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Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-23-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hypnos
The fluid was original -- 52k miles in service...

The fluid was original -- 52k miles in service and, perhaps more importantly, 8 years old. In our phone discussion beforehand, he opined that it's useful to change the fluid, but not the filter: if...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-22-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hypnos
An update: my trusty indie replaced my...

An update: my trusty indie replaced my transmission fluid today. He noted that although there was no indication of transmission wear, the fluid was much darker than he expected. Our best theory is...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-21-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 927
Posted By Hypnos
Make sure it makes enough power for you. Apart...

Make sure it makes enough power for you. Apart from that, the M54 engine in it should be quite reliable (if serviced properly).
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-21-2015, 05:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 927
Posted By Hypnos
FWIW, I'm happy with my 2007 530i (rwd). The...

FWIW, I'm happy with my 2007 530i (rwd). The limits of the car coincide nicely with the risks I'm willing to take on the street, at least around here. It's the lightest 5-series so you get the most...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-19-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By Hypnos
If you're located in the Virginia burbs I've had...

If you're located in the Virginia burbs I've had good experiences with Quality Auto Body in Fairfax.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-21-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hypnos
Why do you think this would happen with a simple...

Why do you think this would happen with a simple fluid change? When your transmission runs, anything in the fluid not caught on the filter or pan magnet is circulating anyway; if it's on the...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-20-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hypnos
From the attached PDF, found at zf.com -- ...

From the attached PDF, found at zf.com --



Seems pretty authoritative.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-20-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hypnos
My father's E38 transmission with 180k miles on...

My father's E38 transmission with 180k miles on original fluid is indeed an automatic. But, it's one data point.

He did ask a good follow-up questions: what *is* the normal operating temperature...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-16-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hypnos
bimmerfant52, Based on the failure chart you...

bimmerfant52,

Based on the failure chart you linked, 50k is getting to be "high mileage" !
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-16-2015, 06:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hypnos
Thanks for the references; I have forwarded them...

Thanks for the references; I have forwarded them to my father.

Perhaps we can conclude that If a sample of the transmission fluid at high mileage looks okay, it may be worth changing. However, if...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-15-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Hypnos
Question An alternate opinion on changing transmission fluid

So, my car just crossed 50k miles and I am thinking about replacing the fluid in my transmission. I asked my father, a mechanical engineer, for his thoughts on the topic. He's spent a lot of his...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 02-10-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 59,141
Posted By Hypnos
Gnomad, Read the manual page on the...

Gnomad,

Read the manual page on the tachometer. Towards the high end of the tachometer dial there is "advanced warning field" made of white marks that grows smaller as the engine warms up. My...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-24-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,172
Posted By Hypnos
It's a pleasure to own something that makes you...

It's a pleasure to own something that makes you look over your shoulder to look at it again as you're walking away from it. I do it all the time with mine, and I used to do it all the time with my...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-17-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 892
Posted By Hypnos
The RWD base 530i is only 3300 lbs. Mine is a...

The RWD base 530i is only 3300 lbs. Mine is a lot of fun to throw into the corners.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-05-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 622
Posted By Hypnos
Also, I understand that the controller can fail,...

Also, I understand that the controller can fail, and can be replaced separately from the headlight module which is awfully expensive.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-01-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 414
Posted By Hypnos
See this thread...

See this thread (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800694&highlight=). To prevent derailing this thread, I will say no more on this topic.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-30-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 414
Posted By Hypnos
Some things off the top of my head, in order of...

Some things off the top of my head, in order of decreasing importance:

* Bumper-to-bumper inspection
* Replace (not flush!) transmission fluid and filter pan (should be done before 60k)
*...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-29-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By Hypnos
1) Any reputable body shop should be able to...

1) Any reputable body shop should be able to diagnose the issue much more affordably than the dealer

2) Does the emergency alarm work? (Hold down the trunk-open button on your key fob for two...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-21-2014, 03:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,748
Posted By Hypnos
E39toE60, Out of curiosity, where did the...

E39toE60,

Out of curiosity, where did the incident occur? We have deer here in Virginia, and one did leave cud on my rear quarter panel when it thought it could outrun me, but it seems that the...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-19-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,132
Posted By Hypnos
A big reason the E60 is fun to drive is that it...

A big reason the E60 is fun to drive is that it has decent power/weight for a luxury 4-door. The way BMW achieves this is by using plastic parts to keep weight down and by having a higher-strung...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-15-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Hypnos
Finagle a test drive :)

Finagle a test drive :)
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-10-2014, 01:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By Hypnos
Read the PDF in the sticky thread at the top of...

Read the PDF in the sticky thread at the top of this forum, "So You Bought An E60", to get a sense of how the maintenance demands vary between 5-series models. The V8s do indeed have significant...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-05-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 1,418
Views: 652,309
Posted By Hypnos
Lucanjo, I have the same issue with my Nexus...

Lucanjo,

I have the same issue with my Nexus 4 on my pre-LCI 530i, though sometimes I do get all contacts to sync. I have not studied the problem systematically recently.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 10-31-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 371
Posted By Hypnos
Down in the lowlands I do fine with my all-season...

Down in the lowlands I do fine with my all-season tires. I have driven on a few inches of snow and have not found rear-wheel-drive only to be an impediment, either.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 10-11-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 260
Posted By Hypnos
There are many threads on this forums about hard...

There are many threads on this forums about hard shifting transmissions. There is a software reset you can do yourself using the accelerator pedal (I forget the exact procedure). If you need a...
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