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Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 08-10-2012, 08:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,870
Posted By MikeTz
F10 vs. E60

I drove a new F10 and was expecting a modest (not huge) improvement over the E60 but I just didn't feel it. The F10 is a nice car but it feels less nimble, firm, and responsive than my 550i.

The...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 08-08-2012, 05:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,879
Posted By MikeTz
Your problem is almost certainly a deteriorating...

Your problem is almost certainly a deteriorating mechatronics (valve assembly). If your car has 60K miles or so this is a known problem (see SIB 24 08 06). Ask your dealer to perform the...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 08-04-2012, 06:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 27,145
Posted By MikeTz
You are likely suffering from a deteriorating...

You are likely suffering from a deteriorating Mechatronics (valve) assembly in the transmission system. This assembly, made by ZF, controls their transmissions and is known to have problems with...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 06-24-2012, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 590
Posted By MikeTz
Strange Noise - Need Some Help

I've noticed a "metallic knocking" sound when driving over rough surfaces and when shutting the door. The noise sounds like a metal on metal sound. It does not occur when the car is on and stopped,...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 06-21-2012, 05:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,432
Posted By MikeTz
I never thought I'd say it but I drove the 2012...

I never thought I'd say it but I drove the 2012 Audi A7 and its better than my 550.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 06-10-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 19,096
Posted By MikeTz
I don't what your problem may be but I have a...

I don't what your problem may be but I have a suggestion from years of electrical troubleshooting military systems. If the ground cable is not making good connection then the voltage of critical...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 01-21-2012, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,379
Posted By MikeTz
Since your battery and alterntor tested good I...

Since your battery and alterntor tested good I would have the body shop or dealer put a current meter on the car to determine if there is a load on the battery when the car is asleep. If there is,...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-03-2012, 04:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,091
Posted By MikeTz
Is there a bit of irony in the fact that BMW...

Is there a bit of irony in the fact that BMW thinks a first aid kit for a US car is "a large screw"? :D
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-02-2012, 06:54 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,573
Posted By MikeTz
You can measure votage with a meter at the...

You can measure votage with a meter at the jumping posts under the hood or at the battery (which is more painful to access).
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-01-2012, 05:40 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,573
Posted By MikeTz
I agree. I have read about "brake...

I agree.

I have read about "brake regeneration" in the F10 and that is a clear difference from the E60 and it will affect battery charging. This is a further evolution of the BMW design to...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-01-2012, 04:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,573
Posted By MikeTz
Tadtaggert: The reason I mentioned the 80%...

Tadtaggert:

The reason I mentioned the 80% number is because the poster above asked for it. But it's comforting to know you're out there counting. While both the E60 and F10 have AGM batteries,...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-01-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,573
Posted By MikeTz
I believe the "Intelligent Battery Sensor"...

I believe the "Intelligent Battery Sensor" software unloads the alternator from the charging system at around 80% battery charge. When your battery dips below that level the alternator is back...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 12-31-2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,573
Posted By MikeTz
As the poster above correctly points out there is...

As the poster above correctly points out there is a difference between a drained battery and a failed one. A discharged battery can be recharged and a failed one cannot. If your battery failed then...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 12-29-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By MikeTz
Question for Former E60 Owners

I own an 08 550i (E60) am looking at the new 550i as a next car. I really like just about everything about my E60 with the exception of its retarded automatic transmission control logic. The hard...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 12-29-2011, 12:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,622
Posted By MikeTz
RF Emissions - Worrisome?

I am not completely familiar with the exact configuration of Stealth's equipment but it sounds like he has two functioning defenses: a radar detector, and a LIDAR "transponder". The radar detector...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 12-25-2011, 12:54 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 7,698
Posted By MikeTz
Thoughts on My Next Car

I have been a BMW 540/550 guy for over a decade and have just driven the new 550i. I loved my E39, my E60 I loved less because of its terrible automatic transmission personality, and the new 550...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 03-20-2011, 06:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,838
Posted By MikeTz
A Battery Tender is a good idea in general,...

A Battery Tender is a good idea in general, especially if you make many short trips. BMW has opted for some extra mileage in EPA ratings by unloading the alternator when the battery charge reaches...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 11-24-2010, 05:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,556
Posted By MikeTz
There has been a lot posted about the battery...

There has been a lot posted about the battery charging design in the E-60. To make a long story short BMW has designed the charging system to monitor the battery and, when it senses the charge is at...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 08-27-2010, 01:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,565
Posted By MikeTz
Dipstick

My wife says there is a dipstick - he's in the drivers seat.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 04-22-2010, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,664
Posted By MikeTz
Bruce: You can thank BMW and the EPA for...

Bruce:

You can thank BMW and the EPA for shortened battery life. BMW programmed their "intelligent battery sensor" to disengage the alternator when the battery is less than fully charged. So if...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 04-06-2010, 05:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,666
Posted By MikeTz
The batteries are not bad. I believe they are...

The batteries are not bad. I believe they are made by Exide and have no defect. The problem is that if you run the battery and don't charge it past 70%-80% of a full charge, it will shorten the...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 04-06-2010, 04:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,666
Posted By MikeTz
You can thank BMW and the EPA. BMW programmed...

You can thank BMW and the EPA. BMW programmed their "intelligent battery sensor" to disengage the alternator when the battery is less than fully charged. So if you drive several consecutive short...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 04-06-2010, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,732
Posted By MikeTz
I have heard of a similar issue before. Does the...

I have heard of a similar issue before. Does the car shudder around 20mph when the issue is occurring? If so, and it happens only the first time through that shift point then settles down, it's a...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 03-24-2010, 07:23 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 16,704
Posted By MikeTz
Recently my battery died after 2.5 years of...

Recently my battery died after 2.5 years of service on an 08 550i. BMW tried to tell me it was my driving but when I insisted on seeing the profile generated by the test set, less than 30% of the...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-29-2009, 04:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,973
Posted By MikeTz
After doing some internet searching I found that...

After doing some internet searching I found that Edmunds posts the SIBs by model.
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