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BMW 5 Series Sport Wagons



  • Tried that first, but without manual had no further direction. I ended up crawling in to the back and took off rear panel, where I found a "pull" and opened it up.
    As this is my second wagon and third E39 I was simply caught off guard.

    Thanks anyway...

  • Anyone know where I can get a new or used sunroof motor for my '94 525iT? I've had the car about 5 years now and I did have the tracks cleaned a few years ago and after that the sunroof started working. Six months later I went to a car wash in winter and I think water froze on the roof and I think I burned out the motor when I tried to open it again. It hasn't worked since. So I know the problem isn't the tracks, it could be either the switch or the motor, both which look fairly easy to replace. I can't find a motor anywhwere. Any suggestions?
  • woodywwwoodyww Posts: 1,803
    Have you tried Bav Auto in NH? Also, I used to order parts from a place called Eurasian that adv. in the Roundel. Lots of parts places that adv. in the Roundel. You could also try asking on one of the dedicaticated bmw enthusiast sites.....
  • I have learned that the 525 has a sensor that unlocks doors when the airbag fires. I have heard this makes it more likely doors will open in crashes. Does anyone know if there is a motion sensor that will delay the unlocking until the car comes to a stop?
  • A 2001 525 wagon caught my eye. I've owned Bimmers from the 70's and 80's. Any advice on owning a (for me) almost new one? Is this year / model a good bet? Thanks.
  • 1wisdom1wisdom Posts: 13
    Is it normal for BMWs to have stiff power steering? It feels like it's semi-automatic steering. I realize it's rwd however it's hard to believe a luxury sport car would take two hands to make u-turns, not fun to drive.

    Please advise. Thank you
  • cmybimmergocmybimmergo Posts: 265
    Whwt year is your car? I can't speak for all of them, but my 02 530 sport steering is fairly stiff...and I love it. Feels exactly the way I like it.
  • 1wisdom1wisdom Posts: 13
    Thank you,

    99 540i not sport package

    I understand stiffness is good when we (me) performance drivers like to feel every move we make. However, it's way to stiff! 2 hands to make U-turns,not cool..

    The records if this car indicates the steering pump hose had(has a leak) no record of replacement. and fluid stays at the correct level.

    Another thing the car is now doing is it lunges forward on it's own when almost at a complete stop. Perhaps the throttle sensor is out. I'm the second owner. Has only 53k miles.

    Please advise

    Thanks again

  • goosemangooseman Posts: 1
    Just bought an 01 525i sport wagon with 15k original miles. It has a steptronic trans. I have a few questions, if anyone can help.
    1. My insurance calls it a 525iT. What is the "T" and could it raise my insurance rate?
    2. What are the common mechanical problems with this model?
    3. Does anyone run 91 instead of 93 octane without spark knock?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 72,847
    T is for Touring... which is the european way of denoting a wagon...

    I believe the recommended octane rating for most BMWs is 91, so you should be fine there..


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  • 1wisdom1wisdom Posts: 13

    Sorry for delay mom had open heart surgery. Anyway I have a 99 540i. Steering is way too stiff. Not a one hand handling car. I like the feel of the road too. I see people much older then myself driving these cars thinking there is no way they would want to work this hard to get car to perform.

    Please advise

  • kkics1kkics1 Posts: 11
    Hello all...the tailgate on my 1999 528I just stopped working. The window does open & works just finde, but the tailgate motor just starts & stops (almost sighs.) The fuses are good...any ideas? Will I need a regulator? Or does it just need to be reset and cycled? :cry:
  • rockypaulrockypaul Posts: 104
    Had one; great car.
    One issue my wife had was hooking the front air dam over parking curbs.
    The car is very low as in sporting.
    No trouble in 4 years of ownership. Great motor and trans.
    Traded to an S-430 4-Matic sedan.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • cmybimmergocmybimmergo Posts: 265
    Sorry for the late response; for some reason I never saw your post. I hope your mom is doing well.

    As far as the steering goes, if you still have doubts about yours, I would have someone look at it. FWIW, I don't consider my steering to be a one-handed affair, but I don't know how stiff is too stiff for you...and anyway I have the 530i which has rack and pinion--unlike yours. Why don't you see whther you can find a similarly equipped 99 540i for sale and take it for a test drive?
  • 1wisdom1wisdom Posts: 13
    Thank you! I had a gentleman drive the car who has a 97 740i he agreed it was tooooooo stiff, also had a friend of mine drive it(his brother has 99 540i manuel) said it is tooo stiff has well not sure what it is. Perhaps steering box ouch $2K. The car lunges on it's own, not good. Now has a loud ring/type sound similar to metal/metal from brakes when I exhallerate then fades when lift foot from petal and fuel presses lowers who knows. Sorry to say disappointed.

    Pls advise w/ any ideas.

    Thank you again

  • cmybimmergocmybimmergo Posts: 265
    Why don't you post your questions on the Problems and Solutions board? I'm sorry, but I'm no expert; my knowledge stems mostly from my own limited experience plus what I've learned while lurking on the various boards.

    Alternatively, you could find yourself a good independent mechanic and have him give it a once-over.
  • ganibarganibar Posts: 2
    Would anyone offer advice on how to choose a year and model 525 vs 530 Certified wagon? I am interested in joining the ranks of BMW owners.
  • Hello there. Wondering if there's a "better year" and better powertrain for various iterations of the BMWs with sport packages.
    Have heard the 2000-2002 540i Sports have an inferior engine than 2003s. Am looking to buy used or "certified" or something that has a transferrable warranty to 100k.

  • Which fuses did you check? Did you check the fusebox above the battery in the right, rear side panel? I had the same problem with the tailgate recently, changed 2 fuses (#53) and the problem was solved. If you did change the fuses then it would be a bad tailgate lock regulator which can be about $300 repair (at an independent mechanic, not dealership). Good luck.
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