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      05-12-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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SES, P203A code and debating extended warranty

Hey everyone,

SES light came on last night at 19K miles...P203A, so it looks like a sensor in the urea tank. Wondering if they will have to replace the entire tank? I'll take the car in on Tuesday.

This is my second SES light since owning the car, and my warranty expires at the end of September. I'm seriously contemplating getting the extended warranty, due primarily to the complex emissions system and it seems like all these parts are very expensive.

Thoughts? Anyone else already bought the warranty?

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      05-12-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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I contemplated buying one, but decided against it after running some numbers. It might be good in your case (low miles).

1) WA State is a CA Emissions state (as is CA, of course), so emissions related problems (and yours is one) are covered out to 7/70K.
2) However, I drive 18K miles per year, and the additional coverage would have lasted only 1.5 years, as I would pass 100K miles way before 7 years.
3) The cost for the additional year (about) of coverage would then be over $1500, which is more than what one of the biggie problems costs to fix.

It wasn't worth it TO ME, since I could save the $2500 for the warranty and apply it to any repairs.
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Get the warranty, the UREA tank replacement costs about $7,000 and the tank is usually never in stock so you have to wait for BMW in Germany to make one.
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Holy S____!! Let me find out if that is what it is. The light went out this morning...but with my warranty running out, I definitely want to get anything else related taken care of.
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Buy more warranty. Mines paid for itself, in spades
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I also had problem earlier on with the SCR urea injection. IIRC, this was the same OBD P code as yours. The SA told me that the sensor is not available by itself, they have to replace the whole tank. The work was done under warranty.

I am doing around 12K miles per year and my warranty expire November 2013. I am planning to get the 7Y/100K miles Powertrain Plus warranty.

If you are interested in a BWM extended warranty, search this forum. You can get an warranty at a discount from out of town BMW dealers at a price much less than MSRP. To do the transaction, you have to send one car key by FedEx in order to check the mileage on the car.
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Car needs a new urea tank.

Just heard from the dealer. My car needs a new urea tank. ($1325 part, according to a friend who works at Dinan). Supposedly they will have the part tomorrow.

http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...24&hg=16&fg=05

They also said anything emissions related is covered for 7/70 and being in CA, and CA being much more stringent, that typically, they "should" be able to get most parts covered for upwards of 10 yrs. (I'll believe that when I see it).
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I had that code with an injector min limit...they both went away on their own.

That just made up my mind...pony up for the extended warranty.
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