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    Gloucestershire UK
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    Mostly active in the "E60 2004-2010" forum.


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    BMW E61 530i black M Sport LCI 2007 6s manual. (prev E39 525i SE 2001 manual)

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  1. DarkHorse

    Cargo cover not closing

    Sometimes mine has a mind of it's own and decides to pop up when I drive off. I think the mechanism is sticky and can fail to release properly, leaving the catch poised for inappropriate action. As I normally open the main tailgate (and rarely open the rear window only), I might just disable power to the motor release mechanism and revert to manual full retraction of the shelf/cover. Grrr!
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    Snap in phone cradle

    I didn't think the iDrive supported even audio bluetooth streaming until ~2011. A bit naff I'm afraid, unless your system has been modified.
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    E60 Petrol engine buying advice

    No, don't tell us, just enjoy it.
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    E60 Petrol engine buying advice

    +1 Agreed. Try n beat that price down which might be hard as it looks like that seller specialises in these good condition 10-15 year old style BMWs, better if you could view a few. I'd start at sub 6k , walk away then see what gives a few days later. Haggle hard, these 12 year old motors won't be flying out the door unless you are unlucky. Good luck, nice steering wheel though .
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    Parts - buy cheap buy twice !

    Just for reference, maybe fit a cheap OBD2 HUD with a temperature value read out and high temperature alarm (vids look to be a fixed trip around +120degC, not tested). It is intersting to know the water temperature, would be nice to know the oil was up to temperature to, (depending on the ambient air temperature) I allow for another +5mins or 2miles after reaching operating water temperature. Incase I need to blip off a liitle stress .
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    E60 Petrol engine buying advice

    The fleabay E61 link is pre LCI (before March 2007, 57 plate). Engine likely to be N52. Post LCI models moved to the N53 (also direct injection) engine. I find mine (due to direct injection) to have a noisier idle and has a far more complex multi mode operation of mixture and timing but up side is that the emissions fall into the lower tax band for ~270bhp with a lighter lump. Ain't no 4.8 v8 though. For £8k I'd want a good 2009 530i with ~100k miles but be prepared to wait months to find 'the one'. For a couple of grand more, there's a 550i E61 Touring manual out there today . (now that config is rare!) Anyway, I posted some links to general E60/E61 info in this recent thread here.
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    Increased emissions light again

    I had to google that one LOL. An Italian tuneup usually refers to a process whereby a motor vehicle engine is run at full load for extended periods in order to burn carbon buildup from the combustion chambers, spark plugs, and exhaust system. Back to working the OPs problem...
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    What to look out for

    See link here for some general info and links to more info. Not really but a little orange warning triangle in the display next to the dash indicates that the iDrive will have some 'control messages' activated. It's a hard motor to buy, unless you can get the error code history read, which can be a game in itself interpreting but could highlight potentialy expensive issues. Best to pair a device up and make sure it works, E60s only support phone chat not streaming audio, unless modified (then check quality). The USB audio input is an optional extra not on mine either but may have been useful and can't be bothered to retro upgrade to it. Do plenty of research upfront, take your time as the few good ones that are on the market still take quite a while to shift. So I recommend you wait out and get one you really really like, even when it's stuck on your drive busted with niggles and you can only look at it . Na, to be fair, mine has been fine so far for an 11 year old complex exec motor. EDIT: Aim for post LCI facelift (after March 2007, 57 plate). Good luck.
  9. Good to know, thanks for posting.
  10. DarkHorse

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    All too easy, had a couple of incidents myself, luckily nothing fatal. Put the misses off driving it... so has some upside then .
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    525i 2009 mot advisory inner suspension

    Yes, I had those fail on the old E39. Both had play if I jacked up the wheel and pushed with my foot on the bottom of the wheel towards the car (10mm to 20mm of movement). I replaced one as it was squeeking like and old bed over bumps. The garage couldn't get the other one out, left it for 7 MOTs without anyone noticing. Didn't have any uneven tyre wear either.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    It was interesting to learn something new, thanks for posting the images of the damage, painful as they are. Best of luck and hope the engine replacement goes smoothly.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Not what I expected and knowing little about diesel engines. I google'd around and the damage seems consistant with a failed injector that blow torched your piston to destruction. Search for images with "diesel engine injector over fueling melted piston". Looks likely. Edit: Speculating further, maybe the exhaust valves started to stick open as the valve stems/guides began to acquire piston melt and/or maybe the molten foam thickening on the head of the piston eventually interfered with the exhaust valves.
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    Is it worth it?

    Pretty tragic .
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    Track Rod End

    LOL oh yeah wrong car, will correct my post. Thanks for correcting.