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#2016 of 2734 Oil Consumption and CPO Warranty
Nov 02, 2007 (12:23 pm)
I now have 66.5K miles on my 2002 530i. Over the last 10K miles or so, it's been going through about a quart of oil every 3K miles. I am using the dealer recommended oil, which is the BMW High Performance Full Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-30. Is this amount of oil consumption a concern? About half of the miles is at Southern California highway speeds and half is city or in heavy freeway traffic.
The BMW CPO warrantee is ending in 2 months. Is there anything I should be looking for before it expires?
#2017 of 2734 Re: Oil Consumption and CPO Warranty [pen101]
Nov 02, 2007 (1:31 pm)
Nope, not a concern at all as many engines (from BMW and others) use that much or more even when new(ish). That said, if your oil consumption starts to accelerate (like a quart per 1,000 miles) it is time to be concerned.
#2019 of 2734 Re: Oil Consumption and CPO Warranty [shipo]
Nov 05, 2007 (12:33 pm)
Thanks for your comments about the oil consumption shipo. It brightened my Monday.
#2020 of 2734 Re: Oil Consumption and CPO Warranty [pen101]
Nov 05, 2007 (12:51 pm)
#2022 of 2734 Leveling rear suspension
Nov 07, 2007 (7:30 pm)
HI; I posted about a month bak about a problem with my 530- 2002. This car has a leveling reasr suspension that was acting up. As time went by the problem became worst and by now its clear that the rear shock abosrbers are responsible. This car dose not have a rear suspension with springs, instead the shocks have bags filled with air, these are leacking.
The thing now is to find the parts at the best price out there. US cars are not equipped with this system, that basicaly rules out US distributors, dose any one know about a european one?
#2023 of 2734 Re: Leveling rear suspension [feroz]
Nov 07, 2007 (9:05 pm)
The thing now is to find the parts at the best price out there.
US dealers can often get European parts. It all depends on the part in question as well as the competence of the individual parts department. If that fails, try Maximillian Importing. Maximillian primatily deals with Mobile Tradition parts, but he may be able to get you the shocks. And, as I suggested previously, you can always convert to conventional springs and shocks- something that many E28 M5 and E24 M6 owners have done.
#2024 of 2734 Battery? Alternator?
Nov 09, 2007 (4:57 am)
I have a 2005 545i which has behaved flawlessly.... until now.
I was resetting the clock in iDrive when I got a warning that the battery was being drained and it will completely discharge. From that point on, whenever I started the car, it would turn over sluggishly and the battery would actually go off for a fraction of a second and I would lose data such as fuel consumption (mpg).
I brought the car to my dealer's service department. They kept it overnight and recharged the battery. They found nothing else wrong. I picked the car up yesterday afternoon and last night the battery went completely dead in a shopping center parking lot. The car had to be towed home.
Do I need a new battery and/or alternator? I am calling the BMW service department again this morning.
Thank you for any input.
#2025 of 2734 Re: Battery? Alternator? [hpowders]
Nov 09, 2007 (5:15 am)
Let's assume that the dealer tested the alternator, and found it good, then it seems like a bum battery...