2010 BMW 535i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2010 BMW 535i

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2010 BMW 535i Problems

Check Engine Light with Code P30FF and Rattle from Engine

Late model BMW 535i turbo engines suffer from waste gate issues which become progressively worse with normal driving and especially with harsh driving conditions.

The turbocharger uses exhaust gas to create air pressure which is then forced into the engine. When there is no demand for power, the exhaust gases are released into the exhaust through a waste gate to prevent the turbo from speeding up.

“Waste gate rattle” or “Turbo rattle” is a result of excessive movement between the waste gate and the waste gate seat. This is a progressive issue with the following symptoms:

  • Rattling at cold start
  • Rattling upon deceleration
  • Loss of power
  • Check Engine Light Illumination
  • Manufacturer Specific OBD trouble code P30FF
  • Very poor engine performance and MPG

Adjustment of the waste gate actuator can solve the issue, but the issue will return. If adjustment does not correct the issue, the turbocharger waste gate must be rebuilt with new bushings, or the turbocharger must be replaced. BMW has replaced many turbocharger assemblies under warranty to correct this issue.

Outside Mirror May Fold Out To Far

One vehicles equipped with power folding mirrors, the mirror may fold out past the standard position. Our technicians tell us that if this occurs a special procedure must be followed to relearn the correct mirror home position.

Mushy Road Feel and/or Shuddering in the Steering Over Bumbs

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.

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2010 BMW 535i Recalls

Exterior Lighting Concern

Increased resistance at the electrical contact points may cause damage to the ground terminal and housing of the connector. This can result in an intermittent or permanent loss of one or more rear lamp functions (tail, brake, turn-signal, reverse). Intermittent light operation reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the rear lamp bulb carriers to correct this concern.

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.

 

Fuel Sensor

The fuel level sensor is the sensor located in the fuel tank that tells the vehicle how much fuel is in the fuel tank. This sensor has a float attached to it that may become wedged against the fuel tank, causing the float to be stuck in one spot instead of "floating" on top of the fuel in the tank. Because the float can not move, the instrument cluster will indicate that the fuel level is still full, even though it empty. Running the vehicle out of fuel will result in the vehicle shutting off (stalling) while driving down the road. BMW will replace the fuel level sensor free of charge. If you own a 2010 or 2011 5-series and did not receive a notice, contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or the national highway traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 to verify this recall does not apply to your vehicle. You may need the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), located on a placard attached to the vehicle's driver side door frame. Your vehicles production date is also on this placard.

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