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1998 BMW 528i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 BMW 528i

1998 BMW 528i 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.

A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.

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.

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1998 BMW 528i Questions

The only noise from the radio was a slight static on all stations with minimal other sounds. Someone who worked previously at a stereo shop checked it out & I was told it was the amp. I purchased a new amp & it didn't make a difference, still made the same sounds. I've turned the ...

Had 3 mechanics look at problem. First 2 said immediately it was rack & pinion. 3rd said rack was fine but I needed to replace inner & outer tie rods. Car still feels like it hydro planes and theres still some play in the wheel. While driving theres also some play in the wheel maybe 1&qu...

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1998 BMW 528i Reviews

Lights inside of car will come on, c.control & radio will go off. I know this happens if liquid was spilled around the hazard lights but this never happened in my case. Sometimes the car is fine for months and then it will act up daily.

Bought used with 112K miles, and had my mechanic go over it, replaced coil, tune up, replaced rotors with drilled set and ceramic pads. Transmission takes it's time to engage after stop and sometimes it seems to skip gears. I have to accelerate to get the transmission to engage, I have taken it to BMW dealer and had a diagnostic run but they cannot find anything. Since unit is sealed for lif...

1998 BMW 528i with 261,000 miles and going very strong. Normal wear and tear maintenance. No major problems. And the best driving, most comfortable car I have ever owned. Looks all but brand new. The key to good service from any BMW is keeping up with maintenance on a regular basis (not BMW-NA's schedules), including all fluids. Oil, coolant, transmission and differential fluids. These ar...

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