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    2007 BMW 525d M Sport LCi 2993cc

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  1. I've always said in life it's good to have these people as close friends: Plumber Sparky Solicitor and a bloody trustworthy MECHANIC!!!
  2. If only I had the skills and the courage and the tools to attempt such a thing!!! I will be honest it's not really about saving money - more to do with if that's how much it usually costs, then I'm fine paying it. The reason I was a little shocked with the pricing structure is probably because I've been lucky all these years and used to my usual indy who is a friend and he always would charge me £35-40 per hour for labour for any piece of work on my cars, but I honestly thought that's roughly the rates many garages charge. But clearly been mates rates all these times - unlucky for me he is off long term with health issues.
  3. Had to try out a new indy as trustee one is away for a while. brake discs and pads and sensors replaced all around. fuel Filter changed oil and oil filter change. been hit in the wallet for £210 - I supplied all the parts including the oil. car was at garage for 3 hours. he gave me breakdown of doing it £60 for doing front brakes and £80 for the back ones and £70 for the rest. so clearly he wernt doing it at hourly labour rate. anyone ever come across being charged like this? or have I just been a mug?
  4. If only slipping - a gearbox service could and should do the trick just make sure you use ZF parts and oils.
  5. Check this long thread I started last year when my gearbox packed up with similar codes. Luckily my problem ended up being a cracked plastic part only costing £11 but it took a gearbox service to find the issue out.
  6. I double checked with my VIN and comes up with the cylindrical filter as per option 1 - which should make sense as you said it's for Diesel and mine is a 525dm (2993cc).
  7. As per the picture - the one on the right is the Cleaner Element and listed as a serviceable item on the service book, while the one on the left is the Air Filter which is not listed and I take it is separate from the Micro-Filters... which is listed also? Does the cylindrical air filter get changed at same time as either/or micro and element filters????
  8. Cheers!
  9. Yes just checked the magnates c3 5-30w is ll04 spec. £50 for all that was a bargain - where di you pick all that up from?
  10. This is the one I'm getting on the website - it's not 5-30w though and the option did give me my car with or without DPF, but both come up same. But might look around as Grizzle said on eBay. Cheers people
  11. 2007 525dm LCI (2993cc) - going for an oil change again but this time looking to buy my own oil. Can anyone tell me how many litres are required as I've read anywhere between 8 - 8.5 litres. ECP has a discount going on at the moment for Castrol Magnatec C3 5W-30 and for 8 litres coming up as £55.60. Would this be worth it compared whatever brand my indy would use (Quantum or Petronas I think) and the amount they would charge???? Thanks
  12. Someone mentioned Mahle as the OEM for fuel Filter so shall look for that. Im pretty sure you're right about it being an LCI thing as never come across the pollen filter on OBC. As ever thanks for your help... now to rack up some bills on the card!!!
  13. Nothing has come up at all for the pollen filter on the OBC - having said this I've never seen it listed when I go in to check the serviceable items like the oils and pads. Do ECP do decent oil and fuel filters???
  14. Bloody glad you're on here to reply on a regular!!! I checked the service book and I was mistaken last time air filter was changed was actually 2 years/10k miles ago. Oil was changed also Prior to that 4 years/23k miles ago oil and air filter was changed also. So would you recommend to change again as been done twice over 4 years with oil change as well on both times? Also are ECP parts ok for both these filters or OEM??? Thanks again.
  15. Is this just the posh name for an air filter and if so, last time I had it replaced was 4 years/23k miles ago so is it time to get it replaced again? Same with the micro-filter? Thanks