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pidgeonpost last won the day on August 26 2017

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    PAS fluid leak

    Did I read somewhere that you can get leakage if the breather hole in the cap gets blocked or was this on a different model? Sounds like a cheap fix by BMW standards.
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    Headlight dance?

    Yep, my E60 does this, but quicker. I think most modern headlights are an improvement over the 'candle in a Guinness bottle' ones of years ago. The current trend for crazy-bright LED day running lights is a pain in the @rse at times.
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    Funny coz it’s true....

    Who was it that said marriage is a bit like playing cards? At the beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond. Twenty years on you're looking for a club and a spade...
  4. Guess it would be a last desperate measure Andrew.
  5. 80+ years old. Didn't realise that. Twenty years ago I'd have probably said they shouldn't have been driving. I turned 70 a month ago, and applying a cut-off based purely on age is an emotive issue - with me at least! I'd have no problem with tests from 70+, though I also feel that those who drive recklessly/dangerously should be more harshly dealt with in the courts irrespective of their age. In this allegedly hi-tech world couldn't there be some sort of break-beam system or sensor that detects a vehicle heading the wrong way down a slip and triggering a throbbing great "STOP" sign?
  6. Jeez....that's horrific! Why on earth didn't the Subaru driver simply STOP when they realised they'd gone the wrong way?? Three dead as a result.
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    Check your scuttle drains!

    I check mine about once a year, clean out all the leaves and stuff. The nearside one is tricky as you can't see into it very well but I wrap a was of paper towel around the end of a screwdriver to check for moisture. No good if it's just rained or you've just washed it though! Also have a read of the post from L1011 on 30th May.
  8. It may be worth contacting Cotswold BMW who sponsor the forum. I believe they still give a discount to forum members. They did a good deal on discs and pads on my E60 3.0 525d. No worries about fit, compatibility etc.
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    Dpf regen help?

    Yes they just soak up the miles. I think you can shift the cruise in 1mph steps if nudge it gently.
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    F10 535i N55 Engine air filter change DIY

    A bit easier than the E60 3.0 diesel by the look of it!
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    Good point - hadn't considered throttle. Yes, it's not something I do regularly, but there's a long steep hill I use regularly that has a 30mph restriction - handy for that.
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    Our E60 is only the second auto we've owned, and as our second car has a manual box I haven't lost the knack - yet. Regarding Duncan's observation about lack of engine braking, I've noticed this too, but often dab the cruise control which holds the speed. Not ideal, and I'm not sure what mechanisms come into play when I do this - i.e. does the gearbox take control and hold the selected gear thus causing engine braking, or are the brakes activated on your behalf? Can't say I like the idea of the brakes being applied as it must be like 'riding the brakes'. I've often wondered if the brake lights are also activated when I activate cruise to hold the speed downhill. I've never remembered to test it, but it would probably get right up the nose of the driver following behind! Edit: Having hacked through Buckingham, Bicester, Witney, Chipping Norton, and Stowe today I was very happy to have an auto!
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    There are just two things I wish our 525d had - a manual gearbox...and a petrol engine!
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    wheel and tyre size help

    Each to their own I guess, but I can't figure stretched tyres at all. Are there handling advantages to such a setup or is it just about looking 'cool'? BMW must spend a shedload of money in determining the best size of tyre for the wheels they fit. I can understand why people might go up a bit in terms of size, but are tyres designed to be stretched in this way? Edited to add link
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    Me too. An auto is very nice crawling through traffic, but a surprising number of drivers are very poor at using a manual 'box. There was something very satisfying about snicking up through the box on a nice twisty 'A' road. .
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