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#1290 of 2735 davismaxx
Jun 25, 2005 (9:05 pm)
1. I have a 1997 528iA with over 122000 miles. I'm still running the original o2 sensors. When they finally start tripping codes I'll replace them. I'll use BMW sensors; with a CCA discount the cost should be close to the Bosch sensors.
2. The OEM plugs(assuming the plugs in your car are OEM) should not be causing detonation. I run 93 octane and have never had any problems. There must be another cause if the detonation is so bad that the DME can't eliminate it.
#1292 of 2735 My 1st BMW- 97 528i - NEED INPUTS PLEEZ
Jun 25, 2005 (9:10 pm)
i am about to purchuse my first BMW... i reallly love the car and i test drove it and drove nice. one main concern was about 50-60Mph steering shake abit, and with breaking as well. not alot but noticable amount..
i really want to buy it, but i know cost wise is alot of money to maintain..
can i get some input what common probs i might be runnin into with this particular model.. or maybe i should recosider ..!! it got 100k on it, but clean in/out. the guy have maintain it at dealer mostly, he says...
IT IS A 97 528I
THANK YOU VERY MUCH ON YOUR INPUTS.
Jun 26, 2005 (7:38 am)
My dasboard indicators indicate that I have simultaneous problems with my vehicle. The ABS failure, Check Engine, Transmission & Stability control lights were on. The car has 92,000 miles & I had the vehicle serviced a week ago and no problems were found. (Transmission flush, engine oil change, brake fluid change & Injectors cleaned.)
I had my family with me when this occured so we drove the car home (approx. 5 miles) I only drove 40 MPH. The transmission seemed to shift differently, however there were no abrupt jerks.
Does anyone have an idea pertaining to what my problem may be!
#1294 of 2735 scorpiogal problems
Jun 26, 2005 (9:01 am)
Unfortunately, the '04 5 Series was the very first year of the re-designed model, and problems were miriad. I have an '05 530i and have had absolutely no problems. Not one. Most first year models have a higher rate of issues. The 5er is a great car once you get the kinks worked out. Stick with it if you can!
#1295 of 2735 Re: My 1st BMW- 97 528i - NEED INPUTS PLEEZ [beeamerfever]
Jun 26, 2005 (9:41 pm)
I have a '99 with 100K. The steering shake and braking shake are common. The steering could be wheel balance, bad tire, or worn front bushings. The steering is very sensitive so if anything is slightly out you'll feel it. The shimmy on braking is probably brake rotors that are slightly warped. The warp can be eliminated by turning the rotors or replacing them.
Make sure the car has had all the scheduled oil changes. Ask the seller what dealer has maintained it, and then ask that dealer about the service history. If it has been well maintained, the engine is good for at least another 100K. If I were you I'd take the car to an independent BMW mechanic for an inspection. It should cost around $100.
I've found it to be a very reliable car, and needs no more repairs than other cars. Parts are not expensive. It's pretty easy to work on. I do my own oil changes.
bmwtips.com, E39 forum, is a good place to get more information on these cars. The 97 - 03 5 series is called E39.
#1296 of 2735 Re: davismaxx [div2]
Jun 26, 2005 (9:51 pm)
Thanks div2! I heard that old O2 sensors can hurt the cats, even though the car still runs fine. I think I'm going to use the OEM sensors for the manifold, mostly for appearance sake. The universal ones have a big connector that won't fit in the standard retainer clip.
The plugs are the original plugs. Highest octane I can get here is 91. The car came from New Jersey (I'm in CA)--maybe they have 93 there so the car got used to it?
Is DME the knock sensor? I've been wondering if maybe there is a problem with the knock sensor. I've asked 3 different BMW mechanics (2 independents and one dealer)and none of them have eany idea of what could be causing the detonation. One suggested intake cleaners, but no help.
Anyway, it's a great car and I'd like to drive it forever. I think that taking care of this detonation will probably add to the life expectancy of the engine.
Thanks for your help.
#1297 of 2735 davismaxx
Jun 28, 2005 (8:32 pm)
DME=Digital Motor Electronics-the complete engine management system.
You might try adding a large bottle of Techron to your fuel 400 miles before your next oil change; Techron is one of a very few products that can actually reduce valve and combustion chamber deposits..
#1298 of 2735 Ice LInk Intergrator for iPod
Jun 30, 2005 (6:46 pm)
Ok, since my 2003 530i does not have a tape player and I did not get a CD Changer in the trunk, I opted for the Ice Link Plus that will allow my iPod to play through my OEM Radio/stereo.
Has anyone out there installed one?? How well does it work? I understand I can still use the volume controls on my steering wheel. Please let me know ; it sounds almost too good to be true.
#1299 of 2735 Pinging in 528iT engine--need help
Jul 02, 2005 (9:19 am)
Hello all. I am doing the 100K maintenance and before I change the spark plugs I'd like to find out if using a different plug than OE might help reduce or eliminate the pinging/detonation I am hearing.
It's light pinging while accelerating, only audible with the window open. I can eliminate it by staying in lower gears, but I am not lugging the engine.
The OE plug is NGK with 4 electrodes. Would a cooler plug help? Any recommendations would be much appreciated.
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