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#2508 of 2734 Night Vision Repair
Apr 11, 2010 (8:59 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 2734 Engine Vibration 530i
Apr 24, 2010 (2:04 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 2734 Re: Night Vision Repair [bmw_ma]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Apr 24, 2010 (8:25 am)
Did your insurance cover this cost?
#2511 of 2734 Re: Cracked Windshield [lovemyclk]
May 21, 2010 (5:44 pm)
As a follow-up, after going back and forth for awhile, I decided on an after market glass that was almost half the cost ($350) of the BMW glass ($685). The installer comes highly recommended and is the one used by many of the dealerships in the area including BMW. He showed me the after market windshield and I could not tell the difference between the two (except for the BMW logo of course). Everything looked identical. So far, 2 weeks later, I have no regrets. Just an extra $335 in my pocket. Well, not really, because I just bought a new set of Michelin PS2 tires. The old ones lasted just under 25K miles. This is my 3rd full set. They are the best tires for this car. Also, I just put in my 3rd new cup holder. I guess they break as often as the tires wear out. Plus, the car just had its 90K mile service and my mechanic is warning me that now is the time to start watching for cooling system problems. Otherwise, the car is scheduled for a detail next week and still looks and drives great. It even gets over 30 mpg on the highway. Cannot complain about that.
#2512 of 2734 Re: Cracked Windshield [pen101]
May 21, 2010 (8:20 pm)
Plus, the car just had its 90K mile service and my mechanic is warning me that now is the time to start watching for cooling system problems.
I'd replace the water pump, t-stat/housing, radiator, and expansion tank in the next 10K-20K. While you are at it you might you should also R&R all of the idler pulleys. It's pretty much a straightforward DIY, if you feel so inclined(3-4 hours if you've never done it before).
Oh yeah, and get a TEC cupholder.
#2513 of 2734 Re: Cracked Windshield [roadburner]
May 22, 2010 (5:04 pm)
roadburner, thanks for the suggestions. I'll put it on my to-do list when the car hits the 100K mark.
#2514 of 2734 Re: Cracked Windshield [pen101]
May 23, 2010 (8:13 pm)
Glad to help! In my case I put off replacing a noisy pulley on my wife's 110K mile 1997 528i and the blasted thing failed while my wife was driving it to work...
#2515 of 2734 Gear shifting
May 24, 2010 (11:38 am)
Hi all, I bought a new 2010 535ix with 20 miles. 1 month into I noticed along crank issue ie the car would turn over longer than it shouyld while starting. This apparantly is a known problem. The dealership fixed it but they also updated the car with any software changes. Upon picking up the car I noticed that it drove like my old 2000 Nissan maxima. The gear points had shifted, shifting to early and as a result there was no punch when I tried to accelerate at higher speeds. the dealership mentioned that customers had complained about lurching and BMW had changed the gear shift points in its latest software update. The car has lost its punch and it jerks at every gear transition. Do any of you know about this.
May 28, 2010 (8:03 am)
Just replaced my '98 549i due to LR Qtr. panel collision. This one is gorgeous. I have the same frequent coolant light warning written about by others. Had it on the '98 as well. Requires about 8-12 oz. fluid each time the light comes on. Did I miss it or is there a likely cause - poor design of/leaky fill tank, etc.? I don't see evidence of fluid under the car or around the hoses, radiator, thermostat housing. My oil is not discolored nor is there any moisture in the oil filler cap.
May 28, 2010 (8:27 am)
Driver side fog light needs replacement. Found the bulb. Need help getting the casing free from the spoiler. This is the oval casing and round lens type. I don't see a pry slot or a screw. Do I have to go in from underneath and behind the casing?