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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • 530ir1150r530ir1150r Posts: 263
    Change your oil and do not worry about it anymore. The clutch squeak is probably in the linkage somewhere. You should be able to tell if it is inside or at the transmission.
  • 1wisdom1wisdom Posts: 13
    Hi again,
    Thanks for the advise. Yes BMW did include expansion tank, didn't mention new coolant. Yes my eyes are glued to the Temp Gauge no movement as of yet nor idiot light on. Thanks for info re replacing expansion tank, and BMW coolant.
    By the way do you own a BMW? If so what year and series? Once again I appreciate your help & advice.

  • The system shut down and nothing was blowing at all.
  • Thanks, I am hoping that is all it is. The problem has not happened again.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I've observed that the radiators on the V8s tend to fail near the point where the upper radiator hose is attached; sometimes the hose breaks off completely. If the needle even approaches the red zone you should switch it off.
    As for me, I've owned seven BMWs since 1983, beginning with a 1973 Bavaria 3.0. My current stable consists of a 318ti Club Sport and a 1997 528iA.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Your problem may also be caused by what BMW calls a "Final Stage Resistor". It's a relatively inexpensive part and it takes less than thirty minutes to install. That said, I'd wait and see if the blower acts up again before I'd spend any time or money diagnosing the system.
  • pen101pen101 Posts: 238
    Thanks for your reply. That is what I was thinking also. Will make an appointment tomorrow.
  • question for anyone with experience: I am ordering an 06' e60, am I'm undecided about the sport package, I want the feel of a sports car, but I do not want a hard ride, the 18in. rims are really sharp, but the run-flats have got to be pretty stiff, I wonder if I can order the car with all season radials instead? anybody willing to critique the ride of this car for me, the salesman say's he dosen't yet have a sport package 5er for me to test drive, so I'm just looking for some feeback.

    thanks in advance guy's
  • I have an e39, not e60, but it has sport and I run it on all seasons (Michelin Pilot Sport A/S). I like it fine. But I would find one to drive before buying, because your preference might be very different from mine.
  • ny540i6ny540i6 Posts: 518
    Sorry, Shipo, you might be wrong on this one... I've been away from these boards for a while (stop the applause!!!), and was catching up while in Florida for a few days. I remember reading this post, and the response... so flash forward to this afternoon, when I approach the machine, hit the door lock button, get nothing, and suspect dead battery. Stick key in lock, turn both directions, still nothing. Fortunately the TRUNK lock is mechanical, and since the battery is back there, once I got cables attached, I was able to unlock the car. Started right up. The discharge was complete enough that I had to reset the time/date.

    Just an FYI.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Hmmm, very interesting. No appologies necessary. ;-) Thinking back on it I cannot actually remember if I ever used the key in the door of my 530i, and as such, I have no recollection of how the action felt. I guess I just assumed (Oops! I know better than that...) that the key (a mechanical device in an of itself) had a mechanical link to the door lock specifically because of the dead battery issue.

    Once again, thanks for keeping me honest. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • I have 2005 530i and when i drive with high speed i experienced some noise from the steering weal espicialy if the road is not flat well. Is this normal this noise is like smothing shaking. :confuse:
  • hihomikehihomike Posts: 111
    When I got my 06 530i, the first day I took it home, an error message came up on the driver's screen, just behind the steering wheel where the mph and time and odometer screen is, and in bright ORANGE LETTERS it lit up "SOS" with a line through it. I then went to my i-drive and the error was that BMW assist was not operative, take car to dealer.

    I took it in three times, and finally had to call BMW north america to finally get this fixed. The error would come up about 3 times a week. If I turned off the engine and restarted it, it seemed to eventually correct itself.

    The dealer airshipped a new computer ($2500 item) to the service dept., they replaced it, and it worked fine for a while. Then, it came up once again, SOS.

    Has anyone experienced this problem? I didn't have it on my 05 BMW 525i, but I do on the 06 530i.

    Thanks all.
  • You identified the problem accurately! I had some minor body work done on my car after someone hit me and ask to look into why the air was shutting down. The service guy said the same thing, a resistor. It would take about 30-40 minutes to replace and cost $120.00. Is this cost in line or not? I think he said the resistor was in the dash.

  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Glad to help. The Final Stage Resistor is very simple to install. Here's how. No way would I pay someone to do it.
  • DIV2, I see that you have been helfpful to others and from your profile you are very knowledgeable. Please read my post #1336 and offer any suggestions you can think of; I love this car but am getting ready to sell it 'cause none of my local mechanics can figure out what is wrong. They all say, "the A/C works." Which it does, but the heat also bleeds through when the A/C is on and it just can not overcome the added heat.

    Please help, or do you want to broker a deal to help sell my 525?

  • ppltxsjppltxsj Posts: 2
    I just took delivery of an 06 5 series and have the same problem. Have you found a resolution for this?

  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Has the heater valve been checked? The valve regulates the flow of coolant through the heater core. If the valve is stuck open you get too much heat and if it sticks closed you get no heat. Check here for more information.
  • ppltxsjppltxsj Posts: 2
    My new 06 BMW 5 series has a squeak on the driver's side of the dashboard somewhere between the vent and the speaker in the driver's door. The noise is noticeable on rougher roads.

    Has anyone experienced the same and found the solution to get rid of this? My dealer in nearly 1 hour away so I was hoping to resolve this on my own to avoid the long trip.

  • Can anyone tell me if it's normal to have to replace the tires of a 2004 525i with only 21K on them? We were told by the "dealer" that we need all 4 replaced ($700 for supposed high end tires is not what I expected so soon) and that this is normal for a "heavy vehicle".
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,853
    It depends a LOT on how you drive, your climate, and how well you have kept up tire pressures, tire rotation, etc. That mileage sounds a bit premature but I could see it happening under certain conditions. Was the wear uniform and even, or was it in the center of the tires, or the edges, on all four tires evenly, or ???

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  • Was hoping to tell you about my success... truth is, I haven't had a chance to mess with it yet, but thanks for the input. I will keep you posted.
  • 530ir1150r530ir1150r Posts: 263
    The 60,000 mile service completed last night.

    2002 530i, 5 speed w/sport package.

    60,116 miles
    26.4 MPG, average since new.
    50.5 MPH; did not go to Nashville as much this year.
    Front brake pads, 9.5 mm remaining; 11.5 mm at 37,500 miles.
    Rear brake pads, 9 mm remaining; 11 mm at 37,500 miles.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,737
    For all 5-series owners in the northeast. Do all of you change to snows in the winter, or did some of you brave it with the non-sport package all season tires? And how did you do.

    Bad news: It's a rwd car, snow (not just M+S but real snow-on-the-mountain symbol)
    tires are mandatory for safety and practical reasons.

    Good news: Equipped with proper snows the 5er is a little sno-bear in winter driving
    with good balance, brakes and a superb traction control.. My only gripe is the lack of available winter wiper blades and rear fog lamps.

    I get good results on Blizzak WS-50s on my 2000 528iA and I live in snowy, hilly New Hampshire. Nokian Hakkapellittas are also highly recommended.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • get the car buffed out with Zymol HD-cleanse then use Carbon wax.
  • I had a mechanical alternator belt that did the same them that was replaced.
  • BMW will change the oil if timing exceeds one year - regardless of the lights.
  • jpb2jpb2 Posts: 1
    Yes, my 2004 525 is having the same noise. It is also creeking (sounds like hail hitting the car) when the car is on uneven roadway (when the car torques). I have taken the car in 4 times and the problem persists. The dealer told me that the door seals ned to be oiled???? What have you discovered?

    The sound will drive you crazy after driving it for a couple hours.

  • Hi there,
    Thank you. It's been awhile. Back in Calif. getting life back together. Wow you've had some nice BMW's, and experience. Today I took the car to get the radiator replaced. Come to find out the clutch fan is broken. Still spins however mechanic indicated he could stop it bare hand. What he said is he believes the clutch fan went first then the radiator. I've looked in my manual to find the answer regarding the car beeping inside for no reason. No lights come on when it happens it just happens at of no where. Do you have any idea what this is? It's beeps three times then stops. Please advise. Oh just want to say thank you. :)

  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Good to hear thatyou are getting things back on track. Now, as for your phantom beeping, I suspect it's a setting of the on-board computer(OBC). Check that section of the owners manual. Among other things, the 540i OBC has a timer function and a speed warning function; check and make sure neither of those functions are active(one of my friends bought a 1994 540i and never read the manual, so another friend set the speed warning at 54 mph. It drove my friend almost nuts until I told him how to shut it off...). There is also a icing warning that beeps at +37F but I doubt you are seeing near-freezing temperatures in your location.
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