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pidgeonpost last won the day on August 26 2017

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    Davis resigns

    So that's it then. Despite the departure of a couple of supposedly big players in the Brexit process (a game for all the family), Parliament is now in recess until 4th September.
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    How the hell..

    Yep, heat and Plus Gas for me.
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    How the hell..

    I once spent a long time trying to undo a track rod end (or similar) on a Land Rover only to take a closer look and realised it was a left-hand thread. Just saying...
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    Advice on E60 540i v8

    You'd probably get a third party warranty, but it'll cost you, and of you need to claim there are often all sorts of weasel words that get them off the hook. That's not always the case, but it's happened to me. If it's an autobox things become kind of unpredictable. Some owners are still going strong after very high mileages and no gearbox attention, others have experienced what seems to be premature failure at below 100k miles. BMW say the 'box needs servicing. The manufacturers, ZF, say otherwise. No doubt others who are better informed than me will be along soon.
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    Poor mpg 530d

    I've noticed that if I stray above 80mph (which would be purely unintentional of course ) you can watch the consumption increase. Aiming to cruise around the 70 mark seems to suit me with adjustment to suit the traffic flow. I haven't checked the true consumption for very local short trips. I wouldn't expect 40+mpg, but the consumption on a run makes up for it. Ya can't have it all unfortunately!
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    Poor mpg 530d

    Doesn't sound too good to me. We have the 525d with the 3.0 engine. On a week long trip a couple of weeks back we clocked a reported best mpg in the mid 50's en route during around 140 miles each way of motorway driving at legal (mostly) speeds. We then had plenty of crawling through Devon lanes, rarely out if 3rd/4th, with lots of start stops. Retracing our steps and filling up on return it reported 47 on iDrive which gave a genuine 44 plus from pump cut-off to pump cut-off. I don't get too anal about mpg as I know it's generally pretty good for a big lump of car, but yours does sound low.
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    F11 jacking up vehicle

    I've wondered a few times whether the load should be taken by the perimeter of the jacking point which looks like some sort of plastic, or by the internal flat surface. If the latter then the rectangular part of the pad needs to be taller than the recess. Never really investigated it.
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    F11 jacking up vehicle

    Assuming the F series is like the E series you can buy one of these which locates in the jacking point on the car.
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    Is it worth continuing?

    There's an element of risk in running any older car, and I've not owned a BMW for long enough to know whether it will prove a good buy or not. I and my budget wanted an E39, but my wife wanted something newer so we bought an E60. Many people on here hate 'em, and I much prefer the look of the E39, but I'm an older bloke and maybe it's an age thing. I spent the first year bricking it that I'd have the big problems that others have had, but 3 years in it's been good. First sign of autobox problems it'll probably be out the door though. If I had the OP's car as my only transport, and with a biggish commute, it would have to go, but with a bit of cash and TLC it should be good for commuting while keeping the 640d in good shape and keeping the miles down. I take your point on recent French cars (pauses for a response from Andrew with the swish 535i ). They've come a long way in recent years. Our 12 year old Berlingo has been very reliable over the 7 years we've owned it. It's a different kettle of poisson of course.
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    Is it worth continuing?

    Easy for me to say, but I'd repair it and keep it. You've spent quite a bit on it but sounds like the MOT has plenty to run, and a few of the repairs are either cheap or even DIY if time permits (e.g. headlights and valet). No need to bring it to show condition unless you want to, just use it as a very nice daily and enjoy the two contrasting drives. I can't speak from personal experience with the E39, but the cooling system has been a problem for some owners so maybe factor overhauling that into your costs.
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    Help please!!

    Probably going to need more details before the gurus on here (not me!) can offer help. Dashboard warnings/gongs? Smoke? Signs of anything nasty or loose under the bonnet? Swirl flaps? Suggest you get codes read too.
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    E60 bootlid strut.

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    E60 bootlid strut.

    Also just came across this company in Derby Seems to be too cheap to be true, but you get a 2 year warranty. The link points to models up to 2007 so may be pre-LCI models. Don't know if there's a difference to LCI.
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    E60 bootlid strut.

    True. I haven't tried it on a slope, but I'll give it a go. I get the impression that although the damper is dying and needs replacing, it's definitely still got enough life left in it to provide some damping effect when the spring tension is reduced as described. Has anyone removed the combined spring and damper to see if there are any clues to the manufacturer? You can be almost certain BMW buy them in. I'm wary of removing mine as I once replaced the hatchback struts on a Saab 9000. Boy, was that a heavy hatch, and the dampers needed all my weight to compress them enough to fit them!
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    E60 bootlid strut.

    Had a quick look at my boot strut/springs today. As mentioned, its just a spring on the nearside with a lump of foam inside to prevent it 'twanging' I guess. I noticed that on the nearside there's a slot in the bodywork that allows the tension of the spring to be varied according to which slot you use. Mine was located a couple of notches toward the rear of the car so I moved it to the frontmost location just to see what the effect was. It certainly reduced the violence of the opening. I'm not suggesting this as a permanent fix, but it'll do until I can get a replacement strut.