Engine Replacement ?
This is a question about a 2007 BMW 530 xi with 150K miles. I bought this car from a
used dealer on 4/12/15. Apparently there is no warranty. I go for an oil change on
5/1/15 and am told that all fluid levels are fine. 5/12/15 The "idiot lights" started
coming on so I went to a specialist to check it out. I am told that the wrong battery is
in the car and thus the signals aren't connecting properly. Essentially, the battery is
misreading the car. I am also told that the radiator is cracked and should be fixed at
some point. 6/29/15 the car stops. I have it towed back to the specialist and am told
that the engine overheated because the fluid drained out of the car possibly due to the
cracked radiator. I am advised to replace the engine at a cost of $8K, including labor. I
still owe about $8K on the car and it was only working for 76 days. During that time I
spent $4K in payments. Not sure where to go from here. Is $8K a normal price to fix
the car ? Would the overheating require a new engine ? What is a reasonable labor
price for such work ? FRUSTRATED !!!!
Overheating would cause the engine to fail, but $8,000 sounds on the high side. you should have had that car checked by someone before you purchased it...
Ok, the battery on the model BMW that you bought does have to be programmed to the car, so that is probably why it isn't charging properly. I assume you got it programmed when you had it into the garage? Since you were told the radiator was cracked, it should have been replaced ASAP, as BMW's don't have a large cooling system and overheating will warp the heads. As soon as the lights come on and or overheated, you must pull over immediately. If you continued to drive it, you very well might have warped the heads. So the garage is probably right in telling you that you need a new engine. Replacing the heads is a labor intensive job and close to the same cost of a new engine. Most drivers I know, when this happen, find a used engine to install to save on costs. In the future pay attention to the car, BMW's are not very forgiving when they have problems, and owning one, especially over 100K will require maintenance to the tune of $1500-3000k a year. I assume the 8K also includes a new radiator and complete overhaul of the cooling system, such as water pump, expansion tank, hoses, thermostat, etc? They should be changed now if they never were. Sounds like you have to decide to either cut your loses or fix and drive it till it dies.
See if you can get a salvage yard engine with some kind of warranty. Try carpart.com for this. I'd recommend you taking this car to a service facility that specializes in imports. Your local garage or gas station is not going to be able to fix it. To them, you might as well be driving the space shuttle! My Nephew learned that lesson the hard way with his '98 528i. Once you get it running correctly, I'd trade it right back in, somewhere else, and consider this a lesson learned. If you decide to buy another BMW take it back to BMW or a service facility that specializes in imports for service, maintenance, and repair. HTH. - Jim
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