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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 10-03-2019, 07:59 PM
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I have a 2011 535i w/sport package and 160,000 miles on the clock. I am the second owner and bought it with ~50,000 miles. To my knowledge, nothing has ever been done to the suspension other than alignments. Iím not having any issues, but should the struts be replaced by now?
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:13 PM
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I have a 2010 535iGT with 110,000 miles. I replaced both rear wheel bearing recently due to annoying rumbling sound. Replacement of bearing solved my car rumbling issue totally. At the same time my mechanic found oil leakage from one of the front absorber. I made the decision to replace all front & rear absorbers. Eventually we found that all of the absorders are in pretty bad shape. The absorber pistons can be pushed in easily with a small effort. The new absorber pistons are way harder to push. Almost forget, I replaced both air springs as well even though they are not leaked, but there are many obvious cracks on them.

The end result is a very happy me. It brought the car handling close to new condition.

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Old 10-04-2019, 07:47 AM
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OP: if you're not having any issues and you are happy with the ride quality and handling, why not leave well enough alone? When a strut goes bad and you lose damping you'll know it by the frequency increase in your dental visits.
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:16 AM
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I had a 2008 528xi that I sold with 204,000 miles last fall. At 160,000 miles, I rebuilt the entire front end - wheel bearings, struts, all bushings, inner and outer tie rod ends, sway bar link, and tons of other parts. The only remaining original parts were the axle stubs and steering knuckle. Nothing notably wrong, just thought it was about time. It was fairly expensive - $2000 if i remember right. Very disappointing, I saw little to no improvement in handling, ride, or anything else.

Don't waste your time & money. Oh, the guy that bought the car is somewhere around 220,000 miles, still original rear struts.

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Old 10-04-2019, 05:02 PM
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I have a 2010 535iGT with 110,000 miles. I replaced both rear wheel bearing recently due to annoying rumbling sound. Replacement of bearing solved my car rumbling issue totally. At the same time my mechanic found oil leakage from one of the front absorber. I made the decision to replace all front & rear absorbers. Eventually we found that all of the absorders are in pretty bad shape. The absorber pistons can be pushed in easily with a small effort. The new absorber pistons are way harder to push. Almost forget, I replaced both air springs as well even though they are not leaked, but there are many obvious cracks on them.

The end result is a very happy me. It brought the car handling close to new condition.
I too am having the rumbling sound in the front. I thought maybe it was a wheel out of balance, but that is not the case. I may check into getting the front wheel bearings replaced. Has anyone ever done that themselves?
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:46 PM
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I had a 2008 528xi that I sold with 204,000 miles last fall. At 160,000 miles, I rebuilt the entire front end - wheel bearings, struts, all bushings, inner and outer tie rod ends, sway bar link, and tons of other parts. The only remaining original parts were the axle stubs and steering knuckle. Nothing notably wrong, just thought it was about time. It was fairly expensive - $2000 if i remember right. Very disappointing, I saw little to no improvement in handling, ride, or anything else.

Don't waste your time & money. Oh, the guy that bought the car is somewhere around 220,000 miles, still original rear struts.
I find that stunning. My struts broke at 75k miles. One spring broke, and on the other side, shock absorber started squeaking. Video of repair below. i was going to ask if you are in a salty climate but NY sounds much like Ontario...
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:56 PM
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I have posted about bad strut mounts on an e60 before. You can ride them until they cause issues. It is a diy job if you are game. Failed at 130,000 on the 550i.


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Old 10-05-2019, 05:42 AM
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I too am having the rumbling sound in the front. I thought maybe it was a wheel out of balance, but that is not the case. I may check into getting the front wheel bearings replaced. Has anyone ever done that themselves?
I replaced the wheel bearings as part of the front end rebuild. I didn't have a press, so i took the steering knuckle down the road to a small machine shop, they pressed out the wheel bearings and ball joint, and pressed the new ones back in. I think they charged me $30. Mine was an xdrive, the rear wheel drive car front ends would be different.
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:08 PM
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I replaced the wheel bearings as part of the front end rebuild. I didn't have a press, so i took the steering knuckle down the road to a small machine shop, they pressed out the wheel bearings and ball joint, and pressed the new ones back in. I think they charged me $30. Mine was an xdrive, the rear wheel drive car front ends would be different.
I think the front bearings on a rwd are one assembly, so no press needed.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:15 AM
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First of all, congrats on getting to that mileage! Assuming you have dynamic damper control, I would just ride them until they break - Then just do all 4, but they aren't cheap.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:45 AM
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First of all, congrats on getting to that mileage! Assuming you have dynamic damper control, I would just ride them until they break - Then just do all 4, but they aren't cheap.
Thank you!
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Old 10-14-2019, 06:43 PM
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Wow!!!!

I was wondering the same thing. I've got 90K on my 535 with an M Sport suspension but it still rides well. Won't be swapping it out until I have issues since they've lasted that long for other people.
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