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BMW 530i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your BMW 530i

BMW 530i Problems

Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.

The blower final stage fan resistor is known to fail. Symptoms are the heater fan speed varies regardless of the setting, the fan will not turn off when the car is switched off, or the fan will not switch on at all.

It is not uncommon for the radiator to develop a coolant leak. A leaking radiator will require replacement. When a leaking radiator is replaced the entire cooling system should be inspected and if any additional leaks are found they should be repaired also.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

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BMW 530i Questions

After the fuel injectors were replaced and the coolant system repaired, a couple weeks later I have to replace the ignition coils. Seems like a funny coincidence. Could the earlier repair work have damaged one of the coils?

Trans fault code Is on plus at low speed it sometimes won't shift until hi rpm..is their a fix other than replacing transmission?

Now the display can only show mileage. In the past I can select gas consumption status and how many mileage I can do under the current gas in tank. Now such information cannot be brought up, the display is only miles done so far no matter how many times I press the knob at the tip of the left...

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BMW 530i Recalls

The front passenger seat contains a mat that determines the presence and size of a seat occupant. This input to the airbag controller helps to determine if and how forcefully the passenger airbag should deploy in the event of a crash. The detection mat can develop cracks and fail. If this were to occur, the airbag would not deploy as expected, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility it may crack. Additionally certain vehicles will receive and extended warranty on the front passenger seat occupant detection mat.

The insulated connector for the positive battery cable may have been incorrectly attached to the trunk floor panel, which can lead to a loosening of the bolt connection. Loosening of the connection can cause an increase in electrical resistance and overheating of the cable connection, which could lead to a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been completed. Dealers will secure the battery bolt cable connection as necessary to correct this concern.

 

The lower rubber mount for the rear shock absorber may not have been manufactured properly and may not adhere to the housing. If it separates, the driver will experience impaired handling and control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the rear shock absorber. The recall began September 13, 2006.

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BMW 530i Reviews

2004 530i-transmission failure at 47k miles. Needs to be replaced to the tune of $5,200. No help from BMW or the dealer because the car is over 5 years old. We took very good care of the car with regular service at the dealer, and the car is like new. We never drove it more than 6,500 miles per year. 1,000 of that was our annual trip to Palm Desert. This transmission failure is so rare, th...

Great car, but do not replace the battery yourselve unless you have done your home work.

BMWs are cars to be leased only. Power seats, a/c blower, p/s hoses, windshield washer pump, front shocks, crankcase vent valve, headlights adjusting mechanism, cup holders, are of poor quality. They sell because have tight ride, great steering,solid feeling, excellent braking, and timeless design. But they are not reliable. Infinity G37,and Cadillac CTS, are to be considered when thinking ab...

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