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BMW X5, Auto Body, Engine, Suspension, SUV
#628 of 678 Re: dealership says X5 rotors must ALWAYS be changed with pads, help [kellywarren]
Sep 06, 2010 (9:49 am)
The dealership in Orlando told me the same thing. While under the maintenance warranty, I didn't question it and had them do it. Next time, after the warranty expired, the front brake job price was $700 for pads and rotors, which sounded inflated. I then replaced the pads and the pad sensor myself for about $100 and an hour of my time. The rotors looked good (thanks to the warning sensor alerting me of low pads, credit to BMW for that). The rotors had no wear ridges, I think I also used a micrometer to measure them but don't remember. I didn't even turn the rotors, and the brakes work perfectly smooth. That was a year ago and maybe 10K miles, and they're still perfect.
#629 of 678 Re: transmission problems [stc1]
Sep 06, 2010 (10:26 am)
I also have a 2005 X-5 4.4. A similar problem happens with mine except it happens while moving too. Many times after slowing down for a corner, it will do what you described upon re-acceleration after going around the corner. This is at low speed and under normal easy acceleration. It has also done it during straight, easy acceleration. It was also accompanied by a sluggish initial take off in first gear. The dealer reset the software but it still does it sometimes. I now drive with an extremely light and easy pedal at those speeds in case it does it.
Also, while driving along at 30-45 mph, the car will jerk and kind of hiccup, sometimes it will clunk like its slamming a gear. It feels like the trans or drive system. It happens only in 5th. I checked this by putting the selector in manual select to see what gear had the problem, and it only does the malfunction in 5th.
Now, the dealer says its the trans valve body. They are unwilling to discuss how they arrived at that diagnosis though. Before trusting them to do the recommended $5500 repair, I want to know it will actually fix the problem. see my other post under trans failsafe.
If you've had similar problems, please post your story and maybe we can come closer to figuring out the answer.
#630 of 678 Squeeky steering
Sep 26, 2010 (8:58 am)
I have a 2005 X5 with low milage--about 35,000 now. A squeeky/rubbing noise started around 15,000 miles in the steering column which sounds kind of like a rusty hinge on a door whenever the steering wheel is turned. The dealer repeatedly said they couldn't duplicate the noise and when they finally acknowledged it the car was out of warranty. Twice they have done what they call "misc. steering repairs" that have not helped at all. The last time I was there they finally acknowledged the problem but said they'd never encountered such a thing before. They kept the car for several days and had their "best mechanics" working on it, and, in addition to the "misc. steering repairs" lublicated the steering column and said the problem was fixed. 5 minutes out of the dealer, the noise resumed. Any thoughts?
#631 of 678 2003 X5 3.0 how do you change antifeeze
Sep 29, 2010 (5:37 pm)
I would like to change the antifreeze in my bmw , can anybody help can I use the brand that is marked "for all cars"
#632 of 678 Re: 2003 X5 3.0 how do you change antifeeze [shawn54]
Sep 29, 2010 (9:18 pm)
can I use the brand that is marked "for all cars"
Use BMW coolant ONLY.
#633 of 678 Re: Valley pan gasket and the list goes on [laaky]
Oct 02, 2010 (11:02 pm)
Its fairly normal to have to replace the brake pads and rotors anywhere from 20K miles and up. Mine usually wear out around 25K miles and my tires (19" Diamaris) only last about 30K miles. I do the brakes myself for about $400 in parts from the dealer and the tires are $1400. These kind of maintanence costs are normal and expected every 30K miles. Also, expect the thermostat to start throwing computer error codes at around 100K. Its $800 at the dealer but you can do it yourself in 2-3 hours and about $110 in parts and coolent from the dealer.
#634 of 678 Re: dealership says X5 rotors must ALWAYS be changed with pads, help [2005_x5_44]
Oct 02, 2010 (10:58 pm)
You're taking a big risk in not replacing the rotors when you replace the pads. Why? The rotors could be slightly warped and you'd never know. The smooth rotors won't break in the new pads correctly or properly which means that the brakes may not perform as well as they should. The old rotors can wear the new pads faster.
Remember an X5 is a big heavy truck. You want all of the stopping power you can get.
NEVER ever take a short cut on your brakes. Pay whatever it takes to keep them in top working order. Your life and your passengers lives depend on them.
#635 of 678 Ignition question 2007 x-5
Oct 03, 2010 (5:52 am)
the radio etc. on my 2007 bmw x5 stays on for about 10 minutes after I remove the remote control from the slot. How can I set this so that everything shuts off when I remove the remote controller?
Oct 04, 2010 (5:36 pm)
One tire of my new BMW X5 is flat because of a nail. Should I go to the BMW to replace it? Or can I find a local tire store to fixt it?
Greatly thanks for your suggestions.
#637 of 678 Re: Flat tire [dale2009]
Oct 04, 2010 (5:54 pm)
God no! I have a new tire sitting in my garage at this very moment to replace a non-repairable flat I got the other day.
Go to Discount Tire or Tire Rack and order the OEM replacement. Have a local tire shop install it for you. Way cheaper!
Actually, if it is flat because of a nail, your local tire shop can probably patch it for about $12.