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  1. Ram Rod

    F11 dented from large hail stones

    Many thanks Mathew. I did phone one dent repair guy in the UK. He reckoned the bonnet would have to come off to get the dents out. As for the roof, there are just three dents I can see but to get to them the roof lining must be taken out. As for the sides, difficult too. It does look a job for a dent repair specialist as the paint is not damaged. I will see what the BMW dealer has to say tomorrow. They have to accept the car back and I have to make sure the car is repaired so that it meets the criteria on condition for the lease ending.
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    Update on Michelin Cross Climate Plus

    Front left Rear left. Not far off changing the rears.
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    F11 dented from large hail stones

    Many thanks Mathew for that information. . Yes have sent a recorded delivery letter to AXA today ref the damage, and will take the car to BMW in Arras on Monday for them to sort out. My lease ends next May, but I guess it is too early for BMW to take it back plus mine is nowhere near as badly damaged as your friend's 4 series. However I would get penalised in its current condition when I return the car.
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    F11 dented from large hail stones

    My video sounded like this. I think I was lucky there was no broken glass.
  5. How unlucky can you get? Left my car parked at Beauvais Airport from the 3rd August to the 9th. Looked over the car when I got back for scratches, but it was raining. Had the heart attack yesterday afternoon. About eight dents on the bonnet, two on the roof, plus a couple each side on the sloping haunches above the wheel arch above the crease line. Thought it was vandalism at first, but I had left my dashcam connected but hidden under a blanket on the back seat. Got to 2035 last Tuesday evening scrolling through the files, (7th, date and time on video) and the dashcam had started recording on its own due to the noise and vibration I guess. I could hear torrential rain and then an ominous sound of random golf balls hitting the car. Really loud, like being in a tin can. Thank God for the Nextbase dashcam otherwise I would never have thought it was hail. The damage is noticeable alright, I will put up pics later. It will have to be fixed. I guess it will need a new bonnet, but the two dents in the roof are going to be a bugger. Just goes to show how intense thunderstorms are getting these days.
  6. What's the most you have got out of your front pads? I am over 41,000 miles now and they were checked last week in the dealer when my car went in for the EGR valve and an oil change. At the moment mine are not even half worn out according to the mechanic.
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    Update on Michelin Cross Climate Plus

    I'll take some pictures today with the mileage and date they were put on and todays exact mileage.
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    Update on Michelin Cross Climate Plus

    Had a toilet stop on the A16 autoroute last week. Was just looking around the car and saw the dreaded top of screw all shiny and menacing right in the middle of the left rear tyre. Levered the big, fat ugly screw with a coin and expected to hear the hiss of air, but fortunately it had gone horizontal in the tread and popped out. Over an inch long. Amazing. Seems OK. Up to 32,000 miles now since fitting and still loads of tread left all round. Should easily get me through to November when I will put on a new set ready for whatever winter throws at me.
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    Had the job done last week at Chandlers, Hailsham near Eastbourne. Very good customer service. Given a brand new 218i M Sport coupe as a loaner. The new EGR valve has transformed the way the car drives. Makes me even more annoyed that BMW France failed to notify me of this recall or "quality enhancement". Will not be going back to Lempereur BMW in Arras for the rest of the time I have this car on lease which is until May next year, when it either goes back in or I buy it.
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    Cheap Cabin Filter

    Are these any good? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Filteristen-Active-Carbon-Cabin-Filter/dp/B01K2BQXAC/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1532785728&sr=1-2-fkmr1&keywords=Bmw+f11+2016+cabin+filter And this engine oil? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Longlife-Synthetic-Engine-LL-04-Westway/dp/B077Y34GVP/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1532785832&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=bmw+ll04+oil
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    Rear suspension drops randomly

    Rear suspension seems a real problem on F11's https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/bmw/5-series-touring-f11-2010/?section=good
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    Servicing Question

    Did you disconnect the battery to do this job?
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    Mine now booked into a UK dealer