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Postby davy-crockett » Tue, 14 Jul 2009 18:54:46 UTC

Hello all.

Had my Beamer for couple of weeks and all is not well. (previously had an E36 for nearly 7 years and no problems...daughter has it now).

Bought it privately, full Bmwsh, 136k, but high mileage doesn't bother me as it's a diesel.

However.......noted that the 'idrive' thingie said that the 'Diesel Particle Filter' was due for service in 100 miles....oh thinks I, get one of those from Euro Car Parts and fit next weekend......WRONG.......there's filters......then there's filters.....boy have I dropped a clanger.....previous owner probably couldn't believe his luck when I paid him the cash and drove off into the sunset!
I have done a lot of reading both on here and other sites.....and seems diesels have changed an aweful lot in the last few recent years!!!!
I am looking into getting one of these filters if I can from a breakers, have also been contacted by 'South Manchester BMW' who have quoted me £500 to recondition mine, with an 80k warranty ( better than over a grand for a new one.)
Any thoughts on the above, or the company, or suggestions as to anywhere else I can get a quote for recon'.....if in fact that is a viable option.
I'm new to this forum thing.....but finding it great.....this site in particular.

Thanks in advance.

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Postby Doogie » Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:01:40 UTC

I do remember someone else having their's done at a cost of about £1500. I would go down the route of finding one at a breakers I think. There is a search site somewhere online where you can submit the details of what you are looking for and the site forwards the details to various breakers. They then email you to let you know if they have what you are looking for and how much. Only trouble is that I can't remember the web address. Try a google search for it.

HTH

Edit....

Just googled it myself, there are quite a few sites that offer the service, one of them must come up trumps for you. Good luck!
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Re: 525d 2004 E61

Postby Peter » Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:43:49 UTC

Davy-Crockett wrote:... Bought it privately, full Bmwsh, 136k, but high mileage doesn't bother me as it's a diesel.

.....boy have I dropped a clanger.....previous owner probably couldn't believe his luck when I paid him the cash and drove off into the sunset!

I have done a lot of reading both on here and other sites.....and seems diesels have changed an aweful lot in the last few recent years!!!!


I don't think you are alone. The old diesel reputation for 'loads of miles', is out of date with the complex designs we now have. I'd also guess lots of cars will be (and are) moved on before big bills come the owners way.

DPFs are just one area where we need to budget in more service costs.

Hope you can source a decent used DPF.

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Postby unity_neil » Tue, 14 Jul 2009 22:59:56 UTC

This was one if the reasons I bought my e61, the previous owner had just had a bunch of stuff replaced and the idrive was showing long intervals until the next replacement. He also splashed out on 1 years extended warranty (£840!)

Sorry to hear of your issues, Breakers sounds favourite.
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Postby davy-crockett » Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:41:42 UTC

Thanks for the above replies everyone.

Second question now.
If I get either this one recon'd or another one from a breakers, and fit it myself, can I access the service interval thingie on the computer to reset the miles to the next change, as I think someone has suggested you can do if you do your own oil changes, or is this a job for a garage ( to reset the computer).....and would they do it anyway as they haven't fitted it/sold you a new one?
I think I am not looking forward to the answer to this one......

Cheers. (begining to wish I'd bought a petrol one now)
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Postby AlwynMike » Wed, 15 Jul 2009 15:16:02 UTC

[font=Comic Sans MS]There's a Sticky in the Tech Zone with instructions on changing the iDrive service reset - just scroll thorough until you get to the right bit.

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