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#339 of 678 SES LIGHT, 2001 X5 & EXTENDED WARRANTY
Aug 27, 2005 (10:25 am)
I was looking at the Edmunds post and see where you have been very helpful to other users. I have a question for you.
I bought my X5 3 weeks ago and the 4 year warranty had just expired. My service engine light came on about 1 week after I picked the car up. I took it to the BMW dealer and they said they found fault with gas pedal and fuel trim bank 1 and 2. They replaced gas pedal $378 and cleared fault memory. Light came back on 2 days later and now they are saying they need to replace wiring harness/engine to the tune of $949. Call me crazy but this seems like a rip off to me. First of all, why don't they know for sure what the problem is? So if they replace the harness and the light comes back on then they're going to say it's something else?
Anyway I took it to my regular mechanic who serviced my 325I. He said fuel bank 1 and 2 running lean but didn't see anything about wiring harness. What do you think is causing this? Is this a common problem and is there any long term consequences to driving the vehicle with the light on? Any advice you can give is appreciated. Plus, several times I am on E before I get gas and a couple of times I forgot to turn off the car. Would this cause the SES light to come on? This is so frustrating? Would this be something that an extended warranty cover? Also, what is the deal with the O2 Sensors?
Also, can you recommend a good extended warranty company? I am looking at Warranty Direct and Auto Club? Are there any others who aren't scams?
Sorry for the long email. Thanks for your help?
Sep 03, 2005 (10:13 am)
Just got an '05 and have noted the idle is rough. Took it in for service and they said there is an issue with valve timing in very warm weather (I'm in Arizona). They said that the valve timing was adjusted via software and wanted me to let them know how it is. Unfortunately, the adjustment seems to have worsened the problem. The service advisor said that the engineers in Germany are aware of this problem and are developing new software that will be available shortly. I would assume that "software" really means a new set of values for tunable parameters, but I could be wrong.
Has anyone had this problem? How was it resolved?
#341 of 678 Re: Rear window regulator [hilo1]
Sep 06, 2005 (12:17 pm)
I just experienced the same. my off-warranty '02 X5 3.0 had the rear passenger window creak, then drop into the door. Can I repair this myself? Advice?
#342 of 678 Re: Rear window regulator [sopinesdoc]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 06, 2005 (1:39 pm)
Depends on whether you have the patience to take the window regulator out, and if BMW will sell you individual parts to replace the grommet or other .10 cent plastic part that probably failed in there. I don't know the make up of your particular regulator but most often a plastic grommet that rides in a slot, breaks off and the regulator arm can't hold up the window anymore. Sometimes the arm itself breaks so you need a whole new regulator.
#343 of 678 Re: SES LIGHT, 2001 X5 & EXTENDED WARRANTY [sinhart]
Sep 23, 2005 (7:38 pm)
sorry its taken me so long to respond, i just got from Germany, company work related.
Well lets try a few things about the SES light, first off don't ever leave the engine running while you fill up the tank, if you do, you will get and engine light and it will go away after a few days. Reason behind this is a system called DMTL Ask a service rep if you want the whole story behind the fuel delivery system.
Lets see how that goes, don't let them change the harness on your car, they should be able to see the readings of bank 1 and 2 in the their DIS tester. and if the DME is reading all the right input and sending the right ones out to the throttle body.
As for the gas pedal I would try to get a refund on that job, they should of been able to look in DIS and seen if it was bad.
But for now don't run your car so low and dont leave the switch on while you are filling it,let me know if you have any more problems and we shale go from there
#344 of 678 Re: SES LIGHT, 2001 X5 & EXTENDED WARRANTY [cefus]
Sep 24, 2005 (5:22 am)
Thanks for responding. No, I haven't had them change the wire harness, but the funny thing is I had my mechanic reset the code, it came back on after a couple of days. Then last week I was at my wits end because I needed to get the car to inspection so I could get my sticker, it was 1 week overdue inspection. Well, last thursday night, the light went off, just like that. It went off the week before but it came back on shortly afterwards. Well, this time it didn't. So I got up took the car to motor vehicle inspection and it passed with flying colors. Thank God. Sunday I called my mechanic to tell him the good news. I called him from the gas station so that if the light came on after I got gas then it may be gas related. Well, 15 minutes after I get gas, the light came back on, and it's still on.
I am at my wits end, I don't know what to do. I think I am going to get a refund from BMW. The problem seems to occur when I go to the pump, do you think it could be a problem with the gas cap?
Also, can you recommend a good extended warranty company? Thanks.
#345 of 678 Re: SES LIGHT, 2001 X5 & EXTENDED WARRANTY [sinhart]
Sep 24, 2005 (8:47 am)
Have someone do a DMTL leak test on your fuel system or a smoke tester will do, this will check for any leaks or a bad gas cap. A couple of places to look at is the gas cap(make sure the ignition switch is not on when you are refueling) or it could be a bad/worn cap, or one of the 3 hoses going to the carbon canister on the underside of the car. You will not be able to see this and will have to have the guard dropped on one side(outward side) to check this. Its possible that the middle line to the carbon canister is not seated fully or the o-ring in it is slightly pinched. but have someone run the DMTL test and go from there.
As for a warranty, I cant really help you on finding that, sorry. Let me know how things turn out
Sep 25, 2005 (5:44 pm)
We just purchased a CPO 2003 X5 4.4i, 18,000 miles. Love the car, but noticed that after a car wash or driving in rain, the rear passenger-side carpet is soaked. There are no leaks around the door, so it seems to me that water is coming in from below. Any others experience this? Any solutions? I plan to call the local dealer tomorrow. Thanks.
#347 of 678 Re: X5 Leak? [burrsr]
Sep 26, 2005 (4:46 am)
Does it have a sunroof? If it does then thats your problem, the seal around the glass or the glass it self may need to be adjusted.
If you don't have a sunroof, check the rear left and right air vents located under the rear panels between the tires and the bumper, possible that the vents may be upside down. the luvers should be black in color and about 5 inches square and the luvers should be staked like the tiles on a roof..
If you still cant find it get a garden hose out and water it down while you are inside looking for it ,best of luck, let me know what you find
#348 of 678 Re: SES LIGHT, 2001 X5 & EXTENDED WARRANTY [cefus]
Sep 26, 2005 (7:34 pm)
Thank you so much, I will do that and see what happens, I will also have them check out the gas cap. You are a wealth of knowledge, thanks again for taking the time to respond. I will keep you informed.