BMW 535i Repair and Maintenance

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

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BMW 535i Problems

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.

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.

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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BMW 535i Recalls

Fuel Leaks And Vehicle Stalls From In Tank Fuel Pump Wiring Concern

The in-tank fuel pump may have wire contacts that are not properly crimped, resulting in the wiring connector melting, fuel leakage and vehicle stalling. Dealers will replace the fuel pump module free of charge to resolve the concern.

Child Seat Restraint Anchors On Left Rear Seat Bent Downwards

The inboard left rear seat child seat anchor may be bent downwards, preventing the child seat from being securely latched. Dealers will inspect and repair as necessary the inboard lower anchor on the left rear seat free of charge to resolve the concern.

Engine Timing Bolts May Loosen And Break

The bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment unit can loosen over time and possibly break, causing engine damage and engine stalling. Dealers will replace the four bolts for both intake and exhaust timing units free of charge to resolve the concern.

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BMW 535i Reviews

I have a 2008 535i with 42K miles. Love the car but recently began experiencing electrical malfunctions with the right rear tail light, reverse light, and brake light. I opened the cover and discovered that the electrical connector had partially melted. Once I disconnected the wiring harness I saw that the receiving end pins on the bulb brackets had also melted. Obviously a manufacturing defect...
Have 50,000 miles and the Low Pressure Fuel sensor went out. BMW has a HP fuel pump recall for this car. Now having electrical issues with blinker switch. Love the car hate the repairs whats going on BMW ???
08 535i with 33k. Experience engine malfunction power loss, rough starts. Dealership replaced the high pressure fuel pump. Under warranty, no charge. 5 series owners are experiencing this problem nationwide. BMW did a recall to address this problem. No issues after that. Replaced the battery which was very expensive. Failure to lock your car will drain the battery because the vehicle can't fa...

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