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BMW X5, Auto Body, Engine, Suspension, SUV
#451 of 685 Re: 2001 x5 ENGINE FAILURE [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 14, 2006 (10:39 am)
Thank you very much for your response. At the time that I wrote my question; I was frustrated and waiting to hear back from the BMW dealership (not to mention hours away from leaving on, or postponing, our vacation). Indeed, you know your X5's... It was exactly what you thought it could be. According to the dealer repair invoice:
"The water pump bearing failed causing the belts to break and wrap around the crankshaft pulley, hence the clunking sound. The lack of coolant in the reservoir (vapor causes the jugs to fail) Replaced the coolant water pump. Coolant Jug (reservoir), the A/C belt, Alternator belt and the plastic fan which was damaged during the ordeal."
Total cost: $917.17 Not fun, but not as bad as I thought. Thanks again for your help!!
#452 of 685 Re: 2001 x5 ENGINE FAILURE [re1985]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 15, 2006 (5:14 pm)
phew! lucky you! Yeah, it kinda sounded like catastrophic water pump failure.
#453 of 685 Premium Gas and oil changes
Aug 16, 2006 (7:16 am)
I'll say... Thanks again for your help.
Two more questions...
1)What are your thoughts on using "mid-grade" gasoline versus the recommended "premium"? 2) The dealership charges $100 (maybe $110) for an "Oil Service" appointment. They record the service appointment on BMW's computer network so that the car service history is shown as consistent. I know that I can get an synthetic oil change for $55 at a national chain (non-BMW) maintainance shop. Is is worth trying to save $50 at the national chain, or do the BMW dealerships add that much more value (expertise/knowledge of the vehicle) for their higher price? PS: If I'm only paying the $55 at the national chain, I will probably be more likely to have the oil changed every 8,000-10,000 miles instead of the 15,000 mile BMW recommendation.
#454 of 685 2001 X5 fan problem ?
Aug 18, 2006 (4:09 am)
I just purchased a 2nd 2001 X5, i don't know if its normal for the air con fan to operate on its own ? when we turn on the engine the fan will sometimes blow strongly and then turn itself down and then suddenly its blowing strongly again. This will continue for a few minutes and it will stop, is this a function of temperture control ?
Also when we turn off the engine, the air con fan will run on its own on and off for an hour ! can anyone help me out ? i am very confused.....
#455 of 685 Re: Premium Gas and oil changes [re1985]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 20, 2006 (8:25 am)
You can try mid-grade fuel and see how the car responds. The engine management system will adjust for any change in octane anyway...at worst you might notice a slight drop in performance and or fuel mileage, but maybe not. It really depends on how critically the BMW engineers have designed the engine for premium fuel. But no harm in trying and you might get away with no ill effects whatsoever.
As for oil changes...while you are in warranty, I would definitely go to the dealer. If the chain store screws something up, the BMW dealer has a loop hole for denying your warranty claims...$50 bucks on a $10,000 engine seems not worth the risk to me. There are better ways to save $$ by avoiding the dealer, like buying tires or batteries, etc.
#456 of 685 Re: ealership says X5 rotors must ALWAYS be changed with pads, help [davidinutica]
Sep 08, 2006 (3:08 pm)
I wonder what the pads and rotors are made out of. I recently read that the Lexus GS-430 with the performance package has ceramic brakes that require the same rotor and brake pad change at around 20k miles (depending on how hard the driver is on brakes).
#457 of 685 Re: 2001 X5 fan problem ? [suv2006]
Sep 08, 2006 (3:31 pm)
I too experienced the same problem with my X5. When I took the vehicle into the dealer they knew right away what it was and said it is a pretty common occurance. There is a resistor in the fan circuit that gets weak, which causes the fan to act eratic. It was a $120 dollar repair.
#458 of 685 Service Engine Soon Light, X5 2001 3.0L 54k miles
Sep 08, 2006 (4:07 pm)
My service light came on so I made the dreaded trip to the repair shop to find out what it was. They (not a BMW dealer but competent foreign shop)said the test pulled three things; thermostat - weak apparently not opening at the right temperature, a crank shaft monitor & an emmissions monitor all need to be replaced. Does this sound right? What should I expect for cost of this repair?
#459 of 685 Re: Service Engine Soon Light, X5 2001 3.0L 54k miles [armendw]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 12, 2006 (3:13 pm)
hmmmm...maybe not quite right...the "codes" just indicate the circuit or system wherein the problem lies, not the actual defective component. Three codes don't mean three bad things.
#460 of 685 Re: Service Engine Soon Light, X5 2001 3.0L 54k miles [armendw]
Sep 17, 2006 (7:57 pm)
Take it to the dealer. This philosophy might cost you in the short term but will save you grief and money in the long term. Dealers seem to be the only ones that can take consistent care of these vehicles.