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    F11 dented from large hail stones

    I thought the front end was changed back to steel on the F10 after a world of pain on the aluminium front ends of the E60, for the reasons you mention.
  2. Yes staggered set up limits you somewhat in this situation.
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    Useless BMW France

    Yeah they filed it in the cylindrical under desk recycling unit. Good luck.
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    Remote Control Issues

    I wouldn't personally want to run mains ac into the car but you can rig up something to take the output from the charger into the car via the towbar socket if you have one.
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    E60 Petrol engine buying advice

    Having owned an N62 engined E60, it's a peach when it's on full chat. Smooth, powerful, great response, with a great bellow, no such thing as no overtaking in a V8 E60! But it's not without its problems. Oil likes to seep out of literally every single joint or gasket in the engine. There is a very peculiar leak from the alternator bracket that requires the engine to be lifted to allow you to get to it. Valve stem oil seals are indicated by an oily smell to the exhaust. I would go for a well proven 6 pot petrol with a manual box in a saloon for the most reliability.
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    Remote Control Issues

    The charger is intelligent and it works thru a cycle, once it gets to a certain stage its good to start the engine. Basically it monitors the condition of the battery and adjusts the charge as appropriate so knows when it's good to go. I left mine hooked up overnight, no issues. Yours has warned you about increased battery drain. Think of it as a health check for your battery.
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    Remote Control Issues

    Get on to Amazon and look for a Ctek MXS5.0 charger. Other sites are listing one for about £60. I got mine last Christmas and only used for the first time a few weeks ago. It comes with a set of croc clips to allow you to connect it to the charging posts under the bonnet. It comes with an idiots guide on how to work it and what order to connect things up. Pic of mine charging via under the bonnet points.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    ^I doubt that's even legal, not this side of the pond. I got time to wash two of my recently acquired style 237 wheels and got one layer of sealant on the inside barrel on them. They are a more difficult to clean compared to the style 327, they are replacing. So hopefully a liberal coating of sealant and Poorboys wheel wax will help preventing the worst of the dirt sticking and can be power washed clean.
  9. 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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    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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    Remote Control Issues

    That's an indication that your car battery is in poor charge so it will not work the "nice to have" stuff like keyless entry system. If you can, charge the car battery (Ctek charger is a good one) or go for a long drive without using much electrical stuff to charge the battery back up via the alternator.
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    Remote Control Issues

    My wife has this feature on her Kuga. She had to get a handle replaced under warranty. It refused to lock via the touch pad on the handle. It refused to work with the new handle as the workshop unbelievably failed to clear the fault code after fitting the new part. It only worked after a different workshop cleared the fault code. Before all that I washed it with the key in my pocket a few times and it locked and unlocked everytime water went over the handle sensors. That probably wasn't good for it. I know leave the key away from the car when I wash it.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Thanks @IINexusII, makes sense now.
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    Winter tyres - it's that time of year!

    The snow dumped by the beast from the east was powered thru in my F10 shod in Dunlop 3D winters in 17" size. Very little wheel slip getting out of my street where less snow depth took half a dozen attempts in my E60 to get out. This year I will be running my F10 on Conti winter contacts on 18" rims. These were on my dads F10. I've never driven in snow with them but the water shedding abilities of these Contis were impressive compared to the summers on my E60 at the time. It was that journey in the wet that convinced me about winters.
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    Wheels and Tyres for Winter in F10

    Yes you can easily switch to 225/55/17 on all four corners or 245/45/18 on all four corners (non staggered set up) but you would want 4 No 8" wide rims ideally for the best winter tyre choice. You currently must have 8x18" rims up front and 9x19" rims at the back. 9" wide rims using 275 wide tyres will limit your choice of winter rubber. I currently have a set of 17" 225/55/17 winters but these are going as I've just taken ownership of my dad's 18" 245/45/18 winters. The tyre pressures chart on your door pilar is the same across all the saloons or all the tourings except M5 models as the range all run on the same spec and size of tyre. Supposidly as mine came with a factory fit towbar, I must run with greater load tyres, but my dad's F10 has a heavier rated rear axle max weight looking at its data plate compared to mine. So go figure that one. Tyre loading info below. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tire_code
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Curious to know what the two wires to your front camera are for? Is one purely power and one for connection to an external memory store/USB drive?
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    Idrive time different to dash time

    That's below the belt, lol Nah, she knows nothing, all I get is a raised eyebrow and a sigh when I talk about cars to her..... Too true. Learned that from Vauxhall ownership and was the cure for most of the E39 and E60 faults.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  22. 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
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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....