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  1. oldjohnny

    Emissions warning.

    Sorry Folks. Bit of an emergency. I am sure this has been well covered before but I need to do a round trip of approx 220 miles tomorrow and the emissions warning has reappeared. It was on about a week ago, went off the next day but the barsteward has come on again the night before my trip. Can I take a chance with this or play safe and use another motor?
  2. oldjohnny

    Emissions warning.

    No warning light for the first 50 miles. Stopped for coffee and it was there again at start up. Stayed on until about 10 miles into the return journey of 120 miles, went off and hasn't appeared again yet. Don't know if this points to a regeneration in motion as the weather was appalling and I wasn't able to hold the proper revs etc so will hope for the best. I don't get to do many long runs nowdays but couldn't believe the old girl at nearly 15 years old and with over 150K on the clock could still manage a return of 47 mpg. ( I set it to zero before going ). Bought it over two years ago for a grand, still looks the part and at this rate could well be, at my age, the last car in a very long list of the good, the bad and the ugly over the years.
  3. oldjohnny

    Emissions warning.

    I will try telling him I am suffering from pre menstrul tension, but as a very old male pensioner I don't fancy my chances!
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    Emissions warning.

    Many thanks Yokozuna. It was the yellow 'engine block' light with emissions warning. Just checked and it has gone out again, so I think you are correct that it's time for a good old John Cleese 'Damn Good Thrashing' from Belfast to Dublin and back as it's mainly motorways all the way. It seldom gets to go over 50mph these days.
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    Idrive display.

    Hi Folks. This old fool has turned off the idrive display as it was annoying me but how to get it back on? I can get the display box again but nothing I am doing or pressing will reinstate the tick in the box.
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    Top Gear to get worse.

    I wonder how much of that £50 million is from repeats of the original Top Gear, as I doubt that the replacement would have the viewing figures, especially world wide to bring any great sums into the coffers.
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    Wheeler Dealers Series 16

    I have always wondered about the 'profit margins' stated in the Wheeler Dealers series with Mike and Ed. After paying the invisible mechanics who simply must have been involved offscreen to complete the various undertakings, they would all be inevitably in the red. Good entertainment and many useful tips gained over the years would override that of course, and I still think that a series with Ed China giving detailed instructions on various mechanical and bodywork problems would have a huge following.
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    Top Gear to get worse.

    Must agree that Top Gear, both versions, have run their course. I bought the firestick when it was on offer to watch the original three in their new venture, but have only watched a couple of episodes to date. I firmly believe that Clarksons famous outburst at the end of the old series was down to the fact that he was pregnant or suffering from pre menstrual tension. If not he was certainly doing a great impression with that extended belly bursting out of his long suffering shirt. Still, It was great crack for many years.
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    Top Gear to get worse.

    The original was always going to be a hard act to follow, which has been evident since the lost cause began to keep it alive. This should put the last nail in the coffin. Why not include Michael McIntyre and rename it 'Comedians In Cars'. Just been informed that the tv chef James Martin, a real motorhead, put himself forward and would have been an ideal presenter but the Beeb in their infinite wisdom said no. So now he's with ITV! The whole thing will be as silly as a box of toys!
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    German Engineering

    Know exactly what you mean about the dash. It should come supplied with ray-bans and the old song, 'Blinded by the light' preloaded into the music system. But Jeez it's nice.
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    German Engineering

    Really like my old E60 but if I had a few quid spare to buy a new car I would be shopping around for the latest, ( soon to be discontinued) Mondeo. They will be knocking thousands off them to clear the decks. I had a recent driving/passenger experience in a top of the range one and, quite simply, was astonished at the build, comfort and ride quality. The interior and paint finish was simply ist class to say the least.
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    Electric cars to be mandated 8 years earlier

    Same here. I will be brown bread by then so will continue to enjoy my diesel polluting E60 to see who goes first.
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    Delta Integrale

    Shit! I'm £999.00 short or I would jump at it.
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    If I had the £££

    I would just book a trip to Dignitas in the Netherlands instead of buying anything like that. The end result would be the same but there would be more money left for the family.
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    Tips will be a thing of the past. All household items will have a pre-determined expiry date at which stage they will self destruct and disappear up their own jacksey.
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    Can't understand that with the sales figures as they are. Or does it mean that everything in the Sun must be true?
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    What's happening? According to Ray Massey, motoring correspondant of the Daily Mail, the new three series initally will be available in three engines - two diesels and one petrol, with a new six speed MANUAL gearbox or eight speed auto. Orders from next month for delivery in March. I too read somewhere else that the new three series would only be available in automatic. Could this be for the USA market only? Answers on a postcard only please.
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    Ah the good old days when a three series needed a bag of cement in the boot during icy conditions to prevent visits to the ditches. As Monty Python would have observed, "Try telling that to young folks nowdays and they won't believe you"
  19. oldjohnny

    Which glow plugs for N47?

    Best going in and removing them first to be sure of the length. It will only take a couple of days to deliver a new batch even from ebay with next day delivery if offered. Controllers are also well priced at the minute. I changed the lot last winter on my E60 530d and the difference in cold weather was very evident. No more smoke on start up, but this years freezy cold will be interesting.
  20. Worried about your diesels emissions as in the 'smoke test' at the MOT? Then book one over here. All hell has just broken loose in Northern Ireland as it has emerged that this test was suspended in 2006 and has never been reinstated! The reason back then was that the Government run centres were not ventilated properly and they were awaiting new equiptment. It appears they are still waiting. It is done 'visually' by test center staff would you believe, who need to go to Specsavers asap as there are vehicles, especially vans running about in Belfast like world war two minesweepers putting out a smoke trail to avoid detection. This test is a legal requirement so the inquest as to who is responsible will be very interesting. No doubt some poor computer will get the blame.
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    E60 Petrol engine buying advice

    The M Sport tourer certainly looks the business, but would that be the original upholstery as I have never before seen that combination of paintwork and leather in those colours on any car? They don't seem to compliment each other very well, although it's all down to individual tastes I suppose.
  22. oldjohnny

    CIC front plate

    Taking into account your insurance excess and no claims bonus effect it will probably be better to grin and bear it through gritted teeth this time.
  23. oldjohnny

    525i 2009 mot advisory inner suspension

    Just noticed your query. It may well be the rear lower ball joint rose bush. My spannerman picked this up pre mot and said if I get the wrong inspector he may fail it. Nearside was fine but offside bush had worn away the interior rubber. Minimum movement on wheel. Passed mot with no adviseries. It is a barsteward of a job it appears so although I have the part below from ebay at £17.99 it will wait until nearer the next mot date for fitting as, just like you I do very little mileage nowdays. Only problem with this is I have been warned, that if it collapses completely the whole unit may need replacing.
  24. It is a little more complicated than it seems. My spanner man is mainly mercedes but has done this many times. It takes three fills to get to the correct level, with the car up and down each time from the ramp and a correct temperature achieved. Sump is weeping so will change the lot whilst it's off. Also the car will be put up on the ramp overnight to drain completely ready for refitting the next day. He does not recommended a flush.