BMW diesel particulate filters

My BMW 525 diesel ( 04/54 ) has now covered 73,000 miles mainly around town with occassional long runs and the service computer is showing 90,000 miles to a DPF change!

I mention this because, as a regular Telegraph reader, you advise against diesels for low mileage and town driving, and I have friends with DPF problems on other makes including Jaguar.

I suspect that BMW have solved the problem better than many other makes.
You might also be interested to see that Haynes Workshop Manual for this car recommends DPF replacement at 125,000 miles irrespective of age.

Asked on 29 April 2012 by T.B from Essex

Answered by Honest John
You are right. Very few complaints of DPF problems with BMWs.
Similar questions
One of your readers letters extolled the virtue of running older cars. Like you, I remember when I was young and had little money. I ran old cars and can’t forget the grief they gave me. Never again. I...
After each of two years my BMW 520d has shown excess oil in the sump. Is this because attempts to clear the particulate filter have dumped fuel into the sump? I now recognise that this is probably the...
My 2016 Volvo V70 with 7000 miles, three months post first annual service, put up a message saying it was due an oil change and at next start up showed an amber engine block icon with 'check' below. I...
Related models
Nicely balanced and enjoyable handling, sharp styling, modern-looking interior, great range of engines including impressively efficient diesels.
 

Ask Honest John

Value my car