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  1. 535i Andrew

    Retrofit paddles on 2015 F10, simple?

    205 is the option code (when ticking the toys at the dealers option list) for automatic transmission 2TB is the option code for sports automatic transmission which gives you the sports shift lever and the paddles. It should be possible. there are plenty of E60s out there with retro fitted paddles. But that would be far better with only 6 gears. The unnecessary 8 speeds in the F10 boxes means lots of paddle shifting to get any engine braking. They fixed this in the LCi as you only need to hold down the - shifter to get it to continually downside itself. Rather than four individual flicks of the downshift paddle to get it to fourth (where you only begin to get any form of engine braking) it will go all the way to fourth itself. Your LCi if the wiring is there should allow you this if you code it correctly. I don't think the physical gear ratios are different it's just a different shift pattern/programme mapped in the 'boxes electronic brains. A quick look on realoem, there is the option to have automatic transmission (205) with paddles with it not being a 2TB sports autobox. Auto with paddles has a different shift lever part number than just an auto without paddles. Worth checking if you need a new shift lever too. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=5D12-EUR-10-2015-F10N-BMW-530d&diagId=25_0546 Good luck with the mod, I really like my paddles and use them more often than not especially on the twisty B roads where mine does most of its miles.
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    #amazonshitcarshow is back

    I quite liked it. Mibbie it's the secret American in me with the V8 thing. Other than the sound of a supercharged V8 the next best bit was the fact there was no 10+ mins of waffle with a couple of Clarksons mates. Not that I ever watched that but simply fast forward that bit which is a big bonus of watching TV like this.
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    Will an E60 alloy wheel fit on a F10?

    I've just remembered a 16" E60 rim will certainly not fit an F10 as it won't clear the front lower arm suspension balljoints or the rear brake caliper. F10 wheel size is a minimum 17".
  4. You will need to plan a month ahead now to get a green card to prove you are insured. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46891186
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    525d 3.0 engine noise

    After listening to the three videos above, to my ears albeit via crappy iPad speaks, it sounds the same as the OPs. Perhaps just not as bad as it's not there until the overrun?
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    Will an E60 alloy wheel fit on a F10?

    Yes sorry, very slack of me not to say about the bolt hole dial and offset. However the E60 offsets are less than the F10 so the E60 wheel will stick out more so while it may clear the suspension, it will be nearer the inside of the wheel arch. I can't find the thread on here but I fairly sure someone did confirm that an F10 bolt will pass thru the E60 rim. I did find a thread though that mentioned that the hub ring was a mm or so different, but I think that was cheapo nasty aftermarket "E60 alloys" he was trying to fit so I'm not convinced by that at all. And he confirmed the same E60 wheel (lower offset) fouled the inside of the F10/1s wheel arch. As said above you have nothing to loose by trying it, just be careful lowering the car if the tyre is close to the arches. If it doesn't work you can leave the car up on the jack as long as you aren't crawling under it. It's not ideal but if you don't want to go down the road of an axle stand it's a thought.
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    Will an E60 alloy wheel fit on a F10?

    It should do but points to note. F10 wheel bolt is M14x1.25, so the M12x1.5 E60 wheel bolt cannot be used so you will need to use the F10 wheel bolts. F10 tyre size is different from the E60 tyre size for the same width and rim size so it will sit slightly lower on the E60 wheel, fine for sitting on your driveway but not ideal for driving. Bilt Hamber alloy wheel cleaner is good for the alloys. You can lift the F10 up by means of the centre jacking point on the front subframe and put axle stands under the sill jacking points. Similar you can raise the rear by means of the differential (not the rear casing but the main body of the diff) and put axle stands under the sill jacking points.
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    New plates

    Thanks Neil. Did they cut them down for you too?
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    F10 2015 Auto hold function

    Yup and it still doesn't stop careless Peugeot drivers from trying to shorten your F10!
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    Usb socket

    Just buy one of these? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Belkin-Mixit-Blue-2-1A-USB-Car-Charger-FAST-for-All-Smartphones-and-Tablets/222955789878 Or retro fit one of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dual-USB-Ports-Dashboard-Mount-Fast-Charger-1-2A-2-1A-For-TOYOTA-s-SCION-CAR-K8C/112882576466
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    Surging issues - 550i

    I hope you are felling better, sounds nasty BMW wanted my F10 overnight to do a full charge and test on the battery. It's just how they do it apparently..... Keep us posted on the outcome.
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    F10 2015 Auto hold function

    +2 on that. I quite like the function and I'm used to it now. First thing I do when I start mine up is switch on all the "driver aids", my dash is lit up with lots of green. Autohold, high beam assist, LIM, they are all on. Lol
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    New plates

    Spot on. Misrepresentation of numbers/letters is illegal but not the plate size. Any of you guys have raised digits on your cut down plates? Debating changing mine from bogo standard acrylic to either raised aluminium or gel type. Anyone got one of those style of plates?
  14. First one E39, 523i SE. Bought in 2004 and had it for three years. Nice, but not quick enough. It still looked like this under bonnet when I got rid of it with 90k on the clock Still going strong somewhere in Fife I believe. Replaced with something a bit quicker, but it didn't last long. It ran for a few years after it was recovered but it's baked bean cans now. Replaced with one which had a few more toys and less miles. Did 75,000 miles in this E60 over nearly 8 years. Still miss the V8 bellow. Current barge.
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    F10 2015 comfort access boot

    Wifes Kuga works with a kick in and out rather than a left to right wave of your foot/leg. The Kuga boot will shut with a kick of the leg too. I found that out by error. Excellent bit of kit and really handed when hands are full when both arriving at the car and leaving the car.
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    Heavy rain, Water leak

    Good one @jb136623. I don't suppose you took a picture of the rear of grommet under the glove box did you? I'm keen to see where that sits in relation to the interior.
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    Mixing Oil viscosities?

    Castrol Magnatec could be thought of as the entry level in Castrols range and was always the cheapest. When I first got my E60 it was LL04 and the only Castrol stuff that met LL04 was the Castrol edge or edge FST.....which was always way more expensive than the Magnatec stuff. LL04 oil has now been specified by BMW for well over 10 years now so its likely that all the manufacturers in that time have upped their game and even their entry level oils not meet the criteria set out by BMW to LL04 standard. The Castrol connection was just a marketing tie up between BMW and Castrol. All the E60's oil filler caps say BMW recommend Castrol. They don't now. I think is Shell oils BMW use in their workshops. But I do know over the years when my E60 was serviced at BMW, they filled it with differing grades all meeting LL04. 0W-30, 5W-30 and 5W-40 all went in over the years. It confused me as I then didn't know what grade of oil to buy myself when checking what BMW put in. Granted the sump was fully drained each time but never the less there would have been residual oil in that engine that was different to the grade being poured, so there would have been trace mixing going on in my E60 engine. Latterly with it being an N62, the oil had a nasty habit of seeping its way out of most the joints, O rings, gaskets etc etc.
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    Driving in Europe after 29th March

    Our government, having balls? Nah it will be a one way thing. It's the EU telling us, if you don't want us, we will do you over at every opportunity and once again it's the easy target, the motorists that is in the crosshairs.
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    F10 2015 Auto hold function

    I believe it hydraulically holds the car on all four brakes. Handbrake uses the same pads at the rear except it applies them Mechanically via electrical actuators rather than by hydraulic pressure. I use it, but if I know I need to make a sharpish take off from a junction I switch it off along with the stop start as it does delay you moving off smartly.
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    Test drove these two cars today

    Cheers Andy. Thats not to shabby a price for the upgrade.
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    Boiler replacement cost

    We got a new Worcester boiler (10 year guarantee) a year ago and got three quotes all there or there abouts the same price but it was more than your quote. It will depend on the size of the boiler you need, which is based on the number of radiators you have. They are based on the kWh output. Bigger the boiler, the bigger the price. Gas bill has dropped slightly with the new boiler, but my log burner may be helping with that too.
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    Mixing Oil viscosities?

    Did I not tell you discussing oil on here is always interesting? Lol That's a good point as it never used to be LL04. Possibly as oils have improved over the years, Castrol Magnatec might now meet the spec of LL04.
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    Mixing Oil viscosities?

    As you can tell @Johnboy65, oil is like tyres on here, really subjective and you will get so many different opinions and reasons. Big discussions on the E60 forum recently...... But the discussions are always good fun.
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    Mixing Oil viscosities?

    Buy more 5W-30 LL04, enough to do the change. Don't buy too much of this stuff other wise you will be in the same boat next time around. I would be inclined not to mix it as you have the opportunity to put all of the same stuff in at the right time. Use the left over 0W-30 as top up. I'm sure I've read in a BMW handbook that incase of a need to top up you can mix the viscosities. It will do no harm, both oils are LL04, some oil is better than no oil or low oil! If you have the N47 variant you want to be anal about the frequency of oil changes. Max 10k miles or 12 months whichever comes first to keep the chains sounding sweet. To be honest you should do that no matter what the engine is as it helps keep the turbo bearings in good nick too. If you buy oil in 4l bottles you will always have some left as these engines (4 and 6 pots) use about 6 to 6.5 L at a time I'm guessing this is what you did with the 0W-30? It's a bit of a pain. My E60 used 8L at a time which meant none left for top ups and I had to buy a single litre (at higher cost) just for top ups.
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    Test drove these two cars today

    It's a shocker with a valve (turned by the motor or actuator on each shock) that constantly adjusts the flow of oil between the two sides of the piston in the shocker cylinder. Valve open at max gives very soft ride (lots of damping) for wafting along on the straight and when it's virtually closed gives harder/stiffer ride (less damping) and helps the car remain flat when cornering. Its all fed from the wheel sensors, steering angle sensors, yaw sensors etc. Except it analyses what the car is doing really quickly and sorts it all out for you. I imagine coupled with the air springs in a touring it would make for a smooth ride. It looks really good when speccing it from new. I wonder how much that option tick box adds to the cost? But when its well out of warranty and the main dealer servicing and it needs new shocks when it's got big miles under its wheels, it will be pricey to replace I would imagine. I've never needed to replace a shock on a BMW yet, but I've never owned one much beyond 90,000 miles.