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  1. coolhand9

    MOT advice

    My current MOT was done on the 21.5.18, it expires 1.6.19. Not quite 13 months but more than 12. It also clearly states "to preserve the anniversary of the expiry date the earliest you can present your vehicle for test is 2.5.19"
  2. Clearly a mis-build, the steering wheel has been put on the wrong side. Probably why it hasn't sold before.
  3. coolhand9

    MOT advice

    No, you maintain the original MOT date so you can effectively have a 13 month MOT on your car.
  4. coolhand9

    Need Help...Broken M5

    To check for air leaks on the intake side spray brake cleaner (or similar) lightly over the top of all the pipes and joints with the engine running. If the engine revs increase air is getting in somewhere and you should be able to locate where. I diagnosed a failing throttle body gasket on my 540 in less than two minutes this way after spending ages checking everything manually. The failure was at the bottom of the gasket so couldn't feel or see it.
  5. coolhand9

    MOT advice

    To be fair so did I on the basis that if it failed it couldn't be fully road legal. Although I accept not everything on the internet is correct this suggests differently: https://www.autonetinsurance.co.uk/autonet-insurance-company-blog/autonet-insurance-company-blog/2012/03/09/failed-mot-can-i-drive-my-vehicle- Not sure if the police can tell if you have failed an MOT or if it still shows as having a valid certificate.
  6. coolhand9

    MOT advice

    I believe you can still legally drive the car while the old MOT is valid as long as the failure was not for anything dangerous.
  7. coolhand9

    I can’t wait for it to rain....

    After threatening to most of yesterday it's finally raining properly here. Feeling a bit chilly, think I might have to turn the heating on!
  8. coolhand9

    I can’t wait for it to rain....

    We had a few short showers here but it was drying as fast as it was falling. I usually love hot weather but I think I'm ready for a bit of a cool down now so hope the forcast is right.
  9. coolhand9

    I can’t wait for it to rain....

    Finally got a little bit of the wet stuff. Not sure if it will be enough to take this; back to this; but it's a start.
  10. You can live datastream with a C110 as well, can get pressures, volts and other info that might help point you in the right direction.
  11. coolhand9

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Finally found a day cool enough to do an oil and filter change. Had trouble buying oil on eBay for some reason. Three seperate orders didn't happen due to "compromised" accounts. Didn't expect much from this one; but the other two looked ok. I didn't lose any money but I've not had this before. You have to try but I guess the moral is if it looks too good to be true.......
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    540i one week in advice/help please

    Doing a lot of town stuff at the moment so 15-16mpg. On a run to Suffolk last month I stayed sensible on the motorways and just about got 30mpg. Unfortunately the M11 is an incredibly dull road so I needed some light relief. The last 3 or 4 miles of the journey were on twisty single track roads but flat so plenty of visibility. In the space of 10 minutes I'd undone all my good work, put a smile back on my face, reminded myself why I don't care about my mpg and remembered just how quick a 550 can be if you ask it nicely.
  13. I picked a Range Rover up from a customer who had done this, they had just come down the moroway so god knows how it had stayed on. It was a big lump of metal so imagine the damage it could have caused if it had flown off at 70mph.
  14. coolhand9

    540i one week in advice/help please

    I wish!
  15. I asked a repair shop the same question earlier this week for my E60. They told me a repair wasn't possible but they could supply a new one for £95 + VAT. I've taken a chance on a £75 eBay item instead but would still be interested to hear if other repair shops give the same answer.