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HandyAndy_UK last won the day on September 6 2016

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    2014 Ex Kent RPU 530d 3.0 Auto F11 Touring

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  1. HandyAndy_UK

    Parking ticket Belgium

    We get guys getting them here in Germany. It really comes down to whether the town/city/state can be bothered to fill out the paperwork to request the details from the relevent country as to whether you'll get fined or not. Some do, some don't. If you're going to pay it, you should possibly find an IBAN account number on the ticket. That will allow you to make an international payment directly to the ticketting authority from your UK account.
  2. HandyAndy_UK

    F11 Steering Wheel worn leather

    You'll normally find ex-police to be a good bit cheaper... they don't have all the toys and fittings of a basic SE and normal selloff is around 3 years/150,000 miles. Accident damage can mean a lower mileage at selloff due to uneconomic repair costs - police fleet are contracted to all OE parts, whereas us mere mortals can fit what we want from whatever source we're happy with. Yes, some vehicles will have been abused, but generally from start to finish of a shift the vehicle will be at/near running temperatures - static patrols will normally have the engine running and roving patrols are typically at a reasonably constant cruise. High speed chases are far more rare than tv shows would have you think, due to risks, costs and effect on committing scarce resources. Local assets (patrol cars/vans, response cars, dog vans, etc) will be far more abused by comparison with divisional assets such as roads policing.
  3. HandyAndy_UK

    F11 Steering Wheel worn leather

    Met have a lot of silver cars, Essex have a mix - a lot of traffic Mondeo STs are blue. City of London also have red. Unmarked vehs vary but are generally a non-metallic colour. Most forces seem to go with the standard white, possibly based on cost. Fewer if the larger cars seem to be manual any more, with the 3 and 5 being sports auto, generally with flappy paddles too.
  4. HandyAndy_UK

    F11 Steering Wheel worn leather

    They come up on auctions and a few companies trade specifically in ex-police vehicles. I changed to my 2014 530D as I don't like leather, rarely used the inbuilt satnav, needed a diesel for the longer range driving I do over here and the flat beam xenons mean no need for beam deflectors. For around 11k I get the build I like in a 14 plate, albeit some minor damage to put right... a few bits and bobs to refit where it was dekitted. Decent audio, bluetooth phone fit, power tailgate and s**tloads of power with no limiter. Latest test run got me to 172mph by GPS and a launch that's given some of my collegues quite a shock.
  5. HandyAndy_UK

    F11 Steering Wheel worn leather

    Excellent result. Luckily my ex-Kent 530D has a wheel in far better condition than yours was, but good to know a refurb is a practical option should it deteriorate.
  6. HandyAndy_UK

    washer pump issues...

    The old favourite of 2 or 3 crushed denture tablets in the washer tank and left overnight still holds good too. With the bend in the filler neck you can't just drop in whole tablets but broken up and flushed in with a small amount of water does the job nicely. Never had a problem with Halfrauds screenwash in either the E61 or the current F11.... ok, one problem... no Halfrauds in Germany ! (don't get me started).
  7. HandyAndy_UK

    F11 8 speed Gearbox oil change

    Kinda tempted to get this done on mine too... Although ZF at Saarbrucken would be closer for me. Just hope they ofer the same service...
  8. HandyAndy_UK

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Well last night and today really... drove it the 900+ km from UK to back here in Germanyland. I was only away 3 weeks and I'd almost forgotten how much I enjoy driving the F11. Safely reminded now.
  9. HandyAndy_UK

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Today.... passed the 2nd MoT - Damn I love covers the tester can't remove
  10. HandyAndy_UK

    Any idea what this bolt is for?

    You're probably right in your guess... assuming it's rubber or has a soft coating.
  11. HandyAndy_UK


    I worked out a couple not long after becoming a BMW driver... AUC - Approved Used Cars BMW - Money Pit ... still deciphering others...
  12. Yes they are... and they're an utter git to do. I did post on them in the E60/61 forum when I still had mine last year, but essentially the reflector, bulb and holder are a one piece item twist fitted low between the two main lamps. You can cut back the plastic weld to replace the bulb (as I did) or replace with one of the many aftermarket LED upgrades. Simplest was to go involves removing the headlamp unit.
  13. Closest I had was very noticeable vibration only on light braking - regardless of speed. Positive braking and not a thing. On inspection I found barely any lip and around half pad life remaining. However, a very minor warp on the front left disc - I put it down to the missing air duct (not replaced by police prior to retirement) causing less effective cooling than the fully intact right front. When turned by hand the right disc turned cleanly but the left just dragged on one point on the disc. Replaced both front discs and pads with ATE (stunningly easy job now) and braking has returned to smooth and true.
  14. HandyAndy_UK

    Update on Michelin Cross Climate Plus

    I have CC+ on my ex-plod F11 530d and they've been right up to a GPS in excess of 260km/h with no worries. Handled temps down to -12c and so far up to +35c with no noticeable loss of performance. They are only available in non-RFT (or GoFlat if you prefer) but even with a 75mm screw in a rear the pressure loss during the week from initial warning to replacement (yep, these Germans don't stock CC or CC+ much) was a little under 1 bar. I'd happily recommend them and unless someone come up with something a lot better when I turn them into slicks, I'll be putting another set straight back on.
  15. HandyAndy_UK

    F11/F10 530d Oil burning

    Nothing added between annual oil changes except ZX-1 and passed 190000 km during the week.