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#1327 of 2734 Questions About a 1998 Brand-New 528i
Aug 01, 2005 (2:13 pm)
A neighbor of mine may soon try to sell her 1998 528i, which has less than 2000 miles on it. She bought it new, and it's been in an indoor, heated parking facility, undriven in recent years.
I'm not sure what the pitfalls of purchase might be, but my own car is nearing the end of its useful life, and I'm wondering about buying the BMW.
I would welcome any thoughts or suggestions anyone might care to share, regarding the things to worry about, such as what problems age can cause, even though the car has been sitting idle.
#1328 of 2734 Re: 525i 2003 Does the warranty cover to rotate the tires? [pham]
Aug 02, 2005 (5:30 am)
Tire rotation is not covered by BMW's "free" maintenance. Check your tire wear. I use a penny or dime and check several spots on each tire. If wear appears even, I'd leave them alone. If uneven, rotate front to back or side to side to wear even over the life of your tires. Also check your tires before rotating to see if they have to be mounted to rotate in one direction or to have a specific side on the outside.
#1329 of 2734 Re: Questions About a 1998 Brand-New 528i [gkg680]
Aug 02, 2005 (8:32 am)
Having stored BMW's for winters I can say that the two things to accept as you go into this purchase include rusted and pitted brake rotors, and, the need to reset all the electronics if the battery drain has caused a loss of memory. Neither situation will be covered by warranty at this point.
I purchased 2 of the BMW power systems that keep all the electronics in proper order for storage and they work fine. However, if my brother cannot take the vehicles out for exercise the brake rotors can get far out of spec.
All else should be fine assuming proper synthetic spec oil has been regularly changed.
A minor issue can appear if the speed rated tires are not left over inflated. Flat spotting can be an issue with some of the tires.
#1330 of 2734 Sad start to new 530xi ownership
Aug 03, 2005 (10:00 am)
I picked up my brand new 530xi last weekend, only to have to take it back to the shop where it has been for the past three days! I was so excited to get this car, but this experience has numbed my excitement and left me afraid about what reliability problems are to come.
Apparently there is some kind of electrical malfunction that is causing the iDrive screen to be so dim that it cannot be seen, and the "High Battery Drain" warning message comes on intermittently. Has anybody else experienced this problem? The dealership does not seem to know what is going on and is working with BMW to resolve it.
They first gave me a Neon to drive, but are switching me to an X3 -- but all is want is for the 5 to be fixed.
Beautiful car, but I wish it worked out of the gate. Now I have friends sticking posters on my office window at work saying "My other car is a new BMW, but at least my Neon gets me to work!" -- how cruel they can be
Oh well, all the waiting and then this -- I hope I get it back soon.
#1331 of 2734 Re: Sad start to new 530xi ownership [freddybb]
Aug 04, 2005 (5:39 am)
I have an 06 530i and had the same problem with the high battery drain message.......my car was at the dealer for two weeks. The dealer hooked the car up to BMW so the BMW engineers could see what was going on with the computer.
BMW NA is familiar with the problem. My invoice says they found a fault 2DED in DME and replaced the ISB. They gave it a PUMA case number of 4859917.
The car has been working ok for the past 3 weeks.
When I pick-up the car, I was told BMW just put out a service bulletin that day not to replace any parts becasue BMW was working on a fix.
Like you I was crushed. I have had my new 06 back 4 times in less than 2 months. The other day I got a low oil light........I called BMW customer service and they said the dealer failed to do a proper inspection before they delivered the car. I added one quart of oil............so then I checked the anit-freeze to find it was at the minumun level...I filled it up.
This is my first BMW.....I am not impressed.
Hope this helps.
#1332 of 2734 Re: Sad start to new 530xi ownership [freddybb]
Aug 04, 2005 (5:47 am)
Sorry to hear of your troubles --- good luck with getting them resolved. Let me know what happens........
#1333 of 2734 5 series owners 3 quick questions
Aug 05, 2005 (4:45 am)
1. For the 525i owners (especially 6-speed M) do you feel the lack of power and wish you had gotten the 530i? Or with the new HP in the 06's is it still a rewarding drive?
2. For all 5-series owners in the northeast. Do all of you change to snows in the winter, or did some of you brave it with the non-sport package all season tires? And how did you do.
3. Finally, do the 06's have the aux input like the 3-series for i-pods and or mp3 players?
#1334 of 2734 Re: Sad start to new 530xi ownership [abmwguy]
Aug 05, 2005 (11:19 am)
Thanks for the details. Here's how it worked out for me. The dealership ran extensive tests on the battery only to find that there was no real high drain as the error message said. So the opened a case with BMW and were advised to replace the iDrive screen. They had to overnight this and once they replaced it things seem to be OK. So they had the car for four days during my first week of ownership and I just got it back today. Is the same as the ISB you mention (I don't know what ISB stands for)? I am skeptical that this fixes the problem (I am an engineer and typically replacing the light bulb does not solve the wiring problem underneath!), but I am very happy to have the car back.
Other than this sad start, I absolutely LOVE the car. Great driving, I have no issues with iDrive (I work with computers all the time), and LOVE the Heads-Up Display (thought it would be a gimmick but it is actually VERY useful and strikes me as being a real safety feature).
#1335 of 2734 Re: 2004 545i - Sirius Radio [wchrisa]
Aug 05, 2005 (3:58 pm)
I have the same problem with satellite radio. I actually ordered it from the factory with satellite built in, but it came without it. Also, the RDS is not working. Any help from you guys? I am really annoyed that after getting a car with all the options and cost, you can't even see what song is playing!
I can go on with the small problems and annoyances of this car, but it's really frustrating! Next entry will be about the sport tire and rim packages (now that I've had to replace three rims after only 12K miles! They also tried to get me on the car not 'aligning properly' for another $700!
#1336 of 2734 Heat and A/C problems with my 1993 525i
Aug 06, 2005 (10:35 am)
My BMW has high mileage (175k) but looks and runs great. Only problem is that when the A/C is on, while it works the heating system does not seem to turn off and there is a constant oozing of super heated air coming in on my feet. The A/C can not overcome this additional heat source. The local mechanics simply turn on the A/C and see that it works, tell me the car is fine. Anyone else have a similar problem or can suggest a solution? Thanks.