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  1. I had removed the slam pannel to remove debri from radiators. Finished job closed bonnet, next night left bonnet catch would not release. Tried pushing down on bonnet when helper puling leaver. No good. Removed panel at drivers foot well, broke pull handle catch that cable attached too tried turning with pump pliers. Will need to find new one left with cable and small plastic tab, grabbed cable with pliers still only rhs release. Tried web for help some little help about going under car and in from inner LHS wing but no real help how to release catch. Jacked front left of car removed wheel. Secure axle stands in place. Removed under panel and LHS brake air ducting picture below. Few bolts and clips and one butterfly clip just inside of top front lower grill. (hold top of air juct to bumper. undown all bolts/screws and clip of inner wing liner from hub to front of car allowing you to fold back liner enought to get in to unbolt the air inlet duct think it was a t30 torx Picture below. With a bit of a strugle got duct out from side. The lock can now be viewed. I managed to get hold of release cable next to lock and pulled to my horror it was not connected. Must have knocked it off the previous night when I had moved slam panel back onto engine to get into radiators. I tried for 2 hours poking with screw drivers, extension bars etc. from all angles with no outcome. Thinking I had to push the lever the cable should be attached too. Then from under car looking up at the lock. Using a steel ruler from under the car I pushed it up into the lock and when I pulled it out a fantastic click as the bonnet went up. Took a picture of were to push the ruler (between spring and catch) with slam panel removed and also cable tied release cable in place to reduce risk of this again. In total it took me 5 hours from start to finish. Now it would take about 1 hour. Another small tip I done the previous night when removing the inlet manifold was to use a finger of a latex glove over my socket with tip pushed back into socket to remove and replace nuts down underneath manifold. Reduces the risk of dropping any into the darkness. Hope this helps anybody with such a little inconvenience.
  2. Bought a E60 530D 2006 near end July. Dealer assured me everything would be sorted out and car serviced if I purchased car. All four Runflat tyres were bald with 2 down to the fabric. Driver mirror had also lost half its mirror backing. There was no excessive smoke coming from exhaust giving me confidence engine was in good order. On collection questioned why tyres are not new. 3 different brands fitted and none a paired match. All just above the legal limit. Not very pleased as assumed 4 new tyres would have been fitted due to the state of previous ones. MOT full pass with no advisory. Drove car away and within 10 mins less than 2 miles DPF warning came up. Drove straight back and car was taken away and returned within the hour. Told cleaner had been put into DPF. Run for a couple of days to allow cleaner to work. DPF continued to alarm up on every journey after 8-10mins driving. Aircon also not working and very noisy clutch. Checked engine oil and air filter both had not been replaced. Replaced airfilter at my own expense. Brought this up with Dealer and he assured me engine oil service was done. I queried why service book had been stamped and oil/ filter ticked. Adamant that oil had been changed. It was like dirty black dish water. Also complained that engine thermostat was not working properly as hidden menu gave maximum running temp as 72-76 deg C. This also prevents the DPF from running a regen. Car also has slow puncture on passenger near side front. Runflat system alarm informs me about soft tyre, just keep blowing up tyre every few days. Car returned to dealer for 5 days Clutch fixed and aircon part ordered. DPF more cleaner put in. Oil still the same. Told engine thermostat is fine. Engine still not getting to proper temp. Ran for 12 days and then car returned to dealer for 15 days was told mechanics had trouble removing DPF, told it was beyond regen and new one fitted, plus a new pressure regulator was fitted to the aircon and the condenser leaked on testing. Aircon condenser replaced. Told due to new DPF being fitted and car will smoke a bit more until residue burns off. On collection PDC failure warning showing on OBD. Pointed this out as it was not there previously. Told this could happen at any time and diagnostics checked and second sensor rear driver side faulty. Told new part will be ordered. 2 days later Car smoke was now very bad with a very chemical pungent smell.. Looked at DPF and it did not look new to me. Ran for 5 days car returned to Dealer for 3 days To have PDC fault fixed and DPF checked. Car returned PDC fault still showing car still smoking . Told part was fitted and give it a couple of days for smoke to go. Removed rear bumper to check PDC sensor found that original was still in place and had not been replaced. Replaced engine oil and filter with Castrol Edge FSD Fully synthetic. No change in smoke. After a week took car to independent Garage for second opinion on DPF, mechanic took a look at car and told me DPF had not been replaced as original tie wraps and fixings are still in place. The nuts and bolts have not been touched as no score marks and one fitting with brass nut would have to have been replaced as it always shears off with pipe attached. He pointed out excessive smoke from exhaust and pumping out from oil filler cap. Told me to return car and get my money back as it could end up with ruined engine. Even looking at exhaust fumes mechanic told me it will never pass emission test for MOT. back to dealers kept for 13 days, DPF and PDC faults to be sorted. Pointed out that that PDC sensor had not been replaced and DPF also has not been replaced. Dealer assured me DPF was replaced sensor will be looked into on collected of car. PDC fixed. Told crankcase filter replaced, Smoke from engine same. Told to run for a couple of days to burn of residue again. 2 days later During drive to Glasgow "Start Assist Inactive" warning came up onto computer then went away after 1 minute. This is a new fault not shown before "power steering" Next day noticed engine bay was starting to get covered in a oil mist. Checked to see if new crankcase oil filter had been fitted. Discovered that the filter had been removed and not replaced cartridge type. Empty case in place. The last straw for me. Totally lost confidence with dealer. My concerns are could they have had the DPF deleted by remmaping the car without actually removing it (cheap option) which is now causing the huge back pressue.. Also the front tyre has went to 8psi on 2 occasions since DPF was supposed to have been replaced and no warning has shown up on Runflat system only noticed due to loss of grip on roundabouts. Was working fine before DPF "replaced" OBD does say system active and also reinizilised after pumping up. Also there is a very pungent chemical smell from engine air filter and my new oil is now a different colour and above the dipstip max level. I checked this before it went into garage and was just below max and still a golden syrup colour. I think an additive has been added to air filter and engine oil trying and mask the smoke. Anybody got any thoughts as to what they have done. I had it booked into BMW main dealer to get a report done but have cancelled as have raised grievance with finance company yesterday. They are going to speak with dealer and may ask me to take it to BMW at there expense insted of mine. Dont want a car for the scrap heap when getting next years MOT. Still like the car MPG still 39-44 and goes like stink. Sorry for long post.
  3. kilty1

    What do you think E60 530D 2006 DPF

    That's what I paid, £1k deposit and 6k on finance, some other poor sucker will get landed with it.
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    What do you think E60 530D 2006 DPF

    I have just bought a Subaru Legacy estate 2.5 petrol awd. 2004 for the snow Paid cash to stay finance free for a while as now possibly moving house, trying to get a new mortgage will be easier with no other debt. Dealers name did start with that and finished with park cars.
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    What do you think E60 530D 2006 DPF

    Final update. Car returned to dealer "not fit for purpose" Got all my money back in January including all additional expenses spent on car., oil etc. Plus additional goodwill payment. Black Horse were certainly fair, just took a while.
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    what else would I need to press bushes

    I would recommend something like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/11PC-COLOURED-WHEEL-BEARING-RACE-SEAL-DRIVER-SET-INSERT-BEARINGS-PROPERLY-/200937189369?pt=UK_Hand_Tools_Equipment&hash=item2ec8ca2ff9 Need to keep bearing dead straight when pushing. Many more available at stupid prices. This was a cheaper one I looked up for you
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    What do you think E60 530D 2006 DPF

    Well I disagree with you. Not all car sales people are "2 bit people". Bought my daughter a Cooper S from independant a few months back, the brake pads and disks and tyres needed done all replaced with new and car fully serviced. The timing belt tensioner gave in after a couple of days, thie independant sent it to BMW as his mechanics put their hands up they were not confident enough for this job. full honesty and no giving it a go. My wifes Jag was the same all new parts and tyres fitted plus fully serviced from independant. So I do not miss trust all sales peolpe when it comes to buying cars. But there are a bad few. In your opinion were then do you buy a car, main dealers "over inflated prices", privately "sold as seen" then you would have to use small claims court if car is u/s. There are still some good people in the world even if they do sell cars for a living. As for the finance wait and see.
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    What do you think E60 530D 2006 DPF

    Update: My finance company are sending out an indpendant inspector to my house to have a look at the car before the weekend. They have spoken to the dealer and he has told them car is fixed and has done all he can and completed all repairs. I informed Finance company car was too dangerous to drive after great advice from FIVE-OH about the diesel getting into the oil. Explains the pungent smell from engine and exhaust and why oil level rises even though it is smoking badly. Hopefully be looking for another car soon. (BMW off course) will update soon.
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    Car Thefts

    I would like to warn all members about a gang of Eastern European or possibly Russian that are stealing 2-3 cars every night. They keep moving around to stop police catching them. I know of 5 cars stolen in my own street in the last 2 months. 12+ in other surrounding streets.irst 2 were BMW mini and Mondeo both from same house. The keys have all been stolen from the house, some have not locked there doors others have had windows smashed, fishing rods used special tools to open house doors to then get keys. Through my work I have heard another work member had his wifes and daughters stolen (Kilsyth)and many more stories within the last 2 months Glasgow Airdrie, Kilmarnock of multiple cars taken in Central Scotland alone. Another car taken about 3 weeks ago just outside Falkirk. His brand new 320 (white) he heard house window getting smashed ran downstairs in his pants and outside heard his car starting, car keys taken. He jumped onto bonnet as doors locked, guy in car shouted at him in a european language. gave him the finger and then drove through the neighbours front gardens knocking him off. The theifs are dropped off by a third car, 1-2 get out car leaves then 1-2 other cars are taken. (aprox 3 min) 3-4 am What really annoys me is the police are keeping it very quiet. (Embarressed) or getting close to catching them. Do not leave your keys in the hallway, window sill or within view take them upstairs with you. If your door has a eurolock leave key in lock fully turned inside house. Stops them using tools from outside door lock. But will not stop them smashing window and turning key. If its that rife in Falkirk area it must be major and all over the UK. Thinking of buying a combination key safe, will slow them down giving me time to get downstairs with my metal baseball bat as they are now getting more agressive taking people hard earned assets. Then leaving you with huge insurance premiums for the next 6 years getting your no-claims back.
  10. Well youve got £500 for repairs and £1500 left for fuelout of you 3k budget, bonus!
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    Car Thefts

    How do the insurance companies view it as they drove off with keys in hand. I bet a few of them try to make claims very difficult. Both your house and car insurance will rocket. Just need one with tracker to get stolen giving police a push in the right direction.
  12. I apologise my mistake my 320 tourer did not have a lip on boot. It was one of the other ones that done my back in along time ago. Good car had two 316 (2.0d) and 320d roof rails another good option when looking for an estate.
  13. Hello After driving estate company cars for over 20 years as service engineer I would suggest Passat or Mondeo as second, 2.0d both drive and handle well, plenty of space, easly to load flatbed boots, parts easily obtained and not overpriced. The BMW tourer is a pain if you need to lift in or out heavy items due to the lip at rear of boot, the old V40 also had this problem. (unsure on new model) Drove a volvo 850 for a week needed a petrol tanker to follow me. The X type 2.0 estate (2.2d is a lot better with higher mpg) is also pretty good. Flatbed boot 40+mpg (I have a lead foot, time is money) oem parts well priced. (bought my wife 3.0 sport xtype 8 years ago, still going but starting to need repairs. Hope this helps
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    What do you think E60 530D 2006 DPF

    Thanks for this it explains a lot and I will be seeking full refund, unless it gets repaired at a BMW (specalised) or Garage all at their expense. I will post outcome.
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    What do you think E60 530D 2006 DPF

    Asmall independant car dealer. Does sell a lot of top marques. My car has 111k on clock.
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    What do you think E60 530D 2006 DPF

    I will certainly name, after resolved. Its a de'aler between Cumbuslang and Rutherglen near Glasgow. Had to use dealer as only had 1k deposit and neaded finance. Now makes me think why I didn't go the a M5 that I would prefer to own. Looked for ages for a 535D but like hens teeth in Scotland ended up settling on 530D. Another lesson learned. As its the finance company I now owe I have to get it refunded throw them. The dealer uses a local garage to his sales compound for all his work. They did fit a condensor for AC and new "clutch+flywheel." If new DPF was fitted I would have sorted all the little problems out myself. Last thing are you allowed to name company names on posts? i'm newbe
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    What do you think E60 530D 2006 DPF

    Finance company had told me they will write to me within 5 days. I will then give them "The car is not fit for purpose" thanks for this advice. It was a great car getting slowly destroyed by stupid mechanics who must think most car drivers are not capable in checking there work. The dealer does not have on site garage services and keeps pretending he is the one getting stung as well every time I bring up part not fitted. Not my problem as mine is with him.
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    Need a cheap garage in Falkirk area

    I live in Falkirk and still trying to find a garage that does not try to rip me off. They always find something else even though car fully checked before hand. Challenge them they then have another look and admit they made a mistake, part now ok. Have found small independent in Fallin who seem genuine but only had advice about my DPF. Located on left as you enter Fallin from Airth. Been stung by both Garages sited just off Union Rd (unsure if allowed to name them on Forum) they have both lost 4 cars MOTS in my house . Another in Linlithgow starting with H also tried to get £1500 for a cylinder head rebiuld on daughters Fiesta told me only option. I bought engine from Paisley £260 and fitted myself. It does seem some independants try to maximise profit at your expense. There are a few down bankside that may be ok that do bodywork. Sorry for negativity but just been stung again and away to ask for advice on Forum myself. (Cambuslang garage)
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    Bonnet release not working

    Thanks for the tip, the paste supplied with kit was very similar to tcut. The tooth paste is doing a good job with foam pad on drill.
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    Bonnet release not working

    Will post picture of my car once I give it a wash and sort out the headlights. Tried to clean them with a 3M headlight restoration kit. I should have left them alone, had slight fogging now totally fogged. Followed instructions step by step and repeated last steps twice, still no good. Now polishing with toothpaste and slowly getting back to new look. will take another couple of goes.
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    To all the newbies :-)

    Hello all. another neebie. Been a company car driver since I was 20 they were Seirra 2.0td, Montego 2.0td, Mondeo 2.0td, V40 1.8, 318d tourer, 320d tourer, Xtype 2.0d and Passat 2.0td highline plus. Had each car for 3 years. No longer due to career change now I could buy what I wanted (well almost) 530d. Could not justify the maintenance cost of a M5 E60. Fixed wifes and daughters cars over the yearrs, not paying someone to do it if I can. This is the first diesel I have started to work on. cleaned turbo intercooler and inlet manifold, egr. not decided to deflap or not new type swirls fitted. Had the dreaded bonnet release not working, will do a seperate post with pictures for my 5 hour fight. Need to do my stats as car running at 71-77deg but average mpg is 43 not bad for my heavy foot. Look forward to helping and getting help where needed.
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