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#1864 of 2735 Re: Transmission Question - 2002 530/Steptronic [dzuba]
Mar 07, 2007 (5:34 am)
The techie at Roundel and many knowledgeable BMW enthusiasts feel that BMW's "lifetime fill" for A/Ts is designed more to reduce costs than to prolong the life of the car. I'm inclined to agree. My 528iA has the same miles as your car. I did a full trans service (lube+filter) 65k and again 90K.
For less than $200 at an indie repair shop it seems like cheap insurance.
Speaking of Indies, there's probably a couple of good BMW specialists in the Chi area that'll replace your plugs for $100 or so. Try www.bimrs.org.
#1865 of 2735 Windage Noise while driving at speed
Mar 12, 2007 (10:27 am)
Hi, I recently purchased an 03', 525, sport package with 42K miles. Overall, I love the car. I have one complaint; When I get over 50 to 60 MPH, the wind noise through the doors is quite load. It's a "low rumble" and much loader than I would have expected for this car. The car is in excellent condition (lease return), still under warranty. I do not see any evidence of damage to the door, gasket seals along the door or frame, etc. I know the car has a very low air drag coeficient, so wondering if that may be it? Anyone else experience this...comments? Thanks, Bill.
#1866 of 2735 Re: Windage Noise while driving at speed [bfletch]
Mar 12, 2007 (1:43 pm)
If it is "low rumble", could it be your tires? How many miles on the tires, and how old is it? Rubber will harden as it ages and will make more noise, and the sport pkg tires will be worse than the all-seasons, generally speaking.
#1867 of 2735 Re: Windage Noise while driving at speed [jb_shin]
Mar 12, 2007 (3:56 pm)
Definitely not the tires. New rubber about 1 week ago. It gets louder as I move my head toward the door jam. It is either air flow over the car/outside mirror, or it's the sound of the air passing through the door/door jam seal. Just wondering if this is normal, and if others have experienced this with this particular make/model. Regards.
#1868 of 2735 Re: Windage Noise while driving at speed [bfletch]
Mar 12, 2007 (5:55 pm)
Since your 525 is preowned, do you know if the side mirrors are originals? The reason I ask is that I read in either BMW mag or Roundel that the design of the side mirrors was changed 2001 (maybe even a bit earlier)to help eliminate wind noise. If the previous owner replaced the originals, then they could be causing the noise. Just a thought.
#1869 of 2735 BMW 525i Brake Warning Light still on
Mar 13, 2007 (9:25 am)
I've a BMW 525i, 2001. Having had the brakes changed front and rear, and had new sensors fitted the brake warning light is still on. Does it need to be reset by a BMW techie, or should it have gone off when the new pads and sensor were fitted?
#1870 of 2735 Re: BMW 525i Brake Warning Light still on [bmw51k]
Mar 13, 2007 (7:12 pm)
This is coming from my very fuzzy memory from having experienced the very same thing years ago. I believe that if you turn the key to the point were it would be if the engine were running (but don't start the car), and leave it for at least a minimum, and then cycle the key off and then back on, the light should go out. If that doesn't work, ask around or call your dealer, there is a method for performing the reset.
#1871 of 2735 Re: BMW 525i Brake Warning Light still on [shipo]
Mar 14, 2007 (10:40 am)
Many thanks for the reply. The method worked just fine.
I'll tell the "brake replacement specialist" for his future reference!
#1872 of 2735 Re: Windage Noise while driving at speed [bfletch]
Mar 14, 2007 (5:38 pm)
Ok, I was checking out a long thread at another BMW site and think I got it. It appears that when they put your car on a flat bed for towing they remove the lift pads. These are rectangular, about 4 x 1 1/2 in, covers that will air flow inside your car frame. They dont always put them back in, and sure enough the guy who towed mine did not. I'm hoping this will do the trick, and based on the messages from others who experienced the same wind noise, I'm fairly confident it will. Just fyi in case someone else has to deal with this.
#1873 of 2735 Re: 1997 BMW 528i Overheating while idling [ddat]
Mar 19, 2007 (4:43 pm)
I have a 97 528 and have had the same problem. It could be many things; however, I have heard of any number of people who have had to have new head gaskets or even new cylinder heads - now THAT is a very expensive job (looking at $5K depending upon what else they do).