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Talking New E60 owner with praise, complaints and questions

I am now the proud owner of a 2008 535i sedan with 6MT (I would never drive AT), Premium, Sport and iDrive. I also own a 2009 335i sedan 6MT (not for long) and used to own another 2007 335i sedan 6MT.

In comparison with E90's, I have a some positive things to say about my 5, some negative and a bunch of questions. Here they are:

Positive:
  • The seats are much, much comfortable with the extra controls, like the back folding forward.
  • The car is more composed going over uneven surfaces.
  • Way more trunk space, head and leg room, especially for rear passengers.
  • The pop-up trunk!

Negative:
  • My main complaint is the steering is really very light, even with the Sport suspension. Not nearly as responsive as I'm used to.
  • The car definitely feels slower than my 3. I thought performance figures were almost identical even if the car is heavier. Nothing an ECU reprogram won't fix, anyways.
  • Although this isn't really a negative on the car, I miss my Logic7 stereo, Comfort Access and the side and rear sunshades, none of which my 5 has and my 3 did. The one option I don't really miss is the heated seats, since I never used mine in Miami.

Questions:
  • What are my choices as far as ECU tuning? I am seriously considering a used one.
  • As per above complaint, is there a cheap and easy way to make the steering stiffer or more responsive?
  • I will take the car to a mechanic soon, but I was wondering if you guys could have an idea what this is. When cruising at speeds about 40 mph, the wheels sounds like a centrifuge. It's difficult to describe. The problem becomes much more apparent when breaking. Problem with my breaks?
  • The weather sealing rubber strip that runs between the windshield and the roof is all cracked or gone in many areas from the heat. Is this replaceable?
  • The left side of the center horizontal wood trim where the A/C vents are seems to have come off at some point and is about 1/2 inch from the plastic it's supposed to lay on. Thankfully, it's barely noticeable and it doesn't rattle at all, but can you suggest how I can glue it back on? Because of it's shape, there's a lot of pressure pushing it out, so I'm not sure some simple glue would last long, maybe not even something like gorilla glue. It actually may have even lost a fastening clip from the back.
  • My navigation DVD drawer squeaks, as if the DVD spinning and rubbing against something in there. I had the same problem in my 2007 353i and never knew what it was. Is this a known problem?
  • Not really a question, but I wanted to upgrade my CCC iDrive for the new CIC one. However, I got prices and can't pay anything in the neighborhood of $3K for the entire system including Combox and 6NR. Sounds this will not be included in my project.


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Welcome to Bimmerwerkz. Glad to have you aboard. Excellent formatting btw.

Several companies offer ECU tuning including Active Autowerks. ECU tuning is usually done by computer rather then a plug and play device.

The E60 is outside my area of expertise so I'm not familiar with the iDrive system. I do know that the steering is mechanical linkage. On the E36 you could swap in the steering rack from a Z3 and it increased the steering performance.

As for the noise it's possible it's a stuck caliber. Its the most common cause of a sound from the wheels. Other symptoms could be a bad wheel bearing or a warped rotor.


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Thank you. I am kind of anal when it comes to organizing written word. LOL

I guess I won't know about the wheel noise until I go to the mechanic. I was just hoping to go in with an idea. You know how they can stiff you when they see you will believe anything they tell you. Your suggestions will definitely help.

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When you go the mechanic ask to see what it looks like when the car is up and the wheel is off. The wheels should spin freely, if not then their is an issue. With the wheel off turn the wheel so you can look straight at the rotor. If the caliper is stuck a brake pad will be pressed against the rotor. Something you should be able to see. I can't garentee this on your model though.Most mechanics will remove the caliper of they suspect this as its easier.


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Thanks so much! I'll report once I know what it was, in case it can help others.

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