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    540i one week in advice/help please

    You don't own a V8 and worry about the fuel bill. Towing or having fun = 22 mpg Average = 28 mpg Driving like a saint = 39mpg
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    My insurance companies Engineers are deliberating the quote received from the bodyshop. The implication is that it will be repaired. A third of the quote is for the replacement towbar. I won't get it back before I go on holiday at the end of the week. I've arranged the off hire of the posh Toyota, so it's not sitting on my driveway being unused at a huge amount of £££'s per day to the other insurance company, when I'm away. All I can say is thank goodness I wasn't planning on towing a caravan to go on holiday with.
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    E60 gearbox slipping

    The bridge seal is an o ring in the shape of an 8 between the mechatronic unit and the mechanical bit of the gearbox. It's been well documented on line and in various BMW magazines that these seals fail, leak and you loose pressure in the box causing failures etc. Although Mackie's have a different take on that. https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=NB32-EUR---E60-BMW-545i&diagId=24_1027 Part # 2 is a bridge seal. Part # 1 is the mechatronic sleeve which is a common source of a leak and it's about £40 to replace.
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    540i one week in advice/help please

    It is yes. It was very useful for removing the rear Spring on mine. I got rid of mind before it really needed lots of engine work. When I say engine work I mean the seals and gaskets, mechanically it was solid and would pull like a train all day every day.............assuming the 6HP box didn't wimp out on you.
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    Lowering my F11

    It's an F11, just wait till the air springs fail, et voila it's lowered for free.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Shhhh, for goodness sake man, don't let on that our wives are right. We'll never hear the end of it.
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    Purple or green condenser O rings?

    BMW will have many different suppliers of parts and these will change over the years and may well be subject to an improvement. It should be supplied in a bag with a part number so should be easily enough checked with www.realoem.com. As long as it is the right part it will be rightly.
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    540i one week in advice/help please

    The V8 equipped E60's are as common as rocking horse poo here in the UK so the bulk of info on them is from 'Murica. I found this site https://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/tech_main_e60.htm particularly useful as it covers the V8. If you scroll right down to the bottom you will find the alternator bracket job being done on a 745i. It depends where you are in the UK. I know some on here help each other out with a few bits an pieces.
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    just found leaks from front of car

    Looking at the first pictures on my big computer screen, I really can't convince myself that the wet patches are oil. It looks too clean and not generally in the shape oil droplets or oil leaks form. Oil patches tend to attract dirt easily as fine particle will stick to the oil and make it look dirty. Fairly confident that its A/C condensate. My father in-laws car left a wet patch on my driveway yesterday from A/C condensate. At this time of year when there is high humidity you will get water forming on the cold parts of the A/C system which will drip off. Best thing to do is monitor it, if it changes noticeably then get it checked. Or run around without the A/C on and see if it dissappears.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I asked the wife if we still have one of those magic erasers. This is generated a confused look on her face as she couldn't understand why I had suddenly taken an interest in cleaning something in the house. After I corrected her, her advice was that they are abrasive as she had used one on our old wooden floor to remove crayon marks and it had scratched the floor and partially removed the varnish on it. Perhaps it was a different magic sponge she used.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    You know what, the hoovering did make my back sore but I can't really complain as she sent me out the house for a couple of hours so that she could throw a surprise birthday party for me when I got back. Still atleast the floors were clean for all our guests.
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    2013 F11 Suspension Compressor faulty?

    That warning will have a fault code associated with it.
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    just found leaks from front of car

    You will get condensation on parts of the A/C system at this time of year when it's on.
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    2013 F11 Suspension Compressor faulty?

    Could be a leak in the air lines or a fitting. Needs a good poking about and codes read to see if it's anything else.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    I am now regretting saying to my wife. She had just had me Hoover the house! I got out of doing that last weekend as I was sore.
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    540i one week in advice/help please

    That's a good point @Iain550 makes. I lost 1.5 litres of oil from the offside bank rocker cover gasket. Paid £200 for a local Indy to fix. But these N62 s will leak oil from every joint. Mine had a weep too from the upper timing case on the near side bank, the vanos o rings, the oil pressure sensor, the vacuum pump to upper timing case o ring. The alternator oil seal is a pig of a job to do (engine support needed) so make sure it's definitely the source rather than the easier rocker cover gasket.
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    poor fuel economy

    That will be a long search for a V6 powered BMW
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    Err.....

    How can I unsee things?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    No furniture salesman will tell you to use baby wipes on a leather sofa. They are horrendous things, they make my skin break out. They don't go anywhere near my leather! Microfibre and simple hand soap is what you want. For the leather and yer hands!
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    I'm still in my 30's so I've a few days left to enjoy being made of indestructible rubber, as I rub my back from another twinge... Thanks again all for your kind words. Its a holiday weekend where I am so no news till Tuesday on the car but I'm in an all day training session on Tue with limited access to the outside world.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    My back is much better, I get the odd twinge but you might put that down to old age as sadly I turn 40 at the end of the month.
  22. I'm debating a change of employer. My prospective employer has offered me a car allowance and a fuel card. Car allowance means I must have a car available for business use. No problem there with the F10. The fuel card is to pay for fuel for my personal BMW for all mileage I do provate and company except mileage I do on holiday. I currently do 6k miles a year. With this new job, that mileage lets say will be 12k miles put on the F10. Is it worth my while taking a fuel card? A quick google only throws up different companies offering their fuel cards and I can't find anything on their pros and cons. Anyone got experience of using a fuel card on their own personal car? Thanks
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    Fuel Cards - employer provided for your BMW

    I'm no longer debating a change, I'm staying put. Their offer fell short in other areas. Thanks for the advice guys.
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    Davis resigns

    We are going to make a right Jeremy Hunt of this Brexit process now.
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    E60 gearbox slipping

    I'll let @RightHandGoose tell you about his conversations with a transmission specialist regarding rubber components being changed at a service........
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