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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 03-17-2013, 05:55 AM
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New hear and been reading this thread, I have an 05 545 with a 157,000 miles on it and when I purchased it had 136,000
Changed the oil twice between the miles that are on it now
First oil change took it on a 2 hour road trip then sat for an hour with the engine at idle then started seeing smoke then cleared up
Drove back 2 hours and the idrive came on for oil at minimum level
Went back to the service center where the oil was changed they added a quart and it never happened again smoke or low oil
Changed the oil at about 150,000 at 157,000 got the same smoke and low oil
Is this the beginning of valve seal failure or something else?

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Old 03-17-2013, 06:37 AM
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it might hard to say. Check your oil level daily at dip stick. The most time when is blue smoke on idle that is valve seals are bad.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:42 AM
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Thanks will check

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Old 05-03-2013, 09:26 PM
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Can anyone recommend a BMW master tech with low overhead in west central Florida? I'm in Inverness but I'm willing to travel to have the seals replaced in my '06 550i as well as whatever else should be done while the genie is out of the bottle.

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Old 05-03-2013, 09:38 PM
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I wonder if insulating the exhaust manifolds would keep some of the residual heat away from the guide seals thereby extending their life?
Ceramic coating?
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:22 AM
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You do realize the thermostat is electronically controlled, right?

(although admittedly I don't know if it's 100% computer controlled or not. There's no telling with BMW)
This thread already revived ,yes I do know it electronically controlled.A good write up on M62 mod YEP M62 controlling temp by fooling computer to open tstat.If temp lower already DME just won't open it.Ive been running this way ,95c for 7000 miles.Waiting on my UOA to return,but all seems ok.I simply shimmed under the tstat stem. Vette guys showed me this.
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