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Steve-Savalas last won the day on October 27 2017

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    Plastic welding

    I feel your pain. I did something similar - parked up and went over the kerb slightly with no rubbing, got back in the car with 2 extra passengers and reversed out and heard a slight scrape and a big crack. Fortunately the crack was just the bumper snapping back into place. If i were you, i'd take a look on ebay as many of these parts are made available by breakers. It may be your best bet..
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    Btw e60 2005 reversing light issue

    I'm sure the e60 suffers from the same boot wiring harness issues that the e39 had. You need to check the wiring that's enclosed in a rubber tube that bends and straightens when you open and close the boot. My e39 had about 5 wires that had split and were shorting out. If you Google e60 boot wiring harness issue you should get an idea...
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    Servicing Question

    Here's a link to a youtube vid. Note that this guy disconnects the battery because he disconnects the front airbag. There's absolutely no need to disconnect the airbag as there's plenty of room to manouvre. The video shows how simple it is to remove the filter cover, slide the filters out and slide the new ones in. Once i'd watched this video and read a few of the comments I was happy enough to do mine and it was dead simple.
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    Servicing Question

    Here's my new air filter alongside the one i took out!
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    Servicing Question

    No, as Matthew says, no need to disconnect the battery. Air filter is very simple (mine was filthy by the way!), the cabin filters are a little more fiddly but still simple. They are together, right under the passenger glovebox. There's a vdeo of someone doing them on youtube. The guy acually removes more trim than is actually required. Took me about 25 mins and was very simple.
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    Servicing Question

    I have the exact same car with exactly 40k on the clock, except mine's 2012.... I went to my dealership a few months back because I wanted an oil service (just oil and filter) as it is quoted as £169 on their website. They took my key and put it in their little thingy and then quoted me £480! They insisted I need the "all important" cabin filters, and also an air filter. They charge a fortune to fit these. I stuck to my guns and demanded I just wanted oil and filter, which I got. I did the other items myself. I think the genuine air filter was £70 and the cabin filters were about £80 but I got 30% off at eurocarparts. The dealer always bangs on about the important filters, which turn out to be just the cabin filters for pollen etc. because they make so much money from the labour. If you don't mind an hour fiddling around yourself, just buy them separately and do them yourself...
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    Stuck hub centric wheel spacer

    Heat it up if you can. Blow-torch or something similar and it will be off in 10 seconds. Pop down to your local garage as a last resort and they will heat it and remove it in a few mins. Might cost you £5 or £10 like
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    Have a quick look here: Have you listened to see if any of the sensors are clicking when PDC is activated? Any sensor that isn't clicking means it's not working. Should help you identify any issues. The above guide should help you though
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    Bmw 530d e60 2005 MPG issue HELP!

    Yes i've heard of perpetual regens. Easy to see if you have Carly. Don't know what would cause it though, but all symptoms would deffo point to a regen... lower exhaust note, higher mpg, gearbox holding on to gears longer, higher temps (95 is deffo higher than normal . I got both my thermostats replaced and the highest temp i saw was 91 after 20 minutes in stationary traffic). The only other obvious thing is binding brakes - a £10 infrared temp sensor would clarify that - do a 10 minute journey, point the sensor at each brake disc, any high temp is obvious there. I wouldnt worry about glow plugs preventing a regen. I monitored mine for ages and saw regens start as low as 51 degrees. There's a myth that they only start at 72 degrees... nonsense. Get Carly plugged in and see what the regen status is.
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    Bmw 530d e60 2005 MPG issue HELP!

    The change in the exhaust tone when the car is up to temp sounds like when my e60 was doing a regen. The temps reaching 95 is quite high - have you monitored the DPF regen using Carly while you're driving? If it is doing a regen, the car also holds on to gears longer in order to keep engine temps higher - maybe this is why it's not shifting as normal. It could be that the car is constantly doing a regen which is causing all of the issues you mention. Just a thought.
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    Rear tyre wear on inside edge

    It wasn't adjustable on my e39 but the tech guy said it depended on the model. Maybe M-Sport models are adjustable and others aren't...
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    Rear tyre wear on inside edge

    Tyres wearing like that can be down to a number of things, mainly incorrect toe-in or toe-out, but those are rarely adjustable at the rear. Same goes for caster. Camber adjustment could be possible and this could be a possible culprit. I had my runflats swapped for non-runflats, and my local tyre fitter commented that they see loads of runflats wearing at the edges. He explained that it's due to the very stiff sidewalls not allowing the load to be spread evenly across the whole tyre, which does make sense when you think about it. I'd get another hunter alignment done and monitor the tyres.
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    Running temperature of a 525d

    I remember i got my main stat done by the BMW dealership as it was still within its' 12 month used warrantly. The temps increased to around 86 or so, but for £35 and half an hours work, I decided to do EGR myself after reading up on how simple it was.
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    Running temperature of a 525d

    Sounds like the main stat. It was the same on my LCI 525d. Got my main one done and did the egr myself and temps were at 88-91. My car was still doing regular regens though. The car will regen at way below 70. I monitored mine and it would regen at 52 so don't worry about that. Get them both done.