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Old 09-05-2008, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have recently purchased a 2004 bmw 530i with only 36,000 miles on it and appears to have been very well maintained according the the BMW service dept records. Unfortunately, I have found 2 cracks on the wood dash trim, on the the dashboard and one on the center armrest panel.
I previously owned a 528' and for ten years and never had any issues with the wood trim.
I am wondering if this has been an issue with the E60 and whether the factory would honor a claim to replace the trim even though the car is out of warranty. Naturally, I didn't notice the cracks until after I had taken delivery of the car. I am thinking that I may be able to use this as leverage to purchase an after market "warranty" from the BMW dealership.
Any feedback on this issue would be appreciated.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 09-06-2008, 06:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's not a defect and won't be covered under warranty. It happens, I have a couple of cracks on my '01 530i. The trim is delicate and can crack with some moderate direct impact, like a hand pushing on it. The previous owner was not careful, that's all.
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IMO, I think the E60's are built more poorly than the E39's were. Just like Mercedes did at the change of the century, BMW is doing now. The quality of materials is not as durable and expensive as in previous years. This is an aim for German luxury makes to save money, and more than likely the woodgrain (if it is even real) was an easy item to do it with. I even noticed it moving from my solid-built W202 and W210 M-Bs and my E39 and test driving a newer model W211 M-B, X5 and 535i, the low-grade leather, dash materials, plastic interior door handles (BMW), and wood feels/looks so much more inexpensive in the newer models. Needless to say, the salesman wasnt too happy with the comment I made. So while Lexus and Infiniti's (and even Cadillac and Hyundai) materials are getting better, we are getting worse.
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