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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair

sngsng Posts: 9

I am wondering if folks have any recommendations for repairing scratches on paint. My bumper got scraped and I want to see what I can do.



  • brian525brian525 Posts: 21
    You can get a bottle at PepBoys or Kragen, or just about any auto parts store.. assuming that the scratch is not too deep...

    Works good for little rock chip scratches...
  • sngsng Posts: 9
    Thank you.

    Any recommendations for chip fillers?
  • kturner00kturner00 Posts: 2
    I have the opportunity to purchase a 1991 525i. Its a pretty clean car and only has 108K miles on it. My concerns are the high cost of repairs/maintenance (?) and the use of premium gas (considering how much it costs at this time). I've heard that some repairs are typical with bmw (like upper brushing or control arm?) I'd like to know if there are any other major repair items ($$$) that I need to be aware of. Is it necessary to use premium fuel or will mid grade work? Any comment/suggestions?
  • zeenzeen Posts: 401
    How does one remove the headlight covers on a 97 528 to clean the inside?
  • 5speed55speed5 Posts: 31
    In order to remove the headlight covers, first, you must have PATIENCE, if not, you will wind up cracking the two plastic tabs that seperate the clear plastic from the assembly.

    There are two screws located behind the whole headlight assembly. Unscrew those. Also you must remove the plastic "filler trim" under the headlight assembly from the outside.

    The whole headlight assembly will then pull forward from the car.

    On the top of the assembly, you will see two plastic clips...these are the ones that can break easily if you do not take your time. Carefully pry them up a LIITLE with a small screwdriver. The clear plastic will seperate from the assembly with a little coaxing, as there is a gasket that seals it pretty tightly together.
  • zeenzeen Posts: 401
    Thanks for your help. I will give it a try and take your warnings seriously.
  • zibodozibodo Posts: 1
    I have a 98 528 I bought used and certified last October. It had a creaking noise originating in the windows. The dealer told me this was a design problem with the door seals and replaced the seals in the front doors under warranty. Now 8 months later the noise is back in all four doors. Since I couldn't see any difference in the seals before or after the replacement, I am now questioning whether they were replaced or simply lubricated. Has any one had this problem, is there really a replacement seal design and if so is it possible to get replacements after the original warranty is expired.
  • GLeenGLeen Posts: 46
    I just starting to hear a noise coming from the driver's side door on my 1998 BMW 528iA and brought my car in to WA of BMW in NY. They replaced the door seal and I have yet to hear the noise again.
  • zeenzeen Posts: 401
    I have a 97 528 and I had creaking noises coming from both front doors. It sounded like it was coming from where the vinyl is folded under along the edge of the door. (The first step is always isolating the noise.)
    I finally put some grease on a piece of hard paper and slid it between the door frame and the vinyl. The noise was gone. I have usually been able to eliminate rubbing noises this way.
  • cheekscheeks Posts: 67
    Has anyone heard a slight rubbing noise from the steering wheel when turning at slow speeds?
  • zeenzeen Posts: 401
    YES. I had the same problem and used the same solution as I did for the door trim. I put some grease on a piece of stiff paper and slid it around the area behind the steering wheel where the rubbing was coming from. It got rid of the noise. I don't know if an adjustment can be made to the wheel but this was an easy fix even if I have to do it every few months.
  • mickmickmickmick Posts: 4
    I purchased a mgrs car with 7K on it. Noticed a grinding noise coming from brakes. Had them checked out at the dealer and he said everything is within specs. I have since driven other 2000 28's and have not heard the same noise when applying brakes.

    Any ideas what could be causing this. Have talked to some who say some 528's have this problem.

    Thanks, Rich
  • davv62davv62 Posts: 76
    I have a new BMW 530i and have had a few minor electrical/computer problems. I haven't yet taken it to the deal for service but I wonder if anyone else has had these problems.

    First, my computer indicated that I was low on washer fluid. This was true, and I filled up the container under the hood. However, the indicator continues to go off every time I use the car.

    Next, all my computer settings (date/time, mpg, average speed, speed limit, etc.) were wiped out for no apparent reason.

    Next, on one occasion only, the speedometer and mpg gauge stopped working one night. The next day they worked, and they have worked since (about 5 days).

    Has anybody else experienced these problems and had them resolved?
  • infinitimninfinitimn Posts: 138
    There are 2 washer fluid containers, one for power (?) wash and one regular. I made the same mistake and filled the wrong one. I haven't experienced the other electrical problems.
  • davv62davv62 Posts: 76
    Thanks for the information. I will look for the other container and fill it.
  • zeenzeen Posts: 401
    My 97 528 takes an H-7 low beam bulb. Is there a replacement that doesn't require me to go to the dealer? Can I go to Pep Boys and get one? If so, is there another number that is a replacement for the H-7?
  • infinitimninfinitimn Posts: 138
    I went to Auto Zone for my '98 528 headlight bulb. They had no problem finding the right one.
  • llangley1llangley1 Posts: 1
    I'm looking to buy a 2000 528I wagon and I've been hearing that they are not good in snow. The computer takes over and makes it hard to go up a hill. Any idea if this is a problem?
  • ealfonzoealfonzo Posts: 1
    I took delivery of a new 530I in May. I am pleased except for one problem. My steering wheel is off center a bit to the left. I have had it back to the dealership twice and they have done two alignments but the problem is still there. The service manager said that it is normal and caused by the contour of the roads I am driving on. Also had a vibration over 75 MPH. Dealer re balanced the wheels but eventually needed to change from Continental to Michelin tires which seems to have solved the problem at least temporarily. Has anyone had this experience? Does the answer form the dealer seem legitimate.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
  • avl2001avl2001 Posts: 4
    Some time ago someone posted a message about whistling noise in their 2000’528iA at the speed of 80Mph when the gas pedal was lightly pressed. The message author was advised to check his car and some time later he said that the car was diagnosed.

    I too have the same problem in my 2000’528iA. The noise appears at speeds between 75-80Mph only when the gas pedal is lightly pressed. If I release the pedal or press it harder, the noise goes away. The noise doesn’t appear at any other speed and it doesn’t affect the performance of the car in any way.

    I scheduled a service appointment to have the problem fixed; however, the caveat is that I had already taken the car to service before I saw the aforementioned post and sure enough they hadn’t found anything wrong with the car. This time though I mentioned to them that somebody else had had such a problem and that it had been fixed. They said it would be useful if I could find out what exactly had been fixed. So, I’m wondering if somebody had this problem, if it was fixed, and if so then what exactly was fixed.

    Thanks in advance.
  • mickmickmickmick Posts: 4
    Hi. I too have a 2000 528 that also makes the noise at 75-80 mph. If you get any info please get back to me mickmick.

    My car also has very noisy brakes. see my no. 13 post.



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  • twinnertwinner Posts: 3
    I recently purchased a certified 1998 528, and have noticed a very hard, jolting shift when the car reaches about 20 or 25 mph. I have also noticed that, after I stop and put the car in park, the car jolts and jerks backwards. I took it to the dealer, who told me this is perfectly normal and I shouldn't worry about it. I'm not sure I trust his response....?
  • twinnertwinner Posts: 3
    I've noticed a couple minor squeaks and rattles when going over bumps in my 98 528iA. I believe they may be coming from inside the rear door panels, or perhaps from the rear sunshades. Only a mild annoyance, but an annoyance nonetheless. I'm not sure how to strategiclly apply WD40, without taking apart the rear door panels.

    Anyone encountered this before? Any good advice?
  • jccsscjccssc Posts: 44
    mickmick - please see my posted message to avl2001 about the "whistling" noise at 75-80mph problem in "sedan - 5-series" section. Good luck.
  • Ok this isn't earth shattering but as my friend and I both have the same problem I thought I'd ask.
    We both have a 2001 525. I went to the dealer (as did he) and had them program two of my keys. This would hopefully allow both my wife and me to be able to open the door and have the seat in the correct position.
    The dealer said that the key remembers the last person to use the key and would put the seat back in the position it was when that key was used.
    This has never worked. I thought I was going nuts until my friend said the same thing happens to him and his wife.
    Does anyone have a good explanation of how this works.
  • pok1pok1 Posts: 1
    I have two questions on which I hope someone can provide some advice. I'm presently looking to purchase either a 2002 530 or 540. While I've test driven both cars, neither had the sport suspension.

    Question #1 I live in the Midwest and snow is a problem. Both dealers have told me I will have to replace the 17" tires with 16" all weather tires in winter. One dealer also indicated that the car still will not handle very well, even with the 16's, because of the sport suspension.

    Question #2 If all of the above is true, does the suspension make enough of a difference in performance to warrant the additional expense involved with a second set of tires and rims?
  • A guy I know has a Mercedes C43 AMG with the sport package. It performs abysmally in the snow, and one solution he is considering is the purchase of an additional set of tires to be used in the winter.

    We went on a ski trip last April, and his was the only car that could not make it up the mountain to our condo. Even my RWD 5-series BMW made it up with no problem. Even getting his car moving on a flat surface, with some pushing, was a problem in the snow. The traction was terrible.

    I therefore think that based upon where you live, a set of winter tires is necessary at a minimum to make sure that you can get around. Try to find out if others have used them and how effective they are. That I don't know, but I do know that with a sport suspension and regular tires, you will go through hell in the winter in snowy areas of the midwest.
  • has anyone else found the standard audio system a bit subpar. If so, what recommendations do you have on upgrading?
  • rkt88rkt88 Posts: 3
    I have a 2000 528i wagon I bought used at 12k miles. BMW did a service at that time but now at 20K three green dots appear on the dash which BMW says approx 6K more until service. Isn't this too long between oil changes? (14K) And is the "free maintenance really free for A and B service?
  • rkt88rkt88 Posts: 3
    Reply to K message #21 and Rich #22; I too have a high pitch noise in my 20K mile 2000 528i at 70+MPH and I can vary the sound by getting on and off the accellerator. It sounds like gear whine from the rear end. Mine is an automatic 4 speed with 4:11 rear axle ratio according to the facts book. I have not mentioned it to the dealer yet but plan to and next service. If it is what I think it is it could be an expensive fix.
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