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  1. KN54ALE

    F10 door corrosion

    Is it possible to try and put together a list of dealers who seem to accept this is a known problem, and ones who try to push it back as not a warrenty claim? also of the people who have had the repairs done have any of you been told that you would be expected to pay for replacement door/window trims as it’s not possible to get them off without braking them and BMW warrenty wouldn’t cover them. Id also be interested to hear if anyone has had problems with the claim due to other damage on the doors or car well away from the corrosion. I’ve got a couple of stone chips and light scratches on the lower doors and I was told if the warrenty claim was accepted I’d be expected to pay for these to be repaired as they would need to be done at the same time, and again BMW warrenty would not cover any extra repairs. It seems they want cars to be presented in a pristine condition with no evidence if wear and tear but also never had any paintwork done in the past. Whi buys a 5 series to store in a garage for 12 years and not use it??
  2. Well I’ve ordered the parts from Cotswold BMW and saved £20 compared to my local dealer. Mum hoping to get away with just changing the pads but before I do them can anyone let me k ow what the minimum disk thickness is and what they are when new?
  3. Could you let me have a price for a set of front pads and wear sensor for an F11 530d touring. Reg KN54 ALE. If you need any more details of the vehicle then let me know. Could you also provide a price for discs although I’m hoping these will not need replacing.
  4. KN54ALE

    F10 door corrosion

    I can’t fault the car. Had it nearly 6 years now and has been virtually faultless. Its had the coolant leak with the EGR cooler just after the warrenty expired which seems to be another known BMW defect they tried to deny. Other than that and now the corrosion on all 4 doors it’s needed very little service or repair work.
  5. KN54ALE

    Genuine BMW E60 Brake Kits

    Can you give me a price for a set of front pads and sensor for my 2011 530d touring. Reg KN54 ALE. Also am I likely to need anything else to do the job or is this everything?
  6. Front brake pads are about due for replacement and I’m considering doing them myself. I always used to do maintenance myself but not done a lot since having the BMW. Where is the best place to get genuine BMW parts from and what else do I need is it just the pads and wear sensor ( not changed pads with a wear sensor before) ive had a quick search and looks like resetting the service indicator should be fairly straight forward but just want to know if I’m going to have any other surprises or if it’s a fairly straightforward job.
  7. KN54ALE

    F10 door corrosion

    Maybe the fact they still had your car in for exactly the same fault as mine when I went in the other day was the reason they were being so difficult and trying to avoid me pushing for a claim. How did they handle the window trims. They tried to make me agree that if any warrenty work was done on mine then the window trims would get broken when removing them, and I would be expected to pay for replacements. Min my opinion if they need to be removed for warrenty work and they can’t refit them, this this is BMWs problem and not mine!
  8. KN54ALE

    F10 door corrosion

    Reading your bad experience with Soper Lincoln it makes me nervous to carry on pushing for mine to be repaired under warrenty. May consider sytner Nottingham.
  9. KN54ALE

    F10 door corrosion

    I’ve just got the video link from Soper showing the paint thickness readings. Around the car they varies from 116-173um can anyone let me know the expected thickness and the acceptable tolerance. I expect with a good clean and polish to return the paint to a nice smooth feel then the results will be much more consistent. Especially considering we’re only taking about the variation equivalent to the thickness of a human hair.
  10. KN54ALE

    F10 door corrosion

    Dakota. Let me know how you get on. Hopefully your dealer will be more interested in providing good service than Soper Lincoln.
  11. KN54ALE

    F10 door corrosion

    I can’t remember the numbers but think it was typically 130-180 around a number of places they showed me. Unfortunately they didn’t give me any paperwork for the investigation and were unable to show me the video of the checks but are supposed to be e-mailing me the link so will hopefully receive it tomorrow. Knowing that the cat feels dirty to the touch then in order to get accurate paint thickness readings then I would have expected localised polishing in the test areas to remove an dirt and contamination to ensure accurate readings especially when your only talking about 10’s of microns as any dirt will result in inconsisten readings. This is certainly the practice which is used in the industrial NDT testing I have done in the past when checking coating thickness on rotating equipment aerofoils. Sp far I have managed to keep my cool and just agreed to disagree with the list of excuses provided by Soper Lincoln and will take it up with BMW UK. I certainly would expect the car to be rusting at such a young age especially still running its original break pads and wiper blades
  12. KN54ALE

    F10 door corrosion

    HI just had my 2011 530d touring in to Soper Lincoln for a warrenty investigation for the door corrosion which seemed to be a common fault on this model. All 4 doors have evidence of corrosion in the same place. When I first visited Soper a member of the body shop viewed the car, admitted it not an uncommon problem and he had seen a number with corrosion in this area so it was booked in for the investigation. Collected the car today and Soper are now proposing to reject the claim on the basis the paint thickness readings are inconsistent around the complete car suggesting paint work has been done this was along with a list of other excuses to avoid the warranty claim. I agree the car is dirty and feels rough to the touch due to needing a good clean and polish but the vehicle has never had any paintwork done and was supplied by Soper Lincoln as an Ex Demo 7 month old vehicle in 2012. Im my opinion it’s the dirt and unpolished paint which has caused the inconsisten readings. Other excuses given are listed below - Car has full service history but not by main dealer so anti corrosion warranty is not valid - stone chip in middle of door would result in and warranty claim being partial chargeable as they would need to virtually repaint the full car to match the paint and warrenty does not cover any damage repairs. - All black plastic window seal/trims would need to be replaced at my expenss as they cannot be removed without damage and would not be covered by warrenty. - There is dirt under the window seals which is the likely cause of the problem. As im sure you will agree they seem to be doing everything they can to avoid the claim and to me it’s more than a coincidence that all doors are suffering the same problem clearly indicating a manufacturing defect. Any advice or support to help me push this claim would be much appreciated as I’m. Very disappointed to find this fault on a 7 year old car with less than 60,000 miles cheers
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