2003 BMW 530i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 BMW 530i

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2003 BMW 530i Problems

Heavy rain causes water to collect on rear floor boards

During a heavy or prolonged rain (or carwash) water collects on the rear interior floor boards. There appear to be two major causes for this - mine had the more frequent of the two. One is that the sunroof drains can get clogged. The drains run down the c-pillars just behind the rear doors and if clogged the water backs up and runs down onto the floors. The other, more frequent issue is a torn or unglued noise baffle/vapor barrier that is in e...

Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak

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.

Loosness in the Front Suspension Due to Worn Tension Strut Bushings

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.

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2003 BMW 530i Questions

Labor time and cost to replace main belt. (1 answer)

Do it myself or take into shop for a 30 min task? As told by Precision Motor Works, Seattle.

I drive is stating I need SIM card where might this bee located (1 answer)

I need to know where this sim card is to be placed...please

my abs light stays on. (1 answer)

I was informed that it was a pre-pump failure for the abs.this was a couple of years ago.what other problem could cause this light to stay on?

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2003 BMW 530i Recalls

Driver's Front Air Bag Defective

In a crash that deploys the driver's front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front driver's air bag module free of charge to correct the concern.

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2003 BMW 530i Reviews

130,000 miles and no problems. I would suggest before you write a review on a car, you should own one thathas been serviced regularly and well maintained. if you buy a Ferrari from a 16 year old then you should know what to expect.I would not hesitate to drive mine with a hundred thirty K from Florida to Alaska
this car has 58000k and is starting to fall apart. If this is the best of german engineering i would honestly hate to see the worst. Performance wise the car is great.

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