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About 535iAR

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  1. Sorry wrong end of the M8 for me, but a colleague paid similar money for a bodyshop to fix a dent in his aluminium tailgate of his Discovery Sport. Panel fixing and blending paint is usually twice that price easy.
  2. Might be better reposting this in the E60 technical section. If problem happened after car wash (don't use mechanical car washes, you would be better washing your car with rocks) sounds like you have got water in your scuttle drains. There is a post at the top in the E60 technical section showing you how to check your scuttle drains. http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/forum/65-e60e61-2004-2010/
  3. The I4 DOCH fitted to the latter Sierras and Granadas was too little too late. It should have been developed as a 16v engine, but Ford needed to replace the ageing and wheezing Pinto with something quick, but with the days of Sierras and Granadas numbered they didn't want to put too much into it as they knew they needed to develop a 16v 2.0 unit in transverse layout for the wrong wheel drive Mondeo.
  4. Check for a leak from the coupler under the front passenger seat on the rear lines. I think it sits above some under panels so it's difficult to spot and gets kept in a damp area. Not ideal. When mine failed on corrosion of the rear lines, they stripped it back to the above coupler to couple up new pipe work actually found it had a slight weep there but not enough to have dropped level to warn me.
  5. I kept with the rfts and this is why. I have to pick up the littl'un from nursery and can't be coming out to a flat tyre on my way the get her.....like I did the last time I used a works car. I have no back up (spare tyre, her mum picking her up, nor a grandparent) and I need to put the littl'un first. They work for me but I don't drive it like I stole it nor is it pushed into bends. I wanted the reliability. End.
  6. I see said the blind man, that saying is what I can only picture Les Dennis doing as a spoof of Mavis!
  7. My high school science dept technician had a Granada with the 2.4 V6 in it. To this day it's still the only 2.4 V6 Ford I have ever seen. It was the old 2.3 with the timing gears replaced with a chain, still a single cam in the valley with pushrods!
  8. Thought I would dig out my Sierra V6 Haynes manual to see what the Bhp was of the 2.3 but it isn't published, but what I did notice about the 2.3 Sierra is that it weighs half, that's right 1/2, half of what my fat barsteward F10 max loaded weight is! Quick Google and indeed the 2.3 with super high compression was good for 125bhp. Woooooooooow.
  9. As much as that? The Rover 3.5 V8 (1.5 times as big) of similar vintage and pushrods was good for 155 brake which you can get nowadays out of less than 1500cc albeit with a hairdryer bolted to the exhaust system.
  10. Where did you get that from? The SNP manifesto?
  11. What did that produce? 100bhp-110bhp? The 2.0 pinto in the Crusader was good for 90 bhp which was considered enough at the time, how things have changed !
  12. I have shamelessly never owned a Ford. My dad had the Mk2 Escort when I was born which there is a picture of me washing when I was two! Then he went on to own 3 Cortinas, the last being a 2.0 Crusader which was very plush inside. But he didn't like the hatch of the Sierra so went and bought a Caviler. It went as dad then got company cars, Escorts then eventually Mondeos some of which I drove once old enough, but they were diesels and when pushed suffered from nasty torque steer being wrong wheel drive which I didn't get when I drove my mums 2.0 Carlton auto which I loved. I then vowed to never own a wrong wheel drive car. When I left uni I needed a set of wheels and as I wanted a Ford, I tried to find a clean Sierra. But sadly by the time I left uni the youngest Sierra was 7 years old and they were all hitting the needing timing belt change or were leaking water and oil from every joint in the engine. None of them had any service history which I wanted to ensure reliability as I needed it for work. So by being stubborn and wanting rear drive with service history and thinking I would never get insurance nor be able to afford a BMW, I went for the 24v Senator which was the only rear drive car with FSH for sale at my 3k budget. All the Granadas were crap, suffering from oil and water leaks with no history and were thrashed 2.0 pintos, no blue head DOHC engines. Same as The Sierras. Wifey on the other hand loves her Fords, her first was a tidy Escort Finesse with air and power steering. She then had a Focus Mk2 which was nice to drive, but it went for a Tit X AWD Kuga with loads of toys.
  13. Acceptable oil use according to BMW is as much as 1 litre per 1000 miles. What mileage is on the car? If it was an N62 engine, I would say it was normal due to a leak somewhere!