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#1420 of 2735 Re: Thermostat 530i 2001 [jbuchanan]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 19, 2005 (7:24 am)
Well that could work but really you were very lucky. If the needle bearings are rusted the u-joint is doomed, even though you might get another 1,000 miles out of it. But hey, anything's worth a try.
I don't think it's that the shops WANT to see you a new driveshaft---you can't even buy a u-joint for it although you can match one up, but installling it is a real pain. BMW makes it as hard as possible to install a single u-joint.
Sep 19, 2005 (12:07 pm)
I purchased a 545 last April. I'm very happy for the most part however am wondering if some "symptoms" I'm seein in the car are problematic or have been addressed by other owners. The issues are as follows:
The engine appears to idle too high at various times. Whether the engine is cold or warm, air co. on or off, the idle arbitrarily goes up. When this happens, it causes some minor issues in drive quality- especially when driving in stop n go traffic.
The brakes are so touchy so as to cause the car to jerk to a halt. If you try and ease on the brakes slowly, the car doesn't stop completely. Consequently, you have apply extra pressure on the brakes which stops the car cold. It's almost like there is no happy medium. It's great for needing to stop quickly, but when you are in stop and go traffic it's irritating.
#1422 of 2735 Re: Full Maintenance [tpond]
Sep 20, 2005 (12:10 pm)
I purchased a new 2006 530xi Manual Transmission with Navigation, Logic7, HUD, etc. in July this year. I have had one problem that was fixed during the first week -- my iDrive screen was too dim and needed to be replaced. And I am still getting the "High Battery Drain" error message that most others are getting but there is no functional problem with the car. They say that it is a software problem that is failing to reset the error message correctly and are waiting for a software update.
Apart from the above two things, the car has been problem free over the past 2000 miles or so. Needless to say, I was initially disappointed by the above but it was taken care of quickly and I am loving and enjoying the car now. I love the manual transmission, and the car just seems to get better and better to drive as it ages (like a fine wine?!).
My advice as a first-time BMW owner who was not prejudiced (I had owned Japanese cars before) and who does value reliability and quality: go for it!! Hopefully you will not have the teething problems I did, and the overall experience more than makes up for it. Everything is working perfectly right now (even bluetooth, uploading my address book) and I am hoping it stays that way.
#1423 of 2735 Re: Thermostat 530i 2001 [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 20, 2005 (6:20 pm)
Mr.Shiftright,there is a shop in Northern VA. called Driveline of N.VA.they will install a reserviceable U-joint and balance the drive shaft,they also do modifications ,have installed several,havent had a problem with one so far
#1424 of 2735 Re: Thermostat 530i 2001 [jbuchanan]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 21, 2005 (2:51 pm)
Yep, a qualified driveline shop can do it because they can do the re-balance on site. But a regular repair shop isn't set up to do the jig-work, drilling and balancing---that's what I meant to say. they aren't "tooled up" for it.
I've actually done one myself, successfully, but never again--it really wasn't worth the hassle.
#1425 of 2735 Re: Thermostat 530i 2001 [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 21, 2005 (6:45 pm)
Mr.Shiftright,the drive-shafts I installed looked like somebody made it in the backyard,but all those customers wanted to go the cheapest route.I would not install one on my vehicle, A friend ordered a shaft on line 3 weeks ago and it look like it came from the factory,price I think was about $250.00 plus core,as to the automatic trans fluid deal just found out about it have no clue as to how long it will go before it starts to vibrate again.
#1426 of 2735 Re: 545 issues [rheisen]
Sep 21, 2005 (7:10 pm)
I also have a 2004 - 545 6 speed. All I can say is that it is just OK. Power is nice but when pushing it, feels like the front wheels are coming off the ground. Lots of small annoying things that I am told are "BMW", so I should like them.
Have you ever tried to actually put a cup in the cup holder?
Premium sound system is OK, but if you paid for it you are not allowed to get an IPOD connection or satellite radio because of the navigation system. RDS also can not be hooked up for the same reason. Hard to believe that Yugo and Ford can figure out how to make all this work, but BMW can not.
I-drive (who designed this thing?) reboots itself on the full moon and first quarter, every other month (actually more frequently than that, but I was trying to be funny.) BMW response, "It needs to reboot itself!" Gee, why didn't I think of that as the technical reason I lose all my addresses and radio stations?
Warm re-starting can be a challenge. Three times I was told the car was not programmed for the 6 speed transmission and that was the cause. I guess three times, they didn't fix it!
Cannot keep rims on the car! That's what the dealer tells me. Again, Sport wheels with run-flats. Dealer has tried to resell me new rims at least 3 times saying they are bent. So much for "No maintenance fees for the first 3 years" Not!
Seriously, the four best features about my 545 6-speed: headlights are truly outstanding; heated steering wheel is the best; Heads-up display is great; Only 2 years left on my lease.
By then Audi will have brought back the RS-6 and I'll go back to them.
#1427 of 2735 Re: 545 issues (Totalsystm)
Sep 22, 2005 (10:17 pm)
I was scheduled to drive a new 2005 545i tomorrow morning that I put a refundable deposit on. I am reconsidering after your recent comments. My husband has a Mercedes S500 and I was going to get a Mercedes S350, but the 545 that I liked has a sport package with nice rims. The S350 is basic with a few options. We have not had any problems with our S, but I did have previous problems with 2 ML's and an E class. So, I thought maybe BMW had better reliability. I have only read about 5 or 6 pages of this post. Besides the cupholders, are these common issues not unique to your particular car with this series? Any input will be greatly appreciated.
#1428 of 2735 Re: 545 issues [rheisen]
Sep 23, 2005 (10:17 am)
I'm with BMW of North America, LLC. I've passed this message on to a BMW NA Customer Relations Representative who will be in touch with you soon.
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Sep 24, 2005 (11:22 am)
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?