sams255

just purchased F11 Ex police car

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Hello everyone,

 

I just purchased an F11 ex police car. There are some little snags about the car which i need to get fixed just wanted to know if anyone had any knowledge on these type of spec of cars built for police.

 

There is a small display unit but appears there is no sat nav

on the i drive appears no blue tooth option even though there is a button on steering. and what looks like mic above the visor

Don't appear to be any car parking sensors either

 

What have people done in the past who have purchased ex police cars.

Do i have to do a retrofit on everything or would all of the wires been placed in but just not connected ?

 

What do you guys suggest i do in order to bring it up to spec ?

 

Many thanks

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I doubt it has nav or Bluetooth even if the button is present, they all have that. No parking sensors is unusual though.

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The spec you describe is common Plod spec, don't be surprised if the stop start doesn't "work" as in stop the engine when stationary despite the button lighting when pressed. Does yours have the additional battery in the enlarged compartment in the offside panel in the boot?

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The stop and start does work.

 

Yes mine does have the additional battery. What is the additional battery for anyway

 

so i guess no bluetooth wired up or sat nav

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9 hours ago, sams255 said:

Yes mine does have the additional battery. What is the additional battery for anyway

 

so i guess no bluetooth wired up or sat nav

 

The additional battery is to power all the lights and gizmmos plod need.  It will be handy if you want to tow a caravan!

 

Pre LCi models do not have Nav as standard, is was extra £££ from day one of the F10/11.

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Plod cars are lower spec than a std UK SE car hence the lack of items mentioned.

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Like anything, providing you know what you are buying they can prove good vfm, iirc they will have a number plate change from the one the police used too for obvious reasons...

 

The bumpers have probably been replaced numerous times so may explain the lack of parking sensors?

 

http://www.expolicecarspecialist.co.uk/search_page.php?make=8&model=1214

http://expolicecar.co.uk/

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12 hours ago, sams255 said:

Hello everyone,

 

I just purchased an F11 ex police car. There are some little snags about the car which i need to get fixed just wanted to know if anyone had any knowledge on these type of spec of cars built for police.

 

There is a small display unit but appears there is no sat nav

on the i drive appears no blue tooth option even though there is a button on steering. and what looks like mic above the visor

Don't appear to be any car parking sensors either

 

What have people done in the past who have purchased ex police cars.

Do i have to do a retrofit on everything or would all of the wires been placed in but just not connected ?

 

What do you guys suggest i do in order to bring it up to spec ?

 

Many thanks

 You can decode the VIN to see the exact options fitted to the car, assuming this is the same for ex-police cars too. For the retrofits you can take a look on the Internet for bimmerretrofits and see what they have available.

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bimmerretrofits appear to based in the usa. Does anyone know anyone who can provide like a new head unit which includes sat nav and bluetooth as mine doesnt have it installed and still display the bmw service status etc.  I am based in hampshire but can also go to a place in east london

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Retro fitting nav into a non nav car will be pricey! Like four digits.

 

A tomtom is £100, just saying.

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Slight tangent on this one but anyone know if ex-plod traffic cars (5 series) routinely have xenon headlamps? 

 

I've seen plenty of East Anglian cars with either xenon or LED headlamps in the past 3 or 4 years, but as I'm currently looking to change to diesel for the sort of driving I do over here, the 'flat topped' beam pattern of xenons would help. I also really don't like leather so cloth seats are fine by me!

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On 3/30/2017 at 0:02 PM, sams255 said:

...  I am based in hampshire but can also go to a place in east london

 

If you're planning a big expedition make sure you pack your sleeping bag and ration packs lol :D

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5 hours ago, IanS100 said:

 

If you're planning a big expedition make sure you pack your sleeping bag and ration packs lol :D

 

I actually got the retrofit done by a guy in derby. He fitted the NBT and bluetooth. for around 1k but it was worth it as i have full steering wheel controls, latest maps and can save my the 6 points that i would have got on my licence as i use my phone all the time when driving.

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16 hours ago, HandyAndy_UK said:

Slight tangent on this one but anyone know if ex-plod traffic cars (5 series) routinely have xenon headlamps? 

 

I've seen plenty of East Anglian cars with either xenon or LED headlamps in the past 3 or 4 years, but as I'm currently looking to change to diesel for the sort of driving I do over here, the 'flat topped' beam pattern of xenons would help. I also really don't like leather so cloth seats are fine by me!

Just done yet more hunting regarding this and according to BMW UK all F onwards cars now have flat beams, regardless of halogen or xenon lamps. Yay!

Now I can go look at a nice 14 plate F11 530d.

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7 hours ago, HandyAndy_UK said:

Just done yet more hunting regarding this and according to BMW UK all F onwards cars now have flat beams, regardless of halogen or xenon lamps. Yay!

Now I can go look at a nice 14 plate F11 530d.

 

That would because Xenons became standard on F10 and F11s after the facelift in 2013. Halogens, due to the reflector design, won't have flat beam. 

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22 minutes ago, Matthew Ashton said:

 

That would because Xenons became standard on F10 and F11s after the facelift in 2013. Halogens, due to the reflector design, won't have flat beam. 

 

And any LCI Xenon car will have the ability to adjust the beam for driving in Europe in the iDrive.

 

As per this:

 

Xenon headlight

When driving in countries where the opposite rule of the road applies, you need to prevent your headlights from dazzling oncoming vehicles.

Switching over headlights

The headlight adjustment is done using the iDrive.
  1. "Settings"
  2. "Lights"
  3. "Headlights"
  4. "Headlight adaption
Edited by carrman

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1 minute ago, carrman said:

 

And any LCI Xenon car will have the ability to adjust the beam for driving in Europe in the iDrive.

 

Really? Pre LCI BiXenons don't have this feature as they have the flat beam so there is no need for any adjustment when driving on the left in Europe - just don't Auto headlights on the headlight switch. 

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Just now, Matthew Ashton said:

 

Really? Pre LCI BiXenons don't have this feature as they have the flat beam so there is no need for any adjustment when driving on the left in Europe - just don't Auto headlights on the headlight switch. 

 

Confirmed - amended my earlier post as to how to do it...

 

Do it every time I travel to Europe.

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49 minutes ago, carrman said:

 

Confirmed - amended my earlier post as to how to do it...

 

Do it every time I travel to Europe.

Interesting that there was no need and no option preLCI. 

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Both halogen and xenon lamps for dipped beam are mounted in a projector type housing though, hence the front cover of the lamp unit is not prismatic as the old cars of the 70's, etc.

The last info I read had apprently come from BMW UK so I'd kinda hope they had a slight idea what they were on about. It also stated this beam adjusting switch/lever was omitted on all cars from build week 5 onwards.

Short of getting a halogen fitted F model and looking at the beam pattern one evening, I'm crossing my fingers and hoping should I come across an F11 worth a punt.

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4 hours ago, carrman said:

 

Confirmed - amended my earlier post as to how to do it...

 

Do it every time I travel to Europe.

 

 I can find no explanation as to what this iDrive setting "Headlight Adaption" actually does on the later cars. If they are all fitted with Xenons and these have a flat beam, what is the point? BMW didn't previously think it was an issue after removing the LHD/RHD manual switch on the light units after 03/2011 - for Xenons partnered with "S524 - Adaptive Headlights", you just need to avoid using the "Auto" setting when travelling in Europe to avoid the headlights dazzling oncoming traffic. 

 

Anyone with ideas? Could it be that BMW had so many queries from European travelers that they put a definitive option in the iDrive to avoid confusion and all it does is disable the possibility of switching on the Adaptive Headlight feature if the vehicle is so equipped?

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7 hours ago, Matthew Ashton said:

 

That would because Xenons became standard on F10 and F11s after the facelift in 2013. Halogens, due to the reflector design, won't have flat beam. 

 

Halogens are a projector just like the xenon.  They have a flat beam with a cutoff so no need for the switch. 

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