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#273 of 292 BMW 525 Unlocking in an Accident
Jan 16, 2006 (5:05 pm)
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?
#274 of 292 2001 BMW 525iT wagon: Maintenance Issues???
Mar 07, 2006 (9:43 am)
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.
#275 of 292 540i power steering very stiff
Mar 15, 2006 (8:19 pm)
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
#276 of 292 Re: 540i power steering very stiff [1wisdom]
Mar 16, 2006 (6:18 am)
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.
#277 of 292 Re: 540i power steering very stiff [cmybimmergo]
Apr 03, 2006 (4:13 pm)
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.
#278 of 292 01 525i Information
May 02, 2006 (5:52 am)
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?
#279 of 292 Re: 01 525i Information [gooseman]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
May 03, 2006 (7:13 pm)
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..
#280 of 292 Re: 540i power steering very stiff [cmybimmergo]
May 03, 2006 (7:26 pm)
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.
#281 of 292 Tailgate not working
May 23, 2006 (6:23 pm)
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?
#282 of 292 Re: 2001 BMW 525iT wagon: Maintenance Issues??? [sailracer]
Jun 10, 2006 (9:08 am)
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.