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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,238
    ". . . .Will advise outcome. . . ."

    Please do, and good luck. Many a fine tune's been played on an old (or inactive) violin.
  • davis177davis177 Posts: 5
    I am in the process of purchasing the 2006 525 that I have been leasing for the last 2 years.
    I have 61,000 miles on the car, and have only brought the car in for it's scheduled services, I am also due for one right now. This car has been a dream, with no mechanical problems.
    I am cheap, I do not actively maintain my cars, I will, if I need to. In past cars it has usually been a trip to Oil Stop after I got sick of looking at the check oil light for a few weeks.
    These are my questions:
    How much would a typical person expect to maintain this car driving 30,000 miles per year.
    How many miles do these cars last for?
    In my mind paying $30,500 seems like a good deal for this vehicle, am I wrong, or are the cost going to be so great that I should pay my $6,000 penalty for miles, and start new.
  • malone2malone2 Posts: 6
    It depends on how you look at it.......Its more expensive to stick alot of money in a car (Ford etc.)on a yearly basis or have a BMW with little or no repairs for years. I just had a clutch and flywheel put in and the last time I had to put maintenance in it was '99. I have '94 525i so its how you look at expense!! Its been a good car!! As soon as I get my daughter out of college in '08 we willbe looking a 325 additional to the 525. JOHN
  • bookedupbookedup Posts: 17
    Good day all,
    I recently installed a M5 dead pedal in my 530i (2003). All went fine untill I tried to reinstall the plastic floor trim (2 feet in length) that goes along the floor of the vehicle on the left side of the drivers seat. To confess, I took on this project last night and it was getting dark on me. I removed this trim peice by pulling up on it. That might have been an incorrect way to remove it. Looking at the peice now, there is a long "track" on the bottom of it that runs the length of the peice. On the vehicle floor there are 3 white plastic gromets that are rectangular in shape. They appear to go into this "track". Do any of you knowledgable folks know how to properly re-install this trim peice? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Mr. Shiftright, I found my leak. Many thanks!

    Rob
  • jbelfi76jbelfi76 Posts: 1
    Hello,

    I also have the exact same problem that bookedup has been describing. Car is a 2002 530i Manual (same design as your 03 as far as I know). My mechanic thought it was a drain in the cowl of the car that was clogged but that didn't seem to fix the problem. All the seals and holes,drains that I've looked at appear clear. It's really frustrating. One thing I've just recently noticed is that the car had a roof rack that was taken off before I purchased it. Maybe you can look at your roof towards the back and see if you have the two holes where the roof rack used to be. Could be a common them between our two vehicles....any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,296
    On the vehicle floor there are 3 white plastic gromets that are rectangular in shape. They appear to go into this "track". Do any of you knowledgable folks know how to properly re-install this trim piece?

    All you have to do is line up the three rectangular retainers and pop the trim strip back on. It may be a bit fiddly and require several tries, but it can be done.

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

  • gboro2007gboro2007 Posts: 8
    I'm about to purchase my first bmw in a couple of days . . . are there ANY issues that i should be aware of or concerned with? particularly with all of the technology in this vehicle?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Yup, do yourself a favor and get a low-tech transmission, one that requires three pedals under the dash. You'll be glad you did. ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,296
    Amen!
    And forget the Active Steering as well...

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

  • cmr530icmr530i Posts: 278
    My 2001 530i is running in top form. It still has its original battery. I am taking it in for an oil service soon and was wondering if I should have the battery replaced as a precaution. Or should I ask for the battery to be tested? Will a test reveal much about how much life is left? The mileage is at 55K, and for the last year I have been using the car mostly on the weekends.
    Thanks! :)
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    I just replaced the original battery in my 2000 528i so I'm guessing that 6 years is what they're good for. It's possible that if the car hadn't sat idle all winter it would've been OK but 6 & 1/2 years is almost twice what I've ever gotten from a battery.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,238
    to have the battery outside of the engine compartment. Besides helping the weight distribution significantly, batteries last a lot longer when they're kept cooler.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Besides helping the weight distribution significantly, batteries last a lot longer when they're kept cooler.

    Amen to that, the battery in my TR-4A was mounted right behind the engine, those lasted about a year. :cry:

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,296
    I have had OEM BMW batteries last for over ten years. However, I checked the electrolyte levels every six months and topped up with distilled water as needed. If I needed to depend on the car I'd probably replace it at eight years from the in service date of the car. Replacement BMW batteries do not appear to be as robust, and they are expensive to boot; I replaced the battery in my E39 with an Interstate MTP-93. Be sure that the shop includes the vent hose adapter kit which allows the MTP-93 to be connected to the car's vent hose.

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

  • ny540i6ny540i6 Posts: 518
    Don't know if you got this taken care of, and not sure of the trim piece in question... Having "caveated" myself (LOL), when I removed the door sill trim on my 5 I found similar grommets and little tracks on the back of the trim. Spent a looooong time trying to make them all fit together, to no avail. Solution? Gently pry the grommets out of the holes they snap into. Be careful not to break the white tabs. They then slide into the tracks (They are actually designed to snap out/slide in.) In the event you break one, any auto body supply store has them. Hope this helps.
  • ping2ping2 Posts: 6
    I am looking at a '08 535 with sport package. Love the look and feel of this car (Steering ,head rests - seats, rims etc.). I am new to BMW's and have heard of horror stories of the run flats, especially on the low profiles ( mostly concerning the 330's). I have read that they are running into problems under 10k. Is this a general issue or specific to some of the 3 series?
  • bookedupbookedup Posts: 17
    ny540i6,
    Thanks for the reply. I tried also, for what seemed to be forever to get the white tabs (grommets) back into the door trim piece slots, to no avail. I finally stopped at my local dealer in Sewickley, Pa. My hat's off to them. Specifically Chris (in BMW Parts Dept). He came out to my car (during his lunch hour, I think) and borrowed some type of blue tool from a mechanic and pulled the white tabs out and aligned them in the track and re-inserted the trim piece for me. Super Service from Chris and BMW of Sewickley, Pa.
  • sirdarby1sirdarby1 Posts: 33
    I have a 2003 530i with 50,000 miles. On the digital odometer, the first 0 is half displayed. When I press the trip computer. There are one or two letters fading. Will this get progressively worse or is this as bad as it gets?

    I'd hate to have the dealership tear out the dashboard and cause other problems to surface.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,296
    I'd hate to have the dealership tear out the dashboard and cause other problems to surface.

    Take it to the dealer if it's still under warranty; the R&R of the cluster is very simple. If not, see if the dealer will perform a good will repair.

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

  • jb_shinjb_shin Posts: 357
    It is a known issue. BMW has been paying for the parts (if out of warranty) and you pay the labor,typically an hour. However, I have heard of dealers not being upfront or being "aware" of the program. You can probably google it and find the BMW NA contact information for this issue.
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