5 BMW Repairs Just Waiting to Happen

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Buying the ultimate driving machine? BMWs are awesome cars--state-of-the-art German engineering, luxuriously finished, and so much fun to drive. But even the latest, highest-end BMWs come with common problems--there are some things that BMW just can't seem to get right. Before you buy that 3-series or X5, be sure you're aware of the five repairs that are most likely to come up with a BMW--they range from minor to major. 

Door Locks

Your BMW might not lock all the doors when you hit the remote. This is a relatively (in BMW terms) minor fix for an experienced mechanic.

Window Regulators

The electronics that control the windows have a bad habit of breaking down, leaving you with a stuck window. 

Coolant Issues

The coolant system in a BMW tends to fail between 80,000 and 120,000 miles--and when it fails, it happens fast. Many a BMW owner has been stranded on their local autobahn because the engine overheated. Regular maintenance won't prevent a coolant failure, but it will greatly decrease the odds. 

Alloy Wheels

The branded BMW alloy wheels tend to corrode, which can lead to a slow leak or tire puncture. Keep your tires maintained to prevent corrosion, or replace them with non-BMW wheels. 

Leaky Oil Filter Gasket

The gasket that connects the oil filter to the engine is a serious candidate for leaking. When this happens, less oil gets to the engine, and it wears out sooner. The gasket can also dry rot if you leave it alone. Catch it early and it's an easy fix; wait and it's pretty expensive. 

Befriend Your BMW Mechanic

You'll find the BMW dealership loses its charm as soon as your car is out of warranty--your service rep starts steering you to the showroom, where a salesman is ready to hand you the keys to a new car for a test drive. JMP Autowerkz' only interest is in keeping your BMW running smoothly, they're not interested in selling you a new car. These guys want you to keep driving that Beamer for years, and are your go-to source for everything BMW, from oil changes to engine repair. 

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If you have ever had the experience of owning a German car, you know both the rewards and the pains of living with the product of meticulous engineering. These machines are designed with the expectation that every owner is as meticulous, attentive, and careful as the people who build them. The reward is the pleasure of being conveyed to your destination in a piece of clockwork precision. The punishment for disobeying the owner's manual is swift and decisive—often involving clouds of smoke and pools of leaking fluid. 


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Fluids as Parts

It is easy to think of a car as being defined as the metal, plastic, rubber, and glass bits. The various fluids—oils, fuel, coolants, grease—are thought of as additives, secondary to the "solid" parts of the car. This is a dangerous misconception, especially when the machine is German-engineered. All of the things that we love about German cars—precision, performance, feel, and response—are only possible because the liquid parts are engineered just as obsessively as the solid ones.

That is why there are unique blends of fluids for specific makes and models of German cars, even for seemingly minor engine and equipment variants within a particular model and year. When you own a German car, you need to think of fluids as parts, not additives.

Engine oil

Engine oil is, of course, the primary lubricant in all combustion engines and one of the most critical fluids to get right. The old rule of thumb was to change your oil at 3,000-mile intervals. Today's high-performance German cars often specify intervals that are 2, 3, or 4 times the old distance. This isn't just because the engines are better, but also because the oil is better—but only if you use the factory-approved oil blend. A quick-lube shop simply doesn't know these cars like a specialist does—and that can take years of enjoyment out of your car. 

Transmission and gear oils

The transmission is the most intricate piece of mechanical equipment on your car. The overall health of your car is dependent on smooth and precise operation. The delicate parts and close tolerances inside the transmission of German cars mean that inexpert service—even for a simple fluid change—can cause permanent damage to the vehicle.


The two main types of coolant fluids are engine coolant, and brake fluid. These fluids are glycol-based are relatively cheap compared to expensive synthetic engine oil blends. However, coolant is one of the most important fluids in your car—and most German cars have factory-approved coolants as well.

Other Fluids

The power steering system and even the exhaust system on high-efficiency clean diesel engines have fluids that require monitoring and replacement as part of a maintenance regimen. There are also various greases and other fluids that are found in every moving assembly in your car. 

If you want to get the most out of your high-performance piece of German engineering, give one of our experienced technicians a call—don't sacrifice performance and durability with cheap imitations!


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