The Two Most Common Gripes with the BMW 530i
There's a very good reason why the BMW 530i has been selling well since its predecessor came out in 1972-it's a really classy and reliable car. In fact, it's only the second best-selling model after the 3-Series-yet it represents a full 50% of the company's profits. That's to be expected, though, from a well-respected brand like BMW with years of experience and world famous German dependability to lean on. As such, you are really hard-pressed to find any fault at all with the car. Still, no ride is ever truly perfect and, however rare they might be, these are the most common complaint people have had with the 530i.
Seat-heater fuse blows
This problem is something that owners of the 2002 edition of the BMW 530i experience. The driver-side seat-heater constantly blows fuses installed. The heating itself works fine, and it's just the fuse that is at fault. It is a rare occurrence with only a few instances recorded. The fault seems to be with the control motor of the heating pad mounted at the lower back of the seat-a short in the circuit causes the problem to repeat itself many times.
No recall orders were issued as it is exceedingly rare. Unless your BMW is still under service warranty, the replacement of the motor has to be undertaken by the owner. It's not an expensive replacement, and one that is easy enough to do on your own.
Persistent air bag warning light
Manifesting in the 2004 edition of the BMW 530i, this problem has to do with the fact that the warning lights tends to illuminate-and stay on-with no apparent cause. Some have reported that this occurs when speeds are at 40 mph, others say it happens when they are stopped. It has yet to cause any untoward incidents, and the air bags deploy as normal in accidents. It is troubling, however, as an actual problem with the air bags might not be accurately reported due to the fault.
A recall order was issued specifically for the front air bags for this year and model. So it's important to check if your VIN is covered under order 73368.
I noticed that white smoke is coming out of my BMW 530i's tailpipe. Why is this happening, and should I check if any of the components are faulty?
White smoke coming out of the tailpipe occurs when you start your car on a cold morning. However, if there is still white smoke coming out even when your BMW 530i's engine is already warm, then a head gasket must have broken. To confirm this, check for other signs like the presence of milky oil. While your car's engine is warm, remove the dipstick from the engine and look at the oil coating on the level indicator guide. If the oil on the dipstick is milky or cloudy, then this confirms the head gasket is blown.
I just refueled my BMW 530i. However, when I tried to start the car, it only cranks but never starts. How can I find out what's causing this?
There are several possible reasons for this issue. To start troubleshooting, check for any blown fuses. Then, unhook your BMW 530i battery for one hour to reset all of the systems. You should also try locking and unlocking the driver's door a few times using the key in case it's your key that has gone bad. If it is not working, try another key on the door and try starting your car with that key after you hook up the battery again. If that doesn't help, try jumpstarting your car. If it still doesn't start, check if your brake lights work. If not, the brake light switch might be faulty; you can find the switch above the brake pedal. If you have an automatic transmission, your shifter might not be fully in PARK. Try moving it around a bit, then try to start your car in PARK and then in NEUTRAL.
My BMW 530i's air conditioner won't turn on, but the display panel says it is on full blast. It also makes a sound from where the filters are located whenever I try to switch on the A/C, but no air is coming out. Why is the air conditioner not working and how can I fix it?
This is a common problem for BMW 530i, and to fix this, you will have to replace the Final Stage Unit (FSU). This component is a resistor or heat sink that controls the blower speed of your car's ventilation system. When the FSU fails, the blower speed cannot be controlled by the climate control panel, and sometimes it may shut down. The good news is, BMW already has a sturdier replacement for it, so you don't have to go around looking for an aftermarket product. Plus, it is easy to install, so you don't have to get your car to a shop for it.
I noticed that oil is leaking from my BMW 530i. How can I find the source and fix it?
Oil leaks in the BMW 530i is usually because of a bad seal in the drain plug, which is a metal washer that can only be tightened a few times before it stops working and should be replaced periodically to prevent any oil leaks. You can replace this on your own, but to prevent it from happening again, you must follow the recommended schedule to perform a thorough maintenance on your car.
BMW 530i: Quality and Power Combined
The BMW 530i is only a trim level belonging to BMW’s 5 Series, a family of mid-size sedans made for professionals and managers, but it has one of the most powerful engines in the entire family. As part of the 5 Series, the 530i was also recognized by several entities, and thus was given awards throughout its lifetime. The 2007 model year was the best time of the unit, because it was during this year that significant technological changes occurred in the series. Equipped with desirable features that successful customers would like to have, the said model had a colorful metamorphosis that was very distinctive in its own right.
1972 – 1981: Speedy and emission-efficient
The first generation of the BMW 530i had a displacement of 3.0 liters with an SOHC and a straight-six configuration. The units were particularly made for the US market due to the pressing need for emission-efficient cars. The units produced 176 horsepower and provided superb torque output. In fact, a 530i run from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds. The models had a four-speed manual gearbox, while an optional three-speed automatic was also available. With its vinyl roofs and opera windows, the unit looked very composed about its own beauty.
1982 – 1988: Looking squarer
In this generation, the units had restyled headlights, large rectangular taillights, and thicker rubber bumper surrounds. They also looked boxier at the rear. Also, they used a fuel-injected engine.
1989 – 1996: More reliable and safer
In this generation, the units became safer to drive and more reliable with the MacPherson strut front suspension, the independent multilink suspension, and the gently curved flanks that reduced aerodynamic drag. Available in sedan and touring wagon body styles, the units were powered by a 3.0-liter, 32-valve V8 engine with DOHC configuration. Because of this power upgrade, the units yielded 215 horsepower.
1997 – 2003: Lightweight and more responsive
These models had considerable changes in the suspension system. In this generation, the units had links and elements cast in lightweight alloys instead of steel, and a rack-and-pinion steering was adopted. Because of these changes, the units had a more responsive chassis. In terms of power, horsepower output became 225.
2004 – 2010: More advanced control and driving features
This generation was a milestone in the life of the 530i, for it was during this time that it sported the best technological features. The iDrive, Active Cruise Control, Active Roll Stabilization, Park Distance Control, and Active Front Steering were some of these. Its straight-six engine was paired with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, which was improved with a Steptronic shifting or a Sequential Manual Gearbox, respectively.