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  1. I don't believe it but its true

    Don't rise to the bait fellas - secretly Andrew envies us oil burners!
  2. Auto Transmission fluid recommendations

    ZF for me too.
  3. Another oldie worth dusting off.

    So, 3a.m. Pounding on the door wakes up hubby and wife. It's pitch black, blowing a gale and heaving it down with rain. More pounding on the door and drunken voice calls 'HELLOOOOO' through the letterbox 'Can you give me a push please'. Hubby gets up goes downstairs and opens the door a crack, tells the guy his fortune and heads back upstairs. The banging and calls for help continue and wifey says 'For f*** sake just go and give him a push so we can all get back to sleep'!! Hubby retraces his steps and opens the door to a wild black night. Stepping into the darkness he can see no sign of the drunk so calls out 'Hello....do you still need a push'? 'Oh yes! I'd given up hope - cheers mate' the drunk replies. 'OK, so where are you it's pitch black out here' 'I'm down the garden' 'Well what the hell are you doing down the garden? I thought you needed a push' 'I do - I'm down here on the swing'. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  4. It's all down to finding a good service department in the first place and then building a rapport with them preferably via the service manager or someone with oily hands. I spent around 40 years using the same VW dealer and they were a pleasure to deal with. So far I have fought shy of doing that with BMW and used an indy or even local garage for simple stuff.
  5. Glow plug broken in engine!!

    Great write-up and attention to detail. Nice to be able to take time to do the job properly even if it's not a job you wanted to do.
  6. Stud conversion

  7. What a fu**ing joke

    ^ As above - their rules, and it's not Western culture. Mate of mine once got an IT contract in Iran on silly money. A couple of us also applied through same recruitment agency. Just after applying everything went quiet. Agency didn't know WTF was going on as all efforts to progress recruitment had stalled. Turned out it was only the Iranian revolution - overthrow of the Shah. We stayed in Blighty. Matey and his by then pregnant wife were already in post and had a very hard time in Tehran. Eventually they were moved onto the Iranian Airforce Base at Mehrabad for their own safety. No amount of money would tempt me to the ME after their experience. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  8. Best film ever?

    Favourite probably The Graduate for personal reasons. But then there's.....Zulu, Marathon Man, The Godfather, The Exorcist (had to sleep with the light on), Deer Hunter, the Python movies (should give anyone a laugh), Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Saving Private Ryan (opening action). I could go on. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  9. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    The world's first 535i running on biomass! Does it smoke much? [emoji6] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  10. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    2.5C??!! [emoji33] 12.5C here in sunny Devon! [emoji6] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  11. BBC News at Ten last night reported that since this latest mass shooting 87 more Americans have died by shooting. The Beeb reported it as 'a Las Vegas massacre every 3 days'. Pretty shocking but also a bit of a distortion as most gun related deaths are suicides apparently. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  12. Looks to be an end to an era :( 535d gearbox issues

    ^ Not sure those who have suffered the failure of the boot lid wiring on the E61 would agree regarding loom quality. [emoji6] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  13. Looks to be an end to an era :( 535d gearbox issues

    ^ Agreed. It's hard and becoming harder to keep a modern car going into its old age. Once it was rust that was the death sentence but that's less likely today. A friend traded her early but spotless Audi TT because of electrical gremlins that her garage eventually attributed to the whole wiring system starting to fail in several places. Once you get the symptoms of electronic multiple organ failure it can be a slippery slope. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  14. Looks to be an end to an era :( 535d gearbox issues

    I think that reliability hasn't kept pace with complexity. Twenty years ago many of the electrical and electronic gizmos were virtually unheard of on the average car. Nothing wrong with having a few nice toys but sophistication without reliability is the stuff of nightmares. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  15. If the number of handguns isn't madness enough where do assault rifles fit in with self protection? What conceivable reason can there be for flogging them to Joe Public other than to make money? Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  16. Some more stats from Auntie. Unbelievable (almost) that the support for more control of handguns is falling. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41488081 Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  17. 2007 BMW 535D M Sport LCi - Immaculate Condition!

    Thirty-odd years ago I was looking for a vehicle and ended up paying almost double what I intended. This was partly because my original budget was inadequate and would only buy a roughish example, and partly because I found one that I considered worth coughing up the extra for. You know the sort of stuff - one enthusiast owner, great condition, reams of paperwork etc. It hurt financially and I wondered for a while whether I'd been daft to pay so much. I got a bit of consolation from this quote from John Ruskin. “There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person’s lawful prey. It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money — that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.” I've no idea on prices but it sounds to me like this is the sort of enthusiast's car that another enthusiast will be willing to pay a bit more for. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  18. What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    The Carly app will report glow plug errors so I guess other apps will too. I get a ping on glow plug cylinder 1 from Carly. I've had no problem starting through 2 winters or rough running. Car is now 10 years old so I'm tempted to replace glowplugs but as it's not causing a problem and there's the fear of snapping one I'm leaving well alone at the moment. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  19. Recommendations for an infra red thermometer

    Hey! Thanks for that! [emoji106] Cheaper than a blown head gasket/new engine, but at £142 it's a bit salty at the moment! Maybe put it on my wish list. [emoji4] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  20. Recommendations for an infra red thermometer

    I keep hoping to come across a cheap wireless water temperature gauge to make up for the lack of one on my E60 (crazy idea). Sure I could buy a conventional one but then there's the pain of plumbing it in and running the piping and 12v supply through the bulkhead. Someone in the Orient needs to spot a market opportunity! [emoji4] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  21. Well if Obama couldn't do anything about it you can bet that Trump won't. The NRA and arms manufacturers pour money into US politics. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  22. E60 Swirl Flap size anyone ?

    As Wakey says, 'when you consider what could happen if one or more fails'..... Your Indy may be right but you don't want a failure on your car to be the first one he's ever seen. [emoji4] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  23. E60 Swirl Flap size anyone ?

    ^+1 for what Dotcom says. You could check by entering your Vin into realoem.com to see if you have the flap free manifold but if the manifold is coming off anyway I guess it doesn't matter as you'll know soon enough. [emoji4] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  24. Looks to be an end to an era :( 535d gearbox issues

    That's really bad news especially as you say you love the car. You could try Automatic Transmissions in Preston for a chat and estimate but that may not suit geographically or financially and if you've had enough you've had enough. They are on 01772-259068 if you do decide to get a cost for repair. Good luck. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  25. E60 2009 wheel squeak

    There may be certain types of pad which require a very specific break-in method but the usual recommendation for ordinary road-going pads is to break in gently. Not sure the 60 to 10 x 10 times would be necessary especially if done aggressively. I'd go with the copper grease meself. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
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