Engine Light Off...For Now - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i: Engine Light Off...For Now

October 14, 2010

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I was asked to take our new 5 Series to the dealership for service and gladly agreed since I rarely pass up a chance to drive a BMW. I've driven the 3 and 7 Series and even the Z, but never the 5. This was by far my favorite. I just kept thinking, "This is a spectacular car." It seemed more refined than earlier BMWs yet still retaining all that great German car feel. And the sense of security it delivers is amazing. On my way home, blasting along in the car pool lanes at 60 mph, passing traffic that was stopped dead, the 5 felt solid and ready to haul down the speed if anyone suddenly jumped the double yellow.

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, I showed up for my appointment at Long Beach BMW this morning and waited 20 minutes before I met with my service advisor. It gave me a chance to catch up on headlines from CNN blasting in the waiting room and down a cup of above average coffee. After some confusion about what needed to be done, the part was located, the car disappeared into the shop and I left for home. Three hours later -- all fixed.

There is a sense of emptiness which accompanies a returned car with no real explanation of what was wrong and what was fixed. I defaulted to trying to decipher the service report which said that "micro leaks" had been found in the evaporation system. A loose hose was discovered and a new filler neck was ordered. The bottom line: the engine light is off and we're back on the road.

Philip Reed, Edmunds senior consumer advice editor @2,240 miles

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