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  1. Tuvoc

    Tire reccomends

    I saw a new 7 series a while ago with Hankook factory fitted. They are no longer a budget brand. I'd have thought your Goodyears will have lasted longer than 12k miles on mostly motorway running, But as above the softer and gripper, the faster they wear out generally.
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    Judder when braking!!

    I was going to say could be some uneven pad material build-up on the discs , especially because you say it goes away when you stamp on the brakes. But you've checked the run-out so that would surely have detected that.
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    I know what you mean. I had an E36 320i M50 six for many years. It was slated as pointless as well. Barely faster then the 4cyl 318is, used as much or more fuel as the 325i but slower and not as tuneable. Well, I thought it was bloody brilliant - begged to be redlined and it sounded absolutely gorgeous, without the licence losing speed of the 325i. Fitted the bill perfectly. Mind you the argument for your V8 is stronger
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    Steaming up without aircon on

    Yes that is normal in my experience, and given that my air-conditioning has stopped working, I'm experiencing it regularly now
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    Bmw e60 525i head gasket

    Agreed, I was suggesting as much as well.
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    Bmw e60 525i head gasket

    Isn't there some sort of pressure or leak test ? Google it.
  7. Yes the genuine BMW units are outrageously expensive. About 5 years ago the garage told me mine needed replacing, so I paid the £200 or so for the new one without knowing of the repair kits. Oh well, given that I've had the car for so long a completely new one may not have been such a bad idea. I have seen the ebay copies as well subsequently, no idea how good or crap they are. Good luck with your search.
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    Bmw e60 525i head gasket

    Needs a proper diagnosis, fingers crossed for you.
  9. I had the front shocks on mine changed at around 110k miles. At 143k miles yours will be past their best.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    I've never managed it. Can't seem to get the timing right, trying to follow instructions on the phone isn't easy. But I have TorquePro on my Andoid phone, and a cheap OBD2 bluetooth adaptor, so that tells me quite a lot. main thing I wanted to see was engine temp in the absence of a gauge. All was well.
  11. Diff fluid change perhaps, power steering fluid, fuel filter, and the rest of the cooling system - water pump, radiator, hoses. Transmission oil cooler ?
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    ZF 6hp26 oil change

    It was never mentioned to me either. The only extra that was recommended to me was the sleeve or connector, which often leaks as well as the sump.
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    Service Advice

    As well as all that, I'd get the car checked for rust. Some E39s are really suffering now. If there is any, catching it earlier rather than later is far better.
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    ZF 6hp26 oil change

    Yes, everything is normal and well.
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    ZF 6hp26 oil change

    105k six years ago (almost certainly it's first ever oil change according to the transmission specialist) , 145k miles now.
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    ZF 6hp26 oil change

    I got my 'box serviced 6 years ago ! it still seems perfectly fine, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the next 18 months which is how much longer I'll be keeping it.
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    Wynns formula gold

    The BG244 or the Wynns ?
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    Spider Wheel f*ck up actual WORKS!

    I've never had a matched set of tyres in 6 years I've had the car, mainly because the fronts that were on the car when I bought it are still on there. That particular tyre is no longer available so the two times I've replaced the rears I couldn't match them. However the fronts will probably need replacing next year, so then I have a chance to match the rears ! (actually this problem was nothing to do with them being staggered..)
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    Spider Wheel f*ck up actual WORKS!

    Yeah, 275 is more expensive than 245, and seems less choice in that size as well.
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    Spider Wheel f*ck up actual WORKS!

    Very good. I'm not a fan of a staggered setup, but it is what I've got. It was specced from new with the staggered 18" upgrade. (8J x 18" front and 9J x 18" rear). It simply doesn't need the wider rears. Not as if it is an M5 or anything.
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    Surging issues - 550i

    Welcome. I'm not an expert here, but I wonder if it is not the engine at all, and perhaps something like wear in the torque converter.
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    Symptoms like clutch slip?

    Quite possibly just normal warm-up procedure. The ECU etc tries to keep the revs higher so that the engine warms up faster, so the car does behave differently in the first few minutes from cold. Low or old fluid may not be helping, and there will be wear and tear as well.
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    Reassurance needed! Massive oil top up

    Well the engine takes 6.5l does it not, so you still had a half of your oil in there. With no warning on oil pressure, you are probably OK, fingers crossed. I think you just have to keep driving it and regularly check the levels. I use 5w-40 in mine, 145k miles. ECP have 50% off all oil until close of play tomorrow I think, so for example 5 litres of Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 is only £19. I got one myself yesterday for top-ups, but given I only top up about 1 litre across a year I'll likely never use all of it !)
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    Oil consumption e60 525i se

    My old M54 doesn't use much oil, maybe a litre across the year between changes which is 7k miles. Yes rocker cover gasket, oil filter gasket and CCV all replaced. BMW probably say 1 litre in 1k miles is "normal" but that would just be to have avoided warranty claims back in the day. I'd do some investigation as outlined in posts above. I think the newer N52 and N53 do use more than the previous generations of engines though.