Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)

X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-02-2013, 06:31 AM
SkiScubaSailDud's Avatar
SkiScubaSailDud SkiScubaSailDud is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Beautiful North Carolina
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 255
Mein Auto: 2017 F26 X4 28i
Talking 2010 X5 35d NOx DEF refill.

About a year ago, I found a decent deal on a CPO 2010 X5 35d. I didn't opt for the expanded maintenance plan and so far, I haven't been burned.
I wanted to recount my latest experience with receiving the NOx warning and my steps to remedy it for those of you who also enjoy your X5d.
My wife and I were headed up to Washington DC from our home in North Carolina last weekend when we received a warning on the dash saying that the X5 would not start after 999 miles due to being low/out of DEF.
With my scheduled oil service about 2+ months out, I did a little research and found that this was something I could do myself, and as it turns out it was a breeze.
First of all, I contacted my local BMW shop (not dealer) and had them get me a .5 gal DEF (AdBlue) filling container which cost me $9.90. I then contacted my local NAPA for some bulk DEF pricing. Turns out Valvoline DEF was on sale this month for $10.70 for 2.5 gal this month. The Valvoline is ISO 22241 certified so its the same formulation as the $25+ BMW branded stuff.
After gathering the .5gal BMW filling container, and 3 2.5 gal containers of Valvoline DEF, I cracked open the hood. After spending about 10 min removing the air intake hose (I had a clip that I just couldn't get at first) I began the filling process.
First I used the BMW filler on the active tank (front left of engine compartment). After draining this, I cut a small hole in the back of the .5 gal filler. I then transferred DEF from the bulk 2.5 gal containers to the filler until the active, and then the storage tank (right side of engine just above the alternator and below the air handler hose) were all full. Took about 6.5 gallons total and maybe 20 min.
Buttoned everything back up, gave it a little spray with the hose to knock off any drips of DEF in the engine compartment and closed the hood. I was a little concerned when I fired up the auto and the warning still beamed at me, 335 miles to no start. But then I just drove around the block and was soon greeted with the "All systems OK" in the iDrive status.
Whew. $45 bucks, 30 min. and I'm back in business for another 15K miles with DEF.
Just my 2 cents worth...


Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2013, 05:34 AM
ultimategurru ultimategurru is offline
Registered User
Location: Nigeria
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
Mein Auto: BMW x5 2012 Diesel
Great post SkiScuba..
Reply With Quote

See More Related BMW Stories

Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2015 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms