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535i Andrew

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  1. Upcoming Service

    Yes looks like it could be a biggie due in April this year. I'm not sure obviously on the frequency of items on a Diesel engined variant but on mine I think it was the second oil service on mine when they changes oil and oil filter, spark plugs, engine air filter and pollen filters. They don't list the smaller items as separate service items on the F10 like they did on the E60, its just lumped in with every second or third engine oil change. Yes Statutory vehicle inspection is BMW iDrive speak for MOT. And "vehicle check" is a different service item requirement, however the vehicle check checks everything an MOT checks and more! A vehicle check service is around £100 alone. Oil service similar, chuck in the pollen filters at nearly another £100 plus an engine air filter at £50, you are at £350 already, £400 inc the MOT.
  2. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Well according to .gov it failed then immediately passed. It failed on both headlights aim being too high. The tech must have failed it then adjusted it and passed it. The headlight aim is automatically self adjusted on cars with adaptive Xenons isn't?
  3. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Just dropped mine off for its MOT. Normally I would now spend all day stressing that my car is in for an MOT while endlessly refreshing the MOT history page on the .gov website. BUT, the very smiley customer advisor pointed out that as my car is still under the 5 year 60,000 mile service inclusive pack, just, this includes a 24 month MOT protection which starts the day the car is 3 years old, so if it fails on anything today from a bulb to a coil spring, I'm covered. I didnt know about about the two year MOT protection being part of the service pack. Brucey Bonus. And also local dealer is having a special deal on MOTs in Jan for a price of £34 instead of £54! Double Brucey Bonus! To the original owner, I thank you again for spending your money on something I'm benefitting from!
  4. Good shout re the Westfalia electrics. I had to route wires to the front drivers footwell on my dad's F10, and in mine with 3AC towbar the same twisted pair go forward to the footwell, it would be so much easier just doing it in the boot.
  5. High Beam assist question

    Cheers Johnny. Glad it's not just mine, although saying that it behaved perfectly this morning but it had a pair of tail lights in its sights. But then again perhaps it knew to behave this morning as it was being driven to the MOT centre for its yearly scrutinising!
  6. High Beam assist question

    I use my high beam assist option all the time as I stay out in the sticks up here in the north of the UK. I like it a lot when used on the adaptive settings with my Xenons. This winter sees more of the local street lights now being very white LED lights having replaced the old orange sodium bulbs. The high beam assist sometimes flicks the high beam on in the streets lit by the white LED street lights when it didn't on the same roads last year when lit by sodium lights. I then have to flick it back off so as not to dazzle other road users. The white LED street lights seem to confuse it and it then doesn't recognise oncoming car head lights or when I catch up on red tail lights, both of which when out in the non street light areas make the high beam assist switch off high beam as it should. Has anyone else noticed if their high beam assist switches full beam on under white LED street lights?
  7. Could be air temp. If there is an issue with your MAF, it might struggle to recognise that the air temp is very low thus the air is denser and not adjust the fuel mixture accordingly.
  8. BMW Longest Drift Record!

  9. Insurance Advise Needed

    Sorry for your tale of woe. I've just spent most of last year working on my house whilst working full time, so knowhow you feel mate. She is probably right to go through her insurance company as she is protecting herself. From the quote you have had, it's relatively small so should be easy enough to sort out. As above, report it to your insurance company. They can initiate the claim for you. Be honest and say why you aren't contacting them till now incase they ask. But to answer your question, yes your premium will go up but not by much. Both me and my wife made a full no fault claim each in the space of 12 months and our premiums went up slightly even though we both had protected no claims. Yes it's crap but that's life.
  10. The valvetronic works the whole time as that is how the throttle is applied to this engine. The valvetronic system alters the amount the inlet valve opens which is the throttle control on this engine. The more the inlet valve opens the more fuel and air mixture goes into the cylinders so engine speed increases.
  11. New Grill Fitted

    Much better now. The chrome adds something.
  12. V8 curiosity

    Likewise, that was the easiest oil leak to fix on the N62, the alternator bracket leak being somewhat more problematic!
  13. F10 Reverse light and/or Foglight warning

    Easy, ignition on but don't start engine stick it into reverse that will put the reverse lights on. No issues there then.
  14. F10 Reverse light and/or Foglight warning

    Sorry what do you meant by Could be as simple as loose bulbs as being in the boot lid which gets slammed, they may vibrate loose.
  15. Westfalia is the OEM supplier for removeable towbars. Its a relatively easy diy. I fitted one of my dad's F10 and one to my E60.
  16. F10 Reverse light and/or Foglight warning

    I meant to look at mine last night for you and I'm in work now, sorry. Careful checking the reverse lights if yours is an auto As the only way to get reverse lights on in an auto is to engage reverse with the engine running. Ideally you need a second person to check the reverse lights work or to sit in the drivers seat pressing the brake pedal....what I'm saying is don't stand behind the car in reverse gear and only rely on the handbrake to hold it.
  17. Spotted! My Old Girl For Sale

    The guy selling it on eBay doesn't deserve to own it either after the grill, splitter and wheel mods!
  18. According to How many left, there are 308 535i M Sport Autos out there on the road. https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/bmw_535i_m_sport_auto However, my log book states mine is a 535i M Sport Turbo Auto which makes it one of 40 out there on the road. https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/bmw_535i_m_sport_turbo_auto No idea why mine is one of those as they are the same, it's just a quirk in the log books. I've only seen one 535i since ownership of mine and two prior to that. But either way, being 348 on the road won't throw up many in a search, hence the optimistic pricing on my part.
  19. F10 Reverse light and/or Foglight warning

    Fault with Fog and reverse suggests to me that it may be an issue with the wiring to the bootlid. Reverse certainly and I think Fog lights are in the cluster on the boot lid.They are only two filiament bulbs in the rear of the car. Check the holder on each light cluster and if no luck thee check the routing of the wires between the boot and the chassis. Common issue for wires to get chaffed on the flexing of the rubber duct on touring models of most types of BMWs, so not out of the realms of possibility on saloon models. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=FR72-EUR-01-2013-F10-BMW-535i&diagId=63_1214
  20. January 2013 made, but obviously to 2012 spec. It's a six pot with a single turbo, giving 306bhp and 400Nm of twist. A bit less than my E60 it replaced but it's more nimble than the E60 so it makes up for the lack of grunt. Glad it's the distance that's put you off and not the price!
  21. Bmw 90AH or Universal 110AH battery 760LI

    Makes sense, things have changed in the nearly 15 years since yours rolled off the production line. Go for the genuine one and make sure it gets coded to the car properly.
  22. I'll sell you a 535i MSport with 44k on the clock FBMWSH, 21 days left of service inclusive, it's in for an MOT on Friday. Split folding rear seats, grey leather, 3AC towbar, sport flappy paddles and a set of 17" 327 winters. Yours for £25k!
  23. Sensible man, you know it makes sense! Good luck finding, and I'm assuming, a petrol BMW, rather than something that has a soulless electric motor in it.
  24. Tow hitch bmw x3

    Hi Christina Sounds like it has a mechanical fault. I take it that the car isn't under any form of warranty? Reading the threads linked to above and the ones linked to that, you should find a very helpful member who should be able to supply a gear. But You should really get it checked out as it may be something else. The hard part will be to find a garage who is willing to look at the innards of the towbars working and is prepared to fix it. BMW only supply the part as a complete towbar assembly. Westfalia who make the towbar, are not obliged to supply spares outwith complete assemblies to the car manufacturers.
  25. Deer oh deer

    Sorry to hear that. I hit a deer back in 2001. Small thing, size of bambi jumped off a wall on the twisty bit on the A82 on the side of Loch Lomond. By the time I even managed to hit the brakes I had made contact with it. Its ar$e hit the headlight and its head hit the grill. It then bounced off an skidded under the armco barrier and went into the loch. Thank god it was a Toyota Avensis hire car. £1500 to fix. It would have written my Senator off at the time. I called the local Police to tell them, but they were only interested in taking action if I was injured (just shock) or if the deer was still lying in the road and posing a risk to others. A deer isn't owned by anyone so there is no loss to a third party, unlike a cow or dog etc.