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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,287
    It is a known issue. BMW has been paying for the parts (if out of warranty) and you pay the labor,typically an hour.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that BMW NA is only paying for parts when replacing the high level MID found on the E39 540i and M5. Still can't hurt to ask, I suppose...

    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
    I think you are right, but the same MID was available as option on the lesser e39s. I had it on my 02 530.
  • tanker4tanker4 Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 525 and I purchased the 100000 mile warranty. The usually take it in if I have a problem or when the oil light turns yellow. I only have 80 miles left until I go over 100000 miles, should I take it in now or can I take it in. Is there a set 100000 mile service or does BMW use the oil light to schedule service, if I let it go over will I end up paying for all of the little parts filters etc.
  • warthogwarthog Posts: 216
    I have a 2003 530i (E39), several months out of warranty. When cornering right a bit harder than normal, or when turning right at a tight intersection, I hear a groaning noise from the front left wheel well. This happens with right turns only so I do not believe it's the power steering pump. Any ideas? Thanks.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Coiuld be a bad wheel bearing, ball joint or tie rod end, all of which yo0u don't want to fool with. I'd have it checked out.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    sounds like a strut mount or bearing.


  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,667
    Control arms/bushings?

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    Yeah, BMW is notorious for that but that's more of a thunk, not a groan, isn't it?

    Certainly worth checking though, excellent suggestion for any BMW making noise up front.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,667
    Yes.. more of a thunk..

    However, it seems they are shot, every time they are checked... symptoms or not... :surprise:

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  • warthogwarthog Posts: 216
    No, definitely a groan, like two parts rubbing together.

    Thanks for all the replies.
  • sydney14sydney14 Posts: 3
    :lemon: I had same problem with steering. After several visits, the entire steering column was replaced. Still hear it but rarely.
  • sydney14sydney14 Posts: 3
    I own 545i with Sport package and my first set of tires were roaring at 5000 mi. Dealer told me to drive my car more aggressively. After many complaints, they replaced the set at no charge. When the second set did the same thing and I had had numerous other visits, they replaced them again at no charge. There is a problem there they won't admit to. The tires sound like mud grips on a 4 wheel drive. This is my first and LAST BMW...big maintenance. :lemon:
  • sydney14sydney14 Posts: 3
    I own 545i 2004. Has anyone had transmission leakage? My car has been in 3 times in the last month for fluid leak. BMW finally replaced the complete pan and gasket. Don't know yet if it eliminated the problem. Car has 67,000 mi. :lemon:
  • udive200udive200 Posts: 1
    George, If you don't mind email me and let me know what you found out about the problem above. I have the same car same year doing the same thing, rough idle and after giving it gas it runs fine. Thanks Sean Sullivan
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,238

    Couple of things -- first, george. . . posted a month short of two years ago and hasn't been heard from since. He posted once -- if you put your arrow on the screen name, it'll tell you how many posts the person has, when they last posted, etc. You're very unlikely to hear from him, but there are others who prowl these boards regularly who may be able to help. Good luck.

    Second, don't post your e-mail address in the body of your post. You can put it in your profile if you like & leave it public. The robots that troll for addresses won't find it there.

    I can't help you. I'm just a BMW wannabe. Welcome aboard!
  • tlouietlouie Posts: 20
    This will be my first Bimmer, a 2008 528xi, does anyone know if the vehicle should be serviced more than the regular service intervals covered under free maintenance? oil change one a year seems like a long time. I am buying this vehicle vs. leasing. ANd what is actually needed for the first 4 years and does it pay to buy extended 2 yr. maintenance plan?
  • jdkochjdkoch Posts: 4
    The A/C blower fan is making a loud clicking sound as if
    something is interfering with the fan blade. What
    is the procedure to access the blower??
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Most likely the problem is with your VANOS cam timing system. Said system uses oil pressure to adjust the timing if each cam shaft by pressing against a spring loaded collar gear. As the seals wear out they are not able to maintain the neccessary oil pressure required to conteract the force of the springs, and as such the cams are mis-timed upon start-up. As the problem gradually worsens over a period that is typically a couple of years, idling of the engine becomes problematic regardless of how long it has been running or how recently the throttle was blipped.

    As I understand it, the repair at a dealership usually costs between five and six hundred dollars.

    Let us know how you make out.

    Best Regards,
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    As a general statement, no, you don't need to maintain your car more often than is recommended by the Owner's Manual.

    Your specific question regarding oil changes is fairly easily addressed, consider the following:
    - Most six cylinder engines in the three liter range from most manufacturers have an oil capacity of between four and five quarts. Your new car uses seven.
    - Most modern ULEV (or better) engines (engines that produce FAAAAR fewer combustion byproducts than older engines) are able to go between six thousand and seventy-five hundred miles between oil changes, on conventional oil. Your car requires the use of a very high quality synthetic oil (most synthetics cannot meet the BMW LL-01 oil spec, and not a single conventional or semi-synthetic oil can).
    - Viewed as a whole, your very efficient (from a combustion perspective) engine with half again as much oil as most other engines of a similar size, and using only the best oil money can buy, can safely go the ~15,000 miles as recommended by BMW.
    - One other point. BMW has now been recommending a 15,000 mile OCI since the introduction of the E46 3-Series back in late 1998. If the 15,000 mile OCI is bad for the engines, we'd be seeing hundreds (if not thousands) of posts clogging up these sites complaining about failed engines. I've seen a handful, and in every case the engine was abused (i.e. run WAAAAY longer than 15,000 miles before the oil was changed and/or run far too low on oil).

    I hope this helps.

    Best Regards,
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    I think some people can also run into problems with VANOS if they are using the wrong weight of oil, can't they?


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