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2015-10-14 19:11:29 Post No. 13654764
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I've always been a big fan of the 5 series ever since the E39. My first big-boy car purchase was a E39 530i. Fantastic car and engine. I upgraded to the E60 M5. I loved that V10 engine, man. The SMG was nothing but problems, but when it was running at 100%, it was pure driving excellence. A few years ago, my wife and I had a kid and I figured I'd get a more reliable and less ridiculously expensive (8 mpg was about my average in the E60) car.
Of course I ended up getting a F10 550i x drive. It definitely wasn't the high revving beast that the M5 was, but I did like that low end torque and 4 wheel drive. Hadn't really had many issues that other 550i owners have had until recently.
Earlier this year my service rep at the dealership notified me that there was a "Customer Care Package" for my car and they needed to look at it.
It's basically a recall for a number of engine parts. They had it for a few weeks and I got a brand new 7 series in the meantime as a loaner. Once I got it back I noticed a few things - better acceleration. Noticeably. Also the engine fan runs constantly. It's loud. Stays on 30 seconds after the car gets turned off too. I didn't put two and two together at the time that the recall and the fan were related. I just thought that it was summer and it was hot and the fan needed to cool the engine. However I found this article recently:
And that article opened my eyes to some pretty ugly realities about the engine in my car. I really love my car, man. But its clear from that article that the engine is a piece of shit.
If you stuck around through all that up there, my question is the following:
Knowing what I know, do I stay in this car since I'm not really having any issues, or do I move on to something else in anticipation of trouble to come?