2003 BMW 530i Repair and Maintenance

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

2003 BMW 530i Problems

Oil Leaks From Engine Area

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.

Front Tension Strut Bushings May Fail

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.

Check Engine Light and/or Engine Overheating

The thermostat may fail resulting in engine overheating and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the thermostat along with a complete inspection of the cooling system will be necessary to correct this concern.

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 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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