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#1312 of 2735 1997 BMW 528i Rough idle at cold start
Jul 19, 2005 (9:16 am)
My 1997 BMW528i has a cold start problem. When vehicle starts it runs rough as though running on four cylinders rather than six. Once I press the accelerator and bring the rpm's up to 1000 every thing smooths out and vehicle behaves normally.
Vehicle then behaves normally for the rest of the day unless I let it set for a long period. Then the rough idle problem occurs again.
There are no codes set as a result of the rough startup idle
#1313 of 2735 06 530i A/C settings
Jul 23, 2005 (12:54 pm)
When I leave the office in the evening I turn on my air conditioner using the automatic mode. When I park my car in the garage after my drive home I turn the air conditioner off with the "off bottom" and get an orange light showing the system is off. When I start the car the next morning the air condition comes on automatically. The same is true if I use the vent system.
Is there a way to set the controls so when I turn the air conditioner or vents off they stay off until I want to turn them on.
Jul 25, 2005 (7:55 pm)
I have a 2006 525i ordered. Where can I get some "practical" cupholders for the front.
#1316 of 2735 Re: cup holders [juventus]
Jul 26, 2005 (4:45 am)
Check www.ultimatecupholders.com. Although the product line on the site does not show a cupholder for an E60, they are available if you contact Mike (click on contacts for his email). I got 2 of them and they work pretty well. Mike is a good guy who is very reputable.
#1317 of 2735 Re: cup holders [rrusso1]
Jul 26, 2005 (4:18 pm)
rrusso1 Thank you.
I guess you are the one I need to contact in case of any problems with my 525i.
#1318 of 2735 Series 5 squeaks & groans
Jul 27, 2005 (7:26 am)
I have a 2000 540i. After running on the highway, sometimes it produces loud creaking. The movement over the normal roadway produces creaks and groans. Even applying the brake creates an extra sound. The handling is firm and the dealership cannot find anything. The noise is so pronounced at times that when I get out of the car, the shift of the suspension can be heard.
#1319 of 2735 Re: 06 530i A/C settings [abmwguy]
Jul 28, 2005 (3:48 am)
"Have you checked whether A/C system is set to 'auto' in the dash? If so, I guess the system is automatically switching the AC in in the morning if the car temperature is higher than that preset by means of the two appropriate dash buttons."
I have realized this morning that the above-quoted answer I posted some days ago is wrong. I wrote that by memory, without checking it in the car
It is not the 'auto' but the 'snow' button you have to disconnect in the dash. In any case, the central '0ff' button is to make temporal changes that only hold until the engine key is switched off.
Jul 28, 2005 (7:41 pm)
I have a 2000 540i automatic with 70k miles. It goes extremely well but has recently developed a ticking sound which is prominent at idle. The first time this occurred I had the belts replaced and this seemed to cure the problem.
We did this the second time but it did not help. I read in the latest edition of Bimmer that this could be related to the hydraulic valves. They indicated it was irritating but not in need of repair. Should I have it checked out or just continue as if it is normal?
This same edition also noted that this particular engine and transmission were prone to problems - anyone taken one over 150k yet?
#1321 of 2735 2000 540i Manual Transmission
Jul 29, 2005 (8:58 am)
i have a 2000 540i 6-speed manual transmission with about 79,000 miles. two days ago, i started to hear what i can only describe as a knocking, grinding sort of noise coming from what seems to be the underside of the car. i've narrowed it to it occurring only while the car is in gear...when i take the car into neutral and it is coasting, the noise goes away. based on this, i suspect the culprit is the gear box and/or related to the transmission somehow.
has anyone else experienced this? and if it is the transmission, am i in for an expensive trip to the repair shop?