Couple of updates
The back end of February I started noticing smoke on start up, done a quick inspection to find the top vent hose was all but clogged with mayo.
Idle wasn't brilliant, performance was down a little, oil consumption was through the roof and I had some suction at the filler cap - CCV (again)
Did a few tests as I noticed a minor coolant leak around the same time so was thinking the worst (went on a few longer trips and sure enough the smoke would subside for a day or so)
Took the plunge and had these delivered;
The previous installation was done with the aftermarket bits via eBay, had trouble fitting some of the pipe work and clearly didn't last long so thought this time I would stick to BMW direct, forum discount helps!
Soon as I lifted the bonnet to do the CCV noticed the top right corner of the radiator was wet, tasted it and sure enough coolant. Never been so happy to see a leak so was now confident the CCV was the culprit.
As you can see the one was completely blocked;
Since then, fingers (still) crossed, I've not seen any more smoke.
Then hit a bit of a milestone
Date was 10th May, only noticed after I'd taken the photo.
Then came this little lot direct from Germany;
There's a few other bits I want to get before spraying these and getting them fitted - Parking Senors, going to replace them all and the main undertray
Next up was the oil filter housing gasket, it had been weeping for a few months but the CCV issue took priority
The old gasket as flush and pretty brittle, not as bad as I expected all the same
I'd previously noticed the alternator bearings were all but shot so on reassembly a new Bosch 120amp version went on, also put the top deflection pulley on.
I've got all the parts to do a full pulley/tensioner & belt refresh but as the radiator will be replaced in the next few weeks I'll do that then to benefit from the extra room.
So on the cards next is;
1. Radiator (already bought and in the garage)
2. Pullies, Tensioners & Belts
3. Bumper Refresh
4. Leather Interior Refresh
Got to fit a house move in some time during the summer too so should be busy enough :))