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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 06-26-2015, 09:43 AM
amirsd amirsd is offline
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Need Suggestion on 2007 BMW 530XI

I have 2007 BMW 530XI. Yesterday I was driving, and I received a message the car temperature has gone up, and after few minutes another message the car has overheated. I was able to get the car towed to BMW dealership. They are telling me that the electronic water pump has failed. They are giving me a cost of around $12,00 to replace the water pump, and maybe more later on after testing the car.

This car had so many issues in the past that now I am reluctant to get the work done from BMW dealership specifically due to cost. I would like to ask what could be an alternative. Can I buy the water pump from another source (ebay..etc) and have someone install this. Has anyone had this issue before. Any tips would be nice.
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:50 AM
impac4000 impac4000 is online now
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Most likely its the water pump, we would need fault codes $1,200 it is high i got mine done at the Dealership for $800
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:05 AM
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Brand new Pierburg water pump is less than $400. Any competent mechanic should be able to replace that water pump for 3 to 4 hours of labor (I am accounting additional time because the car is 4 wheel drive).

While the pump is being replaced, I'd recommend you to go ahead and replace the thermostat as well. Less than $100 for a new thermostat. There shouldn't be additional labor time for replacing the thermostat.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:45 PM
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Thanks guys. I will replace both.
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:52 PM
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Hope you didn't cook your block, but you need wp and thermastat you do both at once o these cars. If you cheap out don't cry later.
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:32 PM
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The thermostat was a pain to replace. It was clearly installed before the engine at the factory, so the hose clamps are facing the totally wrong way. At least, they were for me. Cut up my hands pretty good squeezing places to get it out. I'll bet it would be well worth the money for you to get someone else to do it.

Are you potentially leaking coolant? Water pumps don't like being ran dry, so in addition to the thermostat getting stuck, a leak may or may not also contribute to a water pump's failure. What's your coolant level at? Do you have coolant and it's just not circulating?

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