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    Hi,

    Ive recently got an error on the idrive saying 'level control system failure' However i have not felt any difference with the cars ride, and just now the error has gone! it came on for at least 1 day and then just went?? is that normal, to check it, i have gone around corners at least 30mph and its fine? how can this happen? was it a sensor problem? i still have warranty on the car so i can get it fixed no problem,but is it worth it as the error has disappeared.

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    Get the battery voltage checked - an iffy battery is a common cause for random errors that appear on the dash of the E6x series. Remember that any replacement battery will have to have the vehicle "coded" to accept the new battery voltage/output.
     
     

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    Yeah sure, will do for definite!

    Thanks,

    any other suggestions?
     
     

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    There are one or two issues with the self levelling compressor on the E61, but not that common TBH and if the fault has cleared I would suggest you start with the condition of the battery - can cause a few electrical issues on this vehicle.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Whittaker View Post
    There are one or two issues with the self levelling compressor on the E61, but not that common TBH and if the fault has cleared I would suggest you start with the condition of the battery - can cause a few electrical issues on this vehicle.
    On the contrary, failure of the E61 rear suspension compressor is both very common AND very expensive. It all stems from fitment of a cheap crappy hose on the compressor inlet, this allows grit/dirt into the compressor and eventually causes it to fail.

    If you have this warning, get it into BMW and get it checked out, even if it's only happened once. The warning is usually activated when the compressor takes longer to pump the suspension up than it should and if it's happened once it'll happen again.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vista View Post
    On the contrary, failure of the E61 rear suspension compressor is both very common AND very expensive
    +1 agreed, mostly on older models up to late 2006 before BMW changed the hose, this was mine



    Replaced it with fuel hose but the damage my already be done on the OP's replace the hose quickly and put a couple of drops of gear oil in the inlet, if you are lucky it will resolve before it is too late. The rest of the self levelling suspension is fairly bomb proof but this air inlet issue is the weak link and very very expensive to repair (part costs £450 for a refurbished compressor)
     
     

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    No worries guys, ill take it to the main dealers and get it sorted because i am still under warranty so it shouldnt be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stunner View Post
    No worries guys, ill take it to the main dealers and get it sorted because i am still under warranty so it shouldnt be a problem
    Excelent, that must be a relief
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew_henson View Post
    Excelent, that must be a relief
    It was for me, saved me a fortune! But then the alarm first came up just as I drove off the main dealer forecourt when I bought it so they were kind of obliged to fix it whether it was under warranty or not.
     
     

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    Hi i just got the problem checked and apparently they said everything is fine with it, no repair had to be done

    I think it was just the battery problem.

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