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E60 530d loss of power

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not quite sure what is wrong with my car, but was driving and everything was fine and then when i put my foot down, i didnt get the usual power that i get. car is driving normally, but it wont go above 3500rpm and is down on power. any ideas?

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What year, is it smoking heavily at all?

It's 2004 on a 54 plate. No smoke at all.

Also seems intermittent, it works normally for a little while then I get the loss of power. If I turn the car off and back on, sometimes it goes back to normal.

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What year, is it smoking heavily at all?

thought i replied to this last week from my phone, dont think it worked.

it is a 2004 on a 54 plate. no smoke coming out of the back. it seems a bit intermittent, when i start the car it drives fine, then after about 5 - 10 minutes it has the problem of reduced power.

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not quite sure what is wrong with my car, but was driving and everything was fine and then when i put my foot down, i didnt get the usual power that i get. car is driving normally, but it wont go above 3500rpm and is down on power. any ideas?

Hi I have an E60 530i M Sport auto (late 2006) and I have expereinced this and booked the car for repairs at least twice in my 4 years of ownership. The power loss is momentary espcially when I put my foot down to accelerate after turning a corner or going uphill. My garage has explained this is due to a software glich caused by bugs introduced by use of bluetooth. I would get this looked at by a BMW dealer. I know one other owner who has a similar car expereincing this prob but also know a 530id owner (2007 or 2008 model) who has not had any problems. Poss reason no use of bluetooth. Hope this helps.

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Hi I have an E60 530i M Sport auto (late 2006) and I have expereinced this and booked the car for repairs at least twice in my 4 years of ownership. The power loss is momentary espcially when I put my foot down to accelerate after turning a corner or going uphill. My garage has explained this is due to a software glich caused by bugs introduced by use of bluetooth. I would get this looked at by a BMW dealer. I know one other owner who has a similar car expereincing this prob but also know a 530id owner (2007 or 2008 model) who has not had any problems. Poss reason no use of bluetooth. Hope this helps.

mine may be a different issue, when it looses power after 5 - 10 mins from startup, it stays that way until i park the car. it doesnt seem to go back to full power until the car is turned off for a little while.

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" My garage has explained this is due to a software glich caused by bugs introduced by use of bluetooth.", How on earth does bluetooth affect the engine?, your garage has no idea what the problem is and is making an excuse to fob you off. Loss of power could be blocked injectors, when was the fuel filter last changed?, leaking turbo pipe, faulty or failing turbo.

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This is interesting, I have a e39 525d, I don't suppose the engines are similar but mine runs fine untill you leave it at a constant speed for ten mins ( I.e 70mph on the motorway) it goes flat with no power bit I can hear the turbo spoiling, sometimes I just keep my foot down and it clears itself but sometimes it needs restarting... Doesn't seem to effect many owners though

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There's a long list of things it could be really, turbo, injector(s), fuelling issue (fuel filter etc).

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not quite sure what is wrong with my car, but was driving and everything was fine and then when i put my foot down, i didnt get the usual power that i get. car is driving normally, but it wont go above 3500rpm and is down on power. any ideas?

I had a similar problem. I had it looked at but they could find nothing wrong. About a week later the engine went completely dead - turned out the alternator had blown and needed a replacement...

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" My garage has explained this is due to a software glich caused by bugs introduced by use of bluetooth.", How on earth does bluetooth affect the engine?, your garage has no idea what the problem is and is making an excuse to fob you off. Loss of power could be blocked injectors, when was the fuel filter last changed?, leaking turbo pipe, faulty or failing turbo.

I dont understand technicalities so rely on what the garage advises me. The car was under manufacturer's warranty when repaired twice and serviced as per required schedule. The other simialr car I know about also got fixed with a software update.

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I'm at a BMW specialist now. They are saying that it is probably the turbo as it seems that it is stuck on full boost at 1.6 bar and I will need a new one.

Can someone tell me if this would be right? And how much a new turbo will cost?

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sounds expensive! have all checks been carried out, fault codes read etc?

surely if 'stuck on full boost' it would be laggy low down then fly higher up the range?

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He has now told me that the connector going inside the turbo is causing the problem. when he moves it around, it seems to be fine but i am still getting the power loss. apparently i cant replace just that part as the actuator and turbo are matched up when first installed and i need to replace the whole unit?

is this right?

he as quoted me £1800 for a new bmw turbo, or £1000 for an essex turbo

help!!

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Sounds a bit like he's trying to take your pants down. I'd get a second opinion from another dealer before handing over that kind of money

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Dpf issues... I had a customer in just a week or so ago, his car would not go above 3-3500rpm. His DPF was blocked and the soot had backed up and clogged the vanes. DPF out and a good hard drive soon got the car back to 100%... a little later his EGR failed which was cured by disconnecting the vacuum. He needs to come back to have the EGR written out of the software so his EML will remain off.

Of course this is assuming it has a DPF... at 2004 I suspect so :-) There need be no engine management light for this fault but I would expect there to be DPF faults in the ecu memory.

Best wishes,

Stan

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Thanks for the info Stan.

I have taken the car to one of my mates and a friend of his put the car on a diagnostics machine and the fault came up as actuator losing pressure, thats why the turbo is shutting down after about 10 mins. He has suggested doing a pressure test on the turbo pipes as there may be an air leak somewhere.

I will pass the above info onto my mate.

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EGR valve is blocked and will be replaced in the next couple of days. The owner of the garage i took it to said that as there is no air going to the turbo it may be damaged and there is a high possibility that it will need to be replaced in the next few months, but hopefuly as i havent driven it too much it should be ok.

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Ironically i not only joined this forum today but also test drove an E60 530d M-Sport (for my wife) today also - it had exactly this fault. I wasn't too fussed as the car was mint, already had a good deal and managed to get another £500 off as they were so embarrased. Prior to losing power it was pouring out white smoke - i was convinced it was the turbo, as was the mechanic, although that was an initial view. Anyway, given that its 4 years old and will have a 12 month warranty, i put a deposit on it regardless.

I'll let you know the formal outcome as soon as possible - i'll get the technicians report.

Incidentally i have the same car but newer but not had any issues after 110k miles, and my previous one did 175k.

Good luck with solving it if it's your own cash.

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Dpf issues... I had a customer in just a week or so ago, his car would not go above 3-3500rpm. His DPF was blocked and the soot had backed up and clogged the vanes. DPF out and a good hard drive soon got the car back to 100%... a little later his EGR failed which was cured by disconnecting the vacuum. He needs to come back to have the EGR written out of the software so his EML will remain off.

Of course this is assuming it has a DPF... at 2004 I suspect so :-) There need be no engine management light for this fault but I would expect there to be DPF faults in the ecu memory.

Best wishes,

Stan

Stan

thanks for the info above, but i still have issues. The Mechanic took out the dpf and cleaned all the crap from it, but i dont think that he cleaned the vanes. It is now driving better, it revs all the way and changes gears, but i still get the power loss after around 10 minutes when the car has warmed up. If i get him to take the DPF out again, does he then just need to rev up the car to clean the vanes which i am assuming have clogged up as i spoke to a tubo specialist and that is the same thing that he said to me?

any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks

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How did you get on with this problem? As I think it's the same as what I've now got on mine any idea of costs?

In the end it was a faulty turbo, 3 different garages came to the same conclusion. Had the Turbo replaced for £1500!

What symptoms do ypu get on your car?

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Mine is in limp mode took it to the garage and they cleared the faults for me lasted a few days then comes back to limp mode but when plugged in is showing DPF as the error.

I'm thinking of going down the DPF delete route? Has anyone done this as I hear it makes a huge difference and no more DPF problems but it's the MOT I was thinking about too?

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