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 Post subject: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 1:39 pm 
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my DTC light came on Tuesdy 18th May on my 120D & the hand brake light both in amber and the warning triangle in amber.
I drove about ten miles and when i re started the car they didn't come back on and haven't since (approx 100miles driven)
and the handling of the car feels fine.
I spoke to my local BMW garage in Derby who said it could be the DTC motor which used to cost about £1500 but now supply a kit for about £700.
They also said if anyone else did the repair it would still have to go to a BMW garage to be coded to the car!!!
Is it worth be paying for a Diagnostics check when the warning lights aren't lit and the handling seems Ok
Seems a very expensive repair for an 06 car with 42000.00 miles.
Took out a seperate warranty with another company but they don't know what the part is or does and will
not advise if it's covered with my policy and would need the red light or the car to be broken down to investigate the problem
Can anyone advise as i only got the vehicle at the end of Feb this year


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 6:23 pm 
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If it's got a full BMW dealer service history then i would approach your nearest dealer to confirm the fault and then try and get some goodwill from BMW towards the cost. Quite a few peopke on here have done so already with varying degrees of success


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 6:53 pm 
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There is another thread on this forum about the DTC fault, I had the problem but the light stayed on! there is a fix kit as bmw say, my total bill was £450, I think your warranty should cover this though, good luck :P


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 9:53 pm 
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Hi, I have had the same problem with mine and have held out on spending £1670 - which was what I was quoted. I was speaking to a BMW technicina recently and he said that ther eis a fix which cost no more than £200. May be go to the dealership for the final price. Let me know how you get on as I am waiting for mine to be done but not had the time to book it in.


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 8:20 am 
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Think i might leave it for now as still no lights on & system check on the car says it's OK.
BMW did say it could even be something in the memory which they can clear for about £100.
Thanks anyway & i'll let you know if anything changes.


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 9:40 pm 
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I'd make sure you have full service history, buy a warranty for £270, then start the clock until it goes again - then make a claim on the warranty!

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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 1:24 pm 
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This i what i asked my local BMW garage about and they didn't give me a definate answer. They advised me to keep a log of the date it happened and how many miles the vehicle had done.
BMW wont sell me a warranty as i didn't buy the vehicle from them.
I havent got full service history on mine either just a computer print out.
On the plus side the lights still haven't come back on but it does take the joy out of driving it a bit as your forever looking at the dash.
Think we'll both be keeping our figures crossed and good luck


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 3:36 pm 
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When my DTC light went, they went on and stayed on as soon as the engine was started up.

Is what your seeing not just the DSC system working ???? (basically you get the light on / off briefly)

What is your normal driving style ?

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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 8:18 am 
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All i did was pull off from a roundabout and the handbrake light came on and the traction control light both in amber. They then stayed on for about 13 miles until i turned the engine off and not come back on since.
I didn't pull off quick with wheels spinning or anything and just drive normally i think. I dont "rag" it.
Spoke to a lad at at work this morning who's got the same problem with a 3 series but takes his car to an independant garage where the mechanics used to work for BMW.
they told him that the sensors on the car are far to sensitive so sometimes there's no fault at all when they come on.
My husbands got a 5 series and one of his lights flashed on about 6 months ago and nothing since.


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 12:05 pm 
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Wifey's 118d has just had this happen permenantly after the flickering amber handbrake light once every couple of months for the last 6 months. It went to BMW a whils ago and they reprorammed the DTC unit at a cost of £250. Today she rings my at work to let me know that the light has come on and stayed on.

Not amused! Car is a 55 plate with 40k on the clock. Could do without a 1.5k repair bill.....

Will report back after I've spoken to BMW later today.


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:32 pm 
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what are paying 1.5 k for?
If it's the motor i was told there's now a kit you can buy instead of replacing the whole thing .
Might be worth checking and good luck


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 4:26 pm 
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Lynne.

The 1.5k was about the ball park cost for a replacement unit to be fitted before they came up with this repair kit. Car goes in Tues/Wed next week, i'll update you after i get it back. The guy on the service desk said they are seeing quite a few with the same fault. He said they'll confirm the fault, order the parts needed and do the repair, then put a case to BMW for goodwill. Ask for 100% parts and 100% labour and see what they come back with. If i get it for less than £500 I'll be happy.

It went to BMW with an intermittant yellow handbrake warning light and loss of power a few months ago which cost £250, i will be trying to get that taken off the price of any work that is carried out this time. The service desk were accomodating and very helpful so far....... Watch this space.


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:10 am 
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My lights still not come back on but just out out of interest i did call an independant BMW specialist yesterday and got a quote for £335.00 inculuding VAT.
My local BMW dealer said if you get a quote in writing they'll always price match.
Dont know if this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 3:36 pm 
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My 2006 118d M Sport is currently at Sytner Haroldwood having the hydralic motor changed. I've been quoted £480 to repair it and that's with BMW paying 80% of the cost of the part.


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 Post subject: Re: DTC warning light
PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 6:45 pm 
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Do they test anything in PUMA system ? I had it to twice, but the dealer told me. That there where no fault in memory of the car. No cann't do anything about it ?


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