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Everything posted by pidgeonpost

  1. Micro Vs Pollen Vs Cabin Filter

    I've always believed that the cabin and pollen filters are one and the same. These are the ones at the rear of the engine compartment. I've heard the diesel filter referred to as a microfilter.
  2. Any watch Fans if so let’s see them

    Only got one watch - CWC G10. Cheap, accurate, and must be tough as old boots as I never take it off.
  3. M5 or dreamer?

    Overtaken by a white 'M5' on the way into Cheltenham Tuesday morning - think it was a 2014 reg. I'm not at all clued up on how to tell one model from another by comparing tiny details, but as I pulled up behind the car at a red light I noticed that although it had an M5 badge on the tail it only had twin tailpipes. This seemed odd to me. What seemed more odd was the distinct trace of black smoke I'd associate with diesel as he pulled off the lights. So am I right in thinking that this was a wannabe? Just curious....
  4. M5 or dreamer?

    It does sound quite likely to have been the same car. I thought it was heading into the new Cotswold BMW palace but it turned off before then. No chance to get a pic unfortunately.
  5. Scuttle clean-out

    Hadn't had a look in the scuttles in a while so took the opportunity of a bit of mild weather to have a look. Usual collection of leaves and spider webs in the nooks and crannies. No sign of water or dampness on driver side, but the drainage grommet did look blocked. Someone on the forum mentioned using the brake cable inner from a bike to clean this out. Initially it was too flexible to be able to push through the crud in the grommet, but once the muck had been cleared away it was possible to get the brake cable started. It was difficult to be sure, but it felt like the exit from the grommet didn't lead straight downward as it was a sod to get the cable started. It felt like it ran off to one side. Just have to fiddle until it gets started I guess. I pushed the cable in for most of its length but there was no sign of it coming out underneath the car. Next step was to pour some water into the scuttle while agitating the cable to check it was draining ok which it was. It seemed to be running out just to the rear of the wheel arch but I couldn't see a drain hole as such. What to do about the passenger side as you have pretty much zero visibility into that side? I shoved some paper towel down there to check for wet but it was bone dry. Can't see the grommet this side though so left it alone. I know some owners have removed these grommets altogether, but I left them in place - for now at least. Gave everything a general clean. An amazing amount of muck builds up in the various channels and guides in the plastic work ahead of the windscreen and in the removable bits. For some reason you get the 'after' pix before the 'before' ones. Such is technology!
  6. Windscreen Washer Issue

    Simple enough to do. I looked at a couple of YouTube videos and bought a Meyle pump on EBay. You don't have to remove the liner totally, you can tie it back to gain enough space and grovel around at your leisure. Having done it once I reckon an hour tops.
  7. No more flirting - EVER

    I had an accidental and slightly iffy exchange with a lady wedding photographer a few weeks ago. We were setting up a PA system in a marquee when I noticed that the floodlight she'd set up was tottering wildly as guests danced. As I was close to it I put my hand on it to steady it when she came across to see what was up. Basically she hadn't opened the tripod wide enough to form a firm base. We were both kneeling on the floor and she was fiddling about getting nowhere fast and eventually I said 'Can't you open your legs a bit wider'? I took a sharp breath as I realised my words could've been better chosen. She gave me a bit of an old fashioned look but nothing more was said. It's not often you can say that to a lady you don't know!
  8. BMW Warranty & "corrosion"

    I think I'd find and print a couple of threads that cite similar failures. Show 'em to the dealer and email to Mondial and tell them it clearly points to the failure being due to a design fault. Might not win the day but better than giving in without a fight!
  9. Check your scuttle drains!

    Any clues on where the exit points are for scuttle and sun roof? I cleaned out the scuttle 2 years ago but going to check it over again in the next week it two. Never checked the sunroof drains though.
  10. Spiral rod in boot

    I've heard of a bit on the side but the idea of a bit in the boot brings thoughts of a trip to the spinal injuries unit.
  11. Car Salesmen Celebrating.

    Made me smile. But I guess the clocks go back every day in the trade.
  12. So what's going on?

    The clock time is (possibly) correct, so has it lost the date or time anywhere else I wonder? Possibly worth resetting date/time manually but it's more of a concern if it's lost data regarding servicing. Durned computers...
  13. How Toxic is your car

    Been laid low by man flu so only just got round to posting the link to this article in reply to a post elsewhere. Apologies for reposting folks.
  14. I don't believe it but its true

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

    ZF for me too.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Stud conversion

  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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