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  1. I use CarPro Inside, diluted 1:5 plus a brush. Works exceptionally well but those Magic Erasers look to be a way more cost effective option!
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    Top tips

    Following on from the previous tip, put a little Optimum No Rinse (or CarPro Ech2o) into your wash bucket to help the water encapsulate dirt and keep it from marring the paint.
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    Top tips

    Instead of a two bucket wash, use one bucket and a short pile wash mitt. Have a trigger with adjustable spray patterns on the end of the hose. After each panel, spray the mitt to clear the dirt off. Done right, there can be less dirt on the mitt than using the TBW. The foam pre-wash can simply be a woosh over with the hose. The time saving over getting out the pressure washer, foam lance and filling 2 massive buckets is huge. Of course, if the car is filthy, a pressure washer/foam pre-wash will still be the way to go. Thanks to the Forensic Detailing Channel on YouTube for this one.
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    F11 Speaker Upgrade

    Different car but my E91 base stereo was horrible so I bought the BMW Alpine upgrade from Cotswold. I tried changing just the speakers first and having a listen and there was a definite improvement, especially as the car now had some tweeters! A couple of days later, I took a few hours to install the amp in the boot. The difference was mind blowing, not least because the standard subs under the seat could now produce some proper bass! I expect the same principle to hold true with the F10/11: Better speakers will help but adding the amp will make a massive difference.
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    CarPro Inside

    I had some old Meguiars leather cleaner/ conditioner. It seemed to have emulsified a little and made the passenger seat worse than before, when I tried to clean it. I binned it and bought some Inside, along with Auto Finesse's leather conditioner. I'm sure there is no possible justification for a little Swissvax interior brush for £7 but I got one of those as well. I tried the Inside (diluted 1:5) on the leather and am seriously impressed. Just spray onto leather (or brush for vertical bits), scrub for a short time, wipe with a damp microfibre then dry with a dry microfibre. My car is 25,000 miles so the driver's seat had developed some 'bum shine' and the other seats had suffered a small amount of family abuse. The inside brought everything back to looking like new leather, including cleaning out the awful Meg's stuff. It also easily dealt with some suspicious substance (chocolate at a guess) that was in the passenger carpet mat and made scrubbing dirty plastics a doddle. The Auto Finesse stuff was easy to apply (cheapo Halfords applicator pad) and buff and does not add unwanted shine. I'd recommend both products but you can probably get a better priced brush
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    Approved Used Warranty about to expire

    That puts a different complexion on it for me. I forgot that my E91 policy was very cheap before it hit 60K. Doesn't help Calypso but perhaps I will be renewing mine!
  7. 2040 is too far away to worry about but I know the London Zone is going to expand massively and require Euro 6. As always, depreciation will outweigh all other costs so it really comes down to how much you will need to enter any of these zones.
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    Approved Used Warranty about to expire

    I will have the same conundrum in August, although mine has only just turned 25,000 miles. I got superb value out of my E91 warranty and finished thousands of pounds up. However, most of those claims were later in the car's life (it was 10 when I traded it in) and it only cost about half what you have been quote for the 525d. I'm thinking of just putting cash aside each month instead of renewing. Also, I would say comprehensive or nothing.
  9. Travelling down the A30 to Cornwall yesterday, I was doing about 73mph on the speedo or 70mph, maybe a whole 71, on the GPS. My wife was asking if I could speed up a bit as we had an appointment. I didn't and a few miles later crested a rise to see a white van in a layby with blacked out rear windows and then spotted the Police lettering. had I been doing the sort of speeds she wanted, I would never have spotted it till it was too late!
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    Just ... wow
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    Interior Air Freshener

    This is supposed to be good - a bit more than just an air freshener: https://carpro.uk.com/products/so2pure-odor-eliminator-120ml
  12. Um, oh dear ... I washed it today using foam, the two bucket method and put some more Perl on the tyres. I'll fetch me coat ...
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    I've had a Mk2 and Mk3 Capri 3.0S and would love a V6 Capri again one day.
  14. Yep. My old 540i was already some way up the gauge within a quarter mile!
  15. My filthy diesel is the same. Never budges from vertical. The initial warm up takes a while but that is what I expect from oil vs water.
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    New alloy wheels Bmw F11

    Very nice result! I underwent the same issues on my E39, wondering about he wide rears. In the end, i got some and they fitted like a dream! Another +1 for RFT here. My F11 on 19" rims, RFTs and M suspension rides better than the car it replaced which was an E91 on 17" rims, non-RFT and SE suspension. IMHO, nothing like as good as a spare tyre but a lot better than nothing!
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    Autoglym Lifeshine

    Indeed, we all do it a little differently but no arguments with the postings above. If I am going to fully decon a car for a new product: · PW wheels to remove the worst brake dust · Wash wheels first using separate bucket, wheel brush and microfibre glove (this last one really makes it easier!). Pressure Wash (PW) off · PW car · Snow foam car with Bilt Hamber Auto Foam · PW car · Wash car with 2 bucket method and lamswool washmitt. Shampoo is either Bilt Hamber Autowash or CarPro Reset .. both PH neutral with no added shine · Spray lower half of car with CarPro TRIX. This is essentially an Iron/fallout remover like IronX mixed with a tar remover like TarX. I only do the lower half because experience has shown me its a waste of product higher up but, depending on where you live, this might not be the case for you · Clay whole car with Farecla claymitt using very soapy water as a lube. Very quick compared with a clay bar. · PW car · Clean any old oils or waxes off the paint with Bilt Hamber cleanser Fluid or CarPro Eraser. IPA (not the beer!) mixed 1:1 with distilled water also works. I should add that, if the car already has a sealant on, these stages may not be enough to get rid of it and the car may need a light machine but it sounds like this is not the case. To move on with the second part of the question: On top of Lifeshine, I would be tempted to simply add a sealant that will bead water, add even more shine and be easy to apply/buff. At the moment, I am loving CarPro Reload for this. Using a pair of microfiber towels (one for application, one for removal), I can do a whole 5 Series in about 15 minutes with it. It’s pricey but the bottle lasts a long time and it’s very easy on and off. Reload can also be used like a quick detailer if required but I just use it on a dry car. It says it can last up to 6 months but I think 3 is about right. For the wheels, I like CarPro Hydro2 Lite or Gyeon Wetcoat. Spray onto wet wheels and PW off. The PW activates the product and, for only a few seconds work, you have added a silica coating that will protect the wheel for a couple of months and make washing brake dust off a non event.
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    After 3 years with Mercedes..I’m back

    I remember you! Estoril is my favourite BMW colour, even though I have not had the pleasure of owning an Estoril car. Congrats on the new purchase - sounds like a great car.
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    CQuartz 3.0 UK ceramic coating on my F11

    Topped up the Reload yesterday as the previous application was done in the dark! Not that it mattered as the unseasonable sun meant the coating cured nicely and the car wasn't rained upon. Such fun washing it and watching the water bead and sheet off the car. Feels silky smooth as well. I also did my wife's car with Reload over the previous Hydro2 coating (which was already failing after a month). Stupidly easy to apply and looks fantastic. I give full marks to both CQuartz 3.0 UK and Reload.
  20. Recently, I decontaminated the car and treated it to HydrO2. There is a thread in the detailing section about this. I wasn't happy with HydrO2 getting on the windscreen and I have always wanted to have a go at a ceramic coating so I decided to remove the HydrO2 and go ceramic. I ordered the stuff to arrive by the weekend as I could see a 'weather window' was due: I needed a cloudy day followed by a dry night & next day. My procedure and experiences, starting at 10am: 1) Clean wheels with a squirt of Megs Wheel Brightener and use of MF mitt and wheel brush. 2) Foam car with BH Autofoam then two bucket wash with BH Autowash. 3) As it was only recently decontaminated and clayed, I just sprayed TRIX (=IronX and TarX) round the bottom half of the car and pressure washed off. 4) Scrubbed the tyres and treated them to a coat of CarPro Perl, diluted 1:1. It worked really well but they are a bit too shiny for my liking. I'm sure that effect will soon wear off. 5) I now machine polished the car with CarPro Essence on a CarPro Gloss pad. The idea of Essence is two-fold: Firstly it gives a light cut and swirl fill. I also hope it removed the HydrO2 OK! Secondly, it lays down a SiO2 coating which 'primes' the paint to accept either a ceramic coating or CarPro Reload ... a SiO2 based spray sealant. Like any machine polishing, it took hours but went well. Comparing just polished panels to clean panels with HydrO2 on, it seemed the polished ones had a fraction more clarity and depth to the reflections. This may be placebo effect ... Pictures show Essence instructions and a view down the side of some just polished panels. 6) By now it was 6pm and time to apply the coating, CQuartz 3.0 UK Edition. This is their latest version and is supposed to be easier to apply and drag the cloth less. As per the videos I have watched, wrap cloth round block, apply a line of CQuartz and work it in a cross-hatch pattern over 50cm square areas and wait for it to flash, evident by a slight rainbow effect. This was simple enough and, after 3 or 4 passes, there is significant drag and it is obvious the product is flashing. The buffing off is not easy because the microfibre is dragging on the product and I was paranoid that I should not leave anything behind, including on the edges of adjoining panels. This time spent buffing madly meant the whole process took longer than I thought it would. Before starting, I was worried that the small suede applicators would be crystalising, need changing frequently and that the microfibre (which must be discarded) would also be getting crusty. Well, I used 3 of the applicators and even the first one was soft and pliable by the end. I regularly turned the supplied microfibre and used one of my own at the end but they remained soft so this is probably not a big issue. Darkness was imminent! 7) By 9pm (!), all the coating was on the car. Running a MF cloth over panels done a while ago, showed a lot less drag as the product was partly cured. It is critical not to just leave the coating unless the car is in a garage because any water spots etc. will wreck it before it cures so CarPro advise a coat of Reload to protect it. I am pleased to say that this is a wonderful product which goes on and off super quickly using one MF cloth to apply and another to buff. It can be used as a standalone (it will be on my wife's car) or to top up a ceramic coating. As I was using Reload, I was thinking "where have you been all my life?". By now, it was dark and bits of me ached (lots!) but the job was done! Pictures next day of the finished car plus how much CQuartz was left (note, I still have the front bumper to do. Left for the moment as it needs some minor paintwork doing) Mulling over, my main thoughts are: 1) Super luck is needed to get the right conditions to be able to do this job without a garage. I was super lucky ... even more so as the car is baking in the sun as I type this so the curing process is being accelerated. 2) Essence is a great product to bring out maximum gloss and prepare the car for CQuartz or Reload 3) Putting on a ceramic coating is a bit of a pain. Whether it is worth it will depend on the individual but I am not rushing to do another! 4) Reload is fantastic. Given that it has 3-6 months protection with great gloss, I would be very tempted to machine a car with Essence then move straight to Reload. Or, if the paint is clean with no traces of wax/sealant on, just go straight with Reload. Where does this leave my bottle of HydrO2? I'll use it to coat and protect wheels as it is ridiculously easy to do.
  21. Thanks. I feared so. My car is immaculate but the bumper is poor in a few areas, not only my pathetic attempts at bodywork. A friend has given me the details of a local bodyshop that is both very cheap and very good. Looks like I could have the entire bumper repainted for a very reasonable cost .. they did my mate's friends bumper which was broken in a few places for £150 and it is a perfect match once back on the car. I think I'll try them. Then I will use the remains of my CQuartz on it and keep putting layers on till the bottle runs out!
  22. It's now a week after applying my ceramic coating so I foamed and washed the car. So much fun watching the water trying to escape an extremely hydrophobic car! Easy to dry as sheets of water take almost everything else with them! Covered with another coat of Reload sealant in case I missed a spot last week when I finished in the dark... I love how silky smooth it feels. The HydrO2 on the wheels makes them so easy to clean so I treated them again even though they didn't need it .. this stuff is just fun to use! Then I did my wife's car with Reload 1:3 diluted Perl on the external plastics and 1:1 Perl on the tyres. Looks better than new now! I still have my marks on the front bumper where I accidentally sanded the paint off whilst trying to wet and dry down some small scratches I had filled. Reading above, I'm wondering if the Chipex stuff would be a good enough match or if I need it done professionally. Perhaps I'll get some photos up here for opinions.
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    ISTA and DPF Regen History - SOLVED

    Once I thought the car sounded slightly rough. Upon parking and getting out, I noticed a funny smell. I believe it was regeneration but I only noticed it once., I hadn't had the car long so perhaps it had done all sorts of short trips and was gagging for a regeneration!
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    ISTA and DPF Regen History - SOLVED

    I also have the blue one from Amazon and it works fine. I checked the wiring on it and I believe all is as it should be. Car coded fine with it. Anyway, this ISTA looks interesting. Any chance of a link to the software Matthew? (maybe PM)