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In 2024, we made over 1,300 offers on BMW 5-Series vehicles, with offers reaching up to $13,000.

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What is The Scrap Value of BMW 5 Series?

The BMW 5 Series scrap value can vary depending on factors such as its 

  • Age
  • Condition
  • Market demand for scrap metal
  • Current market prices

Generally, older models or those with significant damage may have a lower scrap value, while newer models in better condition may yield a higher value. To determine the scrap value of your specific BMW 5 Series, it's best to consult with local scrap yards or specialized car buying services like CarBrain. They can provide an accurate assessment based on the condition and market factors.

Do You Have a Damaged BMW 5 Series for Sale?

CarBrain primarily focuses on buying damaged vehicles, such as damaged BMW 5 Series. It's essential to consider common issues associated with specific model years. For example, these models may experience more issues:

  • 2015 BMW 5 Series problems: electronic malfunctions or issues with the navigation system
  • 2011 BMW 5 Series problems: issues with the fuel pump or electrical system. 
  • 2013 BMW 5 Series problems: issues related to engine performance or suspension components.

We can give you the best offer for your BMW 5 Series with problems.

The Most Common BMW 5 Series Issues

The BMW 5 Series, while popular, is not without its share of common issues over time. Here's a concise overview of these problems:

  • Air Conditioning Problems: Intermittent fan speed changes and cold air only on lower settings are common issues.
  • Faulty Fuel Pump: Some models, including the E60 5 Series and the 535i, experienced fuel pump issues, resulting in poor engine performance and stalls.
  • Cooling System Failure: Water pump and thermostat failures are prevalent, leading to warning signs like engine service lights and temperature gauge readings.
  • Timing Chain Snaps: Though rare, timing chain snaps can immobilize the engine.
  • Worn-Out Tensioners: Tensioner wear can cause squealing sounds, indicating belt damage.
  • Sun Roof Seals: Whistling sounds from sunroofs may indicate seal issues, impacting fuel economy.

These mechanical issues with BMW 5 series can be avoided through regular maintenance and timely repairs, owners can mitigate potential issues and ensure continued functionality of their vehicles.


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BMW 5 Series Engine Replacement Cost

The cost of replacing a BMW 5 Series engine can vary depending on several factors, including the model year, engine type, and labor costs. On average, however, you can expect to pay anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 for a new engine, with additional expenses for labor and any necessary parts or components.

Engine Replacement Cost by Model Generation


Model Years

Engine Replacement Cost (approximate)

5-Series E12

1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

$3,000 - $6,000

5-Series E28

1981,1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

$3,500 - $7,000

5-Series E34

1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996

$4,000 - $7,500

5-Series E39

1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

$4,500 - $8,000

5-Series E60/E61

2003, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

$5,000 - $9,000

5-Series F10/F11

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

$5,500 - $10,000

5-Series G30/G31

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

$6,000 - $12,000

Common BMW 5 Series Engine Issues

As for common engine issues in the BMW 5 Series, several have been reported by owners over the years. Some of the most prevalent issues include:

  • Timing Chain Problems: Certain BMW 5 Series models have experienced timing chain failures, which can lead to severe engine damage if not addressed promptly.
  • Oil Leaks: Oil leaks are a common issue in BMW engines, often caused by faulty gaskets or seals. These leaks can result in decreased engine performance and potential damage if left unattended.
  • Cooling System Failures: Water pump and thermostat failures are common in BMW engines, leading to overheating and potential engine damage if not addressed.
  • Turbocharger Failures: Turbocharged BMW engines may experience turbocharger failures over time, resulting in decreased performance and potential engine damage.
  • Carbon Build-Up: Direct-injection BMW engines are prone to carbon build-up on intake valves, which can lead to rough idling, decreased performance, and potential engine damage if not addressed.

If you're experiencing any of these issues with your BMW 5 Series engine, it's essential to have them diagnosed and repaired by a qualified mechanic to prevent further damage and ensure the longevity of your vehicle. Additionally, if the cost of repairs exceeds the value of your car, selling it to CarBrain may be a viable option to recoup some of your investment.

BMW Transmission Problems: 5 Series

Many owners of the BMW F10 5-Series have reported problems with their vehicle’s 8-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission systems. Some of the most common complaints included jerking while downshifting, sudden drops in speed, a loud “clunking” noise while shifting gears, and a rough riding experience. Sometimes, the transmission would also behave as if it had slipped a few gears.

In addition, while problems with the transmission typically trigger the “transmission failure” light, some owners experienced the symptoms listed above without any other indication of a problem. In some cases, this is caused by the BMW being low on transmission fluid. Other times, it’s related to a software malfunction, which can often be resolved by a reset.

Sell My BMW 5 Series In Any Condition

Whether your BMW 5 Series has body damage, a broken motor, or any other issue, CarBrain will most likely buy it. We've been in the business of buying less-than-perfect vehicles for many years, including non-running cars, vehicles with collision damage, junk cars, cars with mechanical damage, vehicles with blown engines, and totaled vehicles. You can sell your BMW 5 series to us!

Determining the Value of Your Crashed BMW 5 Series

The value of your damaged BMW 5 Series can be affected by various factors, including its location and local market conditions. Harsher environmental conditions in certain regions can lead to greater wear and tear, lowering the evaluation of your car.

To find out what your damaged car is worth, it's best to get quotes from local dealers, junkyards, and online car buyers like CarBrain.

Why Choose CarBrain for Your BMW 5 Series?

At CarBrain, we understand the challenges of finding a buyer for your crashed BMW 5 Series. That's why we've streamlined the process to make it as easy as possible for you. Our company has served thousands of customers nationwide for over a decade, providing fair market offers for their non-working vehicles.

You can responsibly recycle your BMW 5 Series for a fair market offer, regardless of its condition. Plus, we offer FREE towing, so you don't have to worry about additional expenses.

With CarBrain, you can trust that our offer process is thorough and focused on providing you with the best possible appraisal for your BMW 5 Series. So, why wait? Request an estimate with us now and turn your damaged BMW 5 Series into cash today!

Less-Than-Perfect BMW 5 Series We Can Buy

2009 BMW 5 series

2009 BMW 5 series

Mileage: 174,000Location: Perris, CA
2008 BMW 5 series

2008 BMW 5 series

Mileage: 130,000Location: Grandview, MO
2008 BMW 5 series

2008 BMW 5 series

Mileage: 102,000Location: Clearwater, FL
2005 BMW 5 series

2005 BMW 5 series

Mileage: 195,000Location: South Gate, CA

What's Required To Trade In My BMW?

The first step is to say yes to our quote. Next, it's time to prepare your BMW. Clear out all effects before the towing partner arrives. Complete the title transfer of your car properly (you can get tips on how to do so at our title guide). Then, wait for the towing partner to arrive, hand over the keys and title, and accept your pay-off. You're done! is truly without competition because its offer process is highly thorough and focused on far more than just your vehicle's scrap value in metal weight or the year, make and model. We truly go the distance to provide our clients with the best possible appraisal.

CarBrain Buys These BMWs In Any Condition

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Buy BMW 5 Series With Salvage Titles?

CarBrain can buy 5 Series with seized, blown or non-working motors as well as cars with salvage titles. We can also buy cars with bad transmissions, vehicles missing parts, cars with mechanical problems, cars with frame damage, older cars and non-running cars.

We specialize in buying totaled and junk cars! However, there are some limits. Unfortunately, we can't currently make offers on cars with less than two tires, cars missing their engines, vehicles with no transmissions or individual car pieces.

How Long Will It Take To Pick Up My BMW 5 Series?

We can take your car in two business days. Some towing partners do not operate on weekends, which means you may have to wait more than two days to have your vehicle picked up.

Generally, tow truck drivers provide a several-hour range of time for arrival. You can ask to receive a one-hour heads up from the towing company driver. If you need your vehicle picked up faster, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

If your 5 Series is accumulating fees due to its location, please let us know so that we can try our best to have your vehicle picked up as quickly as possible. We can't promise same-day pickup, but we can try to prioritize your car.

What Is The Going Rate Of My Scrap 5 series?

There are still ways to get payment out of a scrap 5 Series that has reached the end of its useful life. Many scrap car buyers can legally recycle an older car in order to melt down or reuse the parts left inside.

You can get paid for the scrap metal left in your vehicle, including steel, aluminum and more. The heavier your vehicle is, the more cash you can get for recycling it.

However, its current location will also affect its scrap value. The price of scrap metal depends on local market values as well as local, national and international trends, so estimating how much you'll obtain for your vehicle can be complex. You can make it effortless by getting a quote from CarBrain!

Seems Interesting. But Where Is The CarBrain Office Based Out Of?

We've been in business for over 13 years, operating out of sunny Miami Lakes, Florida.

Our company offers super-fast pickup, secure payment and guaranteed offers for less-than-perfect cars. There are no hidden fees or last-minute negotiations when you choose us. We make the process of selling your damaged car quick and easy. We will come to you, anywhere.

We buy cars with a faulty motor across the country. All you have to worry about is showing up and receiving your check. Nothing more. CarBrain will cover towing and title transfer. Obtain your fair market appraisal today to start.

Who Will Pay Cash For My Junk 5 Series With Difficulties?

If you want to get cash for your junk car, CarBrain can help you get it done. We're the leading junk car buyers across the nation. We have capable and determined staff ready to walk you through the steps to trade in your vehicle and get paid cash in no time.

First, respond to our instant offer form — it takes just 90 seconds. Then, get your offer. If you like it, our customer service agents can help you plan your FREE pick-up and title transfer. Our service provider will arrive in 24 to 48 business hours to take your car. You'll get your check right then and there, and you're done!

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