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Old 11-07-2017, 09:17 AM   #1
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550i: Ignore the oil leaks/problems?



Hey folks,

My 550i has some issues. I took it to a certified bmw indy for a prepurchase inspection and he came up with the following:


"Oil leaks: valve cover gasket, vacuum pump, engine oil
cooler joint at engine mount bracket, power steering cooler.
Front radius (upper control) arms bushings are cracked and
weak.
Right rear wheel is cracked.
Fault for thermal oil level sensor.
A/C compressor is noisy, but it is working.
Park distance (PDC) is not working: 3 faulty sensor"


Cost to fix everything there as estimated by the mechanic (ball park estimate): $3500 not inc. the cracked rim of course.

The previous owners drove with those faults without fixing them. Just topped up the oil every now and then. I spoke to several people who all agree that these are issues that can be 'ignored' apart from the rim which is indeed a safety issue although crack is not visible on the outside and i didn't inquire how deep or serious it is.

I don't mind spending the money, I got the car at a great price and these are apparently ALL the issues after a thorough inspection (I fully expected to pay a couple grand in repairs).

Should I take it to the folks at RMP to have a look? What type of prices do they charge? I know that they know their stuff so I trust them but I'm afraid that they mainly cater to high-end track builds and the like...
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:48 AM   #2
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Don’t ignore them... they’ll only get worse and you’ll pay more later. There’s no avoiding maintenance on BMWs. Every time it comes back to bite you harder.

Check out any of the sponsors (Stance Factory, Bimmer Sport, RMP, etc) on this forum. They’ll gladly be able to fix your car.

And get that rim fixed/replaced. You don’t want it blowing out the tire with a sudden pressure loss while driving. It can easily lead to a crash.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:47 PM   #3
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Don’t ignore them... they’ll only get worse and you’ll pay more later. There’s no avoiding maintenance on BMWs. Every time it comes back to bite you harder.

Check out any of the sponsors (Stance Factory, Bimmer Sport, RMP, etc) on this forum. They’ll gladly be able to fix your car.

And get that rim fixed/replaced. You don’t want it blowing out the tire with a sudden pressure loss while driving. It can easily lead to a crash.
So true. Ignoring these issues will only compound them into one big, costly mess.
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:53 AM   #4
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Yeah will probably get most of them done this week or the next.
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