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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 06-16-2015, 07:14 PM
techrunner techrunner is offline
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2007 530i drive belt wear

Recently bought a 2007 530i E60 with ~52k miles on it.

In the PPI, Indy mentioned that the Drive belt is wearing off and needs to be replaced along with the tensioner. I knew about this and still bought the car as everything else was in order. Indy asked ~350 for parts+labor which IMO is a bit high. I looked and looks like the drive belt is slight slipping from the tensioner pulley.

I have replaced drive belts on my older cars but they were at much higher mileage ~ 80-100k. This is my first BMW though, so thought should I replace it myself or get it done by Indy.

Had few questions:
Does the drive belt wear off at 52k? I have read some pretty bad instances where the drive belt shattered and pieces of it went into engine, so I don't want to be that guy.
Is it ok to drive for few days until the parts arrive and I replace them? ~7-10 days based on my schedule?
Or do I try to remove it for the time being and put it back properly until my parts arrive and I replace it?

I have read through the different threads for drive belt replacement and they all were at much higher mileage. I don't mind spending money on replacing it, just want to know how severe the issue is before replacing.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:13 PM
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You're probably fine. Some have noticed early drive belt failure due to oil dripping on it. If there's no evidence of oil, just do it in a timely manner. A week should be fine.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:16 PM
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You're probably fine. Some have noticed early drive belt failure due to oil dripping on it. If there's no evidence of oil, just do it in a timely manner. A week should be fine.
Thanks. I looked in detail and no oil leaks. Just a follow up - should I go for Genuine BMW or the below one from Contitech works just fine? The cost diff is > $50 and I have no strong preference using only-BMW "packaged" parts.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/...pg4.htm#item15

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Old 06-17-2015, 03:46 AM
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You can get everything for about $101-112 from a number of places such as:

http://www.eeuroparts.com/Parts/6288...-Kit-ADK0022P/

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...t-kit-adk0022p

Continental and INA are the OEM suppliers.

It's an easy DIY. Just need a torque wrench and a torx bit and a torx socket. Google and you'll find several videos and forum posts.
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