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  1. Hi Guys. Just bought a 2016 520 Luxury with 18K on the clock. Pre buying I demo'd a 520 M and luxury at local dealership and liked drive (prev A4 owner). Bought car from dealership a couple of hundred miles away as it was the spec I was looking for. All good but a few queries as I am new to BMW cars. One query is that I quickly noticed that it took a fair bit of pedal pressure to brake. This surprised me as the brakes on the two F10's I demo's were very good. (A4 brakes were also very good/responsive and light pressure only needed) I am now wondering if the two demo'd F10's had uprated brakes as my F10 is quite poor by comparison.. Any thoughts please, guys? thanks Dragon
  2. Hello All, I've been pondering this for a while now and whilst I absolutely adore my Bavarian Beauty, I feel she is slightly under powered being a 520i. I'm thinking of a few reasonably sensible mods to get the best out of her without it being too over the top. My ideas are: Induction Kit Remap Brakes Lowered (slightly) Leather Seat and door card conversion (not urgent). Has anyone here had any experience of doing this and what are general thoughts? Many thanks Jamie
  3. I have a number of alerts on my dash which I'd like to clear and I would appreciate the experience of the forum in tackling some of the jobs. 'Low brake fluid' - with associated red brake (different to p/brake) light: I've checked the fluid level, and the pads, which all seem fine, so I'm assuming it's a sensor malfunction. Is this a straight forward job? Do I need to replace the entire reservoir or can I get the sensor (assuming it's the fault)? 'Check coolant level': Similar thing, levels checked and seem fine, so assuming a sensor fault. 'Self level susp. inact.': I had coilovers fitted, and this then generated the alert. The rear suspension airbags were removed and I assume it is related to this, but I was wondering if anyone knew a way to deactivate the alert message? Airbag light Changed the old boat wheel for an msport wheel. I've managed to get all the buttons to work, but I'm left with an airbag warning light. Any thoughts on this, and any of the others, would be greatly appreciated. Ta.
  4. Hi, it's coming up to new brakes time on my 530d LCI. Thinking of upgrading to 535d discs. Does anyone know the diameter of 535d discs vs 530d LCI discs? I'd need the new calipers carriers if disc is larger....anything else. .? Also has anyone tried different brake pads and any results? thinking of EMaps remap so upping braking power slightly if I have to invest in discs anyway.... thanks
  5. Evening all, i've learnt something new and rather interesting today. i purchased a used BMW last year from a dealer quite often seen here supplying quotes for parts, after several months of issues BMW gave me an extra years warranty on the car. However i I recently had a issue with the brakes, the computer suddenly dropped from 60k to 1200 miles remaining. I booked the car in at a stealer more local to me and they diagnosed a faulty sensor, due to a clip that had come off, the wire had rubbed against the inside of the ally. OK, I thought that should be covered under the warranty,... Boy was I wrong. appartently the sensor fitted is not genuine and therefore I had to pay for a new sensor, clip and re-programming of the car. Now I have not had the pads changed and had no idea which previous owner changed them and there is no way of tracing either. I have fortunately got the old part and to me it looks genuine it has the correct BMW part number on the cable and BMW in the plastic connector. How the hell are we supposed to know when buying a used car what the previous owners did? not happy
  6. Just had some new genuine BMW brake pads put on the front. (Independent garage) Brakes are pretty squeaky even after being lubed. Been worn in as well Any advice
  7. Hi guys I have a 57 plate 520D M Sport and I need to change the following; Front Brake Pads and Discs plus sensors Rear Brake Pads and Discs plus sensors Hand Brake shoes i have been to my local indie and he quoted me to supply and fit Pagid parts: Front Discs £160 plus VAT Front Brake pads £140 plus VAT Rear Brake pads £120 plus VAT ... I stopped there and didnt get price for the rest of the stuff. Only reason I went to him was because the car has sensors and needs to be reset everytime you change the pads, as I don't know how to reset this I thought I would take it in to him otherwise I could buy the parts and get it done cheaper myself. Now going onto parts I am looking at Pagid bits and bobs for my motor from ECP but when I put my reg in it comes up with two differant types of front brake discs: http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/c/BMW_5+Series_2.0_2007/p/car-parts/brakes/brake-friction/brake-disc/?104110938&1&d37108f6b39d81b075a4d87cb91749aab84358f7&000027 http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/c/BMW_5+Series_2.0_2007/p/car-parts/brakes/brake-friction/brake-disc/?104110958&1&886be8784c6c2be83335c07f1258137bc880ac2a&000027 What the differance between the two - which one is best for my car? I don't fancy going back to my indie to ask him lol! Same goes with the front brake pads theres 2 to choose from - so how do I know which ones I need? http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/c/BMW_5+Series_2.0_2007/p/car-parts/brakes/brake-friction/brake-pad/?101110438&1&505a4c036652ea938d2fd7763128d7242adbd1be&000036 http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/c/BMW_5+Series_2.0_2007/p/car-parts/brakes/brake-friction/brake-pad/?101110838&1&0ce5614a9f5be59621d9c0587a559287c7f30d98&000036 The Rear discs and pads it only give me one choice to go for in Pagid range so that should be fine As for the sensors for front and back do I need 1 sensor for the front and 1 for the back, or is it a sensor each side i.e 2 on front, 2 on back? Also where do these sensors plug in to, or how do you change them. The sensors which one do I need from this link: (again for the front theres 2 choices lol) http://www.eurocarparts.com/brake-pad-sensor Sorry for the long post as you can tell I am a novice, only going to learn if I do it myself rther than pay an indie to do it. Thanks for you help guys
  8. So about a month ago, I get a warning that I will need my front brake pads replaced in 500 miles. 500 miles comes along and I thought I would ignore the warning for a while. The warning even went red when I started up the car. Then out of the blue a few days back, I suddenly have another 2,200 miles on the pads! Whoa! Any idea why this happens? How accurate is the BMW service warnings for brake pads anyway?! Thanks for reading.
  9. A couple of months ago I brought some new calipers for the front and refurbed the rear as the brakes were sticking. I used some Liqui Moly silicone grease for the slider pins as there is argument online for using grease and not using grease. As these are 'slider' pins i thought it might be best to grease them, to allow them to slide. Knowing that rubber has friction against metal, i thought this was the best option. Now im beginning to wonder, as i sense some brake sticking forces are back - (if i coast to a stop, the last few CM's have a bit of bite) Whats the deal?
  10. Have just bought a cheap pre-facelift 520iSE on a V plate (1999) to replace my trusty P-reg 523iSE which has just bitten the dust with a cracked cylinder head - nearly made it to 200,000 miles and 10 years of ownership The 'new' car was only £700 from a local 4x4 dealer who'd taken it as a part-ex and just wanted to move it on - only 90k miles and very clean and tight, so far as I can see. BUT .... the ABS and ASC lights are on and after a quick diagnostic at my friendly neighbourhood mechanic, he reckons its the wheel sensors need replacing, worst case scenario the control box. SO ... can I just swap the good ones from my 523 on to the 520? Any help gratefully received as always - cheers!
  11. I have been advised that at my next trip to the garage service/MOT (June) I will need new discs and pads. As I have to buy them anyway I'm wondering if it is worth spending a little more and upgrading them. Has anyone done this and are there any recommendations as to what brands are a decent value upgrade? 2001 E39 530d Touring Manual Thanks
  12. Hello guys. This weekend I will be fitting new discs, pads and brake hoses. I also want to attack the callipers with the wire brush on my drill. Treat the BMW pig iron for rust, red oxide, primer then high temp silver. Where my car is at the moment, I don’t have garage space so the only option for me is to take off the callipers and go to my workshop in the cellar to carry out the work. As I’ve never had callipers off before (I’ve done everything else, clutches, engine change, cam belts) I’m wondering about the best way to go about it. Possible scenarios are: Take the calliper off one at a time. Paint the calliper, put it back on. (Partial bleed here needed? Then once all the callipers are done, carry out the bleeding procedure started with the rear first.orTake all callipers off. Paint them all (preferred). Put them back and carry out the bleeding procedure.I’m aware I can place cling film over the top of the fluid reservoir then put the cap back and this will help me to stop losing fluid while the callipers are off. But, I’m wondering exactly how much fluid will piss out? I have 2 litres of dot4, so I think I have plenty to flush the system ( I won’t be doing the ABS part this time). Has anyone experience in this? This weekends job: