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    BMW 520d E61 Estate

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  1. Steve S

    What TO-DO-LIST should the car have to be immortal?!

    Gus, If it's a 58 plate 520d you ought to include take it to a main dealer for the recall check on the timing chains and tensioner wear, which is free. I assume it has the N47 engine. You could do all the work you listed to keep the car in pristine condition and then have the engine fail. I had mine checked and given the all clear, but now wondering whether there should be a repeat check every 50k miles or so. Regards, Steve
  2. Ireal, Did you get a recall notice from BMW specifically to check the wear on those chains and tensioners? The N47 has a known design fault whereby the chain tensioners can wear prematurely. The recall should have detected the level of wear and if above a certain threshold they should follow up with engine removal and chain and tensioner replacement. I had mine done almost 3 years ago now and it was given the all clear. The car had done 140,000 miles at the time, but the engine had only done 40,000 miles (completely replaced after 100,000 miles by the previous owner). The car has done another 25,000 miles since the check, so I wonder whether it should get another check. Does anyone know what the BMW policy is for rechecking the chains? If these are designed to be non-mainenance items designed to last the life of the engine a single check at 40,000 miles isn't going to clear it for the rest of the car's life.
  3. Steve S

    Resetting warning messages - wont work

    Thanks, that's useful to know. I had already bought the brake pads and wear sensor, but I wouldn't have changed them at 3300 miles still left.
  4. Steve S

    Resetting warning messages - wont work

    I did my front brakes, which were down to a few hundred miles on the service display. Did the reset no problem. I also reset the rears before changing them when they were showing 3300 just to see what happens and they went to -15000 miles and the red warning light on the dash came on permanently. I changed the pads and sensor and reset via the trip button without a problem. All the pads had 4 to 5 mm so should really have been below zero, certainly not -15000 miles.
  5. Steve S

    Resetting warning messages - wont work

    This procedure came up on a search a while ago and worked for me. 1 - Get in car…close door…apply parking brake…put in neutral…insert the key in ignition…press and release Start button. This should illuminate the battery, oil and parking brake lights…but not start the car. => At any point in the following process…releasing the odometer reset button for about 10 seconds will abort the process. 2 - Press and hold the odometer reset button…at about 2 seconds…a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark appears…at about 5 seconds…the oil indicator appears...release the button. 3 - Within 3 seconds of releasing the button…press and release the button again. Each press and release of the button will toggle to a different service indicator available for reset. 4 - When you have toggled to the service indicator to be reset…press and hold the the button…at about 3 seconds…the “RESET ?” message appears…release the button. 5 - If you do not wish to reset the indicator…do nothing…the process will abort in about 3 seconds. 6 - If you do wish to reset the indicator…within 3 seconds…press and hold the button until the service miles remaining changes to “---“. (the exact button pressing part for the actual reset is a little fuzzy…but easy to do).
  6. Steve S

    Resetting warning messages - wont work

    I had done the reset before on the oil change and it worked OK, but did the brakes and was wondering why I couldn't access the rest menu. I was putting the ignition on, but had the door open it didn't work. Door close works fine.
  7. Steve S

    E60 power steering oil cooler

    If it's like the 520d with the cooler just in front of the main radiator then access is from above by removing the panel above it. I had mine replaced as there are some special connectors on the pipes which require a tool otherwise I don't think it's too difficult. Just be aware that if you take the panel above the radiator off and turn it over on to the engine the cables for the bonnet release can come off. Don't close the bonnet until you have checked the release cables are still attached.
  8. Steve S

    Power steering fluid leak.

    I used a genuine BMW part,which was £60. I was surprised it wasn't more. It was about 3 years ago though. Standard time for the garage to change it was about 45 mins.
  9. Steve S

    Power steering fluid leak.

    Mine went on the power steering cooler as it sits right in front of the radiator and gets any stones that get thrown up. You have to take off the cover plate that the bonnet latches on to to get at it. I got a local independent to do it as you have to have a tool to release the hydraulic connectors. Beware if you have a look as the bonnet release cables can drop out when you turn the cover plate over. Luckily the garage did it , not me, so they sorted it, but it took them longer than changing the cooler.
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    E61 secret menu help please.

    Is it the sum of the last 6 digits or is it 5? I think mine unlocks with the sum of the last 5. You know it's unlocked because when you get to the item 19 it says "Lock on" or similar and after entering the code it says "Lock off".
  11. Steve S

    Trolley Jack Recommendations

    I would have thought the 2 tonne jack would be OK. That's the rating on mine and it lifts it fine. If you're lifting from a single jacking point you'll only lift maximum about 1/2 the weight of the car. I use a hard wood block to spread the load, but those rubber adaptors look worth a try.
  12. Steve S

    Oil service counter reset

    Oil change done and now done about 150 miles. I saved a sample of the oil removed that had supposedly done 500 miles and will sample again at the same mileage to compare. On the resetting the counter it hasn't reset automatically and so I reset it manually. I looked through other forum posts to see if I could find a procedure applicable to the 2007 Lci version and the key part I was missing was the press and release the start button, the other procedure only mention the key, and not the start button. Otherwise they are very similar. I really don't remember having to do any of that at the last oil change. Anyway if anyone with the Lci version needs to reset the counter try this procedure thanks to Allen from the 5series forum. 1 - Get in car…close door…apply parking brake…put in neutral…insert the key in ignition…press and release Start button. This should illuminate the battery, oil and parking brake lights…but not start the car.=> At any point in the following process…releasing the odometer reset button for about 10 seconds will abort the process.2 - Press and hold the odometer reset button…at about 2 seconds…a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark appears…at about 5 seconds…the oil indicator appears...release the button.3 - Within 3 seconds of releasing the button…press and release the button again. Each press and release of the button will toggle to a different service indicator available for reset.4 - When you have toggled to the service indicator to be reset…press and hold the the button…at about 3 seconds…the “RESET ?” message appears…release the button.5 - If you do not wish to reset the indicator…do nothing…the process will abort in about 3 seconds.6 - If you do wish to reset the indicator…within 3 seconds…press and hold the button until the service miles remaining changes to “---“. (the exact button pressing part for the actual reset is a little fuzzy…but easy to do). Regards, Steve
  13. Steve S

    Oil service counter reset

    Thanks for the replies B7TMW & 535iAR. I think I have seen the rest procedures before, especially the Youtube linked to procedure, but I think that's on an older car. I tried the step by step procedure above and it seems to fail at step 3. I get the triangle with the exclamation mark, but when I release and re-press it I get the time and outside temperature back until after a few seconds the triangle with the exclamation mark re-appears. If I keep holding I get into the hidden menu. The odometer can only be reset with the engine running. . My car is an E61 late 2007 520D, which is the early LCI version. I think these must be a bit different. Does anyone have experience of the same model and age of car? I plan to do the oil change probably next week and I will see what happens to the service counter. If it doesn't reset then I have no idea how I did it before. Regards, Steve
  14. Does anyone know whether the oil service counter automatically resets after you do an oil and filter change, i.e. is there some kind of oil quality detection, or does it have to be reset by connecting in to the OBD2 connection with a suitable diagnostic tool? Last time I changed the oil about 12,000 miles ago I am convinced it reset automatically to something like 17,000 or 19,000. The reason I ask is I had my turbo fail a couple of weeks ago, I got my local independent garage to replace it and they quoted for doing the oil service as part of the job. When I got the car back I noticed the oil was very black after not many miles and the oil service counter is showing 2,600 miles to the next service and I recall looking not long before the turbo failure and noticing it was 2,800 miles. The indications to me are that the oil wasn't changed. I have queried it with the garage and was told the service indicator doesn't reset itself, it has to be reset and because the oil and filter change are only part of the oil service they didn't reset the counter (some other things like air filter, pollen filter and fuel filter are part of the oil service every 2nd or 3rd service and were not part of the job). The colour of the oil was explained as being from the residue of the old oil. My nasal passages are now twitching and I'm looking round for the male gender of the bovine species defecating all over the place. Can anyone enlighten me on the oil service counter reset?
  15. Steve S

    Newbie Timing Chain Worries Already N47

    Daz, I think it's worth calling another dealer as I have heard others say they were told their car is not affected even though they have the N47 engine. I know they are 350 miles from you, but you could try Soper BMW in Lincoln (01522 690000). My car is a 57 plate 520D with 136,000 miles on the clock and they said it was covered. Even when I told them it had a new engine in 2011 (prior to my ownership) now with 36,000 miles they said it was still affected by the issue and covered by the enhancement. They told me N47 engines up to 2013 are affected. They said all checks parts and labour would be at BMW cost. When they checked it they said the wear level was in the lowest range where no corrective work is required. I'm still concerned that a few years down the line with another 30,000 to 40,000 miles it could fail, so should I take it back for the free check and corrective work at regular intervals and will they keep paying?
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