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  1. Yes mine's the same, and it's on the inside so no amount of jet washing will get rid of it. I did take my lights off not long ago to replace the seals, but couldn't see any obvious way of getting to the area that needs cleaning.
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    Surging issues - 550i

    It could be that your new battery was not registered. This tells the car a new battery has been fitted, if you fit a new battery without registering it the car still thinks the old one is fitted. It is not the same as coding, that is to alter the type of battery (eg larger capacity or AGM.) The IBS throws an error code if it is faulty. Have a read of this thread I made, don't pay BMW hundreds of pounds to fix it!
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    Usb socket

    No the wiring isn't already there. Do you already have the large screen navigation/iDrive (CCC) and Blutetooth? If so you would need to install a MULF2-high unit, add the USB wiring/socket, and do some coding. If you don't have CCC or Bluetooth, it's more hassle than it's worth so look at an aftermarket solution.
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    Increased Battery Discharge

    This free tool can also register a new battery with a DCAN cable: http://bimmersoftware.com/bmwlogger-2 Similar thread last week with lots of useful info:
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    535d eml

    Personally I would never buy any car that's been remapped or had any kind of bypass/removal that could risk MOT failure. It's just not worth the risk.
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    Swirl flaps are going back in.

    Yes please do let us know, will be very interested to see if it solves your problem. I always found it weird that people suggested DPF regens will only occur at around 3k revs because as you say these cars (especially autos) will rarely go above 2k when driving sensibly, on a motorway cruise mine usually sits below 2k so I would have to use the 'manual' gears to get it to cruise at 3k. I've always thought it must be a myth as surely BMW aren't stupid enough to program in a scenario that never happens.
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    2009 E61 530D unusual DPF problems

    Nail on the head. People think they are solving the problem by removing it, but the DPF itself doesn't fail, they are still driving around running too cool, no working glow plugs etc.
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    Battery replacement needs coding?

    Well, they're kind of right - a new battery only needs 'coding' if it is a different capacity or type. But ALL new batteries need registering. They are two different processes.
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    What do you think of BMW 530D AUTO E60?

    I love the way it drives, smooth and quiet. I owned two E39s before this and the people who claim the E39s cabin is nicer are simply wrong. It feels like a much more modern car. Saying that, I have had pretty much every 'textbook' E60 problem going - water leaks in boot, diversity antenna, MULF, battery/IBS, glow plugs/controller, thermostats, swirl flaps, and of course the dreaded DPF. On the plus side, sorting (nearly) all of it has been quite rewarding and has taught me a lot about the car. Plus the truth is I quite enjoy tinkering with it. In summary - the E60 is a 15 year old executive car, you can't buy one for a tenth of its original sale price and expect it to give you trouble free motoring.
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    2009 E61 530D unusual DPF problems

    Interesting post, this is a real minefield. I have a similar issue myself, I've replaced thermostats/glow plugs, cleared codes etc trying to get my DPF to 'behave' normally, but I'm still none the wiser. I managed to force a regen a couple of months ago but since then (2k miles) it hasn't done another. I also have blanked swirl flaps and have been told that could be the culprit, but I do hardly any town driving (my average speed is over 40mph.) So having spent 18 months since buying the car worrying about the DPF, I'm now just going to enjoy driving the car and worry about it when something actually goes wrong.
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    Battery replacement needs coding?

    I used this free software to register my new battery last year: http://bimmersoftware.com/bmwlogger-2 All you need is a DCAN cable. It's a very basic app but the great thing for me was it runs on Mac natively, no need for a VM like most BMW software
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    Retrofit Bluetooth

    If your car has no phone preparation, it is going to be a big job going OEM. As well as the Bluetooth unit (called a MULF) you will need to wire in the microphone and do some coding. And then bear in mind that most MULF units are over a decade old, so unless you are capable of updating the software on it which can only be done with an ICOM cable, it won't work very well with modern phones. My iPhone would only work reliably by going from a 2006 software version to 2015. I would honestly just go cheap and third party.
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    Battery replacement needs coding?

    That's the problem with the internet, there is just as much bad advice as good. When my IBS failed I was told by several people it was a waste of time fixing it, they had no idea what they were talking about.
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    Battery replacement needs coding?

    Exactly as above. Unless the new battery is registered/coded and your IBS is functioning correctly, you risk experiencing power issues. My car had a new battery fitted by the previous owner before me buying it, it was dead within less than a year because it wasn't registered and the IBS had failed.
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    E60 CCC Android system upgrade

    When you start the car, does your iDrive clock flash --:-- for a few seconds before showing the correct time? Does it also always go back to the iDrive home screen rather than whichever app you last had open (eg Navigation, Computer etc)? If so, it could be a power problem. Perhaps your battery is old or the Intelligent Battery Sensor is broken/disconnected. It means rather than sleeping in standby mode, your iDrive is completely shutting down and therefore cold boots every time you turn on the car, hence why the clock takes a few seconds to catch up and probably why your audio source is reverting to radio. I also experienced these symptoms before changing my IBS, since doing so the clock is correct instantly and my navigation is up and running within a second or two of starting the car.