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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 06-03-2015, 07:13 PM
gadkinsj gadkinsj is offline
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Test driving car to buy and noticed sagging front right Spring?

I am test driving a 2007 550i sedan with ~72000 miles on it. It seems to be driving out well, alignment is good, but I noticed that the Front Pass side is sitting about 1" lower than the the driver side.

I don't hear any noises coming from that area when turning wheel or anything of the kind, but my first instinct is a broken spring. When I looked though i didn't see directly that the spring was collapsed.
Aside from that, are there any automated/ride height/ and or damping adjusters that could be associated with this problem?
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:27 PM
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E60 front struts slide into spindle and are clamped by a bolt. It is a fairly common thing to see the strut not pushed all the way down to the stop when they are loosened or removed for repairs. What you describe would be the result of the left one not being seated and making the left side high, not the right side low. 550i's have a little bit of an ass high stance.
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:35 PM
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Thank you aber57.
I will add that on the driver side the fender is about 2 finger widths above the tire, where the passenger side the tire is actually about even with the fender.

I appreciate your assessment. I am just trying to make sure it is some kind of purely mechanical issue, like broken and or as you said, mis-installed part, vs some kind of expensive system problem.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:47 AM
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I definitely would not purchase the car until I knew the exact reason for the suspension difference. Could have been in a accident or something along those lines.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:37 AM
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The fender opening being even with top of tire tread is normal stance for my 550i.
If it is the simple problem in it easy to spot by looking at the spindle at the distance the strut tube sticks below the clamp area. Compare side to side.
If not that then there is something fishy like a used assembly on driver's side from the wrong E60.
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:23 PM
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Have someone sit in the drivers seat and measure again...
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