View Full Version : Issues with Used E60 5 Series?

03-30-2009, 12:55 PM
A friend of mine is looking for a used E60 530i and was wondering if there are any major issues to look out for these cars. Was this model a big hit on the wallet maintenance wise?

03-30-2009, 01:04 PM
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03-30-2009, 02:10 PM
I've heard that the iDrive had issues.

03-30-2009, 02:14 PM
issues as in, it's insanely difficult to use at first?

03-30-2009, 02:47 PM
issues as in, it's insanely difficult to use at first?

!?!?! how is it insanely difficult. I have had no problems using idrive... its a little tedious to go to certain features but i wouldnt say its difficult.

issues so far

- idrive system failure on pre lci i have read.
- no spare tire but instead some critical electronics in the trunk so if liquid is spilled problems from that.
- 2004 had no grill at the front so rocks could hit the rad grill and possibly damage.

I think the car is too new to find other problems like the e39 control and cooling system issues not to mention the vdo pixel issues which i guess would be idrive "dying".

03-30-2009, 03:57 PM
I got an E60 as a loaner once, I didn't really think to play with the features, so I just got in and drove off. Then I tried to change the radio station while driving. It was "insanely difficult"

I'm sure if I got used to it, it would be very easy. But like I said "at first".

04-06-2009, 11:18 AM
stay away from the first realease of the e60 late 04, i think they had some minor issues.

11-18-2016, 06:51 AM
Just bought an '07 530xi Touring, the iDrive, for lack of a better description is sticking or just plain malfunctioning, should I just replace it and where is the best place in the GTA to locate one ?

12-15-2016, 12:26 PM
For 2005 E60's make sure you check with BMW Canada that all recalls were done.
Battery cable recall, passenger restraint seat mat recall, software update recall, etc.
Also if you are going for a 530i, check to verify it has the updated N52 engine (higher horsepower 3.0L IL6 engine) - My E60 is model year 2006, mfg date 05/05 and it has the updated N52 engine.