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#1898 of 2735 Re: I'm thinking of purchasing 1991 525i [kturner00]
Apr 29, 2007 (3:36 pm)
It depends on how you look at it.......Its more expensive to stick alot of money in a car (Ford etc.)on a yearly basis or have a BMW with little or no repairs for years. I just had a clutch and flywheel put in and the last time I had to put maintenance in it was '99. I have '94 525i so its how you look at expense!! Its been a good car!! As soon as I get my daughter out of college in '08 we willbe looking a 325 additional to the 525. JOHN
#1899 of 2735 Dead Pedal install
May 05, 2007 (4:04 am)
Good day all,
I recently installed a M5 dead pedal in my 530i (2003). All went fine untill I tried to reinstall the plastic floor trim (2 feet in length) that goes along the floor of the vehicle on the left side of the drivers seat. To confess, I took on this project last night and it was getting dark on me. I removed this trim peice by pulling up on it. That might have been an incorrect way to remove it. Looking at the peice now, there is a long "track" on the bottom of it that runs the length of the peice. On the vehicle floor there are 3 white plastic gromets that are rectangular in shape. They appear to go into this "track". Do any of you knowledgable folks know how to properly re-install this trim peice? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Mr. Shiftright, I found my leak. Many thanks!
#1900 of 2735 Re: Wet rear floor [Mr_Shiftright]
May 21, 2007 (7:45 am)
I also have the exact same problem that bookedup has been describing. Car is a 2002 530i Manual (same design as your 03 as far as I know). My mechanic thought it was a drain in the cowl of the car that was clogged but that didn't seem to fix the problem. All the seals and holes,drains that I've looked at appear clear. It's really frustrating. One thing I've just recently noticed is that the car had a roof rack that was taken off before I purchased it. Maybe you can look at your roof towards the back and see if you have the two holes where the roof rack used to be. Could be a common them between our two vehicles....any help would be greatly appreciated.
#1901 of 2735 Re: Dead Pedal install [bookedup]
May 21, 2007 (8:56 am)
On the vehicle floor there are 3 white plastic gromets that are rectangular in shape. They appear to go into this "track". Do any of you knowledgable folks know how to properly re-install this trim piece?
All you have to do is line up the three rectangular retainers and pop the trim strip back on. It may be a bit fiddly and require several tries, but it can be done.
#1902 of 2735 Buying my First BMW - 2008 535xi
May 22, 2007 (2:47 pm)
I'm about to purchase my first bmw in a couple of days . . . are there ANY issues that i should be aware of or concerned with? particularly with all of the technology in this vehicle?
#1903 of 2735 Re: Buying my First BMW - 2008 535xi [gboro2007]
May 22, 2007 (2:55 pm)
Yup, do yourself a favor and get a low-tech transmission, one that requires three pedals under the dash. You'll be glad you did.
#1904 of 2735 Re: Buying my First BMW - 2008 535xi [shipo]
May 22, 2007 (4:02 pm)
And forget the Active Steering as well...
#1905 of 2735 Leave well enough alone, or replace?
May 22, 2007 (9:00 pm)
My 2001 530i is running in top form. It still has its original battery. I am taking it in for an oil service soon and was wondering if I should have the battery replaced as a precaution. Or should I ask for the battery to be tested? Will a test reveal much about how much life is left? The mileage is at 55K, and for the last year I have been using the car mostly on the weekends.
#1906 of 2735 Re: Leave well enough alone, or replace? [cmr530i]
May 23, 2007 (5:05 am)
I just replaced the original battery in my 2000 528i so I'm guessing that 6 years is what they're good for. It's possible that if the car hadn't sat idle all winter it would've been OK but 6 & 1/2 years is almost twice what I've ever gotten from a battery.
#1907 of 2735 That's Why It's So Nice. . .
May 23, 2007 (5:13 am)
to have the battery outside of the engine compartment. Besides helping the weight distribution significantly, batteries last a lot longer when they're kept cooler.