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Old 03-28-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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Inspection 51A

Just before doing an oil change on an '01 330CiC the 'service engine soon' light came on - thought it was a reminder about the oil change. Changed the oil, did the odometer/ignition reset and it completed but then showed 51A followed by Inspection under the 51A. Did it again and it said test followed by the 51A sequence

Asked this on the general forum and the only response was ask the dealer. Tried that today and it was a waste of time. At Classic BMW's new location north of Dallas the service greeter said a service writer could help and took me to one, no joy there and he referred me to parts. Parts dint have any idea.

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Old 03-31-2007, 11:18 PM   #2
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FWIW, the SEL tiurned ff by itself after two days of driving.
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:58 PM   #3
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hmmmm ..i wonder if that is good or bad, since sensors triggers the light to come on and there is got to be something wrong spotted somewhere, or something is due for either service or replacement of a part.
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sorry to bring back from the dead... but WTF is this?? I too thought it was for Oil and changed the oil today... Then going to the reset sequence saw this. OBD scanner wont even let me erase it so that I can see if it comes back!
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:37 AM   #5
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I reset my oil service indicator too. The 51a shows over the inspection. Both my 04 330i and my wifes 02 325xi show the same 51a. Anyone know what it means? How do I reset the inspection reminder if I already did the service?
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:39 AM   #6
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For those who do not have the "51a", what shows up instead?
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