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Old 10-22-2012, 11:08 PM
UAPhil UAPhil is offline
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Question High mileage 2007 530xiT - reliability concerns

I bought my 2007 530xiT new, it now has almost 140,000 miles on it (yes, we drive a lot, but we treat the car well. Driving is mostly on freeways in Bay Area, so very few temperature/climate extremes). I've maintained it faithfully at a good 3rd party shop (oil changes every 7500 miles). In the last 3 months, it has stranded me with no warning twice (starter quit 3 months ago, it's now in the shop for broken power steering/alternator belt pulley/belt caught around crankshaft; preventing engine from cranking).

I like the car, and will keep it for a few more years if I can trust it to run reliably. But if it's likely to keep stranding me with no warning, it's time to trade it in.

Any advice? What else might go out on a well maintained high mileage 530xiT without warning or with very little warning? Should I consider replacing some parts (water pump, radiator, alternator, fuel pump, other belts, other parts, ???) proactively before they break?
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:32 AM
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Any car with that many miles can have the problems you had. So if you do not want to risk being stranded again, you need a newer vehicle. This is not a BMW specific question.

The belt should have been replaced at some point. Was this the original belt? If so, you had been running on borrowed time. The starter is pretty random.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:56 AM
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I would replace the alternator and belts for now
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by UAPhil View Post
proactively before they break?
^ that's the way to avoid getting stranded.
Take time and visual inspection of various maintenance parts. Belt is wear and tear item; you can recognize deteriorating belt. Alternator and starter will need to be rebuilt/replaced at some point. You can wait until things fail or you can proactively replace them.

For the most part, as things start to fail, if you pay attention, you can hear tell-tale noises/signs.
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