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#2687 of 2734 Oil in a 5 series
Nov 26, 2011 (8:45 am)
I have a CPO 5 series, 2007 530i which I love. It still has til JUN2012 on the warranty. I am finding that every 3,000 miles or so, I am adding one quart of oil. I've gotten the oil warning on the iDrive when this happens. I spoke to my tech rep whom I've known over the years and I trust her (she and her husband have a CPO 7 series 2006 so she put her money where her mouth is) and she tells me these newer engines (i used to have a 1996 3 series) this is typical useage of oil, that BMW specifies that it's normal to put a quart in every 1000 miles even. Nothing to worry about. The car is definitely not burning oil, but I don't remember adding oil to my 3 series. Otherwise I love the car, it has 40K miles and is beautiful.
#2688 of 2734 oil update
Nov 26, 2011 (9:11 am)
update this morning: got into the car, all systems show normal on the iDrive. I didn't add the quart yet. I'm waiting to see what happens. But still why would that warning come on? And it has happened in the past. The last time I added was about 3000 miles ago.
#2689 of 2734 Re: oil update [gardis]
Nov 26, 2011 (9:55 am)
Year-to-year, there are differences in how the sensor works. I've got a 2011, and it needs the motor to be on for more than a few miles before it can measure the oil level. Mine's a 535, and I've got about 8K miles on it (it's pretty new), but it still shows max oil level once it can actually report it. I've heard that the V-8's regularly use more oil than the I-6. In some ways, I miss a dip stick. I'd like to be able to check it while in the garage, before I leave, rather than having to wait to have driven enough so it can get an accurate measurement.
#2690 of 2734 oil message back on
Nov 26, 2011 (10:29 am)
guys, I guess it had to register, yup, I'm needing to add that quart.
#2691 of 2734 Re: Sadly, . . . [cdnpinhead]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Nov 26, 2011 (10:38 am)
Well a shop can do whatever it wants but it's possible their shyness is due more to a lack of knowledge. I deal with two tire shops and both repair RFTs just as happily as you please, presuming it CAN be repaired of course.
If I were an RFT owner (not any longer, got rid of 'em) and I had a flat, I'd do whatever was possible and prudent to avoid buying another RFT, and if the other 3 RFTs on my car were say down to 4 to 6 / 32nds, I'd just ditch the 3 good tires and start over with normal tires, get the spare kit or whatever, and live happily ever after like I did. I have a better ride, better handling and oh, so much quieter.
#2692 of 2734 530i in service center for 4 weeks wont boot.
Nov 23, 2011 (6:20 pm)
#2693 of 2734 530i in service center for 4 weeks wont boot.
Nov 23, 2011 (6:20 pm)
My 530i 2006 wont start.
I went for audio issue and they updated the software it wont boot.
Later they replaced the Computers 4 or 5 times and this week the engineer from BMW came and still no hope.
its CPO car and I took 6 year/100k extended warranty and I already paid 1.5k for one of the computer which was not covered
What are my options?
Can I demand a new car since the car drove fine except it had an audio issue
#2694 of 2734 Re: 530i in service center for 4 weeks wont boot. [furionbeemer]
Nov 28, 2011 (11:51 am)
Four weeks? At a BMW dealership???
I suspect there is more to this issue than we are seeing in your posting.
After all, there are a finite number of things that would keep any car from running...
#2695 of 2734 Re: 530i in service center for 4 weeks wont boot. [busiris]
Nov 29, 2011 (3:29 pm)
yes BMW service center.
#2696 of 2734 Ventilation smell
Dec 12, 2011 (4:42 pm)
I am not a real fan of the legal climate in the US, but when a company repeatedly denies the existence of customer complaints, it is time for a class action wake up call.
A quick follow through of a web search of “ventilation odor” or other similar term produced hundreds of owners who have had smell issues with their BMW. My 3rd and likely final BMW due to this issue is a 2009 535xi. What a great car. This followed my X5 and along the way we picked up a Z4. All good. All fun. All solid.
Four months ago the 535 began to smell. As widely described on the internet, a smell when you turn the car on that passes. My fix was to turn the fan off until I drove it for 5-10 minutes, then turn the system on. Then the service department did the air freshener thing. Then they did a clean out. Well, things are a smidge better but still not tolerable. How bad is it? Please don’t judge me, but I have begun to prefer driving our Lexus 250hs over the 5-series. Sad but a glorified golf cart is winning out over a real car because of the smell.
Well, the lease is up and I took it in for one last shot at service. My service writer, who is tremendous, gave me the following word from on high, “Complaints of this nature are not caused by defects of material or workmanship, but rather by the environmental conditions in which the vehicle is operated. Consequently, there is no warranty reimbursement for labor or materials associated with the disinfection of the evaporator.” Much less replacing it, which is what is actually required to fix the issue. Bull feces, bull feces, bull feces.
Consequently I will dump old stinky on some unsuspecting soul and NEVER buy a BMW again.
My dealership has no jurisdiction to resolve this. Is there anyone out there who has contact data on the high level management people who handle BMW customer complaints? I would like to let them know why they lost a good customer.