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#2501 of 2735 Cracked Windshield
Apr 02, 2010 (4:51 pm)
I have not written here in a long while. I still have my car that I purchased new in December, 2001. I love the car and will probably keep it a few more years.
While on the freeway, a rock or something hit the windshield and now there is a long crack across it. My car, '02 530i has 89K miles. It has the premium-sport package which comes with the rain sensor on the rear view mirror. My insurance deductible is higher than the replacement cost so I will pay for it my self. Question is, I received quotes from a few highly recommended glass shops. It comes down to whether I want to have installed a BMW windshield ($650) or an after market windshield ($350). Each shop claims that the aftermarket windshield is just as good as the BMW part, except it does not have the BMW logo on it. Considering the age and mileage of the car, would it be a mistake to use the after market windshield instead of the BMW windshield?
#2502 of 2735 Re: Cracked Windshield [pen101]
Apr 02, 2010 (5:02 pm)
Hey Pen, long time...
How's that "new" clutch holding out for you?
Regarding the windshield glass, the only thing I've ever been warned about regarding replacement glass is the actual thickness; I've "heard" (but never experienced) that some aftermarket glass makers skimp on the thickness, and as such, the new glass cracks and pits easier.
I've taken a different route regarding the one broken windshield I've had to deal with on a German car, namely a used windshield. My insurance company told me they'd actually waive my deductible and pay for the entire glass replacement if I'd agree to a used part. Needless to say I agreed.
#2503 of 2735 Re: Cracked Windshield [shipo]
Apr 02, 2010 (9:30 pm)
Shipo, you have a great memory. Same clutch, works great. Only other non-standard maintenance issue is that the drivers door window-lift gave out. Oh, and I have been through 3 cup holder sets, couple sets of brakes, lots of tires (standard Pilots lasted over 40K, but then I used PS2's and they lasted about 25K each set), a few bulbs here and there, a new front Bumper (a parking curb pulled the old one out) and a new rear bumper (was rear ended). The car is great (you know that) and I expect to keep it a few more years (feels good not have a car payment) before I get the 2012 5-series (always avoid the first year).
Based upon your comments, I will research the aftermarket glass option a little more carefully. Maybe I could find a used windshield replacement instead. The bottom line is that I want to make sure it does not have distortion, is thinner or causes added wind noise compared to a new BMW windshield.
#2504 of 2735 Re: 2006 BMW 530i Oil Reset [steve_gauntt]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 03, 2010 (8:42 am)
PROCEDURE TO VIEW OR RESET SERVICE ITEMS IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER E90, E91, E92, E60, E61, E63 AND E64
1. Turn ignition to Terminal 15. (if equipped with 'Keyless Start' insert remote in ignition slot but do not start engine)
2. Press and hold the Instrument Cluster Set/Reset button for 10 seconds.
3. The upper display in the Instrument Cluster will be illuminated with a Service Item (example: An oil can is the designation for Oil Service). The lower display in the Instrument Cluster will indicate the remaining time or mileage left for that Service Item (example: 14000). Pressing the button repeatedly will allow the display to scroll through all of the Condition Based Service Items.
4. Press and hold the Instrument Cluster Set/Reset button again and the lower display screen will indicate "OK" or "DUE".
5. Pressing the Instrument Cluster Set/Reset button again will allow the "RESET" to appear in the lower window for that service. Releasing and reapplying the button one more time will reset the service displayed in the upper window only. Repeat the procedure for any additional service reset needs.
#2505 of 2735 Re: Cracked Windshield [pen101]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Apr 03, 2010 (9:16 am)
Weren't you the one that re-purchased your car after your lease, CPOed, for less than the residual?
I replaced a windshield on our '03 325i... The prices were much lower then, and we went with factory glass at the time, because they were the only ones that had the rain sensor.
I wouldn't be worried about the after-market glass, as much as the shop having experience with replacing BMW glass... Ours had a special sealant that had to cure overnight... otherwise, they would have come to my office to do it..
#2506 of 2735 Re: Cracked Windshield [kyfdx]
Apr 04, 2010 (8:23 am)
Thanks Kyfdx, great memory. I got lucky on that one. Credit lots of research and talking to the right people.
Both shops that gave me quotes come highly recommended. I'll let you know which way I decide to go and whether I am satisfied with the result.
Also add to my above list of non-normal maintanence items replaced: control arm bushings. That's it. Hopefully this list won't grow too much in the coming years.
#2507 of 2735 Re: Cracked Windshield [pen101]
Apr 06, 2010 (11:27 am)
I faced the exact same issue with my '03 530. Have the PP/SP with rain sensing wipers, so went with OEM glass. Car looks and functions like new. Was not going to scrimp on after-market vs. OEM, but did not consider a "used" windshield per Shipo. Had supposed most used windshields would be pitted to some degree, so wanted a smooth all-new look.
Like you, I plan to keep this beautiful car another couple of years. I also leased and then purchased it back via CPO at a number that was very attractive... especially given that it was returned to me after a top to bottom update - even new tires.
#2508 of 2735 Night Vision Repair
Apr 11, 2010 (7:59 am)
I have an 08 535Xi in New England and was wondering if anyone had a failure with the night vision option? I pebble hit the lens and guess what? Get ready for a $5790 repair bill, Evidently they replace and reprogram the entire system. To me, that is absoultely un acceptable. The camera is mounted in the front bumper easily susceptible to little rocks and debris bumping up into it, the fact that they dont make a replaceable lens is crazy. I recomment you DONT get this option. Its just OK in its use and crazy repair costs. Just say no.
Need I mention tires if you have the sport model, They are very hard to get in the NE for some reason. This car is just a pain. I wish I had my 2005 540i back, I would NOT recommend the 2008 535xi sport.!!
#2509 of 2735 Engine Vibration 530i
Apr 24, 2010 (1:04 am)
I have a 2008 530i. Lately i'm experiencing engine vibration when car is idle (in Park/Neutral/Drive mode) & if i turn the AC on, the vibration increases noticibly. I'd appreciate any suggestions as to guess what's wrong with the car? Havn't had the chance to take it to the dealership as past experiences suggest that they do nothing but suggest a whole bunch of possibilities that MAY eliminate the problem at an insane price! But it helps if i zero in on the problem and then ask them just to fix the particular part.
#2510 of 2735 Re: Night Vision Repair [bmw_ma]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 24, 2010 (7:25 am)
Did your insurance cover this cost?