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#2225 of 2735 Re: bmw 525i hvac and sensor issues [roadburner]
Dec 14, 2008 (8:13 pm)
Thank you for this info. I have the same problem with my 2001 525iT. When I bought mine the previous owner told me that he had just replaced the fan unit at the tune of $700.00. Reading this, he may have been taken for a ride.
When you say dead easy DIY, where do I find the unit and is there any info (web site?) that explains the installation procedure?
PS Same for the rear windshield wiper, I can't find any info about how to replace the arm.
#2226 of 2735 Re: bmw 525i hvac and sensor issues [drenthe]
Dec 14, 2008 (8:37 pm)
Here's an excellent final stage unit DIY.
I've never had to deal with a rear wiper on a touring; perhaps this parts diagram will be of some help.
#2227 of 2735 Reliabilty of a 5 series
Dec 17, 2008 (12:53 pm)
I am currently looking to purchase a 05 or 06 5 series, either the 6or 8 cyl. I am wondering about the reliability of the cars and I'm looking for any and all experiences, opinions, and imput.
#2228 of 2735 tranny noise
Dec 28, 2008 (8:18 pm)
i have 2005 545i its making a whinng noise from the tranny .and sometimes delayed shifting between 1 and 2 gear ,
#2229 of 2735 Re: Reliabilty of a 5 series [joeb13]
Dec 28, 2008 (8:20 pm)
i have a 2005 545i its one of the best cars ihave every had
Dec 30, 2008 (12:22 pm)
has there been any technical issues with navigation? Im looking at a CPO 2007 530i (29K miles) that has nav, and all the packages (sports, premium, cold, and one more can't remember) car is beautiful asking $34,900 for it, with negotation some wiggle room. I just want to be sure I'm not looking for a problem with the navigation which I don't even care about, but the vehicle has it. Car is really loaded, would hate to pass it up.
Also another one 2007 530xi, 18K miles, warranty expires Apr 2014. Asking $36,900 dealer won't budge. That's another 2 grand, but warranty goes longer. Am torn, don't know what to do. I'm leaning toward the $34,900 one, has more. Dealer says his 530xi is competitive in price. I could care less about all wheel drive.
That extended warranty is tempting however.
Jan 08, 2009 (10:58 am)
Living in Germany, I just bought a 1996 520i Touring with 200,000 kilometers (German specs). It's idling at 1,000 rpm, hovering over 4,000 rpm at 35 mph in third gear, and redlining just above 6,000 rpm in fifth at 80mph. But, it's not running hot and it doesn't feel or sound like the engine is straining. The fuel gauge is broken (reading empty at all times) but the speedometer and temperature gauges seem to be operating normally. This is my first BMW (when in Germany....) so I'm not sure if they typically run at higher rpms, if maybe the tachometer is malfunctioning, if there's some kind of "adjustment" I can make, or if it's simply a mechanical problem. It's getting a tune-up in a couple of weeks, but should I be concerned about driving it on the autobahn until then?
Any comments are greatly appreciated!
#2232 of 2735 Re: Very High RPMs [zapatista2000]
Jan 08, 2009 (11:38 am)
Are you saying your car will redline in fifth 80mph? That seems odd, I don't know if your 520iT is a four or a six but I wouldn't recommend spending a lot of time on the Autobahn cruising at redline. BMW engines will run smoothly at high rpms but aren't designed to cruise redline AFAIK.
Other than that the rev ranges you're quoting are similar to what I get w my '00 528iA except for idle speed which sounds a tick high. How's your gas mileage?
I'm sure the guy who does your tune-up can help you sort it out.
#2233 of 2735 Re: Very High RPMs [andys120]
Jan 08, 2009 (12:15 pm)
Hey, thanks for the reply.
Yep, it's a 2.0 six cylinder and it redlines in fifth at 80mph. At least that's what the tach is telling me. I'll keep it under 80 until I sort this out, but that kinda defeats the purpose of having bought it in the first place.
Today was my first day driving it so I can't speak to the gas mileage yet...plus the inop fuel gauge is going to make that calculation a bit dicey.
My only concern with the tune-up is the dealer who sold it to me is performing the service. It's a condition of the limited warranty I get (free labor, pay for parts--which are pretty cheap and plentiful in Bavaria). I'm hopeful they'll take care of it, but I wanted to fish for red flags, silver bullets, and general thoughts before engaging the dealer.
Thanks again for your comments.
#2234 of 2735 Re: Very High RPMs [zapatista2000]
Jan 08, 2009 (3:00 pm)
it redlines in fifth at 80mph
That can't be right, BMWs are made to cruise at high speeds. In fact very few cars will reach redline in top gear at all, they're usually geared so that you can only hit redline in the lower gears and are actually faster in fourth than they are in fifth (5-speed trannies).
My 528iA ('00 E39) is doing about 3000rpm 80mph in fifth (5sp-Steptronic). I think I'd have to go down to second to redline it at 80.
Now you've piqued my curiosity. Let us know what they say.