Common BMW Problems

What You Should Be Aware Of

BMW’s are one of the most popular luxury vehicles in the world for a reason. The self-proclaimed “ultimate driving machine” provides a blend of crisp handling, smooth steering, and a powerful inline-6 engine that has left drivers infatuated with the brand’s products. But although these vehicles are a joy to drive and a beauty to look at, doesn’t mean they don’t come with their own share of problems. There are a couple common issues that occur with BMW’s that you need to be aware of, and if you’re not careful it could end up costing you thousands of dollars. Wondering what some of these issues are? Don’t worry, as Dave’s Ultimate Automotive is here for you. Here are three common problems you can find with most BMW vehicles.

Cooling System

For years, the cooling system has been a consistent problem for many BMW models. Responsible for circulating coolant throughout the engine and controlling the temperature, it’s the reason why your engine doesn’t overheat. Ideally, we’d like to replace vital parts and components every 30,000 - 40,000 miles, so it’s important to keep your eye on it and bring your BMW in when the cooling system malfunctions. If you wait too long after it has malfunctioned, you could face a major repair that’ll cost you a significant amount of money.

Ignition Coil

These are responsible for sending an electrical current to the spark plugs, which will ignite the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber and start your vehicle. What’s unfortunate about BMW’s design is that there’s only one coil per cylinder and if it goes bad, the cylinder can’t operate. Make sure you take your vehicle into our shop immediately, as we’ll be able to accurately assess what’s wrong and perform the repair your BMW needs.

Oil Leaks

In older BMW models, it isn’t uncommon to see dark residue at the top of your engine or around the oil filter housing. This typically occurs when the oil housing, oil pan, or valve cover gasket has a leak, which is common in BMW vehicles. Although this issue isn’t anything that can cause significant damage to your BMW, it can be annoying to find it all over your vehicle and on the ground. Visit our shop and we’ll be able to quickly patch those leaks up and get you back on the road!

Written by Dave Erb