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  1. Horrific. But we will never know why.
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    New brake pads and discs

    I fitted ATE discs and Textar pads to my E39. Bought from ECP back in the day. From memory the genuine discs and pads I took off were ATE discs and Textar pads. Can't recall what I did about the wear sensor. I never had any issues with them. Jurid are OEM front pads on my E60, Textar are OEM rear pads on my E60. No idea who makes the discs (two piece jobs on my E60) Wear sensor front was Pagid. I'm about to replace the front discs and pads on my F10 and they will be genuine.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    At this moment in time I just want a car I can tow with. Once its all sorted and working reliably I'll........
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    For the third Monday morning in a row, mine was dropped off at the dealer to look at my towbar. They have heard back from BMW so have a few more things to check out. Service advisor is also "going to make some inquiries regarding the sun visor damage".
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    Eco Pro question

    Yeah sorry, lol, wrong thread. D'oh.
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    Eco Pro question

    For the third Monday morning in a row, mine was dropped off at the dealer to look at my towbar. They have heard back from BMW so have a few more things to check out. Service advisor is also "going to make some enquiries regarding the sun visor damage".
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    F10 drivers sun visor

    The problem Drivers side sun visor mirror is broken. Is just the mirror available? Fingers crossed.... I'm not 100% sure of the Part number. Car has S775 headlining anthracite. Chassis DZ32829 Can you confirm the part number, cost inc shipping to PA6 postcode. Thanks Andrew
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    Eco Pro question

    This! It's annoying, just like Eco mode which makes the car really lethargic to drive.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Thanks Jake, I thought about that too. I would need to remove the sliding cover without breaking it to then get to replace the mirror. The cover slides over the mirror with no room to spare so I couldn't stick a replacement mirror over the broken one.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Who knows! I'm guessing the headrest put up a fight when trying to remove it to refit the restraint system in it. Perhaps the techs head banged into it when the headrest released itself from the seat? I'm thinking one from a breaker too.
  11. Buy genuine BMW bits and fit yourself. I'm going to pay around £360 for front discs, pads and a wear sensor for my F10 and fit them myself. I can't see a tech taking more than an hour to do front discs and pads on a ramp.
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    OBD II to ethernet cable

    I sent my PM on Monday, I posted the above as a prompt........ But I've not heard anything either.
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    F11 rear suspension airbag repkacement

    Sounds like it's on its way out and yes logic dictates that t'other side won't be far away. There are a few threads on here about replacing them. Do a search and you should find the, I could be wrong but but I don't think it's a big job once the wheels off. I'm sure boasts about it taking less than 30 mins per side have been made.
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    Two Black F10 spots.

    First spot Black F10 of the twin single tails club, sadly an oil burner, 10:15 this morning in Bridge of Weir, Northern Irish plate. Second spot Black F10 of the twin single tails club, sadly an oil burner, 14:15 this afternoon in Morrison's Johnstone, 12 plate, English reg, 351 wheels.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Noticed this today. I suspect it was the bodyshop fettling the headrests after the bump but I can't prove it. Whole visor is required as mirror isn't listed as a separate part. Certainly explains the bad luck I'm having with it all, lol. On a positive note I got this thru the post to liberally apply to the insides of my winter wheels before they go on.
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    OBD II to ethernet cable

    You have PM.
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    Retrofit split/folding rear seat F10

    Lol they had 200+ bhp, 0-60 in 7 secs or so and loads of toys, nothing had that back then except the big BMWs. Lovely big barge, electrical nightmare (so set me up well for BMW ownership) but cheap as chips to run. Eats Golf GTis for breakfast. I remember tramping down thru Glencoe in mine, long straights, kick down and pass 8 cars easy.............
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    Retrofit split/folding rear seat F10

    Yeah the front seat barely folds back and you can't remove the headrest as it is wired to the rest of the seat for the headrest restraint system. Which means I could only get one sheet of 8'x2' chipboard in the car. My Senator used to swallow six at a time, no bother.
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    Retrofit split/folding rear seat F10

    F10 seats up, boot capacity is 520 litres I think. Not shabby in volume but it's the trade off for having the poise and balance of the rearwheel drive chassis, decent suspension and wide wheels all of which eat into boot space.
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    E65 730D - New battery needed

    Realoem will tell you that you can replace an ordinary battery with an AGM so not that helpful! I don't think you car needs an AGM one so make sure it's the correct size. My E60 was 110Ah! Yes get it coded to the car, so the car knows it's got a new battery in it which has different charge/discharge characteristics which will require the car to alter the charging rate etc. Ask on here if a friendly forum member with ISTA will do it for you. Exchange for beer. Simples.
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    E65 730D - New battery needed

    You won't need AGM on the E65 unless stop start. Buy OEM or genuine when it comes to batteries.
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    Don't play with your phone while driving, please.

    I know. Had a hot shower and incinerated all my clothes when I got home!
  23. I'm driving home from work a week past on Wednesday. I am stopped waiting for a gap in the oncoming traffic to turn right and I get hit from behind. First reaction is no, this can't be happening to my beautiful BMW. Car has cut out, I try and restart it as I'm blocking the road. It won't start. I get out, I'm o.k. driver who hit me is o.k. I call the police to assist with the traffic (as its rush hour and the other car refused to start too) and they arrive within 5 mins. I manage to get mine started and move it safely off the road. The police take statements from the two of us and a witness. My back now starts to really hurt and I look at the damage to my car. Bumper has had it along with the skirt around the exhausts, the nearside exhaust pipe tip is damaged and I can't even bring myself to check the towbar (3AC option). The boot opens and shuts o.k. Dashboard is warning of restraint faults. The car knows its had a whack up the tail. I'm gutted and upset and sore. I'm worrying about the towbar. Has it put more load into the chassis and bent the floor, is the towbar broken, is it safe to use? I'm not thinking rationally. The next day after politely declining to get my car fixed at one of the insurance companies body shops in the less salubrious parts of Glasgow, I arrange for it to go to my BMW dealers approved body shop. It gets taken away last Thursday as I didn't want to drive it with the dash warnings, lost a bit confidence too if I'm being honest. Yes it could have been much much worse. It didn't look too bad when I saw it up on the transporter. But its the second baby and I can't help but worry about it. I worked hard to save up to buy it nearly 2.5 years ago. I hear today that my car will cost £4.3k to repair. New bumper, new exhaust tip, new seat belt pretensioner and get this a new towbar, which will be nearly half the cost! They can't take any chances with the towbar as its taken a whack so it will get replaced. Rest of the car is fine. Looks like the towbar saved me from more damage. Explains why the car that hit me looked worse than mine. Their bumper had ridden up into his bonnet and warped it, broken a headlight and punctured his radiator. Their car will be baked bean cans by Christmas. The other drivers insurance company have written to me stating they admit fault so that's a bonus. In the meantime I get this delivered to run around in. That's right a milk float. It has a 2.5 litre 4 pot which produces 1 (ONE) bhp more than the 2.5 litre 6 pot that was in my E39 of TWENTY years ago and an electric motor in the autobox. Atleast its rear wheel drive. I was threatened with an E Class as a typical hire car. Its noisy and has a very harsh ride and this is from someone who runs an F10 on 19" runflats! As most of my journeys involve drives which I'm doing 60 mph for all of it bar a 1/2 of a mile in 30 limits the petrol engine is on all the time. Sure the motor helps to use supposedly use less fuel but the time its on electric only is next to nothing as if you have the heater on or the ventilated seats on the engine kicks in and it makes the most dreadful noise. The electric motor will only power the car up to 30mph so that's half a mile for me. Within a few miles I had deduced correctly that the engine is coupled to a CVT transmission which makes the engine rev at its most economical rpm to turn the motor to generate to top up the battery but its noisy at this rpm and does not sound refined. Its also noisy when just running on the electric motor which I was surprised at. There is a lot of tyre noise too from the Yoko's. I doesn't feel as planted in the bends as my bigger and heavier 5. And it can only tow 750 kg which is no use for me either. It uses a Merc style foot operated parking brake which means there is no room for my left foot and the centre consol is very large and my left leg bangs off it all the time. When it switches between the propulsion methods/combinations there is a shunt in the driveline. Internally its well specced with radar cruise, reverse camera, ventilated seats. There are buttons and switches for everything with it being Japanese and it has an analogue clock in the centre of the dash that looks like something from a 1980's Vauxhall, some odd styling IMO. Giving it the beans at 50mph for an overtake was fine, plenty of go, but getting it to 60 isn't as quick as I would have thought, given in my mind its badged as a 3.0 litre equivalent. Will I buy a hybrid. Not this one. One with a 6 pot petrol engine and a proper autobox. Mibbies. BMW did one.......in F10 flavour too. But running an older car with that tech, hmmm it will be wallet busting when it breaks. Doing a bit of digging on the milk float it has an engine which uses the Atkinson cycle and not the usual Otto cycle in the suck squeeze bang blow department which explains why it generates such a woeful amount of bhp given its displacement (wifes smaller block 1.5 Ecoboost engine rated at similar bhp) but supposedly uses hardly any petrol.... I'm currently returning 43mpg on a run in my F10 that would return 29mpg. If I was in my dads 530d doing the same run it would be on a par with the Lexus. So if you are after mpg then I'm not convinced that this is the way forward, stick to your heavy oil burners, with 6 pots they are far quieter than the Lexus. The wife summed it up perfectly. "It's just not a bonnie car". Can't wait for my F10 to come home.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    They have admitted they are stuck which is why they have gone to BMW. However unlike the bodyshop the dealer is keeping me fully informed and has stated they will resolve and at no cost to me. Their stance is, "the towbar doesn't do what it should, so we need to fix it". The bodyshop basically told me to f&!k off. Yet to write their review......
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    It went back into BMW on Monday for an overnight charge and power usage monitor. No fault found with either. Tech checked everything wiring, fuses, modules etc inc battery which was spot on, can't figure out what's wrong with the towbar not locking into place. Apparently now the towbar doesn't lock when the engine is running. I've not checked myself. Tech has raised a PUMA with BMW technical and is awaiting a response with what the next step is. They have asked BMW if they have come across this before with towbar after replacement but the chances of that will be slim I would think. Short of it being another duff towbar but what are the chances of that? Not unheard of for a batch of a something to be faulty I suppose. Meanwhile I got it back today. I was told no cost to me as it's all under parts warranty now. Phew.
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