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Old 09-19-2013, 08:40 AM
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2006 530i any known problems???

Hey guys, I am looking at buying a used 2006 530i with fairly high miles, about 150k. Are there any known recurring problems with this car? Anything I should be aware of? I have heard the transmissions shift abruptly from 1st to 2nd, but how is the reliability? Thanks for any and all comments.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:17 AM
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While N52B30 engine is relatively reliable, it all depends on how it was maintained. Get the maintenance records, if available.

Check valve cover gasket for leaks; if it wasn't replaced, very likely it'll need replacement.
check the condition of battery and alternator. It's very important to have good battery and properly functioning charging system.
if the starter was never replaced, that may be on it's way out.
check if there are any leaks in the cooling system (coolant reservoir, electric water pump, thermostat, radiator, and related hoses)
check the condition of drive belt and belt tensioner.
Drop the belt and spin each of the pulley and check for any noise or 'play'. Listen for any unusual noises.
Let the car idle for 5 minutes and then punch the gas pedal and see if there is any kind of smoke. I6 is not known for valve seals leak issue, it doesn't hurt to check given the mileage.
Check the trunk, lift the spare tire and foam padding and see if there are any water or signs of any water leaks. Sunroof drain channels are known to clog and cause water leaks in to the passenger area as well as trunk.
At that mileage, if not replaced, you may need to replace O2 sensors; not difficult to replace on I6 engine.

Inspect trans pan for any leaks. There is an electrical connector on the side of the pan, on some cars it seems to leak.
At that mileage, you may need to start replacing suspension parts (struts, shocks, control arms/bushings) engine mounts, trans mount, drive shaft flex disc, etc.

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Old 09-19-2013, 09:31 AM
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I think we're both assuming regular maintenance. Coolant every 2-3 years. Brake fluid every 2-3 years. Tranny fluid & filter around 60-70K. Plugs, differential fluid and transfer case fluid about 100K. Oil and filter every 7-8K miles.

Couple of additions:

1. The electric water pump is a point of regular pump controller failure. Check to see if it's been replaced (probably at 60-90K miles, if done). If not, budget to replace it and the thermostat. Best to do so preventatively, rather than be FORD'd (found on the road dead....).

2. Check fluid replacement for the brake fluid, coolant system, auto tranny and differential (and transfer case, if an XI). "Lifetime fill" is simply a BMW marketing lie. If never changed, budget to do as as soon as possible -- and if never changed, be skeptical of the tranny. That's a loooooong time to beat up transmission fluid.

All that said, if properly maintained (see Mike's "Old School Maintenance" on Roundel), better than the cheapass BMW maintenance schedule, the I6 is a very solid engine.

Good luck.

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Old 09-19-2013, 03:28 PM
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This for the info and the support. I am working on making this deal happen.
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