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  1. I am two and a half years into a three year PCP in my 518d estate. Option to buy is €27,000. The trouble is , what can you buy for that sort of money? Also PCP deals have crept up with large deposits required. I don't like having to buy the car outright and sink a load of money into it. Is there a cheap way to finance your own car besides a long loan? All the car has cost me is servicing and tyres. Nothing has gone wrong. The car is cheap to run as long as you can keep it out of the dealers. The value servicing is a good deal.
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    Useless BMW France

    I did query this whether he EGR and Cooler were one item, but the receptionist assured me only the EGR valve was changed.
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    Useless BMW France

    So my EGR valve was replaced in July, but now Chandlers have contacted me to say the EGR Cooler must be changed as well. No word from BMW France. French customers stuck with defective cars.
  4. I had mondeo 2.2 diesel remapped. Torque in gears 1,2 and 3 was limited by software
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    Winter tyres - it's that time of year!

    Well my Michelin Cross Climate tyres have been absolutely fantastic. The set were put on 2/11/16 when the car had 9624 miles on the clock. The rears were taken off yesterday (19/10/18) still with 3mm at 43,688 miles. The fronts only look half worn. This is on 225/55 17 rims. The rears were still gripping well in the wet right to the end. My lease is up next May and I won't be keeping the car, so two more Cross Climates were going to be €143.83 each or......two Nexen Winterguard Sport 2's at €78.89 each. The Nexens were put on yesterday. First impressions are very good. The tyre looks generous on the wheel and includes a good rim protector as a bonus, unlike the Michelins. Tread pattern is similar to the Cross Climates. Ride quality is not quite as good as the Michelins on rippled roads, but otherwise fine. I won't be taking my car to Nuremburg, so these Nexens should be adequate.
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    F11 dented from large hail stones

    The other dents have come out well from the roof and sides when I viewed the car. The roof liner had to be dropped, so I am hoping that this has gone back OK as it was not an easy job getting it down. The problem is getting dents out of aluminium, best explained here. http://www.bodyshopbusiness.com/aluminum-series-fixing-dents/ My car is in the body shop minus its bonnet which they have got to rework again. Apparently the crease lines from the dents were still showing after the respray. It goes to show that if you get a deepish dent in the bonnet, it is very difficult to repair. All this expense and inconvenience over a few dents.
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    F11 dented from large hail stones

    I was supposed to get my car back today, but the bodyshop is having trouble with spraying the bonnet. Can't get a good finish. May have to put on a new bonnet. Rest of car looks great when I called into workshop in Abbeville yesterday. Garage has loaned me a nearly new Renault Talisman Intens. Very nice car and rides much better than the BMW.
  8. These cars are not worth the money
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    F11 dented from large hail stones

    I wish manufacturers would use more composite, although it is not so good for recycling. Composite does not dent. No ductility like metal.
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    Useless BMW France

    Since my EGR Cooler was replaced by Chandlers in Hailsham near Eastbourne, my car is driving much better. An added bonus is that the fuel economy has improved dramatically. On my usual round trip run to London and back, the car used to average 44/45 mpg, now it is averaging 51/52 mpg. A remarkable improvement. I wrote and complained to BMW in Germany that BMW France were not notifying their customers of this recall. Eventually I received an email from BMW France that as this was an improvement, I was not entitled to any compensation for the way the car has driven relatively poorly for the first two years of ownership. Bloody cheek considering they had nothing to do with the new EGR valve. Not happy with this response, I fired off another letter to BMW, this time to CEO Harald Kruger in Munich, outlining how there is an unacceptable differential in the way BMW customers are treated in France compared to the UK, and the fact that if my car hadn't of broken down in Surrey, I would not have known about this recall. BMW France phoned me two days ago and left a message to say they are looking into my complaint.
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    F11 dented from large hail stones

    Well the saga continues. In case you don't know the bonnet and front wings of the 5 series are made of aluminium. This means that dents are very difficult to get pushed out by one of your mobile dent type specialists. I have four deepish dents in the bonnet and at the moment, it may have to be replaced. Otherwise the dents will be pushed out, and then the whole bonnet resprayed. My car is booked in with a dent specialist (Debosser in French) in Abbevile who also has a new spray shop. Unfortunately as the damage was caused by hail and is classed as a natural catastrophe, I have to pay an excess of €950. A mobile dent specialist in the UK quoted me £1100 for all of the dents, 4 in the roof, 6 in total on the bonnet, 3 down the left side, but he couldn't promise he that the dents in the bonnet would come out OK.
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    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.