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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 03-02-2011, 01:10 PM
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:50 PM
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:34 AM
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67k on my '05 545i. Only had it for 5 months and it needs a new mechatronics unit. I'm currently battling with the dealer who won't admit the problem. warranty is up in may so if they don't fix it soon, I'll be stuck with that 4k tab
I see others have had the same complaint and have had it covered. Push them on it.


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Old 03-03-2011, 07:04 AM
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60K on 08' 550i tip, purchased with 50K. No major issues yet,

but I did have multiple trips to the dealer fixing minors like leaking windshield pump, then leaking windshield something else, and it's still leaking a bit when filled to full.

I also have issues with trans, like occasional jerks and slams, and partially malfunctioning gear selector. I also have rough idle issue when car shakes like crazy with AC on while waiting on a red light.
Dealers refuse to acknowledge and fix the issues.
I must say dealing with bimmer stealers is awful experience by itself, which is why I don't intend to keep my car after my CPO warranty expires.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:50 AM
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That's a shame, Hooch. My dealer has been great so far. As long as my BMWs continue to run reliably, I will stay with the marque.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:37 AM
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That's a shame, Hooch. My dealer has been great so far. As long as my BMWs continue to run reliably, I will stay with the marque.
Happy for you.
However my impression is that definition of "run reliably" for german cars is quite different than for japanese: looking at nissan/infinity and toyota/lexus forums I don't see nearly as many issues reported as on BMWs, which are full of people complaining.
Add to that the fact that Lexus and Nissan sell far more cars here than Germans.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:02 PM
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:15 PM
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Happy for you.
However my impression is that definition of "run reliably" for german cars is quite different than for japanese: looking at nissan/infinity and toyota/lexus forums I don't see nearly as many issues reported as on BMWs, which are full of people complaining.
Add to that the fact that Lexus and Nissan sell far more cars here than Germans.
I agree that German and Japanese vehicles cannot be compared in exact terms. I believe the BMWs are engineered to more exacting levels of performance, so if things change/ get out of tune, you notice it more.

As far as "run reliably" for me, it is one and the same. Can I just change fluids/brakes/filters/plugs and not have major shop time in to repair? So far, yes to BMW.

As far as complaints, all car manufacturers have complaints against them. Look at Toyota/Lexus now with their recalls.


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Old 03-03-2011, 09:07 PM
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I agree that German and Japanese vehicles cannot be compared in exact terms. I believe the BMWs are engineered to more exacting levels of performance, so if things change/ get out of tune, you notice it more.

As far as "run reliably" for me, it is one and the same. Can I just change fluids/brakes/filters/plugs and not have major shop time in to repair? So far, yes to BMW.

As far as complaints, all car manufacturers have complaints against them. Look at Toyota/Lexus now with their recalls.


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The difference in BMW is the the dealership always tries to deny warranty claims or just fake ignorance about the problem. Lexus is always helpful, they do not argue or fake ignorance, they go out of the way to satisfy a customer. Porsche who is another German manufacturer of exacting levels of performance treat customer with respect and integrity. I own a 2006 BMW 525xi and lease a 2010 BMW 650i, when I take it in for service (I have tried 3 different BMW dealers) I have gotten only 1 loner car! 1! That's right, and the excuse is that they do not have enough loaners available even though I had set an appointment 1 week in advanced. I paid more for each of my BMW than my 2006 Lexus GS300 AWD (1979 Toyota Corolla for you haters) and I have never been denied a loaner. When my lease is over, if BMW service does not get better I might jump ship to Porsche. Sorry but when I hand over my hard earned money for a luxury car I expect a better level of craftsmanship and service.

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Old 03-03-2011, 09:22 PM
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Lexus is always helpful, they do not argue or fake ignorance, they go out of the way to satisfy a customer.
Always helpful huh?
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:56 AM
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The difference in BMW is the the dealership always tries to deny warranty claims or just fake ignorance about the problem. Lexus is always helpful, they do not argue or fake ignorance, they go out of the way to satisfy a customer. Porsche who is another German manufacturer of exacting levels of performance treat customer with respect and integrity. I own a 2006 BMW 525xi and lease a 2010 BMW 650i, when I take it in for service (I have tried 3 different BMW dealers) I have gotten only 1 loner car! 1! That's right, and the excuse is that they do not have enough loaners available even though I had set an appointment 1 week in advanced. I paid more for each of my BMW than my 2006 Lexus GS300 AWD (1979 Toyota Corolla for you haters) and I have never been denied a loaner. When my lease is over, if BMW service does not get better I might jump ship to Porsche. Sorry but when I hand over my hard earned money for a luxury car I expect a better level of craftsmanship and service.
It's hard to tell from your post if your conflict is really over how warranty related issues are handled or routine maintenance issues are handled. I would agree that if you have a BMW warranty related issue, then they should provide a BMW branded loaner car.


Forgive me if I misunderstand you, but I have a feeling you might be comparing apples to oranges because I get the impression you expect a free loaner vehicle just for routine maintenance, not for warranty work.

With Porsche and Lexus, you have to pay for the service visits, and they are rolling into the service cost the overhead of giving you a convenience loaner.

With BMW, you only paid for the cost of the maintenance (when you paid for the car) and not for the overhead of a convenience loaner . . . unless of course you want BMW to charge even more for their product.

I use the term "convenience" loaner because BMW does provide "warranty work" loaners for non mainteenance situations.

You also have to consider the time and convenience factor of BMW's infrequent service schedule versus say Lexus where you're coming in 3 x as often (and PAYING each time) just for routine service.

Yes, you paid more for the BMW than for the Lexus, but that's because you are paying for the greater R&D costs that BMW (and Porsche for that matter) spend on their vehicles vs. Lexus which is why BMW and Porsche are completely superior driving vehicles.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:06 AM
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:15 AM
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It's hard to tell from your post if your conflict is really over how warranty related issues are handled or routine maintenance issues are handled. I would agree that if you have a BMW warranty related issue, then they should provide a BMW branded loaner car.


Forgive me if I misunderstand you, but I have a feeling you might be comparing apples to oranges because I get the impression you expect a free loaner vehicle just for routine maintenance, not for warranty work.

With Porsche and Lexus, you have to pay for the service visits, and they are rolling into the service cost the overhead of giving you a convenience loaner.

With BMW, you only paid for the cost of the maintenance (when you paid for the car) and not for the overhead of a convenience loaner . . . unless of course you want BMW to charge even more for their product.

I use the term "convenience" loaner because BMW does provide "warranty work" loaners for non mainteenance situations.

You also have to consider the time and convenience factor of BMW's infrequent service schedule versus say Lexus where you're coming in 3 x as often (and PAYING each time) just for routine service.

Yes, you paid more for the BMW than for the Lexus, but that's because you are paying for the greater R&D costs that BMW (and Porsche for that matter) spend on their vehicles vs. Lexus which is why BMW and Porsche are completely superior driving vehicles.
Sorry for not clarifying. My BMW was brought in for warranty issues, not maintenance. When my AC failed, no loaner. iDrive failed, no loaner, wipers failed, no loaner, engine problems, no loaner. The only time I got a loaner was when my Sirius satellite failed.
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Sorry for not clarifying. My BMW was brought in for warranty issues, not maintenance. When my AC failed, no loaner. iDrive failed, no loaner, wipers failed, no loaner, engine problems, no loaner. The only time I got a loaner was when my Sirius satellite failed.
WOW. Unbelievable you were not provided loaners for warranty service. Totally unacceptable.
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Sorry for not clarifying. My BMW was brought in for warranty issues, not maintenance. When my AC failed, no loaner. iDrive failed, no loaner, wipers failed, no loaner, engine problems, no loaner. The only time I got a loaner was when my Sirius satellite failed.
Yup - you have a crappy dealership. Sorry!

I always get BMW loaners, unless it is a last second emergency. Then it could be Enterprise which they pay for (if no BMWs left).


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Today, 65,000 on my '08 535i. Purchased 1/8/08 as an exec demo within BMW (don't know what THAT got me other than low financing) w/ 13000 on the clock.

Then-employment forced 160-mile/day commute.

Warranty software reload about 45 days ago fixed ruf motor.

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I retired my "purchased when new" 2000 540i sport (E39) several weeks ago with 198k - all for want of a new transmission.

It has a new owner - my SA bought it. I predict it will hit 250k - so does he.

For the 50k miles - and 3 years - between 130k and 180k, I had not a one bit of work done, other than oil and inspections.

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Bought my CPO 2006 530i in the summer of '09 with 50K on it. I now am at 67,000 and it has been slow drip of issues

...water pump...bearings in fan in AC unit...ignition coil spark to one cylinder...all covered by CPO warranty,

but also ...battery...struts...squeaky brakes...emergency brake adjustment needed to pass state safety inspection... not covered and expensive to fix.

CPO runs out in Aug and now I have a warning light for washer fluid low warning, but fluid is fine so think sensor is bad.... Beginning to worry my current slow leak of cash will be accelating once the CPO expires.....

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Is That 300,437?!!!

That is DEFINITELY something to look forward too.
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