Rosiebs_Dad

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Rosiebs_Dad last won the day on June 10 2013

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    Cleckheaton, W Yorks
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    E39 530d SE Touring, F11 525d Touring

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  1. Sorry to hear that - you've not had a good run recently. I know it probably won't pay as much, but maybe time for a complete career change? Not got any real suggestions, but I'm considering a change from the cut-throat world of IT after 30+ years doing nothing else. A nice little driving number would be good - weddings/funerals/VIP limousine sort of thing for example, or maybe the local delivery driver for a local car dealership. OK, might need to be really lucky to get the break, but I know in my area most of the drivers are, let's say "more mature". My Mrs works at a Ferrari/Maserati/Aston Martin dealership, I've got my name down on the waiting list to do the weekend work Good luck, S
  2. I had a 320D with runflats and sensors (not monitors). Can't vouch for this, but research suggests that if you have monitors but you want to avoid paying for 4 additional ones (they ain't cheap!), it is possible to "downgrade" to the warning method by recoding. (I believe the warning method detects different rotational characteristics to detect a deflation situation, as one wheel will revolve at a slightly different rate.) Alternatively, you could just run without sensors anyway and put up with a very annoying permanent warning. There are 3rd party TPM sensors, but not sure how good they are. I assume all these winter tyres mentioned are conventional tubeless, and not run flats? I have a set (for my F11 525d) in the garage without sensors, not had to use them so far due to mild winters. (Normal tyres are RFs with monitor sensors.) S
  3. Ah, the squeak when rocking. Mobile at the mo so can't easily see the linky things above, so what you are describing as the ball joint may or may not be the same thing..... ...in my case was the "rose bush" which pushes into the lower part of the suspension strut. It can be a doddle or an absolute tw@t, depending how bad it is. My local indy (who is very good) had to have the car overnight as it was such a challenge, even with proper tool (wouldn't recommend trying it without tool!) Sorry if that's a bit vague, but that was the issue with mine. S
  4. I never did find out. What you can do is try your phone/reader on another car, ideally something a bit younger than a 53 plate, and better still if petrol (and not necessarily BMW). That would prove whether it's just you! Can't remember when the laws changed, but from memory it wasn't compulsory on diesels until about 2004, some manufacturers would have started complying early while others left it until the last minute. No coincidence that the E39 was phased out around this time, so I'm guessing BMW just didn't bother making all E39s compatible ....with the possible exception of very late builds which may have needed to comply at point of sale. Pretty sure my old motor had updates as I couldn't do the EGR bypass without a warning light coming on due to newer engine management software....you see where I'm going with this. Just my 2p worth.....
  5. [Autolocking] very easy to change but as above, does need software to do it. Best bet is definitely to find a local forum member who can help - @Tony Norton, where are you, geographically? If you update your profile someone may jump in to offer assistance. S
  6. (picks phone off floor...) I paid less than £300 for a slightly bigger room, with some nasty alcoves and a loft access hatch to cut round. To be fair, it was a "moonlight" cash in hand job by a guy we've used for years, but £780 sounds extortionate to me. S
  7. Real Ale and decent curries meant I didn't have a sick day for over 23 years - cut back on both over last 12 months, been off twice since, week at a time Just saying ...... In all seriousness, yours sounds nasty. I picked up a bladder/urinary infection in November, pretty much same symptoms - needed a long course of antibiotics to get shot of that. Take care, S
  8. Ooh, they look good - not easy to source, especially in that condition! I'd be interested if I still had the E39......
  9. Too much imho. Last one I had done by an indy was £49. Depends how much you value the dealer stamp in the history. S
  10. Ouch ..... so glad I got mine done as soon as I got the car @87k, went on to ~150k with no major issues at all.
  11. I think you're stuck with it I'm afraid, this is one of the "features" of obtaining updated maps from sources other than BMW (which I assume is what you have done - why wouldn't you;) ) Can't remember the specifics (been a while), but I think your only options are to get a map set *without* speed cameras, or learn to live with it. S
  12. Not to get a conviction, but used as supporting evidence in an insurance claim - driver denied it was him until my insurance company showed his mob the footage of him smacking into me (parked up with engine off!) and doing a runner !! S
  13. The days of KODi [other similar products/platforms are available] being able to use the, errrrm, "Add On" features may soon be limited in light of some of the new internet traffic enforcements in the pipeline. There's also the question of legality.....I'll say no more. S
  14. So here's what I'd do. Stage 1 Take Sky box out the equation (unplug it!), so no recording device. Forget about Now TV, Amazon etc for a couple of weeks and see what you *really* miss that isn't on normal, live TV ("Free to Air", or FTA). Make a note of anything you *genuinely" miss. If you survive, you've saved £60/month. If there's things you genuinely regret missing, ask yourself if they're worth the £23/£30/£60 per month you might have paid for them.......I doubt it! Stage 2 If you've found that there were occasions where there were 2 live programme on (FTA) at the same time but you could only watch one (because no recording device), then go out and buy a Freesat (not Freeview) recording device such as a Humax. Make sure it is FreeSAT, and is a twin tuner version. You can use the Sky dish and cables you already have, it's a direct replacement. Most newer Humax devices also connect to internet and have iPlayer etc buiilt in, another bonus. Expect to pay about £200 for a decent model though. (Sounds expensive, but how many months of Sky is that?) We seldom watch live TV (never commercial infested channels), always record/playback. Do have a NowTV box as well (£7/month) because there is the odd thing on Sky that the Mrs watches, can justify that. One last thing to watch out for. You can use your Sky box to watch *most" FTA channels, but there's a couple you can't get (ITV1 HD and CH5 I think) without paying a one-off £25 fee to Sky (remember, they are both FTA channels on Freesat). But here's the biggest con. YOU CAN'T USE YOUR OLD SKY BOX TO RECORD UNLESS YOU PAY £10/MONTH !! Now that is a disgraceful rip-off. Sky's "justification" for it that they are providing a "service". Absolute bollox - they're charging for something you can get for free using other kit. So, rant over, hope that's helped - PM me if you want a chat about it off forum. S
  15. I was. Seems a bit hit and miss, depends what colour your eyes are and which way the wind was blowing when your car was built Mine was a late build - E39 Touring 530D, Oct 2003 - and it fired up without any issues using an relatively old HTC Sensation phone with Torque application. Went to a local meet a couple of years ago, tried my reader and phone in a couple of other cars, no joy. I've got a later phone now, and a [much] newer car - doesn't work in my F11 with a Motorola Moto G4 .... still got the HTC, but can't be arsed to try it tbh. Have fun, S