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#3699 of 4028 2009 535i dangerous defect in car
Jun 27, 2010 (5:54 am)
I have been a loyal BMW customer for over 25 years. My 535i 2009 has had 2 dangerous "engine failures" while traveling at cruising speeds on major highways and bridges. The first repair was considered a" fuel pump defect." I was lucky not to be hurt in that first engine failure. However , the same thing happened again last week on the George Washington Bridge traveling in the left lane at 65 miles per hour. Luckily, I was able to move to the right lane and put my blinkers on going 15 miles an hour. Fortunately, there were no cars/ tracker trailers on my tail.
The dealer has been very good with maintenance, however they suggested that I see if it happens again for the third time, and I said " not anymore". My safety and my familiy's safety is on the line here....I received my 328 loaner and called BMW of North America explaining the situation. It seems they know about this problem and I hope they will work this out with me to get me out of this dangerous car and re lease another one without these issues. Funny...I really liked my 2009 535i with a 6 speed etc....I hope to get another one. Maybe customer loyalty will really mean something here?
#3700 of 4028 Re: 2011 BMW 528 Pricing [carbird]
Jun 27, 2010 (6:08 am)
Pace BMW in Mamaroneck or Greenwich BMW (same ownership and shared inventory) are the best. Just go in, offer them invoice (which includes training and maco) + $500. Tell them you do not want the $299 window etching which they seem to do on every vehicle. You will most likely get $1000 over invoice.
#3701 of 4028 Re: 2011 BMW 528 Pricing [nsoltz]
Jun 27, 2010 (6:23 am)
I bought my 2007 530i at Greenwich BMW, I'm not really sure I got a great deal, but the car was exactly what I was looking for and then some, so I was satisfied.
I'm amazed at some of the comments, some dealers calling to make sure everything is OK after the deal.......wow, I never had that. Maybe I got a survey via email from BMW, that's it. And sales crap. Never a personal phone call. I had it serviced at 30K miles at Darien BMW which is where I got my two previous vehicles, and it was wonderful to walk out of there and not pay a cent for the service.
#3702 of 4028 Re: 2009 535i dangerous defect in car [drgums]
Jun 27, 2010 (6:25 am)
Could this be a problem with the twin turbos? Isn't that a new engine for BMW? I saw a beautiful 2008 535i at Bridgeport CT BMW that was sitting on the lot for about 3 months but I passed, because I just had doubts about those turbos. I went with the 530i, standard in line 6 cylinder and I love it.
#3703 of 4028 Re: 2009 535i dangerous defect in car [gardis]
Jun 27, 2010 (6:36 am)
As much as I love my 2009 535i 6 speed, this is a MAJOR problem for this car.
Apparently, I am finding out now that many owners of the twin turbo engines have had fuel pump issues. When this happens to you on the road, it is very scary and can be life threatening. Good Luck and smart driving kept me out of the hospital. It has happened twice and you know the phrase " three strikes and your out! "
I am not taking anymore chances. Buyers beware of this potential issue.
#3704 of 4028 2011 BMW 528 Pricing
Jun 27, 2010 (7:16 am)
Thank you nsoltz, I will check out Pace. Anyone have input on CT BMW dealerships
and pricing ? Also, I notice all the 2011 5 Series have run flat tires. In the past I saw some bad reports on the tires, poor milage and ride and cracked rims. Are the tires/rims improved ? Or reports a minority of owners ?
#3705 of 4028 Re: 2011 BMW 528 Pricing [carbird]
Jun 27, 2010 (7:47 am)
I bought two 3 series at Darien BMW and one 5 series last year at Greenwich. I like the service Dept at Darien, I've built up a good relationship with the service tech and I trust them. Listen, they all want to make money. Try them out both and good luck. Also try Bridgeport BMW, they have a huge inventory.
I've never had any serious issues with my cars, thank goodness. But then, I stick with basic vehicles, I don't go for the real high tech stuff (twin turbos, etc.)
Re RFTires. I have them on my 530i, with sports pkg. I'm not sophisticated enough about the technicalities, but I've had no probs whatsoever with them. You cannot take one or two negative comments to mean that the class of tire is no good. Take the advice with a grain of salt.
#3706 of 4028 2011 BMW 528 Pricing
Jun 27, 2010 (8:30 am)
Thank you gardis, I will try your suggestions. I have decided to buy an XI 528 and noticed that Edmunds does not have MSRP or Invoice for this model. I found the numbers on a Yahoo cars site. 528 xi MSRP 48,250 Invoice 44,390 , plus options.
Any other site I missed with accurate MSRP/Invoice pricing ??
Also hope someone will reply about the run flat tires. The base 528ix comes with 17"
run flat tires, no spare. 17" ok for a basic driver ???
#3707 of 4028 Re: 2009 535i dangerous defect in car [drgums]
Jun 27, 2010 (8:20 pm)
Drgums - it seems you've experienced the dreaded hpfp (high performace fuel pump) failure, not once, but twice. This is not only a major problem, but a well known problem. People are having their cars bought back & even leases bought out. Check out the 335i board here on edmunds & bimmerfest.
I'm glad you didn't get hurt. Let us know what you get next. Keep us informed of your dealings with BMW.
#3708 of 4028 What would be replacement cost for fuel pump
Jun 28, 2010 (6:56 pm)
if it's out of warranty? Does that mean we should get the extended warranty if we are keeping the car to 100k miles and beyond? Is the fuel pump redesigned for 2011 model?