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    Tackling a blocked DPF.. (520d)

    There may be silicone alternatives available. Worth a look on ebay and some specialist websites before committing to a new/used genuine part.
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    Should It stay or should it go lol

    Nope. Prop donut/guibo will cause your vibration but the misfire is something else. Front prop bearing? Do they mean on the gearbox output shaft?? Sounds expensive to me. I'd find a garage that also does MOTs to look at it because it's more likely to be the donut in my opinion. Did you happen to tell them that you do high mileage on a regular basis? Regarding the misfire - as I said before, if you can just live with it then do that. I did for 80k miles and nothing got worse or spat its dummy out.
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    Torque converter queries

    For reference my last E61 525d had this exact minor misfire at very gentle throttle at speed. Started doing it at maybe 120k miles (can't remember, and might have always done it?) and was still doing it at 205+k when I sold it. Completely standard car. Current 525d also does exactly the same (on 120k miles) and while annoying I know the last one kept rolling just fine so I'm ignoring it again. DPF gutted and EGR mapped out. My opinion is just live with it. I doubt it'll get any worse
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    Should It stay or should it go lol

    Under load it could be the guibo. Get onto a nice smooth bit of road and compare if it's worse with/without any load. Then knock it into neutral and see if it changes. Then gently apply brakes and see if it changes then. Could also be balancing (you can throw a weight very easily), brake and/or wheel mounting surfaces not cleaned or too heavily copper slipped, or loose wheel bolts. There are a few other potential causes but I'd do those checks first as over the years I've found a lot of the time that a new symptom is often a result of the last thing that was touched. When is it due an MOT? Does your mechanic let you have a look around under it while it's in the air? I find that a quick look at bushes, tyres and general condition underneath while the oil is changed is a great way of spotting things for preventative maintenance.
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    Should It stay or should it go lol

    Sorry I didn't reply sooner, was busy doing 361 miles in mine yesterday The pic of the MV2s is what I have and I'd also choose an Octavia as a replacement too if that's your main goal. I'd still say stick with yours and look online to find a set of the MV2 wheels. You can either use whatever tyre life is on those or buy replacements at your leisure while you have your spiders still fitted. If you need the reliability, keep a set in a shed for if you get a puncture/crack/bulge and it won't put you out of action for ages. I carry a spare in the boot, just thrown in and ratchet strapped down. Off to do about 160 miles today!
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    DPF. Never re-gen'd?

    Almost looks like it's been mapped out. Are you sure it's even got a DPF fitted?
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    Should It stay or should it go lol

    I bought my E61 back in November last year for £3,500 and it currently owes me £6k. That said, I will sometimes almost do the weekly mileage you're doing and I don't see why it should be any worse than others. What you appear to be doing as others have said is using a garage, so the first thing I'd do is have them check the gearbox oil level to make sure they did it properly. Second, change the wheels - well the rears at least. Having the same size tyre all round not only means they're cheaper to replace (fronts are cheaper because they're not as wide), but you can also rotate them and get better life from them. I have the 18" MV2 wheels on mine but I refuse to buy the Spiders I love because the tyres are significantly cheaper. I bought a set of 4 for what you paid for your rears. You could also look at it this way - you've replaced all those parts and are now thinking of selling the car to someone else who will benefit from them. I sold my last E61 on over 200k miles and there was nothing wrong with it. I did over 100k in that myself and never needed a brake caliper, suspension bush or control arm. It was on its original torque converter, turbo, DPF, air bags and springs - and being a 56 plate, was 13 years old when it sold. Warm it up gently, drive it moderately and have it serviced regularly and it should be fine.
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    Tackling a blocked DPF.. (520d)

    Yes agreed - drop the entire exhaust from wherever you can separate it and drag it out the back. I had to do that the first time and cut off all the DPF bolts. Once you've been in there it'll come off really easy the next time if, like me, you have to wash it out 4 times before admitting defeat and smashing the material out completely.
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    Tackling a blocked DPF.. (520d)

    Yes, it's quite possible that it so blocked you'll not be able to clear it enough to then get it to regen by itself. But like I said, it could be that a good wash is all it needs.
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    Tackling a blocked DPF.. (520d)

    Yes as Keliuss says that reading is really very, very high. I'm surprised it hasn't been causing a problem for a lot longer than it sounds. The lack of acceleration and the diesel knock are simply because you've got almost a complete blockage. Mine got so bad that it began to split the flexi and eventually wouldn't even start without assistance. Get the DPF off and jet wash it through. Chances are it'll get you going for a while but at this stage it may be too far gone to ever recover. It's definitely worth persevering though, you never know.
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    DPF won't regen.....any ideas?

    You can certainly try but it didn't work for me. Mine ended up trying to regen by itself constantly until throwing codes for too frequent regens (can't remember what it was). It would finish a regen and then start another within a couple of miles. No amount of jet washing and punching of holes through would save it, it was a goner. Like I said, the cheap DPFs don't last long but may get you out of trouble if that's all you need. My long term solution very regrettably was to gut mine.
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    DPF won't regen.....any ideas?

    Correct, glow plugs don't stop a regen. But starting the car with no plugs firing from cold initially dumps a lot of crap out and definitely aids in blocking the DPF. Any short journeys you do from cold are massively detrimental to the eventual need for regeneration.
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    Which E61 bike carrier?

    This worked for me a few times to France. Just hung a number plate on the back and that was that. Cheap Halfords one I borrowed from a friend and I cut up an old innertube to slide over the bits that touched the paint
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    Tackling a blocked DPF.. (520d)

    I have 2 stories relating to DPF issues which I'll share briefly: 1) previous 525d - coolant temp issues resulting in blocked DPF. Changed stats, jetwashed DPF and did another 80k+ miles with no further issues 2) current 525d - coolant temp issues resulting in blocked DPF. Changed stats, jetwashed DPF numerous times, punching a hole or two through each time until admitting defeat and gutting it. I loved that previous car
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    DPF won't regen.....any ideas?

    23mBar is a lot at idle. I've been through the pain you are experiencing and despite trying everything my mechanic and I could think of, the inevitable had to happen just so I could use the car. We gutted the DPF and I had it remapped. I really didn't want to but the only alternative was to purchase a new DPF. I was advised by 3 mechanics that pattern ones don't last long at all and I wasn't going to pay the price for a genuine one. For reference, my mechanic's X5 35d shows 4mBar at idle and up to 15 when revved.
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    E60 in 2021. Good Decision?

    I bought a 97k mile 2006 E61 525d back in 2010 and did 110k miles in it. Total cost of repairs beyond normal servicing was about £1500 in 9 years. The thing was the most reliable car I've ever owned and when I sold it on 207k the new owner was very happy. It was still on the factory suspension, airbags, turbo, torque converter, DPF and lots of other things that some seem to have loads of problems with. I enjoyed it so much that in November last year I bought another - again a 525d pre-LCI for £3k on 114k So far it's required about £1000 to get it up to the standard where I'm happy to use it reliably for work and it's now covered 3500 blissfully happy miles. I fully expect it to be with me until 200k+ like the last one was and that'll take me 5-6 years. Biggest suggestion I can give you is to take a scanner with you when you view a potential car. I have had Carly since their early days (I have lifetime updates) and it's been brilliant for me. Sure there are other options and there may well be cheaper and better now, but I can only comment on what I know and Carly has been fantastic over the years. My main reasons for another E61 were: Not a 2.0 4 pot - they're unreliable and when they work are rattly and unpleasant (I have a 120d) Not a 35d/40d - 2 turbos and complications that I can do without. I'm not interested in going fast, I have an actual fast car for that (I also have a 640d which is better in every way except I don't love it like the E61) Pre-LCI has iron block and will do big miles easier than the LCI ali blocks (although that may just be hearsay) So many people breaking these cars now that parts are available with ease New bits aren't as expensive as they used to be since finance and brand snobbery has put a BMW on every street corner
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    Pre-LCI 525d - max boost?

    Anyone?
  18. As title - does anyone know what boost a standard and/or remapped pre-LCI 525d should make on full throttle?
  19. My last E61 had the auto boot and that's all I knew of them for 10 years. My current E61 doesn't so I regularly forget to pull it back down. I only notice once I'm in the car with my belt done up I think my solution is going to be limo tint on the rear 3 windows and then leave the roll retracted!
  20. If you've got the auto boot then it should roll back down when you close it.
  21. Hi all, despite my best efforts I can’t get my DPF to unblock. I’m not paying for a genuine new one and my mechanic friend has told me that whenever he’s fitted a pattern to anything it’s come back within a couple of years. So I’ve gutted it and need to have the regen coded out. Is this something I can have done remotely while it sits on my drive or do I have to book it in for a remap I don’t really want the cost of, visit somewhere and lose a day having it done?
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    Remote DPF coding - is it possible?

    He is, yes. Looking forward to it!
  23. I did East London to Wigan a few times and would get low 50s on the way up there. After 4 days of shuttling to/from the hotel/work and then back home it would end up around 45mpg. A pre-LCI 525d can have a genuine 600 mile tank if you do only long journeys. I've been down to central Germany, back up to Belgium via The Netherlands in mine and could get 600+ miles from a tank with a boot full of tools.
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    Remote DPF coding - is it possible?

    Thanks. Well I couldn't wait for a solution so I've booked for someone to come next week and remap the car on my drive. He'll code out regens while he's at it.
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    Remote DPF coding - is it possible?

    I tried jetwashing and some cleaners but nothing worked. It was caused by low coolant temp but all sorted now.
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