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#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?
#2518 of 2734 Re: '03 BMW 540i [mhutchinson]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 28, 2010 (8:36 am)
I think you need to pop the grille out first, then you'll see the bolts that hold the assembly. You have to take it out to replace the bulb.
#2519 of 2734 Re: '03 BMW 540i [Mr_Shiftright]
May 28, 2010 (8:56 am)
The "grill"? Do you mean the 6" flat round piece surrounding the lens?
From the front or the back side?
Thanks for responding so quickly!
#2520 of 2734 Re: '03 BMW 540i [mhutchinson]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 28, 2010 (9:21 am)
I'm only looking at a rather bad drawing of the area, and reading what it says to do. Looks like there are little pry-bolts that come out in front?
#2521 of 2734 Re: '03 BMW 540i [mhutchinson]
May 29, 2010 (10:35 am)
The valley pan gasket may well be the problem. Here's a brief explanation of the repair procedure. It's a long but relatively simple DIY weekend project.
#2522 of 2734 Re: '03 BMW 540i [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 02, 2010 (9:00 am)
Thanks. You gently tug/pull the flat plastic cover out towards the front of the car using the round frame around the lens for grip. There are three plastic tabs that will release from the bumper, two inbound from the light and one outbound (it releases last). There is one small bolt behind the cover. The bulb is a #9006 55w.
#2523 of 2734 Remote doorlocks>
Jun 09, 2010 (12:33 pm)
My remote unlock/lock feature is inoperative. At first I thought the batteries embedded in the keys were discharged. They are supposed to recharge as you drive but even a 500 mile+ round trip didn't revive them. My indie techs have attempted a "recode" but that didn't work either. Anybody got any ideas other than spending $150 for a new key from BMW?
MY 2000 BMW 528iA (E39).
#2524 of 2734 is battery in key dead?
Jun 09, 2010 (6:59 pm)
battery could be dead and not capable of holding a charge. The only way to know is to take the key apart and check the battery with a voltmeter.