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    2010 F11 530d SE; 2014 F45 218i

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  1. Considering F10 M-Sport...

    When it is the same car with the same engine being complained about time and time again, the potential for a very expensive repair must be taken into consideration when deciding whether to buy such a car. Remember it is a very small minority of car drivers anal enough about their cars to bother spending time on the forums so the opposite is also true, how many drivers out there have problems that we never hear about. People want to buy a car that is going to see them through for a number of years hopefully troublefree. All we are saying is that careful consideration needs to be given to buying an N47 engined car and to furnish someone like the OP with a spectrum of experiences so they can make an informed decision.
  2. Can't find air spring solenoid!

    Yes, the compressor is under the black cover looking forward of the towbar. But you shouldn't need to access the compressor if you are just replacing the air springs. https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f11-530d-tou_201007/repair-manuals/37-integrated-suspension-systems/37-12-control-suspension-elements-rear/B9tMjJRO
  3. Sport > comfort != TC Off

    2010 F11 with Sport Auto and I have Sport+, Sport and Normal with the button to disable DSC.
  4. Rheingold

    INPA won't work on F and G cars so you need to work with ISTA. I haven't done any deep diagnosis for a while but I always start at the ECU tree that comes up when you first read the information from the car on ISTA startup. I click on the relevant ECU on the tree view and drill down from there.
  5. F10 525D 3.0 Service approaching 70k

    I used a genuine BMW filter bought from Cotswold BMW via this forum. The BMW filter is manufactured by MANN. Of the 2 you mention, I would go for the Mahle one. See if you can't get a genuine one though.
  6. F10 525D 3.0 Service approaching 70k

    Yep, I paid £55
  7. F10 525D 3.0 Service approaching 70k

    Oil Drain Plug = 25NM Oil Filter Housing = 25NM Oil Filter comes with the small and large O Rings. Take a look at my post here for details of my oil change.
  8. F10 525D 3.0 Service approaching 70k

    I've just done a 12 month interim oil change on my 530d and used Shell Helix Ultra ECT (C3) 5w30 oil (from Eurocarparts with a 40% discount a few weeks ago) which is on the BMW recommended list. The Valvoline oil you mention is also on the list BMW details here: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f11-530d-tou_201007/repair-manuals/11-engine/11-42-oil-filters-lines/1VnZ1vFi9W You'll need 7 litres of oil.
  9. F11 tailgate release button

    Thanks Dave Andrew, there are long lists of coding options out on the Internet that you have to decipher to see what is applicable to the UK cars. US cars have many functions disabled from the factory that we in the UK (and Europe) have set by default so actually in the UK there is little that we need to mess around with coding wise.
  10. F11 tailgate release button

    This is what needs changing if you are using ESYS via an ENET cable: Boot lid close from Driver's kick panel button (now moved to new position which I like!): HKFM 3010 TASTER_FBD aktiv SCH_TOEHKI aktiv
  11. A few General F07 questions from a new BMW owner

    The cars come standard with a certain level of kit which is very similar between SE and MSport at that age. Things like SatNav and Speaker systems can be spec'd higher so put the last 7 digits of your VIN into www.bmwvin.com and see the list of options fitted to your car. If you have 609 - You have pro Nav (wide 10" screen); 606 - Business Nav (small 6.5" screen) If you have the cradle in the armrest you have Enhanced Bluetooth. This is linked to the aerial for better Cell reception and is connected to the Combox or HeadUnit for connectivity to the Audio system. Don't think it wise to remove it as the car may not be happy with missing but expected connections. You can pay BMW £70 for 2 years of updates to the NAV or pay someone on eBay for a code stolen from BMW or generate the code yourself with specific software and a cable to link to the car. Search the Internet and you'll find loads of information on these options. See here for the BMW official links: https://www.bmw-connecteddrive.co.uk/app/index.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuvyhnNvk2QIVirDtCh0K1ghWEAAYAiAAEgJft_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds#/portal/store/Base_RemoteOffer I think there is a retrofit available from BMW. Check REALOEM.COM again with your VIN and you'll see the part number if there is such a retrofit. Don't always reject main dealers off the cuff. BMW offers value servicing for older cars and the prices aren't too bad. Brakes are often priced better than an Indi. https://www.bmw-service.co.uk/value_service?ncp=1&utm_source=PPC&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=bmwservice&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIity50Nvk2QIVSLHtCh0NGQcrEAAYASAAEgJqGPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds An automatic boot opening retrofit isn't available from BMW others have retrofitted it F10's but the F07 is way more involved making it very expensive and difficult. If you have automatic boot opening, a hold down of the large button will open the full tailgate. Not done this. Winter tyres are generally rate for use with ambient temperatures bellow 7 degrees C. For the correct size of tyre for your car, look at the tyre pressure sticker on the B pillar and visible when you open the driver's door. The car will tell you what it thinks needs doing during the next service via the iDrive - Vehicle Status - Service. Look at the BMW Service link I shared earlier to see the costs. Look at NewTIS.INFO if you want a workshop manual for your car including all wiring diagrams as used at BMW workshops.
  12. F11 tailgate release button

    Easy to code to close as well as open. Esys and ENET cable.
  13. F11 rear air spring concern

    See here for the ride height specification for the F11. It could be the ride height sensor that needs resetting and the only way to do that is via ISTA and an ENET cable.
  14. Start / Stop

    Put the car on charge overnight with an appropriate charger and see if S/S miraculously starts working. There are so many variables as you'll see from that document but the Battery charge is the one that seems to have the biggest impact on my wife's F45. (My F11 doesn't have it).
  15. Behind the kidneys

    If the louvre motor or system had failed then you would know all about it as you'd be presented with a Fault message on the iDrive. I'd suggest this is normal behaviour due to the current ambient temperatures and the need for the engine to maintain a constant temperature for efficiency. Check again in summer temperatures when I would expect the louvres to open under different circumstances. Remember there is also the lower air dam letting in cool air to the radiator too so the kidney grill isn't the only fresh air ingress point. Unless your car's oil temp gauge has suddenly gone over the 100 degree mark, I wouldn't think your car is faulting.