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  2. Steve van hool

    Insurance (Again!)

    I think Insurance companies work on the basis that most folk are just too busy with their every day lives, work, family etc, to be arsed looking up online or telephoning for a cheaper quote, to save say £50, but 15 minutes spent online or on the phone saving £50 is the equivalent of an hourly rate of £200 per hour, so definitely worth doing, sometimes a much bigger saving is realised, the biggest culprit is having automatic renewal on your policy, get some online quotes say 3 weeks before your renewal, then you know where you are when your renewal quote comes through, you can then use the cheaper online quotes as leverage to get your renewal lowered, as I did.
  3. Ray112

    M54b30 ticking noise when idling.

    Alternator or power steering pump maybe.
  4. Lennox

    Was this you?

    Cute, Unique, Nice, Talented, Social [emoji6] Sent from my SM-N9600 using Tapatalk
  5. Steve van hool

    Was this you?

  6. 535i Andrew

    Was this you?

    I can’t repeat what us Weegies call folk from Edinburgh on this forum.
  7. Maybe it's the MSport plus that come with. Pro Nav as standard? Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  8. Against rip off car cleaning products, that are simply unnecessary. The other day I cleaned my car with Fairy washing up liquid, and it came up a treat. I've even heard of people using Flash all purpose cleaner. Take a visit to Halfords and you'll see shelves of highly overpriced cleaning products for car body work and wheels. All unnecessary. Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  9. That's all really helpful, thanks. I'm still a bit confused about what comes as standard, as I have seen plenty of facelift M Sports with only business navigation and without paddleshifts, so it doesn't seem those are standard extras.
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  11. I'm now in a 520d MSport plus, LCI. There are benefits to getting the MSport. I believe the Pro Nav and heated seats are standard. Must haves in my book. I had a 2.0d se manual F10 before. The auto transforms the car and is another must. Paddles are also great to have on the occasions thst you want to enjoy your driving a bit more. Swift progress can be made with careful gear changes without caning it! The MSport plus also gives you 19" wheels (the ride comfort is perfectly fine by the way) and privacy glass. Another key requirement for me is the power folding mirrors, useful when parking on street. As others have said, look out for rear air spring failures. Mine have both just been replaced under a non bmw warranty. Cost was £335 per side at an independent. If you go for a 2.0d try and go for a post 2014 190bhp model (B47 engine) which is slightly more powerful and doesn't suffer from the timing chain issue that earlier 2.0d (N47 engine) models suffered from. It'll also be an Euro 6 model, so more resilient to any future government tax inplications. Mine (N47T engine) might still be prone to the timing chain failure and is a nagging worry, but I'm hoping they sorted the problem by this late spec engine. It is however a rare Euro 6 model which should make it more saleable. Despite all of this, if I bought again I'd love the 3.0d engine. I had a 3.0d E91 3 series auto touring a few years back, not only was it very quick, it was so smooth, and it didn't even have the 8 speed g/box. The combination of the 6 cylinder engine and the 8 speed box in the F10/11 must be sublime. Good luck. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  12. guysat

    New tyres advice please - front only.

    Just fitted Goodyear Asymmetric 3's and very happy with them. Quite and grippy in wet (None run flats)
  13. marko530d

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Called into bmw to get some new rubber grommets for my engine cover as 1 is split and picked up some expensive screen was while a was there.
  14. Spreadly

    Diesel vs Vegetable Oil

    Should've used Crisp n dry. [emoji23] Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  15. Spreadly

    New tyres advice please - front only.

    Pirelli P7 Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  16. Steve van hool

    Was this you?

    Yes, probably the best example being Arch de Triumph in Paris, you give way to traffic coming onto the Arch, bizarrely it actually works, even at rush hour.
  17. marko530d

    530d air filter change

    My filter is different to above post but looks pretty much new anyway
  18. marko530d

    Screenwash

    Yeah will water it down 50%. Just hope my daughter dont steal it and put it in her fait 500
  19. Boba

    Screenwash

    yes, bought mine 6 weeks ago - same price at my local $tealer. Considering the overall running costs of these beasts and the hassle if it gunges up its a worthwhile drop in the ocean.
  20. marko530d

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Stuck a bottle of forte diesel turbo cleaner in as I do with all new cars.
  21. Boba

    318d to 535d wise move?

    +1 G31 so no such diesel power option but I’ve got to say the 530d estate still ticks all of my boxes. Eminently practical and makes me smile every time I nip past someone.
  22. marko530d

    Screenwash

    Popped in BMW today and couldn't help myself
  23. Lennox

    Was this you?

    Ah that explains it!!!!!! [emoji28][emoji1787][emoji28] Let's just say I learned to swear in French very quickly one day. Sent from my SM-N9600 using Tapatalk
  24. 535i Andrew

    New tyres advice please - front only.

    Staggered 18" setup on the F10 does indeed run 245/45 profiles on the front and 275/40 profile's on the rear. F10 with 19" staggered set up is 245/40 and 275/35. F11 from the factory on 18" rims are all square with 245/45 on all four. F11 from the factory on 19" rims are all square with 245/40 on all four. Messing with the rolling radii of tyres can result in issues with all systems that use the wheel sensors as inputs. Buy whatever tyres you want that are within your budget and meet your criteria for what's important to you in tyres. Like wet braking, noise, traction, price, rim protector, rft or non rft etc etc. You will get all that info from various tyre vendors websites.
  25. pauliexjr

    Was this you?

    Yep, driving in France as a whole is a bit of a lottery, particularly in the South where they still embrace the quaint notion of “cede a droit” or give way to the right. Which basically means if you are on a roundabout you have to give way to people joining said roundabout. The bizarre thing is they have abandoned this concept further North, exceedingly confusing!
  26. pauliexjr

    Was this you?

    Glaswegians, a well balanced folk, generous and good natured (you’ve got to say things like that or they take offence and beat the crap out of you!)
  27. mastacrx

    M54b30 ticking noise when idling.

    I've tried the air con and the noise is still there. I've just bought the car so cooling system is going to be refreshed anyway:) Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
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