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

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Old 05-02-2013, 06:31 AM
SkiScubaSailDud SkiScubaSailDud is online now
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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.
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Mein Auto: 2014 428i ZCW - ZDA - ZLP - ZPP - ZTP - 302 - 4AB/4DM - A89 - LCSW
Meiner Frau Auto: 2010 X5 35d ZPP - ZCW - ZRC - ZTP - 322 - 456 - 655 - 475 - LUF1
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2004 525i ZPP - 205 - 522 - ZCW - 655 - A08
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:34 AM
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Great post SkiScuba..
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