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BMW 5 Series, Electrical, Engine, Sedan, Wagon
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#1793 of 2734 Re: Extended Warranty- Which one is good [viz]
Sep 12, 2006 (1:45 pm)
Hmmm....I am also leaning towards taking chances but what are the components that are usually replaced between 50k and 60k miles? I am curious so that I can think about return on investment.
At most you may be looking at a water pump- at which time you might as well fit a new thermostat and housing. The job is a fairly simple DIY procedure,but a good independent BMW tech using OEM parts shouldn't charge over $300.
So scared of these BMW repairs!
Relax! Most of the "horribly expensive BMW repair" stories are spread by people who heard that his best friend's sister's college roommate knew a guy who had a dentist who told him that it cost him $3000 to change the oil on his 318i. And there ARE some dealers and independents who grossly overcharge their customers. Having said all that, there are good dealers and independents out there who charge fair prices and offer a CCA discount.
Finally, I ran a 1997 528iA to over 130K miles and my service and repair costs averaged $90 per month. We only sold it was because my wife wanted an X3. I needed to keep my US built Wrangler for political reasons- otherwise I would have claimed the 5er for my commuter sled . The good news is that I no longer need to keep the Jeep so I'm looking at a 1999 540i six speed
#1794 of 2734 Re: Water puddle right rear floor, 2003 525I [tuckpana]
Sep 12, 2006 (1:53 pm)
I suspect bad weatherstipping around the right rear door.
How did you verify that?
Does anybody know where I can get the weatherstripping other than the dealer?
Why? With a CCA discount the OEM weatherstrip isn't THAT expensive.
The car has 50,151 miles just out of warranty.
Have you asked the dealer if they would address the problem? Good dealers will often cover an out of warranty repair as a goodwill item.
#1795 of 2734 Re: Extended Warranty- Which one is good [div2]
Sep 14, 2006 (8:27 pm)
1999 540i 6-speed! I highly recommend this car. Back in 1999, I spiritedly test drove the new 540i 6-speed Sport and made that my future must have car. I spent the first 8 months of 2003 looking at pre-owned 540i's, finding nothing but 540i's equipped with automatic transmissions. Patience paid off for me as I was able to locate and purchase a 6-speed 540i Sport in excellent condition from a local Mercedes dealership in September 2003. Having also test-driven an E39 M5, I find my 1999 540i 6-speed extremely satisfying as a more civilized and refined baby brother to the mighty E39 M5. For my preference, the 540i 6-speed Sport combines executive luxury and sports sedan handling with exhilarating V8 punch! The 6-speed adds so much to the BMW driving experience. BMW CCA listings in Roundel magazine should provide some well-maintained 540i's posted for sale. I hope you find a well-maintained 6-speed!
#1796 of 2734 Take a ride to NH, Div.....
Sep 15, 2006 (7:08 am)
These guys have nice 540i/6s>
#1797 of 2734 Re: Extended Warranty- Which one is good [div2]
Sep 15, 2006 (9:03 am)
You made me relax! Thank you!!
Right now I am at 49,900 and few weeks ago I ran into thermostat issue. It is fixed now. You were correct.
I will keep mine till end of lease - next April and then get X3. Let me know your thoughts on x3.
I have been noticing ( occasionaly) that when I start my car in the morning, it vibrates for atleast 2 minutes and then its ok. The vibration is noticeable and it happens when its cold out there. Any thoughts?
#1798 of 2734 Re: Extended Warranty- Which one is good [dds540]
Sep 15, 2006 (9:49 am)
Thanks for the information!
#1799 of 2734 Re: Take a ride to NH, Div..... [andys120]
Sep 15, 2006 (9:51 am)
Thanks Andy. The one that's tempting me is at my local dealer. I've been cross-shopping like crazy, so I guess we'll see what happens...
#1800 of 2734 Very loud static when radio/CD is on
Sep 23, 2006 (7:27 pm)
I have a 2004 530i since new (May 2004), and I have one of those "singing frogs" in my car:
Occasionally when I have the radio or CD on, a static sound will start. In the beginning, I could barely hear the static, and then the volume of the static would increase steadily. In about 5 minutes or so, it would become so loud that I wouldn't be able to hear anything but the static.
It happened only once or twice in the first year I had the car, but lately it has been happening about once every two weeks (I drive the cars 3 times a week or so).
I took the car to my dealer, and of course they said they couldn't fix a problem that I couldn't duplicate in front of them (thus the "singing frog").
Has anyone had the same problem? Or does anyone have any idea what's hiding under the hood of my 530i?
Any opinions or solutions will be greatly appreciated.
#1801 of 2734 Re: Very loud static when radio/CD is on [kying]
Sep 25, 2006 (10:17 am)
Only thing I can tell you is I get a lot of static if a tune in a distant station while the rear defroster is on, it doesn't affect the CD however.
#1802 of 2734 Re: Very loud static when radio/CD is on [andys120]
Sep 25, 2006 (12:59 pm)
Thanks, andys120. But it is the same for AM, FM, or CD. I called it a static because it sounds like one, but it may be something else. It is just a very very loud noise that covers all sounds from the radio or CD.