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BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (4%)

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BMW 5-Series suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (26%)

< $100 (24%)

Chart based on 361 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

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2013 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

43580 mi Air suspension left rear 

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2013 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 181hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

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2013 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 560hp 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

10800 mi Thumping noise on rear right suspension while going over bumps. Still waiting for parts to come in 
17000 mi Replaced all suspension parts, including shock absorbers and springs to solve a thumping sound coming from the rear suspension 

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2013 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 309hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

11160 mi Steering gear was renewed due to a small ticking noise 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 181hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

73160 mi Upper casings of both rear shock absorbers replaced under warranty as they had disconnected due to perished rubber at top of shock. 
88660 mi

€50
Airbag in rear suspension failed and was replaced. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

Car veers off center extremely easily with the slightest crown of the road Car veers off center extremely easily with the slightest crown of the road. Wheels swapped, aligned, computer reprogrammed. Not entirely successful 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

23700 mi Alignment problems. Rear tyres worn, front tyres showing a lot of wear after 8K mile. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 181hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

69220 mi

$800
Left rear air suspension failure 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

1000 mi Steering noise when turning steering wheel thru slow turns. They insulated the fuel lines.....but in my opinion it only helped the car a bit, but it still has noise inside the cabin if you turn off the radio and just listen closely. 
23000 mi One front strut failed. The other striped during alignment. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

114700 mi

US $898
Alignment and new tires because of shaking from 70-80mph. Car still shakes but the problem is much better. 
44600 mi Squeeking noises when going over bumps at slow speeds. 
30500 mi Knocking noise on steering wheel at low speeds below 20 mph.... replaced steering rack and suspension bushings (fromt) 
12400 mi springs had noise. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

38000 mi Rattling noise coming from front after car is warm. Sounds as if something is loose. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 241hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

94240 mi

€400
The left rear suspension spring had broken and needed replacement. The garage suspected a material/manufacturing flaw in the part. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 181hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

17980 mi Variable Damper Control was not performing properly. Known problem. Repair included replacement of both rear dampers and a cracked wheel rim plus re-programming of the appropriate control unit 
28520 mi

€120
Vibration in steering caused by something other than wheel balance. 
33480 mi recurring vibration in steering apparently caused by electric steering pump. BMW not willing to repair. 
39060 mi BMW Country Tech. Drove car to verify issue. Problem acknowledged but described as normal. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

115800 mi

US $550
Front suspension was clunking and the tires wore unevenly. Replaced control arms and got the car aligned. 
36300 mi

US $500
Control arm bushings failure discovered during routine brake service. Replaced. 
74980 mi

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

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

113000 mi

US $773
Replaced upper and lower control arms (Front) 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

41000 mi

US $295
Worn bushing causing groaning over bumps. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

63000 mi

US $180
Left Front Strut leaking and damaged. This is a 550i M-Sport. Car was bouncing on bumpy roads. Both Front Struts were replaced with Sachs OEM Struts for 550i M-Sport. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

31000 mi Squeaking suspension when going over a speed bump. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

52300 mi Rear suspension bushings seized. Made a grinding noise when going over speed bumps. 
63860 mi

C $500
Psgr side tie rod loose. Both sides changed with wheel alignment using German-made parts (supplier supplies BMW) 
66150 mi

US $1200
Control arm bushings replaced plus alignment. 
83000 mi

US $1185
Power steering fluid leaking from reservoir cap. Cap o-ring replaced. Car front suspension was "crashing" over large bumps. Front lower control arms were worn. Control arms were replaced. 
86000 mi

US $305
Power steering hose was leaking. Hose replaced, system flushed/refilled. 
82000 mi

US $144
Both upper control arm bushings and ball joints 
84000 mi Sway bar bushings made noise in cold temperatures. Wrapped bar with Teflon tape and reinstalled bushings. 
93000 mi

US $80
Driver rear wheel bearing went bad. Symptom: Grinding noise. Replaced wheel bearing with aftermarket part. Issue resolved 
93000 mi

US $240
Lower control arm replacement and Ft. Rotor resurfacing. 
73160 mi

C $1600
Replaced, front thrust arms, ball joints and lower control arms 
58000 mi

US $500
Hydraulic fluid leak 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

86800 mi

€250
rear suspension air chamber replacement 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

18000 mi power steering failure. leak in fluid pipe causing no power assistance. 

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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. 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

58000 mi

US $640
Replace front radius/control arm bushings 
83300 mi

US $400
replace bushings on front end 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

31000 mi

US $860
Vibration indicated bent or out of tolerance wheel and tire. Cost was $240 for balancing, which has yet to remedy vibration. I have wheel and tire insurance which the dealer says does not apply because the wheel/tire are within tolerance. 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

82800 mi

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

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

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 4dr Wagon

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

80700 mi

US $439
new bushings for front suspension 
63600 mi

US $25
Need to replace a 10 amp relay that controled the rear air shocks. 
112000 mi

US $1700
Thrust Arm Bushings - Both Sides 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

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 
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 $280
Rear shocks were tired. Replaced both with Bilstein HD. 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. 
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

11160 mi

$2000
Left Rear bearings had to be replaced 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

91900 mi

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

US $2100
Struts, shocks, mounts 
27000 mi Steering inoperative; also battery replaced bad cell. 
109500 mi

US $700
front hubs/bearings 
116700 mi

US $4500
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. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

73000 mi

US $1000
Front suspension problem - replaced parts. 
43000 mi

US $317
Accidentally poured engine oil into power steering oil compartment, had to have it flushed out. 
74200 mi

US $200
Control arm bushing fluid leak 
70300 mi

US $50
Took it to an independent shop for a once over prior to extended warranty expired. They reccommended replacing control arm bushings. Took it to dealer who said it needed thrust arm replacement. They did out for $50 deductible. 
66000 mi

US $1700
updated software, replace damaged steering arm, 
105000 mi

US $2500
Tie rod ends frozen 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

136000 mi Needed front wheel bearings. 
54000 mi

US $900
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. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

39060 mi Right front wheel made strange noise when driving over speed bumps. Lubrication re-aligning parts helped but the noise is still audible. According to service mgr, BMW have instructed to change parts only if the problem reappears after lubrication. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

58000 mi Suspension bushing wear 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

500-horsepower 5.0L V10 6-speed manual RWD

33000 mi Electronic Damping Controller module exhibited a fault, causing a steering system warning to come on. 
140000 mi

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

US $200
Hub 
168100 mi Power steering pump bracket failure 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

83200 mi

US $600
Tension Strut bushings were bad 
47000 mi Replaced right rear bearing. 
63700 mi

US $1530
3 of 4 fluid-filled control arm bushings were worn. 3 control arms assemblies were replaced 
82000 mi

US $5000
Active roll bar system leaking; requires full assembly replacement 
125000 mi

US $1100
Control arms and thrust bushings replaced; alignment 
48000 mi Vacuum pump oil leak, suspension hydraulic leak. 
72000 mi

US $3800
The front thrust arm bearings ($500) were also replaced. $240 went for a four wheel alignment. 
93000 mi

US $3500
Car pulled to the right during acceleration. Replaced front thrust rods, front sway bar. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed manual RWD

79000 mi

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

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

61380 mi

C $1700
Both front tie rods were worn and needed replacement. 
106000 mi

US $1000
Front wheel bearings needed to be replaced due to noise. Strut mounts were bad, replaced struts as well. 
59700 mi

US $200
Cracked bushing. 
64000 mi Cracked bushing unrepaired. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

78000 mi

US $1700
Tie rod end worn & rattling 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

109000 mi worn out front bushings 
124000 mi

US $1200
something about a worn out ball joint 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

31000 mi

US $7000
needed new tie-rod in front 

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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. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

74000 mi

US $250
alignment and steering rods. 
84000 mi

US $150
ARS Control unit overvoltage 
100000 mi

US $110
Leak in power steering pump. 
58000 mi Warning lite when accelerated and turn at same time. 
104700 mi

US $50
active sway bar system had a leak 
101000 mi

US $750
Control arm bushings 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed manual RWD

47000 mi

US $50
Fluid leak from active stabilizer bar. Replaced bar under CPO warranty 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

86100 mi

US $950
The steering sensor was faulty. This caused the Active Steering to not activate. Car was still drivable but not as much fun. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

49000 mi Loose bolts on sway bar 
10000 mi Replaced active steering module 
43000 mi Active steering module failed - replaced 
113000 mi

US $2600
Loose handling 
103000 mi

US $3800
Front control arm bushing replacement, flat spot on front rims, rear shocks leak 
82000 mi 2nd rear wheel bearing needed to be replaced. 
59000 mi

US $150
steering rack is bad 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

33300 mi Knocking sound under hood going over bumps slowly. Had to re-torque stabilizer bar under hood. 
104800 mi

US $65
Worn and loose tie rod end on right side. 
125000 mi

US $80
Rattle in front end over bumps, replaced both stabilizer links. 
130000 mi

US $800
Replace front bushings - $700 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

121000 mi

US $617
Had front shocks and shock mounts replaced. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

65000 mi

US $206
Replaced lower joint assembly and torsion bolt. Covered by CPO. Steering wheel had axtra play. Replaced steering shaft. 

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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

80000 mi

US $800
Bushing 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

103700 mi

US $1275
Power steering hoses leaking. 

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2006.5 BMW 5-Series 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

65720 mi Steering column cardan joints replaced 

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2006 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

43000 mi Worn stabilizer bar 
41000 mi Bushings repaired 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

101060 mi

€750
Air springs broken 
114700 mi

€350
Air compressor broken 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

113000 mi

US $800
Strut Replacement 
142000 mi

US $794
Power steering fluid reservoir was leaking. Replaced with a new one. 
93620 mi

C $170
change tie-rod ends 
101680 mi

C $1885
Changing the 4 stocks absorber and alignement 
109120 mi

C $200
Tie-rod replacer driver side plus alignment 
36938 mi Play in steering wheel - (Warranty I hope)- Steering box being replaced and other parts. 4 > 51-71-7-065-919 2 >32-41-1-093-597 2 >32-41-1-093-596 1 > 32-10-6-780-124 1 32-10-6-780-124 steerinb box retun 
38895 mi Still play in steering wheel (linkage from wheel to steering box now replaced) under warranty. whew. I drive controller still spins (replaced I drive screen?? and other parts) 
49600 mi Rear self leveling suspension compressor was replaced under warranty 
80060 mi

C $2500
tie rod and stabilizer rods required replacing 
55000 mi

US $50
Worn suspension link, replaced. 
89000 mi steering rack leaking, needed to be replaced replaced shocks 
95000 mi

US $900
replaced left wheel bearing 
89000 mi Replace both tire rod assemblies. 
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. 
79640 mi

C $1500
replaced right tie rod end 

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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. 
185420 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 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

114000 mi

US $800
Replaced steering rack 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

85000 mi

US $250
Loos strut support, 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 front strut 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

105000 mi

US $1000
Worn and leaking thrust arm bushings 
109000 mi

US $2000
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 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

79440 mi Wheel hub Assembly 
104000 mi

US $300
bad tie rod end, passenger side 
76260 mi Took the car in for routine maintenance. Was told the tie rod was worn and would need replacing. Due to cost, will wait til next time. 
77500 mi

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

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

118700 mi

US $2200
Front shocks leaking slightly. Replaced with OEM parts. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

104780 mi

C $65
rt. inner tie rod 
121920 mi

C $600
Front Stabilizer links. Rt,left tie rod ends 
138260 mi

C $177
Left front coil spring broken 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

141000 mi

US $1000
front strut replacement, L&R 

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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

94500 mi

US $1121
Replaced stablizer bar bushings. Cost: Parts - $184, labor - $337, total - $521. 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

78000 mi

US $90
Dynamic suspension error in iDrive. 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

37000 mi Power steering warning light - Power steering issue addressed. 
60000 mi struts, brakes, etc. 

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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 front tie rod ends, L/R Perform wheel alignment Replace front tie rod ends, L/R Perform wheel alignment 
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 
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. 
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 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 6-speed manual RWD

152000 mi

US $60
Steering wheel would shake upon decent speeds while cornering towards the right. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

66900 mi

US $40
Upper control arm. Dealership want 700 for repair. I bought the part online for $40 and installed it myself in 20 mins. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

50220 mi

C $310
Replaced left side tie rod end as it had too much play in it, evidenced by "klunking sound" when hitting uneven road surfaces. Two broken rear coil springs, replaced both shocks also, while I was in there, for the couple 100$ extra did not want to have to do that later. Now have a pair of good spares. 
62000 mi

C $40
Replaced right rear wheelcarrier ball joint, had developed some play and was squeaky, now is tight and as good as new. 
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 
79000 mi Same problem as last trip. Replaced Steering ECU in the column. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

101000 mi

US $200
Power steering and active rollbars are having issues. Replaced PS pump with used part. Problem is now worse and leaking fluid. Oopsy. 
116000 mi Needed new steering pump for $2200. I decided to sell the car. It's gone now. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

77000 mi

US $2400
thrust rod bearings replaced.  
88500 mi

US $4000
right rear shock leaking 
89700 mi

US $1500
front struts leaking. Repair @ dealership estimate 2200.00 
113000 mi

US $1200
REPLACED BOTH front struts 
91800 mi Replaced engine vacuum pump for brakes; BMW USA covered the repair after complaint that recall should have covered it. 
100000 mi

US $457
Left front wheel bearing replaced 
101300 mi

US $241
Right front wheel bearing replaced. Repaired 
126000 mi

US $220
Replaced right front Link 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

89360 mi

C $2000
control arm, front bushings, front brakes 
79000 mi

US $750
Worn wheel bearing 
168000 mi

US $733
replace front thrust bushings 
101000 mi

US $800
Front control arm bushings replaced. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

155000 mi

C $400
changed tie rod ends due shimmy/vibration when braking 
72000 mi high pitched noise from steering wheel when turning - replaced steering rack steering wheel squeaks loudly when turning - replaced steering gear rack // 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

135160 mi

C $125
changed the control arm. normal wear both front side.parts$200, labour $100 
152520 mi

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

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

128960 mi

€500
Front suspension 
133300 mi Front shock absorbers had an oil leak and froze at -25 degrees celsius. 
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 

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2003.5 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

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 Active steering calibration error. Would cost $5,000 US to fix both systems. Got a 2012 instead. 

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2003 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

90000 mi

US $1025
leaking power steering hose replaced 
111600 mi

US $550
front wheel bearing went bad $330 for the part $150 for the labor 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

76000 mi

£400
Suspension bushes on offside rear needed replacing 
92000 mi

£2300
Worn parts 

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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. 
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. 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

51000 mi

US $3500
Steering rack leaking fluid 
70000 mi

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

US $2400
Tie rods need to be replaced 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

74000 mi

US $50
Steering effort was inconsistent under load; dealer found power steering pump defective. Pump replaced and fluid flushed under CPO. 
49000 mi

US $15
Aluminum clips that secure rear sway bar to chassis were broken or cracked. Clips were replaced, a simple job done in my driveway. 
49400 mi

US $40
Replaced dog bone link on the end of the rear sway bar. Link was damaged by excessive sway bar movement after sway bar retainer bracket broke. 
50000 mi

US $40
Replaced dog bone link on the end of the rear sway bar. Link was damaged by excessive sway bar movement after sway bar retainer bracket broke. 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

290-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

86000 mi

US $800
Replaced rear anti sway bar bushings and leaking valve cover gaskets 
100000 mi

US $400
Replaced leaking power steering lines Replace leaking power steering lines 
95000 mi

US $41
Power steering line (reservior to pump) leaking beyond repair. Owner replaced line. 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

86000 mi

US $16
Power steering fluid reservoir was leaking. Replaced rubber O-ring seal on cap for reservoir. 
124000 mi

US $700
Control arm bushings 
134000 mi

US $160
Control Arm Bushings needed replacing 
105000 mi

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

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

128000 mi

US $1700
Replaced power steering & control joints, I guess. Alignment too. 
110000 mi

US $2100
Thrust arms  
141000 mi

US $1600
Front and rear sway bars. 
145000 mi

US $600
Control arms & sway bar links 
85000 mi

US $350
Note: cost of all repairs was $2600.00, but most was paid by Zurich warranty extension I'd bought after major problems under warranty and I was fearful of future failures. Zurich policy extends to summer 2012, may need more repairs. 
80620 mi

C $300
replaced tie rod end 
84000 mi

US $500
Replace upper and lower front end control arms. Still have same vibrations. Rotated, balanced tires, nothing changed.Something is out of balance, feel it in the steering wheel sometimes, feel it the whole car sometimes. 
56000 mi Front strut bearings replaced due to vibration under braking. 
67000 mi

US $1500
Power steering was not assisting very well. Traced to intermittent failure of steering pump. 
42300 mi

US $450
Thrust arm bushings worn out 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

192900 mi

US $500
Replaced shocks and control arms aligned vehicle 
100000 mi

US $100
Driver's side tie rod needed replaced; inner end was worn. 
136000 mi

US $750
Front struts and rear shocks had no compression damping and very little rebound damping. Rear would continue bouncing long after hitting bumps. Replaced worn out factory parts with Koni Yellow adjustable suspension and H&R Sport Springs. 
145000 mi

US $275
Left and right front upper control arm bushings worn out. Vehicle was shuddering under braking at 45 mph and above. Replaced control arms and bushings on both sides. 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

65720 mi

C $800
100,000 km maintenance discovered worn rear ball joints and swaybar links. Trip 1 was to repair those items. 
84000 mi

US $800
PS hoses replaced 
60000 mi

US $1000
Front and rear suspension and replaced bushings 
74200 mi

US $1000
repaired rear suspension 
93000 mi

US $1000
Suspension bushings, $500 
170000 mi

US $1000
changed wheel bearing replaced broken sway bar 

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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 Wagon

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

104000 mi

US $300
replaced both front control arms replaced front sway bar bushings 
110000 mi

US $200
replaced rear right air bag 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

123000 mi

US $90
Vibration in the steering wheel while braking. The inner tie rod had developed play and required replacement. 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

62500 mi

US $2200
Bushings were original and worn out -- shop recommended replacement. 
93900 mi

US $1540
Left Wheel bearing, front drag link. Had 4 tires mounted and balanced 
95300 mi

US $1250
Replaced brake pads, rotors front & rear; shocks front & rear 
75200 mi

US $600
Replace thrust arms 
41000 mi

US $610
Replace leaky front strut, $500 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

290-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

91000 mi

US $600
Replaced both front control arms on both sides of the car, also replaced front wheel bearings. 
104160 mi

C $300
Replaced both tie roads and centre link 
122740 mi

C $800
Replaced front Struts and rear Shocks. 
127720 mi

C $900
Broken power steering pump bracket. Replaced power steering pump 
116000 mi

US $300
front end vibration caused by bad ball joint on center track rod. 
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

163000 mi Car pulling hard to the right. Tire shop tried to fix but I need to take it to a mechanic to have the ?? (Can't remember name, starts with a C) fixed. 
164200 mi

US $959
Car was pulling hard right. List of parts worked on: strut absorber, mount strut, broken bolt replaced. 
79200 mi

US $558
Replace control arm bushings and sway bar links, front 
93000 mi replace front struts 
124000 mi

US $634
Sway bar bushings worn causing loud clunk, squeak while going over any bump or turning corners. 
110360 mi

$800
Fixed the front suspension shocks and bushes. 
132000 mi

US $500
Power steering fluid pump and belt broke. Caused overheat. 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

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 
69000 mi

US $840
Power Steering hose was leaking and had to be replaced.  
89000 mi

US $600
Front lower control arms/ball joints, rear sway bar links. 
124200 mi

US $2728
Removed and replaced left and right side strut assemblies. Replaced strut mount bearing. 
43000 mi Steering rack leaking when sold. 
79000 mi

US $900
wheel bearings needed to be replaced 
89000 mi

US $600
wheel bearings replacement 
125000 mi

US $1800
All front suspension components were replaced as well as new rack and pinion 
115000 mi

US $20
Replaced sway bar links. 
121700 mi

US $400
Struts and Tie-rods 
80900 mi

C $1700
sway bars for both front wheels 
51000 mi

US $20
Clunk noise made me replace swaybar links and also replaces tie rod boots. 
99300 mi

US $150
Power steering pump failed, replaced 
136600 mi

US $1100
replace power steering hose clamps, which were too loose and enabling leaking 
100000 mi

US $800
front control arm bushings worn 
105000 mi

US $1200
Bushings in control arms worn 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

38400 mi

US $1438
- replaced thrust arms and bushings - replaced passenger seat occupancy sensor - fixed passenger seat power mechanism 
54000 mi

US $220
leaky power steering hoses replaced 
95000 mi

US $180
Front sway bar links separated and had to be replaced. 
85000 mi

US $10000
Replaced due to age - Shock/struts/tierods/shock mounts/strut mounts/bump stops. Owner provided upgraded parts. Parts cost $900. 
91000 mi Steering rack leaking - rack replaced Power steering hose leaking 
92000 mi

US $700
Lower coil broken on rear passenger side spring. Found both rear upper control arm boots torn and sway bar links worn. Rear shocks blown. Installed Sachs Advantage shocks (4) and H&R 29742-1 springs, mounts, replacement arms. 
68000 mi

US $250
Changed the Front Control Arm Bushings (a common problem in the E39 5 series). 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

53320 mi Replaced control/support arms on both sides. Local roads have many potholes. 
60140 mi Leaking power steering hose and one shock when sold. 
82000 mi

US $527
Replaced leaking power steering lines 
144460 mi

$100
Broken spring 
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. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

83000 mi

US $3546
power steering reservoir and all hoses, fun fun fun 
76000 mi

US $3500
Front thrush arm bearings  
97000 mi

US $3000
Struts/Shocks, Ball Joints, Bushings 
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

156000 mi

US $700
Replaced struts and thrust arms 
170000 mi

US $200
replaced left rear air spring 
212000 mi

US $5000
Replaced ride height sensor  

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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. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

96000 mi Appeared to be a continuing oil leak. Mechanic diagnosed it was a slight steering fluid leak - as evidenced by the low power steering fluid level. 
98000 mi

US $150
steering pressure hose is leaking steadily now 
111000 mi

US $300
control arm right lower rear 156.00 plus install 213.00 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

114300 mi

US $1130
The front shock absorbers lost their ability to damp suspension movements and had to be replaced. 
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. 
132300 mi One tie rod was replaced and bushings for the tension strut were replaced due to wear. This is the first replacement of these items. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

62200 mi

US $1800
Front and rear thrust arms were replaced. 
79000 mi

US $100
power steering hose leaking. repaired by owner. 
43000 mi

US $426
front thrust arm bushings replaced 
109520 mi

C $80
Tie-Rod end replaced. OE part. 
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. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

57000 mi

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

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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. 
116000 mi

US $400
Noise and vibration in steering. Replaced the right front lower forward control arm. 
116300 mi

US $40
Noise and vibration in steering. Replaced the right front lower rearward control arm. Noise and vibration in steering. Replaced the left front sway bar link. 
123000 mi Noise and vibration in steering never fixed. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

133500 mi

US $800
Replace power steering hoses / replace serpentine belts 
135000 mi

US $500
replaced 4 rear control arms, front struts and stabilizer bar link pins 
122000 mi

US $758
Replaced a tie rod end and a lower control arm with bushings. Front end alignment too. 
158000 mi

US $200
Leaking power steering hose 
206000 mi

US $1800
Left rear strut spring broken? Replaced spring with junkyard part plus two new struts. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

111500 mi

US $700
Front control arm bushing leaking hydraulic fluid. Both were replaced. It caused vibrations when braking. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

190000 mi

US $350
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. 
60000 mi

US $1000
control arms worn and replaced along with sway bars. 
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. 
114000 mi

US $800
Power steering fluid from power steering hoses. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4-door

8-cylinder manual 2WD

105000 mi

US $800
clunking in front suspension 

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2000 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

137000 mi

£300
Vibration at speeds over 70 mph 
162600 mi

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

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

79000 mi

US $670
Front control arms, ball joints, bushings 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

160000 mi

US $300
Rear airbags started to leak - needed to replace 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed manual RWD

163500 mi

US $1850
Replace both front strut assemblies; Remove upper thrust arms and press in new bushings; Replace left rear sway bar link. 
80000 mi

US $500
Rear suspension airbags. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

110000 mi

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

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

213000 mi

US $140
Left front lower control arm replaced due to wear. 
91760 mi

C $1200
Steering wheel was vibrating after applying brakes. I was told the vehicle needed new set of front control arm bushings.  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. 
143000 mi

US $130
sway bar link replaced 
97000 mi

US $710
Replaced thrust arms in attempt to fix creaking while rolling (unsuccessful). However, replacement did eliminate the "55 mph shimmy" the car experienced. 

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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. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

88000 mi Front wheel bearings changed out 
95000 mi

US $2200
Suspension bushings.  

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

73780 mi

$1500
Also 2 power steering pump hoses, oil and filter change, coolant change. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed manual RWD

145000 mi

US $50
LH Lower ball joint worn. This happens about every 50000 miles and causes a severe brake shimmy. The ball joints need frequent replacement on this vehicle. 
149500 mi

US $45
Replaced left rear lower ball joint due to wear. 
147300 mi

US $30
Stabilizer bar end link pounded out and rattling. Replaced link and it is like new. 
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. 

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1999 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

188800 mi

US $200
Rear ball joints, the car felt like it was "skiing" a little. 
203100 mi

US $312
Steering link replacement. Found during pre-purchase inspection. 
78740 mi

C $300
Lower right control arm replaced. 
121000 mi

US $1900
Strut/Shock replacement 

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1999 BMW 5-Series 4-door

8-cylinder manual 2WD

110000 mi

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

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1999 BMW 5-Series 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

61200 mi

US $1100
Power steering hoses replaced due to leak 
66000 mi

US $500
Replaced sway bar bushings 

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1999 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

177000 mi

US $500
power steering line was leaking, repaired. 
179000 mi

US $130
Steering fluid leak, suspension loose will fix later. 
172000 mi Steering leak and loose suspension parts never fixed. 

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1998 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

116560 mi

C $1600
Replace front upper control arms. Worn bushings caused front end vibration at speed. Replace broken rear left sway bar drop link. 
118420 mi Power steering fluid leak. Replace hose clamps at PS reservoir. 
120580 mi

C $600
Diagnose slight steering wheel shimmy at speed and under braking 
141980 mi Front thrust arm bushings worn out again. Resulted in vibration through steering wheel while braking hard. 

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1998 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

207700 mi

C $200
part 3332677742 RR suspension link replaced due to wear and tear, was getting a bit loose in the joints 

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1998 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

135000 mi

US $227
Vehicle had three leaks: One Power Steering Leak and Two Oil Leaks. The power steering leak was fixed temporarily but the two oil leaks were too expensive to fix. 

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1997 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

75720 mi

$250
shocks replaced new steering pump attached 
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

168000 mi

US $200
Steering wheel was shaking under braking. Replaced thrust arms (upper control arms) to fix problem. Found to be factory original at 168,000 miles. 
173000 mi

US $500
Ball joint on center tie rod was failing, center tie rod, both outer tie rods, and idler arm replaced. Aligned afterwards (not reported, part of repair procedure). 
94000 mi

US $480
Rear ball joints worn, and were replaced. 

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1997 BMW 5-Series 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

148000 mi

US $150
Replaced rear wheel bearings. Right bearing had reached end of life, and was making noise at higher speeds. 

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