In Reply to: Dealer will check my 528/97 - any common problems? posted by Sergio on July 04, 2000 at 15:44:45:
: I purchase a Certified BMW 528i/1997, and will be bringing it in for my free checkup!
: My dealer is going to reset the check engine light, so I was thinking while it's there do you have any additional points/common problems I can add to my list? I want all common problems to be addressed! Can you guys help out!
: Here is my list:
: . Diagnose Check Light (Probably O2 sensor)
: . Fix glove box, doesn't open smoothly
: . Door seal common problem??
: . recalls??
Sergio, I have a 97 528i too. It has over 42K miles on it and has generally been a great car. Other than routine maintenance, my list of problems is similar to yours: 1) check engine light periodically came on for the first 30K miles. Dealer told me it was: a) loose gas cap (baloney), b) bad gas (baloney), c) O2 sensor or engine computer. As far as I know, they never replaced either of these last two items, but fiddled with some settings and the problem seems to be gone (I hope). 2) Sticky accelerator peddle. Dealer never fixed this one; however, another poster on this board offered a fix a couple of days ago, which may work. 3) Hard to open glove box. Again, the dealer has tried this a few times, but without much luck. I have learned how to apply pressure in just the right spot and it opens, but it should not be this tough. Mechanically and electrically, it has been great so far. I change the oil/filter once "in between the lights" (about every 5K miles), but otherwise follow them for service.