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    Hi all,
    Just bought my first BMW, 2003 525d with M sport interior. Used to be a mercedes driver. Is there any common problems that I need to be aware of that is going to cause me major financial outlay
     
     

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    Biggest one is faulty thermostats, a few of us have had to change 1 or both to get the car running at optimal temp of between 88-92C.
    The other amd far more serious issue is swirl flaps that break and get ingested by the engine which results in s completely fubared engine.
    Lots & lots of info in the E60 technical section, but ask if there is anything your not sure about .

    Always allow her to warm up, and more importantly warm down after a brisk drive. A minute or two on the driveway before switch off allows the turbo to cool and helps sustain it.

    Replace your "loo roll" crankcase breather with a newer vortex design, as this doesn't get blocked and increase pressure on the turbo seals.

    Lastly give her a good thrashing once a fortnight on a motorway with at least half a tank of diesel to regen the dpf (if you have one) and she should last you years
    Bavarian Motor Works
    530d M Sport Auto in Carbon Black with Black Leather

    Options: Sat Nav Professional,Bluetooth,Folding rear seats, Playstation II, Sony 10 DVD player, Twin headrest monitors & wireless headphones
    Modifications: De flapped,Spare wheel kit, Falken 452's,retrofit BMW Ipod & full software upgrade
    Wish List: window tints & spoiler
     
     

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