2003 BMW 525i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 BMW 525i

2003 BMW 525i Problems

The front thrust rod bushingsalso referred to as tension strut bushingsare known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps. These worn bushings should be replaced.

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.

An engine coolant leak may develop from the expansion tank resulting in engine overheating. When a cooling system component fails the entire cooling system should be inspected. It is not uncommon to find additional component have failed or are leaking.

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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2003 BMW 525i Questions

after valve gasket cover change the engine check went on. at the garage the diagnosis tool didnt detect any fault. but experience a bit of shakin that reduces as i speed up and reduced performance HELP

After stopping at the red light stepping on the gas when it is green light the car won't move until you keep on stepping on the gas hard. It is going like 10 20 mph then suddenly it will run normal again

my bmw525i/03 has vibration with accelrating and high RPM.checked and found O2 sensor fault.changed plugs but still same problem

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2003 BMW 525i Reviews

I bought used 2003 525i and it has been a nightmare. Twisted seat, LED display, pulley coming off, cracked radiator, belt replacement, fuel filter, brakes, heated seates, cup holder, headlight, brake light, shocks, loss of hp, service light, leaking oil, leaking power steering fluid and other problems have all be taken place in the short 6 month time I have owned it. No wonder there are so man...

Great car but repairs are expensive. The question is there is no replacement available for it. Find a good independent repair shop as BMW of North America and ALL dealers are a complete joke!! If you find a good repair shop this is a once in a life time car. Around 94595 I would highly recommend European Werkstaat. I would buy it again.

I bought my 525i used from a co-worker with 71,000 miles 4 years ago- I now have 146,000 miles and other than normal maintenance, it is a terrific car and I am happy to have it!

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