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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 03-14-2013, 01:33 PM
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06 530XI Water Pump Problems

Hey everyone--weird issue with my water pump..wondering if anyone has had experience with this issue..

--Car overheats, no heat in the cabin of the car. Replaced the thermostat and the sensors, no dice, still overheats.

--My mechanic friend told me now he knows the pump is not kicking on, but that he is not getting power to the plug itself to turn the pump on.. I'd just buy a pump and replace it, but it might just be the power source issue so I'd like to know for sure before I spend more money..How do we find out if the power is coming to the plug? Where does that power even come from? Any one with experience on this issue? Been without a car for a week now and it stinks! Please help!
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:04 PM
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Electric Water Pump on '06 and '07 530s are known to fail.
Ask your mechanic to put the key in the ignition, turn the key to position 2, set the heat to high, fan to lowest setting, then press and hold the gas pedal for about 10 seconds. That procedure is supposed to run the water pump to bleed the air from the cooling system. Then have him check the voltage at the water pump terminals.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:16 PM
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He tried doing the electronic bleed and he said nothing happens. I understand that this could (and does) mean the pump is bad, but what if it just isn't getting power to begin with?
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:31 PM
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He should check the terminals to the water pump to see if he is geting voltage. If he is then it's the water pump.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:55 PM
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When I go to buy a water pump, it is showing 2 vastly different types of pump, but says both will fit my car?? What's up w that
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:14 PM
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On the bleeding process be sure to have the heat on (sometimes overlooked) and depress the pedal all the way. If you hear nothing, then you have nothing. Diagnostics tools help out a lot in this area.
If the pump is indeed bad, the one to look for is this.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:23 PM
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When I go to buy a water pump, it is showing 2 vastly different types of pump, but says both will fit my car?? What's up w that
Your car [with N52 engine] has electric water pump. And there is only one electric water pump (from physical shape perspective) for your car. Some of the on-line places erroneously list the belt-driven water pumps.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:13 PM
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Ok.. Thanks for the input. I went ahead and ordered the water pump and it is supposed to be here by Tuesday at the latest. I will update when I find out if this solves the problem (which I hope it does, already almost 600 dollars in)

On a side note, does anyone know a good reason why someone would remove the front drive shaft on a 530xi? It's obviously supposed to be AWD, but we got it up on a jack and just happened to notice, oh hey, there isnt a front drive shaft!

What the hell!? Obviously I got shafted, which I get. I'm just trying to get it all taken care of without spending 5 million dollars. I bought it privately, so there's not a lot else I can do besides sucking it up and fixing the problems.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:55 PM
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What the hell!? Obviously I got shafted, which I get. I'm just trying to get it all taken care of without spending 5 million dollars. I bought it privately, so there's not a lot else I can do besides sucking it up and fixing the problems.[/QUOTE]

I guess you really got SHAFTED. Literally and figuratively. I would ask the seller where the shaft is, since this is something he didn't disclose to you.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:31 PM
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I had to replace my water pump last fall, did it at the dealer for 1500. Sorry to hear you got "shafted" (Sorry for the pun too!), some people might do that to convert it to RWD and possibly to lower it also.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:06 AM
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I have no idea why they would have taken it out...on a side note, I ordered my pump Thursday and it should be here today or Monday at the latest. I will update as soon as I get news.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:20 AM
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Maybe they were having issues with the transfer case.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:23 AM
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Why can't you test the old pump by giving it 12 volts via a jumper?
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:00 AM
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Why can't you test the old pump by giving it 12 volts via a jumper?
Tested the old pump, and it was definitely not working properly. I actually ordered my OEM pump off of Ebay for 330 bucks and it was delivered in 2 days! VERY happy about that!

UPDATE: My mechanic buddy replaced it, did a coolant flush and did the electronic bleed procedure, and not now everything is working beautifully! Problem solved! The best part? I was quoted $1200 from the local dealer, and after all was said and done, I shelled out under 500. I can live with that..

I am THRILLED to have my car back and now I can finally enjoy driving my first BMW.

**As far as the drive shaft goes, I will replace that when it gets closer to winter time.**
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:12 PM
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Hi, water pump just failed on our 06 530i. Does anyone know where to find an inexpensive water pump?
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:34 PM
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:35 PM
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Tommy,

Get a new Pierburg, not a remanufactured unit.

Make sure you get the aluminum bolt kit. Required to replace all aluminum bolts with new once removed. Be gentle !!! when you torque them back in. Use a torque wrench.

Also, good time to replace the thermostat, for about $90 extra.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:18 PM
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Check out Amazon for price comparison. I was able to get the Pierburg pump w/bolts for around $330 & Hamman (sp?) thermostat for around $70.


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Old 12-14-2013, 10:19 AM
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Check out Amazon for price comparison. I was able to get the Pierburg pump w/bolts for around $330 & Hamman (sp?) thermostat for around $70.


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+1. I got the pump from Amazon and the thermostat from Autohaus AZ. About $400 total.

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Old 12-15-2013, 07:59 AM
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+1. I got the pump from Amazon and the thermostat from Autohaus AZ. About $400 total.

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Good price, and from a name supplier. Was the pump a Pierburg?
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:34 PM
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06 530XI Water Pump Problems

Thanks for the replies. Looks like amazon has the best deal. They have the peirburg pump for $315 and hamman thermostat for $67.


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Old 12-24-2013, 06:26 AM
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06 530XI Water Pump Problems

I ended up ordering the parts as a kit from ebay. Got a peirburg pump and wahler thermostat for $345 to the door. The ebay store/name is europartinports88 if anyone is interested.


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Old 12-24-2013, 06:38 AM
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Just got the same kit!

Have you installed yours?
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:20 AM
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I got mine there for that price also. They said the water pump box has a broken seal because they had to engrave their invoice number on it for warranty purpose. Mine also has some fluid (oil/coolant?) stains. Is yours the same?

I was going to exchange it because the preventative maintenance would not give me peace of mind if a used one is put on. lol

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Old 12-24-2013, 07:33 AM
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I got mine there for that price also. They said the water pump box has a broken seal because they had to engrave their invoice number on it for warranty purpose. Mine also has some fluid (oil/coolant?) stains...
engraving invoice number?

If I were you, I would not accept that kind of nonsense. Unless you got discount on the part for accepting 'open-box' item.
I would not take a chance with water pump. As is, [electric] water pump is known to fail. Why take a chance? Even if are giving warranty, they won't pay for labor to replace that pump.

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