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#1833 of 2735 1997 BMW 528i Overheating while idling
Dec 28, 2006 (7:25 pm)
My 1997 528i overheats while idling or city driving. Recently replaced thermostat and for four weeks didnt see any overheating whild idling. It came back again and mechanic is suspecting there could be the problem in the engine gasket head and gasket head needs a replacement. He thinks faulty gasket head might be causing air bubble into the cooling system causing overheating while idling. Gasket replacing is very expensive and am wondering what options i got.
Is it okay to run the car as is as long as I dont idle the car too much ?
I also read turning up the inside heat while idling can take away some heat from engine and prevent from overheating?
Is there a way that this problem can be worked around without expensive procedures?
All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
#1834 of 2735 Re: 1997 BMW 528i Overheating while idling [ddat]
Dec 28, 2006 (9:22 pm)
My 1997 528i overheats while idling or city driving.
Check the fan clutch as well as the auxiliary fan.
#1835 of 2735 Re: 1997 BMW 528i Overheating while idling [ddat]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 28, 2006 (9:50 pm)
Gradual, low speed overheating is an AIR circulation problem, not a water circulation problem.
Your mechanic can easily test for exhaust gases in the coolant. He doesn't have to guess about a bad head gasket.
#1836 of 2735 Approaching 50K Miles in a '04 530i
Jan 09, 2007 (7:06 pm)
I just purchased my first BMW...a 2004 530i (CPO). It seems to be in very nice condition but has 43K miles on it. Thus, I have about 7K miles to get it in for any service/warranty work that I need/want done. I was told with a "wink" by the salesperson that they cannot just give the car a top-to-bottom inspection in the service department for warranty work, but rather can "respond" to any and all complaints made by the customer, whether a problem is ultimately found or not. Therefore, I am wondering from some more experienced owners...what sorts of "complaints" should I be making just prior to the 50K mile mark so as to hopefully discover and rectify as many issues as possible within very brief new car warranty period that I have left. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
#1837 of 2735 Re: Approaching 50K Miles in a '04 530i [sbrown8244]
Jan 09, 2007 (7:11 pm)
Also, they gave me a print out of the service record for the car since it was a lease through the same dealership, but I don't know what any of the numerical service codes mean. Is there anywhere I can go online to get an interpretation of these codes??
#1838 of 2735 Re: Approaching 50K Miles in a '04 530i [sbrown8244]
Jan 15, 2007 (7:30 pm)
google for the codes, you will find them. There are a few around on the net.
#1839 of 2735 Inspection II
Jan 15, 2007 (10:43 pm)
The car: 02 530 5-speed, PP, SP, 58,500 miles, Leased and then purchased it CPO.
Time for Inspection II.
* Inspection II ($650)
* Coolant Flush ($275)
Declined the following recommended by dealer:
* Front control arm bushings (leaking) ($481)
* Rear wishbone ($990)
* Alignment ($255)
* Alternator belts ($429)
* Brake fluid flush ($375)
1. Are these type of repair recommendations normal for a car under 60K miles?
2. Are these type and expense of repairs what I should expect in the coming years with the car?
3. Dealer said none of the items fall under the CPO warranty. Anyone know differently?
I do plan to get a second opinion on the dealer recommended items.
#1840 of 2735 Re: Inspection II [pen101]
Jan 16, 2007 (2:47 am)
Hey Pen, long time...
- I would absolutely get the Brake fluid flushed from a good Indy (every two years regardless of the mileage). You can find a list of good Indy shops from BMW-CCA.
- I'd take a pass on the suspension parts and have a good Indy take a look-see.
- The drive and accessory belts are probably a good PM idea (as with any car of this age and mileage), however, I suspect that a good Indy will cost you a whole lot less.
#1841 of 2735 Re: Inspection II [shipo]
Jan 16, 2007 (8:26 am)
I'll second the recommendation for a good Indy, they'll charge less and should be able to do a competent job.
Look for one in your area www.bimrs.org.
Control arm bushings seen to be a weak point on E39s so you're probably getting the straight scoop on those.">link title
#1842 of 2735 Re: Inspection II [pen101]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 16, 2007 (12:31 pm)
It seems like the extended maintenance plan would have paid off for you..
It probably would have covered Inspection II, coolant flush, brake flush, and the alternator belts.. Not sure about the other items, though..
You are still my hero for pulling off that CPO repurchase of your car for less than the residual value!!