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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    They painted the bonnet of my dads F10. Did a good enough job. Since my local body shop shut I've struggled to know of a good one.
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    540i one week in advice/help please

    Yup you have the N62 alternator bracket oil seal leak. Take alternator out and the left hand side engine support bracket to get to replace part #2 https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=NB32-EUR---E60-BMW-545i&diagId=12_1242 Its a bat crap crazy design, as it's meant for an additional oil cooler connection on hot climate cars. Really common failure as they get old. Put the badge back on, you don't want the uneducated thinking you have a 520d!
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    E60 gearbox slipping

    ZF will say to get it serviced at 60,000 miles. Mine went into limp mode, I too thought a software update would cure it but when Mackie's looked at it, they advised that it had the most up to date software already. Car hadn't had any updates since 2009.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    Thanks lads. I've said what you guys have said to plenty others on forums over the years, but it's different when it's your pride and joy. Glad I'm not alone re these hybrid transmissions.
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    E60 gearbox slipping

    Hmmmm, mine was serviced where @RightHandGoose went at 48,000 miles as a precautionary measure. It then fails at less than that mileage again. Was it something that happened during the first service? During the flush did it dislodge something that led to mine failing? Sadly I will never know. But given the number of 6HP boxes out there, the failures are very low. Its just wallet busting when they do fail. Its your Donald Duck.
  6. Whoooa there fella, last time someone said that world war three broke out on here.
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    Fuel Cards - employer provided for your BMW

    That's not been offered in the info I have in the job offer but maybe in the small print which I've not seen. I think the jist is, "here is £XXX per month for you to run a car and have it available for work and here is a fuel card to run it on so don't claim any expenses...."
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    Fuel Cards - employer provided for your BMW

    Bingo, thanks Dave Yup as I suspected, it would cost me more than I would gain. Break even mileage is about 16,000 miles. Which I doubt I will do.
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    Fuel Cards - employer provided for your BMW

    Yeah but I don't know what that will be based on. Is it a lump sum a year or based on how much fuel I spend on it. If I rack up £2k fuel bills a year am I taxed on that £2k?
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    A tart I came across today.....

    Having experienced driving a hybrid I'm not going to rush out and buy one. Too noisy as the one I have experienced is not fitted with a very nice engine and even only using the leccie motor it's still not a nice noise and louder than I expected. Give me my 6 pot any day. Now a 6 pot with a leccie motor would be better.
  11. Boo, Diesel, boo....won't give you any oil leaks but it will give you cancer. V8 Diesel though.....hmmmmmm who does one of them.....Caterpillar, Perkins, Man?
  12. This! Mine was too quiet, my only complaint with my E60 ....apart from the oil leaks and valve stem oil seals and the secondary air system fault......
  13. How old is your car @Caesar? My replacement is 18 months old and still o.k. done via AUC warranty.
  14. If you want a V8 that burbles you won't find it with a blue and white propeller on its nose. Mine didn't burble, as its German its too refined. Burble from a V8 = Landrover (about an a par reliability with an N62!) or something from 'Murica. Mine did emit a proper bellow on full chat, but on full chat the gearbox may just wimp out on you in an E60/1/3/4/5......
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    Buying a F10 Petrol

    Because a 4 pot 2.0 is cheaper and lighter in a car today and a four pot 2.0 today is more economical and produces more power and torque than a 6 pot of yesteryear. It's a sad sign of the times where cost and efficiency far far outweigh style, smoothness and refinement.
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    Buying a F10 Petrol

    My N55 makes a nice snarl when required. Its no V8 bellow but it will do for me.
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    Servicing Question

    A Vehicle check is similar to an MOT except twice the price.
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    Servicing Question

    You need to get the key read to be 100% sure what the car say it needs servicing. Not everything is stated on the OBC. My E60 had a service icon for the spark plugs. My F10 doesn't but the spark plugs are changed every second or third oil change. BMW told me that after I got the key read when I dropped it off for its service. But yes if needs a few things doing it will soon add up to £500. Its the BMW price. You can of course take it to an indy or DIY.
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    Alloy wheel fittment

    17" rims will fit your car with no issues. If they are genuine BMW wheels from another car you will be fine. try this for help. https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/partgrp?id=FR72-EUR-01-2013-F10-BMW-535i&mg=36 to identify which wheel style it is. Change it to your chassis number and you should still see the same wheels. My winters are 17" rims (style 327) and fit fine .
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    Clutch and dmf

    £900 sound good for a dmf and a clutch considering some big bits of kit (exhaust, prop shaft, gearbox) all need to be moved to get the clutch out.
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    Buying a F10 Petrol

    I think (hope!) the fuel pump is different on the N55 from the N53. Petrol F10s are as common as rocking horse poo. Go for a 6 pot petrol it's BMWs trade mark. Don't buy the V8 one either. Loads of issues with the engine due to bits of the engine being made out of recycled Kleenex.
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    Servicing Question

    It's every 2nd or 3rd oil service when you replace the engine air filter which they can only tell from reading the key. Pollen filters are every two years as is brake fluid after the car is 3 years old.
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    First world F10-series problems

    Having the volume on the right means you can keep one hand on the steering wheel while adjusting the volume as lets face it your left hand is holding the gear lever.
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    Towbar issues

    Yes they were a scotchlock type. I have always used scotchlock connectors on all my towbars that I've fitted and never had an issue. Soldering will give you the best electrical connection, provided everything is perfectly clean and you wipe off any excess flux afterwards.