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J4myy

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3 posts

25 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Hi, I'm in the market for a 535d sport. I am looking to spend up to 13k and was wondering if current/previous owners could point out things to look for before purchasing. I will be putting warranty on it, but any pointers would be .well received.

DuckDuck

304 posts

34 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Hi,

I have a 535D (Lci) The main issue was failed thermostats. I would check the engine coolant temp reaches above 88c, very common fault. If you do a search I'm sure you will come with a few other things, like vac hoses on the turbos perishing, gearbox slamming. On the touring, boot filling up with water if you also have the panoramic roof and the compressor hose for the air suspension failing. Also water ingress into the rear window micro switch can cause boot to open and other weird faults. Wiring near the hinge, touring again, known to cause problems. Water ingress into the rear spoiler aerial , touring again, also causes weird faults. So I would make sure all electrics work!

Suppose sounds bad but it's not. Overall it's a truly great car. Life cycle impulse is best IMO

Duck

Edited by DuckDuck on Sunday 7th October 21:21

J4myy

Original Poster:

3 posts

25 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
Wow!!! Thanks for a detailed response, I'm just waiting for the right one to come along. I'm going to go for the lci (budget permitting) thanks again

Neil.D

2,781 posts

92 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
In addition to the excellent info above here is mine...

When I bought mine I compiled a mental list of preventative measures.

1) Remove the swirl flaps

2) at the same time replace the vortex style crankcase breather (also called oil separator) these shouldn't clog but are so cheap .

3) Replace the run flat three with normal tyres - brilliant improvement



4) Replace coolant, main and EGR thermostat. These regularly fail causing cooler running, detrimental to diesels economy but more importantly the DPF which will clog up with soot and fail

5) remove the 'sure clog' valves in the rear wheel arches. These block up with clag and can cause water to back up filling the bootspace with water, killing very important i drive/PDC modules.
There is also a fairly simple relocating process for this to avoid problems.

http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/49784-i-drive-proble...


http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/index.php?app=core&mod...

The engine block, head and turbos seem to be reliable. The sequential turbo doesn't use Variable vanes and is controlled by several vacuum actuators. Failing Boost/vacuum hoses are quite common which can cause a heart in throat moment and you may lose all boost but can be visually spotted and can be a simple fix.

If you go for the touring there is the addition of the self levelling suspension. This has an air compressor behind the ROS wheel. Listen for a laboured pumping sound on start up. If it can repeatedly be heard or the back of the car drops once the ignition is off then you may have a leak. For info I probably hear mine in operation once every few months hinting at mine is currently still air tight.
There was an update for the air hose that feeds the compressor to change it from a weaker rubber pipe to a shrouded one that should be tougher. When I've inspected mine it was replaced with the updated on in 2007.
You can find out if u have the earlier or later version with an inspection panel behind the ROS wheel which is easily

I think you'll struggle to get a LCI with your budget unless you get a leggy one.

These have a 'lifetime DPF' but don't believe that for a Second.
Hot running with 'stats in good shape will help but it's no guarantee.

dave_s13

9,455 posts

155 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
Check the sat nav works!

My 2008 525d M sport E61 is having issues at the mo with reading the DVD disc.

Bloody sodding thing. You can get them repaired for about £200 apparantly.
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Neil.D

2,781 posts

92 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
Tried a laser cleaning cd?

J4myy

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3 posts

25 months

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Saturday 13th October 2012 quote quote all
Thanks guys, now begins the long hours on PH, AT and the bay to find the right one...

Col 666

949 posts

99 months

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Saturday 13th October 2012 quote quote all
Once you get one get it remapped, emaps did my old one for a few hundred pounds.
Gives it a hell of a lot more oomph and virtually no difference to mpg.

Neil.D

2,781 posts

92 months

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Saturday 13th October 2012 quote quote all
Indeed. Mines emapped and is no slower than the E39 M5 it replaced. It's just not as dramatic or interesting.

Just make sure it's in fine fettle prior to remapping, iron out any issues it may have first.

dave_s13

9,455 posts

155 months

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Wednesday 24th October 2012 quote quote all
Neil.D said:
Tried a laser cleaning cd?
Seem to have fixed it by simply reburning the disc image using these specific DVD-Rs

http://www.jetmedia.co.uk/popprods.htm?Product=J-D...

Apparantly the DVD drives are fussy but they like the JVC Taiyo Yuden (whatever that chuffing means) discs. Seemd to seek much more quickly and queitly now.

Babw

208 posts

32 months

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Thursday 25th October 2012 quote quote all
Don't go and test drive the 550i that happens to be sitting next to the 535d....I did and now I've got a 550i on my drive!

EssexIan

92 posts

169 months

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Thursday 25th October 2012 quote quote all
I have a 335d, listen to the advice about engine coolant and thermostats, if they are not operating properly your DPF will clog and fail, I learnt the hard way at 60K miles!

Ian

Outliar

78 posts

23 months

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Monday 5th November 2012 quote quote all
I have a 535d M sport touring, owned since 2 years old (2005 model). It had 17k miles when I bought it, and now has 70k miles about six years later. The car is great to drive, handles well. Hard wearing overall. I've only had two problems: the computer brain died, but was replaced free out of warranty (I paid labour only), and one of the tailgate gas struts failed and was replaced. A few thoughts:

- check the front spoiler and make sure the whole bumper assembly has even gaps against the metal panels. These spoilers are quite low and easy to catch on kerbs when parking front-end-to. I've pulled mine off twice, reversing off a kerb without realising it was caught, so I now reverse park against taller kerbs. These bumpers are expensive to replace.
- the steering wheel trim on the underside of steering wheel spokes on mine has worn off the plastic coating which is peeling off; ive noticed that newer models have metal panels presumably to overcome this.
-leather seats seem to wear well and clean up well (mine is tan leather, which gets grubby after time (I have 2 young kids), but it always cleans up nice
- reading the other replies to your post, I'm now worried the air suspension may need attention, I hear hissing sounds regularly after parking up... So check this when you test drive (warranty will sort it in your case if this happens, presumably)

MPG I get is about 29. I live in Portsmouth, and drive a lot of motorway miles. We lived in London up to 9 months ago, and MPG then was about 27. I don't drive like a lunatic, but also drive quite quickly, so you should see this sort of mpg.

The sunroof is great, a worthwhile option to hunt for.

Good luck.

Thomas



dave_s13

9,455 posts

155 months

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Tuesday 6th November 2012 quote quote all
EssexIan said:
I have a 335d, listen to the advice about engine coolant and thermostats, if they are not operating properly your DPF will clog and fail, I learnt the hard way at 60K miles!

Ian
Changed both stats on my LCI 525d at the weekend (same engine essentially), mines a manual E61 and wasn't getting over 81deg.

Ideally you want to get to the hidden OBC menu to check the temps on a test drive, should get up to 90-95 deg C. If not then either the EGR or Main Stat could be goosed.

They cost about £80 for the pair of stats from BMW plus another 20 or so quid for coolant (I lost about 5litres doing mine). Surprisingly easy to DIY despite some of the online guides making it sound trickier than it actually is.

dace

202 posts

96 months

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Tuesday 6th November 2012 quote quote all
Col 666 said:
Once you get one get it remapped, emaps did my old one for a few hundred pounds.
Gives it a hell of a lot more oomph and virtually no difference to mpg.
I have a E90 330D with an Emap and it transforms the car, when pushing on. Roughly 6-8% better fuel economy when being careful with the right foot too. Great all round car and the added bonus of excellent fuel economy on a long run! I can get almost 600 miles on a full tank of diesel.

dave_s13

9,455 posts

155 months

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Tuesday 6th November 2012 quote quote all
dace said:
Col 666 said:
Once you get one get it remapped, emaps did my old one for a few hundred pounds.
Gives it a hell of a lot more oomph and virtually no difference to mpg.
I have a E90 330D with an Emap and it transforms the car, when pushing on. Roughly 6-8% better fuel economy when being careful with the right foot too. Great all round car and the added bonus of excellent fuel economy on a long run! I can get almost 600 miles on a full tank of diesel.
I've just been in contact with E-Maps about mine. Can get it up to 250bhp/500odd NM for £299 inc VAT.

It's a fair old wedge this near christmas though scratchchin They discount a bit if doing more than one car at a time.

Group buy anyone? (I'm oop north btw - Leeds).

dace

202 posts

96 months

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Tuesday 6th November 2012 quote quote all
^^^ Pity I did not know that a few weeks back! Mine is approximately 300bhp and over 600Nm......just addictive!

eastsider

769 posts

109 months

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Tuesday 6th November 2012 quote quote all
I would say be careful, condition is everything. You plan to buy at the lower end of the market (£13k ish pre LCI) then remap – that is potentially asking for trouble. They are good cars as standard, fast, fairly economical on runs etc, and no doubt even better to drive remapped. But they are also very complicated and expensive cars (£40k plus new) and an older one, with the extra stress of a remap, is asking for trouble IMHO. And I would also be surprised if you can find a warranty worth having (assuming you declare remap) for a fair price…
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