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535i Andrew

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535i Andrew last won the day on June 16

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About 535i Andrew

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  • Birthday 07/28/1978

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    F10 535i MSport Auto

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  1. So I tried out this jig I have made up on my dad's F10 today. I have connected up a ballast resistor across the fog light wiring so there is atleast one 'bulb' in the trailer socket. With no ballast resistors (in any circuit other than the fog light) fitted, my dad's car made the indicators on the jig above flash at a higher speed along with the cars. His car didn't make the LEDs above hyperflash but it did fire of a warning on the dash that the trailer has an indicator bulb failure because the car can't detect the electrical resistance of the LED. It made them flash at the higher speed associated with an indicator bulb failure. For my dads F10 to be able to tow our trailer with the above LED lights fitted, it will need ballast resistors wired in parallel with the LEDs when fitted on the trailer. Other interesting point to note, my dad's F10 (2012 model) with Westfalia wiring fitted (in 2014) to his towbar was able to successfully operate the LEDs fitted to brand new Swift Caravan. So there is clearly enough enough electrical resistance in his caravan LEDs to allow his car to work them normally. We connected my car with its 3AC towbar to his caravan and it made the caravan LED lights hyperflash and my dash indicated a trailer indicator bulb failure. So I cannot tow his caravan without modification to ether the caravan loom or my towbar loom. What's the odds if I write to BMW asking if there is an upgrade to my towbar trailer module to make it work with LEDs? Probably the same as Scotland wining the current World Cup!
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    Traction Control

    @SuperDave and @bmwmike, so are you both running in Sport mode then? I'll need to try mine out, although in comfort, mine is quick enough for me, most of the time.
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    F10 new ownership thoughts

    I was able to shift from D to N and N to D without being stopped or having my foot on the brake at speeds up to 15 mph. That is an advancement over what I could do in the E39. But I'm with @SuperDave, wouldn't do it.
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    F10 new ownership thoughts

    however I will double check.....
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    F10 new ownership thoughts

    D to N yes. But not N to D. I used to coast in N in my Senator. Tried that trick in the E39 and had to bring a busy slip road joining the Clydeside Expressway to a halt when I had to bring it to a stop to then shift back into D. I could feel the hatred from everyone behind.
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    Front suspension 10 mm lower on the n/s

    @rasg, was this puncture on the wheel that had the stuck locking wheel bolt?
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    F10 new ownership thoughts

    I would not recommend that as if you then need to apply power again you can't as you need to stop before the cars nanny state electronics let you shift back in to D. The car must be stationary to shift into D from N. meanwhile the boy behind you has now compressed your rear number plate.
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    Traction Control

    Interesting you say that Dave. The salesman who sold me mine implied that it would ride different which I immediately dismissed because a) a salesman told me that and b) there is no way to link the driving mode button to my mechanical shocks which are not part of an option upgrade . But.....this post of mine which suggests that your last line above is correct. even before I had bought my F10 I had heard reports that the rear pads wear quickly on the F gen of 5 Series.
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    Wheel Balancing

    Hi @RobM, what were the tyres you got fitted this time?
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    Runflats questions - sorry!

    Tyre pressure monitoring will still work, all you need to do is leave the pressure valve kit in place and not remove it. Its up to you what you carry to deal with a flat tyre, compressor, space saver with jack, tyre foam or an AA card. In eighteen years of BMW ownership I've only ever had one puncture (on a rft) and it cost me £12 to fix.
  11. I'm not aware of any suspension sensors on an F10 unless it's got an active drive/chassis option, I'm not familiar with that stuff. There are sensors that alter the headlight aim attached to the suspension arms if you have adaptive Xenon lights but these have no influence over ride quality. F11s have ride height sensors for the air springs but not on an F10. Sounds like bull you've been told What mileage is on the car? I would expect to see wear on suspension joints around 70,000 miles based on E60 experience. What are your tyres like? Are they OEM, do they have much tread left? Tyre pressures o.k? Worn tyres can drastically alter the cars ride and handling. Mine was transformed when I replaced very worn front tyres for new OEM tyres. Budget tyres can also drastically change handling too.
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    poor fuel economy

    You definitely have a problem as your mpg is worse than mine! A journey of 4 miles will be slowly killing your Diesel. It will be nicely furred up on the inside. EGR will probably be clogged up. It will most likely need de-coked on the inside. And your DPF will be in dire need of a regen. Give it a full service a tank full of super diesel and go and take it for a long run (30miles+) at motorway speeds. Check your hidden engine temps on this run too to rule out thermostat problems as mentioned above.
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    New 2003 520i sport touring owner

    That will go on for ever. A sweet petrol 6 pot with a manual box. What's not to like. It's a rare car, look after it. Good luck with it.
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    Ordered than new 530e yet?

    Well if you have you might want to think about next time you go to charge it up as apparently it can be thwarted by a Creme egg. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-44561039 Oh how I laughed.
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    F10 new ownership thoughts

    Make sure you service it/change oil every 10k if its an N47. +1 on that. Walking past them when stopped at traffic lights, it sounds like a cement mixer full of spanners. I couldn't live with that. Atleast you have already done the yellow grommet. What make of towbar did you go for? How did you get on with the wiring for the socket?