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Nov 17, 2005 (5:11 pm)
New to the site and 1st time owner of a BMW..2001 525i purchased earlier this year with 19k miles. The original warranty is ending this month then coverage will shift to the CPO, is there anything I should do or have checked out that may not be covered under the CPO warranty?
I recently had a schedule 1 service at 28k when the tech. indicated that my belts were cracking, I checked and did not see any cracks, how long should the belts last?
#1515 of 2734 Re: 2003 540i Auto Trans [consigr]
Nov 19, 2005 (12:17 am)
consigr, you still having this issue? I have an 03 540i auto and was experiencing something similar. Dont have the severe knock but the trans issue tends to be similar. Obviously most pronounced when I floor it, but thats rare.
#1516 of 2734 Re: Flat Tire? Perhaps... [ny540i6] & bdr127
Nov 19, 2005 (8:31 am)
Thanks for your reply. The computer was right, but sport wheels are sooo bad! After the tire finally went to 0 lbs and local service could not find a problem, I went to BMW. Of course they found a small crack in the rim. Covered by warrantee you might ask (13000 miles)? Certainly not. The wheel had a small dent in another location (Hey, it's New York and we have potholes.) Therefore... with $520 less in my pocket and a new wheel on my car, I drove home from the dealer.
FYI everyone, even with 38 pounds of air, small potholes kill BMW sport wheels (and yes, you should also have winter tires on different wheels.)
Good luck to us all and Happy Thanksgiving!
#1517 of 2734 Can someone recommend UHP Tires for non sport E-60
Nov 20, 2005 (11:22 am)
I've had a 2006 525i for one-week. It's a non-sport pkg model but would like to increase the handling and stability. The OEM all-season conti's are really squishy and imprecise. Was considering Michelin PS2's or I can get a great deal on Bridgestone RE750's. Both of these would be the "optional plus zero" size of 245 45 17. Any comments or suggestions?
PS: In less than a week I have a nasty chip on my windshield that should not be this bad. I believe the posts about the thinner / lighter glass are onto something.
#1518 of 2734 Re: Flat Tire? Perhaps... [totalsystm]
Nov 21, 2005 (9:36 am)
I read an interesting article yesterday about nitrogen in lieu of air. Seems it is more resistant to leakage and also pressure fluctuations due to temperature. This may be the way to go with run flats. It must be pure nitrogen though, not contaminated with regular air! Not sure where it is easily available either.
I won't be doing it anytime soon in my 2000 540i with standard tyres.
#1519 of 2734 1998 528i - coolant temperature fluctuations!!
Nov 22, 2005 (12:07 pm)
We just got a used 1998 528i with 70k miles on it. The car runs great. It has one problem - and i dont know if it is a big one. The coolant temperature needle just keeps fluctuating on some days - from the mid to the red zone and back and back to red zone again. And, on some days its just fine and dandy at the mid zone. Have checked the coolant level and everything there looks good. It has actually become a very irritating problem and we have scheduled an appointment at the local BMW dealer ( i would hate to go to the dealer though). We are skeptical to even drive the car with these temp fluctuations issues happening.
Any ideas on whats going on...please provide me feedback. is the engine really heating up as shown by the coolant temp needle or is it an electrical issue with the thermostat. Any feedback/sharing of similar experiences will be appreciated.
#1520 of 2734 Re: 1998 528i - coolant temperature fluctuations!! [blazerbeam]
Nov 22, 2005 (12:20 pm)
There have been a few mentions of thermostats on these forums among BMW owners... Do a search on message text for "thermostat BMW" and you'll find a bunch of hits.
#1521 of 2734 Re: Weird Happenings [kaybe]
Nov 22, 2005 (12:42 pm)
My 1998 528i is having a similar issue but to add if my headlights are on at this time my brake lights also go on.
Let me know what you find.
#1522 of 2734 Re: 1998 528i - coolant temperature fluctuations!! [blazerbeam]
Nov 23, 2005 (7:04 pm)
That's odd, temp gauges in most cars now are glorified idiot lights in that they use "piezometric" circuits that cause them to point straight to the midrange if they are anywhere within normal range.
BMW is no exception (in fact the E90 has no temp gauge!). I have the same car and the gauge once warmed up never budges from the middle even on really hot days.
I'm guessing it's an electrical short or
ground problem in the gauge or the sensor but have it checked out, it's not normal.
#1523 of 2734 2002 540ia Rattles and Creaks?
Nov 25, 2005 (6:26 pm)
52k miles and this "snapping" noise in roof occurs over road joints/bumps, etc. above my head between sunroof and door edge of roof. Anyone have this problem?
Also, a few light "pixels" going out in message area of instrument panel. Dealer said could replace whole panel for about $700.00. Any other suggestions out there? Thanks.