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  1. It's happening, weird electrical gremlins are appearing in my idrive or I've got two different time zones in my car. Looked at the time on my idrive screen this morning and it was showing 07:08, which I knew wasn't correct. Dashboard was displaying 07:18, when I first noticed it No amount of button pushing etc would make the time in the idrive appear correctly. 07:08 in idrive ¬ 07:25 on dash ¬ It wouldn't let me set the time at all via the idrive. I could not select the numbers to change. Its showing the time it was first switched on at despite it being nearly 20 minutes later. Switched the car off and back on and still displayed 07:08. Probably didn't leave it long enough to power down. Had to get my train. It threw its toys out the pram yesterday when I wet to answer a telephone call. It didn't connect properly and then failed to switch back to the radio once I had hung up. Probably needs a software update. Can anyone tell me if that is something I can load up my self via the USB port?
  2. True but the traction control is less intrusive in the F10 than in previous 5 Series. I've managed to light my rear wheels up far more in the F10 than in my previous E60. Do not rely on the traction control to save you in the wet. Drive to the conditions and more importantly your ability as a driver.
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    Wheels and Tyres for Winter in F10

    Realoem is a good source to check the correct widths and sidewall aspect for any given diameter of rim for the F10. https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=FR72-EUR-01-2013-F10-BMW-535i&diagId=36_1503
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    Idrive time different to dash time

    No it was fine when I returned to the car later that day and it's been fine since. Been able to make calls and receive calls and the radio switched in and out as it should and it the clock has kept ticking. Having owned an E39 and two E60s, I'm just putting it down as another BMW electrical temper tantrum. Its the first glitch I've noticed in my F10 in 2.5 years of ownership. It was a fairly regular occurrence in my previous BMWs. Interesting to know that yours did that and it sorted itself out too. That's what I was hoping to hear.
  5. New tyres always to the rear. Yes you can mix different makes of tyre front to rear as an axle set, but not ideal. Never mix different makes or specifications of tyre on same axle. I ran mine with winters up front and summers on the back when I got a puncture. Never had any issues, but it was only for a few days.
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    Wheels and Tyres for Winter in F10

    17" rims with 225x55 tyres 18" rims with 245x45 tyres, not 245x40 tyres. As Dan says, stick with OEM sizes that way you won't upset all the systems that use inputs from the wheel sensors. If your car has TPMS then ideally you need to get four new sensors to put on what size of rim that you have. You are quite correct, the smaller the diameter of the rim, the more choice and cheaper the tyres are in winter flavour and are more forgiving on the potholes that appear during winter Tyre calcutor below set for 17" and 18" rims with correct spec of tyres and the rolling radius is virtually identical which is what you want. https://www.willtheyfit.com/index.php?width=245&aspect=45&diameter=18&wheelwidth=8&offset=30&width2=225&aspect2=55&wheel_size=17&wheel_width=8&offset2=30
  7. Watch this. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-45599292 When I worked as a baggage handler we were well warned about doing such things.....in front of a plane load of punters.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Nah it's been fine since. Although the person who called me when it had its tantrum left me a voicemail that my phone never told me about for another 36 hours. Must be aliens or something upsetting my car and phone....
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    Ever wondered why your duty free's get broken?

    The implication was that if the ground handling company didn't sack him, the airline would sack the ground handling company.
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    Soft close door problem.

    It's an E60. It's an electrical issue. Therefore be prepared for it to not work one day and then work perfectly the next day.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Collected two style 237 wheels complete with winter tyres from my dad's. Only room for two in the boot @Dknife21 lol! Will need to do another trip for the other two wheels. My dad is swappng his F10 so I've got his winter wheels. I've even got the receipt for them from 5 years ago. Supplied and fitted to his F10 on 19/12/13. His pal is buying a very lightly used set of 17" F30 winter wheels and tyres from my mums F30. They have been stored by our local BMW dealer and my folks take their cars their for a wheel swap twice a year. They need a good clean and a coating of wax/sealant before this winter.
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    Car detailing Southampton

    I have a Meguairs G220 dual action polisher of 10 years ago and I use Menzerna polish, with compound pads and finishing pads. Have a trawl on https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/ and https://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvfKbyvvO3QIV6LDtCh23VQrUEAAYASAAEgJy-_D_BwE again, be prepared to loose a day reading about it all!
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    More water pooling.

    From memory I think @Matthew Ashton posted about this. He might be able to advise what he did. I think Matthew went up under the wheel arch after taking out the wheel liner first to clear out some channels.
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    G31 540i xDrive v 530i

    The petrol 4 pots are sweet little things. I was very pleasantly surprised by the engine in my mums 320i F30 xdrive, it has the almost the same output as my M52 6 pot E39. It was fast to rev and was nice to drive, a bit louder than my 6 pot but it still has enough bhp available to get a good shove going. The xdrive when coupled with winter tyres meant I was able to overtake spun out wrong wheel drive Golfs with a high degree of confidence that I could keep going while doing a turn right while going up a hill. Dont buy a 4 pot Diesel, they are agricultural compared to the 6 pot units in the 530d. For me BMWs are all about the engine and the driving experience, which I appreciate that isn't for all, but if it's economy you are after, buy a Diesel VW. It has to be a minimum of 6 cylinders for me.....540i then
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    Car detailing Southampton

    What polish are you using? Autoglym stuff can leave clumps and dust. Buy your self a dual action machine polisher and loose a day of your life watching videos of how to do it on YouTube. Its really satisfying how you can sort minor defects yourself once you have the kit and polish.
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    EPB Workshop mode

    ^ yup, that's the video I've saved for if I need to do it.
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    Service Inclusive

    The first owner of my F10 paid for service inclusive. 5 years and 50,000 miles in Jan 2013. He got it serviced once in the less than three years he owned it. Oil change only. He did not get his money's worth out of it. I buy it at 3 years old at 34k miles. I get it serviced at 38k, plugs, oil, air filter, pollen filter and vehicle check. I pay nothing. That lot would have cost nearly the whole amount of what the original owner paid for the service inclusive. I get the brake fluid changed a year later. I pay nothing. All I have paid a dealer for in 2.5 years of ownership is two MOTs and a new remote battery. If I had the inkling to drive 350 miles round trip back to the supplying dealer I would have got the first MOT for free as AUC I should have got a full 12 months MOT. Plus the service inclusive I had on mine included MOT warranty so if it failed on anything it would have got fixed for free. That's worth bearing in mind when buying a service pack, does it still include MOT warranty? I got the original owners money's worth out of the service inclusive he paid for. And I thank him for that. If you are going to keep your G30 for the length of the duration of the service inclusive, you should get your money's worth, but if you are buying on the never never and hand it back early, you won't.
  18. 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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    What to look out for

    ^DPF will be cheaper to replace than the autobox!
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    EPB Workshop mode

    Nah give me a proper handbrake lever. Makes life so much easier for the diy mechanic. Plus you can do handbrake turns in the snow with a proper lever job.
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    EPB Workshop mode

    I was reading something this morning that said if you wind them back too far all the way to the stops, it will thru up an error code which until reset renders the EPB useless. Varying reports of a 7mm hex bit or a Torx T45 or T47 needed to wind the actuator back.
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    Van drivers

    Now we all know that the fastest thing on four wheels is a works van being driven home on a Friday to allow said driver to get to the pub. Well van drivers have come up with an even quicker way of getting to the pup, by means of flying! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-45515656/van-launched-into-the-air-during-attleborough-crash
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    G30 Tyre Size

    From realoem they appear to be the same size of tyre at 19" on both F10 and G30 https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=JE73-USA-11-2015-G30-BMW-540iX&diagId=36_2296 I wouldn't think you get much choice of winter tyre in 19" size. Smaller the rim size the better the choice of tyre and more forgiving on the potholes in winter.
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    What to look out for

    Don't buy a diesel unless its got sound history and it hasn't been abused/chavved. Don't go for the agricultural 4 pot, the 6 pot is leagues better. And only buy a Diesel unless you are going to be able to do long enough journeys in it, 30 miles at motorway speeds once a week to keep things healthy.