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    washer pump issues...

    hi, I've had my battle tank (called so, as it's a similar size to a light battle tank) for 18 months or so, and just recently I've fallen foul to the filter in the bottom of the washer bottle being blocked... I knew I had two real options. Cyphen(sp?) the washer bottle or remove it. for the cost of a meter of tubing, it was worth the effort! all be it wasted.. before cyphening I did disconnect the washer jets and blow back the fluid until I heard bubbles in the tank. raise the front drivers side and whip the wheel off, arch out - completely (really easy to do.. about 10 8mm screws and 2 or 3 press festeners holding it in) and 1 10mm screw (holding be bottle in), you can manipulate the bottle out. once it's free, disconnect the pumps.. fiddle it out a bit more and disconnect the low level sensor. it should wiggle free now. you can then see the filters. remove them. clean the crap off. clean the bottle.... reassembly is the reverse of the removal (except you swear in different places). I'm handy with a set of spanners, but not familiar with modern cars (helicopers/aircraft/real minis - yes!) and I managed all this in an hour. including a brew - meaning I saved me monies at BMW stealer . easy! pictures will hopefully attach..
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    washer pump issues...

    indeed.. there was no mould in the tank - just slime. I think this has been building up long before I picked the car up..
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    washer pump issues...

    morning Dakota, I think the filter mesh is too fine for some screen washes, so it filters out some of its content. the blue slime smelt like screen wash, but not the halfords stuff I've been using for years. the nearest BMW stealer is well out of my way and when I'm getting the halfords stuff at £2 or £3 trade price, I'll stick to that.. I have a feeling the blue wash is from the previous owner.
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    BMWhat?

    Hey, This app came up in my you tube feed - makes a refreshing change from Peppa frikin' pig! Has anyone used it? It's on both iPad and Android from the relevant stores from what I can see..
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Dont know.. Unless it was slipping and the ECU picked up the increase in RPM v's the wheels rotation speed?.. I'm not going to argue - the whole car feels loads better. Much less wobble now..
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Got mine back! only had it for a few weeks, but it went into limp mode.. Turns out it needed a new clutch! Thankfully, done under warranty...... By BMW
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    Speed camera detector

    I'm sure I've still got my old snooper somewhere. It lights up, no idea if it still works on kit these days.. Laser detector definitely worked - thankfully.. I was doing less than 65 on the m5 when I found that one out..
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Drive from Oxfordshire to Portsmouth, Portsmouth to Leyland, Leyland back to Oxfordshire. In less than a tank. i never thought I'd say this, but it's good to be back in a diesel!
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    Manchester Arena blast reports

    Interesting thread. As someone new (ok - returning) to the forum, its interesting to read an emotive thread as personalities come out more. I woke up to this on Tuesday, as many others did. A serving military man, I was shocked to see kids directly targeted like this - but it isn't new. Da'esh have been doing this "on their turf" as long as they have been rattling their sabres. its just not widely reported in the media.. I have seen things like this first hand in foreign countries far away, but now I'm a dad. This upset me a lot on Tuesday - the nursery drop was slightly harder. Some one called those responsible for this "cunts". No, even cunts have a use.
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    Retrofits carried out?

    As the title suggests really, what (if any) retrofits have been carried out by forum members?.. I appreciate there is a plethora of info in Google, but I'm interested to see what you guys have done.. I've only had my car about ten days, but I am contemplating some form of rear entertainment system (might keep the sequel and her mother quiet on longer trips), and I am going to investigate installing the load rails to the boot. I've seen a few threads about rear cameras, but I'm not looking to waste my money. I had a look through (some of) the "what have you done to your F-series" thread, but there isn't a lot in there re retrofits. AP
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    Going to Europe F11

    Where abouts in Europe are you heading? Different parts have different laws. It's been a while, but IIRC, most of Europe, you need to have a high vis vest and a fuel can in the car (as well as your factory fitted warning triangle and first aid kit). As well as the beam deflectors you mention. in France, you also need a small breathalyser in the car (worth having two for the cost of them). Even if you don't drink, have one. money. Fines are on the spot, so have a few hundred Euros in your pocket. i think that's it of the top of my head. Don't stop near Calais - they may have levelled the camp, but you will still need to be vigilant. Whilst you won't have people trying to get in your boot, if you have a caravan (or other trailer), they may well hang off the back of it. Plus if you have kids in the car, they won't want to be exposed to what has happened around there..
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    Active pedestrian protection

    Ok, I'm starting to get annoyed with how many options on the car that I don't understand. I get its not the cars fault.. i digress; what the hell is "active pedestrian protection"?! What does it mean, what does it do? cheers again, AP
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    Active pedestrian protection

    Hmm. Sounds gimmicky - like they have invested in research, so they'll damn well use the tech.. thanks!
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    USB connectivity

    Yes - There were four options (including just charging) I tried them all.. No idea?.. I have professional nav and looking at the options listing (generated from the last 7 of the vin) I have teleservices, usb/audio interface, prep for mobile - business, voice control, BMW online (im picking the options I think are relevant in no particular order....) AP
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    USB connectivity

    'Ay up, I've hit the search function, but got nothing.. I plugged my my phone into the arm rest USB port (samsung Galaxy s5 neo) and got nothing. At all. The phone charged, but wasn't recognised as an external device. The phone saw that it was connected to a computer, so I tried all the connection options there, but nothing on each. anyone got any advice or tips?.. TIA - AP.
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    USB connectivity

    Hi, sorry - I thought it was in my info.. 12 plate f11.. I have a USB in the arm rest and glove box. Didn't try the glove box as I thought that went straight into the hard drive.. AP
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I have never thought of it like that.. Maybe I'll keep DIEHARD in there - the true story about how John Maclain saved Christmas... AP
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Checked to see if it plays DVDs........
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    Phone cradle options

    Evening all, Picked up an F11 today. Seems to be well loaded, but I can see a little alteration.. Please see the photo - as it stands, this is useless as a dock. I am an android man (Samsung S5 (Neo)). Can I do anything here or am I stuck with the plate? Can I fit a Samsung dock or can it be removed?.. TIA AP
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    Phone cradle options

    Feedback I'm after - thank you. The motor has Bluetooth, but I haven't figured out the limitations of this yet.. AP
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    F11 520D

    Afternoon, I am contemplating buying an 2012 F11 (78k on the clock). I currently drive an E91 2.0L (petrol) - which I hate (previous to this was an e46 320Cd - BEST. CAR. EVER..) The E91 was bought as a short term stop-gap, as I have what the medical world officially call "super swimmers".. Yep, I messed up and got the Mrs pregnant.. Anyway, its time for the E91 to go. I have seen a 520D (cannot emphasise enough the love for my last derv). I am very much aware of the issues with the N47 engine and this is concerning me a bit. As much as I'd love to go down the 530D route, there isnt many (read "I havnt seen") 530D manuals out there let alone many in my price range.. so i guess I'm open to thoughts here. Are the later N47's better? I have read the tensioners are much better and incorporate a ratchet mechanism in there as well as being oil (pressure) driven - Do these seem to be holding out? As well as the above, I've spent most of my time looking at the (obvious) engine issues, but is there anything else obvious I should be mindful of?.. NBT over CIC? what's the real difference?.. TVM, AP
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    F11 520D

    Evening gents, Thanks for your words of guidance - very much appreciated. i have opened my mind to the concept of an auto in 3.0ltr flavour.... Until I looked at the price difference. Whilst I'm sure it's worth the extra money, I can't justify spending £4K(ish).. ive test driven a 2012 520d - I will probably buy it.. I have a day in dad jail tomorrow, so I'm going to contemplate it then. There is plenty that could go wrong on either, and if I read all the horror stories on the interweb, I'll end up with a completely different car. Im away of the issues with the N47 engine, but this will be on of the last of them. It sounded good with no rattles, so I'm hoping it has no chain issues. I'll confirm the service history too.. AP
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    F11 520D

    Hi 530iAR, i have been been thinking about auto's, but I head to the highlands as much as possible come Jan/Feb/Mar.. Whilst I've never been stuck in my RWD cars, it's because I'm careful and find I have good control because of the manual box. IIRC, Renfrewshire is Glasgow, no? Is there much snow there come the cold season?.. If so, how do you manage with an auto?
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    F11 520D

    Thanks for your replies, gents. my E46 was super economical, so I am aware how great they can be. I have a habit some people hate - I use my car. I got told at the tip once by the 'super helpful' chap there, that I "shouldn't have a car like that". I also go climbing/mountaineering, so the miles will pile up, and at some point crampons and an axe will get lobbed in the boot.. we'll see then - I have a list of Hingis to look at on my phon in the hope I don't forget something important...
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    F10/F11 OBC?

    Good Morning, I am thinking returning to the 5 Series world, and buying a 2012 F11. Whilst I am familiar with the older BM terminology, I am not with the new stuff.. Particularly the stuff relating to the OBC's. Apparently, its not a MID I want any more! If you lot could guide me through whats what, you'd receive much thanks from my, and maybe a biscuit come brew time... AP
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