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Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-15-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By patrick_y
Generally, a battery wouldn't be a direct cause...

Generally, a battery wouldn't be a direct cause of engine vibrations. However, if a bad battery is causing the alternator to constantly go into charging mode, that may potentially affect the...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-11-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By patrick_y
Smart people know what they're buying. The...

Smart people know what they're buying.

The ones who don't know what they're buying probably aren't smart.

You didn't thoroughly inspect the car prior to purchasing it. In the future,...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-09-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 637
Posted By patrick_y
I'm actually the owner of two fairly large...

I'm actually the owner of two fairly large engined vehicles (the other car is much larger and consumption happy than the BMW 545i) and I'm not happy.

Yes, low gas prices can be make us feel a...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-31-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 439
Posted By patrick_y
Really awful question(s). Seriously, I've seen...

Really awful question(s). Seriously, I've seen one high schooler shopping for his first car asking more specific questions. Not trying to be condescending here, but telling you what you should...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-29-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By patrick_y
Where do you live Justin? If you live near a...

Where do you live Justin? If you live near a dealer, go get the car checked out by a BMW dealer. No need to mess around with people whom you can't trust on the car.

If you can't afford the...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-29-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,426
Posted By patrick_y
I personally would reconsider any BMW with the...

I personally would reconsider any BMW with the N54 engine. I would also reconsider the 545i/550i cars too. They're great driving cars, but they do have some big Achilles Heels.

FYI: E60 550i...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-29-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 207
Posted By patrick_y
Why in the world would you buy a used car with a...

Why in the world would you buy a used car with a not properly functioning gas gauge?

It's obvious from before you drove the car off the lot the gas gauge wasn't working properly. At that point...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-29-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By patrick_y
1. Check if there is water in the trunk, or...

1. Check if there is water in the trunk, or evidence of water having been in the trunk (a line of water spots or something else). You may have water contamination in the electricals.
2. You...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-20-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By patrick_y
+1. I haven't gotten a gravel squeal/moan...

+1.

I haven't gotten a gravel squeal/moan on the BMW 5-series yet, but I've definitely experienced them in other cars. And yes, they sometimes only make sound in one direction.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-12-2014, 03:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,098
Posted By patrick_y
Did you split the valve body and clean out the...

Did you split the valve body and clean out the valve body?

I think I'm leaning towards replacing the solenoids and cleaning out the valve body. Rather than replacing the entire mechatronics.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-08-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,098
Posted By patrick_y
Thanks for the opinion! That's what I'm...

Thanks for the opinion! That's what I'm wondering if I've heard of any circuit board issues. Can't recall if I have, but not sure that I haven't.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-08-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 289
Posted By patrick_y
Any water damage or leaks in the trunk or in...

Any water damage or leaks in the trunk or in other places (check bottom of the trunk below the spare tire)? Seems like something is shorting... Possibly due to water contamination.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-08-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 616
Posted By patrick_y
Really unintelligent question. Not trying to be...

Really unintelligent question. Not trying to be rude, but seriously, a normally-informed teenager with no car ownership experience could confidently tell you the answer to your question.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-05-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By patrick_y
Got a picture?

Got a picture?
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-05-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,098
Posted By patrick_y
Transmission Mechatronics Service; Replace Solenoids or Replace entire Mechatronics?

I have a 2004 BMW 545i with about 60,000 miles and am undergoing the transmission fluid and solenoids change.

Definitions of Mechatronics: Mechatronics is really two components, the transmission...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-12-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 304
Posted By patrick_y
Where did you go? Let me know so I can avoid it.

Where did you go? Let me know so I can avoid it.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-04-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By patrick_y
Check out a 2004/2005 545i. There are a few cars...

Check out a 2004/2005 545i. There are a few cars with low mileage out there, some still on their first owners. Generally, it's a car that has a few problems, but generally all are fixable and have...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-04-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By patrick_y
Correct. If the car has a black headliner, it...

Correct. If the car has a black headliner, it will make the car feel substantially smaller.

Good job Ken! That's a thing designers didn't think we'd figure out.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-04-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,480
Posted By patrick_y
Well said! Really enjoyed your post, and got a...

Well said! Really enjoyed your post, and got a laugh out of the last line.

But if your horses came with a Monroney Label that stated that the horse wasn't a very big consumer of hay, and it...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-04-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,480
Posted By patrick_y
I don't even get 25.5 mpg... Obviously climbing...

I don't even get 25.5 mpg... Obviously climbing hills and sitting in traffic really hurts the fuel economy.

But there was one time I took a long highway trip; 200 miles round trip, mostly...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-03-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,480
Posted By patrick_y
You're response is getting difficult to read. ...

You're response is getting difficult to read. The on-board iDrive as I already mentioned does not calculate MPG accurately. Just that simple. It measures it, but just doesn't do a good job at it. ...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-03-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,480
Posted By patrick_y
That's great fuel economy. But two problems... ...

That's great fuel economy. But two problems... First 60-80 is a big difference, and if you're driving more at 60, it makes a big difference. Wind resistance increases exponentially after around 65...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-02-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,480
Posted By patrick_y
BMW will not generally correct known problems. ...

BMW will not generally correct known problems.

Common problems on N62 engines and the E60 Chassis include:

1. Numerous oil leaks.
2. Vacuum Pump Oil leaks (almost every BMW N62 engine...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 10-31-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,263
Posted By patrick_y
Noticed something. After putting up with a...

Noticed something.

After putting up with a road trip of squeaking, I took the BMW wipers that came from the factory (I had them lying around in the garage) and compared it to the Bosch ICON...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 10-30-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,480
Posted By patrick_y
I'm also citing hand calculation. Do you drive a...

I'm also citing hand calculation. Do you drive a lot of highway mileage at reasonable speeds? When I take a long highway trip, I'm still only able to average around 23.5 mpg.

I'm willing to...
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