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  1. oldjohnny

    Poor mpg 530d

    Paul, I have a 2003 530d which I use for everyday short local journeys with large amounts of stop start involved. About twice a week I take it for a 'quick clear out' on the motorway but otherwise I too drive quite sedately as I have one foot in the grave and have forgotten how to drive fast. It constantly averages 27.4 mpg which for a big brute of a 15 year old car weighing in at nearly 2 tons is not bad at all. I would love to zero it and go on a really long run to see what the figure would be but I would live in constant fear of flashing red things appearing on the iDrive screen and at this age it has entered the 'not to be trusted too far' category so I may never know. I have access to two modern day cars in the family, but for big fishing trips I use her indoors 2005 Mercedes C class diesel estate which I would confidently drive from one end of the country to the other and get 50+ mpg.
  2. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    Correct! You do not have to be an MP to be Prime Minister. But you would have to go way back to one Robert Gascoyne- Cecil who was only a member of the House of Lords and served as Prime Minister from 1895-1902. Alec Douglas - Home was Prime Minister in 1963 for just a year whilst in the Lords only, but later renounced his peerage and became an MP. (I'm not a smart arse, but the internet is. What a wonderful thing).
  3. oldjohnny

    DPF Questions

    Reference your controller, if you are going in to replace it, change the glow plugs as well. There are bosch plugs on the bay at about £8.50 so best done when you are in there in case one or two go duff come the cold weather, which is really the only time they seem to come to prominence. As I stated earlier, during our last severe cold spell, my 2003 E60 was doing a great impression of an old warship laying clouds of white smoke to escape the enemy. The diagnostics were the same as yours, as in all six plug not functioning. Cured the problem completely so no more clouds of unburnt fuel this year. (I hope).
  4. oldjohnny

    E60 bootlid strut.

    Removing the combined spring and damper is a doddle. Simply remove the retaining clip first and pull back on the spring. The tension on the offside seems to be much less than the nearside single spring assembly, or does that point to a weak spring on my old E60?
  5. oldjohnny

    E60 bootlid strut.

    Many thanks. Checked the nearside single spring which was at the last point, so moved it right to the back as you have shown. This has reduced my opening speed from 300mph to 250 mph. I have to face it that firstly I have to get the retaining pin panel on the offside welded back in place as even a replacement strut will not function properly until this is done. I will keep you posted.
  6. oldjohnny


    The only thing missing is a harpoon.
  7. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    He is definitely well named. TRUMP : to get the better of: OVERRIDE. Where ambition invariable TRUMPS loyalty. (Michael Kramer) I have suddenly realised what his hair style resembles. It' a back-combed wheatabix!
  8. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    I live in hope that when push comes to shove that the really big businesses in Europe will apply pressure for a sensible soloution if seriously adverse decisions may be seen to threaten their operations. In the end it will be finances all round that will decide the final result. A hard Brexit would leave us going into the unknown but make no mistake, it is a two way street. A mutually beneficial outcome is the only hope for all. 'If at first you don't succeed, try try try again' should apply in all of these discussions. (This advice does not apply to sky diving).
  9. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    On the other hand, ( 5 fingers and a thumb ) the non participants could equally have been brexit type chappies who though there was very little chance of it happening and didn't bother voting.
  10. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    I think you may be surprised at the result of any re-run.. This topic is never far away in my locality and I can tell you that attitudes here, (majority of remain voters originally including myself) have hardened considerably, due in no small way to the contemptuous arrogance continually being displayed by Jean-Claude Junker, Michel Barnier and Co. Regardless of what we propose, they will continue to mock it, screw us into the ground and extract every last cent/penny they can, which in my opinion is top of their list. We may not be the world power we were in the past but I am no less British now, and despair of the cap in hand approach we seem to have adopted in these negotiations. Time to stand up and state clearly that this is the way it is. Negotiate by all means but if not then WE Will walk away. As you may have guessed I am now firmly in the Brexit camp.
  11. oldjohnny

    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    Surprised that the Ford Corsair hasn't been mentioned here after all the threads. Perhaps it's to do with my having exceeded my three score years and ten and there are not a lot of us left. If i'd have known I was going to live to this age I would have taken better care of myself. A recent jolt to the coconut has brought back memories of a Corsair 2000E I had for a while in the late 60s/ early 70s. A four door saloon with bench seat and 4 speed column change, it was rear wheel drive from a 2.0lt V4 engine and it went like stink. The acceleration was fantastic but cornering was not for the faint hearted. This one was a left hand drive and I used to scare the shite out of my front seat passenger who suddenly discovered other cars flying at them instead of the usual kerbstones. Strange I can recollect the car but have no idea what I did with it. Could be dementia but I can't remember!
  12. oldjohnny

    Bonnet badge size

    Jake is correct. I had a touch of brain fade there with this heat. 82 For both front and rear on the E60/61, which you would think I should have know after ordering the wrong set last year!
  13. oldjohnny

    Bonnet badge size

    Sorry, can't help with this. but simply use good double sided tape if unsuccessful, making sure to cover the holes as well.
  14. oldjohnny

    Bonnet badge size

    Correct. 82 front and 74 rear. Removing may depend on what way they were fitted. Place an old credit card or similar underneath and lever up to see if the badge moves easily. If not there may be double sided tape as well as the two fitment pins. Leave the credit card in place and use a fine flat screwdriver or similar and gently prise upwards by turning left and right , a little at a time, moving round as you do this. Do it patiently and gently to avoid body damage. Another method used is by slipping that very fine, half inch plastic packaging tape underneath and again gently pulling the badge off. By the way, many of the badges on ebay, while excellent reproductions need a little bit taken off the retaining pins as they are just a little longer than the originals.
  15. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    The 1 million uk residents living in the EU quoted earlier are either working or retired and rest assured that none are living on cash from social securities or relying on social housing from any of those countries. When I stated that it was one way traffic I meant that we are the 'soft touch' of Europe in so much as anyone who can get here, from Europe or not, will be taken under the wing of our system right away. The average man in the street may not understand the high level discussions re Brexit but simple figures will not have eluded them. God only (it would seem) knows the immigration figures for the past five or six years but from 2001-2011, four million immigrants arrived in the UK, and just short of 470,000 were allocated social housing. The impact stemming from this on those waiting for years to be housed is surely obvious, hence just one of the reasons for such a large leave vote. I would dearly love to see free movement staying as is, but the sheer financial stress on our finances cannot continue on this scale without regulation of some description which we cannot apply under current EU rules.