2006 325i P1017 help? Valvetronic?
Ok, so this is my 1st post here, but let's say that it's looooong overdue. I've had my 325i for a couple of years now, and love driving, hate repairing it.
I've had the dreaded passenger side airbag occupancy sensor issue for the past 7 months. I've dealt with BMW customer "care" as well as the dealership and 2 indy shops. The indys refused to repair it (afradi of the air bag), and the dealer quoted me $800 for the repair. I said "no thanks"
That brings me here...I hopped in my car this morning to head to work, and both the airbag and seat belt dash lights were OFF. A miracle! I drove to work, and after a few minutes, they were still off. Hallelujah, I've been healed...Or not.
Before I reached my destination, the service engine soon light came on. UGH!
So, at lunch, I pulled the codes, and here is where I am...
The codes that came up were P0128, and a P1017. The 0128 appears to be for the coolant system, and the 1017, a valvetronic error. At face value, they seem unrelated, but who knows.
I'm most concerned with the P1017 valvetronic related code (I can do the thermostat myself). I've read of many other users with this code, who have trouble with cold engine starts, or a rough running engine. I have neither - car starts and runs great, although the gas mileage, as reported by the on board computer, has plummeted down at least 8mpg.
Any ideas? I've tried to reset the code, multiple times, and the SES light doesn't even go off for a second. Could this be a relatively easy fix, or do I need some heavy lifting support? The dealership is a rip, and if I can do it myself, I'd like to try. I can do the basic self service myself, but anything super involved, and I'm in over my head.