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  2. Matthew Ashton

    Oil Advice

    BMW do still have Castrol on its recommended oil list. You won’t notice a difference between 0w and 5w oil as that is the viscosity difference at low - below around - 20degrees C. In the U.K. you’re unlikely to ever get to a point to test this theory. As has has been said. Make sure the oil is specified as LL04 and either 0w30 or 5w30 and you’ll be fine. I use Shell Ultra Helix ECT C3 5w30 in my cars.
  3. 535i Andrew

    My BMW E60 Saying Goodbye

    A 523i is a rare beastie, I think I've seen two! Get some pics up. Perhaps, but you don't look at the mantlepiece when you poke the fire though!
  4. d_a_n1979

    Oil Advice

    Opie Oils are a big Fuchs reseller; have a look on their website IMO; as long as the oil meets BMW LL04 specs and it's the grade you want to run, use it... I've used ECPs TripleQX 5W30 and 5W40 for years now alongside the Mann filters ECP run. I've never had any issues and for the prices you can get it at; it's worth doing 2-3 changes a year to keep it uber fresh etc Oil, like tyres and like brakes, can be a very personal choice and there can be huge arguments over it etc But, as said, if it meets LL04 specs; it'll be absolutely fine!
  5. RobM77

    Quietest tyres? 2014 F10 M Sport

    Thanks for your reply and link. Most tyres seem to be the same noise rating as my current ones: 71dB, other than a couple which score really badly for fuel economy, which is a shame. Something to think about. Regarding people's reports of handling; it's always tricky as people have such different tastes and driving styles. I bought my last BMW from my Dad, who liked the handling, but I thought it was horrific, so I had the springs and dampers replaced. Sure enough, once they were off it was clear that the dampers were faulty, but my Dad had never noticed. I've raced for nearly 20 years and I'm quite sensitive to suspension setup. Mind you, this may not be relevant, because using your link I searched for all tyres, ordered the results by noise and noticed that the two quietest were actually RFTs.. Unless this is a difference between externally measured noise (as on the EU tyre label?) and the stiff RFT sidewall transmitting what noise there is as vibrations through to the car?... If the latter, then an RFT would indeed be noisier if all else was equal. How did your new Michelins compare to the old Primacy in terms of noise specifically?
  6. Just checked and that's already set to OBD.
  7. d_a_n1979

    e39 touring to coil springs

    This is why personally, I'd stick with the bags, as that's exactly what the cars meant to do. When we go camping, or up up to Dunkeld, or down to Anglesey etc; the cars always laden, so it's great to have the SLS working and it makes for a great ride and I've no issues with the handling either. The Eibach springs have made a difference to the stance and handling on my touring and now, for me, it sits perfectly Plus when I do tip runs too etc; the SLS is ideal for that as the boot can be fairly loaded! IMO if you use the touring and it's laden; then the SLS is hard to beat and best left fitted... But, horses for courses etc; each to their own
  8. asharb123

    Oil Advice

    Hi, My car is due for a service and I'm not sure what oil should be used. I normally buy and supply this. I do this so I have the same oil available when I need to top up the oil. I don't like using different oils. I've always used Castrol, but they are no longer recommended by BMW. My car is a 523i petrol auto. I rang some BMW dealers and one of them uses Mobil 1 and the other uses Shell. My local specialist uses Fuchs. He says that is what BMW use from new and the dealers in Germany. However it is not easy to get. I contacted BMW customer services who said BMW oil? No help what so ever. What is everyone using and what grade are you using? I'm not a fan of 0 rated oil as I find that 2 thin. Am a fan of 5w 30 as I think and from experience the best all rounder. Your advice greatly appreciated.
  9. Tuvoc

    Black smoke after remap

    That's a ridiculous amount of smoke.
  10. avtovaz

    e39 touring to coil springs

    i still cant make my mind up what to do, but i have just looked on ebay. CLICK HERE those would just need the spring seats then, think that would be about £40 new... it would sit at the right height, and would be slightly stiffer i would imagine, i have a set of 530 sport front springs too... cant go wrong, cant explode on me, only reason i havnt done it yet is i like the self levelling and occasionally i have 5 people in it. Dont want it bottoming out...
  11. Ordnator

    Cooling loop behind grill?

    Welcome along to the Forum. I agree, power steering cooling loop as the picture shows the pipework routed under the engine to a RHD steering pump location. The Automatic gearbox cooling pipework is routed on the outside of the left hand frame rail, through the left front wheel arch and into the oil cooler in the bottom of the radiator. No. Description Supp. Qty From Up To Part Number Price Notes 01 Pipe 1 04/1984 32411128838 $44.35 Part number still looks to be available as it has a price against it as apposed to "Ended" I used an "M535i Auto 1984 Euro RHD" for the RealOEM search criteria. Regards, Mick
  12. duncan-uk

    Your retro Fords

    The small red corgi Capri I have doesn’t have stripes either.
  13. duncan-uk

    e39 OEM aux in

    So ordered last night at 11pm. Turned up today by 4pm. A quick plug in and it seems I can now charge and find the aux mode. Not tried radio and will report but seems I might not need the power line supressor. If so I will be ordering another for a car with similar issue. Thanks dmarkovina1
  14. dj1233

    Suspension refresh query

    The new rubber will take time to 'soften' up with use and loading up to become a bit more compliant. On badly paved roads at lower speeds the car will track and follow the line of least resistance (following tracks, cambers, and heading towards the very), simply due to lack of momentum.
  15. Norseman

    lens clean

    Food for thought, toss up between Mcguires or 3M I reckon. Thanks for all the help guys, much appreciated.
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  17. bigrigbri

    E39 space saver wheels.

    The wheel well in the boot is designed for a full size wheel so you won't be gaining any space from the skinny piece of s#@t.
  18. 535i Andrew

    F11530d running hot?

    Just a thought but is it possible the previous owner molested it with a remap which could make it run hotter?
  19. warnie

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Had a new bmw windscreen fitted today after complaining that the oem equivalent screen supplied as a replacement by my insurance company was not up to standard of the original one. I have HUD and was convinced that the old bmw original screen was less reflective. So out it came and in went the expensive screen which was identical apart from the added BMW logo. The result? No difference! It's more reflective because it's new and shiny ! I did apologise for kicking up a fuss but at least now I still have original BMW stamped glass all round....
  20. 535i Andrew

    Suspension refresh query

    It could just be you have gone from a wallowy old barge to how it should be. What tyres are you running, crap or worn tyres can make handling fiddly or fidgety on these cars.
  21. 535i Andrew

    Help please

    Yeah keep us updated please. A few of us have spotted rust on the rear anti roll bars but nothing like that on the front. What mileage is on your car? Oh and how remiss, welcome on here.
  22. 535i Andrew

    2014 F11 520d air suspension problem

    Is the car sitting down too low at the back end? Or is it at the correct level, you say it doesn't rise or fall. Do you hear the compressor run at other times? It could be an air leak in the springs, most likely culprit, you loose the spring effect and it gives a poor ride.
  23. paulie031

    My E39 M5 for sale

    Bump willing to listen to offers
  24. Pedro79

    Help please

    Thanks Andrew. Will see what the garage comes back with and update!
  25. cjp2k

    Help choosing a G30

    Yeah the car is currently on for 31950, managed to get the car for 30k, 1500 deposit contribution and an extra 500 on my PC, 5.8% apr on the finance, not the best finance rate but not too bad
  26. r0ryb

    E60 alloy wheel colour question

    Got my wheels done about a month ago in Matt black. They look Amazing
  27. 535i Andrew

    Help please

    The labour to replace that shouldn't be much as it's quite accessible once the underbelly is off, it's only 4 bolts plus the links. Obviously much easier up on a ramp. https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f10-535i-lim_201301/repair-manuals/31-front-axle-front-suspension/31-35-anti-roll-bar/1LK4quzy If it was my car I might investigate an upgrade to the standard bar as I find mine a bit too rolly polly at times when being enthusiastic in the bends.
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    • A 523i is a rare beastie, I think I've seen two!   Get some pics up.     Perhaps,  but you don't look at the mantlepiece when you poke the fire though! 
    • Opie Oils are a big Fuchs reseller; have a look on their website   IMO; as long as the oil meets BMW LL04 specs and it's the grade you want to run, use it...    I've used ECPs TripleQX 5W30 and 5W40 for years now alongside the Mann filters ECP run. I've never had any issues and for the prices you can get it at; it's worth doing 2-3 changes a year to keep it uber fresh etc     Oil, like tyres and like brakes, can be a very personal choice and there can be huge arguments over it etc   But, as said, if it meets LL04 specs; it'll be absolutely fine!
    • Thanks for your reply and link. Most tyres seem to be the same noise rating as my current ones: 71dB, other than a couple which score really badly for fuel economy, which is a shame. Something to think about.   Regarding people's reports of handling; it's always tricky as people have such different tastes and driving styles. I bought my last BMW from my Dad, who liked the handling, but I thought it was horrific, so I had the springs and dampers replaced. Sure enough, once they were off it was clear that the dampers were faulty, but my Dad had never noticed. I've raced for nearly 20 years and I'm quite sensitive to suspension setup. Mind you, this may not be relevant, because using your link I searched for all tyres, ordered the results by noise and noticed that the two quietest were actually RFTs.. Unless this is a difference between externally measured noise (as on the EU tyre label?) and the stiff RFT sidewall transmitting what noise there is as vibrations through to the car?... If the latter, then an RFT would indeed be noisier if all else was equal.   How did your new Michelins compare to the old Primacy in terms of noise specifically?
    • Just checked and that's already set to OBD.     
    • This is why personally, I'd stick with the bags, as that's exactly what the cars meant to do. When we go camping, or up up to Dunkeld, or down to Anglesey etc; the cars always laden, so it's great to have the SLS working and it makes for a great ride and I've no issues with the handling either. The Eibach springs have made a difference to the stance and handling on my touring and now, for me, it sits perfectly     Plus when I do tip runs too etc; the SLS is ideal for that as the boot can be fairly loaded!   IMO if you use the touring and it's laden; then the SLS is hard to beat and best left fitted...   But, horses for courses etc; each to their own  


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