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Blackvue are very good. Mine lasted about five years before it finally died. The cheaper models are so much better than they were and I bought a good quality camera for less than £100.

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Just idly checking the BMW recall page this morning, followed their link to the VOSA site, put my plate in, and it seems I have an outstanding recall.

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Just rang Specialist Cars in Luton, and I'm booked in for mid January for the old 'EGR Cooler check & replace if necessary'. Mine is a 2013 pre-LCI 525d with the 2.0 twin turbo N47S engine by the way.

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On the way to the Airport, spotted a bulge on my front tyres, £300  for a pair fitted.......

 

at least it's raining here.....

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On 20/12/2018 at 13:42, 535i Andrew said:

Blackvue do get a good write up, different price range from what I was thinking off.

 

Get a post up of the install.

have a look at DDPAI mini 2 cracking little camera.

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Well today I got a puncture on the 535’s rft just outside of grasmere in the lakes where was visiting friends on there Christmas stay

 

After ringing 3-4 garages for just a simple 18” tyre rft or non I wasn’t bothered at this point ! So glad the 20’s haven’t been ordered yet !!

 

Nearest I found was Kendal approx 18 miles away let’s just say had it been 20 miles or more I reckon the run flat would have given its life up before then even with  gentle coaxing and few stops for tyre and temp check on the way

 

Garage relieves me of £200 for tyre worth about £120 and I’ve ordered a matching one to land Monday at my usual place 

 

So tmrw digging all my tools used to keep in E61, clean them up and put them in f11 which been meaning to do the last 5 weeks and going to grab a space saver wheel I reckon as 18” wheels will be going soon anyway. I’d rather have quickly whipped a space saver on roadside then pissed around like that lol

 

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6 minutes ago, bmwf113.0d said:

I bought a steel spare and also carried slime and a plug kit. Luckily I never used any in anger. 

 

Yeah I had slime style product for the e61 and it failed the one time I needed it so I’m still in the undecided camp with that for miles I do approx 30k year thinking space saver be much less hassle in long run as much as I hate the things 

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16 hours ago, Mobileman said:

 

Yeah I had slime style product for the e61 and it failed the one time I needed it so I’m still in the undecided camp with that for miles I do approx 30k year thinking space saver be much less hassle in long run as much as I hate the things 

 

A spacesaver is so much better in the long run. I've now had six or seven punctures over my E61 and F11 and I simply got bored of having to be trailered back for distant places for something as simple as a puncture.

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It's ridiculous isn't it. I've got puncture cans (2) in the boot but I don't have huge confidence in them. A blowout or slash and you're screwed.

 

Drove mine to ireland and back, no drama decent comfort and quick enough to overtake even on the little roads over there for decent progress. Utterly filthy now, give it a clean next year :P

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I had Slime and a couple of other tins of Goo in my car and none of them can plug anything other than a small hole. All of my punctures have had big chunks out of them or the steel side walls just cut the tyres to shreds. If you have a run flat that you've been driving on for any length of time you will simply need a new tyre.

 

When the pair of runflats on the front of mine need replacing they will be swapped for conventional tyres. I swapped the fronts a while back.

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Started mine up for the first time in a week. Started on the button as normal. No issues with it not turning a wheel in a week apart from the rust on the discs. Handbrake released without issue too. Stop start worked so no battery issues, I had debated about hooking it up to my Ctek while it was parked up but it was fine.

 

As it has a ski hatch I used it to get a new fluorescent light tube (1700mm) for my garage. 

 

Wishing you all a good new year when it comes.

 

 

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Booked in for a service and ordered some new tyres, pirelli run flats lasted 12k  (only put them on end of july) and i am probably one of the most gentle drivers going.  Going for the non run flat Uni royals see what they going to be like half the price of the pirellis. 

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Replaced the driver sun visor

 

 

Also had a good poke about at my replacement 3AC towbar socket.  It is completely different to the previous one that was fitted in 2013.  The new one has different pins so I'm now having a re-think as to how to wire up the three pins that are not wired up. 

 

From discussions with a 440i owner who has the same towbar, it would appear that the wires are terminated in a separate connection then pushed into the rear of the socket rather that soldered into the pins.  I didn't take the socket apart any further to double check but from a visual inspection I can see its not the same pins that I have bought.

 

New socket rear view

 

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Old socket rear view

 

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The pins are very obvious in the picture above which are easy to replace or add the ones that are missing.

 

I was going to use Pin 12 as a connection for my Ctek charger, but I might just fit one of the Ctek sockets to the towbar wiring loom so its at least protected from the worst of the weather.

 

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Something fitted to the socket loom until I get my head around the 13 pin socket wiring connections.  But what ever I do there needs to be enough room for when the towbar is in its stowed position.  Means I've then got a quick external connection point relatively sheltered for charging without having to trap wires between the boot or bonnet and their seals.

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6 hours ago, Erhan said:

Booked in for a service and ordered some new tyres, pirelli run flats lasted 12k  (only put them on end of july) and i am probably one of the most gentle drivers going.  Going for the non run flat Uni royals see what they going to be like half the price of the pirellis. 

 

Wow, thats very strange. I have done 14k miles on mine and they are all between 5-6mm

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19 hours ago, Erhan said:

Booked in for a service and ordered some new tyres, pirelli run flats lasted 12k  (only put them on end of july) and i am probably one of the most gentle drivers going.  Going for the non run flat Uni royals see what they going to be like half the price of the pirellis. 

 

Find a good wheel alignment centre as well and have the car looked at. It's worth doing annually since it's fairly cheap and should make your tyres behave better and last longer. Make sure it's a proper four-wheel alignment check though, not just tracking.

 

I can highly recommend the imaginatively named Southampton Wheel Alignment Centre if you're anywhere near.

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45 minutes ago, RobM said:

 

Find a good wheel alignment centre as well and have the car looked at. It's worth doing annually since it's fairly cheap and should make your tyres behave better and last longer. Make sure it's a proper four-wheel alignment check though, not just tracking.

 

I can highly recommend the imaginatively named Southampton Wheel Alignment Centre if you're anywhere near.

Had track rod ends failed (took them 3 attempts to diagnose that) wheel alignment was done on beginning of September at main dealers. Although I have had to take it back as steering was of centre and car was pulling to left and I dont think i am still  happy with the way it is but local main dealers attitude is you should be pretty much be great full that you are driving a BMW. 

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on top of that, this morning i realised on full lock when I was pulling in to car park i have had a horrible vibration came through steering. First i thought it as tyres skidded but front tyres was replaced at same time as track rod ends so they have got plenty of thread on them. 

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1 hour ago, Erhan said:

horrible vibration came through steering.

When I had this on my E60 it was due to low level of steering fluid which in turn proved to be due to a leaking power steering fluid cooler. May be worth a quick check on the PAS reservoir level if only to rule it out?

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