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Tuvoc last won the day on December 6 2018

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About Tuvoc

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    2004 E60 530i SE (M54)

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  1. Tuvoc

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Big improvement ! I do think those standard 17s are pretty decent as well, is the tyre size 225/50 on all four ?
  2. Tuvoc

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    That is probably what I'll have done by the time my MOT comes up again. In the first year I did a lot of miles but then it reduced to 5-6k miles per year and now down to about 2k. I put it on the CTek charger once a week now to make sure the battery stays in good shape.
  3. As is my ancient M54 ! I had to send in a copy of the V5 showing the emissions, and then they altered their database to show it as exempt. The online checker shows the registration number as exempt after that. Euro 3 was the standard in force when the car was first manufactured, but in fact it meets the current Euro 6 standard for petrols.
  4. Tuvoc

    E60 Parking sensors

    Exactly what happened to me before they failed totally. In warm hot weather they would work, cold and damp, no.
  5. Tuvoc

    PDC problem.

    Not an MOT fail on mine but sometimes the rules for newer cars are tougher. Mine haven't been working for 3 or more years, I can do without them.
  6. Tuvoc

    Window tinting of my 530 GT

    I bought mine with a limo tint already on it. The glass is blacker than the paint. Totally awful visibility, night time is diabolical. And unfortunately some scratches on the left side of the car are testament to the zero visibility at night.
  7. Tuvoc

    523 won’t start

    Could be flooded perhaps. Was the engine hot when you last switched it off ?
  8. I get that all the time on the window rubber where the window goes down into the door. I use moist wipes which gets rid of it but it always comes back. Worse in winter, and probably because the car is only used at weekends.
  9. Tuvoc

    Service time....what oil?

    Don't we love topics on oil ! 5w-30 seems to be what the vast majority of garages will put in your car. I don't think you can go wrong with that. Any LL04 spec oil is by definition suitable for the car.
  10. Tuvoc

    Battery replacement needs coding?

    Well my local garage also told me years ago that they didn't need registering, and that they had fitted new batteries to several E60s over the years with no problems at all. So I took it to the local BMW Indie who registered it for a small sum.
  11. Tuvoc

    Discs / pads / sensors - cost?

    Which 530i ? 324mm is correct for mine, and that is what I bought last time (Pagid)
  12. Tuvoc

    Discs / pads / sensors - cost?

    Or even for example 2 x Zimmerman from Germany at £85 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/382150500929?ul_noapp=true IF there is a fitment for your car.
  13. Tuvoc

    What engine oil do you use?

    Well, in some countries I read that BMW say you have to use LL01 and not LL04 because of sulphur content in the fuel. So LL01 is not redundant if that is the case. Also the Shell UK website recommends Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 for my car. It is LL01 oil and not LL04. But I think you guys need LL04 for your diesels. And as I said, just because a budget oil says it is LL04, is it actually ?? Has it gone through the independent testing and been certified as compliant ? That testing costs money and has to be recouped in the price.
  14. Tuvoc

    What engine oil do you use?

    Which is also why I avoid cheap ECP Triple QX oil that Dan speaks so highly of. I've used it in my car, and it did not like it. Hydraulic lifter noise was much worse on start-up, and the engine a little noisy when cold. Now that has gone using a better oil and it is back to how it should be. I don't proclaim that you need to pay huge money for the very best, far from it, but there is certainly a middle ground. If you buy at the right time and from the right place, you can do better than the likes of Triple QX for not much more money. There is also a difference between an oil being claimed to meet LL01 or LL04 spec, and actually having been independently tested that indeed those claims are valid.