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2004 BMW 530i

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2004 BMW 530i Problems

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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 ...

Engine -- Verified

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.

Miscellaneous -- wcraft and 7 others

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...

Drive Train -- Rafael L and 6 others

Took the car to the BMW dealer for a routine check-up (valve cover oil leakage + messed-up computer screen messages + engine starting difficulties + scheduled maintenance LEVEL II) and they came back with a repair estimate of over $9,000 (Sundry items + transmission replacement)! Is there a way anyone can explain, let alone justify, that a 2004 BMW 530i with less than 52K very carefully-driven miles (only one very minor body dent) should need...

2004 BMW 530i Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc.

Summary: BMW IS RECALLING 200,000 MY 2006 3 SERIES SPORT SEAT, MY 2004-2006 5 SERIES STANDARD AND SPORT SEAT, AND MY 2004-2006 X3 PASSENGER VEHICLES. DEPENDING ON THE MANNER AND FREQUENCY OF THE FRONT PASSENGER'S ENTRY AND EXIT, SMALL CRACKS HAVE DEVELOPED IN THE MAT. IF THIS OCCURS, THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAGS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEM, WILL BE DEACTIVATED AND THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP AS WELL AS THE PASSENGER AIR BAG "ON-OFF" LAMP WILL BE ILLUMINATED.

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Body, Interior & Misc., December 14, 2004

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Excessive wear may develop on the side bolsters of the seat backrest. As a result, the seat heater mat located in this area may be damaged. If such damage were to occur, with the system turned on, the occupant may feel excessive heat from the area. The heating element may damage or melt a small hole in this damaged area of the seat cover. If this happened, it could lead to the seat occupant being burned. Dealers will modify the seat heating circuit to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin during December of 2004.

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Electrical & Lights, March 23, 2012

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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.

 

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Engine, July 5, 2004

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A circular retention clip at the quick-release fuel line coupling was inadvertently not installed. In the event of a severe frontal crash, the quick release coupling could separate, causing fuel leakage. Any fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will install a retention clip at the quick-release coupling on the fuel supply line. The recall began on July 5, 2004.

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Engine, July 16, 2004

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The digital management control (EMC) unit may not have been produced according to specification. The engine may stall and not restart. As a result, a loss of power steering, and after repeated actuation of the brake pedal, a loss of brake power assist will occur. These conditions could result in a vehicle crash. Dealers will install a new (EMC) unit to correct this issue. This recall began on July 16, 2004.

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2004 BMW 530i Questions and Answers

ASK QUESTION, 2004 BMW 530i, Accident, MD

I have recently problem with the AC and in the same time there is message showing in the computere that engine temperature is too high

tintin, 2004 BMW 530i, Miami, FL

i live in lebanon. i bought 530i from germany where the weather is very cold. i am have a problem that everytime i push the car too hard i get a message that "Engine oil pressure low" but...

tintin, 2004 BMW 530i, Miami, FL

what can i do to add more power to my car

John E. Ray, 2004 BMW 530i, Carrollton, TX

Car stopped while driving on freeway Xmas day. Will start (sometimes), runs for a second and stop. Towed to dealer, they replaced fuel pump($1500), now says they need to replace oil pressure switch...

torito23, 2004 BMW 530i, Beaverton, OR

I bought this vehicle wrecked which I repaired. Now this car did not come with a key so I had to buy one and they told me that I didnt need to have the key initialize or programmed and all I needed...

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2004 BMW 530i Reviews

Bought pre-owned in 2006 at 25K. LOVE this car. Have had only one mechanical issue with a minor oil leak. Other than this has been as reliable as my Honda, Acura, and Nissans of past. Very happy with the car, has 130K on it now, still looks like new but know it will start to cost more so am considering to sell it. East coast winters are tough. Don't buy the winter tires/rims at BMW dealer- go to Tire Rack and save $2K. Only annoying aspects are the RFT sensors when not running run flats, and the drink holders cost $400 to replace and break easily. Other than that it still purs at 100mph like it did when new. Love the car but will sell to avoid the expensive repairs I know are coming.

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, they don't even have a transmission in the U.S. for replacement. This is not my first BMW, but it is my last.

great car, smoothe ride. However, when warrant is over our pockets will feel the raft of what is means to own a bmw

I love this car. It's quiet, it handles exceptionally well, the six-speed compensates to some degree for a slightly underpowered engine, the mileage at 25 mph+ is better than what I expected, and most importantly...the family loves it! No repairs to speak of so far. My only concern are these run-flat tires...they are real expensive!!!

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