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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-16-2016, 02:40 PM
pcroft51 pcroft51 is offline
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Turbo Waste Gate

I have an '08 535i and my shop tells me the waste gate on my turbo is leaking and preventing turbo from developing full boost, this is evidenced by f550 code and a message when I accelerate hard saying there is an "engine malfunction".

They say Waste Gate can not be repaired by itself, but whole new Turbo-Waste Gate assembly is required and they have to drop engine to replace turbos, est. cost $5000.

Extended warranty folks are denying to cover repair as they say turbos are covered, but waste gate is a separate item from turbos and is not covered.

What's the story? Is the waste gate a separate repairable, replaceable item, or is it integral to turbos?

Is this a common failure?
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Old 07-17-2016, 12:37 AM
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yes, it's common. search for N54 wastegate


this is crazy what the extended warranty guys say about it. definitely part of the turbo. I think a lawyer could fix that issue
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Old 07-17-2016, 06:31 AM
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As I recall there is a 8 year 80000 mile warranty in this from bmw.
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:03 AM
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indeed, NMW NA has issued an extended warranty up to 8yr from in service date or 82,000 miles, whichever comes first
Wastegate and Turbos are part of the same deal, i just went thru the same thing with my 2008 535xi, i was out of warranty by two weeks but BMW NA did help with the majority of the expense.
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