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    Winter tyres yes or no?

    It all depends on is getting around in crappy weather is a must, eg to get to work, see family, etc. If so then they are a worth while investment. I find a big difference between 'normal' tyres and summer. Then main difference is the grip; through the tread pattern and the way the rubber behaves. 'Normal' tyres lose their elasticity below 7 degrees and become rigid, where as winter tyres are softer and still compliant at much lower temps. My normal wheels are 17's and winter wheels are 16" steels. I prefer the steels because i don't have to care about them looking crap or if they get kerbed. Prices of tyres between 16"/17" are small so there are no real cost savings, just more comfort from a bigger side wall. I have Continental WinterContacts (latest version). Mainly because i needed to replace what was on the other pair of wheels. I was unsure about winter tyres and the difference, but it is a big difference, not just when there is snow on the ground but even in cold conditions. I drove back to back in the same conditions and the car feels more planted with the winter tyres vs normal summer tyres.
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    Car insurance

    Best to insure it at market value/the cost it will be to replace your car if something happens. If you bought a car cheap (a good deal) , would you say it was worth less than market value when insuring it . . . . . i think not. Unless you are insuring a car with a guaranteed value pay out value, it makes no difference to what you say as its subject to market conditions.
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    Coolant leak / pressure issue

    Run the car until it gets to temp with the idrive for vents set to hot, temp dial at hot and also fan on a medium speed so you know coolant is getting in to every area of the system. Leave the car to cool for a few hours and check again. If the car is going from low to high quite rapidly, it might be there is air in the system somewhere that's causing an issue.
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    Cabin wind noise.

    Check your wiper arms, maybe there is damage to this which is diverting air to hit the screen in this area.
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    Headlight Problem.

    Firstly i'd check everything is plugged in as snug as it can go, then check the voltages at the plug to ensure you're getting full power.
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    Halfords discount????

    i never know why people bash on Snap On all the time. Yes they're expensive, but they're absolute quality tools. No complaints about mine i've had for 10+ years and used day in day out on HGV's. No chips, no cracks, no de-chroming, everything works as good as they day i bought it. The other makes on the other hand Halfords/Draper/Teng, i can't say the same for those. i paid the same price for a Snap On 1/2" ratchet set with the same equipment as this halfords version https://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/socket-sets/halfords-advanced-19-piece-vortex-socket-set-1-2
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    MOT passed with flying colours. No advisories at all.
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    2 x 34111154979

    Thanks, Payment sent via Paypal.
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    MOT advice

    i think it depends on the fail, if it is a major item that makes the car dangerous to drive i believe it is a true fail. Anything that's not major allows it to run. https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/after-the-test Driving a vehicle that’s failed You can take your vehicle away if: your current MOT certificate is still valid no ‘dangerous’ problems were listed in the MOT Otherwise, you’ll need to get it repaired before you can drive. If you can take your vehicle away, it must still meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times.
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    What's it worth - B10?

    As vague as it sounds, its worth what someone is willing to pay. Someone buying a car like this is an enthusiast and will be more interested in the detail, receipts of things bought/replaced, the condition etc. 150k on a 20 year old car is an avg of 7.5k a year, so its not that high. Unless its now due any major work at this mileage. Start at a higher price that's realistic (somewhere towards the top end) be honest in the advert & see what happens. You can always lower a price if there are no bites and helps you judge the marketplace. What a car is up for sale for vs what it sells for are 2 very different things. A buyer will always haggle and a seller will always leave room to move.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Fitted new front discs & pads, and new ARB drop links.
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    2 x 34111154979

    Hi, How much for the above part number? thanks,
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    Importing mobile numbers to iDrive

    it should link to your contact book in your phone.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    today's job was fitting a new track rod end as the ball joint had gone. Thankfully it was nice and easy as it had tracking done recently and they had to adjust this side. On another note, i noticed the ARB drop link had split a rubber so that's the next job. Does anyone else's car seem to go through phases of nothing, and then lots of minor things?!
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    if the mix is too strong it'll overheat because there's too much coolant and not enough water. I've lowered the mix ratio to the right level now, so it should be good form here on in. It's not used any coolant from October last year to now, it's only in the hotter weather it's started to do it, which is why i think its going through coolant. There's only so much expansion room and anything over that it'll run down the overflow, hence the drop in level. I'll keep an eye on it and see how it goes. If it continues i might put some rad stop through it and see if that helps.