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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 04-25-2013, 10:15 AM
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Great write up, thanks! This is for the sedan only, right? The wagons drain at the rear bumper area though, correct? I have an early '06, 07/05 production, that I just got. I pulled the spare and the carpet under it, and looked for any signs of water ever having been in there, and no sign of it.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:32 PM
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Great write up, thanks! This is for the sedan only, right? The wagons drain at the rear bumper area though, correct? I have an early '06, 07/05 production, that I just got. I pulled the spare and the carpet under it, and looked for any signs of water ever having been in there, and no sign of it.
I'm not sure,, but I think u can see the drain hose if u remove the side panels on the rear.. If not,, just do the water test and look where it drains out and go from there,
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:36 PM
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Which dealer are you going to, Stevens Creek? Never had that service offered before.
Yes Stevens Creek wants $150 to clean them, but I swear to god I won't be giving them one more dollar. Totally tried to screw me for almost $1300 to replace a faulty transmission switch. The part is only $400 but they wanted $700 in labor to replace it and "reprogram" (clear the code). Bull****. Put the part in myself and they actually cleared the code during diag. F that. And them. My SA was really cool about it tho.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:38 PM
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Thank also to H F for contributing to this post. Much appreciated
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:56 PM
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Water in the spare tire wheel well - my experience

Passing on my experience with this. Purchased our CPO 2010 528i xDrive on Saturday, 4/20/2013. It was raining hard that afternoon and I had an hour drive to get home. The next day, I washed the car. When I got home I was moving a bag in the trunk area and noticed it was wet on the bottom. I felt the trunk mat and noticed it was wet also. I removed everything under the mat (foam cover, foam inside the compact wheel with jack, etc.), and spare tire/wheel. Then I saw the foam with electronic modules in the bottom foam with water in some of the pockets. Below that I found the bottom of the wheel well with more water. It had two elongated depressions on each side (front to back.) There was about 3/8-1/2" of water in both. I dried everything out and put it all back. Today I dropped off the car at the dealer where I bought it less than a week ago. The salesman was good about it (several communications by e-mail and finally phone.) They needed the car longer than I could leave it there, so I asked for a loaner car and they arranged it. At the service dept they noted all of the problems (water, missing spare tire hold down washer, and damaged drivers door seal.) I believe all will be fixed at no charge. I'll provide an update after I pick up the car, either Friday or Saturday. The service writer stated something about relocating the electronics to the area behind the drivers tail light.

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Old 04-26-2013, 12:36 PM
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Ur welcome bro,,,, happy to help..
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:34 AM
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Great write up, thanks! This is for the sedan only, right? The wagons drain at the rear bumper area though, correct? I have an early '06, 07/05 production, that I just got.
Here's a shot of my 06 wagon after draining some water thru, from my thread last spring.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:46 AM
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Passing on my experience with this. Purchased our CPO 2010 528i xDrive on Saturday, 4/20/2013. It was raining hard that afternoon and I had an hour drive to get home. The next day, I washed the car. When I got home I was moving a bag in the trunk area and noticed it was wet on the bottom. I felt the trunk mat and noticed it was wet also. I removed everything under the mat (foam cover, foam inside the compact wheel with jack, etc.), and spare tire/wheel. Then I saw the foam with electronic modules in the bottom foam with water in some of the pockets. Below that I found the bottom of the wheel well with more water. It had two elongated depressions on each side (front to back.) There was about 3/8-1/2" of water in both. I dried everything out and put it all back. Today I dropped off the car at the dealer where I bought it less than a week ago. The salesman was good about it (several communications by e-mail and finally phone.) They needed the car longer than I could leave it there, so I asked for a loaner car and they arranged it. At the service dept they noted all of the problems (water, missing spare tire hold down washer, and damaged drivers door seal.) I believe all will be fixed at no charge. I'll provide an update after I pick up the car, either Friday or Saturday. The service writer stated something about relocating the electronics to the area behind the drivers tail light.
Picked up my car this morning from the dealer. The service writer said there was a BMW notice (SIB61 13 06 - installed new drains holes in the trunk floor). He said they did that and that any water down there should drain easily. I didn't have time to look at it, but will do so later. I thought they had left out the top foam piece, but last night I checked. It is located under the compact spare. Looks like I had it in the wrong location, above the spare. Everything fits good now. My mistake. All work was done at no charge. In addition they did a Complimentary multi-point Inspection.

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:57 AM
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I'll be doing this on mine ASAP!!

Thanks for the pictures H F
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:55 AM
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Been looking for this procedure for a bit.
Despite garage status it just seems prudent.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:51 AM
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How difficult is it to remove the panel covering the outlet on the rear tires?
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:20 AM
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I'll be doing this on mine ASAP!!

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No problem bro, let us know what u find in that little cross. Shaped rubber deal, mine had a tiny little leaf that blocked the tube mixed with dirt and grime,
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:22 AM
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How difficult is it to remove the panel covering the outlet on the rear tires?
It's not difficult at all bro,, a few small screws and the plastic cover drops right out, super easy
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:22 AM
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so is there really any reason the the rubber cross-hatched plug needs to be there? can we just remove it and leave it at that?
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:23 AM
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Here's a shot of my 06 wagon after draining some water thru, from my thread last spring.

it looks like your car had diarrhea...

BTW are you in saratoga? im in colonie.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:30 PM
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Funny it's getting all Upstate NY in here, just chiming in because I'm from Niskayuna.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:42 PM
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so is there really any reason the the rubber cross-hatched plug needs to be there? can we just remove it and leave it at that?
That would work ,, I just cut it back some and opened it up and put it back on, and thought about leaving it off.. Maybe I shoulda just left it off,
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:52 PM
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Funny it's getting all Upstate NY in here, just chiming in because I'm from Niskayuna.
Nice! 518 represent!!

Lol at people who think that "upstate ny" starts at the GW Bridge...
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:50 PM
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How would you clean the water stains from inside head liner?

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:36 PM
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How would you clean the water stains from inside head liner?

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I heard about using woolite,, tried it and it worked great.. I have lite grey colored head linner. and had ugly water stains.. Cant even tell they were there, woolite is the way to go..
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:48 PM
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Funny it's getting all Upstate NY in here, just chiming in because I'm from Niskayuna.
This is especially a good preventive maintanence for u upstate NY guys.. As much as it rains overthere,, compared to So Cal....
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:37 PM
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I heard about using woolite,, tried it and it worked great.. I have lite grey colored head linner. and had ugly water stains.. Cant even tell they were there, woolite is the way to go..
Was there a specific version of woolite you used? And how did you apply it to clean? Mixture with water or just concentrated? Just dabbed it? Tia.

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:20 AM
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[QUOTE=Simonnim916;7557864]Was there a specific version of woolite you used? And how did you apply it to clean? Mixture with water or just concentrated? Just dabbed it? Tia.

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Think I used the one with a pink top, extra gentle, that's all they had at the store, mixed it with some warm water.. Gently rubbed it out with clean rag ,, then used another rag with just water and it clean right up,.. Once it dried couldn't even see where the stains were,
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:45 AM
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Was there a specific version of woolite you used? And how did you apply it to clean? Mixture with water or just concentrated? Just dabbed it? Tia.

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Think I used the one with a pink top, extra gentle, that's all they had at the store, mixed it with some warm water.. Gently rubbed it out with clean rag ,, then used another rag with just water and it clean right up,.. Once it dried couldn't even see where the stains were,
Spectacular, I'm going to get on this right away. Thanks!

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Old 05-02-2013, 07:01 PM
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Nice! 518 represent!!

Lol at people who think that "upstate ny" starts at the GW Bridge...
Yup - there's at least three E61's in Saratoga. Mine's titansilber; one black, one white. Anyone else here in the Patroon BMWCCA group on Facebook?
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