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My 530d has had a host of problems and several still have to be corrected:

On delivery:
1. One park distance control sensor in the front was faulty
2. I did not receive the latest Satelite Navigation CD
3. The battery was flat
(How it passed PDI, I am clueless)

Four months later, the park distance control was fixed last week and I'm still waiting on my CD

Since I have had the car:

1. The drivers window and door rattle on bumpy roads
2. The car creaks (body shift) when I reverse out of my drive way
3. The run flat tyre indictator failed on the last software upgrade. Germany is aware of the problem and releasing a software patch next month
4. BMW were unable to wheel alignment on my car as I chose the largest tyres possible on the car and their equiptment was not designed to work with such large tyres
5. The satelite navigation system is inferior to that of the 3 series, often giving 300 metres (300 yards) warning before having to change 6 lanes to take an off ramp. The 3 series gave 1km (3/4 mile warning)
6. My eletric fold in mirrors no longer fold in after the last software upgrade
7. The seat memory and mirror memory go slightly out of sync from time to time, where a mirror is pointing somewhere that shows me no back view (not be confused with auto dip, which I switched off)
8. Brake pads required an early change, BMW sorted out
9. The hood would not close after the first service. Required 3 attempts to correct the problem with a loose something that keeps it shut

Irritations:

1. One must use the Idrive to adjust aircon settings. There is more then enough place on the dash for it. The driver must nearly drive off the road to turn from aircon cold to aircon hot.
2. The steering wheel hides the park lights switch at my height
3. Switching from Radio to CD requires Idrive and distraction
4. Satilite navigation CD takes up the front loader. On the 3 series it is in the trunk.

That's about all I can remember at the moment. The car has to go back for some more work. Hopefully BMW can correct the problems and I can have a fully working car.
 
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1. One must use the Idrive to adjust aircon settings. There is more then enough place on the dash for it. The driver must nearly drive off the road to turn from aircon cold to aircon hot.
You do not have to use iDrive to change the temperature.

2. The steering wheel hides the park lights switch at my height
Then you can raise or lower your seat.

3. Switching from Radio to CD requires Idrive and distraction
You can program a steering wheel button to do this
 

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Originally posted by Josh_953@Sep 8 2004, 03:04 PM
1. One must use the Idrive to adjust aircon settings. There is more then enough place on the dash for it. The driver must nearly drive off the road to turn from aircon cold to aircon hot.
You do not have to use iDrive to change the temperature.

2. The steering wheel hides the park lights switch at my height
Then you can raise or lower your seat.

3. Switching from Radio to CD requires Idrive and distraction
You can program a steering wheel button to do this
1. There are indivual temp. dials under the radio that you turn to dial the temp you want; colder or hotter

2. You can raise/lower the steering wheel as well or one can take a few moments and memorize the switch settings.

3. When you insert a CD it should automatically override the radio.
 

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I had an error message that the Dynamic Drive was turned off and to reduce cornering speeds. A "valve block" was replaced, what ever that is.

There is also a California recall the have the emissions control system checked.

All my other problems except for the electronic thermostat control "ticking" have been resolved.
 

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I leased the 545i (Sport package, SMG, Premium Sound) in April and have clocked around 9,200 miles. Considering some of the posts I should consider myself lucky - however the laundry list of annoying issues that I've "experienced" include:
1. Engine cutting out after "Clutch Overheating" - sign came on. Took the car into the dealership and was told "driving in stop and go traffic should be avoided. In the very least try not to ride the gas pedal or wait for a gap in traffic to build before accelerating into it!" - I'd defy anyone to try that going over the George Washington Bridge on a Sunday night after a Yankee game!
2. The run flat tires provide false readings - told to "just ignore the warning and keep checking the tire pressure!"
3. Active Control stopped working on several occasions - Told "just turn off the engine unti lthe warning disappears!"
4. At slower speeds the engine seems to get confused as to what gear to go into so the engine hesitates for a second. I pull into my drive (doing say 30 mph) and then as I begin to go up it the engine pauses for a second and then almost stalls. Have to manually work down the gears to ensure smooth progression.

Shame to spend a reasonable amount on what I thought was going to be the "ultimate driving machine!" I typically assume these problems are somehow my fault, however reading these posts has been very helpful - thanks.

Last point - was interested that when called by BMW (or survey co.) when expressing my dissatisfaction the operator asked if I wanted to speak to someone from BMW - when I said yes I was put on hold, waited, waited, waited and then finally gave up - seems like a lot of fake consumer concern to me!
 

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Originally posted by boots@Oct 4 2004, 11:52 AM
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Shame to spend a reasonable amount on what I thought was going to be the "ultimate driving machine!" I typically assume these problems are somehow my fault, however reading these posts has been very helpful - thanks.

Last point - was interested that when called by BMW (or survey co.) when expressing my dissatisfaction the operator asked if I wanted to speak to someone from BMW - when I said yes I was put on hold, waited, waited, waited and then finally gave up - seems like a lot of fake consumer concern to me!
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Sounds like you need a software update from the dealer. "don't drive in stop and go traffic is a b.s. instruction. Cars should be able to drive wherever and whenever, especially a high tech car like the 545.

Check out forums.e60.net for mre info on the E60.
 

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I have a 545i manufactured in April 04 and arrived in May 04. Two very serious problems:

1) 600 miles: car looses all power after active steering fault. Car was running for approx. one minute and I was turning on a red light. never started it, had it towed. The car recorded two faults which BMW was able to read back. There was a firmware upgrade posted on the BMW "Tech Hotline". This was suppose to fix the problem. At this point, I'm freaking out. 70K for a car and I worried about it loosing power at 100+.

2) 4500 miles: car looses all power. No detectable fault. Car was running for approx one minute and I was coming to a stop sign when it happened. no warnings, no faults recorded; started it back up and drove it to BMW. They have had the car for 3 days and still don't know what the problem is.

Apparently the recall was only for cars after May so my car did not get it. TCR, when was your car manufactured? How were your problems resolved?

I'm wondering if I can get them to take this car back or give me my money back!

Very scared to drive it.
 

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Yikes ...

You folks are making me a bit leary of purchasing an '05 530i.

I've never owned a BMW, but have always been impressed whenever I have ridden in one. I realize the problems with owning a 1.0 version (first model year) of any redesigned vehicle - I am currently leasing an '02 VW Passat W8. However, I thought that BMW would have a better handle on things than this.

Maybe I'm being a bit too harsh here ... or maybe I just need to look at a used 5 series instead :)

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Originally posted by Josh_953@Sep 6 2004, 03:00 AM
I have a 2004 530i with the premium package and the dynamic handling package.

I have several problems with it:
1. There is a rattle in the passenger window when the car moves. It often occurs when I brake, accelerate or go over bumps.
2. There is a creaking in the driver's seat when I move around in it.
3. There seems to be a click, almost like a beep, coming from the rear right wheel well when the car is in motion. I only hear it when the car is moving slowly.

Any idea what these things may be?

Thanks.
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It seems to be a familur situation with BMW when they release a new car that the first production models are 'guinea pigs'. I own the 3 series and in know that the early e36's suffered a load of problems, most serious interior trim issues.
 

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Originally posted by TCR@Jul 22 2004, 11:20 PM
My problems with my new 545 are bad. I am not sure if others had experienced similar problems.

Problem #1
- Got 'Engine too hot warning' message. I took the car to the dealer and after few days of delay the dealer said that it is most likely a software issue and updated the software

- Few days later got the same message and before I could get to the dealer, the radiator water boiled out and spilled all over. Got the vehicle towed away to the dealer and after few days the dealer found the problem. It turns out the radiator fan was not working at all.

Problem #2
This is a very dangerous one.

While driving the car and taking a turn, the steering went rock hard (like stuck) and displayed the message 'Active Steering Initializing'. Luckily it was late in the night and I safely got to the curbside. On restarting the engine, the steering got unstuck.

Now the car is with the dealer and they are trying to figure out what is wrong. I am scared to drive the car..

Had anybody had similar experience?

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Holy crap! #2 is dangerous! what if you were doing some spirited driving on a curvy road?
"active steering initializing" that sounds like the computer tried to initialize the "software" but then sort of froze. You know? like sometimes your PC freezes up? I think they ought to stick with a more mechanical BMW and just let the computers monitor stuff like the e39 generation... that would probably cause a lot less problems.
 

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Hi there. I guess I'm posting my problems also. Just got back from taking the car into service. 530i 2004. Funny, the service rep. tells my wife, "This is the only 5 with these problems, we've never had any issues with these cars". Wow. Well here's my list.

1. Cup Holder stuck in place. (3rd time to be replaced)
2. Lighter broken.
3. Windows when using auto mode will sometime stop and lower back 3/4 of the way. BMW response, "could not reproduce"
4. Flat tire monitor constantly turning on. If I try to reset it, we can sit there for hours and it never completes the process. BMW response, "could not reproduce"
5. Same radio issue as reported by other owners. Static, No Sound, all of these occur on and off. BMW response, "could not reproduce".
6. Locks will sometime (Auto Lock) not engage, and they will continue trying to lock every few seconds. The only way to correct this is go into Idrive and disable auto lock feature. Next time you drive the car everything is fine. BMW response, "could not reproduce".
7. Car pulls to the right. BMW response, "could not reproduce".
8. The seat memory and mirror memory go slightly out of sync from time to time, where a mirror is pointing somewhere that shows me no back view (not be confused with auto dip, which I switched off) BMW response, "could not reproduce".
9. At low speeds the car gets confused changing gears. Have to switch to manual if going lets say under 30mph in order to get in correct gear.
10. Vehicle hesitates when accelerating.
11. If you are on a highway, the thing sways like if it had a sail on top of it. Never felt this before with any other BMW I've owned.

There are other issues, but we are so frustrated with this vehicle that I'm considering taking a big loss in order to get rid of it.

Thanks
 

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Hi!! How are you? Guys, why are so many people coming up with problems in the 5-series? These are very reliable cars, aren't they? I mean BMWs are very reliable cars.

I mean, when you have 50 sensors in a car, there is more chance that one of those will go wrong than say in a car with just 15 or 20.

They're very reliable cars. No mistake about that.

Thanks.
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Originally posted by M BMW@Nov 16 2004, 09:54 PM
Hi!! How are you? Guys, why are so many people coming up with problems in the 5-series? These are very reliable cars, aren't they? I mean BMWs are very reliable cars.

I mean, when you have 50 sensors in a car, there is more chance that one of those will go wrong than say in a car with just 15 or 20.

They're very reliable cars. No mistake about that.

Thanks.
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M BMW, while looking through this thread can be a bit scary, you need to keep in mind that for every person here with a problem, there are many more of us like myself who have had no problems. I've had my 5 since Feb 04 and other than a very minor recall that took 20 minutes to correct, have had NO problems. Now my car is pretty basic, no sports package, so I don't have Active Steering or Active Cruis Control or Parking Distance Control etc. Many of the problems seem to be on those cars with all the bells and whistles.
 

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Originally posted by tmontele@Jul 23 2004, 12:41 PM
I purchased a 545i two weeks ago. I drove it for a week and then it was recalled for a defective engine control unit (see copy press release below). I sent it to the dealer on July 16th and at this point I still do not know when I will get it back. I can say that I didn't have any problems with it (during the one week and 300 miles that I drove it). I really love the car and I want it back. It sounds like some of your problems may be related to the recall. Was you car manufactured betweenMay 12 and July 6? If you get any information please share it, I'm starting to questions my own recent very expensive purchase!!!!!

BMW Recalls 4,000 Cars

July 14, 2004
BMW is recalling 4,000 vehicles worldwide because of defective engine control units. The recall affects 5, 6 and 7-series and X5 models with V8 or V12 cylinder gas engines.

The company said a "temporary production fault of a supplier" is to blame.

The defect may cause the engine to cut off after a relatively short running time, potentially leading to a failure of the power-steering assistance as well as the brake booster following repeated operation of the brake, the company said.

"As a consequence, unexpected traffic situations including accidents may occur," BMW added.

The vehicles affected by the recall were built between May 12 and July 6 of this year.
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My 2004 530i - also likes to wander the road especially when posed with a hump or rise in the road - seems to pull like a magnet to one side or the other

muyst be the technology and they may have overdone it
 

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All these issues with my 2004 530i, minor as they are drove me nuts with service visits.

Service manager is good - his techs are lacking

here's my list:

The cupholder - lol
Needed new run flats on rear @ 7k miles - then they put wrong tires on

2 weeks later - car was pulling - back in - yep 2 new front run flats needed

that was about 5th serviec visit in 45 days - for a car i paid cash for

Now calling the owner

The response:
BMW paid for all 4 run flats - about $1500
Wrote me a check for pain and suffering - $1,000
Offered to buy me lunch

and I got the car out the door for $47k on a sticker of $53,700

Issues yes, but this guy knew how to make up

Urge all of you to complain - evidently, the dealers get special dispensation for customers identified as losing faith in BMW - and BMW is cutting checks to maintain loyalty and maintain the brand
 

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Originally posted by steckj@Nov 29 2004, 06:29 PM
Urge all of you to complain - evidently, the dealers get special dispensation for customers identified as losing faith in BMW - and BMW is cutting checks to maintain loyalty and maintain the brand
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Hah, pretty soon you'll see a post here from "BMW NA Customer Relations"
 

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Originally posted by The Pentium Guy@Nov 8 2004, 04:19 PM
Do you guys think that these problems will be resolved in the 05 models? I certainly hope so...
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We'll see. Most of the problems on the 1.0 version have been straightened out. It's taken about a year and several software updates (very expensive computer)!

MY '05 should be much better.
 

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this is unbelievable, this is a car costing in excess of $50k!!!

i am keeping my e46 for a long time before i get any of the new ones: the post about active steering is SCARY.
 
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