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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 08-14-2012, 02:37 PM
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Are E60's reliable???

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I just sold my E66 and soon will be looking for a more practical car for commuting. I have narrowed it down to a E39 (which I know I like), or maybe a E60. How do these cars compare? I am leaning toward six cylinder cars to save on fuel. Do the E60 automatic cars have transmission problems? I have had bad luck with E65/66 automatic's.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:00 PM
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well, a reliable commute car is Mazda 3, Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, seriously a good commute car + sport ride will be Mini Cooper S. Another alternative would be 3-series BMW 328 or 335 (turbo). The 5-series 528 is good car but it has some own problems.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:44 PM
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:36 PM
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2007 E60 here. So far, so good...
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:01 PM
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I have an E39 and it's been pretty solid. We rack up the miles quickly (about 25-30k a year). The major outlays for it have been to replace all of the front suspension components - about $2k for parts and labor and a cooling system replacement - $1200 parts and labor. Otherwise it just keeps on running. It's a great highway cruiser. Just got back from a 900 mile trip and averaged 29.5 mpg. I'm too new to my E60 to comment on it's reliability compared to the E39 (just picked it up last week).

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Old 08-14-2012, 10:50 PM
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:33 AM
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:01 AM
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I also had an E39 which I bought with 40K and ran to 124K. When the warranty ran out at 100K the last year was painful, for me I think I put around $5K into and then got rid of it. I have an 2008 528XI and all is good year 1.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:15 AM
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I had a 03 e39 about 75k on it and that thing was always in the shop at about $1-2k a pop one day I got so pissed off I told them keep it and give me a e60. Had the e60 for a few years (still under warranty) that the wife drives all over the place and it hasn't been in the shop much but its still under warranty and fairly new 07 with about 65-70k which is about what the e39 was pushing when I finally got rid of it.

SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THE E39 THAT I COULD REMEMBER:

Seat motor
Windshield seal
door vapor seals
tires went pretty fast as well

The car drove like a dream though I actually liked the handling over the e60, the e39 actually saved my life once (in my opinion) due to the way it handled. Awesome ride though.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:11 PM
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My '08 550i / sport package / loaded has been good in my view. Now with 59K miles it is out of warranty.

My only concern is going from D to R. With the sport auto transmission, the car makes a noticeable "jerk" if going directly from Drive to Reverse. If I go into Neutral for a second or so, then into R, it's smooth. Anyone else have that issue?

Overall I'm very happy with it. I've not abused it or pushed it terribly hard though. It's my daily driver. About 25-26 mpg on highway, about 20-22 around city.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:34 PM
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My '08 550i / sport package / loaded has been good in my view. Now with 59K miles it is out of warranty.

My only concern is going from D to R. With the sport auto transmission, the car makes a noticeable "jerk" if going directly from Drive to Reverse. If I go into Neutral for a second or so, then into R, it's smooth. Anyone else have that issue?

Overall I'm very happy with it. I've not abused it or pushed it terribly hard though. It's my daily driver. About 25-26 mpg on highway, about 20-22 around city.
Yep, I have that issue and I've simply been doing the same as you....selecting Neutral before I go to Reverse. Makes a huge difference. I know it shouldn't be necessary to do that, but now I do it without even thinking about it. Still under warranty, so I'll definitely be getting that looked at and fixed eventually...
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:36 AM
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My 525i has been great, bought in 07 with 57k and now have 76k, only repairs were front brakes and rotors and a new battery more recently!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:44 AM
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Thank's!

I just picked up a 06 530i with 55k mi. Sold my Alpina, transfered the $10k in equity from that sale and got my payment down to $150 mo. with no out of pocket!

Not quite the same driving experience, but not a bad comprimise considering my unsure job future.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:55 AM
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:28 AM
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My 525i has been great, bought in 07 with 57k and now have 76k, only repairs were front brakes and rotors and a new battery more recently!
Brakes and batteries are maintenance items, not repairs.

My '08 535i has been reliable enough for me, with the following repairs:

25K miles // HPFP (symptom: rough running)
46K miles // HPFP recall work -- HPFP, 3 new injectors, software updates (symptom: none)
72K miles // Coil-pack #5 (symptom: engine stumbled and ran rough CEL came on, ran fine just fine after restarting)

Car now has 79.2K miles and continues to run smoothly.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:21 PM
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Brakes and batteries are maintenance items, not repairs.
Agreed, poor wording!
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:33 PM
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where did you buy, BMW of Mountain View? I have friend that works there. Congrat.
Craigslist! I looked at two distressed/crashed and repaired cars before I found this one 2006 530i 55k mi. Nav, Comfort Acess, Sport, Premium, Shades, basically most options minus parking sensors. Paid $19k Car needs no repairs. How do you think I did?
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:56 AM
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Mine had a nasty coolant leak when i first picked it up. had it fixed at the dealer for a few hundred, and shes been running strong for over a year now. Its an 05 model 545i, so 7 yrs of good runnung Bavarian machinery. Honestly, the E39 was my first choice. I wanted to enter the world of BMW with the E39 M5, still my alltime favorite car. But my uncle has one, 530i, and everytime i see him, hes always telling me how hes spending a grand here and 2K there. The E60 is known for its reliability over the E39, but when it does break, it can get costly. But BMW is my vice. I simply love the cars too much to give a hoot about maintenance costs.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:01 AM
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Craigslist! I looked at two distressed/crashed and repaired cars before I found this one 2006 530i 55k mi. Nav, Comfort Acess, Sport, Premium, Shades, basically most options minus parking sensors. Paid $19k Car needs no repairs. How do you think I did?
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:08 AM
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I have an '08 LCI 535i and have had to replace my high pressure fuel pump twice. My a/c blower sounds like it has a few leaves or something caught in it and my right front sounds like it has a bushing out. I had to wire my rear drivers side light myself b/c the LED tails harness overheated or something and burnt out. Oh! and my water pump has already died. I just hit 57K miles and am a little disappointed in BMW's at this point. Its my 4th one (two X5 4.8is which I loved except for that self-leveling bull**** and a 330i 6spd) and they all have given me problems well below the 50K mile mark. I also have a Supra (6spd turbo hardtop) which i am ALWAYS doing something to and it hasn't given me half the problems of this Beemer. I think my next car will be Japanese again.

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Old 08-17-2012, 09:13 AM
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Currently own a 2006 M5 and a 2007 530xi wagon. The M5 lives in the shop - thankfully under warranty and I would not trade it for the world - amazing car. The 530xi is a great every day ride and any issues have been minor. With that said, I had a 2008 535i previously and although fun to drive, it was a maintenance nightmare. I drove it to 100k and the last 10k miles involved some major repairs - turbos replaced, fuel injectors replaced, fuel rail replaced - about $10k in total repairs (also thankfully under warranty).

For a reliable, daily driver I would stick with a non-turbo E60 and you should be in good shape for at least 100k miles. Just my two cents!
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:31 PM
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Here's my new ride. I found these fake 550i rims real cheap and couldnt resist so I added those. The hub-centric feature on my hub is too small for these rims so I have a vibration. Does any one know if they make a ring to correct this on my application?
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:33 PM
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Here's my new ride. I found these fake 550i rims real cheap and couldnt resist so I added those. The hub-centric feature on my hub is too small for these rims so I have a vibration. Does any one know if they make a ring to correct this on my application?
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:58 AM
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Here's my new ride. I found these fake 550i rims real cheap and couldnt resist so I added those. The hub-centric feature on my hub is too small for these rims so I have a vibration. Does any one know if they make a ring to correct this on my application?
Hub centric rings

You'll have to measure your rims to figure out which rings you need.
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B7, don't drive around with rims that don't fit properly. Rings are available, some are even made of hard plastic, but they work. You'll mess up the suspension and tires, plus it must feel awful.

Glad you didn't spring for an E39. They were great cars but are too much trouble to keep alive at this age. I had to ditch mine as it turned into a never ending repair nightmare. 1999 540i Sport, 125k miles. Some kid who likes to work on cars took it off my hands.
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