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BMW 5 Series, Electrical, Engine, Sedan, Wagon
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May 06, 2005 (7:14 am)
The temperature gauge first became a glorified idiot light on the E34 Fives. My friend Mark Calabrese took ED of one in 1989 and we couldn't figure out why the gauge never budged off center. Ditto for my E36. I don't think it has anything to do with OBD-II. Rather, it's a way to pacify inept drivers who worry that the temp needle moves around too much. And this idiocy is a growing trend; my 1999 Wrangler still has accurate gauges but sometime after 2001 D-C switched them over to idiot light mode. Including the oil pressure gauge!
BMW explained the absence of a temp gauge in the E90 at the world press introduction. They claimed that they analyzed the longevity of engines used in BMW police cars in Germany and found that it doesn't hurt to hammer them from a cold start, so that's their story and they're sticking to it. Calabrese and I think that BMW should just go ahead and make the jump to a "glass cockpit", which would give each driver the ability to customize the IP display. Gearheads could have digital or graphic readouts of everything they wanted while poseurs and the clueless could just request a speedometer-and maybe a multi color flashing "DUB" symbol...
May 06, 2005 (10:02 am)
I just got my 2005 525 yesterday. While going through the Bluetooth hook up, the sales assistant could not figure out how to down load the phone book. My phone reads it self paired to BMW64802, and the car showed it self paired to Nokia 6820. They brought over a tech and he said my phone would not work with the car since it was not an approved phone. I walked away with my tail between my legs, since this was one of the features that I had to have to purchase a specific vehicle, but the deal was done at that point.
When I was driving the car home I made a call, and all of a sudden it worked, and to try this out again, I made another call and it worked again, how cool was this.
When I got home I tried to show my wife this cool feature I had been talking about for the last several months, and now it does not work. The phone still shows itself paired to the car, but the car does not show itself paired to the phone.
Any solutions, before I go out and am forced to buy a new phone?
#1172 of 2735 Re: Bluetooth [davis177]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
May 06, 2005 (10:23 am)
While waiting for a 5-series owner to respond, you might find this topic interesting/helpful.
#1173 of 2735 Re: Bluetooth [davis177]
May 06, 2005 (1:52 pm)
What I have found with my approved Motorola phone is that when I go into the communication menu, my phone book from the phone is does not show. By pushing the iDrive knob down into the dial pad and then back up again, the letter selections for the phone book appear. The faster way to access my phone book was to customize one of the buttons to bring up the phone book.
If that doesn't work, the cost of a new phone will be peanuts compared to the joy of driving the car!
#1174 of 2735 Re: shipo [div2]
May 06, 2005 (5:39 pm)
Hmmm, interesting. Both our 1998 and our 2003 Dodge Caravans suffer from "Centered Needleitis". The only time I ever saw either of them off center (other than a cold start that is) was when we had the 1998 loaded to the gills climbing an extremely steep mountain with a hair-pin curve every quarter of a mile. One instant the needle was centered, the next, it was pegged to the right. Uh-oh!
#1175 of 2735 Re: Thermostat 530i 2001 [shipo]
May 06, 2005 (10:14 pm)
Hello there, it seems you know a lot about bmw cars. we have a bmw530i 2001 used car, bought today, done 32500kms. When accelerating to apr. 110 k, there is an increase engine sound, sort of low brrrrrm that resonance with small amount of tremble of the steering wheel and the rest of the car. If I take the foot of the gas peddle all is quiet again. Are you able to diagnose what that might be and what should be done to fix it? Thanks, Dieke
#1176 of 2735 Re: Thermostat 530i 2001 [bmw2001nz]
May 07, 2005 (5:26 am)
Ohhh, that's a tough one. Hmmm, from the sounds of it, it sounds like you have something in the car that is setting up a harmonic resonance, like maybe the exhaust system. A couple of questions:
1) Has the car ever been in an accident?
2) Does the car have the complete factory exhaust system fully intact?
If I understood what you were describing correctly, your car develops this harmonic while passing through 110 kph threshold while under full acceleration.
3) Does the harmonic occur later, at a higher speed if you are already doing 110 before you depress the throttle?
4) Does the harmonic dissappear at some arbitrary higher speed, say 175 or 200 kph?
If I think of any more questions, I'll post them as they occur to me.
#1177 of 2735 Re: Thermostat 530i 2001 [shipo]
May 07, 2005 (5:12 pm)
Thanks for your quick reply Shipo.
No accidents and all factory systems fully intact, according to seller from the caryard(not a BMW dealer, but Singaporian car dealer). It is a Singapore import, germany made car. And it has been serviced by a bmw workshop with a tick on oil services. Still if you think it is worth doing we can have it checked out by another bmw workshop.
We did some more driving this morning and can be a bit more specific i hope:
the harmonic occurs while slow accelerating from 104 and 115 k, not a hard foot on pad el, and when speed limit exceeding 110/115 it results in the reducing/disappearing of the sound.
When fast accelerating( full accelerating, maybe) between say 100 and 140 k, no harmonic was noticed. Further today less resonance, not in steering wheel. Only the different brrrrrm noise from the engine.
We tried doing slow accelerating and keeping the speed range from about 105-110/115 with revolution panel at about 2.2-2.5 l/mins, which brings out the noise and small vibration comes with it.
It did not occur during any other speed/accelerating interval. Hope this give bit more information for this issue.
Looking forward to your response, thanks, dieke
#1178 of 2735 Re: Bluetooth [car_rm]
May 08, 2005 (7:25 am)
This is very sound advice. I have a 2005 545i six-speed and bought an approved Motorola to use with it. At first, I couldn't get it to pair up so I drove over to the dealer and the salesman said he could get it working. He couldn't. So he got at tech who fiddled with it for a while but couldn't get it to work properly. Finally, I chased them both out of the car and figured it out on my own. When I pair the phone, it takes about 4 minutes for the phonebook to download. Once that's done, it works gerat and is a joy to use on the road. The voice command makes calling very effortless.
So, moral of the story, buy an approved phone.
#1179 of 2735 Original CD changer for 98 5 series
May 08, 2005 (4:30 pm)
I just recently purchase my 5 series, 98 model. Would like to replace the cassette deck into a single cd player instead of opting for the trunk cd changer option. Where besides the dealer can I find the item that I am looking for???
Also, looking to replace all factory speakers. Any recommendations?
Finally, where in the Chicago, Illinois area can I find a certified, reputable bmw service mechanic, of course, besides the dealer option?
Thanks to all for the help!