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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 03-06-2014, 06:16 AM
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So I loosed the screw on the intake hose to remove the cover. Inside the cover, it looks like there is "another filter". Do I need to change that one too? (It's too late as I put that back in, just curious)
Congrats! You are well on your way to doing your first VANOS repair....

But seriously, once you get your hands dirty doing the basics like this, and gain confidence that it's not just The Magic Mechanic From BMW who has to open the hood, you'll work your way into more complex items.

You'll also find that the more work you personally put into it, the more attached you'll become to the car.

Good luck.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:10 PM
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Started to feel the power surge recently in between gear shifting , now reading the document have 100k miles and not sure if anything was done before or not , now know where to start from very informative document great job
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:52 PM
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Hey everybody I am new to the site I am thinking of buying a 2008 bmw 535xi with the M package . It has 120000 km ,its very clean no accidents on the car was owned by a female that used the vehicle as a commuter car . First is it a good buy at $ 21,000. Also I would like to know what should get changed
( ie water pump, brakes and tires before I take position ). Anybody know what kind of kms I should got out of a tank of gas ?
I test drove the car and I was great total funny what handling and power.



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Old 03-13-2014, 02:01 PM
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Hey everybody I am new to the site I am thinking of buying a 2008 bmw 535xi with the M package . It has 120000 km ,its very clean no accidents on the car was owned by a female that used the vehicle as a commuter car . First is it a good buy at $ 21,000. Also I would like to know what should get changed
( ie water pump, brakes and tires before I take position ). Anybody know what kind of kms I should got out of a tank of gas ?
I test drove the car and I was great total funny what handling and power.



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biggest thing with the 535's is all the issues.. some are warrantied, some are not. injectors, high pressure fuel pump ("HPFP"), turbos, wastegates and intake valves getting gummed up are the main ones I know of. Most all of them are just a matter of time.. You should find out what of those items have and have not been replaced under warranty and figure out what is still covered under warranty and what isn't first. I know they extended the warranty to 120K miles on something but I can't remember which item it was

Do some research before buying. They aren't cheap if you get one without a warranty that has not had the issues fixed.
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:05 PM
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Thanks for the timely reply and great advice. I will look in to it before buying it.


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Old 03-15-2014, 10:49 AM
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So my story of dealer detecting two major issues - engine leaks and transmission fluid leaks - during the recall came to a closure today. I was quite happy about the service received. Not exactly sure how I should feel about the "reliability" of the car.

Quick recap - the repairing bill was $2700 or so. I called BMW NA. They agreed to cover 50%. My actual cost was $700 that includes an additional item not on the list but got fixed during the process. Then I understand when BMW NA said 50%, they meant manufacture cost's 50% (which includes labor and parts), not the MSRP that customers see. So that was a good surprise (I was thinking I need to pay $1200 or so).

The engine leaks wasn't a big deal if iDrive measurement is correct. Still in Maximum after one month of the diagnose. One indy said it's dripping, not leaking. I cannot say about the transmission fluid as no measurement available. No actual fluid on the floor but there are oil marks on the pan gasket.

I have two other leaks - the power steering fluid and coolant - that I know of. All got fixed this time. The car was cleaned after the repair. I opened the front cover - the engine compartment was all cleaned and shiny. That was a good surprise. In the report, it said they replaced several gaskets and cleaned the leaked areas.

So, this car has no problem in the last 7 years. There were two times when the power steering fluid was too low and the coolant was too low that I added the fluids (suspecting leaking but never bring them to shop for that). But if there are four leaks - engine oil, trans fluid, coolant and PS fluid - that scares me a little bit.

Dealer gave me a BMW loaner for two days. There is a stop and go feature when I stop the car at traffic light, the engine would go into "ready" mode and then restart after I release the brake. Not sure how much I like it when the engine restarts. I can see the new iDrive system has improved and there is more "color" to the dashboard.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:50 AM
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High battery Drain!

Any suggestion for "high battery drain" 2006 530I E60?
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:52 AM
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Any suggestion for "high battery drain" 2006 530I E60?
IBS sensor, or, just ignore it. Mine did it for a year randomly, never gave an issue though. It say for a few weeks one time and still started fine, so it can't be draining that bad..
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:17 PM
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Just purchased a 2007 530i w/144500 miles on it.....
Now as with my other 96 328i w/184000 miles on it... doing the read in this forum for whatever may befall the new addition.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:25 PM
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Just purchased a 2007 530i w/144500 miles on it.....
Now as with my other 96 328i w/184000 miles on it... doing the read in this forum for whatever may befall the new addition.
If you have not done so already:

(1) Pull any codes to see if there are any obvious untreated issues.

(2) Carefully inspect the engine bay for coolant or oil leaks. If the water pump is original, recognize that you may be living on borrowed time..

(3) Unless the maintenance record indicates that the oil, coolant and transmission and differential fluids have been replaced recently, get that done.

(4) Move electronics from the spare tire well to behind the side trunk panels, and make sure the sunroof drains are not clogged.

Oh, and enjoy driving the car!

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Old 04-21-2014, 05:44 AM
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This post helped me buy my 2007 530xi with 73k miles on it.....thank you for the PDF i know exactly what I was getting into.

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Old 04-22-2014, 09:57 PM
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WOW...that was an amazing read and i'll be reading it again...i'm lost on one part!
It said follow mikes schedule for maintenance and fluid changes....
where can I find that schedule??
I'm bought this amazing E60 545i with 49,000kl on it and want to change all the fluids and get it reset...soo I know the life of it...
also it said we have magnesium engine?!?! really?
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:09 AM
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WOW...that was an amazing read and i'll be reading it again...i'm lost on one part!
It said follow mikes schedule for maintenance and fluid changes....
where can I find that schedule??
I'm bought this amazing E60 545i with 49,000kl on it and want to change all the fluids and get it reset...soo I know the life of it...
also it said we have magnesium engine?!?! really?
The engines are an aluminum silicon alloy called alusil. No iron cylinders or anything, all 100% alusil for the block. Some magnesium may be used on other parts but I'm not sure which ones

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Old 04-23-2014, 11:02 AM
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The engines are an aluminum silicon alloy called alusil. No iron cylinders or anything, all 100% alusil for the block. Some magnesium may be used on other parts but I'm not sure which ones
S--

From Wikipedia, on the N52 and N54. Earlier engines use other metals. I suspect the N62, the engine you're used to, used the formulation you mention:

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The N52 engine block is cast with magnesium and aluminum for the crankcase. Magnesium is used to save weight, however magnesium is subject to a greater risk of corrosion from water. Moreover, magnesium may tend to creep under load at high temperatures. Thus, magnesium in its pure form or as a conventional alloy is not suited for permanently conveying high loads and forces of the kind typically encountered in central components of the engine. Therefore, BMW combined the N52 block to use magnesium alloy for the crankcase shell, with an aluminum "inner block" to complement the magnesium disadvantages.[4]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_N52

In particular, the two items mentioned in the doc I wrote, coolant and the use of easily-breakable aluminum bolts, are both chosen to adapt to the magnesium alloys in the engine.

But to clarify the point in the doc, I'll modify it to spec the N52/N54 (525/530/535 '06-'10) as magnesium, and the M54 (525/530 to '06) and the N62 (545/550) as non-magnesium alloys/structures.

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Old 04-23-2014, 11:19 AM
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WOW...that was an amazing read and i'll be reading it again...i'm lost on one part!
It said follow mikes schedule for maintenance and fluid changes....
where can I find that schedule??
I'm bought this amazing E60 545i with 49,000kl on it and want to change all the fluids and get it reset...soo I know the life of it...
also it said we have magnesium engine?!?! really?
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This post helped me buy my 2007 530xi with 73k miles on it.....thank you for the PDF i know exactly what I was getting into.

Javvy
Glad it helped. I'll be updating it as more info comes to me/us.
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:37 AM
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09 535i purchase help & Indy Baltimore suburbs

Greetings,
Thanks all for your great contribution to this forum and very helpful information.

I know without looking at the car, it's not easy to decide on a price. But, any insight would be very helpful.

There is a local listing private sale , 1 owner 09 535i 51k miles with all the 3 packages & navigation listed for $26k and the car is out of warranty. As per carfax fuel pump & encoder motor replaced.

I am mainly looking for sport package/sport suspension the others, kind of a liability as the car is out of warranty.

I am going to see the car this evening and if I move forward , then I need an Indy to get a PPI.

Any recommendations of an Indy mechanic in suburbs of Baltimore and I can drive 40-50 miles if the mechanic has a good reputation.

If all falls into place I am also thinking on Route66 warranty from penfed.

Let me know your thoughts, suggestions/opinions.

Mods: if this post needs to be moved to a new thread, please feel free to move as this is my first posting.

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Old 05-02-2014, 08:34 AM
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I bought my 2009 535i XDrive with 74000 miles for 17,300.00 if that gives you any comparison. HPFP, injectors, spark plugs and intake were replaced under warranty before I bought the car.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:12 AM
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Thank Mike for the post. I think that's a great price (as per nada avg. trade-in without any options).
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:17 AM
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It doesn't have Nav. What 3 packages are you talking about?
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It has premium, sport, cold weather packages along with navigation and few other misc. -thx
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:44 PM
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Does anyone knows if I should buy Bosch or NGK spark plugs. Has anyone purchase from Ecstuning before.


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Old 05-03-2014, 06:59 PM
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Folks, you'll get much better response if you start a thread in the main forum.

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Old 05-03-2014, 07:01 PM
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Ok I will thankx


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