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#1947 of 2734 525i won't budge - anti theft device? Keeps asking for code
Jul 08, 2007 (1:00 pm)
Bought my BMW home. Sat in garage for 3 weeks. Battery went dead. Charged the battery. Vehicle is locked up - back wheels won't budge. Keeps asking for my code. Punch in my code, still nothing happens. Did like manual said; disconnected battery, tried again, hit code button, punch in code, hit sr button; still no luck. It starts up fine, I just can't get the back wheels to move. What am I doing wrong? Suggestions? Nearest dealer at least 50 miles away, and I can't drive anywhere anyhow. I bought it used(it's a 1991)at an auction. Ran fine, drove it home (a good 90 miles), drove it around, and now this. The previous owner, underneath where he wrote the code in his manual, also wrote "Press.hold.enter" Press hold what? Any help would be truly appreciated. I've never owned one before.
#1948 of 2734 Re: 525i won't budge - anti theft device? Keeps asking for code [mhiaa]
Jul 08, 2007 (5:22 pm)
The code function only disables the ignition system. Since the car "starts up fine" the OBC code is not the problem. It sounds like either the parking brake is stuck or one(or both) rear calipers have seized.
#1949 of 2734 Re: 525i won't budge - anti theft device? Keeps asking for code [mhiaa]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 09, 2007 (7:52 am)
agree with roadburner. This is not a code problem this is a brake or caliper problem.
#1950 of 2734 Re: 525i won't budge - anti theft device? Keeps asking for code [roadburner]
Jul 09, 2007 (7:26 pm)
Appreciate the input. Will have that checked. Still refuses to accept the code so now the radio and stuff doesn't work. Any input on that, just how to do it correctly, step by step? Maybe I'm not doing it right? What's the chances of both rear caliphers seizing at the same time or is that something normal? Any idea why? Thank you. Melissa
#1951 of 2734 Re: 525i won't budge - anti theft device? Keeps asking for code [mhiaa]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 09, 2007 (7:33 pm)
No it's not normal but if you leave a car parked with the emergency brake on it's possible it can hang up. Especially an old car. Believe me, there is no anti-theft device that locks your rear wheels.
I think the "press hold enter" refers to programming the 1-6 buttons for different stations.
I don't see why you have to go to a BMW to free up the emergency brake...any competent shop should be able to figure that out. If the calipers froze that's a bit tricky. I bet it's not the first time that's happened in that car.
Was this vehicle stored for a long time?
Jul 10, 2007 (10:02 pm)
I am buying a 535i, should be here in a few weeks. I tend to hold on to cars and can see keeping this car for 6 or more years, if all goes well. I am trying to get information regarding the extended warranty. Is it worth purchasing the warranty and if so, is it better to buy it now or wait until the end of the 4-year warranty. Any suggestions are appreciated.
#1953 of 2734 Re: warranty [gohorns1]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 11, 2007 (8:01 am)
If you are keeping the car after standard warranty, and you are also driving a lot of miles, I think the extended warranty is a good idea...but if you aren't a high mile driver, I'm not so sure it's worth the expense. I think (just my two cents) that out-of-warranty 5 series BMWs that are pushing 100K are a bit scary. Not in terms of major failures, mind you, but in terms of electrical glitches, suspension issues, cooling system issues, that sort of thing.
Were it a Honda I'd say you could bear this type of expense out of warranty, but even smaller repairs on an aging BMW can add up fast.
I guess it depends a lot on the actual inclusions and exclusions and deductibles on the particular warranty program you're getting. You have to read it carefully and then figure out how your warranty would relate say to a new radiator at 80,000 miles, or a complete failure of all your power windows at 90,000. How much would be covered in those instances and what would you pay out of pocket?
I'd ask some pointed questions about all that to whomever is selling you the product.
#1954 of 2734 Re: warranty [gohorns1]
by kyfdx HOST
Jul 11, 2007 (8:13 am)
I'd wait... you have 4yr/50K coverage already... And, if you drive 10K or less per year, then the extended warranty will be really expensive for not that much coverage..
Of course, if you put 50K on in three years, then it might be worth it, but I'd still wait until I was closer to the end of the original warranty period.
or.. what he said..
#1956 of 2734 Re: warranty [gohorns1]
Jul 11, 2007 (5:04 pm)
I bought my 5er new in 2001. This is what I did when deciding about an extended warranty. I waited until the 4 year warranty was almost up (since you can purchase the extended warranty at any time) so that I could see just how reliable my car was. As it turned out, the car was and, at 6 years old, continues to be incredibly reliable. In addition, I considered the advice of the very wise and knowledgeable on this site. As a result, I pocketed the money that I would have spent on a plan and use it for any repairs as needed. Good luck with your decision.