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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:10 PM
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Mein Auto: 2000 (E46 )328I
PDC Life-Replacement-paint

Hello Guys,
I have one pdc that is broken (ever since I bought the car), and hopefully, that is the only reason I am getting that error on iDrive .

LIFE:
While searching, it seems like they fail frequently. A guy in UK stated that he had to replace 6 out of 8 within the warranty period. Is that true? If so, I might as well disable them (no warranty ). What is the expected life? Have you had to replace it, if yes, how often?

REPLACEMENT:
I got a new one from Ebay, for fraction of dealer price (OEM though). Being shipped from UK . However, its not colored. Is it possible to change it without taking the whole bumper out (maybe by just removing the grill/ shield at the bottom etc). I searched online, and everyone was talking about taking the bumper off.

Also, it is not painted. Is it ok to just paint on top of it? If not, any way around it?

Thanks for the help of support.
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