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You are in the BMW 5-Series
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BMW 5 Series, Electrical, Engine, Sedan, Wagon
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#719 of 2734 Re: Upgrade 1998
Jul 20, 2004 (10:26 pm)
Not sure about the lights, if you don't get a response, I would check with a dealer. I am sure it is possible.
I looked into the various BMW rims, which I think they have some of the best options (typically in the upper $300's to low $400's per wheel). You can get a BMW wheel catalog from a dealer - it is about a 1/4" thick and has all of the BMW wheels and applications - which is alot.
If you have a style number you can call a boneyard to see what their price is (If they exist in any boneyard, they can usually obtain them) but it might not be a significant savings. Chances are it will be hard to find somebody upgrading their M rims. Not sure where you live, but there is a California selling website you can search (www.recycler.com)- search on BMW wheels. Good Luck.
#720 of 2734 Re: Upgrade 1998 528 [jjohnjohn]
Jul 21, 2004 (10:53 am)
You may wish to check your local high-end wheel/tire upgrade shops. There is always someone exchanging OEM wheel/tire combos for something outrageous! You may find that they can hook you up.
Here in Atlanta, Butler Tire resells OEM combos...
#721 of 2734 Re: Upgrade 1998 528 [jjohnjohn]
Jul 21, 2004 (6:06 pm)
get a nice set of BMW wheels and tires.
#722 of 2734 Weird problem with 1998 BMW 528i
Jul 22, 2004 (11:43 am)
For the past year and a half, I've been having a strange, intermittent problem with my car. Every now and then, it will start acting up for 1-3 days, during which, the tachometer will get stuck up around 3 or 4 rpm and my car will feel as though it's locking up. The car also makes a loud revving noise when this happens. I will take my foot off of the gas, but nothing happens. I have to hit the brakes hard in order to release the car. Sometimes when this problem is happening, the tachometer will jump up to 3 or 4 rpms as soon as I turn on the engine. Other times it just happens as I'm driving, sometimes at 30-40 mph, other times at 60-70 mph. The car will act up for a day or so and then may be fine for the next few months. Then one day, it will happen again. I've taken the car in to two different BMW dealerships and they can't find anything wrong. They say the transmission is fine and that the onboard computer isn't reporting any problems. However, I know I'm not crazy because I've had plenty of passengers in the car with me who have experienced this. I am at a loss as to what could be causing this and what I can do about it. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. -RyanM
#723 of 2734 Thanks, div2 and cmr530i
Jul 22, 2004 (12:16 pm)
The poor A/C performance in city traffic was indeed a faulty auxiliary fan. Fixed under warranty.
Jul 22, 2004 (12:25 pm)
Hmmm, I don't know why, but my gut tells me that you may have a problem with your cruise control. I don't know if it has a separate circuit breaker/fuse, but if it does, you might want to pull the breaker/fuse to see if the problem is eliminated.
#725 of 2734 Re: New '04 BMW 545 i 6 spg sport pcg. [manybmws]
Jul 22, 2004 (1:23 pm)
DSP = Digital Signal Processing.
But you go one to say that it "enhances it through analog signal processing". Am I missing something here?
#726 of 2734 Re: Wierd problem with 98
Jul 22, 2004 (11:18 pm)
I don't have a real solution for your problem, but an option to seek out. I have run into similar intermittent problems and found that in most cases dealers are worthless. With all of the electrical systems, if the computer does not detect a problem, they don't know how to trouble shoot. Further, the good mechanics usually leave the dealers and go out on their own. I would seek out an independent BMW mechanic that could possibly do some real trouble shooting AND try the suggestions (like shipo recommended). You may have to eliminate some options to get to the real problem.
#727 of 2734 warthog re: A/C
Jul 23, 2004 (11:46 am)
Cool! Literally. Happy to hear the problem was fixed.
#728 of 2734 Re: Update - Posts 632/634 - 545i Tranny problems [muddog]
Jul 24, 2004 (10:45 am)
I hear what you're saying about the software muddog. I just brought in my month old 545 for something else (not anything wrong) and there were two recalls, and one was the software upgrade. They gave my a 325i loaner and I felt the same way without active steering. I went real wide around several turns!