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Matthew Ashton

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  1. E39 wheels on an F11?

    The F11 takes wheels in these sizes/offsets (same all round) and with an M14 wheel bolt: 8JX17 ET:30 225/55R17 97H 8JX18 ET:30 245/45R18 100V 8,5JX19 ET:33 245/40R19 98Y Make sure you match the size and offset to drive the car as BMW intended. The E39 is probably something like: 7JX16 ET:20 with an M12 bolt
  2. Michelin Cross Climate Plus fitted today.

    Very interesting, thanks for the detail here. I'm now considering the Cross Climates for my wife's non-RFT car when the time to change comes.
  3. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I also keep a spare battery in the car, just in case.
  4. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    CR2450 - I've just replaced the batteries in both of mine - £3.70 for 2 from eBay and 27 seconds each to replace. I change them every 2 - 3 years. What are they going to charge you for the privilege?
  5. Playing Spotify from Adroid phone.

    Hi, the change to 6NS is quite straight forward but you will need an ENET cable and ESYS software. Sorry, I'm based in Kent so can't help this time.
  6. Playing Spotify from Adroid phone.

    I think it's because you are missing options 6NH or 6NS that would enable Bluetooth audio streaming. If your car was enabled for Bluetooth audio streaming, on the iDrive find your phone listed through the Telephone section, press the Option hard button which is next to the controller and it should show you options for the device. If you have Bluetooth streaming as a feature on the car you will see a check box for Bluetooth audio.
  7. F10 530d EPS Failure

    I'd go for the software update at BMW.
  8. Heavy rain, Water leak

    The cover is a pain to get back into place and is often the part of the job that takes the longest as it needs to slot into the rubber grommet with the heating pipes going into the cabin through the bulkhead and aligning to get the screws back in place. If an indi hasn't done it before I would be weary that you are paying for something that may not be done right. You do need to get both hands down there to get it in place and you can feel the slot that the cover needs to slide up into. Put some thick washing liquid on the top of the cover where it goes into the slot to aid it going in. As for having water under the rear seat squab, have you checked for any signs of water coming into the boot area? Look for water behind the right hand trim cover and see whether the water is going forward in the car and accumulating under the rear seat.
  9. Integral Active Steering (option 2VH) will allow the rear axle to steer (albeit slightly) along with the front axle - I assume this option is what you've seen when you do a VIN decode on BMWVIN.com?. As you damaged the front wheel/tyre I can only assume the rear wheel hit the same pothole but caused no noticeable damage? There is a "start-up" procedure that needs to be carried out via diagnosis if work is done on the Active Steering mechanism but it sounds like there wasn't. Here is some information on the Wheel alignment when you have IAS. I suggest you go back to BMW as it seems they may have not checked it over fully and correctly. F10 Wheel Alignment and Steering Angle.pdf
  10. service the car

    There you go and a good outcome. There are some good dealers out there.
  11. Middle 'headlights' do what?

    Or to hide 100 million candle power search beams to blast the fools driving in front with their fog lights on when there's no fog!
  12. LED Rear Number Plate Lights

    I wasn't going to say but the other night we'd gone for a walk and there was a Citroen Picasso with LED number plate lights illuminating the road behind and thought it looked quite like Bugs Bunny's 2 front teeth. Why oh why would one do that? It just makes the driver/owner look like a prat.
  13. RED X?

    I struggle to understand how any of this can be of any actual benefit. Our modern diesels and petrols are all direct injection which means the injector squirts fuel directly into the cylinders and not into the intake manifold from behind the valves as in earlier implementations of fuel injection. The carbon build up occurs mainly on the intake manifold and behind the valves and in the main due to the EGR valve and crankcase venting. So these additives that are poured into the fuel tank can only have any effect on the fuel delivery system which is now directly into the cylinder (direct injection). The best they could do is act as a detergent through the injectors and maybe aid in cleaning the crown of the piston. Who is "recommending" adding it every 10k miles? I don't believe it is BMW and of course a manufacturer of said additive is going to recommend an interval to keep their products selling.
  14. Reliability

    Yes, I was thinking about this a little more and I also suggest looking to BMW to take the car back and returning your hard earned cash. And then get behind the wheel of something with a longer history of reliability.
  15. Middle 'headlights' do what?

    Nothing at all. Just there for show. With adaptive Xenons that is the cornering light.
  16. Reliability

    There are so many reports of issues with the 550i cars I wouldn't touch one. I suggest you get them to fix the car and then flog it. Get into a 530d, 535d or 535i. These seem to be quite robust. Sorry this isn't one of my most helpful posts.
  17. LED Rear Number Plate Lights

    The F series cars all have LED number plate lights according to ISTA.
  18. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    ATE and Brembo both make the 2 piece front discs for our cars... And BMW of course, oh yes, those are probably one of the former, or both, masquerading as the real thing!
  19. ProNav Question

    You need a copy of the maps on a USB stick and an FSC code - unless you have a paid for subscription from BMW. You can either pay for an FSC code, or one can be generated for you if you have access to an ENET cable and ESYS on a laptop.
  20. F10 530d EPS Failure

    Yes, the diagnostic will try to activate the EPS and return any realtime errors. I haven't done a diagnostic for a while so can't remember which menu option to take, you'll just need to work through them methodically. Probably a stupid question but have you checked the 5amp fuse: 43 in the front Fuse Box which is accessed via the glovebox?
  21. F10 530d EPS Failure

    Hi, Can you run the ISTA/D diagnostic for the EPS control unit? Is the power steering working normally throughout its range and have you cleared the codes and then run the car to see if they reappear? I've read an SB document from BMW, but for an F30, and this says that it could be that a software update may be needed. https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2013/SB-10052320-6697.pdf
  22. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Cheaper hopefully but with quality parts?
  23. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Yep, that's the Value Service price: Front brake pads. Cost:£199 BMW Value Service offer The front brake pads and sensor on your BMW are replaced and the brake discs inspected. Prices will vary for vehicles fitted with M Sport brakes or Carbon Ceramic brakes (M models), please contact your local Retailer for pricing. Select option What's included Front brake pads and discs. Cost:£449 BMW Value Service offer The front brake pads, sensor(s) and brake discs on your BMW are replaced. Prices will vary for vehicles fitted with M Sport brakes or Carbon Ceramic brakes (M models), please contact your local Retailer for pricing. Select option What's included Rear brake pads. Cost:£179 BMW Value Service offer The rear brake pads and sensor on your BMW are replaced and the brake discs inspected. Prices will vary for vehicles fitted with M Sport brakes or Carbon Ceramic brakes (M models), please contact your local Retailer for pricing. Select option What's included Rear brake pads and discs. Cost:£309 BMW Value Service offer The rear brake pads, sensor(s) and brake discs on your BMW are replaced. Prices will vary for vehicles fitted with M Sport brakes or Carbon Ceramic brakes (M models), please contact your local Retailer for pricing. Select option What's included
  24. Just shout if you want to bounce something off me. With ISTA and diagnostics it is all laid out quite clearly and I find it quite straight forward. ESYS a little more involved but so long as you follow the instructions you should be fine.
  25. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Rear Pads and Discs £309 at BMW - Value Servicing.
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