In the video above we will be discussing some of the more common problems you can expect with your BMW F10 5 series car. The BMW F10 was sold from 2011 all the way up to 2017. So, as you can imagine the issues have changed over the years. New ones came up and older ones have been resolved by the BMW.
To start with, I have had my BMW 550i xDrive for 2.5 years and I’ve done all of the maintenance and took care of the car myself. My BMW F10 was CPO car from a BMW dealer and I’ve had zero issues for the year I had the CPO. After the warranty expired, I have replaced the ignition coils and spark plugs, engine oil, engine filters and that’s it.
I will be concentrating on the US spec cars as these are the ones I know about.
Right of the bet, we can split the cars into pre-LCI (model years before 2014) and LCI cars (model years from 2014 on). I would absolutely recommend getting the LCI cars as you get more features and most of the models have also fixed a lot of the issues in the previous version of the car.
The car has a great built quality, there are no rattles and the car really held up well even after 5 years.
All cars have run flat tires, so rim damage or deformation is not uncommon. Cars across the board have also had some issues with water getting into the trunk, back up camera and sensors not working well in the cold and other common BMW problems you can expect.
528i (N52B30 2010-2011)
- Very reliable cars, but getting old now.
- Oil and coolant leaks are the most common culprit when it comes to these engines and can cause engines to overheat.
528i (N20B20 2012–2016)
535i (N55B30 2011–2017 in US)
- Early cars aren’t recommended (2011) due to having too many of the issues
- BMW 535s with N55 engine is probably the most reliable car out of the 3 models we are discussing today. BMW are know for making decent straight 6 engines and this one is a good engine.
- Known issues on early cars:
- Increased battery drain issue
- Fuel Pump
- Leaking oil filter gasket
- Belt Tensioner going bad
- Turbos have issues, people have had them replaced under warranty
- Oil Filter Housing and valve cover gaskets
- Coil packs
- Fuel Injectors
550i (N63B44 2009–2013)
- Excessive oil consumption, although more so in the pre-LCI
- Ignition coils and spark plugs around 60K miles
- Valve Stem Seal Job – my friend has had this done on this 40k mile N63TU engine right before his warrant ran out and it was an engine out job. If done outside of warrant this could cost around $5000.
- Timing Chains are also a common on all years to a lesser extent and is obviously more prone on higher mileage cars
- Known issues on pre-LCI cars:
- High Pressure Fuel Injectors
- Hot-Film Air Mass Sensors
- Engine Vacuum Pump
- Fuel System Low Pressure Sensor
- Fresh Air Intake Turbo Seals
- Crankcase Ventilation Lines
- Timing chain
- Fuel Pump
- N63 Customer Care Package
- The highlights are:
- Check the timing chain for stretch; replace if necessary
- Check the following items and replace if necessary:
- fuel injectors
- mass air flow sensors
- crankcase vent lines
- engine vacuum pump
- low pressure fuel sensor
- Change the oil service interval to 12 months/10,000 miles
- This has helped many vehicles and many owners reported way fewer issues after this CCP.
- Most dealers and private shops recommend even smaller (5-7k) mile oil change interval.
- The highlights are:
- If you go for a 550, it pretty much has to be a 2014 model or newer. The original N63 engine had a lot of problem. In 14, BMW switched to the N63TU for the 550.
LCI 550i (N63B44O1 (N63TU) 2014–2017)
- BMW has improved the engine a lot with this update as well as increased the power to close to 450 HP from 400. Very solid performance.
- Parking Camera and Sensors issues are somewhat common.
- Oil Pump Gasket leaks happen on higher mileage vehicles.
In conclusion, I would recommend getting the BMW 535i or BMW 550i that is 2014 or newer as you will have plenty of power and decent reliability for this type of car.