really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,100 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace water pump (4 reports)
2008 BMW 535 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2008 BMW 535 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 022017

535 I 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,251 miles


What really bothered me about it is the fact that BMW knew they had defective water pumps and didn't do anything about it.

- Marco N., New York, US

problem #3

Sep 122017

535 I 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,909 miles

This was the third replacement water pump that I had to put on the car.

- Marco N., New York, US

problem #2

Nov 142016

535 Sport 3.0L Inline 6 Twin Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

The plastics used for the hose fittings, thermostat housing, and electric coolant pump housing should never be rated for that use. Over time they become extremely brittle and cause excessive leaks. The repairs are virtually impossible due to limited work spaces and frequency of problems. It is not financially feasible to replace all the cracks and leaking issues on this car. It is a serious issue and one that should have been rectified by a design change years ago. Why do automakers continue to use inferior materials in making their products?

- Ted B., Collierville, TN, US

problem #1

Sep 252015

535 XI V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,233 miles

BMW series 5, 535xi, 2008, 39000 km. Water pump expected to last much longer. Expensive repair. Failure without warning while outside town. Expensive towing, $1,300.

In 2004, computer failed and 4 modules because of water infiltration from sunroof, very expensive repair costs.

What parts will give up next ?????.

I will never buy BMW again.

- Zamuner T., Quebec City, Quebec, canada

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