really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
126,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace engine (2 reports)
2001 BMW 530 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012014

530 530i 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


The aluminum engines are defective with overheating problems, no warning, overheating and damage, and when the gauge or other indications show overheat condition, engine has already been destroyed. The aluminum is such poor quality the head bolt thread gets pulled out of the aluminum engine block. The cost for a new engine, which BMW says the engine must be replaced when overheated, costs a fortune, up to $15,000 USD. The old engine may be repaired if new threads are installed. Labor can cost many times more then a replacement car or similar type.

The aluminum engine components are ruined when overheated, due to faulty workmanship in the creation and engineering of the engines. The overheating can happen at any mileage or age. BMW has known about these dangerous and expensive engine design issues and failures since they were first designed, produced, and sold. These issues have caused owners to lose all value in the cars, not by any damages, but also the bad reputation of the BMW cars, and especially the same models with problem engines and parts. I suggest BMW issue recalls and remedy all owners, whether purchased new or used with no time limits, because no recall was ever issued for most of the models with these serious deign issues. The danger can also come from the fact of the cars breaking down on highways.

- , Scio, OR, USA

problem #1

Mar 122014

530 i 6cl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,001 miles

BAD HEAD, NEW ENGINE. Car over heated but ran perfect.

- , Perth Amboy, NJ, USA

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