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535i Andrew

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  1. Now we know motorcyclists aren't the sharpest tools in the box and this guy definitely doesn't fire on all 6! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-nottinghamshire-44898534/biker-jailed-after-filming-himself-riding-at-189mph
  2. Neighbour of mine has found a set of genuine front discs and pads from his E46 323i that he had ten years ago. Still in BMW boxes. He recently moved in and is sifting thru all the junk he has and came across these. Will he get anything on the bay for selling these? Will anyone want genuine ten year old brakes?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Yeah the Senator had the same range as the Mini, just a tank twice the size. Fuel is for burning not carting around for 700 miles.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Dont worry we won't hear your moaning over the grumbly diesel.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Glad you got it sorted. You can get much twistyer engines than yours so I don't believe it's down to your driving style. Could be a part with an inherent flaw in it. It would be interesting to see if BMW are interested but I doubt it.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Lol. You can get north of 42mpg from an N55. It's very boring though
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    Engine warning light

    Sorry, I had read your first post as in you had just collected the car from the dealer after buying it. Hopefully a code is still logged even though the light is now out. The wiring for the comfort access system I doubt will be related to the engine light.
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    Weird Smell....

    Change them every second year. There was a good diy thread on here just very recently on how to change them. You will know if they were done as part of the service as they cost a good few quid when BMW fit them!
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    F11 jacking up vehicle

    Don't let him fool you Mike, that's his pals garage! Serious garage envy there. Thats a posh jack you've got @Matthew Ashton. A common or garden one like this https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/ctj2l-2-tonne-long-diy-trolley-jack/ may struggle as it's not as low or as long as the one you've got. My jack is similar to Matthews and it's surprising how little movement of the lever you need to lift the car, i.e. it will work in a restricted space where you can't get a good full length swing on the handle. My plaster board walls are dot n dabbed, total nightmare to fix anything too!
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    Genuine E46 parts - worth selling?

    Thanks lads, I'll let him know.
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    F11 winter tyres

    Winter tyres - yes. I was a doubter of winter tyres, until I drove my dads F10 with winters (Conti Winter Contacts in 18") on it down the M74 in standing water back in December 2013. It just ploughed thru it where my E60 at the time would have the steering wheel shaking in my hands with its summers. My mum has a 320i Xdrive with a set of winters and we were able to overtake wheel spinning front wheel drive cars with not a hint of wheel spin. Bridgestone Blizzaks. I have a set of 17" rims (style 327) shod with Dunlop Sport 3D winters (rft) for my F10. They just dug into the snow the beast from the East gave us in March and I was able to easily drive out of my street up a hill that previously took me half a dozen attempts in the E60 with its summer tyres in shallower depth snow. No issues in my F10 this winter when shod with its winter tyres. Proper winter tyres have the 3 peak mountain/snowflake symbol and M+S markings. This means they have low temp characteristics as well as a mud and snow tread pattern. These tyres have the wwwww groves cut into the tread blocks. M+S tyres do not have the wwwww groves cut into the tread blocks. Nokian winter tyres get a good write up as do the Dunlop 4D tyres and so do the Michelin cross climates. But the cross climates are not full winter tyres but M+S tyres. You might struggle to get the same load on winters as summers. My winter tyres are 97H but my summers are 98Y. No adverse affects that I've noticed. Its a small trade off for the extra grip they give you. You won't want 19" winters the tyre choice is poor. If you go down to 18" or 17" the availability of winter tyres greatly increases. Don't fit ditch finders, spend money and get a set of OEM tyres. rft or non rft. Well that 's a massive debate, but one I don't recall specifically aimed at winters. Mine are rft and I have no issues with that.
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    Engine warning light

    Could be anything but if it's just been bought from a BMW dealer, get on the phone to BMW assist who will come out and deal with it and provide a replacement car.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    It must have boiled inside to create steam to blow the lid off like that. Either that or your mate doesn't know what a ring pull is for.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    This! don't fancy that clean up
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    Rust e39 no hope?

    What 1970's car is that in the picture? That's baked bean can fodder, sorry.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    As long as they do that before their owners! But yes sadly you are
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Rear diff mist leaks are quite common. I think all my BMWs have ended up with a slight mist on the casing from the driveshaft oil seals. Never been an issue though certainly nowhere near anything large enough to form a drip.
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    Weird Smell....

    Its not a wet carpet smell coming from the dreaded yellow grommet?
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    Weird Smell....

    I just bought one from Halfrauds and used it with reasonable success on my E39.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    Heard from the bodyshop today. I spoke with the Engineer who inspected it. Car will be ready when I get back from my holidays. It would appear that the towbar really did save my bacon. It has taken a dunt and has bent slightly. The bumper deformed far enough to hit the towbar. and bend part of it. It still swivels in and out fine with no errors showing in it. He refused to take any chances with it being a safety critical bit of kit so its being replaced like for like. New bumper and parking sensors too. If the towbar wasn't there the damage would have been into the panels that form the rear battery compartment wall. The ones directly above the jack. In an F10 without a towbar, you have the bar at the bottom of the picture below. Made of much much thinner section than a towbar. The headrests fired what I'm guessing is an airbag in them. They need to be replaced too. And my back is much better, barely a twinge now. Happy days.
  21. I'm driving home from work a week past on Wednesday. I am stopped waiting for a gap in the oncoming traffic to turn right and I get hit from behind. First reaction is no, this can't be happening to my beautiful BMW. Car has cut out, I try and restart it as I'm blocking the road. It won't start. I get out, I'm o.k. driver who hit me is o.k. I call the police to assist with the traffic (as its rush hour and the other car refused to start too) and they arrive within 5 mins. I manage to get mine started and move it safely off the road. The police take statements from the two of us and a witness. My back now starts to really hurt and I look at the damage to my car. Bumper has had it along with the skirt around the exhausts, the nearside exhaust pipe tip is damaged and I can't even bring myself to check the towbar (3AC option). The boot opens and shuts o.k. Dashboard is warning of restraint faults. The car knows its had a whack up the tail. I'm gutted and upset and sore. I'm worrying about the towbar. Has it put more load into the chassis and bent the floor, is the towbar broken, is it safe to use? I'm not thinking rationally. The next day after politely declining to get my car fixed at one of the insurance companies body shops in the less salubrious parts of Glasgow, I arrange for it to go to my BMW dealers approved body shop. It gets taken away last Thursday as I didn't want to drive it with the dash warnings, lost a bit confidence too if I'm being honest. Yes it could have been much much worse. It didn't look too bad when I saw it up on the transporter. But its the second baby and I can't help but worry about it. I worked hard to save up to buy it nearly 2.5 years ago. I hear today that my car will cost £4.3k to repair. New bumper, new exhaust tip, new seat belt pretensioner and get this a new towbar, which will be nearly half the cost! They can't take any chances with the towbar as its taken a whack so it will get replaced. Rest of the car is fine. Looks like the towbar saved me from more damage. Explains why the car that hit me looked worse than mine. Their bumper had ridden up into his bonnet and warped it, broken a headlight and punctured his radiator. Their car will be baked bean cans by Christmas. The other drivers insurance company have written to me stating they admit fault so that's a bonus. In the meantime I get this delivered to run around in. That's right a milk float. It has a 2.5 litre 4 pot which produces 1 (ONE) bhp more than the 2.5 litre 6 pot that was in my E39 of TWENTY years ago and an electric motor in the autobox. Atleast its rear wheel drive. I was threatened with an E Class as a typical hire car. Its noisy and has a very harsh ride and this is from someone who runs an F10 on 19" runflats! As most of my journeys involve drives which I'm doing 60 mph for all of it bar a 1/2 of a mile in 30 limits the petrol engine is on all the time. Sure the motor helps to use supposedly use less fuel but the time its on electric only is next to nothing as if you have the heater on or the ventilated seats on the engine kicks in and it makes the most dreadful noise. The electric motor will only power the car up to 30mph so that's half a mile for me. Within a few miles I had deduced correctly that the engine is coupled to a CVT transmission which makes the engine rev at its most economical rpm to turn the motor to generate to top up the battery but its noisy at this rpm and does not sound refined. Its also noisy when just running on the electric motor which I was surprised at. There is a lot of tyre noise too from the Yoko's. I doesn't feel as planted in the bends as my bigger and heavier 5. And it can only tow 750 kg which is no use for me either. It uses a Merc style foot operated parking brake which means there is no room for my left foot and the centre consol is very large and my left leg bangs off it all the time. When it switches between the propulsion methods/combinations there is a shunt in the driveline. Internally its well specced with radar cruise, reverse camera, ventilated seats. There are buttons and switches for everything with it being Japanese and it has an analogue clock in the centre of the dash that looks like something from a 1980's Vauxhall, some odd styling IMO. Giving it the beans at 50mph for an overtake was fine, plenty of go, but getting it to 60 isn't as quick as I would have thought, given in my mind its badged as a 3.0 litre equivalent. Will I buy a hybrid. Not this one. One with a 6 pot petrol engine and a proper autobox. Mibbies. BMW did one.......in F10 flavour too. But running an older car with that tech, hmmm it will be wallet busting when it breaks. Doing a bit of digging on the milk float it has an engine which uses the Atkinson cycle and not the usual Otto cycle in the suck squeeze bang blow department which explains why it generates such a woeful amount of bhp given its displacement (wifes smaller block 1.5 Ecoboost engine rated at similar bhp) but supposedly uses hardly any petrol.... I'm currently returning 43mpg on a run in my F10 that would return 29mpg. If I was in my dads 530d doing the same run it would be on a par with the Lexus. So if you are after mpg then I'm not convinced that this is the way forward, stick to your heavy oil burners, with 6 pots they are far quieter than the Lexus. The wife summed it up perfectly. "It's just not a bonnie car". Can't wait for my F10 to come home.
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    Weird Smell....

    Could be mould in the air con matrix. If you use it intermittently at this time or year and park the car up without it getting a chance to dry it can leave a strange smell coming out the vents. Lots of proprietary cleaners out there to deal with that.
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    F11 jacking up vehicle

    A long low jack is required for that. Regularly lifted my E60 by this point.
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    Bmw 5 series e60 2003 engine over heating

    M54's don't like getting hot. But thanks to some genius at BMW, they decided not to equip the E60 with a temp gauge so you need to access the hidden menu to read your engine temps.
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