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  1. 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.
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    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Anyone used this offer on the bay? Says the Mannol oil is lifeguard 6. £129.99 and free delivery. Seems to be everything that is needed for the gearbox service. With about £100-£120 labour it would be a great total price. Or another at £139.50 delivered.
  5. Hi Duff. I too have this problem in both the halo and the dipped beam. I have changed all the bulbs but no difference. Haven't bothered getting it looked at as I don't go out late at night much, but the dark early evenings and mornings are rapidly approaching. If you find an answer before me could you post it here please? Cheers.
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    Motormania 2019, Grantown on Spey

    I remember the day my DS 'died' when the suspension wouldn't go up. Took it to the local Citroen dealer, dreading the cost of repair and asked when I could collect it. In about 10 minues was the reply. New seal, pump up and a £5 later I was on my way. It was apparently a very common fault and easily repaired. I seem to remember selling it for £500. O death where is thy sting!
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    Motormania 2019, Grantown on Spey

    You have just given me an idea for a few days away next year from Belfast to Scotland. Looks like a fun event. Great to see the old Ford Granadas well represented, but oh boy, that blue Citroen DS! I had one a lifetime ago and this would be at the top of my list of purchases following the lottery win that I just know is coming.
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    CHIPEX

    Just watched the video of the Chipex repair kit. Mighty impressive if it is as simple as it seems. Is there anything similar to Chipex to repair a typical bumper scuff? It would need to be as simple as Chipex as I can make a mess of brushing the floor!
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    Anyone with virgin mobile?

    Giffgaff goody bags are always worth a look, especially if you are not a heavy user. They share the O2 network so are usually reliable.
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    CHIPEX

    Or maybe just a big sticker, P&O Ferries, GB, Team Scuff Racing, Man Utd?
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    CHIPEX

    So a six inch brush and a litre of silver paint would not be the way to go then? I have a scuff at two opposite corners front and back after being attacked by small hostile invisable bollards, well, invisible to her indoors! Quotes from a couple of paint shops was scary to say the least in relation to the value of the car. They both said the same thing. " It's not the work involved, it's the price of the paint ".
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    Really liking this, but....

    Bar a lottery win, this is the permanent future for this one me thinks.
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    E60 535d thermostats Q

    I'm only sorry that I had already done mine when this method by gonzo came up. If you have to end up doing it then this is the best way. Hopefully though you will get a result from the two main stats. When I did mine, one of them gave up after a couple of months so rather than start investigating I took the Renault 5 route.
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    E60 535d thermostats Q

    Since March this year and it read 88. Too be honest I haven't checked the temp or used the heater in ages due to the good weather. Come the first sign of frost etc it will soon become apparent if it still functions. To me it is more important how quickly it goes up to the cosy feet zone.
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    E60 535d thermostats Q

    Problem is that after you have changed these, it could then well be that the gearbox heat exchanger is the culprit. There are many stories of these constantly failing even after replacement. If you check gonzos nightmare saga on page seven you will see what I mean. I went down the Renault 5 route some time ago and all is well. Hardest part was getting it into the hose. My E60 is late 2003 and worth about three cheers so I had no worries about trying this modification out.
  16. Was the stuff you used from Asda soda crystals?
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    Rose Joint.

    Been informed I need a rear lower ball joint rose bush. 2003 E60 530d. Meyle part is only £17. Easy to buy but I assume not as easy to fit?
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    Rose Joint.

    Above comments are a tad scary re airbags. Hopefully My 2003 E60 530d does not have these?
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    Rose Joint.

    Happy days. Passed ok with no advisories. He checked the rear wheel with the iffy rose bush gripping it from left to right. The slight movement only showed when holding it top and bottom. New part arrived so time to fit it without having to reapply for the mot again. Guinness time first though.
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    Car insurance

    Certainly makes you think. This was 40mph. Just another 5 or 10 would have been another story. Didn't want to give more detail on my far too long thread, but after they gave me the examples on Autotrader which I disputed, they had the audacity to email me two more examples on Gumtree within my locality, which spec wise bore no resemblance to her car at all. If I may repeat an old Irish saying. 'God keep my feet out of them'.
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    Car insurance

    I had a prolonged run in with our insurers after a driver came straight out of a slip road into the path of her indoors. Total write off of course but then the fun started. The offer was derisory to say the least. Having been involved many years ago in the car business I was however able to take them on. Cut to the chase, after demanding to know what their estimate was based on, they e-mailed me copies of various similar cars for sale in Auto Trader! This was an independant firm of assessors used by our insurers and when I finally managed to actually speak to them on the phone it rapidly became apparent that they were simply insurance men who wouldn't know a camshaft from a calm day. Upshot, I went directly to the insurers informing them that I was quite happy to go to court and they asked how much I wanted to close the case. Up £1200 later it was agreed, though still nowhere near the cost of a like for like replacement. For anyone involved in a no fault accident where the other driver admits liability. Do not make our mistake of going through your own insurers. Deal directly with those of the other party. You will almost certainly get a better settlement., but I agree totally as to why they ask you the value of your car as there is no way that's what they will pay out. Missus came out of this with only a few cuts and bruises.
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    Rose Joint.

    It's a strange one, as the nearside is fine but the offside is visibly worn. There is very little movement and I hope to get away with it at MOT on Saturday. Bought one to replace it arriving Friday, but no time to get it fitted. If the examiner points it out to me I will show him the new one and hope for a bit of sympathy. but breath will definitely not be held!
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    Buying number plates on line

    This sticker was sun baked, brittle and possibly put on with gorilla glue. Really annoying as I see the ripples in the rearview mirror all the time now. Can't see it from the outside though.
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    Buying number plates on line

    Andrew, as Gonzo stated in his post re ebay, before I could give them any further details bar the reg number, the item was marked as dispatched and feedback left. Regarding you sawing the dealers free advert plates up, I took great pleasure in removing the original dealer sticker, (car is 15 years old) from the rear screen with a hair drier only to overdo the heat resulting in wavy lines on the privacy film. Bummer! Jesus, whoever put that advertisement together must have just finished reading War and Peace.
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