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AndyM last won the day on June 17 2018

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  1. AndyM

    F10 2015 Auto hold function

    I don't get that. As soon as mine is active, then the car is stopped. Under low brake pedal application I can feel the brakes being applied further by the car when Auto-Hold takes over.
  2. AndyM


    That link is wrong for at least reversing lamps on LCI cars. They are not wedge bulbs, but BA9XS/H6W. This is a better source of information; https://am-application.osram.info/en#
  3. AndyM

    F10 2015 comfort access boot

    Ah, it might be different on a saloon. Do you have a button on the inside of the bootlid? Does it do anything if you press it when open?
  4. AndyM

    F10 2015 comfort access boot

    If you can open it with a wave of your foot, then you can also close it. Needs the key to be in close proximity for both actions. I normally kick just below the lower bumper trim. I'd say it works 9 times out of 10 and is very useful when your hands are tied carrying bags/baby/pram etc.
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    Test drove these two cars today

    It's actually a magnetic valve on the shock absorbers rather than physical which is why it is so fast to react to changes in driving or road conditions and makes it more reliable. The list for VDC was £985 when new (price list attached) BMW 5 SERIES F11 2014 price list.pdf
  6. I can't say I noticed! I know it doesn't work for all roads but it's always worked on A roads, motorways and most B roads for me.
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    Test drove these two cars today

    EDC is the same as what we call VDC - my build sheet actually says S223A Electronic Damper Control (EDC) - which this link explains; http://www.bmw.com.kh/asia/en/insights/technology/technology_guide/articles/electronic_damper_control.html?content_type=index&source=/asia/en/insights/technology/technology_guide/articles/adaptive_drive.html&article=electronic_damper_control Electronic Damper Control (EDC) automatically or manually adjusts each damper to suit the driving conditions meaning you enjoy outstanding comfort along with the best in BMW on-road safety. EDC reduces variations in wheel load, ensures tyres have excellent traction and counteracts bodyshell movement regardless of the weight your automobile may be carrying or the state of the road's surface. Sensors constantly monitor all factors influencing the vehicle's behaviour and occupants' comfort, in order to precisely adjust the damper control. In a fraction of a second, the signals are analysed by the EDC microprocessor and orders are sent to the actuators on the shock absorbers, which, with the help of magnetic valves, are variably adjusted to provide optimal suspension. Thanks to Electronic Damper Control, the tendency for the nose to dip when braking is practically eliminated. The influence of potholes and unevenness on the road surface is reduced to minimum. In addition to increased driving comfort and improved roll characteristics on the tyres, EDC also contributes to vehicle stability and safety. By reducing the nose's tendency to dip when braking and improving the tyre traction, EDC shortens the braking distance when braking heavily. The damper adjustment means that even when braking with ABS the vehicle chassis remains upright on the road and all four wheels have the largest possible contact to the surface. The Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO lets the driver choose between various programs (like COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT or SPORT+) and adjust the suspension to suit his individual needs. Also explained in this video;
  8. AndyM

    Test drove these two cars today

    Struggling to see how that is relevant in this thread. What is more relevant is that my VDC works perfectly well and allows for a sublimely smooth ride and flat cornering and speed changes.
  9. AndyM

    Help required

    Looks fine to me, it appears to be a way to access a screw behind - this is mine;
  10. What were the issues? I have RTTi and the latest 2019-1 maps.
  11. Neither is my late 2014 530d, checked on the DVLA site. As I posted earlier in the thread when mine was in for a service they initially thought it was covered under the recall so it was checked and passed no problems (although they would have ordered a replacement part anyway) but was then discovered that it is not covered so no replacement was ordered. Maybe it will appear as a recall required in the future.
  12. AndyM

    525d 3.0 engine noise

    Sounds like an escape of air in pulses to me rather than a bearing.
  13. AndyM

    Test drove these two cars today

    Fully agree. Get a few saved searches set up on Autotrader with email alerts for new listings. That's what I did and resulted in the car that I eventually bought. I went to see three vehicles with numerous phone conversations about others. I also created a weighted spreadsheet with spec, options mileage and price which I filled out to 'score' each vehicle as it appeared and helped me to rule many out. You may need to travel in order to find the right car, in my experience this is the only way to get what you actually want. I got lucky an the vehicle I bought was only 40 miles or so away.
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    Test drove these two cars today

    It depends on your budget but as soon as I see a car without widescreen Professional navigation I switch off and I doubt I'm alone. The older car is better specified but as mentioned above it is pre-LCI which also puts me off, especially since the price isn't so different to the LCI.
  15. I still haven't had an opportunity to properly carry out the brake bedding in process I posted earlier, however while it was a bit quieter on the roads in between Christmas & new year (on a run to the shops), I gave my brakes some firm applictions on a fast stretch as well as on a steep downhill slower road to try and flatten them out - and you know what, it seems to have made a difference. I am getting MUCH less vibration when braking at >50mph now and only a minor wobble when at a steady motorway speed. I need to find time and a suitable location to do a proper bedding in, but the roads are just too busy & as the proper recommendation is to not come to a complete stop between applications before the brakes have cooled it needs to be a road which isn't scattered with traffic lights, I'm thinking a 60mph stretch between two roundabouts so that I control whether I come to a complete stop rather than being dictated by a red light.