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  2. 535i Andrew

    Oil Advice

    ^ Says LL04 on the bottle, it's good then and is on the link below. I agree and that's what I'm trying to figure out what the right spec is so if the bottle doesn't say LL04 on it but does say... API rating of SN ACEA rating of C3 which appear to be the main criteria stipulated by BMW along with a suitable grade such as 5W-30 etc, is it o.k.? The Castrol oils tends to have an ACEA rating of A3/B4 which has a slightly higher sulphated ash content than the Shell Helix ultra ECT C3 which is not as good in terms of looking after your DPF. Does this possibly explain why fewer Castrol oils now say LL04 on the bottle as it's not so good in terms of sulphated ash content? BMW will fill your sump at a service with the Shell Helix Ultra ECT C3 at over £20 per litre. List of "approved oils" for LL04. https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f10-535i-lim_201301/repair-manuals/11-engine/11-42-oil-filters-lines/1VnZ1vFi9W But I know not all the Castrol oils on that list say LL04 on the bottle today but did previously.
  3. San75

    Suspension refresh query

    Hi Haych. I still haven't been able to sort my issue that seems to be like what you're saying. My car drives beautifully over 60mph, at 15mph it's all over the place depending on the road surface. I have noticed whenever i have done any work that involves jacking up a wheel the issue goes away and returns the following day. Is yours like that? Can you post your alignment sheet so i can compare it with mine? I will post mine tomorrow.
  4. mitchgixer6

    Just checked for recalls? Battery cable issues.

    Yes I had that too. I'd say if it shows on the gov website it's probably due. Easiest thing is to call your local dealer and have them check.
  5. if i can adjust high beam up and down but not low beam then this means link is broken between them right?
  6. Irish535d

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Fited a new battery - had to
  7. Irish535d

    Electrical issues

    Hi Keliuss, Thanks for the comments - all very helpful. Thanks for the info on the temps. I've been reading up on the car since (and been busy - so sorry for the late reply). I'll post some topics individually in separate posts. regards Nick
  8. 535i Andrew

    Quietest tyres? 2014 F10 M Sport

    The original Primacy HP (or was it ZP?) were quite worn so were definitely noisier than the Primacy 3. Mine is whisper quiet on good road surfaces with all four Primacy tyres with decent tread. The different rfts are there or thereabouts the same dB level, non rfts varies more I found. I'm not sure how the sound rating is worked out for tyres. Most important thing in tyre choice for me is wet braking which in staggered 19" rft size for the F10 the Primacy 3 are cat A rated. Tyre choice is really subjective, do your own homework on what is important in a tyres quality for you.
  9. Matthew Ashton

    G32 First Service

    Car at 2 years old (8100miles) based on build date so calling for its first service. Just oil and microfilters needed. Called around after looking at BMW’s service website which has quoted £424 I think. Coopers in Tunbridge Wells was the same price, no budging and couldn’t get me a Saturday Fast Lane service until September. So had to go to Stephen James Bromley which is really convenient for work. Lady on the phone says they can’t quote until they’ve read the key as it will tell them how much oil to add! WHAT I ask, and she’s adamant. Bollocks! Anyway, take the car in and ask for a quote. I’ll get a phone call later they say. So at 16:00 the dealer calls and says £433. I say no way as was told between £285 (no microfilters) and £400. He says, he’ll get it as close to £400 as he can. I pick the car up at 18:00 to a bill of £370. While it is still rape, not quite as bad a blow. But get this - the invoice lists one of the chargeable items as environmental disposal of the oil at £18! That’s a new one for me.
  10. d_a_n1979

    mashed potatoes

    Harper Auto's, Ellesmere Port - that's where he works (well; was last time I saw him)
  11. d_a_n1979

    Bmw fitter required

    Welcome to the forums This is in the wrong section really. Please either state which BMW 5 series car it is you have and/or amend your profile show it shows your car and location here: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< On the back of that; I'll move your thread to the relevant 5 series tech section, further down the homepage It'll get better coverage and answers that way
  12. Chu

    Black smoke after remap

    You should see mine
  13. Matthew Ashton

    BMW Driveline Warranty?

    The iDrive will tell you when it needs servicing. These are BMW’s service schedules: Oil, oil filter and microfilters every 2 years or 24000 miles Oil, oil filter, microfilters, air filter, fuel filter every alternating 2 years or 48000 miles Brake Fluid every 2 years. Brake pads as needed Brake discs and pads as needed
  14. GregGreg

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Fitted new exhaust manifold and replaced BMW badge. New badge makes a difference:
  15. Cadwell Parker

    Oil Advice

    I bought some of this recently and have used 7 litres of it doing an oil and filter change on my 530d. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F392132640393 I'm sure most oil will be fine, whether or not BMW recommend it, as long as it is the right spec. The Castrol GTX above is LL04 and not a bad price.
  16. Got a quote from the BMW website for £123 a month for my 2011 530D 104K. I'd quite like to get it as I intend to keep the car for 5+ years as the thought of timing chain, autobox or any other 'big' jobs happening would be too much to handle. I intend to do oil changes, brakes and filters by myself in between the overly long (IMO) BMW service intervals. As long as I get it serviced at a VAT registered garage does that keep me right for the conditions of any claim? And does anyone know where I can get a service schedule for the car?
  17. 535i Andrew

    Oil Advice

    As above use any oil that is LL04. Castrol recommend me to use Castrol Edge 5W-40 M. This one says LL04 on the bottle. Using Castrols website they suggest different oils as appropriate but these no longer state LL04 on the bottle. For piece of mind any Castrol oil I use needs to say LL04 on the bottle. The tie up between Castrol and BMW was just a marketing strategy which has now ended. BMW now recommend Shell Helix which is what you can buy at a dealer, which is the stuff Matthew mentioned.
  18. Pedro79

    Help please

    Cheers Andrew. Good to be here. Read a few of your posts with interest. Will do the drain clean out when I get a chance! 167k so high but still very sweet. Just been remapped actually hence the spirited drive!
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  20. greenelekta

    BMW e34 South Africa

    They look great and the Alpina conversion sounds very interesting. Have you got hold of an 4.6 Alpina Engine + ECU?
  21. 2008, 320d? Is that the bmw that outsold the Ford Mondeo, in which case they are 10 a penny, bin it off, and start again with a better one.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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!
  25. 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?
  26. Just checked and that's already set to OBD.
  27. 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
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    • ^ Says LL04 on the bottle, it's good then and is on the link below.     I agree and that's what I'm trying to figure out what the right spec is so if the bottle doesn't say LL04 on it but does say...   API rating of SN ACEA rating of C3    which appear to be the main criteria stipulated by BMW along with a suitable grade such as 5W-30 etc, is it o.k.?   The Castrol oils tends to have an ACEA rating of A3/B4 which has a slightly higher sulphated ash content than the Shell Helix ultra ECT C3 which is not as good in terms of looking after your DPF.  Does this possibly explain why fewer Castrol oils now say LL04 on the bottle as it's not so good in terms of sulphated ash content?   BMW will fill your sump at a service with the Shell Helix Ultra ECT C3 at over £20 per litre.   List of "approved oils" for LL04.   https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f10-535i-lim_201301/repair-manuals/11-engine/11-42-oil-filters-lines/1VnZ1vFi9W   But I know not all the Castrol oils on that list say LL04 on the bottle today but did previously.
    • Hi Haych. I still haven't been able to sort my issue that seems to be like what you're saying. My car drives beautifully over 60mph, at 15mph it's all over the place depending on the road surface. I have noticed whenever i have done any work that involves jacking up a wheel the issue goes away and returns the following day.  Is yours like that? Can you post your alignment sheet so i can compare it with mine? I will post mine tomorrow.
    • Yes I had that too. I'd say if it shows on the gov website it's probably due. Easiest thing is to call your local dealer and have them check. 
    • if i can adjust high beam up and down but not low beam then this means link is broken between them right? 


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