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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:56 PM
Mark5816 Mark5816 is offline
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545i emmision message

I have a 2004 545i with 92k miles I purchased it a few months ago. When I started my car today it began running very rough just out of the blue. at the same time the service engine soon light came on. when I checked the message center it said that the emmisions control system was ready for a check this month November 2012.
This seems too coincidental to me. My question is, when the emmision control requires service based on time dows it automatically make the car run bad so I have to go to the dealer?
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:16 PM
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BMW has figured out how to make their cars run like crap in order to get you to go to the dealership for repairs... When the iDrive message and service reminder hits, the car starts to sputter and cough. Its on page 84 of the user manual.

Obviously I am kidding. You need to get codes run because the Emissions message you are getting could be any number of things. Secondary Air System, increased carbon buildup, MAF...
Deceased - 2004 BMW 545i Black/Auburn
-Sports Suspension, Premium and Cold Weather Package, Logic 7 Professional Audio, Rear Sunblinds, Adaptive Xenon Headlights, Active Steering, staggered setup on 124's, Aux Input

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