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Its saying selflevel suspension inact on it what does it mean and how much will it be to get repaired

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Your concern is your BMW displays the message "SELFLEVEL SUSP. INACT" which indicates that the car's computer detects a problem with your active suspension system. Self-leveling is standard to most late model BMWs. It works on a pump, an air system and a computer that tells which suspension gets how much height, ride stiffness and other suspension settings.

Your concern is a known issue though not that fairly common. Technically, the best would be to contact your dealer or if in The USA, BMW of North America, LLC. call (800) 831-1117 or email

You may want to mention a possible problem with the firmware/software of the EHC (Electronic Height Control) Control Module. They may want to recode (flash). It is also possible to have air leaks in the system specially on the suspension bladder.

Other things you can check are tire pressure (30PSI), see if your ride is a bit stiff/hard now compared to before the earning displayed showed up, handling difficulty, loopsided/tilted level among others.

Incidentally, if there is nothing out of the ordinary in how the car ride, handle or drive, it may just be a systems glitch. Try jockeying the key to ON/OFF a couple of times.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Posted on Jun 28, 2008

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    Louie Role Jun 28, 2008

    Hi again,

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  • porschecrest Sep 15, 2010

    09/14/2010 - My 2002 X5 4.4i has the same message "SELFLEVEL SUSP. INACT". All I did is open the rear side panel and replace the very last 30AMP fuse (green color) near the right tail light. After you replaced the fuse, I just turn on the ignition not even turn on the engine. l hear the air pumping immediately and the rear end is rise higher and higher to normal. The message is also dissapeared. If you can't tell the fuse burn or not, just replace it with a spare fuse in the glove compartment. Hope this help and save you tone of money.


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I have a 1999 528i E39 Touring station wagon. I had the same issue with the self leveling suspension failing (at 120,000 Kms). I have been advised all sorts of things but the answer was in this thread, IT WAS A FUSE IN THE REAR COMPARTMENT as described by repair to my car - noavatar.png

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That is all it was, a seventy cent fuse. It was about to cost me a fortune after much research and BMW wanted to charge me $140 an hour to "check it out". If I had not found porshcecrest's thread I would have spent a quoted $4,500 to fix it. REPLACE THE FUSES FIRST as found 4 other fuses that were blown and even though this did not stop the car working it had effects down the "line". Car is now perfect after a 70 cent fuse replacement

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