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    E60 gearbox slipping

    BMW last in terms of reliability in JD Power survey: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5941481/The-brands-make-reliable-cars-revealed.html The E60 is an old car, and an old complex car. That is a recipe for big bills. I would not buy one today at all.
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    E60 gearbox slipping

    It can happen. I paid £4,500 for mine 5 years ago, and spent £4,000 in maintenance and repairs in the first year. That included a gearbox service £320 or so, and thankfully the transmission and TC seem fine so far, fingers crossed. Fortunately the bills have been more reasonable since then. I came from an E36 also, and it was a bit of a shock. But there you go, later cars are so much more complex. This will almost certainly be my last BMW, unless I can afford a near-new one with a warranty.
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    Photo up the black mountains

    Went there. Car totally filthy and barely enough light for a photo. Rear of car looks higher than usual as it was on an uneven bit of ground. Notice the Limo tints on the rear....
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    Buying a F10 Petrol

    The M50 was available in 2.0l form - but the 2.5 was miles better. A lot more power, and marginally better fuel economy as well. But the 2.0 was the sweetest of the two I think.
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    Buying a F10 Petrol

    My money for the best in last 30 years goes to the early M50 non-vanos engine. Everything after that introduced complications and things to go wrong - Vanos, DISA valve etc and then valvetronic, direct injection, HPFP etc etc M50 non-vanos was almost bulletproof. Classic engine that needed to be revved to get the best from it, and awesome sound. M50 single Vanos OK as well, I guess. The single Vanos wasn't that expensive to fix.
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    Option 761- SPG

    Yeah, I hate the limo tint. At night time I can see virtually nothing. Reversing at night-time is a.... nightmare. 15% is much more sensible. The previous owner had an aftermarket DVD system installed with screens in the back of the headrest. I guess they fitted the limo tints so that the screens were watchable even on the brightest of days.
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    Option 761- SPG

    Yes, blacker than the carbon black paint actually.
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    Option 761- SPG

    Thanks for the 761 pics ! Now I know what mine should look like underneath the aftermarket 5% Limo tints...
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    Buying a F10 Petrol

    Awfully expensive problems with the N53 engine are well documented. Shame on BMW. Depending on how long you keep the car, you might be lucky and have no issues, or it could be ruinously expensive. I don't think I'd buy one.
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    Option 761- SPG

    Has what 761 actually is changed over the years though ? But very interesting - so only the rears. Given that the rears on mine are covered by an aftermarket limo tint, it is no wonder I can't see what it is !!
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    Option 761- SPG

    Mine has this S761A INDIVIDUAL SONNENSCHUTZVERGLASUNG Individual sunshade glazing Honestly even though it is on my car I don't know what it is or what protection it offers. I guess I'd have to put my car side by side with another one that does not have it, to see any difference. Of course I could only check the fronts because a previous owner put aftermarket tints on the rear anyway.
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    Photo up the black mountains

    Thanks !!
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    Photo up the black mountains

    Where is this exactly ? Googling it I see the Black Mountains range, a Black Mountain that is not to be confused with another Black Mountain etc !!
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    E39 performance air filter

    At a guess: they are putting out over 900bhp so their appetite for air is huge, much more than your standard road car.
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    E60 gearbox slipping

    My old E36 used to go into limp mode quite frequently when cold. Then one service I replaced the spark plugs, and it never happened again. I had previously fitted some fancy 4-prong Bosch super duper plugs or something, and replacing them with standard OEM spec items cured it. I had it for years after that and it never re-surfaced. Bizarre but totally true. The electrical characteristics of the plugs must have been slightly different and causing a transient fault. That ZF 5-speed box lasted until I scrapped the car at close to 200k miles. It had specific symptoms of wear, but as long as you adapted your driving accordingly it was still a joy to drive. My E60 is now at about 143k miles and no issues after a service at 105k miles. I only intend to keep it a couple more years, so unlikely I'll do it again.
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    Autobox Explained in detail

    Oh god, Andrew will be along again with the e-clutch word.
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    poor fuel economy

    So 30 went up to 38, which meant the motorway mileage itself might have been 45+ As you say, re-set it next time
  18. Good find. If you're keeping the car a while longer, you probably would have had to replace those anyway at some point.
  19. Yes a distinct possibility.
  20. I'd get it to an good Indie. Likely to be CCV but maybe not. For a garage to do it, it is quite expensive - £500 or so parts and labour ? It is a few hours work is it not, in the range 3 to 5 hours.
  21. I wish my headlights were that clean and clear ! Mine are really cloudy, will be an MOT failure if I can't clean them up by hand with one of those kits. CCV was done on mine not long after 100k miles, so if yours has never been done then it is a serious candidate for your issues. There is a also a return back down to the dipstick tube or something which can get blocked. A good Indie should be able to diagnose the issue quite quickly. Better get it sorted pronto, as mentioned you risk ruining the catalytic converter running it like that.
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    Which grade oil is best?

    I think the lines are a bit blurred between semi-synthetic and full synthetic in some cases. Full synthetic surprisingly may mean many things. I've seen Triple QX fully synthetic referred to as a "synthetic blend". It is a bit of a minefield which is why many people put their trust in major brands. Anyway, all the oils I've ever used have worked
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    530i and Euro Emission Standard

    The cars are classified into the band that existed at the time of registration or manufacture. So it can't have an official Euro 4 classification if it didn't exist at that time, but it does not mean that cars weren't meeting later standards years before they existed. I think mine is officially Euro 3, but it complies with current Euro 6 petrol standards.
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    530i and Euro Emission Standard

    That could be possible - most importers of Japanese used cars will have a contact or representative in Japan, who could contact BMW Japan to get such a letter.
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    Which grade oil is best?

    I don't think that particularly matters if it is right for a particular engine. For example the oil below has no BMW approval but for some high mileage engines it may be the best thing to use, https://www.engineoildirect.co.uk/10w-40-valvoline-max-life-5ll
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