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  1. BFleming

    F07 nearside airbag deflated,

    You won't get an error warning if the bag inflates & stays inflated as you drive. You'll only get a system error warning if the bag can't inflate - which happens when the bag has a great big rip in it. In that case you'll get a message saying 'chassis fault, proceed with caution'. I had to drive my car like this for a short journey, and it's not so low as anything actually scrapes, but it's a hard ride with dodgy handling.
  2. BFleming

    F11 glass tailgate slowwww...

    When I bought my F11 I honestly thought the glass part was power assisted, as it opened all the way, with a very uniform motion. This was the hot summer, and fast forward to the cooler winter, and it now just pops open - the rest has to be done by hand. No big problem though, I'm not going to do anything about it.
  3. BFleming

    Roof Bars F11

    I'd look at wrapping your existing ones with a vinyl wrap; shouldn't cost anywhere near as much as a replacement set, and won't necessitate a full dismantle. Someone on here had their F07 done recently, looked good. FYI there were three factory options; base (matt) black, gloss black (shadowline) and the matt aluminium ones you currently have.
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    Farewell F11 Hello G32 6 Series

    I'm genuinely surprised there's the clearance for them, but every day is an education
  5. BFleming

    Chinese Winter tyres?

    It's a tough one. Some people say you only need rear winters to stay mobile with a rear wheel drive BMW, and they may have a point. I've bought secondhand winter tyres previously, from ebay or gumtree, where it's a genuine private seller, not someone who buys 4mm tread tyres wholesale in Germany (note most tyre manufacturers say winter tyres are effectively useless in snow below 4mm). But some people won't touch secondhand tyres. I'm sure you'd pick up a set of used 17in winters on wheels already for between £300 & £350. Again, it's up to you if you trust a quality part worn brand, or a new yet unknown Oriental brand. I'd go part worn premium brand personally, but with 6mm+ tread. Late Edit. If you're the kind of person to consider budget tyres generally, then fill your boots with the Chinese tyres. But if you have quality rubber fitted generally, buy quality again for winter, mount on another set of wheels, and just swap them on in November, and off at the end of March. Your quality summer tyres will last twice as long, and you'll be on quality winters that'll last a good while too. Makes economic sense.
  6. BFleming

    DPF Regen question

    I honestly can't tell when my car is regenerating, nor could I tell on my previous 320d efficientdynamics.
  7. BFleming

    Farewell F11 Hello G32 6 Series

    The chains are only suitable for 18's & 19's wearing 245/50-18 and 245/45-19 tyres, so you may be limited there as well.
  8. BFleming

    DPF Regen question

    The regen process on modern BMWs is more of a constant thing - it's not like a VW where it categorically regens every 400km, but it literally regens whenever it can. I do low mileage in my 2013 525d, but it does get the occasional longer run, and I have zero DPF issues.
  9. BFleming

    Winter Tyres ?

    I'm currently running Nankang SV3 Winter tyres on the F20, and am probably not going to bother with any on the F11 this year (I normally like to keep one car on winter tyres, so it's the 1 series this year). They're brand new tyres on E46 330i steel wheels, so a bit different. The best winter tyres I've ever had was a brand new set of Goodyear Ultragrip 7's on a Saab 9-5 I had. That car had so much control in ice & snow, it was surreal. Deep tread is a key component of good winter tyre performance. Under 4mm and you might as well throw them away.
  10. The regular start stop action is that car stays in D. It does not drop into Neutral. Sounds like a software issue rather than a hardware one, but I'd get some codes read on the gearbox independently, as main dealers have a habit of deleting any pre-existing codes before taking a read.
  11. Remove the badge! It'll look so much better, and (dare I say) look more expensive than a 520d.
  12. I'm not much of a fan of aftermarket grilles & losing the original chrome, but they look really good! I have too much chrome on my SE to get away with them, but on a Sport they look ace.
  13. It's £300 from this crowd in Essex. I haven't used them / am not affiliated to them in any way, but seen a few favourable reports online: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-530d-F10-ZF-8HP50-Automatic-transmission-gearbox-oil-filter-change-fitted/323259147557?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&hash=item4b43bf2525:g:vnsAAOSwfLxa~E3F
  14. BFleming

    Carly Code unsuccessful

    Apologies, what car is this on? If it's an early F10 I believe you may need to have the CAS updated to a newer firmware before you can code start/stop. Your signature says '09 535d, so is it a F07?
  15. BFleming

    Carly Code unsuccessful

    Something Carly doesn't like is doing too much coding at once - are you coding only the start/stop? Also it may have to be off before it accept the code. Also try with the ignition on but the car not running (so press the ignition button without your foot on the brake).
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