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BMW 5-Series Engine Questions



  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,197
    Steve Dinan and Jim Conforti are the top two players- in my opinion, anyway.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • jklossjkloss Posts: 39
    Just received word today that BMW will replace the cylinder head on my 07 535XI.

    They claim this will solve the ticking problems. Get the car back next week. Will keep you informed as to whether this solves the problems.
  • smartcpasmartcpa Posts: 7
    Do you have a 530XI or a 535XI? I thought the 535's came out in 2008. My lease is up in October, and i was considering a 2010 535XI. Did the lifter noise issue continue with the 535's?
  • jklossjkloss Posts: 39
    It is a 07 530 XI sorry for the mix up - car is finished and I will pick it up on Monday. Dealer has been great - call twice to up date the progress and also a daily e-mail on the status. Finished the install of the new heads Thursday and spent Friday testing the vehicle to specs. Will know on Monday if this is the cure.
  • jklossjkloss Posts: 39
    Got the 530 Xi back and runs great - they replaced the cylinder heads and the Valves plus a lot other stuff - all new bolts and ect.

    Only time will tell but will keep you all posted if things change.
  • smartcpasmartcpa Posts: 7
    GREAT! Good Luck, mine has been quiet since i got it back. I have until October to turn in the lease or get it CPO and purchas it.
  • jklossjkloss Posts: 39
    So far I have not driven the car since it is my wife's. She seem to think it has a little more "pep" but no sounds for the engine.
  • rbourgoinrbourgoin Posts: 1
    i am starting a collection of vintage BMW 2002 tii, 2002, 325's etc etc and have recent purchased a 528 e, it was running fine until starting it one morning and it was revving out of control, is this due to the temp sensor, fuel to air mixture? any suggestions on where to begin and how to fix?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,197
    any suggestions on where to begin and how to fix?

    Check for any vacuum leaks between the air flow meter and the engine. Is the dipstick fully inserted? Oil filler cap tight? Also check the idle control valve. If you don't have one already, I'd strongly suggest buying the Bentley Repair Manual.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Hi Guys,
    Just got a 2007 530i, 24K miles on the clock. Love the vehicle. I am prone to sitting at the beach with a book, listening to the radio, without running the engine.
    My vehicle has NAV also. I'm wondering, would this useage have any deleterious effects on the battery life? I have to believe iDrive screen uses some juice (much like a video camera), so I am wondering if I should get out of that habit, though it's pleasurable. I use to drive a 328i, and my battery lasted years doing this.

    Any advice would be appreciated, thanks guys.
    Gardis - CT
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,197
    As long as you drive the car an hour or more per week you should be fine.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • Does anyone know if the October 2009 Money Factors were changed for 535XI? I was quoted .00165 MF and 60% Residual.
  • Any news in your wife's BMW after BMW fix? I'm having the same engine ticking noise with my 2007 BMW 525xi. I bought my BMW in NH in October 2006 and didn't notice the engine ticking noise until June 2010 at 60k miles. It took a few visits but BMW did replace all the lifters in August of 2010. I just noticed the ticking noise again and have an appointment to go in for more service. This noise could have been going on for awhile but I don't hear the noise from inside my vehicle. I have to be outside of the car to hear it.

    I'm wondering if your wife's car is satisfactorily fixed at this point? I'm concerned that I'm having engine problems on a car with 65k miles on it.

    Thank you for your time and insight. I truly appreciate it!
  • Wow, what a bummer with my Beamer!! I just bought a cpo 2008 535 xi- On day 8 of ownership I got a an error message in the i-drive: Engine Malfunction reducing power. Needless to say I am extremely upset since I just bought this certified vehicle. The problem gets better- there is an open re-call on my vehicle and the dealer was notified 3 days ago! no one bothers to contact me, even after everyone's assurance that this is superior service luxury brand automobile and my experiences will be wonderful. I broke down 50 miles away from home, call BMW assistance and am told to wait 70 minutes for a tow truck which didnt show for 2 and a half hours. The service manager promises she will call me back and never does and after talking to bmw assistance they inform me I can ride back in the tow truck if I want. MY DREAM has come true. Then I discover that BMW knew that this vehicle had problems with the fuel injector and fule pump, Thus far owning a BMW has been nothing short of a nightmare, needed to vent that ..... Has anyone had their fule pump replaced and injectors replaced due to this recall and ongoing known problems with this engine? after this can I expect to have more problems? :mad: :sick:
  • bobbiecbobbiec Posts: 2
    I didn't have the problem you're having BUT my 2007 BMW 535xi did end up having the lifters replaced because of the engine ticking noise I'd been hearing. After the lifter fix I STILL had this ticking sound and it became more frequent. The next fix was replacing the cylinder head and all bolts etc. Now that I basically have half a new engine the car is running beautifully. BMW and my dealer stood behind my vehicle but they said it wasn't anything that would affect the performance of the car. It had to do with how the original cylinder head was produced and the fit of the lifters (is how I understood the problem). I said, like heck, since it sounds ridiculous and I didn't spend all of this money to have my car sound like a ticking time bomb! Good luck. It really is a great car and lots of fun getting from A to B!
  • I have a 2008 535i and from the first year on I have been having the "engine malfunction - reduce power" problems. It happenned about twice a year, where the dealer replaces the fuel pumps, and due to the recent recall, replaced all 6 fuel injectors. The light came one again today, and my car is in the shop for the 5 times in less than 3 years. The car was brand new when I bought it in 2008.

    I hope to hear if anyone else has the same problem and was able to fix it.
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