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  1. Yes normal, in fact you may find the service interval increases. On resetting my E60 after front brakes it went to 25,000 miles but after 10,000 miles the miles to go to next service was something like 40,000 miles to go.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    I checked the battery using a cheap tester. Engine off. 13V at battery Implies battery is more than good. Engine running. 14 V at battery So the alternator is healthy too. Wiring issue? Or new towbar isn't quite compatible with older car? I don't have the means to check battery with ISTA to confirm my cheap tester.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    When the engine is running you have the alternator powering things at a slightly higher voltage. Without that running it doesn't work as reliably. They checked the towbar wiring and said o.k. Which I'm assuming is the wires from the modules to the towbar itself. There is internal wiring that provides power to the modules from the battery.
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    F11 530D Turbo recon

    Well in your case I wouldn't do it, you may replace the turbo to only find out your timing chain starts its death rattle. Either way you will get to drive the car into the ground. Both the turbo and chains in the N47 engine can have their life extended by doing regular oil changes. Once a year or 10k miles, whichever comes first. If if you have evidence of regular oil changes I wouldn't spend any big money on it, as these engines will go on forever if looked after, more regularly than BMW want you too.
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    Folding Mirrors

    My folks, well my mum especially specced folding mirrors on their new G01 so that she could tell easily at a glance that the car was locked properly. They fold on locking. I do worry about them especially as they just traded in a perfectly good F30 320i Xdrive and a F10 530d for it......
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    Thanks. I know you did, and it's been there in the back of my mind since. But other than my idrive having a very brief temper tantrum (which I just put down to it being related to the E39 and E60 ) it's been ok, with no other symptoms. The stop start works fine. Engine turns over without issue. 2 deg C this morning, no problem. When the engine is running and you operate the towbar it really powers out into its locked position with a reassuring clonk. Points to low power from battery. So so what's the life span of these AGM batteries then? Would sitting around for six weeks doing not a lot while it was getting fixed have damaged the battery? I did charge it using my Ctek charger when the problem first appeared and all the signs were there on the charger that it was a healthy battery, but if there is an issue with it, no amount of charging will sort it? Dealer is going to charge it over Monday night. I informed my insurance company yesterday that the car is not working still in its pre accident condition, and was told to send on any invoices to them for consideration. Lol but to be fair I think he might be on the money (or damaged/corroded wiring/connectors). And he hasn't been in my face about it. Oh god did I just stick up for @bmwf113.0d? I need to go and lie down.
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    Shaken not stirred.

    I'm sure I can remember a Top Gear test, that a very young Jeremey Clarkson did with a coin on the engine or a glass of fuzzy plonk on an engine.......
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    Wheels and Tyres for Winter in F10

    I think the current winter tyre rubber compounds are less prone to rapid wearing out at warmer temps than they used to be. But remember it's not just the low temp improved performance of winter tyres but the M+S tread pattern which has a better water shedding ability. It rains even more at this time of year where I am so even though it may not be perceived cold enough for them, dealing with standing water is an advantage.
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    washer pump issues...

    The genuine BMW fluid is the way to go. £20 for 5 litres but needs to be diluted as straight out the bottle it's good for something like -60 degC! So it goes a long way. Decent screen wash will stop mould growing in the tank.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Yeah I double checked I didn't have one earlier today. There is the space for it which my locking wheel key ends up rolling around in.
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    Wheels and Tyres for Winter in F10

    Technically you are correct. That 17" tyre and rim combo actually has a bigger diameter than my 19" style 351 set up but its millimetres in it.
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    Wheels and Tyres for Winter in F10

    Good stuff. That's exactly my winter set up. The 17" rims are more forgiving on the potholes than the 19" runs! I'm a converted winter tyre sceptic, if you get snow where you are this winter, that's when you really feel them come into their own. It was 3 deg c where I am this morning, that's winter rubber temps!
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Are you familiar with the transmission unlock procedure? Cars before March 2010 https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f10-535i-lim_201301/repair-manuals/24-automatic-transmission/24-00-automatic-transmission/Q3wQvMC Which is what you need your handle for but...... Cars from March 2010, its crawl underneath ....... https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f10-535i-lim_201301/repair-manuals/24-automatic-transmission/24-00-automatic-transmission/1Ma7AVpq
  14. Had a bit of a poke about mine today and noticed two very distinct locations of rust on my rear anti roll bar. The two parts that have rusted on my F10 are both directly above the exhausts, one each side on mine. Anyone else noticed rust on their rear anti roll bar? Any other 535i or d drivers out there with two locations of rust above both exhaust pipes. Nearside rust point which I would be interested to see if the single sided cars have. Offside apologies its a bit out of focus... It looks like to me its the heat from the exhausts damaging to paint on the rear anti roll bar as its directly above the exhaust. Keen to here from other F10 owners.
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    Animal lovers, what would you do?

    Agree with above, an anonymous phone call to the RSPCA.
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    Folding Mirrors

    No, its always an option. About £300 ish.
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    F11 530D Turbo recon

    It's always reassuring to see there are still people out there who can fix things for not too much cash. Too many folk rely on letting the diagnostic machine tell them which part to throw away.
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    I would never have still bought one of my BMWs if it had a manual. I go firstly on engine then spec. The gears are lower down the list. Given my costly experience with fixing automatic gearboxes, if my F10 had a manual box with that engine, spec and towbar I would still have bought it. My mum had an auto Carlton which I got to drive at 18, it was a lovely waftomatic barge and quick enough in 2.0i form.
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    Similarly if it's an auto in sports mode, using the paddles can be fun. But a twisty Scottish B road in a manual 520d is not fun at all. It's like mixing concrete with a wooden spoon.
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    Swivelling Towbar Problem

    Following a recent rear end shunt in mine, I got a new towbar fitted, which then had a mechanical fault and I subsequently got a replacement towbar via parts warranty, thus it's on its third towbar. There is a slight concern that this third towbar does not work in a similar way to yours @Hunterlees, BMW are going to look at it on Monday, they suspect it's a voltage issue. If there isn't enough power or voltage from the battery the system will not lock into place and return to the stowed position. Mine would only work when the engine was running on collecting it from BMW on Tuesday evening. although it has worked since faultlessly! Typical. Edit, now not working again!
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    wheel and tyre size help

    This x a million!
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    F11 8 speed Gearbox oil change

    That will be Mackie's Transmissions in Tollcross Glasgow. Mackie's are a ZF agent, they do a flush on your box. ZF parts and correct spec oil are used. They will also do a software check on the box too. John Connaghn their service manager is very good. @RightHandGoose used them very recently. They fixed my E39 after it went into limp mode, £700, 5 weeks into ownership, not good. They serviced my E60 twice. We had a BMW Car Club meet there and got shown round their workshop. They are a bit more expensive but the service is good.
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    520d, 528, 530d honest appraisal

    I doubt you will get many 2011 cars via AUC as they are too old and the dealers won't want them. But I know why you would want to do that.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    That's just to keep techs busy in the workshop with the warranty company picking up the tab. My dad got rusty front brake splasher shields replaced on his F10 under warranty. Keeps techs in work......
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    They need more gears in cars that have engines that have been strangled to meet emmision rules. More gears means auto to allow the strangled engine to stay in its sweet spot of very short useful rpms. If you have driven a manual 520d you will know what I mean. I don't need 8 speeds in my car. Six is plenty. Using the paddles means you need to down shift to 4th or 3rd to get any form of engine braking on twisty roads.