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Expensive BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (52%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 780 repairs.
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BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (34%)

$1000 - $2499 (66%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 462 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 560hp 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

61000 mi

US $1500
Failure of Rod bearing on Cylinder number 5 led to complete change of engine. 

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2013 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

35000 mi

US $2200
Headlight & fog light control module burned up. Odd, variable headlight &/or fog light outages, intermittent. Right headlight would sometimes work, but go out if fog lights were switched on, for example. 

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2013 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

59520 mi

﷼2000
Radiator leaked. Changed the whole thing. 

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2012.5 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 560hp 4.4L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

49060 mi

$980
A loss of engine power upon hard acceleration. Air intake folder cracked. Replaced 8x ignition coils. 
49600 mi

$1300
Aircon compressor had 80% intermittent failure. Works a little but mostly not working. Clutch damaged. Need to replace whole unit. 
55180 mi

$70000
Car reported a drive train fault. Sent car in for checkup. Engine exploded during engine check and diagnostics due to a defective oil pump. BMW refuses to admit the problem and won't help.  
55180 mi

$40000
Engine exploded due to defective oil pump. Repaired by independent shop for $40,000. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 375hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

49600 mi

$200
Windscreen replacement. It was probably a rock which hit it on autobahn. 
58280 mi

$4000
Adaptive headlight on the right side had mysteriously flooded and all electronics of the light cluster had to be replaced. EGR system was leaking exhaust fumes. A faulty part was replaced. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

62000 mi

US $1900
Replaced electrical coolant pump and battery 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

16000 mi

US $1057
Navigation and blind spot monitors. Neither fixed. 
27900 mi

$2000
Engine overheating warning. Had to stop the car. Left the car to roadside assistance who delivered to dealership. Dealership replaced water pump and thermostat. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 400hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

66000 mi

US $1350
Leaking coolant line for turbocharger needed replacement. Cost was approximately $900. Driver's power seat extender needed repair. Cost to repair was $450. 
78000 mi

US $2200
High pressure fuel pump failure resulting in reduced power mode. It went into reduced power mode that would reset when the car was restarted. 
78000 mi

US $299
Replace front thrust arms due to excessive play when braking- $815 -braking had vibration, problem solved. Required re-alignment at $199 extra. Cracked Rear Differential Bushing-$945 (replace bushing)-problem solved. Leaking Upper Oil Pan Gasket- $2490 replace gasket and problem solved (excessive oil consumption)-problem solved. 
67000 mi

US $5000
Consuming oil 1L every 400 Miles Consuming oil still 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 400hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

80000 mi

US $1800
While in for recall work on fuel pump dealer found a coolant leak mostly covered by service contract. Small leak requires extensive work to fix, including removal or turbochargers. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

64000 mi

US $2000
Cooling pump failure. Replaced it and thermostat. 
61380 mi

C $650
Battery had to be replaced. 
65100 mi

C $1700
Water pump had to be replaced along with thermostat.rnAlso problems with driver door freezing up. 
65720 mi

C $450
Weather strip around the driver entry had worn and was replaced. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

72000 mi

US $5000
Split boots in the drive train led to fluids leaking onto the rotor, which then suffered damage and had to be replaced, front and rear. leaking gasket - replaced 
130000 mi

US $2400
Replaced L and R axle shafts, problem with CV joints 
135000 mi

US $1600
Water pump failed, replaced thermostat as well 
110360 mi

C $3000
Valve Cover Gasket Leak 
117800 mi

C $1500
-Leak in the Oil Filter Housing - replaced 2 gaskets ($75 in parts, almost $500 in Labour) -Leak in the Oil Filter Cap ($30 Replaced) 
119660 mi

C $1000
Oil Leaks from VG + OFHG - extensive leaks, making the car unusable 
137200 mi

US $898
Alignment and new tires because of shaking from 70-80mph. Car still shakes but the problem is much better. 
93000 mi

US $2900
Front passenger door lock doesn't always unlock with pull (cable feels loose) Rear window shade would not electronically retract, it would try but get stuck before any movement was performed Window Tint removed, dealer scratched trim on drivers window, needs to be replaced 
157000 mi

US $15000
Had to replace engine due to the serpentine belt slipping and getting sucked into the main seal. Could have repaired for about half of the cost but there was no guarantee the issue would be resolved upon completion. I now have a new(to me) engine with a warranty through BMW. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

147000 mi

US $1100
Replaced water pump 
124000 mi

US $5500
Reverse gear of the manual transmission was inoperable. Looked for used or rebuilt transmissions locally, but couldn't find one. Replaced with a certified manufacturer transmission. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

87000 mi

US $3871
Cylinder head assembly valve cover replacement,  front brakes complete, rear brakes rotors, brake fluid flush. Left tie rod replacement, alignment. 
88000 mi

US $6355
Front suspension thrust rods and bushings,  right wheel differential axle seal leaking,  AC compressor leaking. 
64000 mi

US $1000
Battery was overcharging. System reprogrammed, battery replaced.  Also, second problem with Check Engine light for gas cap that failed. 
64500 mi

US $1000
Oxygen Sensor replaced. 
63500 mi

US $100
Headlight Failure 
78000 mi

US $200
Sunroof stuck. (Also replaced rear tires) 
82000 mi

US $2300
Parking/Daylights - Two modules malfunctioned. 
106900 mi

US $4000
Struts and Springs failed 
116000 mi

US $300
Radio Buttons on BMW are manufactured white and then coated black leaving a white portion for the number. The black covering wore causing button to turn all white. 
159000 mi

US $300
Vehicle immobilizer unit replaced 
163000 mi

US $1000
AC not blowing cold. Found leak, replaced lines and switch. 
166000 mi

US $150
Coolant expansion tank leaking 
63000 mi

US $2510
Seal is bad on the Xenon Headlamp unit, which allowed water inside, which affected the control module 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

32640 mi

$1000
Replace battery 
35320 mi

$4300
Car jerks when slowing before stopping. Jerking also happen when down shift gear and up shift at low speed. Replace gear box 
42160 mi

$400
Door handle grip melted 
43400 mi

$400
Head gasket rubber leaked and replaced 
36280 mi

$150
Cooling system pipe leak 
62620 mi

$1000
Loud noise while driving at high speed. Disguised as Vanos clogge Noise at engine Bay at idle speed. Car vibrate while at Low speed. Replaced motor mount. 
65100 mi

$500
Replaced left headlight. 
65720 mi

$800
Replaced brake pads and rotor 

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2010 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

87860 mi

€2000
Fuel injectors replaced 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

36300 mi

US $500
Control arm bushings failure discovered during routine brake service. Replaced. Oil cooler (heat exchanger) leakage: a known problem with the N52 engines. 
50200 mi

US $1600
Failed gasket leading to large oil leak onto the exhaust manifold, accompanied by a smell of burning oil. Wipers fail when it rains: a relay shorts, completely incapacitating the wipers. 
56000 mi

US $1200
TPMS RF transciever failure. (It was not the TPMS sensor in the wheel that failed - the failure was by the central receiving and processing unit). Dealer replaced the unit. 
64000 mi

US $1300
Leaking oil; oil leaked through a gasket and accumulated in the exhaust manifold. 
82500 mi

C $300
Battery replaced. Front suspension squeaking over speed bumps. Sway bar lubed. Still does it. My mechanic says they all do it, on cold mornings more so. 
78100 mi

C $1150
Electric cooling pump went, left me stranded. CAA tow necessary. 
79300 mi

C $400
Coil packs all 6 replaced 
81620 mi

C $3000
Replace all 6 fuel injectors, due to stumbling idle on cold morning 
83700 mi

C $680
Diversity Antenna stopping working, water corroded the circuit board. Key fob stopped working as a result. 
88660 mi

C $120
Rear Tailgate glass microswitch failed 
98270 mi

C $900
Water pump failed, again. 
103540 mi

C $520
Oil canister leaking & soiled serpentine belt as a result so replace that as well. 
104160 mi

C $1673
Tailgate Hatch Hydraulic Cylinder was replaced. 
104780 mi

C $460
Battery replaced with AGM unit. Sway bar end link replaced right front side. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

73000 mi

US $1000
Water pump cracked overheated. 
48000 mi

US $7100
Replaced injectors, walnut blast cleaned intake valves, replaced a few coils, 
70800 mi

US $1230
Replaced water pump after it failed, plus thermostat. 
75000 mi

US $1356
Valve cover gasket, oil cooler gasket, and oil filter. Spark plugs, Belt tensioner, AC belt, Idler pulley top and bottom. Upper radiator hose. 
79800 mi

US $1300
Water pump replacement 
94000 mi

US $800
Upper and lower radiator hoses 
102200 mi

US $260
Replaced all six coil packs and spark plugs. 
110000 mi

US $246
Battery Replaced as suggested by Dealer. I replaced battery on my own 
129000 mi

US $1600
Water Pump replaced 
48000 mi

US $488
replaced tail light wire 
76000 mi

US $1420
Replacement of Oil Filter Housing Gasket, plus upper radiator and themostat hoses saturated by engine oil leak. Replacement of battery cables. Oil & Flter changes. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

105000 mi

US $1000
Oil leak, valve gasket 
114000 mi

US $1500
oil leaking from valve cover, replaced gasket 
139100 mi

US $1000
When temperatures dropped to the teens the car would not maintain idle and would stall. Engine service light would come on. Error code was not captured in computer. Tech could not diagnose although could duplicate problem. 
177000 mi

US $1400
High pressure fuel pump needed replacing 
82500 mi

US $1800
Third trip for fuel injector 3 and 6 replacement. Changed all 6 this time per BMW Service Bulletin. Hoping the repair sticks. Front right "Halo" replacement. 
105000 mi

US $600
I don't remember the exact repair. 
108000 mi

US $500
Cooling hose deteriorated and broke. Also discovered a crack in the cooling fan housing. Repaired (plastic) housing with a bonding glue, then braced with a permanent clamp. Replaced coolant hose assembly. 
134000 mi

US $750
Fuel pump failure. Lots of fault codes for HP pump, in-tank pump and control unit. No clear indication of root cause. Replaced the high pressure fuel pump.  
136000 mi

US $400
replaced fuel pump control module 
65000 mi

US $500
Battery died. 
77000 mi

US $1100
Water pump failure. Replaced water pump. Oil filter cooler gasket failure noticed during water pump repair; replaced gaskets. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

94000 mi

US $225
Car began to stumble upon hard acceleration. Diagnosed as either a bad stick coil or bad plug or bad fuel injectors, in that order. I was due for 100k mile plug replacement. So I replaced plugs and stick coils at the same time. Not a hard task if you watch how to remove all the plastic stuff in the way. Car now runs like new! 
97000 mi

US $4000
This one hurt. Auto trans was not always shifting to 6th gear on the highway. Noticed lower mileage. Took it in for service and they finally got a fault that pointed to the valve body ($2500 cheap) in the transmission.  That plus a fix of an oil filter housing leak  plus a recommended updated radiator upper hose and I was at $4k. Still love the car, but that was a tough pill. 
99000 mi

US $1200
A/c compressor was making a loud whine. About to fail, so replaced. Still whines some, not like a new car. Rebuilt units must be not so perfect. 
113000 mi

US $240
Rear shock replacement. 
47300 mi

US $500
Trunklid motor. Do not know if adjusted or replaced. 
79000 mi

US $500
Oil plumbing had significant leak, which was discovered when the idiot light came on for the oil level. 
86000 mi

US $2000
Gasket leak fixed. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

58000 mi

US $500
New belt tensioner Hydraulic fluid leak 
74000 mi

US $1300
new tires and re-balance, but this failed to fix ongoing wheel vibration problem 
84000 mi

US $900
New transmission pan and gasket, fluid, and filter valve cover gasket oil leak 
66150 mi

US $1200
Control arm bushings replaced plus alignment. 
81000 mi

US $740
Oil leak from pinion seal on rear differential. Seal replaced. 
83000 mi

US $1185
Power steering fluid leaking from reservoir cap. Cap o-ring replaced. Valve cover gasket leaking. Gasket replaced. Car front suspension was "crashing" over large bumps. Front lower control arms were worn. Control arms were replaced. 
84000 mi

US $1756
Car was making a loud whining noise at moderate speed. Rear diff had locked up. Repaired by replacing with used part. Last year, the diff was leaking and seal was replaced. It's likely that this previous seal failure caused this. 
73160 mi

C $1600
Replaced, front thrust arms, ball joints and lower control arms 
91540 mi

C $1400
Eccentric shaft sensor replaced, the symptoms were rough idle and occasional loss of power 
111600 mi

C $120
Replaced front window moulding and rear window moulding as they both were disintegrating 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

48500 mi

US $1500
Buttons died on radio then screen went black no known repair at this time. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

78000 mi

US $2700
Oil leak 
90000 mi

US $2000
Leaking coolant, replaced reservoir 
115000 mi

US $1500
Hatchback door 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

43000 mi

US $500
Lower control arm passenger side defective. 
54000 mi

US $500
Windshield washer pump leak. 
54500 mi

US $1200
Defective water pump and thermostat. 
84000 mi

US $1000
Serpentine belt broke because of an oil leak that was barely visible when looking at the top side of the engine. Belt got oily and wore down. Still leaking and need to bring it back in. 
84000 mi

US $695
When the belt broke, pieces of the belt were embedded in the crank seal. Crank seal replace and car is running well. 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

75000 mi

US $505
Service Engine light came on. Error Code 29F3, low pressure fuel sensor failure. Sensor replaced. 
76000 mi

US $135
Engine Icon illuminated again at 75.345 miles. Dealer advised Fault Codes 29E0 & 29E1; fuel lean both banks. Advised "remove intake and decarb cylinders @ $780.00. I refused, solution does not match symptom or fault codes. Visited Independent BMW Specialist. They confirmed install of new low pressure fuel sensor, checked vacum hoses, smoke tests, etc. Discovered the dealer did not reset "Adaptation Values" after installing new low pressure sensor. Good to go! 
88000 mi

US $135
Engine Icon illuminated. Fault codes 29E0 and 29E1 Engine run lean. No problem found. 2 Independent BMW servicers unable to diagnose. Reset all adaptive values and wait for new fault codes. 
91600 mi

US $190
Walnut shell blasting of all intake vales removing crud. Acceleration improved and is linear without hesitation. Gas milage improved by 2 mpg on an extended roadtrip at 70mph +. F/C's 29E0 & 29E1 continue to present; run lean both banks. 
97000 mi

US $1500
Replaced all 6 fuel induction injectors after fault codes 29E0 & 29E1 (run lean both banks) continue to present along with stumble starts and rough idle. Old ones appear fouled by poor fuel; ethanol/sulpher. Engine starts and idle are improved. 
98000 mi

US $100
Replace Side Seal in Leaking Rt. Ft. Diff. 
125000 mi

US $125
Engine Oil Leak at Diverter Valve and MAP Sensor Seal. Replaced Seal. 
131712 mi

US $180
Repair Oil Leak at the Intercooler, Change Out Intercooler Pipe "O" Ring. 
131762 mi

US $1109
Fluid Leaks at Rear Differential. Change Pinion Seal at Both Output Shafts, Change Output Shaft Seal; Axle. 
146022 mi

US $1149
Replace Oil Cooler Seal 
94860 mi

C $2600
oil leak causing serpentine belt to fail prematurely 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

67300 mi

US $300
Oil filter Housing leaking 
73000 mi

US $300
Right rear window fails to raise 
82000 mi

US $140
Trunk failed to close and latch 
82800 mi

US $698
Left & Right Rear Wheel Bearings making noise. Both Wheel Bearings removed and replaced. 
92800 mi

US $180
Belt Tensioner loose. Belt Tensioner loose removed and replaced. 
104000 mi

US $200
Remove and replace Engine valve cover gasket Remove a replace Spark Plugs 
113347 mi

US $1340
At startup engine ran rough for 5 seconds then smoothed out. Diagnosis: Failed Crankcase Ventilation valve and Eccentric shaft sensor. Resolution: Replaced Valve Cover (houses CCV) and Eccentric shaft sensor. 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

30000 mi

US $200
12v power outlet socket failure possibly caused by previous owner 
45000 mi

US $300
Wheel not balancing with RoadForce balance, suspect out of round, possibly tire out of round, not properly rectified, still have vibration. 
73000 mi

US $1300
wheel vibration - not solved by new tires on existing rims, plus balancing and alignment 

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2008 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

95000 mi

US $1800
R/R oil pan, valve cover gasket, cooler housing gasket 
96000 mi

US $800
Replace eccentric drive shaft sensor 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

82500 mi

C $800
labour + parts for 6 spark plugs and 6 ignition coils 
76260 mi

C $4011
Rebuilt 1st gear and reverse 
96720 mi

C $550
Intelligent battery sensor replaced 
112000 mi

US $1700
Oil Filter Housing Seals Leaking. Seals replaced including oil cooler. Thrust Arm Bushings - Both Sides 
55800 mi

$3500
Distance sensor for adaptive cruise control had to be replaced 
66200 mi

US $302
warm a/c replaced compressor and expansion valve 
73800 mi

US $450
wires to tailgate cycled and broke. needed to replace wires to tailgate. 
80700 mi

US $439
replace water pump. new bushings for front suspension 
90300 mi

US $1600
automatic tailgate hydraulic failure. replaced pistons and electrical wiring. 
106000 mi

US $100
tire pressure monitor needed replacement on left front wheel. 
116000 mi

US $116
water from drains shorted out electrical components. replaced sirius module under insurance claim. replaced mechatronic sleeve on transmission under extended warranty. 
77500 mi

C $2500
Replace turbocharger - waste gates sticking Replace rear window switch Actuator motor for transfer case Actuator motor for transfer case Replace solenoid for turbocharger Replace switch for rear window 
83700 mi

C $5500
Water leak into trunk - sunroof drains plugged. Shorted out modules for I-drive, sunroof, load leveling, transmission display and one other. 
89860 mi

C $300
Replace vacuum hose - engine was losing power under acceleration 
99700 mi

C $1100
Overheating - leaking water pump - replaced 
103000 mi

C $1500
Sun roof drain tube plugged - water backs up into rear compartment (wagon) and shorts out electronics 
106640 mi

C $650
Replaced faulty coil and spark plug 
115200 mi

C $1500
Drain hoses in sunroof plugged (3rd time failed) - overflow runs into rear compartment. Minor electronics are located below spare tire - shorted out Tire pressure monitor 
107700 mi

US $600
Replace crankshaft position sensor 
108000 mi

US $1000
Low pressure fuel pump 
120000 mi

US $350
the motor that turns the headlamps right or left when you steer right or left, broke, in the right headlight. I chose to not fully repair it, as it would cost $1200. Just making the light aim straight now - cost $240 
133000 mi

US $800
Key fob stopped working, and the problem was the wiring harness, which developed a short where it travels from the chassis to the rear hatchback. 
136000 mi

US $550
The headlamp unit developed condensation and the corroded the bulb connection. The entire headlamp unit was replaced. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

46700 mi

US $600
Water pump died 
57000 mi

US $4000
Draining battery symptoms were slow clock, various error message. Battery and alternator both bad. Fuel injectors replaced improperly by prior shop 
100000 mi

US $100
water appearing in battery compartment which in a wagon is in the right rear corner beside cargo area. headliner has to be removed in order to clear the drain lines that come off the sunroof. 
111000 mi

US $4100
rear air suspension wiring damage to left rear sensor, possibly from road debris $500 Thrust rod bushings totally shot. Noticed with increased vibration/clunking in steering wheel immediately upon sharp braking at low speeds. $600 Thermostat failing. Noticed by CEL code. Replacing water pump at same time due to labor into same area of engine and mileage on original pump. $1450 for both items car not responding to remote keys. (doors won't lock/unlock, hatch won't open, etc) $2500-$3300 to repair/replace wiring looms in rear hatch area !!!!!! Oil filter Housing Gasket- heavy leak, $950 to access and repair! 
88200 mi

US $600
The N54 twin turbo motor had excessive carbon buildup on the intake valves due to the poor design of the EGR system on this direct injection motor. BMW's solution is a walnut shell blasting of the valves every 40K miles as 'maintenance'. 
89000 mi

US $300
Check engine light came on for misfire. Engine running rough. Replaced all six plugs. Problem persisted. Ended up replacing all six coils. Problem solved. BMW recommends coil replacement every 45000 miles. Indies recommend 30000 miles. 
94000 mi

US $500
Engine malfunction warning upon hard acceleration. Replaced boost control solenoids - didn't fix it. New diagnosis - bad turbos - leaking wastegates. BMW extended the warranty on the turbos for wastegate issues but only to 82,000 miles. SOL 
98700 mi

US $3700
Both turbo wastegates were leaking resulting in lost power and numerous CEL. Both turbos were replaced with factory remanufactured units. Low speed engine misfire/rough idle when cold and under high load. 
100500 mi

US $440
CEL caused by engine misfire. Replaced one injector. These were replaced in 2009 under recall but are proving to be bad as well. BMW has a newer version of injector that the BMW community says is solid but BMW won't replace. Customer pays 
108000 mi

US $2000
Brake Master Cylinder failure. 
109000 mi

US $650
Thrust bushings in the front lower control arms failed. Common with all BMW's with high mileage. Caused toe induced tire wear. Recommenmdation is to replace every 80,000 miles. 
116600 mi

US $150
Rear shocks were tired. Replaced both with Bilstein HD. Intermittent low battery warning. The battery was original from 2008. Had it replaced with aftermarket Interstate battery and also had the battery registered to the ECU. Rear self leveling suspension failure warning. Had shop inspect it at same time battery was being replaced. Shop found water in the spare tire well (where BMW put the self leveling susp. control unit). Shop drained the water. Rear self leveling suspension failure came back. Problem took a week to trace. Sunroof cassette drain clogged by dead bugs. Drain cleared. Problem corrected. Holes drilled in spare tire well to prevent future water accumulation. 
118000 mi

US $700
Front struts were tired. Replaced front struts with Bilstein HD and had car aligned. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 232hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

69000 mi

C $2000
Engine oil leaks 
11160 mi

$2000
Left Rear bearings had to be replaced 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 174hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

182900 mi

€1300
Blown Turbo 
195300 mi

€3700
The timing chain broke 
228160 mi

€100
Bad oil leak. 
233120 mi

€300
Oil leak at the oil filter housing returned after about three weeks. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

55100 mi

US $1300
Water pump failed 
2200 mi

US $64000
Bad fuel pump and bad fuel injectors mean potential fire hazzard and possible explosion. You should know that the 2008 535i has some major defects engine wise. My car has been in for this problem twice now, this time though it was the worst. 
79000 mi

US $300
Wastegates rattle. BMW replaced under mfg extended warranty. Replaced vacuum lines. 
79000 mi

US $2600
Rough idle on cold start. Engine stalled and cd check engine light came on with P0300,0301,0302misfire codes. Replaced plugs, injectors and coils on all cylinders. 
91900 mi

US $180
Slight front wheel bearing noise. Replaced both front wheel bearings. 
122700 mi

US $2100
Struts, shocks, mounts 
60000 mi

US $3500
air conditioner failed again. 
26040 mi

$2000
The lurching problem of ZF transmissions. Every time I slow down going to a full stop, the auto transmission downshifts smoothly then from 2nd gear, it slams to 1st gear with a strong thud! 
123700 mi

US $200
Oil leak from the gasket on the oil cooler. 
125300 mi

US $660
Oil filter gasket failed and required replacement. Had slow but constant/steady leak. 
127300 mi

US $1700
Coolant system leak. Cooling line to turbo bank #2 failed. Car was spewing coolant at an alarming rate when car is operating under pressure while driving. 
121500 mi

US $700
front hubs/bearings 
116700 mi

US $4500
Replaced oil pan gasket which had a very slight leak. This was covered by my 3rd party warranty. Hydraulic leak in active stabilizer bar. Bar was replaced. 
122000 mi

US $2700
Leaking power steering pump replaced with re-manufactured unit. I paid $200 to cover tax and the v-belt which the warranty co. doesn't cover. Third party warranty company paid the balance. 
127000 mi

US $2624
Engine running rough sometimes at startup and then for a few miles. Problem got worse and more frequent. ECU finally set a code which turned on the check engine light(CEL). 2 injectors were found to be bad. All six had to be replaced, what? 
137000 mi

US $136
One ignition coil failed under hard acceleration. Code was read indicating which of the 6 coils failed. Coil was replaced. Should have done it myself since the coil is available from a number of internet sources for about $25. Would have been a great excuse to buy a code reader. Oh well... 
69000 mi

US $6600
Turbocharger waste gate failure. Replaced turbochargers. 
30000 mi

US $1080
Stability control and start off assistance not working 
18000 mi

US $6000
Replaced both turbo units under warranty 
21000 mi

US $3000
Replaced high pressure fuel pumps. Engine went in limp home mode 
125000 mi

US $2500
replaced water pump, heating core 
125000 mi

US $6000
Transmission was whinning and required replacement 
125000 mi

US $6000
The transmission failed and had to be replaced. Cost was $6000 
88000 mi

US $175
TPM in a wheel failed. Dealer determined which TPM sensor was bad, pulled the tire and replaced it. 
98000 mi

US $1049
TPM failure. Dealer could not determine which unit in tire failed. Solution was to replace all for $800. Choose not to but had to pay $200 for diagnostic. Left Halo light not working - cost $339.04 to replace - have to remove the front bumper to get to the light! Replaced all tire TPM sensors as dealer could not determine which one failed. I paid for 3 of the 4 sensors. 5 of the 6 fuel injectors found leaking. I paid for 3 and 2 were under warranty. 
98000 mi

US $1049
3 of 6 injectors leaking, including two of the new ones - replaced TPM failure light on - all 4 TPM sensors replaced because BMW dealer could not determine which individual sensor was bad 
92700 mi

US $2000
Turbo Replacement 
94300 mi

US $2400
Replaced injectors 
96000 mi

US $500
Water Pump / Thermostat 
101000 mi

US $550
Oil leak 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

89000 mi

US $2100
Replace Turbos that BMW and Dealer would not cover under warranty. Had waste gate rattle, bushings worn out. TSB. Replace fuel injectors due to prior dealer installing incorrectly damaging all six. Replaced leaking oil filter gaskets Replaced leaking Valve cover gasket Walnut shell blasted intake valves to clean carbon off of them. 
92000 mi

US $1200
Bad water pump, replaced also replaced thermostat and expansion tank. 
93000 mi

US $2500
Fuel injectors 
104000 mi

US $1500
Ignition coil Head gasket repair 
60000 mi

US $1200
water pump needed to be replaced (failed) and also replaced thermostat 
49300 mi

US $900
Both headlamp fixtures needed replacement, no longer under original factory warranty. 
103000 mi

US $2000
Gasket seals and oil filter gaskets 
105000 mi

US $1200
Water pump needed replacement. 
73000 mi

US $1000
Front suspension problem - replaced parts. 
36000 mi

US $350
Housing for the rear turn and reverse light... 
40500 mi

US $160
Right Low bean headlight. 
43000 mi

US $317
Accidentally poured engine oil into power steering oil compartment, had to have it flushed out. 
47200 mi

US $345
Replaced with a new battery 
50000 mi

US $4500
Transmission mechatronics leak Replaced mechatronics 
51460 mi

C $2000
Had to replace the Transmission sleeve as it had a slow leak 
48000 mi

US $2000
waterpump went out after 9 days past warranty. also all injectors, plugs, ignition coils had to be replace. fought with BMW NA and they agreed to pay for parts. Labor was over $2,000. Traded the car in for a brand new Mini Copper Hardtop S. 
106000 mi

US $500
Water hose needed replacement 
115400 mi

US $1049
Diagnosed as faulty DMTL pump and IBS cable, which caused my check engine light to stay on. The faulty pump and IBS cable had to be replaced. 
63500 mi

US $450
Transmission oil leak Replace leaking windshield washer pump 
66000 mi

US $1000
Catastrophic water pump failure, causing immediate engine overheating. Computer shut down the engine, preventing further damage. Water pump was replaced. 
74200 mi

US $200
Oil leak from the filter housing Control arm bushing fluid leak 
109000 mi

US $400
Replace faulty crankshaft position sensor 
138000 mi

US $1200
Compressor replaced 
64000 mi

US $200
right rear lights went out, replaced connector and a bracket 
76000 mi

US $150
Fuel injector bank failure 
94000 mi

US $200
Car overheated. Towed to dealer 
99300 mi

US $300
Water pump failed Engine malfunction light 
100000 mi

US $500
Both turbos replaced with purchased warranty. They paid $3K, I paid $500 
105000 mi

US $2500
Oil gasket leak Tie rod ends frozen 
66000 mi

US $1700
updated software, replace damaged steering arm, 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

67000 mi

US $1500
Water pump failed. Water pump and thermostat replaced.  Also replaced passenger side angel eye bulb. 
73200 mi

US $500
Replace left rear window regulator 
81700 mi

US $2000
Replaced alternator belt and idler pulley. Repaired minor oil leak. Also address brake light recall issue (no charge). 
82460 mi

C $670
Mild leak was discovered oil housing gasket. Had that fixed and some adjacent seals replaced. 
95480 mi

C $1400
Fuel injectors cleaned out with walnut shells. Car was running very rough. 
106020 mi

C $2200
Thermostat was replaced and water pump was replaced proactively. 
110120 mi

C $640
Coolent hose and sensor replacement 
120900 mi

C $2200
Oil leak from two areas. 
122760 mi

C $1400
Oil leak from seal and spark plug changes, but problem is with error code coming on randomly (engine malfunction - limp mode) due to turbo pressure failure. Still investigating... 
124000 mi

C $400
One of the Turbos was setting off error messages and the linkage was adjusted due to wear. 
124620 mi

C $2000
Alternator belt shredded and got sucked into the engine. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

54000 mi

US $780
Replaced all ball joints and control arm bushings. I was having issues with the front brake rotors receiving pad material deposits. This would in turn produce heavy steering wheel vibration upon braking. Found bad balljoints. Engine cooling fan running on high with no heat in vehicle. Electric water pump failed. Replaced electric water pump. 
57000 mi

US $500
The 4X4 light, including DSC ABS EBS, and I forget the rest came on. In combination with a stutter under acceleration and a inconsistent thud. All of this was related to replacement of the transfer case positioning motor. 
78300 mi

US $299
Car was making growling noise when HVAC was on. This noise changed pitch with engine RPM's. AC system needed re-charged, with dye. Dealer claimed it was not leaking and that it is normal to lose 10% per year of refrigerant. 
93300 mi

US $250
Evaporator developed a leak December 2014, just now getting around to replacing it. Parts are inexpensive, however must take dash completely out to repair. 
94000 mi

US $400
The 4X4 light, including DSC ABS EBS, and I forget the rest came on. In combination with a stutter under acceleration and a inconsistent thud. All of this was related to replacement of the transfer case positioning motor. 
144000 mi

US $1800
Replaced transfer case mounting bushing due to a "clunk".  Replaced tension struts, tie rod ends, control arms, ball joints and wheel bearings. Engine was leaking oil, source of leak was attributed to the oil filter and oil cooler gaskets failing. Replaced gaskets. Car had a misfire and needed the intake valves cleaned. This is a routine maintenance item that was way overdue. Replaced both front half shafts due to a severe vibration while accelerating. 
146000 mi

US $4500
The car had severe boost lag. The original turbochargers waste gates were worn beyond their service life. Turbochargers were replaced. 
113000 mi

US $2100
Water pump, thermostat, oil in radiator. Reseal oil cooler 
114000 mi

US $250
Plastic hose eroded away from front of head 
60000 mi

US $1300
water pump went out 
67800 mi

US $950
fuel pump 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 174hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

69440 mi

$90000
rpm fluctuates and car sometimes stop in the middle of road . problem was with fuel system 
82460 mi

$15000
engine and gear mounts got replaced drive shft bearing mount also broken. bmw do not have the part. till then i cant drive car. they are out of stock worldwide. 
84320 mi

$22000
Differential seal of right side axle got leaked and replaced both seal and differential oil 
88040 mi

$7500
Drive shaft mount got damaged because of bmw workshop mechanics . Timing chain start rattling they adjust the tensioners. Hence they had removed the driveshaft and gearbox. They fix a bolt in centre of shaft and its alingment become out. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

500-horsepower 5.0L V10 7-speed automated manual RWD

31000 mi

$100
DSC, EDC, ABS Lights on on dash, DSC disabled. DSC control module was reset. problem comes back about once a week, goes away on restart. 
39460 mi

$800
DSC, EDC, ABS Lights on on dash, DSC disabled. Had the DSC pump removed, sent it to ecutesting.com in the UK for a rebuild. Got it back, had it installed back. Problem solved. Car wasn't driveable while waiting for the part. 
42160 mi

$2000
The SMG pump motor failed and had to be replaced. 
55000 mi

US $500
ignition coil replacement 
62000 mi

US $8000
Vanos system repair 
71000 mi

US $2200
throttle actuators replaced 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

500-horsepower 5.0L V10 6-speed manual RWD

88700 mi

US $375
Replace Battery 
95500 mi

US $1500
VANOS solenoids 
110000 mi

US $15000
Complete engine replacement 
150000 mi

US $1000
Ignition coil 
76000 mi

US $4600
Oil cooler and oil lines started leaking with a Class III leak and needed repair. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

63300 mi

US $500
CEL light was on when I took the car in for recall work. Dealer diagnosed that the DMTL unit needed replacement. 
62000 mi

US $1200
Radiator cooling fan failed, causing engine to overheat in traffic. Could not get the car off the road, so overheating caused the coolant bottle to crack. Fan part alone was $650, plus $100 for the bottle and labor. Car had to be towed. 
93000 mi

US $3500
Coolant system was leaking. Replaced several coolant temp sensors and hoses. Ended up being the valley pan gasket. Car was leaking oil. Ended up replacing, valve cover gaskets, upper timing cover gaskets, vacuum pump re-seal Car wen't into limp-mode during normal driving conditions. Needed to replace exhaust camshaft sensor. Car pulled to the right during acceleration. Replaced front thrust rods, front sway bar. 
55000 mi

US $1260
Alternator bracket leak 
63000 mi

US $1200
Oil pan gasket 
59000 mi

US $200
battery drain - caused by LED bulbs 
65000 mi

US $1400
radiator fan was only working intermitantly 
82900 mi

US $600
Tension Strut bushings were bad 
85000 mi

US $320
Two bad coil packs replaced that caused a misfire Two bad coil packs replaced that caused a misfire 
87500 mi

US $1350
replaced Mechatronics sleeve and pinion seal Mechatronics sealing sleeve was leaking and pinion seal was leaking. both fixed. also did transmission service 
95000 mi

US $100
replaced with a Bosch battery from Pepboys. 
95500 mi

US $100
Replaced expansion tank due to the measurement device inside the tank crumbled and broke 
101000 mi

US $230
Over flow coolant hose 
94000 mi

US $300
Replace battery and program car 
113000 mi

US $450
Rear window lift Rear diff 
115000 mi

US $100
Replaced 6 month old battery with AGM battery 
57800 mi

US $500
Mechatronic controller inside tranny has seal that leaks and causes erratic shifting. Seal replaced and all fluid replaced as preventative maintenance. Vacuum pump for brakes leaking oil. Replaced 
63700 mi

US $1530
3 of 4 fluid-filled control arm bushings were worn. 3 control arms assemblies were replaced 
72800 mi

US $250
PDC module went bad resulting in frequent non functioning park distance control. Occurs when shifting to reverse. 
82000 mi

US $5000
Valve covers and upper timing cover gaskets leaking Active roll bar system leaking; requires full assembly replacement 
125000 mi

US $1100
Control arms and thrust bushings replaced; alignment Water pump and belt replaced Alternator;  battery, throttle body and throttle body wiring replaced. 
141000 mi

US $700
Warped rotors, replacement pads on front 
145000 mi

US $200
Cracked coolant reservoir, leaking temp sensor, cracked hose. Still losing coolant. Possible failing coolant passage tube in block or at rear of engine 
155000 mi

US $200
Excessive oil usage (2 qts per 7500 Miles). Diagnosis service to check for leaks and determine extent of repairs required. Leaks found but determined that valve stems seals and guides bad. $4500 to repair gaskets and valve stem seals. Service declined due to exceeding value of car. 
68300 mi

US $375
Windshield washer pump failed. Also had a rear tail light bulb carriers recall repair 
70300 mi

US $200
Oil leak from sending unit 
72000 mi

US $3800
Starter replaced Two oil leaks: timing case cover and valve cover gaskets The front thrust arm bearings ($500) were also replaced. $240 went for a four wheel alignment. 
83000 mi

US $3500
Cooling fan failed. Expansion tank cracked. Engine overheated. Repairs include: new radiator, water pump, electric fan and hoses. 
43900 mi

US $2800
Seal leak. 
60000 mi

US $120
A/C not blowing cold after car sat for >24 hours until car was moving at road speed. 
69800 mi

US $1132
Discovered a slight leak - alternator bracket and driver's side timing chain cover. Appears leak was about 2 months old, few drops of oil made it to the ground; that's how it was discovered. Replaced all associated gaskets and parts. 
78000 mi

US $400
after market battery (purchased 2 yrs earlier)began to fail. Purchased new BMW battery and had it registered to the vehicle. 
98000 mi

US $500
Minor oil leak - passenger side valve cover. R&R, new gasket installed, work complete, leak stopped. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed manual RWD

111000 mi

US $9000
Complete valve job! Replaced defective valve stem seals. New valve guides. Machine shop cleaned all valves included replaced all gaskets including main engine gaskets. Multiple oil leaks from worn out gaskets repaired. Installed new manual clutch kit. Had to remove entire engine to do repair 2 weeks after $9000 repair to replace defective valve stem seals and install new manual clutch, battery light on indicating battery discharging while driving car. Just paid $1600 about 7 months ago for dealer installed new alternator. Had to at that time also replace battery that was only year old because bad alternator fried my battery. Car is presently back in shop. Mechanic indicates bad generator though only 7 months new! Thinks oil leaks damaged newly replaced generator looks like another $1000 repair 
79000 mi

US $650
All four front control arms, both stabilizer links, and one tie rod assembly needed to be replaced. 
112900 mi

US $1500
Valley pan was leaking coolant. During repair, all cooling system components (water pump, transfer pipe, thermostat, and hoses) were replaced. Also, miscellaneous o-rings and gaskets were replaced. Fuel purge valve was also replaced. 
131000 mi

US $1900
Coolant leak due to failed gasket on the rear engine cover/plate. A new plate was about $65. Repair cost is mostly labor due to the need to remove transmission for the repair. Also, the rear crankshaft seal and clutch release bearing were replaced since they were both accessible at the time. It was preventive maintenance. 
92000 mi

US $800
Electrical system giving "Increased Battery Discharge" warning. BCM replaced, problem not solved. Car now at different mechanic (dealer) diagnosing problem. 
92200 mi

US $1800
Increased battery discharge warning received, fixed by replacing Body Control Module and reprogramming 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

89000 mi

US $100
#2 coil went out 
128700 mi

US $500
Fuel sending unit leaking 
143000 mi

US $1500
Oil leaks on oil filter housing and valve cover 
96000 mi

US $1400
Coolant leak, replaced radiator. Proactively replaced water pump and hoses. 
106000 mi

US $1000
Front wheel bearings needed to be replaced due to noise. Strut mounts were bad, replaced struts as well. 
87000 mi

US $1004
Starter Motor Replacement 
99820 mi

$1500
Continuously having high battery discharge in the morning. Battery went dead after two days.Noticed some problem with CD player 
64000 mi

US $2000
#5 Bank Solenoid Thermostat failed. Tensioner pulley failed Pan failed, leaking. 
79000 mi

US $800
Starter went out. 
89200 mi

US $1000
Leaking transmission oil, new pan & fluid change 
90000 mi

US $600
Coil pack bad, replaced bad unit & injectors 
73000 mi

US $800
small leak in the bottom corner of radiator. Replaced unit $690 included coolant. 
84000 mi

US $750
Water pump failed. 
87000 mi

US $300
Replaced the battery 
104800 mi

US $1200
Replaced coils 
109000 mi

US $1200
Engine ran hot and later would not start. Needed new starter. Replaced radiator reservoir which had a crack in the plastic. 
116000 mi

US $1500
radiator replaced due to failure from earlier install , radiator hoses all replaced and electric water pump replaced 
118000 mi

US $2100
Vanos system and motor/sensors 
61000 mi

US $4250
Oil had leaked into the "timing belt solenoid" which was causing the engine to fire at the wrong times and making the car impossible to drive. 
90000 mi

US $1000
replaced battery oil leak valve cover and oil filter husing 
84000 mi

US $1800
Worn ball joints and rear suspension 
55800 mi

C $200
Windshield washer jets were not working. One was clogged and the other popped out of the connector. Easy fix for both. Had regular maintenance completed as well. 
61380 mi

C $1700
Transmission pan bent and needed replaced. Slow leak and seals needed to be replaced. New fill of transmission fluid. Both front tie rods were worn and needed replacement. 
68200 mi

C $350
Rear lighting harness burnt out affecting the driver side rear light array. Dealer did a re-wire job to save me the $1200 for a whole new harness. 
72540 mi

C $865
Starter died. Had it replaced 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

78000 mi

US $1700
Transmission leak at seal, $751 Oil Leak at valve cover Oil Leak at oil filter head Tie rod end worn & rattling 
55000 mi

US $1000
Slipping transmission when first shifting into Drive, needed to rework gaskets for a leak 
82800 mi

US $1000
Routine maintenance 
120000 mi

US $450
Oil stand leak 
122000 mi

US $200
Replaced passenger side headlight. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

42000 mi

US $600
Emissions. Oxygen sensor and some valve 
53000 mi

US $1000
Early gasket oil leak 
99000 mi

US $500
Daylight lights out on one side. Simple checks could not fix it. So was gonna be a More major repair effort and I said not worth it. 
102000 mi

US $1400
left rear window needed a new regulator. 
124000 mi

US $1200
something about a worn out ball joint oil leak around gasket replaced cooling hoses and some other device related to it. close to be worn out. 
156000 mi

US $2000
Gasket oil leak 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

31000 mi

US $7000
Transmission gave reading on computer..at 80 miles car went to 40 on highway and jerked. took to dealer : said needed new transmission. Had after market warratny which paid 6000 for rebuilt one.Car rides better but check engine light still n needed new tie-rod in front 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

188-horsepower 2.5L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

6820 mi

US $14000
The car presented problems totally losing power and sending the computer message of "failure in the engine". I took it directly to the dealer and the car stayed there for almost 6 months. 

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2007.5 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 232hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

84940 mi

$2000
Did not start. Dealer found battery problem. Paid for replacement and software upgrade but dealer did not replace it! Same problem next day. Towed back and has been at dealer for three weeks waiting for a control module from BMW Germany. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

68000 mi

US $2700
a/c crap on bmw 5 series was leaking can't find problem 
68000 mi

US $1800
a/c compressor replaced 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

54600 mi

US $1200
Starter motor failed 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

45000 mi

US $657
Replaced air compressor for air suspension. 
56000 mi

US $150
Replaced ignition coils. One coil had gone bad Chrome finish on shift knob was peeling 
67000 mi

US $1300
Replaced radiator hoses, main drive belt, and two new tires 
75000 mi

US $1100
replaced water pump and thermostat, latter preventive 
76000 mi

US $1100
Eccentric Arm sensor was replaced along with valve cover gasket 
76000 mi

US $800
Broken idler pulley which wore a hole in the radiator hose 
80000 mi

US $462
Replaced cooling resevoir which was cracked 
39560 mi

C $1600
Water pump and radiator hose failed. Rear light assembly burned out - replaced with new. plus regular maintenance 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

100000 mi

US $2500
Heavy smoke coming from the exhaust when sitting at a stoplight or idling for a few minutes. No smoke while driving, only after extended idle. Known problem and was fixed by replacing the valve stem seals. Cost was $2500, performed by Big Mike. User name on Bimmerfest is Bmwudivwdude. 
133400 mi

US $1900
Transmission slipping, malfunction codes. Rebuilt transmission. 
138400 mi

US $700
Car was smoking after long periods of idling, valve stem seals were the culprit. Replaced seals, cracked valve cover, oil, other minor things. Extended warranty paid $3500. 
149400 mi

US $175
Coolant expansion tank had a leak. Ordered parts and replaced. 
104000 mi

US $3500
Water pump leaking, hoses were old 
110400 mi

US $1000
Replace coolant system, hoses 
76880 mi

C $100
Radiator Expansion tank split on one corner top to bottom - BANG! 
87420 mi

C $3000
Oil leaks - timing cover gaskets and alternator bracket gasket 
100000 mi

US $1642
Head gasket. 
100000 mi

US $110
Leak in power steering pump. 
89200 mi

US $280
Rubber trim surround on rear windshield was badly deteriorated and was replaced. 
98000 mi

US $1200
Secondary cooling fan (the one that kicks in when the a/c is running) failed. 
101000 mi

US $750
Control arm bushings Thermostat failed to function. This was an OEM part just replaced in Sept. 14 in conjunction w/ aux. fan motor repl. Parts supplier furnished a replacement unit but customer ate labor because work was done by a different shop. 
96500 mi

US $932
Experienced rough 1-2 up-shifts, and occasional loss of power at low speeds on grades. Replaced transmission pan/filter, fluid 
113300 mi

US $1338
Replace alternator, check battery for viability 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

54000 mi

US $1600
SMG Pump replaced 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

88400 mi

US $450
cooling system slow leak at hose connection. read trouble code...evaporation leak.will try new gas cap and reset. 
103100 mi

US $100
replace non-operating tire sensor...probably broken by tire shop. 
110000 mi

US $250
upper radiator hose - plastic connector cracked at radiator... 
119000 mi

US $100
oil cooling valve replaced 
120000 mi

US $2650
Front struts, ball joints Radiator hose and connector Oil cooler leak and a another leak...still a t ing leak from engine oil pan 
105700 mi

US $3200
Lost valve control body at 108255 milesrnCar ran but shifted roughlyrnOpted for this repair before further damage to transmission occured 
37500 mi

US $1000
Car would not start. Dealer found water leak in trunk that seeped down and caused major electrical problem. Dealer said water damage not covered by CPO. Cost me $1000. 
54000 mi

US $1600
Radiator light came on. Vehicle was repaired by replacing radiator and leaking valves (which were discovered when radiator repaired).  
71000 mi

US $100
Even with a CPO BMW and a $2000 extended warranty I paid $100 for diagnostic fee which determined rattle from dash was not covered by warranty. Broken or loose strut tower bracket was diagnosed problem. I declined the $650 repair. 
78000 mi

US $100
Radiator light came on indicating low water level. Paid $100 for diagnostic fee and problem fixed. 
130600 mi

US $1500
Leaking gasket at oil console. Replace oil console and coolant hoses effected by hot oil leaking in them 
139000 mi

US $900
Radiator cracked. Needed replacement. 
147000 mi

US $300
Gasket on upper oil console / cooler leaked oil onto drive belt. Replaced gasket and drive belt 
86800 mi

US $1100
sensor problem 
99500 mi

US $1200
oil leaks thermostat and water pump 
103000 mi

US $3800
Front control arm bushing replacement, flat spot on front rims, rear shocks leak Oil leak from oil filter housing 
113000 mi

US $2600
Oil leak from oil filter assembly Loose handling 
117000 mi

US $168
Computer needed to be reprogramed due to erratic transmission behavior. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

62000 mi

US $1200
Transmission leaked fluid. Problem with boot surrounding transmission control lever. Major cost of repair was replacement of transmission fluid.  
99000 mi

US $500
Replace pinion seal. 
130000 mi

US $800
Replace front bushings - $700 
131700 mi

US $3200
Oil leaking from the engine. Oil leaking from the rear differential. 
144000 mi

US $600
Oil leak. Replaced oil filter housing gasket. 
160000 mi

US $500
Oil valve cover replacement 
147700 mi

US $3200
Replaced cylinder head 
175000 mi

US $200
Replaced bad alternator 
175000 mi

US $175
Replaced radiator 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

134840 mi

C $1000
Water pump 
143100 mi

C $200
Ignition coil 
155000 mi

C $395
Replace Battery after long Storage of car 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

52700 mi

A $2500
Variable Valve sensor was faulty and replaced. Was causing engine to be down on power and inconsistent below 2000rpm 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

82000 mi

US $1500
Tie-rod broken. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

72000 mi

US $2500
Elv malfunction. Replaced the steering column. Not one part in the US. Had to order from overseas. Took over a week to get. Overheating warning. I can't remember offhand but some sort of thermostat issue. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

103700 mi

US $1275
Failure of electric water pump required replacement. Power steering hoses leaking. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

114000 mi

US $100
Replaced oil cooler gaskets 
115000 mi

US $1000
Replaced water pump, thermostat, radiator and all hoses. After noticing that one hose was in poor condition while replacing the oil cooler gaskets. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

91700 mi

US $230
Faulty Leak Detection Pump, needed to be replaced with a new one. 
103700 mi

US $562
Coolant Leak from Radiator. Replaced radiator 
110000 mi

US $987
Key fob stopped working after a car wash. It turned out that the Diversity Antenna Amplifier failed(water damage) - Replaced During inspection, technician found the belt tensioner failing 
118500 mi

US $110
Diagnose & recalibrate window auto-up functions, rear-drivers' side window. 
121000 mi

US $921
Evap core was leaking refridgerant into the cabin -> Evap core replaced + expansion valve to the evap core needed to be replaced as well. 2633.24 of the total. Dash Rattle after A/C Evap core work was done in previous visit. Bracket bar underhood was loose due to change in fasteners -> Replaced bolts with longer ones. Transmission had a small leak -> Replaced transmission wiring harness seal sleeve and performed full transmission service. 
142000 mi

US $794
Rear brake hoses were cracked. Replaced them. Power steering fluid reservoir was leaking. Replaced with a new one. 
160500 mi

US $1346
Oil Filter Housing & Oil cooler gaskets leak ; Repair(Replace) Oil Cooler Seal & Oil Filter Stand Gasket. Fan switch in lower radiator hose leak, Upper radiator hose leak ; Replace radiator hoses and temp sensor. 
16450 mi

US $4303
Power Rear Hatch strut(Left side) was broken ; Replaced rear hatch strut, hydraulic strut, DR side ball stud. Drive belt tensioner was starting to fail(alignment) ; Replaced drive belt, idler pulley, drive belt tensioner assembly & tensioner aluminum mounting bolt. Replaced front brake pads and rotors 
166000 mi

US $3002
Fuel Pump Failed : Replaced fuel pump assembly, Fuedl sender lock ring, Tank lock ring. Starter Motor failed when attempted re-starting the engine with the failed fuel pump. Starter Motor replaced. 
70000 mi

US $750
Failed coil pack 
74300 mi

US $2300
Non-functioning starter. Starter replaced Leaking valve gasket 
82000 mi

US $1700
replace lift gate motor 
88000 mi

US $1406
coolant leak. replace water pump 
60393 mi

C $254
Brought in for 4x4 intermittent failure due to cold temp -20c and colder. found oil leak, etc. details to follow  
68820 mi

C $500
Extended -30C temp 2 weeks, engine check light went on and car into limp mode (max 1000rpm, max speed 10km/hr). Diagnosed as throttle body and/or oxygen sensor. Estimate $1700. Debating trading car in. Frustrated with it. 
71300 mi

C $1397
Engine check light on, diagnosed problem and replace throttle body, and bank 2 02 sensor. replace microfilters. total $1396 
80060 mi

C $2500
xenon burnt was burn out, and replaced for around $300 leaking raditator that required replacing tie rod and stabilizer rods required replacing 
82000 mi

C $300
burn out angel eye bulb charged 2hrs labour? 
91500 mi

C $625
Air con system stopped working at 32 degrees C outside, and fluid was streaming under car. I thought engine overheating? air con and cooling was checked all OK. Not to self - air con creates moisture when worked hard. 
103540 mi

C $375
windsheld washer pump had leak / replaced 
52000 mi

US $100
door latch came loose during speaker install, needed dealer to fix. Self inflicted wound! 
55000 mi

US $321
cable broke on latch for drivers door. Drivers door lock failure 
58000 mi

US $300
Air bag sensor 
86000 mi

US $400
Intake manifold leaking 
83000 mi

US $550
engine light came on, air filter dirty 
89000 mi

US $2500
steering rack leaking, needed to be replaced 
92000 mi

US $1500
Starter died 
95000 mi

US $900
replaced left wheel bearing 
96000 mi

US $750
wire broke to antennae rendering remote locking unusable. 
93620 mi

C $170
change tie-rod ends 
97020 mi

C $633
Electrical module for rear hatch (touring) 
101680 mi

C $1885
Changing the 4 stocks absorber and alignement 
103540 mi

C $954
New starter installed 
105080 mi

C $707
Auto Door lock and radio antene module replacement. 
107040 mi

C $500
Replacing condensator 
109120 mi

C $200
Tie-rod replacement driver side plus alignment 
122760 mi

C $214
lemforder joint barre torsion driver side 
43000 mi

US $400
starter motor replaced 
49000 mi

US $2000
Oil filter housing, valve cover gasket replacements Repaired A/C condensate line Replaced DVD player 
52000 mi

US $475
R&R rear hatch lift arm/system. Unclogged sunroof drain holes. 
76260 mi

C $1300
self-leveling suspension system failed alert. Required a new pump system for $1800. Aftermarket warranty paid the amount however required a $200 part (a filter tube declared a wear item) not covered which I paid for. crackling on the speakers when car started and persistent hum from speakers at the rear even when car turned off 
79640 mi

C $1500
Rad cracked - needed replacement replaced right tie rod end 
83080 mi

C $1200
Interior lights on all the time and rear wiper motor won't work. Required new wiring harness. Extensive repair. 
71000 mi

US $890
One of the coils went bad so I had them all replaced 
77000 mi

US $6000
Major major repair from water drainage issue. A gallon and a half of water fried modules, rear wiper stopped working, needed new headliner. It was one year too old for the class action lawsuit. Luckily, my insurance covered tthe $6,000(!) repair. 
78000 mi

US $1000
Water pump failed without warning. 
117000 mi

US $7600
Intake flap released and lodged in valve of cylinder 6. Ruined engine. Replaced with low mileage engine. 
81700 mi

US $300
Oil pan gasket replacement 
86000 mi

US $2500
Wiring harness, which is routed through wagon liftgate hinges, was frayed resulting in backup light malfunction and inability to unlock rear hatch. Strut for power liftgate was broken/not working properly. 
91000 mi

US $1389
Engine overheating light started coming on. Water pump tested at 50% Replaced water pump, Thermostat assembly, radiator hose and coolant temp sensor. Refilled with BMW coolant. 
98000 mi

US $750
Starter motor failed; replaced. 
98000 mi

US $500
Replaced brake line. Old was rusted and leaking. 
105000 mi

US $1300
Driver's side front coil spring broke, damaging the front tire. Replaced both front coil springs and one tire. 
119000 mi

US $2000
Cooling system failed. 
121000 mi

US $1900
Strut/Shock replacement 
58000 mi

US $450
remote key stopped working. ordered a new remote key but still didn't work. dealer looked into further and found out the antenna is not working properly. replace the antenna. 
62900 mi

US $1600
heater stopped working and the car was giving engine overheating warning.  
94000 mi

US $5000
Sunroof replacement - small part failure but only sold as a unit. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

177320 mi

C $1000
Replaced air suspension bladders. 
181420 mi

C $150
The bearing in the A/C compressor failed. The pulley ripped off causing the serpentine belt to come off. The car has been modified so that A/C compressor is no longer in the belt path and is drive-able. 
191680 mi

C $1000
DISA valve on inboard side failed completely. Outboard one was replaced preemptively due to wear indications.  A problem still exists and the MIL has lit up due P1553 and P1328 faults. 
192200 mi

C $1500
Right rear brake flex line failed at stress point while driving resulting in loss of braking. Inspection revealed left line was worn as well requiring immediate replacement. Complete rebuild of calipers required due to wear to slide pins. Also, rotors at all 4 wheels replaced due to reaching wear limits. Pads replaced on all 4 calipers. Rear brake lines rusted out due to accumulation of salt on under body panel. The lines burst during the brake bleeding procedure. Replacement is underway. 
186160 mi

C $1300
Spring broke on Drivers side front while car was lifted up to install snow tires. Need to replace both front springs for safety reasons along with struts and strut bearings etc 
194060 mi

C $300
Replaced battery 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 229hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

63860 mi

A $5500
Intake manifold needed replacing Alternator regulator needed replacing 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

500-horsepower 5.0L V10 7-speed automated manual RWD

107000 mi

US $22000
Spun bearings, complete rebuild required 
114000 mi

US $800
Replaced steering rack 
42000 mi

US $1500
Oil cooler sprung a leak 
43300 mi

US $1100
Auxiliary fan failed. 
51000 mi

US $1300
iDrive computer failed and had to be replaced. 
58000 mi

US $2000
Throttle actuator was sticking open. Was replaced. 
55000 mi

US $2000
Over voltage condition (>17v) was causing all control systems to reset periodically. Alternator and voltage regulator were replaced. The wind shield washer stopped spraying (although the headlight washers still worked). The replaced the pump. 
77000 mi

US $4000
Fault code that thermostat was not working properly. Replaced thermostat One coil was cracked so it was replaced 
79600 mi

US $2500
Throttle actuator on left bank failed 
80200 mi

US $200
passenger side airbag warning 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

67000 mi

US $1500
The i-control / ccc module went out and had to be replaced. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed manual RWD

85000 mi

US $1600
leaky coolant expansion tank leaky front strut 
91000 mi

US $900
Radiator replaced 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

61000 mi

US $350
ambient cabin temp. sensor 
89000 mi

US $5700
Transmission failure. Replaced with remanufactured trans. 
103000 mi

US $840
Replaced bad alternator 
35960 mi

$3000
Transmission fluid slow leakage. Radiator ok but replace all hoses, connectors etc. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

151600 mi

US $200
Replaced thermostat 
152900 mi

US $1300
Replaced oil pan gasket. Replaced transmission seal gasket. Changed transmission oil. 
175000 mi

US $1800
Replaced leak in the radiator  Fixed oil housing leak 
118000 mi

US $1200
Electrical water pump failed - still is burning oil (not repaired on either trip to garage) burning oil (garage insisted it was a leak) 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

80000 mi

US $2000
Oil leak 
85300 mi

US $1700
ignition coil dead on cylinder 1 
109000 mi

US $2000
transmission leak detected (pan was soaked), replaced transmission gasket, slow leak that occurred over long time (no idea how far back) reprogram rear window trap - Window would keep opening after closing windows up Reset Automatic Wipers, the rain light sensor (RLS) wasn't working after 100K miles, unplugged, used INPA to reset RLS, replugged in to resolve. Control arm broken - replaced 
113000 mi

US $1600
Radiator crack - small leak. Started leaking again within a week. time to change brakes 
115000 mi

US $1000
Radiator leaked badly. I think this was caused by the earlier repair attempt. 
83144 mi

US $1291
Replaced leaking radiator and expansion tank with broken float. 
95000 mi

US $1000
Replace front xenon headlight Worn and leaking thrust arm bushings 
102100 mi

US $695
Fuel tank sensor replaced 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

22724 mi

$1204
Replace rear view camera and switchboard. Repaired wiring. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

101400 mi

US $650
Car needed oil change, dealer found oil leaking and some other minor repairs (lights, window wipers, etc) 
107000 mi

US $240
water pump needed to be replaced and thermostat is broken. I used a 3rd party warranty to cover water pump and didn't replace thermostat. 
113000 mi

US $2000
Leaking oil gaskets. Leaking coolant. Coolant was leaking from pipes and hoses. 
71000 mi

US $100
Replaced windshield washer pump and grommet due to leak of washer fluid. 
90000 mi

US $1400
Manual transmission case halves and shift rod seal were leaking. Transmission replaced. Radiator had a slight leak at lower passenger corner. Radiator replaced. Both headlight washers were out of adjustment and not spraying properly. Both washer units replaced. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

55000 mi

US $710
56,000 mile service and 4 lights out in the tail light assembly. 
76000 mi

US $470
Plugs failed and to do a major tune up 
89200 mi

US $859
Starter failed. 
113000 mi

US $1100
fuel leak under back seat head gasket 
123000 mi

US $1600
AC compressor failed 
53000 mi

US $2600
CCC computer failed. Replacement, new software and new battery was $2600. BMW was kind enough to pick up $2200 of the repair. 
79000 mi

US $2500
Upper pipe leak Valve cover gasket leak 
88700 mi

US $2500
Vanos solenoid sticking causing cel. Lower hose leak which required replacing entire radiator. Leaking mechatronic sleeve replaced to fix hard shifts. 
48980 mi

C $150
Power window sensor malfunction. Incessant warnings that power windows and safety stops have failed though the windows worked fine. Unable to turn off warning chimes. Dealer had to reload ECU programming. 
51460 mi

C $270
Starter motor on engine would not work. BMW replaced it. I was told the motor brushes had worn. I've never seen that happen on a 5 year old car before. 
77500 mi

C $650
One tie rod end was significantly worn, the other was showing signs of wear also. 
81220 mi

C $2700
Actually 3 problems. 1) Emissions control pump in the fuel tank failed.  2) Radiator sprung a leak. 3) Oil filter mounting gasket between engine and filter mount (not the filter) failed. 
102920 mi

C $1500
Failed electric waterpump . Repair included replace with new water pump, thermostat and cooling system flush. 
122140 mi

C $800
A coolant leak was repaired by the dealer last year but the repair didn't work. Replaced the radiator. 
129580 mi

C $1100
Interior fan stopped working. Though the fan would come on intermittently, it did a better job of fogging up the interior windows when it rained than clearing them. Replaced interior blower motor and climate control sensors. 
134540 mi

C $600
Air conditioner fan stopped working. Replaced fan motor. 
50000 mi

US $1275
Heater blower fan and final stage resistor 
68000 mi

US $1100
Water pump 
75000 mi

US $950
Leaking valve cover and oil filter stand 
94300 mi

US $275
coil and spark plug replaced 
104000 mi

US $300
bad tie rod end, passenger side 
109000 mi

US $1500
replaced starter motor at independent shop, then had to have dealer reprogram one of the computers 
115000 mi

US $500
Leaking brake lines, rotted from salt 
89280 mi

€1000
water pump + thermostat replaced. unknown which failed, since replaced as a set. 
114080 mi

€3000
Wear and tear on timing belt. soggy catalytic converter. needed replacement leaking gearbox -- broken/fissured carter leaking radiator 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

82000 mi

US $1071
AWD, DSC, ABS, EVP warning on iDrive. Replaced Transfer Case Actuator Motor 
90000 mi

US $1016
Broken aluminum head bolt. Replaced aluminum head bolts and replaced valve cover gasket. Removed oil pan to retrieve broken bolt. BMW NA picked up half of repair as courtesy. 
103000 mi

US $535
Leaking transmission. Replaced gasket, refilled with new fluid. 
118700 mi

US $2200
Water pump failure. Replace pump and one hose. Front shocks leaking slightly. Replaced with OEM parts. Belts and tensioner need to be replaced. Leaking oil filer head gasket 
128000 mi

US $500
Leaking radiator. Replaced. 
149000 mi

US $2300
dashboard warning: engine over heating. Waterpump, hoses, and thermostat failed suddenly. All had to be replaced 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

60000 mi

US $100
Right rear turn signal malfunction. Wiring and socket repaired. 
64900 mi

US $1414
SZL sensor unit replaced ($537.97 parts, $140 labor, $210 program) Also had microfilter replaced & trunk latch problem checked on 
66000 mi

US $1023
Trunk wiring harness replaced $420 Cylinder #3 misfiring - cause was faulty ignition coil. Replaced all 6 ignition coils ($388.26 parts, $355 labor).  Also had passenger seat heater repaired ($70) and car aligned ($175). 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

140000 mi

US $600
Starter showed symptom of failure (spun freely w/o key in ignition) then worked again later that evening. Deemed that the unit was unreliable and replaced. 
141000 mi

US $1000
front strut replacement, L&R CV kit (boot and clips) replacement service engine soon light - vacuum leak in fuel system 
146800 mi

US $100
wiring harness was frayed, trunk lid would not close, release malfunctioned. 
172000 mi

US $108
wiring for trunk release needed to be spliced (repaired) to regain functionality. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automated manual 2WD

75320 mi

¤1000
Steering Shaft required to be changed 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

130000 mi

US $3000
Battery, Alternator,  spark plugs, gaskets and many other things replaced. 
133300 mi

US $2000
Coolant leaking everywhere. 
134000 mi

US $500
Water leaks in roof. 
93000 mi

US $7000
valve stem seals leaking. oil ports clogged car communication computer failed, had sporadic outages earlier 
90000 mi

US $1015
Vacuum booster was leaking, brake pedal needed excessive pressure to stop at low speeds. Parts $633, labor $333. 
91500 mi

US $585
Replaced vacuum pump. Cost: parts - $434, labor - $117, total - $585. 
94000 mi

US $1308
Replaced coolant tank, thermostat, and several hoses. Cost: Parts - $330, labor - $978, total - $1,308. 
94500 mi

US $1121
Replaced transmission sealing sleeve. Cost: Parts - $202, labor - $398, total 600.03. Replaced stablizer bar bushings. Cost: Parts - $184, labor - $337, total - $521. 
135000 mi

US $2500
replaced alternator replaced intake manifold transmission leak no heat, burr!! 
66000 mi

US $2500
Brake booster failed 
97000 mi

US $345
coolant system supply hose assembly leak, replaced hose. refilled coolant 
100300 mi

US $2400
coolant tube between engine's piston banks. typical problem for 2004-05 v-8s 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

49000 mi

US $375
Coolant leaking. Pressure tested system, replaced expansion tank and revealed problem with water pump & tensioner pulley. 
49000 mi

US $167
Replaced water pump & tension pulley Upper radiator hose failure 
55000 mi

US $450
Replace vehicle battery 
63000 mi

US $2600
Valve cover gaskets and vacuum pump gasket leaking oil. 
64000 mi

US $1600
Check Engine light came on. Auxiliary air pump, pipe and a coolant hose were replaced. 
68300 mi

US $250
Thermostat replaced 
74000 mi

US $2500
3 Oil leaks 
78000 mi

US $1500
Replace thermostat Replace alternator & battery 
78000 mi

US $400
Replace cracked coolant reservoir, thermostat sensors. 
78000 mi

US $100
Replace windshield washer pump. 
80000 mi

US $100
Upper windshield trim replaced 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

68000 mi

US $1700
worn wiring harness 
71000 mi

US $1200
Front left angle light failure. Positive battery cable needed to be replaced 
73000 mi

US $2500
Vacuum pump replaced 
79000 mi

US $400
Replace expansion tank and hose 
88000 mi

US $800
Sunroof was realigned and drain tubes were cleard 
41000 mi

US $170
faulty oxygen sensor led to the 'check engine' light faulty seat weight sensor to be replaced under warranty 
53000 mi

US $1000
High emissions detection. Found to be sensor related. oil leak found at junction of engine and detector unit during inspection for problem #1. Leaky unit replaced. Unable to establish or reset computer driven checkup notices. Comm problem. Not solved. 
46000 mi

US $1300
Defective fuel pump. Defective right rear passenger window motor. 
50200 mi

US $250
SES light came on. Screen says "increased emissions". Mechanic replaced two crankcase ventilation valves. 
57100 mi

US $700
Cooling systems hose leak. 
60000 mi

US $650
Cylinder head gasket repaired. 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

81000 mi

US $300
washer fluid leaking 
100000 mi

US $1900
Oil pan gasket leak fixed Driveshaft output seal leak fixed New fluids 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

75795 mi

C $1500
Replace leaky transmission pan and mechatronic sleeve, new transmission oil Replace front tie rod ends, L/R Perform wheel alignment Left rear taillight bulb carrier and connector burned out, Replace bulb carrier + connector/harness Left rear taillight bulb carrier and connector burned out, Replace bulb carrier + connector/harness Replace front tie rod ends, L/R Perform wheel alignment Replace leaky transmission pan and mechatronic sleeve, new transmission oil 
86800 mi

C $340
Replaced squeaky AC tensioner and Alternator tensioner 
89600 mi

C $200
Engine valve cover gasket seems to be leaking. Replaced VCG and took advantage to put new plugs in as well. 
93000 mi

C $420
Worn lower control arm bushing. Had to replace the entire control arm assembly. 
96720 mi

C $250
Inner tied rod end was found with play. Replaced. Rear control arm bushing worn. 
101140 mi

C $550
Replaced leaky front struts. Struts were still working fine but replaced as a preventive approach 
102400 mi

C $500
Replaced left and right ball joints - Minor play 
99720 mi

C $250
faulty thermostat and deteriorating water pump 
115400 mi

C $350
Tie rod end has play. Left front control arm worn 
128300 mi

C $700
Right front lower control arm bushing is worn. Replaced component. Also replaced Left lower control arm at the same time. 
163660 mi

C $2500
Had transmission fault. Diagnosis came back to be worn bushings and other parts in transmission causing gears to slip. Rebuilt and ran like a brand new car after. 
166160 mi

C $550
Wheel bearing noise on one side. Decided to replace both as the other side will eventually fail. 
167260 mi

C $1200
Left front strut started leaking. Decided to replace both left and right as well as strut mounts 
178560 mi

C $360
Rear right spring broke and was making clunking noise when going over bumps or pot hole. Replaced both left and right springs 
164760 mi

C $200
Air valve connected to secondary air pump seized and need to be replaced 
217000 mi

C $200
Corroded water pump 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

110360 mi

$1500
Central interface not working. Turned out to be the MPM/micro power module control unit /water damage 

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2004 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

148000 mi

US $6000
Engine motor leaks and  AC leaks too. 
88000 mi

£1600
Glow plugs 
98000 mi

£400
Cracked exhaust manifold 
20460 mi

﷼3600
The car would jerk between 60-80 kmh at around 1500rpm. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

57000 mi

US $235
HID Lowbeam Headlight blown. Part ordered through Dealer, BMW of Manhattan. 
64000 mi

US $166
Passenger Airbag Sensor Fault with warning light always on due to damaged seat MAT. Recall repair - No Charge. 
66000 mi

US $1043
Since December 2009, after replacing the battery, error messages appeared on start-up (Transmission Fault, ABS Fault, etc., but cleared after a restart. Dealer could not solve the problem. Alternator died on 3/27/10. Dealer replaced ($1,043.00)  
67000 mi

US $148
Service Engine Soon light. Code P0348 Bank 2 Intake Camshaft Position Sensor Purchased sensor from BMW Dealer and replaced myself. 
84000 mi

US $480
Replaced a leaking Mechatronic Sealing Sleeve, 6HP26 Transmission Pan w/Gasket, and new pan bolts. Parts ordered online from CTSC ($304.42) Labor: Former BMW Tech Indy Shop $160.00 Coolant leak - replaced Water Pump and Expansion Tank. Parts and Labor ($480.00) by Indy Shop, Former BMW Tech. 
64480 mi

C $250
The trunk got water in it and the power module for the radio and display system blew up. I replaced the power module and fuse and the problem was fixed. Still looking for source of water leak. 
73780 mi

C $550
Thermostat error codes. Replaced Thermostat housing 
75640 mi

C $300
Valve cover gaskets leaking so badly the alternator was threatened. Parts were $257 and labour was $1200. A couple of other small things, total of $1700. Apparently a big job to change these gaskets on the N62 engine. Sun Roof exploded. No possibility of rocks or anything hitting glass. Insurance would not cover -stated defect in BMW part. BMW would not cover. Bought used glass at auto wrecker for $300 and replaced myself 
76260 mi

C $1207
Safety Gateway Module errors could not be cleared thus preventing resetting the Active Steering Errors. I found a new (used) SGM on EBay for $740 which we used. New BMW part $1400 CAN. 
76980 mi

C $1100
Alternator malfunction. 
77500 mi

C $1200
Replaced the Dynamic Steering Module. Please note you will need to program your VIN into any used part and here are very few Shops who can do this. Otherwise you have to buy a new BMW part for approx $1700 CAN 
78120 mi

C $1200
Replaced battery sensor and reprogrammed to synch with alternator and system computers 
83700 mi

C $400
Replace oil sensor due to leak 
86180 mi

C $700
Replace battery 
176000 mi

US $7323
Engine heads repaired 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

55300 mi

US $200
Oil leak from oil pressure switch 
57700 mi

US $250
Airbag light was on 
66300 mi

US $1200
Secondary air injection code; Replaced secondary air intake valve Bad thermostat 
71000 mi

US $600
Door locks 
78500 mi

US $3000
Cross over tube R&R via kit 
81000 mi

US $800
Fuel pump 
77000 mi

US $2400
Vacuum pump replacement AC compressor replacement 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

75000 mi

US $1200
Crash sensor error 
75700 mi

US $400
unable to rectify miles to empty on gas gage 
77000 mi

US $2400
fuel gauge malfunction (3 trips to dealer at approx. 900.00$) fixed with computer update, over 20 updates since dealer did last in 2005. Car runs better,less surge,gas gauge OK thrust rod bearings replaced.  rear window sunshade replaced.  
81500 mi

US $310
replaced battery, reset steering, etc 
88500 mi

US $4000
rough shifting, surging reverse to drive...transmission service with new pan-filter oil leak from valve cover gaskets...replace gaskets and valve timing houseing gaskets right rear shock leaking 
92000 mi

US $848
coolant leak upper coolant hose, replace hose to water pump,upper radiator hose. all coolant tank hoses. Check cylinder walls for scoring from overheating ( via scope through spark plug holes). 
94000 mi

US $1750
oil leakage-moderate, alternator seal replaced and leaking left motor mount. Replaced alternator seal and 2 new engine mounts. 
98000 mi

US $780
cracked crankcase vent(131.88), replaced spark plugs 
102000 mi

US $865
Belts and new pulleys,alt.,etc. Had been making noise. 
89700 mi

US $1500
leak at back of block and timing cover. Dealer estimate to repair was 4200.00 to 5200.00 front struts leaking. Repair @ dealership estimate 2200.00 new battery installed @ dealership. faults in Active steeering, coolant, headlight,abs, check engine soon lights. failed repair chedk engine light still on! 
113000 mi

US $1200
REPLACED BOTH front struts 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

103540 mi

R 4000
Mass Air Flow sensor being cleaned but needs replacement. 
68680 mi

C $247
High beam Headlight failure caused repair bill. 
89360 mi

C $2000
automatic transmission pan replacement waterpump and cooling system replacement control arm, front bushings, front brakes 
62200 mi

US $4200
Transmission fault occurred while driving on highway requiring replacement of transmission with rebuilt transmission. 
69440 mi

C $700
Crankshaft sensor shorted internally. Part replaced. 
76570 mi

C $330
Replaced MPM (Micro Power Module) in the trunk of the car. The module had shorted out. Replaced MPM (Micro Power Module) in the trunk of the car. The module had shorted out.  Replaced battery, was not charging properly anymore. 
85560 mi

C $800
Engine starter failed and was replaced. 
102920 mi

C $1100
Faulty Open Circuit Sensor mat on front passenger seat - replaced. There is a recall for this problem but I was told that my VIN was not on the recall list. 
124660 mi

C $200
Replaced broken DISA valve. 
111600 mi

﷼2000
tranny started to hesitate, vibrate and disconnect power frequently.. checked by ZF certified center and they decided the trany slips and the valve body needs service.. they failed to repair and replaced the gearbox 
111600 mi

﷼300
Oil leak 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

152520 mi

C $100
tranny pan leak . replaced the pan and filter one piece. refilled with OEM ZF Oil. no leak. shifts smoothly. runs and drives -ultimate driving machine 
120860 mi

C $500
Coolant flush one hour labour plus coolant. Coolant $28 plus tax. Alternator belt cracked replaced. One hour labour plus parts $ 19. tensioner pullies. $72+172 plus... brake fluid flush.... one hour labour plus paarts. $.. total 500 
116580 mi

C $765
replaced :jan 14. new CCV gasket, rondonts.leaking -changed. Oil seperator and breather hoses. set of 4.clogged. replaced. oil filter housing gasket leaking- changed. 6 NGK PLUGS 
128960 mi

C $161
Disa valve changed. kit labour and parts $161. 
135160 mi

C $125
changed the control arm. normal wear both front side.parts$200, labour $100 
151900 mi

C $1200
positive battery cable replaced (parts $500)plus tax and labour $400. runs from battery in boot underneath car, where exposed to elements. Starter(bosch)replaced. Original refurnshed starter parts(175)plus tax and labour $250. My Independent mechanic. 
152520 mi

C $600
set- tie rod replaced, with oem parts, labour etc. lower thrust arms replaced- set. left and right 
159020 mi

C $100
Parking brake broke replace the drum and cable is loose 
167400 mi

C $400
replace coils - and the cc cover gasket and oil filter. parts and labor $700 
35340 mi

C $2500
Problem with the passenger seat restrain system and bag deplyment system. I was told that the passenger seat sensor is out of order, hence - the entire restraint system is at fault. Hence - the price. 
102000 mi

US $270
Car would not start after being parked 3 cold days. Dealer said that engine was flooded with fuel. Spark plugs were removed and cleaned. Problem has not reoccurred. 
152000 mi

US $400
Trunk lid spring and strut worn beyond servicability. Trunk would bang open and rebound when commanded instead of softly and under control. 
170200 mi

US $120
Fuel sensor stopped working. Gas gauge not reliable, car unable to determine MPG and other related data. 
176000 mi

US $1000
The transmission failed and was traced to the SMG pump. 
181800 mi

US $500
Then the cooling system developed a leak. 
295000 mi

US $2000
AC not working. Required recharge and compressor replacement. Multiple mechanics disagreed on diagnosis. I am not convinced Climate control is working at full functionality (during high humidity conditions with compressor off) 
240000 mi

US $600
Supplemental air pump failure ECU fan faillure 
221100 mi

US $500
Broken Windshield 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

40672 mi

$500
Coolant leak, lower radiator hose and temp sensor replaced Valve cover gasket oil leak Engine cooling system (radiator, water pump, thermostat, heater core, etc.), repair Engine, other than above, repair 
44640 mi

$3500
Vanos line blocked Transmission gasket, sleeve 
54140 mi

$2000
Gradual failure to cool, Noisy AC compressor. AC compressor replaced. 
60340 mi

$2000
Coolant tank, hoses replaced Oil sump gasket replaced 
61380 mi

$1000
AC condenser replaced 
62000 mi

$6000
Transmission rebuilt 
87420 mi

$3000
Worn suspension parts f and r, no noticeable play, but outside acceptable limits and thus parts replaced 
110520 mi

$800
grinding noise identified as som out front bearing. 
126840 mi

$400
Both rear springs broken 
132060 mi

$250
Error message about low oil pressure. Diagnosed as faulty sensor, sensor replaced. 
133300 mi

$2000
Low oil pressure warning came on with warm engine on idle. Oil-pressure sensor replaced, computer (re-)programmed. Situation with warning improved, but not completely alleviated. New trip to shop scheduled. Brake lines rusted out, all lines replaced. 
133300 mi

$1800
Low oil pressure warning came on with engine on idle. Sensor(-s) replaced, computer re-programmed, engine checked, fault did not appear again. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

58000 mi

US $1100
Hydraulic fluid pump for SMG transmission broke. 
47000 mi

US $768
Car had warnings coming on at unusual times - one day they seemed to all come on at once (transmission, cruise control, etc. Wipers turned on without prompting. Dealer said water in trunk led to corrosion of elec sys, replaced controller. Per above repair, warning light for windshield washer fluid came on even though had just refilled. Dealer discovered leak in windshield washer pump, replaced pump. 
74000 mi

US $6000
After March transmission fault light, experienced same light. Went directly to transmission shop, they said problems with 1-2 and 4-5 gears required rebuilt transmission, at least $6K. Will not repair, will replace car. 

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2003.5 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

115100 mi

$2000
Alternator went dead, not recharging batteries. Everything else start to fail. Critical components include the radiator cooling fan. This caused overheating (not reported by BMW computer bcos of low battery power) and caused radiator crack. Angel lights not working. Turns out that the internal wirings have aged so badly (8.5 years ) that the rubber coating on the wires chips off. Headlights were removed. That caused more damage because of wires short circuit. 
116660 mi

$3000
Abnormal sound from suspension. Worn suspension caused uneven tire wear? Worn front wheel bearings caused loud knocking sound during braking. 
116760 mi

$800
ARS and Dynamic Drive failure due to leak of steering fluid somewhere in the system. 
117180 mi

$1000
Aircon failure 

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2003 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

90000 mi

US $1025
valve cover and oil filter gaskets replaced leaking power steering hose replaced 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

69000 mi

£1000
Hoses failed, not wear: heating and air-con failed as result. 
71000 mi

£280
Air Intake hoses had come loose and caused EML/emissions notification. Car failed to respond properly to throttle. 
76000 mi

£400
Parking sensor replaced Suspension bushes on offside rear needed replacing 
88000 mi

£300
misfiring cylinders, eventually all 6 coils and spark plugs replaced 
92000 mi

£2300
Worn parts 
116000 mi

£240
Front right Brake caliper warped 
132000 mi

£160
Needed regassing Fan not working need new resistor pack 
115 mi

€200
Valve Cover Gasket Leaked 
130200 mi

€2000
Front Tie Rods 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

93000 mi

US $120
Replaced rear sway bar links during a wheel alignment. 
98200 mi

US $1500
Replaced shocks/struts/front-control-arms. Normal maintenance at 100k miles (got it done a bit early.) Feels like new again. 
104000 mi

US $500
Alternator crapped out due to leaf buildup in the air duct leading to it. 
104000 mi

US $330
Replaced gasket for the oil filter housing. It was leaking. It may still be leaking. 
107000 mi

US $200
Replaced rear sway bar end-links. They were getting noisy. 
107000 mi

US $200
Had noisy front sway bar end links. Replaced. Noise is gone. 
107000 mi

US $800
Redo of cooling system, water pump, radiator, hoses. 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

70000 mi

US $500
Power steering reservoir and hoses leaking. Replaced both 
76000 mi

US $2400
Worn clutch and flywheel. Replacement required Tie rods need to be replaced Dust shield corroded and rubbing against the rotor, emitting a high pitched ting sound upon rotation 
51000 mi

US $3500
Steering rack leaking fluid 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

53000 mi

US $1000
Broken sway bar. Replace spark llugs 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

290-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

114000 mi

US $2000
belts, hoses, tensioners, pulleys,plugs, filters 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

290-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

105000 mi

US $825
Replaced front thrust arm bushings, center tie rod linkage and rear sway bars, and accomplished 4 wheel alignment 
109000 mi

US $1700
Valve cover gaskets, valley pan replacement with coolant tubes, spark plugs, and belts 
135000 mi

US $4500
Replace timing chain guides & oil separator 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

60000 mi

US $1200
Oil leaks, pan mount, etc 
67000 mi

US $1500
Power steering was not assisting very well. Traced to intermittent failure of steering pump. Power window was making crunchy sounds; failure was imminent. Failing parts replaced. 
70000 mi

US $3300
Belt tensioners needed to be replaced. 
81000 mi

US $350
Check engine light, codes related to fuel/ignition, also rough idle especially after hard stop. DISA valve replaced.  
86000 mi

US $2060
Wet hissing sound heard at the end of 30 or more miles of driving. Hose failure related to crankcase or crankshaft. Hose and fittings replaced. Water pump making sounds indicative of imminent failure. Pump replaced. 
89000 mi

US $250
Fan speed didn't go to high speed manually or automatically. Rear roundel badge looking haggard 
91000 mi

US $964
Battery died. Got jump start and drove it to dealer for repair. 
123000 mi

US $2000
Replaced the radiator, hoses, thermostat, reservoir tank, water pump 
148900 mi

US $140
Sunroof rail/mechanism replaced after loss of "tilt" function. 
163000 mi

US $1000
Radiator and hoses replaced due to leaking. 
215000 mi

US $3400
replace alternator radiator over flow tank, thermostat and lower radiator hose temperature sensor and associated fender/tire shield assembly 
121000 mi

US $285
Both belts. Oil filter block gasket, & valve cover gasket. 
128000 mi

US $1700
Replaced power steering & control joints, I guess. Alignment too. 
130000 mi

US $450
Overhaul the coolant system. Replaced leaking radiator, 2 main hoses, water pump, & fan clutch. 
132000 mi

US $393
Driver side window died. 
110000 mi

US $2100
Thrust arms  Oil filter cover and gasket 
118700 mi

US $1900
Gaskets froze pulling a vacuum and sucking in gas in areas including exhaust 
141000 mi

US $1600
Alternator replaced. Leaking thermostat housing fixed. Engine air filter and Oil Change. Front and rear sway bars. 
99000 mi

US $1000
DSC warning light indicating that an ABS pump needed to be replaced. 
104000 mi

US $500
Replaced rear right light housing, rusted out plug on unit and wiring harness. 
124000 mi

US $2600
Clutch died, whole transmission had to be replaced. No external damage, no leaks. Girlfriend's father did all labor for free, saved $2000 Wiper motor and relays need replacing 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

66000 mi

US $3000
service indictor lights erratic 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

170000 mi

US $1000
changed spark plug changed wheel bearing replaced broken sway bar 
60000 mi

US $1000
Front and rear suspension and replaced bushings Leaking value cover gasket Replaced the right rear tail light socket 
74200 mi

US $1000
repaired rear suspension 
85000 mi

US $400
Dead Battery Drivers seat would not move 
82000 mi

US $300
Drivers side rear window regulator 
82300 mi

US $460
Camshaft sensor 
83200 mi

US $150
In addition to the serpentine belt and the AC belt, I replaced the two tensioners/rollers and the idler pulley. 
84000 mi

US $800
PS hoses replaced Oil filter housing gasket replaced 
85300 mi

US $220
Front psgr door window regulator 
89000 mi

US $320
alternator was replaced ABS control unit faulty. Sent control unit to rebuilder. Re-installed rebuilt unit. 
69000 mi

US $1100
Unable to start car. Had it towed to BMW shop to have fuel pump replaced. Part took 2 days to come in. Total cost was @$1100. 
78000 mi

US $1500
oil filter assy leaking 
88000 mi

US $2200
Intake manifold and all associated crankcase hoses replaced 
88000 mi

US $500
Replaced serpentine belt and associated pulleys. Bearing in idle pulley seized, other pulleys replaced as preventative measure. 
81000 mi

US $820
rear door seal replaced failed idler pulley; replaced replaced head gasket 
92000 mi

US $750
air mass flow meter failure 
93000 mi

US $1000
Ignition coil, $500 Suspension bushings, $500 
97000 mi

US $550
Thermostat failure 
99200 mi

US $500
failed radiator oil leak 
105200 mi

US $150
dead battery 
109740 mi

C $300
fuel pump and fuel filter 
117800 mi

C $500
refreshed tensioners and belts too. they were on their way out, noisy and rough. 
125860 mi

C $1000
WATER PUMP FAILED, belts shredded 
126480 mi

C $1000
key lost sync with car unable to start car new key shipped from germany 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

94000 mi

US $1050
Vibrations when summer tires/wheels remounted. Wheels appeared loose. Inspection showed tie rods were worn. Same ordered and replaced 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

70000 mi

US $2500
Inspection II 
75200 mi

US $600
Replace thrust arms 
77800 mi

US $215
I replaced the battery. 
62500 mi

US $2200
Bushings were original and worn out -- shop recommended replacement. Exhaust mounts were loose and rattling. 
65000 mi

US $1850
Cracked windshield washer filler hose and malfunctioning washer jet. 
67000 mi

US $1200
Brake booster flooded with water due to clogged drain and needed replacement. 
119000 mi

US $300
Clutch was burnt when I bought the car, needed replacement. Also replaced flywheel, rear main seal, and other gaskets for preventative maint. Bank 2 post-cat O2 sensor was bad, causing SES light. Replaced all 4 O2 sensors since they were due. 
120000 mi

US $500
Throttle Position Sensor went bad, causing vehicle to enter "fail safe mode" with max limit of 35mph and 2500 rpm. 
121000 mi

US $150
E-box fan and aux pusher fan replaced. 
89000 mi

US $800
replaced clutch 
93000 mi

US $700
Water pump froze & broke accessory belt 
93900 mi

US $1540
Left Wheel bearing, front drag link. Had 4 tires mounted and balanced 
96100 mi

US $700
Car battery was not charging; replaced alternator 
106000 mi

US $1450
Replaced drive shaft 
109000 mi

US $1200
Replaced main radiator hose, power steering pump and hoses and radiator cap 
95300 mi

US $1250
Replaced brake pads, rotors front & rear; shocks front & rear 
111000 mi

US $120
radiator overflow unit replaced 
73700 mi

US $240
Mass airflow sensor was defective-- replaced 
87000 mi

US $1200
Air conditioner blower stopped working. Plenty of advance notice, as it had been intermittently squeaking. Repair included 9 hours of labor, as entire dash had to be removed for access Center HVAC vent was cracked- replaced 
124000 mi

US $1000
AC compressor, high pressure hose. 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

290-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

124000 mi

US $1700
Engine noise due to need for valve cover replacement. Was idling rough and blue smoke out exhaust due to vacuum leak 
152000 mi

US $1400
replaced water pump and tensioner pully 
160900 mi

US $235
replace radiator and hoses and expansion tank 
183000 mi

US $800
replace control arms and thrust arm bushings 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

290-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

58000 mi

US $1700
Radiator went out, very costly on BMW's. 
60000 mi

US $800
Battery dead. Took car to BMW dealer, found bad fan motor plus bushings cost $800. Did I even need a new alternator? (see first repair) 
71000 mi

US $130
Expensive "xenon" headlight replaced. 
76000 mi

US $430
Blew hose, lost coolant, repair shop said I needed a fan clutch. I had them replace fan clutch. 
77000 mi

US $430
Cooling Fan Malfunctioned 
79000 mi

US $1250
Upper hose went, I had it fixed.  
130000 mi

US $1700
Replaced leaking radiator. A part called a guibo was replaced. 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

156000 mi

US $2800
Oil pan seal leak, valve cover seal leak Drivers seat power adjustment cables failed. Cables had to be replaced Shop broke vacuum line for secondary air injection system when replacing valve cover gasket. 
188000 mi

US $250
2 failed coil packs on cylinders 2 and 4 Final stage resistor failure and climate control computer failure resulting in continuous running of heater blower fans leading to complete battery discharge and battery failure. Failed windshield washer hose due to dry rotting. 
90000 mi

US $3200
Valve cover gasket replaced; valve cover warping and replaced; moisture in brake fluid-drained refilled; power steering hose leak; replaced accessory drive belt; plugs gapped and reset 
79000 mi

US $551
The passenger door lock actuator was not functioning and needed to be replaced. The mechanic removed the door panel and replaced the mechanism. $286.94 The oil filter housing needed to be resealed. The mechanic installed a new seal and lubricated the gasket. $263.64 
89000 mi

US $500
New mass air flow meter was needed, as the old one caused a check engine light. 
97500 mi

US $2500
Torque converter failing, caused check engine light. Torque converter replaced. Windshield washer fluid pump failed. Pump replaced. 
99300 mi

US $150
Power steering pump failed, replaced 
101000 mi

US $1100
Windshield washer fluid pump stopped working. Pump was replaced. Thermostat failed, check engine light illuminated, part replaced Brake caliper frozen, part replaced 
113300 mi

US $1000
Alarm system sounded randomly 
88000 mi

US $560
DSC control not working.Dealer cost to repair $2200. Part ordered on internet $460. Installed myself and $100 for computer reset. 
96300 mi

US $500
oil filter housing gasket leaking 
98000 mi

US $500
Replaced failing thermostat again and replaced 2 belt pulleys and belt tensioner. Changed auto transmission filter and fluid. 
100000 mi

US $800
front control arm bushings worn 
106000 mi

US $400
Replaced thermostat and water pump again 
98300 mi

US $1200
Valve cover leaking- cracked R&R, Replaced spark plugs again Bushings in control arms worn 
119300 mi

US $500
Thermostat started leaking again. third time it has failed in last 3 years 
124000 mi

US $450
warning light on-steering angle problem-reset computer dash light on for service engine soon-oxygen sensor needed replacement replace front rotors ,pads and fluid 
117000 mi

US $1244
Replaced cracked radiator and failed radiator pump. 
124200 mi

US $2728
Removed and replaced left and right side strut assemblies. Replaced strut mount bearing. Replaced windshield wiper fluid motor. 
130000 mi

US $250
Replaced temperature sensor for outside temperature 
103000 mi

US $225
Needed to replace the valve cover gasket as it was leaking. 
108000 mi

US $300
Valve cover was leaking and caused the oil to drain which resulted in a diesel sound while at idle. Replaced valve cover, not just gasket. 
113000 mi

US $950
DSC module needed to be replaced. 
116000 mi

US $1500
Coolant system overhaul was required. Also changed the fan clutch. 
71000 mi

US $1200
Replaced struts, ball joints, and tie rods 
72000 mi

US $900
a lot of play in the right lower control arm control arm 
77200 mi

US $1100
replace alternator and fix oil leaks 
98000 mi

US $150
replace brake light socket 
101200 mi

US $150
Battery died 
105300 mi

US $150
Emission system issue not fixed. Check engine light - evaporative gas vapor recirculating likely problem. 
106200 mi

US $800
Emission exhaust re circulation purge valve, rear brakes,  windshield washer motor 
109000 mi

US $600
replace mass airflow sensor 
54000 mi

US $20000
ALternator replaced Torque COnverter Replaced Radiator replaced 
131700 mi

US $700
Replaced radiator expansion tank (again, second time in 3 years…lasted 39 months and 33k miles) and replaced both belts while in there. Was leaking a quart of coolant every day or two. 
135200 mi

US $1100
oil filter housing gasket leaking; replaced replace power steering hose clamps, which were too loose and enabling leaking replace brake light switch wiring harness for driver seat motor came apart from the switch; replaced switch and related holder panel 
73360 mi

C $350
seized brake pad 
80900 mi

C $1700
sway bars for both front wheels 
81800 mi

C $500
front passenger automatic window stopped working... left in open position 
82460 mi

C $700
alternator stopped working... warning lights on. Alternator replaced but I had to return next day... faulty replacement. 
91760 mi

C $500
Relay to starter 
160000 mi

US $800
Alternator failed Replaced battery 
168000 mi

US $1000
Rebuilt Transmission due to reverse drum cracking and the tranny failed to move when in Reverse 
173000 mi

US $200
Idler pulley cracked, Serpentine belts snapped off and had to be replaced 
125000 mi

US $1800
All front suspension components were replaced as well as new rack and pinion 
138000 mi

US $2500
P0741 code thrown, transmission shifts fine thus far. quoted 2500 for replacement of Torque Converter that is genuine ZF. No symptoms except slight slippage rarely above 80mph at slight inclines. Will order next spring. 
148000 mi

US $300
Window regulator and motor. Replaced. 
150300 mi

US $150
Cracked radiator. Replaced with aftermarket radiator. 
64500 mi

US $175
Intake manifold. New battery. 
64600 mi

US $900
Replaced throttle body. Had caution light in the middle display. Engine would periodically enter failsafe mode. 
68000 mi

US $1000
Engine fail safe light comes on, car runs sluggish. Engine electrical wiring harness replaced. 
86200 mi

US $300
Auxillary a/c condenser fan assembly failure. Has power coming to it, but fails to engage. Shop identified the issue, I have decided to fix on my own. The hood latch would not disengage. Pulled the lever inside the cab and the hood would not "pop". Caused the hood to stay in a locked position (would not open). Three cables were found to be frayed and broken that operate this. I replaced the a/c condenser fan. Found instructions on bimmerfest.com 
86000 mi

US $900
Automatic Transmission fluid replaced (burned due to previous issue, auxiliary fan failure), Camshaft Position Sensors (intake and exhaust) replaced, rear brake pads replaced. 
121700 mi

US $400
Struts and Tie-rods 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

101300 mi

US $6000
Clutch replacement and flywheel replacement. 
85000 mi

US $10000
Replaced due to age - Shock/struts/tierods/shock mounts/strut mounts/bump stops. Owner provided upgraded parts. Parts cost $900. 
126700 mi

US $457
Intake air valve was broken. Very expensive part. Diagnosis was more expensive than actually replacing it. 
145100 mi

US $1300
I dropped my key just before getting into my car and apparently broke something electronic in the key. Shop told me he had never seen this happen before. Had to have the car towed. A new key is $168 and has to be imported from Germany!! Valve cover gasket, front main seal, oil filter housing gasket replaced. Leaked about a quart every 750 miles. 
177000 mi

US $800
Replace water hoses from engine to overflow tank and heater core. Oil change. 
147700 mi

US $1800
New drive shaft Cam shaft position sensor 
220000 mi

US $200
Overflow tank cracked 
158100 mi

R 550
Clutch was replaced 
164300 mi

R 1000
Water leak caused misfire. Cylinder head was removed and reconditioned. Gaskets replaced. Process was held up by machine shop being closed for Christmas holiday. 
165200 mi

R 100
Replaced interior fan resistor pack 
169260 mi

R 300
Engine overheated, water leaks fixed 
170500 mi

R 600
Radiator was replaced 
38400 mi

US $1438
- replaced thrust arms and bushings - replaced passenger seat occupancy sensor - fixed passenger seat power mechanism 
42460 mi

US $234
replaced faulty thermostat 
52100 mi

US $200
Replaced valve cover to fix leak. replaced leaky valve cover gasket 
54000 mi

US $220
leaky power steering hoses replaced 
57000 mi

US $500
CCV (crank case ventilation) valve replaced due to clogging/oil leak. 
62000 mi

US $250
oil filter housing gasket replaced due to oil leak. 
71000 mi

US $1000
cooling system overhaul. main failed element that triggered the overhaul: coolant expansion tank.  
72000 mi

US $500
Front passenger window regulator replaced due to window not rolling back up. 
75000 mi

US $500
Faulty alternator replaced. 
88200 mi

US $350
Water leaking into the cabin through door 
89000 mi

US $600
Window regulator failed, replaced. 
89000 mi

US $1200
ABS module failed and replaced 
94000 mi

US $200
Broken level float in coolant expansion tank was causing "check coolant level" message to trigger despite coolant level being correct. 
95000 mi

US $180
Front sway bar links separated and had to be replaced. 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

73000 mi

US $256
While mechanic was performaning a coolant change, he noticed a leak in the steering hose where they clamp. He replaced the steering hose clamps. Also suggested that I replace the rear sway bar links (2) which I did. 
80000 mi

US $1200
Car won't go into sleep mode and battery dies if not run every day. Mechanic frustrated now on to second shop - still not repaired. 
82000 mi

US $1300
Problem continues to manifest itself. Have replaced two control modules - one in September and one in October. Replacement of second control module. Hate this car!!! 
88000 mi

US $1080
Replaced thermostat (check engine soon light came on). Replaced the oil filter gasket (oil leak). 

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2001 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

97000 mi

US $3000
Radiator Struts/Shocks, Ball Joints, Bushings All The Pulleys 
83000 mi

US $3546
alternator inspection II, valley gasket, valve cover gasket power steering reservoir and all hoses, fun fun fun belt tensioners 
76000 mi

US $3500
Valve cover gaskets, valley pan, vent box Front thrush arm bearings  Replaced radiator 
185000 mi

US $3000
Needed new struts 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

152000 mi

US $350
replaced pusher fan after failure 
156000 mi

US $700
Replaced water pump and hoses Replaced struts and thrust arms 
170000 mi

US $200
replaced left rear air spring 
184000 mi

US $1200
Transmission reverse gear stopped working 
185100 mi

US $300
Intake manifold vacuum leak, preventative maintenance on cooling system 
204700 mi

US $120
Replaced coolant expansion tank 
212000 mi

US $5000
Replaced ride height sensor  Replaced heater control valve 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

103000 mi

US $2000
Replacing entire front suspension And steering. Also rear suspension was updated. 
113000 mi

US $250
Valve covers leaking slowly. One bad ignition coil replaced. Purge valve replaced preventively. 
116000 mi

US $650
Replaced front brake calipers. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

110000 mi

US $900
The differential case developed a slow leak, but was in good mechanical condition. I authorized the shop to replace the leaky seal and pre-emptively replace the output shaft seals to reduce the risk of future leaks. 
114300 mi

US $1130
The front shock absorbers lost their ability to damp suspension movements and had to be replaced. The crankcase vent valve was replaced. It was not causing any problems at all, but this is a known mode of failure on this engine and would have to be dealt with at some point, assuming the owner plans to keep the car for 200000 miles. 
128000 mi

US $250
The rear shocks were replaced because they lost a significant amount of their rebound damping. The shocks are Konis, which have a lifetime warranty. However, I was on the hook for the labor for installation. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

85560 mi

R 7000
Water pump started to leak. 
119000 mi

US $4500
Typical of a car with this mileage the control arm bushings needed replacement. Valve cover gasket also a typical 100k+ mile repair. Other minor items also replaced at that time (coolant overflow tank, 1 brake line), preventative only. 
124000 mi

US $430
Alternator pulley bearings started to go. Replacement of the alternator was solution. It was fairly straightforward. Cost was part only. I did work myself. 
134000 mi

US $250
Original radiator cracked. Replaced myself. Took about 1-1/2 or 2 hours. 
39000 mi

US $1496
Engine belts and valve cover gasket replaced by dealer  
40000 mi

US $320
Mass airflow sensors replaced. 
41000 mi

US $1800
Sunroof won't retract, transmission/driveshaft damper cracked. 
43000 mi

US $426
front thrust arm bushings replaced 
48300 mi

US $626
Oil pan gasket leaking (covered under previous repair), power steering connection to cooler leaking, oil filter housing leaking (required oil change). 
51000 mi

US $1100
Car shaking violently on any acceleration. Rear U-joint connecting driveshaft to rear differential replaced. Valve cover gasket leaking. Was replaced by same dealership 23 months ago so fixed under warranty. 
62200 mi

US $1800
Car was leaking coolant. Tubes on the back side of the engine were leaking. Water pump was replaced as well. Front and rear thrust arms were replaced. Valve cover gasket was replaced. 
64000 mi

US $1100
Clutch replacement 
66000 mi

US $400
Differential seals were leaking and thus replaced. 
89900 mi

C $290
Replaced left-bank exhaust CPS that had failed. 
102900 mi

C $2600
Had the clutch replaced. As clutch ages, self-adjusting mechanism binds and makes clutch slow to fully engage. Had the rear main seal replaced. Seeping. 
112840 mi

C $180
Giubo replaced. Regular maintenance item on this car. 
99000 mi

US $1006
Thermostat and water temperature sensor replacement. Check Engine code frequently reporting engine was not warming up quickly enough. 
113000 mi

US $200
Thermostat and water temp sensor. Check Engine code indicating prolonged engine warm-up timing. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

111000 mi

US $2500
Needed to replace valve position and flow sensors. Replaced all. Replaced front and rear control arms, tie-rods and bushings Replaced inner driver window rubber gasket. It forced window off of track, due to it applying too much force when window going up 
47000 mi

US $170
Failed emissions test. There is ongoing problem with the bank 2 communications sensor. 
54000 mi

US $1800
Alternator needed to be replaced 
54900 mi

US $1600
emission system because of fuel intake gauge 
57000 mi

US $1200
Replaced power steering pump, pump bracket, clutch slave cylinder supply hose 
62000 mi

US $500
emissions sensor 
66900 mi

US $1100
Active oil leak right valve cover. Resealed upper left timing cover. Noise in differential; requires future repair. 
71000 mi

US $120
There was a small leak detected but of unknown origin. Tests performed, no leak. 
69200 mi

US $425
15 year old battery finally quit 
80900 mi

US $1241
Oil leak - Arm resealed, reseal oil leak at L/Engine Arm 
84700 mi

US $261
Warning messages: Low Coolant, Brake Light Oil odor continues 
91000 mi

US $3000
Busted radiator. Cooling system requires expensive-extensive fix every 2-3 years. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

89900 mi

US $500
Wheel bearings. 
90000 mi

US $2800
Waterpump and connecting belts and pulleys went out. 
90900 mi

US $300
Key went bad. Nav went bad. Replaced with a used unit. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

131000 mi

US $3279
Year ago: valve cover gaskets,brake sensor,radiator, upper rear ball joints, oil filter housing gasket,cyclone separator with hoses.replaced leaking suction and return power steering hoses,replaced both axle seals,replaced fuel filter,injector system. 
158000 mi

US $200
Leaking power steering hose 
164700 mi

US $400
Window regulator drivers window replaced. 
171000 mi

US $781
Water pump bearing shot and radiator slow leak 
189000 mi

US $765
Thermostat housing where hose connects was cracked. 
206000 mi

US $1800
Evaporator leaking (under dash component) Left rear strut spring broken? Replaced spring with junkyard part plus two new struts. 
208000 mi

US $540
Alternator died. First one to go at 208k! 
80000 mi

US $1500
Defective sensor led to failure of wiring harness for throttle body; also needed to update engine software and replace another emissions sensor that caused lean mix error codes. 
84000 mi

US $320
Intake idle valve stuck, causing overly lean mix and surgy, low power. Valve replaced, software reset. Required 2 trips to shop.  
84000 mi

US $500
Same problem as before--loss of power, surgy, unable to accelerate beyond 25 mph. Mechanic finally offered to buy car as a project car for himself. Got at least low KBB trade-in value, and put proceeds to new Audi A4 
108000 mi

US $1200
Replace leaking radiator 
141000 mi

US $1000
HeadGasket and Cooling System broke. HeadBolt threads stripped in M54 engine block. Temporary fix of new threads. Will eventually need to replace block. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

166000 mi

US $2990
New clutch. No issue I could identify - i.e. it seemed to work fine. Mechanic said it was a mechanical issue - throwout bearing sounds like it may be right. hoses for windshield washer were replaced 
166050 mi

US $900
valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket 
100000 mi

US $2400
Vanos valve timing malfunction. 
130000 mi

US $1000
thermostat failed and it was an OEM part about 2 yrs old vacuum leak 
153000 mi

US $2400
Alternator failed, causing stop at nearest convenience within 20 miles. Auto towed to dealership. Alternator replaced, battery replaced, front pads and rotors, service II,  
161000 mi

US $800
Oil Leaks, small. Valve cover gasket, right rear. RR gasket on oil filter mounting piece 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

153300 mi

US $658
Rough idling...crankcase vent valve and appropriate hoses replaced. 
170000 mi

US $1168
Light oil leak, and Check Engine light on. Replaced Valve cover gasket replace & Crankcase Vent Valve: Crankcase vent valve, 2 breather hoses, breather hose return, oil separator hose. 
187000 mi

US $2782
Transmission warning light and vehicle was shifting rougher then normal. A bad "Mass Air Flow Sensor" was diagnosed as cause. Replaced sensor. No obvious symptoms, but SES produce codes related to upper thermostat. (Thermostat and housing replaced). Codes indicated lean banks 1 & 2. Replaced Crank case vent system. (typical in the 2001 525i BMW E39/M54 eng models) Found oil leaks. Replaced oil filter stand gasket & Valve Cover gasket. 
190300 mi

US $350
Water-Pump went bad & replaced.  Power Steering reservoir leaking. Replaced. Additional preventive maint items: Fan-clutch, Main Serpentine Belt, A/C Belt, A/C tensioner, main alternator tensioner, Water-Pump Pulley. 
110000 mi

US $100
windshield washer pump failed and was replaced 
112300 mi

US $2500
door actuator drivers side failed 
114000 mi

US $800
Significant engine oil leak from gasket and hose below oil filter.  Power steering fluid from power steering hoses. 
60000 mi

US $1000
control arms worn and replaced along with sway bars. 
61000 mi

US $120
SES light for Cam Shaft Postion sensor exhaust side. Was present when car was purchased however light was intermittent and finally got around to replacing. Self installed, though typically a easy job, very hard to loosen the bolt. 
71000 mi

US $130
Had small leak from lower radiator hose. Had to replace sensor and the hose, and refill coolant. 
61800 mi

US $620
Upper Control arms replaced with new ones with HD bushings in place of the OEM. The car had some vibration at speed, with shuddering while braking at times. 
72000 mi

US $1230
Oil filter housing gasket and VANOS seals leaking. Also as PM replaced CCV (discovered to be on way out) with all associated hoses and air distribution piece, Valve Gasket, Dip stick tube o ring, and upper timing cover gasket. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

121000 mi

US $1650
ABS controller needed to be replaced. DISC (VANOS) air valve failing. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

89000 mi

US $3200
Adaptive headlights required repair. Water pump failed. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed manual RWD

163500 mi

US $1850
Replace fan clutch Replace both front strut assemblies; Remove upper thrust arms and press in new bushings; Replace left rear sway bar link. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 4-speed automatic RWD

204600 mi

€1270
turbo charge unit (renovated 570€) fuel filter passenger cabin ventilator 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

157629 mi

US $12500
Clutch, transmission mounts, and rear main seal replaced. Pinion seal on driveshaft, drive belts on engine, and a windshield washer motor were also replaced. 
162300 mi

US $150
Thermostat showed inconsistent readings, so replacement of thermostat and o-rings and seals were preventative. 
105000 mi

US $2000
There were two gripes repaired during this trip. The first was a dead regulator (power window motor) on the back seat passenger door ($800), and the other was dying (many dead pixels) driver info display in the dash. 
110000 mi

US $110
Rear anti-sway bar bracket replacement (OEM units cracked) 
130500 mi

US $1250
I had to replace CAM sensors and fix secondary air mass flow error message. 
131000 mi

US $585
The thermastat needed to be replaced and installed. 
148000 mi

US $1200
This model has self-leveling headlights (installed by previous owner) and I had to have BMW reset these so that they did not level to a position that would blind oncoming drivers. It's not a difficult job but requires shop equipment to do properly on this vehicle. 
90000 mi

US $1000
cam position sensor needed replacement 
110000 mi

US $720
Replaced guibo/flex disk. 
118700 mi

US $2700
EVAP Purge valve defective. This is apart of the emissions system that allows the car to purge gas into a charcoal canister. This does not play a role in the car's performance/drive-ability. 
137500 mi

US $120
Broken Shift lever joint. Car functioned normally and was driveable, but shifter could pull out easily like a dislocated joint. 
142000 mi

US $1500
DSC pump short. DSC module repair 
160000 mi

US $400
Fuel pump failure 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

102000 mi

US $1000
"cooling system overhaul" Radiator, fan, clutch, all related hoses, expansion tank, t-stat, water pump and pulley. also replaced belts and belt tensioner. 
145000 mi

US $400
Heater control valve was stuck open, the auxiliary pump/heater control valve system was replaced. It was quite easy with smaller hands. 
136000 mi

US $3000
Repaired oil leak 
104000 mi

US $1300
Entire cooling system replaced - radiator cracked, water pump leaking, and hoses leaking. Decided to replace all faulty components during this repair. Water pump had been noted leaking for nearly 30,000 miles before failure. 
97000 mi

US $710
Failed water pump while driving - resulted in loss of all drive belts and driven accessories (power steering, etc.). Replaced leaking valley pan gasket during repair. Replaced thrust arms in attempt to fix creaking while rolling (unsuccessful). However, replacement did eliminate the "55 mph shimmy" the car experienced. 
91760 mi

C $1200
The front driver side brake caliper and both front pads were replaced. The steering wheel would vibrate as if the wheels were out of balance at speeds between 40-50 miles. Mechanic identified the problem as the lower controller arm bushings, the parts were ordered and replaced. Problem no longer exists. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

107000 mi

US $1800
Leak in power steering hoses. Also had a flat tire. We needed to replace tires anyway. 
127000 mi

US $2500
Coolant galley leaking. Fuel injection system had to have service. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

162200 mi

US $3500
Timing system replaced, valley pan coolant leak fixed, VANOS valve timing rebuilt 
162600 mi

US $350
Thrust arm bushings required replacement to fix front end shake. 
95000 mi

US $2200
Replaced alternator, outside temperature sensor. Suspension bushings.  Also installed new interior fender well panels. 
103000 mi

US $570
Car went in for coolant leak and new water pump. After work was completed and started for test a drive it was misfiring and running rough. The tech pulled all the spark plugs and found coolant in one cylinder.A camera showed a cracked wall!! 
221700 mi

US $2900
Replace timing chain, timing chain guides, VANOS Solenoids, VANOS units, various seals and gaskets, as well as timing chain tensioner 
224000 mi

US $750
Coolant pipe ruptured. Had to be special ordered hence the amount of days in shop. Also had rear main seal replaced and one power steering hose replaced. 
259000 mi

US $550
Passenger Window Regulator replaced. Right rear door seal replaced. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

64480 mi

$400
Blown radiator bleed screw. This is a common E39 problem. The screw is hollow plastic and the center will blow out. Also service. 
64480 mi

$250
leaking brake hose 
65380 mi

$500
Blown radiator; weakened earlier. 
73780 mi

$1500
Mass airflow sensor failed. Replaced.  Also 2 power steering pump hoses, oil and filter change, coolant change. 
79980 mi

$120
Replace left front wheel speed sensor. 
84200 mi

$100
Replace dual input temperature switch. replace wheel well liners. had become brittle and cracked in the hot, humid, salty climate of coastal Mexico. 
85740 mi

$250
Both drive belts, 2 pulleys, oil change & filter. 
90520 mi

$265
Alternator failed. Could not be rebuilt. Bought a new one. 
92380 mi

$100
Right-rear wheel bearing was getting noisy. Had to replace the rear window lift, passenger side  and the lock actuator, same side and door. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed manual RWD

131000 mi

US $1525
A engine pulley locked up, broke main belt and caused the Radiator to overheat and crack. 
196000 mi

US $1200
Drive shaft was replaced, 5-speed shifter linkage was also tighten up. 
91000 mi

US $900
Auxillary fan found not to be working. Whole assembly replaced. One of the pulley bearings was making a screeching noise at start-up and occasionally. Replaced. 
94000 mi

US $650
Front thrust arm (upper control arm) and sway bar link end bushings worn. All four bushings were replaced along with the bars. Power steering hose leaking. Replaced, fluid flushed. 
98000 mi

US $250
Slow leak in valve cover gasket resolved. It wasn't even causing a drop but it was there and this allowed a peak into the engine (looks clean!). Also had spark plugs and oil change done while at it (that cost is not included in above). 
109000 mi

US $400
New noise at 900-1100 rpm under load. No CEL. Turned out to be DISA valve on intake manifold. Apparently quite common on this m52tu (as the m54). Washer jets not spraying the windshield. Turned out to need a new pump. 
123000 mi

US $1300
Horrible sounds, vibrations. Dual mass flywheel shot (springs). Cannot be recovered. Clutch worn but still material remaining. Replaced with a single mass flywheel & clutch, no change to driveability, saves money and potential to resurface Motor mounts found to be worn/leaking. Bracket cracked (not sure if due to mileage or hitting concrete parking dividers). 

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1999 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

91200 mi

US $1200
replaced radiator and airflow meter. 
139000 mi

US $250
Radiator replaced due to leak. Coolant replaced.  
140000 mi

US $4000
replaced shocks, replaced control arms front/rear, replaced ball joints front 
146000 mi

US $200
Hub 
150000 mi

US $1100
Replace valley pan gasket 
151500 mi

US $3400
timing chain guide broke 
166700 mi

US $150
Leaky radiateur 
203100 mi

US $312
Steering link replacement. Found during pre-purchase inspection. 
206000 mi

US $2394
Replaced cooling system hoses, valley cover/manifold, and thermostat. 

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1999 BMW 5-Series 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder manual AWD

74000 mi

US $2600
Air conditioner compressor and related parts 

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1999 BMW 5-Series 4-door

supercharged 8-cylinder manual 2WD

193000 mi

US $240
Camshaft position sensor replacement. 
195000 mi

US $2400
ABS computer died, as is normal on these cars. 
213800 mi

US $150
MAF replaced due to common failure. 
226000 mi

US $1200
DSC module failure 
245000 mi

US $4350
ABS module and hydro unit Secondary air pump dead. Replaced. 

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1999 BMW 5-Series 4-door

8-cylinder manual 2WD

205000 mi

US $650
Replaced cracked radiator and thermostat. 
207000 mi

US $405
Water pump, thermostat, pullies 
225000 mi

US $1100
Replaced worn out shocks, struts, springs, dampers, spring pads and control arm. 
225000 mi

US $958
Replaced the expansion tank,  valve cover gasket  and repaired a secondary air pump pile in the front of the engine. 
76000 mi

US $160
warning lights still not repaired 
80000 mi

US $440
Coil and spark plugs 
92000 mi

US $1500
bracket holding power-steering fluid pump broke, causing belt to fall off, radiator overheated and popped. 
94000 mi

US $1100
Water pump 
110000 mi

US $1100
New front end links and shocks were needed. 
120000 mi

US $2100
Timing chain guides are made of an exceptionally brittle plastic, as is the oil separator (PCV valve). Both disintegrate with age, causing the engine to run terribly and smoke, as well as allow the cams to jump time. 
65720 mi

C $800
100,000 km maintenance discovered worn rear ball joints and swaybar links. Trip 1 was to repair those items. 
66960 mi

C $1000
Aircon condenser failed. Replacement of condenser and dryer. 
67580 mi

C $800
Mass Air sensor failed. Replaced. 

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1999 BMW 5-Series 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

98000 mi

US $1100
Replace O2 sensors 
38000 mi

US $970
Valve Cover gaskets were leaking slightly 
52000 mi

US $1000
Replaced entire cooling system including radiator, belts, fan clutch, coolant pump, thermostat and hoses 
50700 mi

US $1100
Replace radiator Power steering hoses replaced due to leak 
64000 mi

US $760
Valve cover gaskets replaced 
66000 mi

US $500
Replaced sway bar bushings 
214000 mi

US $4200
Timing chain and tensioner, plugs and other misc. 
130000 mi

US $1200
radiator and hoses.  Also needed a new fuel pump. 
112000 mi

US $525
alternator replaced, MAF sensor died the next week Mass Airflow Sensor 
132000 mi

US $200
DSP amp failed. Stealer wanted $ 1635 for new amp! No aftermarket solution poss. Ordered used one fromj BMW junkyard for $ 200. 
136000 mi

US $200
DSP amp died again. Bought a used part that didn't work. Work around is to short +/- pins & on amp wait 5 min. when it dies. Have since sold car. 

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1998 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

116560 mi

C $1600
Replace leaking valve cover gaskets Replace front upper control arms. Worn bushings caused front end vibration at speed. Replace broken rear left sway bar drop link. 
120580 mi

C $600
Replace malfunctioning starter Replace leaking lower oil pan gasket Diagnose rough 2-1 downshift Diagnose slight steering wheel shimmy at speed and under braking 
122140 mi

C $100
High idle speed condition. Replace accelerator cable and idle control valve. 
122140 mi

C $150
Engine oil leak. Replace valve cover gaskets and upper timing cover gaskets. 

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1998 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

120000 mi

US $3000
My water pump seized (pump was only 3 years old) and fried the accessory drive system, including the entire AC system and thermostat. 

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1998 BMW 5-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

177320 mi

C $11000
clutch fan seized and exploded: new clutch fan installed new fan installed, new radiator installed, new fan shroud installed dent to hood (from exploding fan) not repaired 

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1997 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

210000 mi

US $3500
Loud power steering noises from having a cracked Power Steering Rack. Also, the front, rear, upper and lower control arm bushings were replaced due to being severely cracked and worn from age. 

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1997 BMW 5-Series 4-door

8-cylinder manual 2WD

94000 mi

US $480
Rear ball joints worn, and were replaced. 
100000 mi

US $250
3 injectors plugged causing emissions problem. Injection system cleaned, solved the problem. 
103700 mi

US $890
Replaced radiator, thermostat and cover plate 
104429 mi

US $212
Engine running rough. Replaced ignition coil. 
110284 mi

US $884
Replaced rear cover for intake, replaced intake gaskets, cam sensor and thermostat 
110390 mi

US $770
Engine misfiring. Replaced spark plugs and v/c gaskets. 
118954 mi

US $1730
Replaced front control arms and ball joint, rear strut, links and shocks. 
120321 mi

US $330
Engine overheating. Replaced expansion tank and cap. 
120914 mi

US $690
Not charging. Battery and alternator replaced. 
122085 mi

US $150
Replaced serpentine belt tensioner. 
125100 mi

US $860
Coolant leak. Replaced heater valve and heater hose and coolant. 
127202 mi

US $2080
Replaced water pump and pulley, fan, radiator, belt, and upper timing cover gaskets. 
127447 mi

US $600
Air bag light. Replaced seat belt buckle. ABS sensor code. Replaced ABS sensor. 

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1997 BMW 5-Series 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

121000 mi

US $1100
Oil leak due to a crack in the oil assembly where the engine had to be pulled and the oil assembly replaced. 

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