2006 BMW 530xi Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2006 BMW 530xi

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2006 BMW 530xi Problems

New Brake Pad Wear Sensor Design Will Prevent Squealing

If the brakes are squealing, there's a good chance it is the brake pad wear sensor. A new design was implemented in January 2006 and can be identified by its green color.

Noise From Top of Front/Rear Doors When Windows Are Fully Up

A creak or squeak can be heard from the top of the front or rear doors. This noise is most noticeable when the windows are fully up. The noise is caused by the decay of the flocking material on the door seals. New door seals, Teflon tape, special lube, or a combination of all of these may be needed to eliminate the noise.

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2006 BMW 530xi Questions

I recently had a service engine light go on - it went away next time I drove th (1 answer)

the car . This morning a message popped up saying low oil pressure could cause engine damage stop driving .First time I have seen this , I waited 50 minutes started car and no message appeared . I went to I drive and nothing showed for service . Nearest bmw dealer is about 40 miles away . Do you...

Rear window leaking into battery compartment. Manufacturing defect? Recall? Fix? (1 answer)

My sons 2006 530xit wgn needed a new battery; when he managed to get access to the battery, he detected the compartment was full of water (obviously from the previous rains); we are told these particular models are known (not to us) for this manufacturing defect. Any solutions? Recall? He now ha...

it just started missing like bad gas (1 answer)

it is running rough and the service engine soon light came on

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2006 BMW 530xi Recalls

Airbag System Concern

The front passenger seat contains a mat that determines the presence and size of a seat occupant. This input to the airbag controller helps to determine if and how forcefully the passenger airbag should deploy in the event of a crash. The detection mat can develop cracks and fail. If this were to occur, the airbag would not deploy as expected, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility it may crack. Additionally certain vehicles will receive and extended warranty on the front passenger seat occupant detection mat.

The Positive Battery Cable Connection in the Trunk Can Overheat

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.

 

Rear Shock Absorber May Not Be Secure

The lower rubber mount for the rear shock absorber may not have been manufactured properly and may not adhere to the housing. If it separates, the driver will experience impaired handling and control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the rear shock absorber. The recall began September 13, 2006.

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2006 BMW 530xi Reviews

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Purchased used New Year's Eve 2012. What an unbelievable automobile! I've never driven anything like it, such an intelligent vehicle.
I am on my third Bmw wagon and loved them all. Now at 130,000 miles the front differential has exploded and parts are hard to find. The AWD system may be the undoing of the old reliable wagons. The rear tail lights are a constant error message and the typical junk radiator at 100,000 miles. I think simple is better and the technology of AWD is a costly repair.
I bought my 530xi in November 2005. It now (10/2011) has 107,000 miles on it and is out of the service contract. I have been fortunate that there have been few mechanical problems. I have followed the service requirements to a tee. One problem that keeps occurring is that the Flat Tire warning keeps coming on (about every 6 weeks). I put new tires on the car and it still happens. While it mi...

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