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pidgeonpost last won the day on August 26 2017

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    Looking for a Petrol 5 series

    I've done a similar search out of curiosity from time to time. They certainly are very few and far between.
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    F11 dented from large hail stones

    Friends of ours with a big camper van had this in France a couple of years back, several other campers on same site. Over £6k of damage on their van, and it was some months getting fixed.
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    Importing mobile numbers to iDrive

    That's what I thought Andrew, and probably that's the case, but I ran out of time and patience to dick around with it any more. I'll have another play next time I'm waiting for my Mrs to come out of Tesco - that should give me a couple of hours to play.
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    Importing mobile numbers to iDrive

    Thanks. I've tried a couple of the apps. First one didn't seem to function at all. Second one (link) looked much more promising. I can't currently get it to work, and although their support fella has come up with a couple of suggestions I haven't had an opportunity to follow up on them. One suggestion was to look at the structure of the .vcf file and edit it to ensure it included only the contact's name(s) and phone number and see if that worked, but life's too short! However, the app looks a pretty good all-round tool for pushing stuff over Bluetooth generally if you're into that sort of thing. Out of interest I tried pairing my wife's Samsung Galaxy to the car and it brought all her contacts across immediately with no problem. Storing and accessing the contacts doesn't work as I hoped it might though! My hope was that all contacts would be stored on iDrive and that it might be possible to access them from either of the two paired phones. No such luck. I considered just entering my phone contacts manually by entering the number and then assigning a name to it, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do that either, or at least I haven't yet found it. I must be missing the method somehow or why would iDrive display alphabetic characters as well as numerics? Pretty much given up on this with my current phone, but I know it's going to irritate me!
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    Importing mobile numbers to iDrive

    Thanks Andrew - you're right, phones and cars are picky. My E60 is 11 years old now, probably never had iDrive update in its life. Odd thing is I'm reasonably sure that it imported contacts OK from an identical model before I lost it. I guess that in deleting the lost phone from iDrive/Bluetooth to pair the new one may have wiped the contacts associated with that phone. There are various Android apps available that claim to do the transfer, but the one I tried yesterday in 'try before you buy' mode ain't worked. All attempts so far have resulted in message as per screenshot. I don't know how the file transfer process works - ie. whether it treats each contact as a discrete .vcf record or whether it rolls 'em all into one .vcf file. Either way, it ain't working. Haven't given up yet though.
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    Front Brake Pads Mileage Champions

    ∆ Yes, I'd agree on 70k+ being achievable, particularly if the car spends a lot of its time on the motorway. The original pads and discs saw 72k on my previous car, though most of that was with previous owner who clocked almost 60k in just over 2 years. I get the impression that autos are heavier on pads than manuals. Does that sound feasible? My E60 doesn't seem to have as much engine braking as I expected, though 3 years in I've got used to it.
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    Elderly Folk And Phone Tariffs

    This is true. These 'Linkline' systems are a real lifesaver - if you can persuade the wearer to actually wear them! I've known a number of wrinklies who had them but forget or refuse to wear them once things start going downhill - the very time they need them.
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    Importing mobile numbers to iDrive

    Unfortunately I have the older CCC system which doesn't seem to offer this. Haven't got round to investigating further yet. Bit of a pain though.
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    I can’t wait for it to rain....

    This does invoke an image I wouldn't normally associate with a rufty tufty truck driver!
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    Importing mobile numbers to iDrive

    Yes I think that once you've dialled and made a call you can assign a contact name to the number.
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    Importing mobile numbers to iDrive

    Just deleted car from phone and turned b/t off, then deleted phone from car and cycled b/t off/on. Then went through 'Pair new phone' process which prompts you to start pairing on phone, all of which went OK, PIN accepted, pairing successful, and during the process the phone display shows the contacts checkbox which is ticked. All worked fine - but no contacts imported. Also tried pushing the contacts from the phone by sharing them via b/t. It tries but looks like car rejects it. I've read a couple of posts on Android forum where others have had problems after Android updates. Anyway, for now it trucketh not.
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    Importing mobile numbers to iDrive

    Thanks, that's what I expected. I'm pretty sure it grabbed and imported my contacts off the old phone, but when I replaced it that didn't seem to happen. I'll have to have a dig around.
  13. Am I right in thinking there's no way of importing all my mobile numbers to iDrive other than tediously entering them manually one by one??
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    Glowplug Cylinder 3 Control - INPA message

    Mine has been reporting glow plug cylinder 1 for 3 years now. There are no symptoms, and I've been holding off replacement until there seems to be a good reason to do it. Probably get my indy to do it as I'd hate to snap one off!
  15. Our E60 had a new condenser and regas 2 years ago and still ice cold. I might be misremembering, but the mobile a/c guy we used mentioned that on some vehicles the system is designed so that the compressor clutch won't (or shouldn't) engage if the system is leaking or empty. This is supposed to provide some protection to the compressor. Just sayin'.