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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,636
    It turned out to be a blown fuse in the unit that receives the signal from the keys.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • 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: 16,636
    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

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,573
    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....
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,032
    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.

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  • 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...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,032
    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.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,573
    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: 6,573
    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
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,032
    Firing Order is standard 6 cylinder:

    1-5-3-6-2-4

    cylinders are numbered from FRONT to BACK

    (back)
    6
    5
    4
    3
    2
    1
    (front)

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,573
    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: 6,573
    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

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,032
    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.

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  • 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.
  • I am driving a 2002 525I and everytime I press or release the gas pedal I can hear a squeeking noise. I first thought it was either the shocks and or brakes. But, I am 100% sure that it is coming from the accelerator pedal assembly. I only hear this when the window is down...has anybody else had this problem?
  • waid10waid10 Posts: 21
    The iDrive system in my 5-series recognizes my iPhone via bluetooth. However, when I pull up my phone book on the iDrive, it displays every entry twice. I checked my phone and the entries are fine there. For some reason, the entries are only duplicated on the car's nav screen. Any ideas?
  • james27james27 Posts: 433
    Do you have home/office, etc. numbers for the entries in question? It might make an individual one for each?
  • loupaloupa Posts: 7
    I have a 2011 535i with 1100 miles on it. No sports package. The car pulls to the right all the time in all driving conditions.
    I took it to the BMW dealer, they checked out the car. It meets all BMW specs. Tires are OK along with TP.
    The BMW service manager stated they do not have a fix, and they have elevated the problem to BMW engineering. Also I have heard many new 2011 535i have similar problems?????
    I am waiting for an answer at this time.
    Does anyone out there have a new 2011 535i and has similar problmes?
    Could the problem be with the new electric steering?
    Beside this problem the car is great, gas mileage is super.

    Loupa
  • loupaloupa Posts: 7
    have a 2011 535i with 1100 miles on it. No sports package. The car pulls to the right all the time in all driving conditions.
    I took it to the BMW dealer, they checked out the car. It meets all BMW specs. Tires are OK along with TP.
    The BMW service manager stated they do not have a fix, and they have elevated the problem to BMW engineering. Also I have heard many new 2011 535i have similar problems?????
    I am waiting for an answer at this time.
    Does anyone out there have a new 2011 535i and has similar problmes?
    Could the problem be with the new electric steering?
    Beside this problem the car is great, gas mileage is super.
  • bmwgal3bmwgal3 Posts: 13
    My 2008 535i has 60K miles on it, I bought it new. At 50K, the water pump failed and within 30 seconds I was stranded on a busy road, just enough time to pull over into the right turn lane where it stopped. It took 90 minutes for a BMW roadside assist tow truck to come on a Sunday evening. 3 weeks later, the engine malfunction light came on and continues to come on intermittently. The car has been to BMW 3 times for this problem. I've had something adjusted, the software completely updated, and finally a new fuel pump...BMW refused to authorize a new fuel pump until the 3rd time in the shop. Thank goodness I have an extended warranty, or I'd have been paying for their guess work! Now the same light is back on...the fuel pump was replaced less than 3 weeks ago.....I definitely notice more delay in acceleration, and seems there is less power to the car now than before they replaced the fuel pump... Does anyone have any thoughts? I am thinking of dumping this car, it has outlived it's usefulness, I don't have time to spend at the BMW service center, begging for a BMW 135 loaner instead of the Toyota Matrix Enterprise gives out. I think the estimate of a 25% fuel pump failure rate with these cars is far underestimated, give them more time/miles, the rate will go up....
  • boxstuhboxstuh Posts: 2
    I know it is electrical, not mechanical. Pretty sure it's not fuse-related. Nor does it have anything to do with the keying or any of the settings. Seems just broke.

    As such, the hatch window cannot be opened. Hatch works fine, as does everything else.

    What could this be? How big a repair bill?
  • wengelwengel Posts: 13
    I just purchased a 2011 528i (8/4) with the sport package and have the same problem as you describe. Took back to my dealer with 150 miles on it and they tested and indicated the car is not out of alignment, so they called BMW Corp and BMW Corp indicated that they have had multiple complaints regarding this problem and that it is a problem with the steering column. BMW Corp indicated that they are working on a software fix for this problem that should be available in a month plus!

    I asked my BMW Service Center if this would cause undo wear on my tires (especially at $550 each..its a concern!)..they promised it wouldn’t. I plan to contact BMW Corp directly myself to inquire how they plan to acknowledge a customer sat problem for us customers who have spent $65K+ on a new car and after 50+ miles of driving your wrist hurts so bad you want to drive directly to the store to obtain a wrist brace!
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  • wengelwengel Posts: 13
    I just purchased a 2011 528i (8/4) with the sport package and have the same problem as you describe. Took back to my dealer with 150 miles on it and they tested and indicated the car is not out of alignment, so they ca called BMW Corp and BMW Corp indicated that they have had multiple complaints regarding this problem and that it is a problem with the steering column. BMW Corp indicated that they are working on a software fix for this problem that should be available in a month plus!

    I asked my BMW Service Center if this would cause undo wear on my tires (especially at $550 each..its a concern!)..they promised it wouldn’t. I plan to contact BMW Corp directly myself to inquire how they plan to acknowledge a customer sat problem for us customers who have spent $65K+ on a new car and after 50+ miles of driving your wrist hurts so bad you want to drive directly to the store to obtain a wrist brace!
  • loupaloupa Posts: 7
    The latest info I have from the dealer's Service Manager is that the car's electric power steering computer program needs an update and BMW is working on it. We should have something in about 30 days. I am keeping on top of this. Good luck.
    Anyone else has this problem please let me know.
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