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Alexak last won the day on November 25 2015

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  • Birthday 06/23/1960

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    North Shropshire
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    IT Consultant


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    F11 520d, R1200ST & a Kia Soul EV

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  1. Cripes!!! Well done, you must be really strong!
  2. She needs a new Accountant! Especially if said Accountant has not suggested she makes full use of any Sipp contribution first which are free of CT before blowing funds on an expense! The Bik on a car purchased by a company is a high fixed tax cost for the duration the company owns the vehicle on an ever depreciating asset. Even worse on a 2nd hand one. Even worse being a Weasel! For one man bands its usually a really bad idea except in exceptional circumstances Buying privately even via a directors loan and then claiming 45p per mile plus the vat back on a proportion of the fuel is usually more cost effective. Buying an EV and still being able to claim 45p per mile is super cost effective
  3. Its the beginning there will be lots more. I posted elsewhere on here a while ago there are some serious Eco nuts on the fringes of the EV forums I frequent. I will not be surprised if we begin to see increasing arson attacks on ICE vehicles especially those on hit lists and deemed the most polluting in the next few years if not already happening now. The media will fuel it with fake stories like Diesels are killing more and more people etc.
  4. Firstly I doubt this is anything to do with water ingress that typically manifests itself in all sorts of weird issues. Secondly be careful at any dealers they love these sorts of problem as they see it as an excuse to change countless parts at your expense til they get it right or you give up. My gut feeling is this is fuelling or emissions related and could be a soft or hard fault. My car has done 106k and did this a couple of times not long after I bought it, a cycle of the ignition has cleared it on each occasion. It has not done it for ages though I did run a bottle of millers through it over several fill ups snake oil perhaps but who knows. If my fault re occurs my first action will be to ask BMW to ensure the engine ECU firmware is at the latest level ditto for the other ECUs might as well get them all done at the same time then wait and see, that should eliminate it being a soft fault Then the diagnosis begins My next step would be to clean the EGR valve mine has never been done and these can get stupidly cruddy and cause all sort of odd issues if the valve fails to close properly or air flow gets badly restricted. After that it might became a proper diags exercise and code readers can send you up the garden path, an enet cable and a pirate of Rheingold would be more useful.
  5. @Stressed You do not need to quote an entire post full of pictures to add a one line question! @sshooie If it is bad why did you buy it and how do you know it is a boy?
  6. "520d - 100k. What to look out for?" If serviced to schedule the absolutely nothing HTH Ok I lied maybe the gaiters and bump stops on the rear shocks might have perished (£20 each) and there might be a wee bit of wear on the drivers seat but that really is being picky.
  7. Nope they will stick out beyond the arches and nasty things will happen especially when steering I mistakenly bought some lovely ex E60 wheels with winter tyres before realising they would not fit! and sold them on here soon after.
  8. Does the local police have a service similar to this where you live.
  9. does it qualify as a classic Car? If yes then NCB should not be a concern. Most CC policies do not use NCB. Peter Best used to be very good I had my supercharged MG V8 with them and the policy was less than my grand Scenic. I had my nasp V8 with Lancaster originally but they weren't to keen on the model car Also 5000 is high for a classic try lower mileage
  10. Stick it on flea bay and then wait for all the normal questions from the Nova brigade like "Ow much du u wont for it m8." Or "will you ship to Ireland" Which is normally followed a few days later with an "item not as described" dispute but only after they have had it just long enough to run in a few drifting events and destroy the clutch!
  11. A good service history would become pretty irrelevant after a conversion and the car would be a pig to sell. The only way this could be done is with a donor car and then by using a coding expert to tie all the disparate part together. It would probably be cheaper and easier to convert it to full electric I did this in reverse once many moons ago converted a Triumph 2.5pi from Auto to Manual with OD things were so much easier then.
  12. There is a Barn down the road from here with Several Montegos in it. The last time I was at Oulton Park there was a Banana yellow Montego estate racing fairly competitively ........ Well until it went bang it was anyway. Nice to see OP had some closure to this episode
  13. Performance air filter Hmm technically there is no such thing! If you work on the assumption no air filter = max throughput then any form of filter = a restriction. In the real world of forced induction engines it all becomes a bit irrelevant. Providing the induction tract is not significantly obstructed I ran 400BHP at the wheels via a 9 psi blower through a stock air filter fed by what looked pretty much like a piece of gutter down pipe, still stock though, The restriction on power for that particular car was not induction capacity or boost but the max torque the gearbox could take without tearing itself to bits! Some years earlier I had wanted to make my M47 powered Rover 75 go a bit better. I was truly shocked how restricted the air intake ahead of the filter was. It had a tiny little slot with all sorts of junk in front of it including the bonnet cables Opening up the intake made a significant difference and aided other mods like larger inter cooler and remaps for a higher fuel flow rate. It always cracks me up when numpty boy racers spend silly money and actually cause the engine to produce less power by adding aluminium and pretty silicon hoses under the bonnet - typically badly thought out amateur bling. If I had done that on my V8 the alloy heat soak in the induction tract would have heated the incoming air significantly ruining the point of the inter-cooler and we all know hot air is less dense so can carry lower fuel air charge hence less power. Sometimes the stock plastic abomination is far more efficient! especially when combined with a better inter-cooler but people like their visible bling.............
  14. Band wagon, Jump on they do Inevitable really
  15. Instagram and Facebook are not personal use. The DP is perfectly entitled to limit who takes photos on his premises maybe you weren't wearing an appropriate Anorak Just accept it and go elsewhere.