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  1. When my condenser was replaced the dealer initially stated it was stone damage the standard get out clause!, but when I showed them a print out from other owners vehicles suffering the same problem, they had to admit the aluminium casting was found to be porous due to a manufacturing defect.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    Andrew sorry to hear about your shunt up the back, and hopefully your back pain settles down, after reading what you have said about the towbar helped to save your car more damage, that is exactly what I found when our previous car a 8th gen Honda accord tourer was involved in a incident, when a Toyota Rav drove straight in the back at approx. 45mph without even braking, our vehicle was also stationary waiting to pass a parked vehicle, whilst our towbar was a removable one I always left it in place the impact bent the towbar upwards, complete tow was replaced also rear bumper and bottom half of tailgate was replaced, luckily the plastic panels came pre painted from Honda so paint match was spot on, the cost of repair was £3,000 this was about 7 years ago, my wife who was driving at the time suffered whiplash injury to her neck thankfully after 3-4 months no permanent injury. I believe towbar saved our car from extensive damage which incidentally wrote the Toyota Rav off, when I was called from work to go to the accident I was amazed how little the damage was to our car, compared to the other vehicle, the only slight possible negative may be my wife’s whiplash injury, but police and ambulance crew said at the time of impact the injury was more severe because she had her head and neck twisted the right trying to get a clear view to overtake the parked UPS delivery van, which was due to the constant oncoming traffic flow coming towards he.
  3. You could check to make sure no grit or moisture / water had gained access via the split, if no contaminants found clean around the cut area with some isopropyl alcohol allow it to evaporate, then apply a small amount of industrial super glue and push the cut together until set, then just keep a close check on the repair or until you can conveniently replace the rubber seal. Many many years ago I done this to a front cv drive shaft rubber gator as a temporary repair, but it ended up a permanent repair for another seven years until I sold the car, bearing in mind that a cv drive shaft gator split is a lot more difficult to clean because of the cv joint moly grease inside the rubber gator, which cannot be contaminated with any isopropyl during the cleaning stage, I just used a cotton bud with isopropyl to clean around the spit edge then applied some super glue, as a cv gator is under far more stress than a brake caliper dust seal this remedy should easy work on your rubber dust seal, even if you only treat as a temporary repair.
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    Servicing Question

    If you are referring to a just a vehicle check which is what mine also displayed I've copied the info taken from BMW and pasted below. BMW Vehicle Check:- Standard scope of service Check Control messages Check Warning lamps Check Engine oil level, Spark Plugs/Glow Plugs Check Brakes, Rotors, Handbrake, Brake fluid Service - vehicle check Diagnostic brief test Check horn, headlight flashers and hazard warning system Check instrument and indication field lighting and heater blower Check lighting system Seat belts: check condition of belt strap, function of inertia reel mechanism, locking reel and belt buckle Check windscreen wash/wipe system Body: Check for corrosion (except cavities) Tyres: Check tread depth, pattern, external condition and inflation pressure and correct if necessary (compact wheel as well) Initialize Run Flat Indicator Check battery (magic eye), if necessary recharge battery (issuing a separate invoice for this work) - Check display (magic eye) - If necessary: Charge battery Steering fluid reservoir: Check fluid level. Check coolant level and concentration, top up if necessary Windscreen washer system: Check fluid level, top up if necessary Brake lines and connections: Check for leaks, damage and correct position Underbody incl. all visible components: check for damage, leaks, corrosion Steering components: check for zero clearance, leaks, damage and wear Check roadworthiness (test drive): - Brakes - Steering - Shock absorbers - Transmission Reset CBS display according to factory specification
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    Servicing Question

    My F11 520d also said vehicle inspection/check even though no service items were due, I also only do low mileage and when I checked online its purely just a inspection same as our mini, I think most manufacturers do the same its easy money for them just checking, I came across the list of items they inspect / check. When I took over servicing my car after the first oil change carried out by BMW dealership, due to my low mileage my plan is engine oil & filter every 2 years which for me equates 9,000 miles, whilst I did changed the air filter during the service it did not require doing with just 18,000 miles it was still very clean it would have easily done year, brake fluid change every 2 years irrespective of miles, cabin filters were also still clean at 18,000 miles but I did replace them just because time involved checking them, the diesel filter will get changed next year when its done approx. 22,500 miles, apart from a yearly thorough check over prior the mot, and periodic checks during the year that’s it.
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    First world F10-series problems

    Air con condensers. F11 Rear Air Suspension. Cruise Control wrong side of steeing wheel or failing that mini must be on the wrong side, I would have thought as mini is owned by BMW they could be on the same side.as we have both marques its frustrating. F11 heavy on rear tyre wear (Original RunFlats) Lumber support seat not Standard. Rear view camera not standard. The yellow grommet problem (on the list to be checked)
  7. You could always put a shout out if anyone is local to you thats willing help code the new battery for you, with a Foxwell NT510 multi scanner or simular.
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    Typically BMW are waiting for the warranty to run out before it fails, then its down to you at your cost !
  9. I recently purchased the Worx WG518e Air Turbine Leaf Blower, this was ordered after much researching ways to dry our two cars quickly after washing & rinsing especially in full hot sun as I live in a hard water area, I did not want to go down the root of fitting a costly cartridge system to my outside tap for rinsing after washing, so I took the advice from a professional detailer that operates in Texas USA, and being Texas is a lot hotter than the UK, I chose the Worx european version turbine blower after checking the spec was the same as USA version, which I purchased from Amazon the WORX WG518E Air Turbine Corded Leaf Blower, unfortunetly the price has just gone back up to £49 since my purchase price of £39 delivered, but even that price higher price I can thoroughly recommend it, the CFM that blows out of the plastic nozzle is just insain, it has variable speed settings and on the highest it pushes your arms back, on my F11 it easily blows dry the whole car in a few minutes starting at the roof then all glass, then bonnet, sides, grille, wheels & tyres, and because you are not operating this blower with the air intake close to the ground there is no fear of grit or debri being blasted at the paintwork at high speed, what makes this different to all other blowers is the high CFM (cubic feet per minute of air) it pushes out I cant even imagine even purpose made expensive car blowers push that much volume of air out, especially after seeing how they perform on youtube channel, and as a double bonus since I have clay bared our cars and applied Fusso wax/sealant it is even better than before waxing which I did not think was possible, because the blower had already done a excellent job of drying with no water spot marking, I just wish I had gone down this route years ago especially if that same specced model has been out for a while, any would be purchaser of this blower will not be disappointed.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I agree glow plugs and control unit are not that expensive.
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    F10 new ownership thoughts

    The only time it does save a little fuel is sitting a sitting at traffic lights that have a long sequence between changes, also at some railway crossings. I originaly was going to coded it out but decided to leave it as I mostly I do not do a lot of short journeys which causes the stop start to operated, and the odd times it does stop under conditions I already mentioned It starts and takes up very smooth being a auto box, my wifes mini cooper with a manual gear box and stop start feature I find defiantly not so good that wants stop / start all the time, so you end up pressing the button to disable it.
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    Runflats questions - sorry!

    Currently Michelin Primacy 3 * 100Y XL MO 245/45/R18 Y is £34.90 cheaper than Michelin Primacy 3 ZP * MOE 100Y XL Runflats, this price was from Formula One Autocentres, both BMW recommended tyres.
  13. Can anyone in the south east area recommend a good Hunter wheel alignment service, where the operator knows their stuff, I am aware of https://www.alignmycar.co.uk. but as those sites are independantly operated its still best to find one that does a proper good job, I think the dam pot holes may have knock the front alignment out, but want to get four wheel alignment check done also because the rear tyres which original bmw factory fitted Bridgstone run flats, were worn out at 13,892 miles which seemed low mileage for a new car, I wonder what sort of mileage other F11 owners are getting from their rear tyres, being my F11 520d is auto and not driven hard with tyre size 245/45 R18 Y, it would be of great help to know if this is normal wear for this vehicle. I have since changed the rear tyres last year to non run flats Michelin Primacy 245/45 R18 100 Y XL and car has now done a total of 18,200 miles, but unfortunetly I cant compare the difference in tyre wear as these were after about 1,200 miles later were tranferred to the front, and the existing run flats to the rear.
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    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    Update after I had exprienced a raised pressure on the n/s front tyre & temperature difference the vehicle has not had anything done to it yet, but noted during its long run today, the same tyre indicated the correct pressure as the opposite front tyre and temperature was the same as well, I can only assume the pressure / temperature sensor on that n/s front wheel had incorrectly read the pressure & temperature wrong, because it is defiantly alright now showing correct pressure and temperature.
  15. You say its working fine now but you are not going to know 100% sure, not untill you next get a punture and that was my point, I thought our mini cooper should have worked after getting a large bolt in the tyre tread, which was smack bang in the middle groove and was leaking air out but it did not operate.
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    poor fuel economy

    gambit - I had already assumed it was a auto just move the auto shift to the left and select the appropriate gear, my advice is more important especially with a auto box because the engine is kept at low RPM most of the time, I try would the no cost option first, drive the car in manual shift to keep revs constant about 2500 RPM for about 10 - 15 minutes, reset the fuel consumption via the i drive then select shift back to drive, drive normally for a few miles if you don’t see a improvement in the fuel consumption, you can still use a fuel additive to clean the DPF. Did not mention before but my 520d does not like Tesco diesel there is always a drop in fuel consumption by 2--3 mpg, but all the other regular grades are fine including Asda Sainsbury's, and about every 3rd or 4th tank of diesel I use the Shell V power whether it does any good at cleaning the internals or not I cant say! I certainly dont notice any difference in performance or fuel consumption using it.
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    Runflats questions - sorry!

    Dakota - To be honest I did not see that much improvement in ride quality, noise is slightly lower and fuel consumption saw slight improvement, but at the moment I may not be seeing the full benefit because two tyres are still runflats. I forgot to mention before but the tyre compressor I chose was a Tire Tec RX1 which had the least of any compressor complaints in their reviews, and tyre sealant was Slime to-date I have never used the sealant, but have used compressor several times on both vehicles, this is a great alround compressor you can preset the pressure required, when I checked the preset pressure against a known accurate gauge it showed a constant half pound psi out from memory was under inflation but you can allow for this, just go 1 psi higher and drop it back a tad, I also purchased the Tire Tec Pro tyre gauge which has a pressure release valve making easy to adjust pressure spot on.
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    poor fuel economy

    As a matter of routine especially if recent journeys have been in heavy stop start and slow traffic, or periodically observe the fuel consumption when it starts significantly dropping I select manual using a lower gear to keep revs high generally around 2500-3000 rpm, I set the cruise control to hold it at those revs for 10 -15 minutes, after driving for 10 -15 minutes then reset the fuel consumption, select drive and drive normally you should then see a marked difference in fuel consumption, I also do the same to our Mini Cooper 1.6d, and in doing this periodically I have never seen the DPF light come on so it must be keeping the Diesel Particulate Filter free from excessive soot build up, which indirectly relates to better achievable fuel consumption. Currently my F11 520d has achieved 51.7mpg which was a mixture of 90% motorway driving average speed of 70mph ish, and 10% heavy stop start traffic average speed 0 - 40mph. The lowest fuel consumption I have observed is 44mpg driving in London and after that it needed a good blast out to get fuel consumption back to a more normal figure for mixed driving 47.2mpg. Because your mpg is so low you may have other issues as well, also as I believe your F10 520d year suffered timing chain issues so I would be carefull not to overev it, others on this forum will have better knowledge & advice regarding that issue than me, from what I have been told my own 2014 F11 520d timing chain issue has been resolved!
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    F10 door corrosion

    After reading lot's of owners reporting rust on the doors, I have thorougly checked my own vehicle, and not just checking the doors but all over the bodywork, and did not find any evidence of any rust anywhere, my previous car a Honda Accord Tourer 8th generation, had rust around the sun roof frame this was at two years old, and Honda UK tried to keep it quiet, only settling those that made the most noise & threats, I came into that catergory I'm pleased to say they replaced the complete sun roof FOC, but a lot of owners did not fair the same treatment and Honda was clearly trying to get out of paying up and doing the right thing, and as far as I know some Honda owners are still suffering now. How I dealt with this myself I contacted the main dealer by going there in person with the car, was originally told this was the first vehicle to have been reported with rust, but I was already pre- armed with loads of printed pages taken from the Honda Forum site, which clearly showed I was one of many owners with the same problem, the dealership said he would take some photo's which incidently was a crappy phone camera which did not produce clear pictures showing the extent of the rust, and would forward my complaint on to Honda UK to see if they were prepared to do anything, as soon as he said that I seriously threatened court action against the dealership and Honda UK, if this matter was not put right and completely FOC, I was then told they should here back from Honda UK after 14 days or so, and the dealer would contact me, but as soon as I got home I grabbed my canon 35mm camera took some good close up photo's of the rusting sun roof from all different angles, then downloaded then to a photo upload site, then sent them directly to Honda UK myself with a not so nice letter to boot, and within less than 5 days I had a call from the dealer say Honda UK had agreed to replace the sunroof FOC, but I never ever got a apology letter back from Honda UK, they were obviously trying hard to keep the lid on the rust problem.
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    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    I'll try that it makes sense and nothing to lose trying I know some TPMS can be very finnicky.
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    Runflats questions - sorry!

    I did exactly what you are proposing to do, first I notified the insurance company that I was replacing the rear run flats to Michelin primacy non runflats and the size of the tyres were staying the same and the speed rating was changing from Y96 to Y100, all they asked was I increasing the performance of the car, easy answer was no just purely changing the rear run flats to non run flats. I did initialy change just the worn rear Bridgestone run flats to the new Michelin non run flats, but after about 1000 miles i swapped them to the front axle, and move the stil good Bridgestone run flats to the rear, the reason I finally decided that was the bridgestone run flats would wear out quicker on the back as the others did, which meant I would that much sooner on all four tyres non run flats. I purchased a small 12 volt compressor and some tyre sealant that can be washed out of the tyre with water should it be used for a temporally puncture repair, you should be aware that a lot of the tyre repairers refuse to do a repair on tyres that have had tyre sealant put in as most of the sealant used can not be washed out, so they just want you to purchase another new tyre, they state they cannot do a effective permanent repair. I did reset the tyre pressure warning system after they were change over, as I have not had a punture yet I can only asume the sytem still works as intended. And yes you could also join a breakdown cover that covers puntures etc,
  22. Does not inspire much confidence in a low pressure tyre warning system that fails to work as expected.
  23. Thats interesting you say the tyre pressure warning failed on you, are you saying it did not warn you at all because my wife had the same experience on our mini cooper, and I blamed her for not seeing or hearing the warning but she was adamant it did not operate also, I have since checked the tyre pressure warning system by deliberately loosen the tyre valve to slowy leak air out to simulate a punture whilst driving slowly on a private road, and I found the tyre pressure warning did not operate and that was after losing 60% of the correct air pressure, I stopped at that as I did not want to damage another tyre, so I wonder if these tyre pressure warnings are any good at all, I have had the mini connected to the laptop and shows no faults, I have even plugged into the Foxwell NT510 scanner stil the same no faults, and all the research I have done since seems to indicate that other drivers have had trouble with the tyre pressure warning being triggered without a punture and warning stays on.
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    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    The only thing I was checking was approx tyre temperature between both front tyres whilst still hot, I had already checked all tyre pressures with a accurate pressure gauge when tyres were cold at start of my long journey, and I saw no point in checking pressure with my guage on my return whilst tyres were still hot, and as I already stated I check the pressure next morning when tyres were cold and my pressure gauge confimed the n/s pressure was 2.1 bar which is correct, so I think more than likely the tyre sensor on the n/s front is playing up.
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    Brake disc temp

    As others have said the fronts have cooling ducts and not on the rear disc, but if you are concerned about the rears being hotter, to rule out the possibility of even a slight binding of the rear pads or the electric parking brake not going fully off, you could park on level ground then chock the opposite wheels first select N, then release electric parking brake, then jack up just the rear one side and rotate the wheel checking for any slight rubbing noise, then repeat for the opposite side, personally I dont think you will find that is the problem it would be unusal for both sides to be slightly binding, and as you say the higher temperature its on both rear wheels unless it is the electronic parking brake not releasing completely off.