2006 BMW 550i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2006 BMW 550i

2006 BMW 550i Problems

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.

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.

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2006 BMW 550i Questions

We fix a small pin hole in water resevoir tank. The person broke the stem of inside resevoir. Will that make the info. light stay on. All we did was fix hole and filled it back up with water. Please help!

Smoke from exhaust pipe can be quite large, have to step away from vehicle. It happens at random times, not just at start up, but even after been driving for hours or while sitting at stop signs. I've spent hundreds $$. Can't seem to find problem. Where to take in Santa Barbara area?...

from time to time when driving up a hill, right after starting the car, it will make a noise that is a rough sound. it has always stopped but now I learn I have a minor oil leak. can this be serious?

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2006 BMW 550i Recalls

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 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.

 

A static discharge from the fuel rails may affect the engine electronic control unit (ECU) and stall the engine in weather below freezing combined with low humidity. If the engine stalls, the driver may not be able to maintain speed or accelerate, and the power steering could fail, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will install two ground cables in the engine compartment free of charge. The recall began October 29, 2007.

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