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#1836 of 2734 Approaching 50K Miles in a '04 530i
Jan 09, 2007 (8:06 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 2734 Re: Approaching 50K Miles in a '04 530i [sbrown8244]
Jan 09, 2007 (8:11 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 2734 Re: Approaching 50K Miles in a '04 530i [sbrown8244]
Jan 15, 2007 (8:30 pm)
google for the codes, you will find them. There are a few around on the net.
#1839 of 2734 Inspection II
Jan 15, 2007 (11:43 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 2734 Re: Inspection II [pen101]
Jan 16, 2007 (3:47 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 2734 Re: Inspection II [shipo]
Jan 16, 2007 (9:26 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 2734 Re: Inspection II [pen101]
by kyfdx HOST
Jan 16, 2007 (1:31 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!!
#1843 of 2734 Re: Inspection II [pen101]
Jan 16, 2007 (2:48 pm)
The front arm bushings will eventaully cause shimmy in the steering. BMW recommends the arm and the bushing to be replaced together, and it does require a press to put the bushing in place. However, some members in the yahoo e39 group have replaced just the bushing. You can probably find a write up someone did.
$375 for a brake flush? I knew they would charge a bit, but that is high.
#1844 of 2734 Re: Inspection II [kyfdx]
Jan 16, 2007 (8:37 pm)
Thanks kyfdx, you have a very good memory about the CPO purchase. I have not posted here for a while and (shipo noticed), but have tried to keep up with the discussions.
I try to always do my homework when dealing with car purchases and repairs. The inspection II cost more at the dealer (no surprise), but it was more convenient (I got a loaner BMW, a car wash, it was on my way to and from work and I had to do a lot of extra driving that day, so why not put the extra miles on a loaner). So the extra they charged for it was worth it to me.
The other recommended items I will have checked at a local BMW indy. I did ask as to whether the extended maintenance contract would have covered the alternator belts and the other items and was told that it does not. Only maintenance items such as the coolant flush and brake flush. It was a tempting decision at the time as to whether or not to get the maintenance warranty at $1400. I knew the brakes were not a problem (they are still almost new - I had convinced the service writer back at 35,500 miles and while the car was still covered, that the car needed new brakes). So it was inspection II ($650), two oil changes ($200), coolant flush ($275) and brake fluid flush ($375) that would have to be done. That is $1500. However, if an indy would perform the items, maybe $100 or so less, so it is break even. I just hated to pay for it upfront.
By the way, I used my BMW-Club membership to get a 10% discount on parts.
#1845 of 2734 Re: Inspection II [pen101]
Jan 16, 2007 (9:09 pm)
Extended maintenance coverage was also discussed on the M5board and it turns out you can negotiate the price on these. I have heard $1690 from my SA, but some have reported $1200, and it can be bought from any BMW dealer in the country.