your car has the original BMW battery it is certainly near or at the end of its lifespan. A bad battery can cause all sorts of strange behavior in a modern BMW. Take it to your mechanic-orAutozone-and have it load tested. If you need a new battery, I'd suggest an Interstate Megatron.

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

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,617
    A bad battery can cause all sorts of strange behavior in a modern BMW.

    I can tell you from experience that a bad battery can cause weird things in any modern car. I had a similar issue to those in a '91 Taurus SHO that were caused by a bad battery.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Guys,
    My 1996 328i had the original battery in it until 2007 when I had to replace it. That's a pretty good life for a battery woudln't you say. Cost me $300 at the dealer, I know you think I'm NUTS, but peace of mind, I told you, I'm willing to pay for it.

    One thing that doesn't work anymore, though, is the moonroof. About two years ago, it would not close. So I took it to the dealer and they told me major job and major money to fix it. Needed a new carriage or something like that, around $1300. I said just shut it and disable the switch. To this day, it doesn't work.

    That's what I notice about these BMW.s'. The engine is just as full of pep and vim and vigor as it was when I bought it CPO in 1999. It's incredible. That engine has never failed me. But the peripheral stuff goes on the vehicle. The brake light because the housing has something wrong. The ABS light coming on. The moonroof. Power window this week. But the car is 12 years old, so I cannot get upset about it. Let's face it. But I cannot envision myself driving a Lexus, or anything but a BMW. Nothing excites me like a BMW. I get choked up thinking about trading it in, but I know that eventually I have to. It's 12 years old, going on 13.
    LOL. You must think I'm nuts.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,287
    Go drive an 08 certified cadillac cts --- awsome sedan great warranty-- rwd rates right up there with 2006 cpo bmw for 20k less. No disrespect to bmw -- just a thought in tough economic times.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I have to disagree, I've driven two and the CTS is no where near any 3-Series ever built in terms of overall driving pleasure. If money is tight and a 3-Series is out of reach, then an Infinity G is probably the only real RWD alternative, IMHO.

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,287
    I was referring to the 5 series. Your views are consistent with many car enthusiasts. There are others who would give the cts excellent reviews and for value -- a low mileage certified 08 cts can be had for the low to mid $20's and a comparable 5 series would be 20k more -- a test drive might be worthwhile. To each his own --- If money is no object --- the bmw would be an easy choice. The infinity you mentioned sounds great as well. Won't be in the market for 2.5 years but will definitely test drive a bmw -- you never know.
  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Jayrider,
    All due respect to you, you sound like a knowledgeable person, but I looked at the CTS just by chance in Greenwich CT, the price of new is mid $40's to upper $40's.
    A certified cannot possibly be in the mid $20's, that would place it along with the Audi 4 pre owned models. The CTS is an expensive vehicle. It looks spectacular, btw, but Caddy unfortunately has a reputation of being a vehicle for older people. Cannot remotely compare to the sportiness of a BMW 5 series. Though I loved the look of it, I have to admit.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,287
    Check out cars.com. Get to 08's certified and there are cts's certified in the low to mid 20's. But if it's not you , it's not you. Just a thought.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,287
    A euro import I did drive was a saab 9-3 which was impressive and new 08's can be bought for mid-20's -- no more for me on this subject good luck.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,617
    Nothing excites me like a BMW. I get choked up thinking about trading it in, but I know that eventually I have to. It's 12 years old, going on 13.
    LOL. You must think I'm nuts.


    I don't think you're nuts for loving your old Bimmer, I'm keeping a 9 y/o 528iA and I love it too. I do think you're nuts to pay the stealer prices to keep it on the road. You could probably get that moonroof fixed at half what the dealer wants if you went to any competent auto body shop.

    Like Roadburner and Shipo I've had excellent luck and enjoyed decent repair costs by going to an independent local BMW specialist not currently affiliated w a dealer.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,456
    One BIG advantage of the CTS is that Caddy dealers can usually install faux convertible tops, landau bars, and 22" wheels while you wait.
    Snazzy! :P

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

  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Hello Guys,
    Have a question for you.
    I'm looking at a beautiful 2007 530i, black/black, sports, premium, cold pkgs, premium sound, climate, and Nav. They're asking 34900 with 28K miles on it.

    My question is: the vehicle had after -market tinting to the windows that makes the vehicle look like a pimpmobile, what with all the black. The dealer told me that the tinting could be removed no problem, and made it sound like they would do it no cost to me.

    My question is does anyone know if the tinting process can be reversed with no noticeable effect on the windows? What is it that actually tints those windows? I wouldn't want to destroy the windows or the glass by removing the tinting.

    Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,806
    Nah, it's easy. I mean, some BRUTE could ruin the windows by trying to take the tint off with a paint scraper, but a normal person would use hot water, soap and a rough sponge and be done in 15 minutes.

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  • emedwayemedway Posts: 17
    It may well be as simple and effective as the host suggests. However, if you're really set on that car, why not have dealer remove the tinting as a condition of sale, such that if the tinting can't be removed to your satisfaction, you don't complete the sale? Let the dealer wipe away the tinting if he says it's so simple.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,617
    the vehicle had after -market tinting to the windows that makes the vehicle look like a pimpmobile, what with all the black

    You say that like it's a bad thing. :P

    At least it doesn't have the landau roof, faux spare and spinner dubs. :surprise:

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,806
    Sure the dealer SHOULD do it as a matter of course, since this is a sales barrier.

    But I've done it---it's easy. NONETHELESS, if the dealer won't do THAT simple thing for you, think of all the other things he won't do for you in the future.

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  • Want to see if any one else had the same experience with the BMW 5 series. I had one leased in October 2008, fuel pump failed twice (first time they replaced with a ew fuel pump anf that too failed again all with in 10 days. Then had to replaced with a brand new car.

    This one started giving problems too with in 2 weeks, , as the battery getting discharged to zero and does not start. the problem is under scrutiny and in garage.. For past three days the battery is charged during the day by service center and its gets discahrged by morning mechanics says. the computers in the car are waking up in the night and are drainging the battery. Its an inconience, had been in rental car for more than 10 days during the past 3 months. does lemon law applies here?

    I leased Mercedes E 350 for 2 years and it never gave me a problem.

    Want to hear from other if any had a same problems. I am trying to get out of the lease with BMW any suggestons from any one. Thanks.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,806
    There is a Service Bulletin S1 B 61 13 05 dated May 2008 that addresses dead battery issues on the 5 series and that authorizes dealers to conduct a special "Energy Diagnosis" with their BMW test equipment, and further guides them on additional diagnostic techniques to isolate the problem, based on the data from the Energy Diagnosis.

    It sounds like your dealer is not with the program here?

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,456
    It sounds like your dealer is not with the program here?

    Sadly, that's all to often the case. I'm spoiled in that I have a proactive dealer. When new software became available for the slushbox in my X3, BMW NA was dragging their feet regarding putting on-line. My service advisor gave me a new X3 loaner and overnighted the ECU to Woodcliff Lake to get it re-flashed.

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

  • blhblh Posts: 18
    Hi All,

    Has anyone used Schneller BMW service. I'm looking to buy a used 530xi or 525xi 2006 or 2007.

    I would like to be able to use an independent BMW service thats' close to home in northern MA.

    Thanks.

    Brian
  • Can anyone make any suggestions if the Error Code83 is the camshaft sensor applies to this 98 model and can it also be causing the traction control and abs lights to come on. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
  • patellapatella Posts: 4
    I have a 2008 528xi and I also have a slight vibration on my continental run flat tires.
    I have not had them rebalanced yet.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,806
    Where are you getting this code? I don't see an "83" anywhere on my charts. :confuse:

    Do you have a P code of some sort?

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  • corneacornea Posts: 1
    The extended warranty on my beloved 2003 530 is finally ending this month. It has 85k miles and I would appreciate any advice from the group as to anything I should ask the dealer to do before this expires.
    Thanks
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,617
    If you have any problems at this mileage they will probably come from the cooling system, have the dealer thoroughly check out the cooling system including the radiator, water pump and expansion tank. If it hasn't been done every two years have them drain and flush the system and put in fresh coolant.

    You might want to consider a prophylactic replacement of the radiator and water pump at around 100K miles (they won't do this under warranty unless something fails during the warranty period.)..

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • lovemyclklovemyclk Posts: 351
    Like you, I went through this for my beautiful '03 530SP as it rolled off of CPO warranty in 1/09. I now have 66k miles and echo the cooling system comments (water pump, radiator). The '03 has an improved design for the hose fittings on the radiator and is not as susceptible to cracks as earlier e39's. Still, my top-drawer independent BMW Tech tells me that I need to prepare to replace cooling system components around 75-85k miles. No problems yet.

    I am the sole owner, having leased it in 1/03, then purchasing it because it was simply too good a car to let go. I leased thinking the new e60 might be worth trading for in '06, but could not pull the trigger. My '03 has been a terrific ownership & driving experience, with the only warranty issue being the power steering hoses at around 62k miles - slight leak. Also had the belt tensioner (along with main drive belt) replaced as the original was getting noisy. You may want to have yours checked.

    If you are like me, it a real pleasure everytime I drive this terrific car :D
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,617
    If you are like me, it a real pleasure everytime I drive this terrific car

    Amen to that, E39s rock!

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • dfrilotdfrilot Posts: 3
    I drive a 2005 530i with approx 58K miles. I was told by independent mechanic that I should switch over from BMW factory mineral-based motor oil to other high-quality synthetic oil. Has anyone emcountered any problems or warranty issues doing this?

    I was also told I should have trans fluid flushed and replaced as car approaches 75K miles (as preventative maintenace), even though factory guidelines say not needed. Good idea or waste of money???

    DF SoCal
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I'm not sure where that independent mechanic got his advice (unless he is an Amsoil [aka. snake oil] salesman). Why do I say that? Because BMW oil that meets the BMW LongLife-01 oil specification is in fact a synthetic oil.

    The two most common oils sold here in the U.S.A. that meet the LL-01 oil spec (besides the BMW oil) are Mobil 1 0W-40 and German made (says "Made In Germany" right on the bottle) Castrol Syntec 0W-30.

    I'm also thinking that were I in your shoes, I'd be looking for a new independent mechanic.

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • did you/they manage to get it off alright? i only ask as the same is happening with a car i'd like to buy but the sales guy wont do it as part of the sale - typical!
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