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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 10-30-2013, 12:28 PM
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banglenot,

My first time seeing this posting and this is an amazing assemblage of information. Thank you. Reading the section on the ZF trans would be incentive alone for an after-market warranty. I'm not sure what experience others may have had, but does anyone have a recommended company to go with? Experiences or issues in particular?

My '08 550i was purchased in 2011 with an extended warranty and so far it's paid for itself. Cost about $3500 and covered well over $5000 in repairs. Oh, yeah, the Run Flats are also under warranty.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:34 PM
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Scheiß, I just realized my sig tag is way out of date.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:50 PM
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Oh I didn't get that done at the dealer. I wouldn't have been able to get those pics let alone walk out with my pants on. I had my indy do it for me. They wanted almost 1600+ and they were supposedly cutting me a deal. The new valve cover comes with a new gasket and all the required bolts
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:41 PM
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Bangle, very nice. Let me get in on some info for the 550i LCI section...
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:07 PM
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banglenot,

My first time seeing this posting and this is an amazing assemblage of information. Thank you. Reading the section on the ZF trans would be incentive alone for an after-market warranty. I'm not sure what experience others may have had, but does anyone have a recommended company to go with? Experiences or issues in particular?

My '08 550i was purchased in 2011 with an extended warranty and so far it's paid for itself. Cost about $3500 and covered well over $5000 in repairs. Oh, yeah, the Run Flats are also under warranty.
I have seen route66 mentioned a lot on here--lots of good things. Seems they pay when they're supposed to and aren't a pain to deal with
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:30 PM
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Bangle, very nice. Let me get in on some info for the 550i LCI section...
Many thanks. Will include as soon as it comes in.
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:31 PM
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So You Just Bought an E60...

I personally have Fidelity Platinum (an exclusionary plan) which has at or more coverage than BMW extended warranty/CPO. One of the few exclusionary plans (rather that inclusionary plans that don't cover what you need them to cover).

Definitely worth checking out.


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Old 11-03-2013, 03:20 PM
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Bangle,

Thanks for including the sunroof drainage issue in the document. However, I would add the following fact: the rear sunroof drain tubes are capped with rubber flapper valves, exacerbating the clogging problem, and that these can be removed without discernible harm.

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Old 11-03-2013, 04:59 PM
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Thanks for the great information.
Is there any adjustment to mileage intervals based on severity of use?
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:51 PM
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Thanks for the great information.
Is there any adjustment to mileage intervals based on severity of use?
None documented as such. Just that all the intervals imply normal/typical use of a sedan with an engine that is built to cruise at 130 mph all day. If you beat on it, change stuff faster...

Oh, yes; If you use it for short trips, or use it once a week or so, that's also hard on the car. Change the oil more often. Also, need to take it out and get the engine nice and hot at higher revs once in awhile. That's done by cruising at 60-70 in third gear for 10 minutes, to get it to 5K rpm for awhile.

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Bangle,

Thanks for including the sunroof drainage issue in the document. However, I would add the following fact: the rear sunroof drain tubes are capped with rubber flapper valves, exacerbating the clogging problem, and that these can be removed without discernible harm.
Thanks!. I'll be more specific next edition.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:10 PM
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I have a 550i with SMG transmission. Is there any information related to the SMG tranny that should go into this article? Though the SMG owners are in the minority, I'm sure they would appreciate it.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:02 PM
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I have a 550i with SMG transmission. Is there any information related to the SMG tranny that should go into this article? Though the SMG owners are in the minority, I'm sure they would appreciate it.
Well, I know the N52 and pretty much everything about the 525-530 and some of the 535. Also can cover the universal stuff. But I'm very weak on the 545-550, and the specialized stuff like the SMG. I try to steer clear of things I haven't done myself, though I'll add what's been done so well by others (like schpenxel's work on the ZF actuators) that I can put it in the doc with some credibility.

I'd welcome a paragraph or two on the subject, and I'm glad to give full credit for added items.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:07 PM
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You can mention that every 50K you might as well plan on replacing the SMG pump.. I believe it's about a $4K job.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:34 PM
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You can mention that every 50K you might as well plan on replacing the SMG pump.. I believe it's about a $4K job.
Damn! Nothing like the little things adding up.... Any further details, like DIY possibilities/methods/vids and symptoms of failure?
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:42 PM
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Re: So You Just Bought an E60...

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Old 11-12-2013, 10:26 PM
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I would like to add to the sun roof drains.. There is two more drains that need to be mentioned. They are under the cabin filters and drain out behind the front wheels they also clog and cause problems. A total of six drains three per side, and also the relocation of the modules in the spare tire on earlier models is worth mentioning..
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:18 AM
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I would like to add to the sun roof drains.. There is two more drains that need to be mentioned. They are under the cabin filters and drain out behind the front wheels they also clog and cause problems. A total of six drains three per side, and also the relocation of the modules in the spare tire on earlier models is worth mentioning..
I'll add it in the next rev. Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:24 PM
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Do you all have any pictures of the sunroof drains?
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:29 PM
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Check out this thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=sunroof
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:57 PM
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Perfect. Thanks
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:23 AM
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Thanks for the amazing info!

Now if I only knew what all the codes mean. Old school mechanic's son working in computers and this stuff still bugs me! At 40K, it's good to know that I still have lots of KM before the fun starts, so I can still pour cash at the 3's in the inventory. The ZF section makes me glad I have a 6 speed.

Any word on the X-drive? It's the one thing my "Indy" frowned at.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:04 AM
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Thanks for the amazing info!

Now if I only knew what all the codes mean. Old school mechanic's son working in computers and this stuff still bugs me! At 40K, it's good to know that I still have lots of KM before the fun starts, so I can still pour cash at the 3's in the inventory. The ZF section makes me glad I have a 6 speed.

Any word on the X-drive? It's the one thing my "Indy" frowned at.
Not many complaints I've seen about X-drive. Just suggest that (as always) there is no lifetime fill, so replacing the transfer case fluid when the differential is done is probably a good idea. Fluids are cheap; worn mechanicals are expensive.
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Great read!! Big help!! Thanks so much!!
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:50 PM
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Just an off-topic comment/question: (apologies)
Wish this existed for e46's. If it does, and you know a place I can download a similar PDF, please do share! As I said earlier, this is an amazingly useful document!
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So You Just Bought an E60 (V1.6)....

Thanks for sharing this. Very informative write up. I have already begun changing the fluids out of my 550 because the term "lifetime fluids" just didn't sit right with me. I'm at 58K miles now & I've changed the trans fluid & pan, relocated the electronics & cleaned the sunroof drains, doing the coolant this week. I'll make preparations for the other items soon. I plan on keeping my car for as long as I can.


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