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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • ferozferoz Posts: 14
    I Finaly bought a 2002 530i in very good condition and with only 45,000 kilometers.

    But it has started to rain on my parade, the leveling suspension is acting up, first the car would "sit" lower on the rear end, then it went away..... last night the car was way low on just one side..... When the engine is turned on the compressor works (also not turned on) and the car levels, so it´s not a compressor problem. My guess is an air leack or much less likely sensor adjustments.

    Please give some input on how best to solve this problem, is it recurrent? Exprensive? Dangerous? Any input is well recieved. Thanks
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Let me guess, you don't have a North American car. Yes, no? As far as I know, no 530i has an auto-leveling suspension, at least here on this side of the pond.

    Best Regards,
  • ferozferoz Posts: 14
    That might just be correct, the car came from germany to mexico...........
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Hmmm, well, I'm afraid that you're going to have to rely on a local BMW independent mechanic or your local BMW dealership, because unless I miss my guess, most of us on this board have never even seen a self leveling suspension on an E39.

    Good luck and keep us posted. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,015
    If the self leveling system is anything like the one fitted to my 1988 M6 you might be better off removing it and fitting a set of conventional springs/shocks.

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

  • Is there any changes from 2005 modle i would like to exchange my car with the latest...... :D
  • There are mobile repairmen who often visit car dealership who can patch and paint these types of things. You really can't "touch them up" to look good but the mobile guys do a pretty decent job of airbrushing them (most of them)for much less than a body shop. Figure $150--$200 bucks.
  • I own a 2003 530i cpo and sometimes after pulling in the garage, I hear a fan running under the hood. Not everyday but especially after I have pushed it a little hard. I am fortunate to live near some windy roads.

    Is this normal?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Yup. Many many cars with electrically controled fans do that. ;)

    Best Regards,
  • ferozferoz Posts: 14
    Looks like my car has cured itself...... yes silly as it sounds the problem seems to have faded away. Let me explain.......

    A couple of weeks ago the car completely lost the rear right, I mean it went all the way down, as soon as I started the car it began to correct the stands, the leveling led light up and did not´´ shut. I just parked the car and figured on sending it to the dealer. The day after the car was Ok, so I used it. Later on there was a slight tuck down immediately adjusted as the lock was hit. Recent days no more problems. The car works just fine now.... Still I will send it to the mechanic to be checked, but now I believe there is a slight air leak of faulty sensor, we will see.

    My car dose not have the Xenon lights. Are they significantly better that the regular ones. Some friends say Xeneon is nice but nos overly so and that it takes some time to get used to.

    If xenon is worth the trouble can I find a kit to up grade my originals? Is it a good idea.

    My car has the light leveling system (Yes leveling again!) but even when the light are directed to the upward position the are too low, Dose the car have further mechanical alignment for the lights under the hood?

    This one might sound like an extra stupid question but here it goes... I just can´ find the way to lower or raise the head rests, mine ore not electric and there is no release button any were, none of the front rests will either budge going up or down.

    Thanks for all the input...
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    I owned a series of Citroens with auto leveling suspension that 'behaved' like your BMW. When the engine was switched out, they could lay down showing the most strange tiltings over any of their flanks or corners; or they just could fall dead flat on the floor. :sick:

    But from the moment the engine worked, those cars came up like camels to stand up rightly. When the car was in motion, the suspension worked flawless, and a very efficient one it was. :shades:

    Best regards,
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Is there any changes from 2005 modle i would like to exchange my car with the latest......

    There are some barely noticeable cosmetic changes, and they don't offer the 530 anymore. ;)
  • thanks for the tips, seems i am more used to my jeep so i never hit the curbs or parking pylons before! but with that low front faring they're hard to miss.

    questions - if the dealer doesn't do the repair, would the dealer recommend the mobile repairmen or give me their phone or schedule? would the dealer do that?
  • Sure the dealer should do that for you, why not? Or if he wants you to leave the car in his lot for the mobile guy to come there and tack on an extra $50 bucks, you're still way ahead of a body shop bill.

    Of course, the mobile guy's paint job might only look good for 2-3 years. It is a "patch job" after all, not a re-skin.
  • Members, just bought a used 2001 525i, 5 speed stick, 98,000 miles, literally 3 days ago, and saw with my very eyes, sometimes, the stick shift slips from 3rd gear back to neutral - looks dangerous. I am not touching the clutch. Please advise: 1. what is happening 2. repairable? 3. estimate on cost

    Thank you - missed this symptom while test driving the vehicle - took the car into a CCA-recommended bmw mechanic for prepurchase inspection, but no mention in his report.

    Regards, Paul
  • you mean it pops out of gear while you are driving, like when you let off the gas?

    If that's the symptom, you might have worn shifting forks or other internal. This is possible at the mileage you have.

    If it pops out like when you hit a bump and aren't decelerating or accelerating, maybe you have loose or broken linkage issues, which would be a whole lot better than worn internal forks. That might be fixable by accessing from above.
  • pfagenpfagen Posts: 6
    Yes, pops out of gear while I am are driving, usually accelerating. Please explain more and why would this mileage contribute to the sympton?. Thank you.
  • Well over time, with lots of shifting (maybe BAD shifting), parts wear internally, things get scrunched, bent, under-lubricated, etc. Things can loosen up, a little here a little there and before you know it...POP!

    You might see if a shop can adjust the linkage to make sure it is fully engaging each gear....a long shot but maybe.....
  • pfagenpfagen Posts: 6
    I spoke to the bmw independent mechanic I used for years and he mentioned replacing the transmission, with a used rebuilt unit + replacing the clutch. No mention was made to "see if a shop can adjust the linkage to make sure it is fully engaging each gear", by him.

    Please comment back. Thank you.
  • Well I haven't driven the car. Has he? If he hasn't, then he's no more right or wrong than I am. If he has, perhaps as an eye-witness he has determined a more likely cause than I can from so far away. If I could "feel" the jump, and the shifter, and how it acts, I could tell you more right away.
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