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Jun 19, 2006 (5:40 pm)
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#284 of 292 Re: 540i power steering very stiff [1wisdom]
Jun 20, 2006 (2:57 pm)
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?
#285 of 292 Re: 540i power steering very stiff [cmybimmergo]
Jun 21, 2006 (8:14 am)
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
#286 of 292 Re: 540i power steering very stiff [1wisdom]
Jun 21, 2006 (8:56 pm)
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.
#287 of 292 Best Deals on Previously Owned 5 series wagon
Jul 03, 2006 (12:37 pm)
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.
Jul 03, 2006 (6:32 pm)
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.
#289 of 292 Re: Tailgate not working [kkics1]
Sep 29, 2006 (1:51 pm)
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.
#290 of 292 Re: '99 528IT Warranty/Potential Purchase [tofor67]
Sep 29, 2006 (1:57 pm)
Here's a few issues to look out for:
* Loss of power or torque. Solution: replace cam sensor, $250 fix.
* Coolant loss. Solution: possible complete radiator replacement, $450 fix.
* Rear tailgate lock failure. Solution: change fuses in the rear panel above battery or possible tailgate lock mechanism replacement, $300 fix.
* Auto leveling failure. Solution: Complete auto level mechanism replacement, $1500 fix.
* Rear cup holder replacement, $40 fix.
#291 of 292 535xiT sighting...
Apr 25, 2007 (9:28 am)
On my way home yesterday I was taking in the sights of an E60 Sport Wagon slowly passing me. While I'm not much of a fan of wagons in general, I do find the wagon version of the E60 to be more attractive than the sedan, and this one was done up in Sapphire Black, making it very good looking in my eyes. Then it got far enough in front of me for me to make out the model designation. "Hmmm, nice." I thought as I read "535xi" off the rear tailgate.
#292 of 292 Buying used wagons - BMW 525 vs. VW Passat
Apr 28, 2007 (12:40 pm)
I'm debating between buying a used Passat and a used BMW wagon in the $9-13K range.
I am only considering manual transmission cars, and have found quite a few specimens online, all with clean CarFax reports. Unfortunately, they all seem to be located too far for me to test-drive each particular one, unless I'm 99% certain I want to buy that vehicle.
Do any of you have any words of wisdom with regard to the reliability, maintenance costs, insurance, etc?. (For instance, a 2003 VW 60K vs. 2001 BMW 100K - any thoughts?)