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535i Andrew

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535i Andrew last won the day on October 17

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About 535i Andrew

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    BMW5 Star
  • Birthday 07/28/1978

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    Renfrewshire, Scotland
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    Civil Engineer


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    F10 535i MSport Auto

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  1. Winter Tyres

    That's a good price. The winters I'm after at 17" rft flavour are £137 each plus fitting which I can get locally for about £12 a corner. All inc VAT.
  2. Brake pad warning

    Nowt wrong with that. When I was replacing a rear spring on my E60, the black clips that hold the rear pad wear sensor to one of the suspension arms resembled dry spaghetti and the merest brush broke the brittle plastic into a gazillion bits, fixed with a black cable tie!
  3. Possible bearing sound?

    don't you mean 4 bolts? But yeah I sourced a FAG front bearing for just under £90 from Dingbro, BMW wanted £238 for the same one. But I agree with @euclid I don't think its a bearing. More like something on your brakes or a stone caught behind the disc and splasher shield.
  4. When you go for your wheel refurbs, ask they guy there what he does on the mating surface of the wheel to hub. I have heard stories about powder coated wheels being coated on this surface when BMW don't even paint them and giving rise to vibration. Mine are powder coated on this surface but its vibration free.
  5. The never never? Forking out £XXX a month for three years and then after that not even owning the farts in the seats. I'm not convinced but Its a good way to get the car that you want with the toys in it you want provided you don't want to keep it more than 3 years. Which with some bits of BMWs reliability being what it is, that may be no bad thing!
  6. Tyres incorrect pressure or damaged or cheap nasty tyres that vibrate? Sticky caliper or pads, strip , clean and lubricate pad contact points on the cradle may help. Worn suspension joint. Lower arm bushes can give a shimmy under braking. What make of pads and discs did you go for? Genuine or OEM?
  7. Winter Tyres

    Eh? Where in the world are you then? Feckin tree's are bare where I am mate! Mixing different models of the same manufacturer shouldn't be an issue provided they are the correct size. Ideally all four tyres should be the same make and model albiet possibly of differing sizes. But unless you are battering it around a track I doubt you would notice much difference. You could get away with a wrong wheel drive car just having winters on the front and summers on the rear but for a BM you would ideally want the same level of grip for traction as you do for other important stuff like braking and steering. Get yourself on one of the many tyre selector websites and read the reviews for the size of tyre you need. The premium brand tyres will all score more or less the same so it can come down to personal preference or experience, just don't put cheap cr@p tyres on a decent motor. Depending on your engine size on your E60, a set of 16" rims may fit over your front brakes and can be fitted with a set of winter rubber. 16" E60 rims can be had quite cheap. The smaller the size of rim the cheaper and more choice of winter tyre you will have. I run my F10 on a set of 17" winters and the tyres are way way cheaper than the 19" tyres on my summer set up!
  8. How Toxic is your car

    Agree, mpg and emissions are the last things I look at in buying a car!
  9. 550i vs M6

    A point made years ago by Mr Clarkson when reviewing the M6 on the Isle of Man. But hey I wouldn't turn down any opportunity to own any M car.....M6 or M5!
  10. Brake pad warning

    There isn't much room on the inside on my F10 between the wheel and the upper wishbone, so a brake wear indicator cable wouldn't stand a chance if it breaks (sorry no pun intended) loose. A wheel that is wider or has incorrect offset would make it much worse.
  11. Whirring idle sound from alternator

    What kinda warranty do you have if original components are not covered? Or am I missing something. Thats good advice! Get it checked to be sure that you aren't replacing something that isn't at fault.
  12. Career advice, get an e-mail address

    Rule #1 when interviewing someone, google them! Although today that will just throw up Facebook and other social media stuff but it can give you a sneaky view of what they are like. Rule #1 when applying for a job, don't have a stupid e-mail address.
  13. Wheeler Dealers Series 14

    I love the teccie bits that Edd did. Removing a rear wheel bearing from an Audi Quattro, or as chatting on here earlier, showing how to remove an E39 M5s alternator and replace the bearings in it instead of buying a new one. Or finding some guy in his garage at home who can fix the dodgy throttle position sensor on your Maserati for a couple of hundred quid. Proper spannering. When I get 5 mins peace at home I stick on one of my WD Dvds and relax. But I do start it at the point where the car enters the workshop.....
  14. How Toxic is your car

    Which for EVs is high! A BMW 5 Series, a socket set and laptop with appropriate cable and software is all we need to keep the proper cars on the road!
  15. How Toxic is your car

    Makes some very interesting reading and proves the point that the emissions test that manufacturers have to meet, are as we already know, load of old tosh. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/how_toxic_is_your_car_exhaust Gives a very good reason (like you needed one) to not buy a Nissan Quashqai!