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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#11519 of 12737 Re: Is quailty still an issue? [cmybimmergo]
Jun 19, 2006 (7:28 pm)
So your aux fan had to be replaced? Interesting. I had to replace mine under a recall from BMW within the first year of purchase (2001) due to failure. The new fan has never given me any trouble. I wonder if your car came under a similar recall, or if for your model year the problem was supposed to have been fixed. Do you know if the original aux fan had ever been replaced before you bought it?
#11520 of 12737 Re: Roundel [bdkinnh]
Jun 19, 2006 (8:21 pm)
I own a Honda and a Mazda and I just paid up for my 3rd year as a BMWCCA member. I'm an aspiring BMW owner ROUNDEL is a fabulous magazine! The BMWCCA membership gets you ROUNDEL (which is worth the $40 per year), discounts off many parts & accessories as well as a rebate when you buy BMWs as long as you're a member for at least a year.
#11521 of 12737 Re: Is quailty still an issue? [cmr530i]
Jun 19, 2006 (10:51 pm)
Oops. My bad. Yup, I had to have my fan replaced but it was done under the original warranty, not the extended. The other part I had replaced under the extended warranty was the (climate control) blower motor, also a known failure.
#11522 of 12737 Re: Roundel [div2]
Jun 20, 2006 (7:51 am)
Thanks for the info and the link. After reserching and test driving for six months, my decision came down to the 06 530xi and another car. I bought the wrong one.
Well, maybe not: now I can wait to see if there is a mid-cycle refresh on the 5er, I can get an 530i instead of the xi, and get a manual.
Jun 20, 2006 (4:06 pm)
I saw this ad in the NY Times Classified from this past Sunday and thought it might help in your quest for a new used E39 5er. Host, I am not selling this car just passing along information to a fellow poster who's looking for a specific used car.
BMW 2003 530i Sports. Titanium Gray w/ Dark Grey Leather Interior. Manual trans, Sports/Premium/Cold weather packages, Xenon lights. BMW factory warranty till 1/09 or 100,000mi. Maint Free till 1/09 or 100,000 mi. Excellent Cond. Ask $26,400. 914-391-1360.
Doesn't list the mileage.
#11524 of 12737 Re: Shipo [nyccarguy]
Jun 20, 2006 (8:42 pm)
Thanks for the "Heads-Up"! Sounds like a nice car; I do wonder how many miles are on it though.
Given the number of miles I expect to drive over the next three to four years, any used car I buy for that duration will be essentially worthless as it will most likely have something north of 200,000 miles on it by then. With that in mind, I'm thinking that a somewhat less expensive car is probably a much better financial decision.
#11525 of 12737 Design Flaw or My Negligence
Jul 03, 2006 (1:58 pm)
Maybe I am just slow, but how many times must it happen before I learn.
#1: Coffee mug is in E39 cup holder. Went around turn, coffee mug (with coffee) goes flying on passenger seat and floor (lost count as to how many times this has happened)
#2: In parking lot, drove car up to parking block. It got caught under car. When I tried to free car, cracked front bumper and tore bumper cover (has happened twice now - $600 repair cost each time).
#11526 of 12737 Re: Design Flaw or My Negligence [pen101]
Jul 03, 2006 (5:03 pm)
Can't help you with #2, but I just installed the all aluminum cupholder designed for the e39 center console storage bin. Fits behind the sliding tambour door perfectly and will hold that cup of coffee... even in a spirited turn! BMW now owns the rights to this, but you can see here: link title. Can be had at your local BMW Parts Counter.
Sounds like getting bitten by the same dog again is going to get expensive;-)
#11527 of 12737 Re: Design Flaw or My Negligence [pen101]
Jul 04, 2006 (8:28 am)
#2 - I hate when that happens, and it seems to happen with way too much frequency with many cars, not just Bimmers.
It does NOT happen on the X3, however.
Small consolation, if any, I know.
#11528 of 12737 Re: Design Flaw or My Negligence [markcincinnati]
Jul 05, 2006 (9:51 pm)
#2 - it also happened on my wife's new Honda Odessey. But instead of cracking the bumper like the BMW, all that was required to be replaced was the plastic underbody plate at about $50. The BMW also has scratch marks under the front spoiler lip where I have scraped other parking blocks in the past and was lucky to get the car off them without significant damage. I told you I must be a slow learner.