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#2446 of 2734 2009 BMW 535xi High Pressure Fuel Pump Issues
Dec 31, 2009 (12:15 pm)
Bought my BMW this spring 2009 brand new. At 5K miles, check engine light came on. Fixed 3 times (software update, fuel injector replacement, fuel pump). At about 7500 miles, light came on, lost power and shut off. Luckily I was able to coast to the side of the road. Had to be towed. Had a fuel injector and cylinder replaced (blown to smithereens). Since this was the 4th incident with the check engine light, filed for reimbursement through Lemon Law. Don't consider the case safe to drive as sometimes I am in areas where there is no cell service (so no BMWAssist for a tow). No response from BMW after 30 days. Dealer has been responsive as far as service and all replacements covered under warranty.I know alot of you have experienced the fuel pump issues. Has anyone tried to get reimbursed for purchase or gotten a new vehicle under the Lemon Law? My brother is a Chevy dealer and they automatically start working a deal for the customer on the third repair for the same issue. They will either move the customer into another dealer or return their money.
#2447 of 2734 What tire should I use for replacement?
Jan 12, 2010 (5:01 pm)
The original tires on my 2005 525i seemed to worn out very soon, and I need new tires. Went to discount tires and Costco Tires, and they have quite a few options, but each shop have different ideas and suggestions. Can anybody advise which brand tires I should go with?
Also, the price for V-rated and H-rated from Michelin seemed to be quite different, and it seemed that H-rated one is not recommended by Costco at all. Is this really matter at all?
#2448 of 2734 Re: What tire should I use for replacement? [lovecd]
Jan 12, 2010 (9:17 pm)
1. Check out Tire Rack
2. Don't fit a lower speed rated tire unless it is a dedicated winter tire.
#2449 of 2734 Re: What tire should I use for replacement? [roadburner]
Jan 13, 2010 (11:00 am)
So, V-rated has higher speed than H-rated?
#2450 of 2734 Re: What tire should I use for replacement? [lovecd]
Jan 13, 2010 (5:31 pm)
The letter rating is not necessarily a better tire, but that it passed tests up to a specific speed. If I remember correctly, H is rated up to 129mph, and V to 149mph. In some places it is illegal to install tires with a lower speed-rating than originally specified on the car by the manufacturer. This is especially important in places like Germany, where you may actually get to drive at the car's maximum speed. nowhere in the USA is it legal to drive beyond probably a T-rated tire. A higher speed rating tire will usually not last as long, be noisier, and ride rougher because flex means heat and heat ruins tires (they could fail much quicker - often catastrophically). One way they minimize flex is often to start out with much thinner tread, thus the reason why they wear out faster. The handling often, but not always improves with a higher speed rated tire because it holds its shape better. But, at 'normal' speeds, you may not notice. So, depending on the legalities of where you are, and your priorities, you could specify a lower speed-rated tire on your car. There will be some differences, but you might not notice (some will, and to a few, it would be huge).
#2451 of 2734 Re: What tire should I use for replacement? [james27]
Jan 13, 2010 (9:17 pm)
So, depending on the legalities of where you are, and your priorities, you could specify a lower speed-rated tire on your car. There will be some differences, but you might not notice.
If that's the case you would probably be just as happy driving a Kia.
#2452 of 2734 Re: What tire should I use for replacement? [james27]
Jan 14, 2010 (10:56 am)
Thanks a lot for your explanation!
#2453 of 2734 Re: What tire should I use for replacement? [roadburner]
Jan 14, 2010 (4:10 pm)
How many people drive their car at 100%? How many ever do it? If you are one of them, then it is essential to maintain the max. Note, a lower speed rated tire may very well have better performance in the rain and light snow because it usually starts out with more tread depth, displace the moisture better, and can conform to the road irregularities better. So, if you understand the tradeoffs, your actual pleasure and pocketbook may be improved. A potentially bigger issue is the brand and model you choose. Few people will notice the difference between the same tire/brand/model offered in different speed ratings. It only becomes a safety factor if you ever do go to the maximum speed. And, an H-rated tire after it has worn for a few thousand miles to the tread depth of the V-rated one, will likely provide essentially the same driving performance AND increased tread life, but again, only if you don't need to drive above the max speed rating. In the US, unless you happen to do track work, it's lose the license time if you ever get there (and get caught!). I'm not talking about larger wheels/lower profile or switching performance category tires...just the max speed rating (although they sometimes go together, but not always).
#2454 of 2734 Re: What tire should I use for replacement? [james27]
Jan 14, 2010 (9:41 pm)
How many people drive their car at 100%? How many ever do it? If you are one of them, then it is essential to maintain the max
Why stop with tires? Save a few more bucks and fit some Pep Boys shocks and struts. Put some Midas brakes on it. Walmart Supertech oil and filters? Why not; you won't be driving your car at 100%. And don't forget to use regular unleaded instead of premium.
. Note, a lower speed rated tire may very well have better performance in the rain and light snow because it usually starts out with more tread depth, displace the moisture better, and can conform to the road irregularities better.
And your source for that information is?
So, if you understand the tradeoffs, your actual pleasure and pocketbook may be improved.
Thanks for the helpful information. My knowledge of things BMW is quite limited since I've only owned, wrenched on, and competed in nine BMWs over the past 27 years. And as a BMW driver I'm always looking to improve my pocketbook- whatever the heck that means.
#2455 of 2734 Well think first
Jan 15, 2010 (11:49 am)
I am moving from v tires to h tires--yes I do occasionally drive fast! Overall use is your main concern.
I f I lived in Nevada I probably wouldn't change. But favorite tire is still Michilen! Not an advertisement but something that I can count on almost w/o question except for my last set of piolet/as. Think something hinkey because they never could be balanced well or stay close. Same shop -- Same people for 20 years! Best tire I ever used was Gislavid a Sweedish tire and I think they were unioned out of business. Still afraid of japenese tires just had too many bad experiences. Good Year and Firestone almost killed me twice and would never buy either again for any car that can run over 75mph.