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  1. 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.
  3. 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.
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    BMW E60 530D 2006 180000 oil change???

    Only way to know is to try it in your particular engine. I use 5w-40 in mine and have done for the last couple of years.
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    Petrol Engine thermostats.

    Yes our petrol engine stats work as they should and last for years ! I think the previous owner replaced mine at some point. I've had it 6 years now and the temps are still as they should be. Lack of a temp gauge is a pain, but if you react quickly to an iDrive / instrument cluster temp warning it shouldn't be an issue should it ?
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    my first e34

    Beautiful car.
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    Tyre pressure.

    Your car's maximum speed may be 155mph but that doesn't mean you must drive that fast all the time.
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    Tyre pressure.

    36 psi seems quite high for the front, I'd have though 32 psi is easily enough for normal driving for that car.
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    bmw e60 530d re paint boot lid

    Of course
  23. The key bit is this "The development was carried out according to the demanding requirements of the BMW Group. This is especially true for the quality and safety of the power kit that has undergone long-term testing by BMW." Point is I'd trust BMW to know what is safe for the engine they designed, and the mod has undergone long term testing. With your average aftermarket tuner, probably no long term testing and have they gone about extracting the extra power in the best way ? Interesting that they seem to acknowledge the limitations of the autobox, "The maximum engine torque depends on the gear."
  24. Most people won't keep a car long enough to find out that the life of the engine, transmission etc is shortened. How do these aftermarket tuners know what is safe ? Short answer, I don't think they do. Manufacturers spend huge amounts of money developing components, test them to destruction under extreme conditions in some cases. Then someone with a bit of engineering knowledge (maybe) comes along pushes things 20%, 30% or more past the manufacturer's limits and proclaims it safe. What testing have they done to be able to promise that ? Probably none at all. But a lot depends on how the car is driven. If someone does an engine remap just to get a more responsive engine in normal driving, drives conservatively and rarely uses full throttle or gets anywhere near the redline, then the risk is probably small. But then you'd have to ask why do it in the first place.
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