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#2473 of 2735 Re: BMW 530i 2004 water leak!! [sportcourtguy]
Feb 11, 2010 (11:33 am)
Thanks for the reply Sportcourtguy. How did you get them to pay?
Our first experience ended up with our vehicle being down 6 days and with no repair but the dealer charged us $300 to dry the car out and sugested a sunroof repair that would be over $1k but that they were not confident that it would solve the problem. Our service advisor (who is now no longer employed) told us that they cleaned out all of the drains and to let them know if it happens again. So in other words they did not find the problem.
It just rained this past Saturday and the car was again full of water on the passenger side. While it was still raining we took the car back to the dealer and the new service advisor was "shocked" to see the amount of water and put his "top" technician on it. Yesterday the service advisor calls and asks me to come in because they found the problem. It turns out that under the hood on the passenger side they said that there were a bunch of leaves cloging the cabin filter drain and that water was overflowing from this and donw towards the heater box. From there it was landing on a tray with a chanel that enters the passenger side just under the dash which the tech explained to me is to allow air in to cool the ECU. This channel is filling up with water which then is pouring into the car! Now I am no engineer but this does not sound like a very good design. Also in looking at this water is going down into this area and there is nothing we can do to prevent this. Long story short they want over $2k now to dry out the car, replace the sub woofer that is completely under water along with everything else. They are unsure if any sensors are damaged so it may be more. We are not happy with this needless to say. Also there is nothing being done to address the source of the water intrusion. They ae telling us that they will take responsibility for the repair.....what repair?
#2474 of 2735 Re: Help [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 15, 2010 (9:25 am)
I realize the posting above was almost three years ago, but my 2001 530i exhibits the same symptoms of the the Nikasil problem for M60 engines.
Was the M54B30 engine also a Nikasil engine?
#2475 of 2735 Re: Help [beolson]
Feb 15, 2010 (11:14 am)
The I6 engines of the E39 line of cars did not use a lined cylinder as did the older V8 engines.
Feb 15, 2010 (11:25 am)
Nope. What kind of miles are on your engine?
Feb 18, 2010 (11:46 am)
on a 2000, 540i, the car smokes in the morning when first starts, any idea of the cause and repair. Thanks
#2478 of 2735 Re: Help [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 18, 2010 (11:47 am)
Feb 18, 2010 (12:17 pm)
If it smokes for a bit on start up and then goes away, chances are this might be valve stem seals. Also if your car has an "oil separator" (a fancy PCV valve system), this can cause oil burning since oil from the defective part can seep into the intake manifold.
#2480 of 2735 High Pressure Pump
Feb 19, 2010 (10:40 pm)
I've recently purchased a pre-owned 2008 535i. I have 23K miles and the car seems to delay and "jump" forward from a stopped position from time to time. In addition, when I've started the car the last couple of days, it cranks longer than typical before it starts. I thought the "lurching" may have been transmission related but now that I am researching, I understand it may be the High Pressure Pump on which some owners are commenting. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
#2481 of 2735 Re: Help [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 20, 2010 (6:30 am)
125K. The car (2001 530i) lurched to a stop a few months ago. I had just filled it with gasoline; 30 mpg on a 70% highway/30% town driving mix on the previous tank which had been the norm. Towed the car to a mechanic. The mechanic did a compresssion test. "0" compresssion in all cylinders. He took off the head. Tops of the cylinder walls were seriously "etched". A sample of the gasoline had some water in it, and a funny black/multi-colored substance floating on top. I had the fuel analyzed. They simply said it had water in it, and was slightly weathered. Apparently the substance on top was not analyzed. The engine is toast.
#2482 of 2735 Re: Help [beolson]
Feb 20, 2010 (7:52 am)
I seriously doubt that water injected into the engine via the fuel injectors was enough to be able to cause that kind of damage, that said, I've heard of some pretty serious damage being caused to gasoline engines when diesel fuel is inadvertantly added to the gas tank. I'm wondering if some diesel was incorrectly added to the tanks of the gas station where you'd just filled up.
I think I'd be talking to the station directly or through legal representation if I was in your shoes.