BMW 525i Maintenance: Driving Don’ts You Should Keep in Mind
Just because your BMW 525i has not yet fell short in providing you with the kind of performance and comfort you need for your everyday commute, it doesn't mean that it would stay that way for as long as you want it to. If you fail in providing this luxury sedan the kind of maintenance it deserves, it won't be long before it starts giving you headaches. Fortunately, maintaining your 525i doesn't have to be a pain in the neck. You just have to stick with the recommendations in your manual, and you're good to go. Avoiding some bad practices or driving no-no's will also pay big time because doing so lessens the stress that some vehicle components receive. Here are some driving don'ts that you have to bear in mind:
The braking system of your 525i deserves a break, too, especially if it has already given you thousands of miles. One way you can give your brakes their much-needed respite is to avoid riding on them. If you keep your foot on the brake pedal, the brake pads will be in constant contact with the brake disc, causing them to wear out faster, or worse, overheat. This driving practice will also cause confusion to the drivers of the vehicles behind you because it can cause your brake lights to stay on even if you have no intention of coming to a full stop. Hence, it will be difficult for them to determine if you are really slowing down. So if you don't want your brakes to give up on you earlier than expected, practice lifting your foot off the brake pedal, and apply it only when necessary.
- Do not drive over potholes.
Your BMW 525i is too elegant for a rough terrain. This kind of road surface also isn't good for your ride's suspension and exhaust systems. So if you're going to unfamiliar places, it would be wise to do a research first on the kind of roads you should be expecting or better yet, ask someone who has been there. If there are unpaved terrains, you'd better use another vehicle that's more capable of negotiating with rough surfaces without getting badly hurt.
- Do not accelerate wildly and then brake hard.
Also called jerky driving, this is the practice of accelerating too fast on a straightway only to brake so hard when the traffic light turns red. While it won't immediately cause your BMW to breakdown, this driving habit will take a toll on your engine, brakes, and transmission system. Before you know it, you'll be experiencing premature fluid leaks, and thus, causing you to do frequent replacement of gaskets, seals, and bushes. This driving habit will also speed up brake wear, cause mechanical troubles, and increase your ride's fuel consumption.
- Do not speed on the freeway.
For speed enthusiasts, this surely is among the hardest habits to break. Who wouldn't be tempted to go speeding down the interstate? But much as this practice is exhilarating, it doesn't do your ride any good. Most vehicles perform best at 40 to 60 mph, and driving faster than that will cause your engine to suck up more gas mile by mile and will push your transmission to its limits. Because of the extra stress the engine and transmission systems receive when you drive fast, their small components wear out and get damaged faster, too.
BMW 525i: A Series 5 Best-in-Class
When the first of the BMW 5 series debuted in the early 1970s, the German automaker scored an instant hit. Comfortable and sporty, these mid-size sedans helped break the niche market of the smaller 3 series and the dull image of the older BMW sedans. As part of BMW’s second best-selling and most profitable car series, the BMW 525i became a key player in the executive car segment worldwide.
1982: The E28 525i
Employing BMW’s new system of naming their vehicles, the BMW 525i nameplate stood for a member of the 5 series (5) that is equipped with 2.5L (25) fuel-injected engine (i). As a member of the E28 or the second generation of the BMW 5 series, the 525i came equipped with a slew of features including power windows, a central locking system, alloy wheels, standard fog lights, and a power sunroof.
1988: The E34 525i
The E34 was a much more significant generation for the 525i as the 5 series got major structure and suspension updates. Borrowing the style of the larger BMW 7 series, the E34 525i was roomier, sleeker, and even more reliable. In short, the E34 models were the ones that actually put the BMW 5 series in a league of their own.
With a much improved fuel economy, a powerful 189 horsepower engine, a touring or station wagon version, improved safety with new airbags and an ABS braking system, and an overall flawless performance, the 525i became the most popular E34 model with worldwide production of almost 250,000 units.
1995: The E39 525i
The E39 5 series put the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” in effect by keeping most of what made the E34 have such a successful run. Only improving and refining the E34 with a lightweight alloy suspension system instead of steel, more engine power, and a more responsive rack-and-pinion steering.
There were also a couple of external changes to update the look of the 525i such as xenon headlights, standard daytime running lights, LED taillights, and a new bumper. However, most of the upgrades for the E39 were focused on the electronics and other internal components.
2003: The E60 525i
The introduction of the latest 525i model in the E60 edition made room for a longer and wider chassis, 188 horsepower in 2003 to 215 horsepower by 2010, and loads of high-tech safety and other electronic features including the iDrive system, Active Roll Stabilization (ARS), Active Cruise Control (ACC), and Park Distance Control (PDC). Apart from more power, space, and safety, the E60 525i also received radical changes in terms of its styling.