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#4 of 82 Re: Has anyone had engine problems with their 2007 525 or 530? [cls1949]
Jan 28, 2007 (7:58 pm)
In the mid 1990s BMW released their first V8 engine (in both the "7" and the "5"), first in Europe, where it was proven to be very reliable, and then here in North America. Funny thing, those engines started dropping like flies once here on our side of the pond. The problem (as I understand it) was traced to the fact that our fuel has (errr, had) far more sulfur, and the sulfur was literally eating away the cylinder walls. BMW stepped up to the plate and replaced virtually all of the affected engines. To the best of my knowledge, no such problem has existed with BMW engines since then.
#5 of 82 Re: Has anyone had engine problems with their 2007 525 or 530? [shipo]
Jan 31, 2007 (7:52 pm)
The reason I posed this question was because I'm considering a new 530xi, and a friend had to have the engine replaced on his new 2007 525. I heard from my friend today that the replacement engine has developed the same knock. He expects to turn back the car to BMW under Illinois's Lemon law.
He maintains that his dealer's mechanic, who worked on his car, says other new cars with 6 cylinder engines have come back with problems.
I'm scared to pursue a new 5 series at this time. I'm still looking for any feedback here. Thanks.
#6 of 82 Re: Has anyone had engine problems with their 2007 525 or 530? [shipo]
Feb 01, 2007 (8:05 am)
In the mid 1990s BMW released their first V8 engine...
BMW just got a V8 in the mid 90s??? I did not know that. That kind of makes me want to rethink wanting a 550i.
#7 of 82 Re: Has anyone had engine problems with their 2007 525 or 530? [tayl0rd]
Feb 01, 2007 (8:26 am)
I wouldn't worry too much about the current crop of BMW V8s, they've proven to be quite robust. That said, the new 535i is sure to be a blast to drive.
#8 of 82 Re: Has anyone had engine problems with their 2007 525 or 530? [shipo]
Feb 01, 2007 (9:09 am)
I'm looking forward to testing a 535i. The 530i was just too slow for my tastes, but the 550i isn't really worth the extra, what, $9,000 over a 530i. Swift-wise, it definitely blows the 530i away, but when it comes down to actual substance...
#9 of 82 Re: Has anyone had engine problems with their 2007 525 or 530? [tayl0rd]
Feb 01, 2007 (9:44 am)
I made the exact same decision back in 2002 when I opted for my 530i 5-Speed over a 540i 6-Speed. IIRC, including the Gas Guzzler tax that was then levied against the 540i SP models, the difference via the ED program was just over $8,000. That having been said, the 2008 535i 6-Speed should actually be about as quick as the 2002 540i 6-Speed. Geez, cake and being able to eat it too.
#10 of 82 So far, so good.
Feb 05, 2007 (1:42 pm)
I have had a 530i for a month now. So far, so good. No knocking coming from my engine.
#11 of 82 Re: Has anyone had engine problems with their 2007 525 or 530? [cls1949]
Feb 14, 2007 (8:30 am)
I bought my 525 brand new in September 2006 and I have the same problems with the engine. To make the story short they changed the hydraulic shifters and the noise in the engine continues. Now they say they are going to change the engine. I told them I want a new car. This problem with the engine comes from the manufacturer. They are giving me such a hard time.
#12 of 82 Re: Has anyone had engine problems with their 2007 525 or 530? [jacquesl]
Feb 14, 2007 (8:45 am)
When a new engine will solve the problem, no manufacturer in the world will give you a new car. If nobody else will, why should BMW?
Fact of life, a certain (small) percentage of new engines fail. Many years ago Toyota decided to stop QC testing their engines at the factory because it was WAY cheaper to replace the odd field failure than to test every engine. To this day that's exactly what they do, a practice that has been adopted by most of the worlds car manufacturers.
#13 of 82 Re: Has anyone had engine problems with their 2007 525 or 530? [jacquesl]
Feb 14, 2007 (8:49 am)
I'm sorry to hear of your problem. My close friend has had similar issues. He got a new engine, which then developed the same problem. His car- a 525 - was leased, and he is trying to get out of the lease. My friend has contacts in the industry and has been told a couple of other Chicago area dealers have had cars with the same engine issue.
I was interested in replacing my 2004 525 with a new model, but am now looking at alternatives.