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  • 12-30-2005, 01:40 PM

    Got It: M5 and major Oil probs?

    Saturday morning 12/24 had a 2-foot puddle under the M5. Had BMW Assist tow it 50 miles to the local dealer on Monday morning (12/26) since dealer service department was closed on Saturday. By Monday morning, the puddle had grown to 4 fee.

    Unfortunately BMWNA was closed on Monday because it was a national holiday, so the local service department couldn't order the replacement part (it was indeed the Vanos oil line) until early Tuesday morning. As of this morning (12/30), the service department still hadn't received the part.

    This customer support (not from the dealer but from BMW) for their high-end product is simply not acceptable. If I can get something shipped to me in New Mexico from London in 2 days, why can't BMW do the same even if the parts are in Germany versus in the US? I think my many-year relation with BMW is about to end.
  • 12-23-2005, 11:04 PM

    MAJOR oil leak on VANOS in many E60 M5's

  • 12-23-2005, 07:22 PM

    Re: M5 and major Oil probs?

    I am currently experiencing this problem. One night the car has 0.9l oil then -0.1. about one quart of oil on my garage floor. As we speak I am waiting for the flatbed to take it away for repairs. I guess I am lucky, I am is still at home and will take another car to the inlaws.
    The lack of a manual dipstck does suck. The elecronic version can take up to 30 minutes to register. It gets reall frustrating esp when now warning lights come on.
  • 12-20-2005, 12:10 AM

    Re: M5 and major Oil probs?

    I posted the following in a thread regarding the M5 not having fog lights before I saw this oil problems thread:

    This is true. I asked my dealership if the 545i fog lights could be installed in my '06 M5. After they researched it they told me the air intakes for the engine will not allow to install fog lights in the M5. A shame.

    More dissapointing is the fact that on my M5 first trip out of town three days ago (to Atlanta, GA), with only 940 miles on it, I got a warning on the screen that the oil level was extremely low and I needed to add oil immediately. I was on the interstate, and pulled into a gas station. The gas station did not have the kind of oil used by BMW.

    I called BMW Assist, who offered to tow my car to a dealership - this is saturday at 5 PM, all dealerships are closed so I would be without a car - but they refused to have the tow truck bring me the oil I needed. Very stupid, seems to me it would be more expensive to tow the car than to have the tow truck bring me the oil I needed. Of course, I was told to check if I was really low on oil. When I told the operator the screen was showing I had less than 0.6 L of oil she told me to check the dipstick - There is NO dipstick in an M5! what a waste of time.

    I did receive a letter from BMW last week that states that some M5 have experienced oil leaks from the Vanos. Ever since I got that letter I have been checking under the car, but have seen no oil on the floor as it would result from leakage.

    Today I took my M5 to an Atlanta dealership. They were familiar with the Vanos leak issue, but the parts needed for the repair are issued by BMW on a case by case basis, so my car had to stay at the dealership until they receive the part in one or two days. Thus I had to extend my Atlanta trip from a planned retun ot today, Monday, until when Tuesday or Wednesday? Is absolutely unacceptable that BMW knows of the potental Vanos oil leak problem but does NOT stock the necessary repair parts at the dealerships.

    My son is comming from overseas tomorrow to visit with me for a week. Well, our time together just got cut short by the idiotic decission of someone at BMW NOT to stock the repair parts at the dealerships. I appreciate BMW sending the warning letter to new M5 owners, and the awesome car they have built in the '06 M5. But not the poor customer service I got from BMW Assist and the fact that I had to extend my Atlanta trip because of some BMW bean counter.

    As for the Atlanta dealership, Global Imports, and my hometown dealership, Century BMW, their service is great. My hometown Service Manager told me what to do when I called him and explained my problem. The Global Imports Service Director offered me a loaner car and promissed my M5 will be repaired the same day they receive the necessary parts. Now if that kind of service and the BMW engineering would be match by BMW Assist and those who determine what parts to stock at dealerships (when they know before the fact they wil be needed) we would be better off
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  • 12-07-2005, 01:57 PM

    I had the same problem

    There seems to be a bad batch of vanos hoses that go from the oil pump to the Vanos crank control something or other.

    The problem only started showing up (on the boards) after US cars were delivered, so its likely a batch failure rather than a design flaw since the motor has been in production for almost a year now in OUS cars.

    BMW has issued a new part number and they are aware of the problem,.they even called to see how I was doing... great thanks now get me my car back biatches.

    I doubt this will be an ongoing issue but its annoying to say the least.

  • 12-03-2005, 11:49 PM

    How scary is that to see one morning?

    Guess it happens. :D

  • 12-03-2005, 08:38 PM

    Re: M5 and major Oil probs?

    Yes - I have one with this issue too. Its a burst Vanos hose. Dealers are getting new versions next week. It is a mess but I don't know of any blown engines or the like becuase of it.
    I only had 400 miles on mine before the line went....
  • 12-03-2005, 02:19 PM
    M3 Trader

    M5 and major Oil probs?

    A guy that I know took delivery of his new M5 a week ago. He loved it. One day he got home when he didnt drive it and ALL the oil was on the floor of the garage. He said something was not tightened properly in some cars that were delivered and he was not the only one.

    Has anyone else had this? Seems like something I dont want to come home to.

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