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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 01-11-2013, 06:37 PM
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I just bought my first BMW 535xi it has 38k miles. I Owened Acura CLS and MBZ c300. This is all together different ride for me and I love it. The dealer is pushing me to get extended warranty on it since the cost if repairs can be very expensive. I all ready have TPM malfunction. I tried to reset and did all the tricks in I drive but could not fix it. Can some one please help me with the issue. Should I buy the extended warranty. I am planing to keep this car for long. I love the drive and power it has. I have heard this 2008 model had lots of problems with HPFP and other engen issues. Please advise me if OEM warranty for $3200 for additional 5 years 100k miles is worth buying. I look forward for great advise.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:38 PM
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I, too, just bought a 535i a month ago. It's an amazing vehicle with a great ride. After all my research I knew I had to buy an extended warranty. Repairs can, indeed, be very expensive. My advice would be to get one and hope you don't have to use it. Meantime, drive it like you stole it!
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:40 PM
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Thank you for your reply. I got a great deal on it. I paid 23k and it is one owner driven. What kind of warranty you got and is it OEM? I all ready have TPM light on and I tried may things to fix it. I intend to take it to dealer now.

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Old 01-11-2013, 09:10 PM
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most people get the route 66 warranty through their credit unions.
I purchased a warranty and took the car in after 2k miles because of codes being thrown.
The warranty sent out a rep to the dealer because they found an oil leak, VANOS solenoids malfunctioning, and the sunroof weatherstrip to be compressed and causing an air leak.

The rep denied the oil leak and the weather strip because he was able to prove the oil leak existed BEFORE the warranty was bought.
Make sure you can show all the problems happened AFTER you bought the warranty, or they might not pay the claim.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:29 AM
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I bought one through my credit union. Paid $2700 for it. $250 deductible. Hope I don't have to use it but I know I will at some point. I consider it insurance.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:57 PM
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It depends on the car. If it had no problems during warranty I would probably not get extended warranty. I have owned my car (2008 535xi) since new and it has had way too many problems inside warranty. I bought extended warranty and thus far it has been worth it. I have had the following replaced outside of warranty: water pump, wind shield washer reservoir, all fuel injectors, DTML pump, low pressure fuel pump and an engine seal. The car has been out of service about 5 weeks since I purchased the extended warranty. These cars are tough to diagnose - for example the engine seal problem took two weeks to figure out - BMW did not even know what to do.

Oh and if it is OEM extended warranty you are getting I think they highest they offer is 7 years 100 K.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:39 PM
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Thank you guys, it's good info. I checked my car service records. It had HPFP problems and replaced. It also had batery problems and replaced. I presently have warranty with Royal administration group for 2200 for 4 years 60k miles. I can cancel and get full refund within first month. I will check with my credit union and get a best warranty in it.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:40 PM
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Also any tips on TPM malfunction?
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:54 PM
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Also any tips on TPM malfunction?
Check the tire pressure and reset via I-drive.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:58 PM
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I did that, and try to reset in I drive but it still say TPM malfunction. What kind extended waranty you have Munich?

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Old 01-12-2013, 05:42 PM
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Make sure you have TPMS sensors in your rims. Maybe they are aftermarket rims?
If you have them and have tried to reset, then try to dig deeper via a diagnostic scan with BT tool. See if it is isolated to a particular wheel or general.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:44 PM
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No I have the factory rims 5 spokes one.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:09 PM
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2008 535 xiT my experience & extended warranty

Congratulations: the E60/61 is a fantastic vehicle. Long term it will require repairs and these might or might not be expensive. If you are lucky insurance will be a waste of money; if not its a great investment. You will only know after the fact, and every case is unique. Your choice.

My story: ED 1/2008; Care Care Connection Warrantech 6/100 extended warranty from dealer at time of purchase (cost $3390). Repairs under BMW warranty: 6 injectors replaced (recall for defective batch); HPFP replaced - many cars recalled for this; vanos intake valve replaced (twice) - probably both times unnecessary as real fault was intake cam bearing ledges, and engine runs fine since these were replaced; steering angle sensor replaced; various bulbs failed; break pads replaced due to noise.

Out of warranty (CCC covered, $100 deductible): transmission replaced 40k ($6960); this is unusual, but extended warranty paid for itself in spades. Next: thrust bushings at 50k ($410 parts + labor); this is common and was covered.

Not covered: TPM malfunction ($100 deductible). Dealer confirmed fault code (which cannot be reset by user) but found sensors and TPM system working OK. They cleared fault, and its not recurred in past 12 months.

Other notes: I use a battery tender every weekend to keep battery fully charged. These cars use a lot of electrical power and my daily 20 mile round trip commute does not fully charge battery. These are expensive to replace and reprogram, so the tender is cheap insurance to extend battery life.

I'm probably at the high end of faults (like Munich77); others have had no work done. Unless something goes badly wrong it might be cheaper to self insure? I'm hpoing to keep my 535 xiT for several years, in part because there is no replacement available except Mercedes wagon ... I'm hoping that the car has now sorted itself out, and that nothing else major is going to break.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:17 PM
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Great info, I wonder why such a great driving machine has so many problems and unrelibility.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:28 PM
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N54 is a very high tech engine (some say it was a 'test bed' and that N55 is the result, but that's an over simplification, since turbos changed from N54 to N55). Its not as bad as it seems: HPFP was a design issue at that time, but its been fixed, and new pumps replaced under warranty seem reliable. Same with injectors: there was a bad batch; like the HPFP BMW does not make these, they come from Bosch, but the faults is isolated to a short production run.

One great thing about these engines: BMW rates horse power and torque very conservatively. You are not really driving a 300 hp car; its closer to 320-340 and varies between engines.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:31 PM
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I felt that, because when I test drive A6 its pick up was much slower then 535

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Old 01-13-2013, 06:54 AM
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I did that, and try to reset in I drive but it still say TPM malfunction. What kind extended waranty you have Munich?
BMW's Warranty at the Platinum Care level.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:47 AM
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These are the best times to buy a 2008 535. All the big problems have been figured out and mostly fixed under warranty.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:37 AM
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Recent discussion on extended warranties in general:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=665316
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:44 PM
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I bought a 2008 535 Xi BMW in August with 41,000 miles I now have an extended warranty for five years or hundred thousand miles bought for $3300. I got lucky and found out that my car has a maintenance warranty till 100,000 miles that just now covered the rear brake pad replacement
Also I had carbonized deposits sandblasted off the intake manifold using walnut shells as the abrasive. These cars need to be driven as if they were just stolen as hard driving will help prevent these carbonized deposits from accumulating on these direct injection engines. At 49,000 miles the car is much faster and more powerful after the carbonized intake was cleaned.
This is the most ass kicking piece of high tech I've ever driven. The N54 is worth the high maintenance
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