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Another old wagon repair log

Old 06-04-2019, 11:59 AM
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Hey all,

Picked up a 2010 535xi last month, it has ~135k miles on it, but luckily the previous owner took good care of it.

It came with many documents and receipts, the pre-purchase inspection revealed a few issues but nothing that was tooooo unexpected. The biggest concern is the oil pan leaking....which is going to positively blow to fix. I'm planning to address the oil filter housing gasket and valve cover gasket, here soon then run it. If the leak is pretty severe, then it will likely come off the road and into storage and I'll save pennies for the repair (as this is a "fun" car, so doesn't need to fixed right away) And if we're pulling the subframe, axles, etc then I will be replacing the stock turbos at that time as well, as although they don't have any issues right now...even with it being a 2010 (with allegedly better designed wastegates) I'm sure they'll fail within the next few years.

But, hey, that's just spitballing...

As of right now, the next item on the list following fixing the oil leaks and doing the oil service is refurb'ing the tailgate. The previous owner had mentioned the hydraulic arm had come off the ball once before, but he put it back on and didn't have too many issues with it following. While I was helping the trunk come up (guessing the hydraulic fluid needs replaced) the arm came off again, and holy shit that tailgate is heavy. The ball is fairly rusted, so I've ordered a replacement, and picked up the repair kit that a fellow 5series.net member has on eBay that consists of 2 5mm ball bearing tipped set screws, a small tap, and a small drill bit. The plan is to replace the helper arm, replace the body mounted ball, and drill & tap the lower hydraulic arm to install the set screws to lock the arm to the ball. (As seen here: The Fix-it Blog - Sorting Things Out: BMW 535xi Touring E61 Tailgate Hydraulic Strut Popping off the Ball Joint - Set Screw Repair )

That's the plan anyways. I've got more hydraulic fluid on hand, and a syringe and will be following DaHose's really good writeup over on BimmerForums (Here: https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...-opening-fully)

Beyond that, the 3rd taillight doesn't work, and I'm guessing it is part of the wiring harness passing through the hatch...which my right license plate just failed today so I have a message about that. I've reached out to Sencom to buy their repair harness' and plan on taking care of that some week/weekend in the future. Also, could've smokechecked the filter behind the right speaker, but who knows. This is me just being an armchair mechanic with the googlemachine. We'll see!
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:18 PM
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Here are a few pics:

Waiting for the pre-purchase inspection...


Heading back home into Indiana


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Also the previous owner had a carbon fiber vinyl on the rear spoiler/decklid...thing...It had started pulling up, so he removed it, but the adhesive stuck and was extremely stubborn to get off. Even after hitting it with some goo gone and heat. I bought a specific adhesive/glue remover that is designed exactly for situations such as this, in addition to some plastic razor blades. After 20 minutes of work, it was gone and looks great!

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Old 06-04-2019, 12:20 PM
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Those are certainly some good posts about fixing the hydraulic tailgate. I looked at those as well for guidance when I re-retrofitted my hydraulic pump that had been deleted by a previous owner. Since yours is a 2010 does it have the updated CIC iDrive or the old, clunky CCC?
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It does have the CIC iDrive, which is AWWWWWWESOME.

Forgot that I updated the nav system, too. It was a 2017 map pack, and updated to the 2019 map pack. Thank goodness for really smart people on the interent. Using another forum, I got a script put on a USB, plugged into my car, which created a .bat file (I think, this was a few weeks back at a very late time) that I used to generate the upgrade code. The 2019 map pack was procured from....the 7 seas. Yar.











If you need help finding resources to upgrade your CIC, post up and i'll try to find the links. Once the upgrade started, it was about 45 minutes or so....I started the process of acquiring the map pack and upgrade code around 11pm or so and everything was finished up around 3am.
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