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  1. 7 points
    Bought it & drove it home
  2. 6 points
    Cadwell Parker

    Picked up this F11 on Saturday

    A new addition to the family. 530d with variable dampers. Needs a wash after driving it home but is nice and clean under the grime. Just under 60000 miles and almost like new inside. Looks like the n/s/r corner is sitting down a bit after being parked overnight so might need to see about getting that looked at under the 3 month warranty from the indy dealer. It's a lovely car to drive and we're very happy with it. Will put up some more photos once it's looking a bit cleaner.
  3. 6 points

    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    More pics of progress on the full respray underway at the bodyshop: On that last pic the bonnet had to be taken all the way back to bare metal (this was previously resprayed by Oxford Crash Repair in 2013 but the paint had started to peel - we found they'd just resprayed over the top of the original paint with minimal prep. Cowboys.) She'll be painted and back with me in a week or so.
  4. 6 points

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    He sure is keeping election promises... More than the crowd down London and that's all the Parties included. 80 % of the people that were very angry concerning Trumps victory here in Britain that i came across typically could not stand the fact ... That the man was legally elected to power by the American people and went against their own snowflake two party nothing changes Westminster style of politics where years are wasted while the two parties play politics while really doing nothing but destabilise the country with their crap.
  5. 6 points
  6. 5 points
    Up to Glasgow today to buy this Decided that diesel and I do not get on; so the land-barge went yesterday and this was collected today These are pics from the seller; it's covered just over 85k miles and drives faultlessly... Had plenty of work to it, just needs my touch
  7. 5 points

    New G31 arrival

    Switched from a 16 plate 335d xDrive saloon to this 530d xDrive touring. Such a lovely car. Most refined and comfortable i've ever driven. Really pleased with combination of Bluestone and black alloys. It's all subjective, but i was worried it was going to be too 'halfords' but looks just right.
  8. 5 points

    GONZO - Highly recommended!

    Guys I feel compelled to recommend what is a 'come to you' expert that can complete work on your beloved (and sometimes troublesome) BMW E60/1 I contacted Gareth to ask for advice on a range of cetain jobs I was looking to complete as a preventative measure on my 2010 535d M sport - a few chats later and I was asking him if he'd consider me paying him to come to me and do the work such was his knowledge. Gareth came to me yesterday at the crack of dawn to undertake a long list of work - replacement of the following Update NAV/Maps Glow plug relay Glow plugs Turbo vac hoses Inlet manifold seals Main Stat EGR Stat Gearbox stat modification Full test When he arrived an unpacked it was clear I'd made the right decision - the chap is like a mobile BMW workshop differing only by the fact he actually knows what he's talking about! I'm someone who finds it hard to trust people to work on my cars as I always seem to find something lacking with many garages. That said, when peple do get it right and meet my expectations then I'm the first to voice up praise! So if anyone here needs any technical work completing right first time by someone with a thorough, methodical and sometimes frighteningly geeky level of knowledge then our resident forum member 'Gonzo' aka Gareth come highly recommended. Great price too! Hahaha just to add - it was after about an hour Gareth called me over to ask if I had any rust convertor liquid! Fearing the worst I raced over and asked why - he's undone a nut from the EGR valve that had some surface corrosion on and wanted it to go back treated!!! That made me smile with admiration and surprise!!
  9. 5 points
    I like him, I wish he was over here sorting Brexit for us, he'd tell all those Eurotw@ts in Brussels where to get off.
  10. 5 points

    E28 525i Restoration Project

    Thanks for all the encouragement guys! The laws are pretty much the same. Most of them came from the UK anyway. Its the Police that are different! So a few new updates: One of the best ones is that I finally got the brakes to work so now the car can be driven around safely! The problem was the brake bomb and the master cylinder. The brake bomb had to spend a whole night in oil and the MC I had (also a replacement) wasn’t really good. I also bought a brake caliper repair kit and new brake hoses. After replacing everything, things are working now though I’d say the E28 brakes aren’t that good in the first place. I still have a busted tail light on the right. Those are super expensive so I’d rather fix mechanical stuff first than fork out all that cash for a new one. Looking for a second hand one at the moment so its cat and mouse with the cops. All my lights are working though so don’t freak out. It’s just the housing on the turn signal that’s broken. Drive shaft was loose so did some re-engineering on those just to improve them. Also put in new boots and grease. Worked on the front suspension. New bushings for the control arms, new tie rods and stabilizer link bars. New front tyres as well. Cheap ones though as I want to go 225/45/17 in future. Still on 15s now. Replaced all the rear sub-frame bushings and the diff mount. This has made the biggest difference in the ride quality. Before there was a loud knocking sound whenever you took off from a low gear. Sounded like you were ripping the rear end of the car off. SOME OTHER MINOR REPLACEMENTS/REPAIRS INCLUDE: 1. Fixed the high beams. 2. Fixed all the brake lights and modified the brake fogs to be brake lights. The single brake light was too little. The added light also helps in dealing with cops. 3. 3. Fixed reverse light as well. 4. Fixed the speedometer and odometer. 5. New drive shaft support bearing 6. Did a full radiator flush. 7. Got a second hand valance for the front and front turn signals. 8. Fixed the holes in the floor board and reinforced the chassis. Did a hack job on it since I intend to smooth everything out once I strip it for paint work. 9. New gear shift lever and rubber shift boot. 10. New seal for the fuel sending unit 11. Fitted new door handles in the front. 12. Fitted new hood roundel 13. Fitted license plate lights THINGS THAT NEED ATTENTION: 1. Still no temperature gauge even after replacing the sensor. Car does not overheat though. 2. No fuel gauge. Guesswork for now or have to top up extra each time I drive it. 3. No coolant level sensor. 4. There is a leak at the power steering pump. 5. Engine warning light will not go off. Tried resetting it, nothing. 6. No wipers. Need a new motor as the other one rusted to failure. Water reservoir also dried up to the point that it cracked. 7. Dirt in the fuel lines causing fuel leaks at the rail. Now that the car is in use, rust is coming off in the tank and in the fuel rail and causing blockages. Have to keep removing and cleaning so as not to destroy the injectors. Also have to put in new fuel filters to save the pump. Im hoping this will subside with time coz even though we clean everything out it keeps coming back and its expensive! 8. Though the car moves well, I feel like there is some power loss (expect more kick out of a 2.5l engine). Might be the dirt in the lines, might be something else so will need a proper tune up to get it to pump out the full 150HP. 9. Also the exhaust has major issues. 1. Its not the right exhaust for the car and 2. It keeps cracking. When we lowered the rear sub-frame to replace the bushings it cracked again so it seems I need to replace the entire thing. NEXT UP: Painting! I was trying to get some Noico sound deadening mat but it’s too expensive to ship out here because of the weight in the required quantity so I have decided to just go ahead and paint. I’ve been looking at Titangrau 892/A36, Callisto Grey B64, and the original Platanengruen Metallic 188. I am leaning towards the Titangrau for now. Windshield wiper motor, rear window motors, Exhaust work, and an engine tune. I think those are the critical items. I also ordered some Polyamide shifter bushings from E28goodies.com supposed to sort out a lot of the slop in the gear. Those are yet to come in.
  11. 5 points

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks @d_a_n1979! The e32 is finally home, washed and tucked into a shed until I’m ready to do some work on it. I have to sell the 740 and 540 to give myself some breathing space first!
  12. 4 points

    F11 Speaker and Amp Upgrade

    I have the base audio system in my 2013 530d Touring and I'm not happy with the sound so I started work on upgrading it today. Parts: DSP: Alpine PXE-H650 £100.00 Amplifier: Vibe Slick Stereo 4 £35.00 Speaker Set: MB Quart QM200C £275.00 Tweeter Covers: £13.00 Silent Coat 2mm (4 sheets): £5.39 Fabric Tape: £3.19 Phono Cables: £2.78 Power Cable: £14.50 Inline Fuse: £6.99 Speaker Wire £9.59 Trim Removal Tools £7.29 Total £465.44 Removed the four T50 bolts, tilted the seat back and removed the cover (four T20 screws). Removed the old speaker (four T10 screws). I was suprised how lightweight the new speaker is. It's bigger though, and we all know bigger is better. The speakers came with a blue connector that fits the BMW. This was wired to work with the built in head unit amplifier so I ha to modify it. I don't have a tool to release the terminal pins and after trying various screwdrivers, a knife, paper clip and a needle, I gave up and drilled them out. I then soldered the new wires on and pushed them back in and glued it all together. If anyone wants to know more about this and what needs to be wired to what, then I can post a more details when I have more time. I wanted to use these connectors rather than cut the facotry wiring so that I can refit the original speakers if I sell the car. I put all three wires together and taped them using the TESA fabric tape. Then removed the trim from the sills and fed the wires through to the back seat. I fed laid the wires across the back seat under the fabric trim and carpet then removed the side bolster and fed the wires trhough into the boot. I'll take photos of that tomorrow. Tomorrow I'm planning to: - Fit the passenger side sub - Wire the passenger side - Fit both side door speakers (tweeter covers have't arrived yet though) - Wire the amp and DSP to the battery - Test to check everything is working before I replace all the trim and seats
  13. 4 points

    Buying an e39 M5.

    Thanks again for everyone's valuable advice. I bought one yesterday and travelled back up from London with no issues. I got the car for a reasonable price I think - it needs a little work here and there, but what 18 year old car doesn't. It will be a longer term project anyway. I'm glad I took the plunge, as I don't think I would have done if I left another few years. In love with the V8 already. Will post up some photos later on. Sent from my BBB100-2 using Tapatalk
  14. 4 points
    The BBC referred lovingly as Auntie amongst their employees is as far from the British people's Auntie as you could imagine ... False news and a real hate of the people that pays their tax's to the BBC is very sickening and once you see their actions in the cold light of day leaves one unable/willing to pay the BBC's tax ( The people of this land have been paying to be brain washed by Auntie Beeb for far too long) The other media outlets at least fund their own propaganda machine ....
  15. 4 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Got round to changing my pads, discs and callipers along with a brake bleed. Cheers Tims again for sorting me the 540 callipers. Cheers again d_a_n1979 for the brake advice...although I did bottle the mtec c-hooks and pads...so stuck to my tried and tested pagid. ECP had a 55% sale so couldn't say no. Everything went like a charm...although my disc shield needed a bit of persuading off my mallet so it didn't contact the disc. Then after wrapping up...took it for a gentle spin round the block and there was an awful scraping sound coming from the o/s. Come back and whipped the wheel back off...and clocked a tiny stone wedged between the disc and plate...after a bit of poking and ramming with a metal ruler...the stone was free and the disc span freely with no noise. Wheel back on, another spin around the block...nice and quiet now. I've been bedding them in and the stopping force at higher speeds is definitely noticeable. Cant wait for them to get even better once fully bed-in. Oh and for the possible haters...we all know red callipers gives you an extra hp per wheel
  16. 4 points
    In the afternoon sun today after a quick wash...
  17. 4 points

    My E60 530i

    Since Buying her I've done a bit. So far fitted Brembo discs and pads, new drop links, track rod ends, poly bushed front control arms, 3D Gel number plates, M4 style gloss black grills, 5 spoke alloys off my old 520i with new tyres, LED lights, upgraded xenon bulbs, wind deflectors, carbon effect badges, new floor mats, M-Sport steering wheel re-trimmed, Detailed by Auto Vogue with Tribos Polymer coating, pipercross panel filter, NGK Iridium Spark Plugs. The new parts pile. Does include rear discs and pads which I haven't done yet but will be soon: Whilst this has technically lowered the specification as had the Style 122 8J 5 spokes fitted and now only have the more common and cheaper Style 138 7.5J 5 Spokes this is because the 138's had 4 new matching tyres and I plan to go for a nice set of 19's in the future with the 122's being refurbished at the moment to go on to my brothers E60 fitted with the weird option of style 115 16" wheels (actually a £70 optional extra over the standard Style 134 16's) Had these lying around, no idea where they actually came from but thought why not fit them for some fun: Then did the Number plates and grills: and thats my dads LCI E61 next to it (he will be selling that soon as barely uses it so plans to downsize to a 3 series touring) Since the dealer didnt provide this picture and proudly boasted on the advert it was an M54 (which I actually wanted as I had a load of spares for the M54 from my 520i) and then saw this beauty of an N52. I will be honest, this is after I cleaned it as was far more disgusting than that Then had my good friend David Brutus from Auto Vogue come and detail it including a Tribos Polymer coating. and as you can tell from the last 2, he spent all day on it and I had fitted all my LED lights and new upgraded xenon bulbs During this time I had also purchased an M Sport steering wheel as I hated the standard SE one having had a sport one in my 520i (which I stupidly sold as was planning on keeping my Audi A4 for a bit and saving up longer but after it started using as much oil as petrol it had to go) So this is the M Sport wheel when I got it. Now as my car is an SE and I have no intention of fitting M Sport kit or M Badges the badge on this had to go and it needed re-trimming so I sent it to Royal Steering wheels who did such a lovely job for my Audi's wheel I had to use them again. This time I wanted perforated leather with suede on the top. All in black with beige stitching to contrast and match my interior and whilst it was away I worked on the plastics sanding them smooth, filling the badge recess and finally wrapping in satin black vinyl. This is what I got back from Royal Steering Wheels. Can see why I like using them: I then re-assembled it all and fitted it: So much nicer and compared to the old one, well no brainer which is better: I am currently installing one of those lovely Mr12Volt CD changer emulators to give me USB, aux, SD and bluetooth streaming but it doesn't work despite being correctly installed so will be reviewing that after talks with seller. In the future when funds allow will be going for full CIC pro Nav upgrade but thats a little while off as I like to focus on the other jobs first (my brothers having his 525i retrofitted with CIC on Wednesday) She will be coming off the road soon so I can replace all the suspension with Sachs shocks, Eibach springs and a few more poly bushes as well as gearbox service, engine service, replacement front wheel bearings and back brakes replaced. Also need to get something better than the brembo discs and pads as I've already warped them as seems to be a common issue from people on facebook with those. I'm also on the lookout for a set of beige Comfort Seats if anyone knows of any going
  18. 4 points

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    To some degree I agree with that. You don't get to where he is in business without a fair degree of bravado and a lot of cunning. I'm not fond of the man. I thought he'd be a disaster, but I've been surprised, and because out of necessity I'd long learned to read deeper than the media before he became president, I can see through the complete BS that's being sold to us. Anyway, I'm not going to argue about it anymore.... Political discussions rarely end well, and most of us here are pretty.set.on their political alignment. No amount of back and forth here will shift anyone. I'll just leave it at, I don't like him, but I do believe he's doing good things for the USA.
  19. 4 points

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    What ever your view on climate change we’ve only got so much raw material. Use it wisely... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. 4 points

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    I disagree somewhat.. I thought Trump would be a disaster... But the more it goes on, the more I like him. He's everything the government isn't. He's done everything in his power to uphold his election promises... He does what he thinks is the right thing for his country, and let's face it, more jobs, more business, and despite the democrats nay saying about the tax cuts, more revenue than ever before. My investments in USD are looking great. Actually bringing North Korea to the table with South Korea, and getting the nuclear testing stopped. And what seems to be progress with the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsular, I couldn't see any of that happening under Clinton. Now the investigations are wrapping up with no evidence of the Russian collision, in the wake of the biggest temper tantrum in history, I actually think he's going to get a second term and if he keeps going the way he is, he's going to deserve it. I really didn't like the man coming in to the presidency, but he's surprised me and I think he's just what America, and probably the world, needs right now. Sent from my G8141 using Tapatalk
  21. 4 points

    Code reader recommendations

    Carly is a bloody rip off, you would be better off buying the diagnostics cable so you can have ISTA on a laptop and B-tools on your phone that lets you request regenerations, it cost's a tenner so slaps Carly in the face with it's subscription crap. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.pw.btool.expert&hl=en_US The lite version is free but obviously doesn't do the regen side of things but is good for limited live data. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.pw.btool.lite&hl=en It also works with the £5 ELM adapters you can buy on ebay but not for regeneration.
  22. 4 points
    After many years of living with my 330Ci auto, from new, where it was faultlessly reliable over 146k miles, the arrival of my Bullmastiff, and the impeding ULEZ (https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone) charge which would affect me, as I live within the North Circular, made me think about changing. Before the ULEZ, I'd have considered the diesel - a friend's 335i coupe drives very well. But diesels will have to be Euro6 for the ULEZ, which rules out a lot. I suspect that a lot of people in London will be starting to offload them, once the impact of this becomes clear. So, given my 8k annual mileage, I decided to stay petrol - and having had an auto for many years, I really wanted to get into a manual again, with an I6 or V8. I just missed the instant response, control, and it also gives me something to keep my mind occupied (not to everyone's taste, I know). Manual M Sport 530i's turn out to be quite rare, and there is not much choice in the matter. I got my LCI M-Sport for around 7k. 57 plate, 78k miles on the clock, stamped book, not all BMW. Drove really well for such a large car. It had recently had brakes and suspension work done. I really like the sports suspension, manual box and big, smooth petrol motor. It can flick round small roundabouts, or cruise on motorways. It is actually a lot more tail happy than my old 330 - perhaps this is German humour, but I like it. It did not have lots of toys - I'd have liked heated seats, but it did have DAB, and I'm not bothered about nav, or the big sunroof (especially given the flooding problems that can happen). It didn't have run flats, and the ride was a great compromise between sporty, and not crashy. I've put in a boot liner, and and OEM dog guard from Ebay, and all is good. It's hauled 1/3 ton of tiles, been touring around France, sat on the A406, and been great. Although it had been serviced, I did my own oil and filter change, for peace of mind. Problems. - I found that the electrics in the hatch were stuffed. I couldn't open the glass, the fobs didn't work. I had to redo all the wiring, except the co-axial, which I did with solder butt joints and silicone wire. Some bodging had happened previously, which I fixed. I did have to replace the diversity antenna. All is now good. Other than the antenna, this cost peanuts, apart from my time. - CCV valve. After a few months, it started to run very badly, with air suction through the oil cap. Garage replaced the CCV valve, all now good, except that it still likes oil. - Oil - it consumes 1l every 1k-1.2k miles. This was a real concern to me initially. However, it has not changed, and seems to be a constant. My old 330i didn't do this at all. I've spoken to several mechanics about this (specialist and non specialist), and everyone tells me to not worry about it. The nerd in me doesn't like this, but I now just top up. And it pulls like a train with no blue smoke under any circumstances. My friend's E46 320i drank oil like this as well. And that was bought at 60k, sold at 190k. So I will just ignore this for the time being, but I'm trying a 40w oil (Fuchs Titan Supersyn Longlife 5W-40 - LL01) to see if this helps. Naturally - I still worry about the N53 motor, with all the various gloom and doom posts on the internet. I rang BMW, who told me that it had had a ton of work done on it, and "it should be fine". Obviously, this could mean anything, but a year of driving has seen perfect reliability, other than the above points. I run it on V-Power, with occasional Momentum, in the hope that good quality oil and fuel may abate any nasty problems. Also - the lack of a FBMWSH, and the bodging on the tailgate wiring, is a concern that it may not have been loved - maybe the previous owner decided they wanted to chop it in, and spend no more money on it. On the upside, a specialist who looked at the underside said that it was one of the cleanest he'd seen. I will probably get the gearbox and diff oil done at the next service. I got the gearbox oil done on my 330ci at 75k miles, then at 135k miles, and the box was as good as gold. In short, it is a great car, and I love driving it. Not sure what I'd replace it with, and I will look after it. Fingers crossed on the N53, but it is performing really well so far. I just hope that writing this post doesn't bring on gremlins If you use all the power, then it does drink, but that's to be expected. 35mpg easily attainable on runs, with careful driving. Non careful, and it is around 30. So there we are. Sporty, manual, N/A straight six, refined, ULEZ proof, reliable so far, with a huge boot. What's not to like?
  23. 4 points

    Goodbye my friend.

    Glad you and your family are ok, that is a proiority and the car, ultimately, did it’s most important job by protecting you and your family. BUT whoever your insurer and/or solicitor were deserve bullocking for being utter bellends and not knowing basic RTA case law. I refer you (and your bellend representatives) to the case of Transport Frigoriphiques Laurent v Transportes Olloquiegui [2000] CL 489 where (I paraphrase) a lorry was driving on a motorway and collided with the rear of another lorry, which executed a emergency stop in front of it, after breakdown. The driver of the lorry that broke down started a claim against the driver of the lorry that crashed into him however, this was dismissed on the basis that the “abrupt and immediate halt of the leading lorry was not a foreseeable consequence on a motorway”. If I was representing you the most you would get is a 25% contrib IMO but I would push for a 100% fault of the Audi driver. The moron in the Audi deserves no pay out whatsoever. Low sun in the winter months is common. The sun visior or sunglasses are there for that precise reason. Makes my blood boil to see how the insurer fucked you over and the presumptiom of “its a rear end shunt, case closed”. fucking tragic.
  24. 4 points
    535i Andrew

    Which e60/e61

    From a previous post on buying an E60/1 I gave a while back. Don’t buy a diesel unless you do the mileage to warrant a Diesel. DPF can give problems if not allowed to regen due to short trips. Owners are removing the DPF from the car, removing its insides, refitting it to the exhaust system and re-mapping the car to get round the failures as a new DPF is four figures. It is illegal to drive a car without a DPF but not illegal to remove it. An MOT test is only a visual check to see if the DPF is present, not that it actually works. The 20d engine is very agricultural in sound compared to the 30d and 35d (6pot) engines. The 4 pot 20d N47 engines suffer from timing chain wear which coupled to the fact that the timing chains are at the rear of the engine, yes that’s right, behind or rather between the flywheel and the block! It’s an engine out job to replace. The symptom is a rattle which is coming from the rear of the engine. Also this engine has the dreaded swirl flaps which can break off and get ingested by the engine, writing it off. Avoid any base model 520d as the pre LCi models had really low interior spec, lesser aircon/climate controls than all other models. The 2.0d were bought in their masses by fleets for management. Makes them look flash but up close not so much. The single pea shooter exhaust and plain black grill give away the aga under the bonnet on the de-badged ones. 30d single turbo engine, smoother 6 pot but DPF will give problems if not allowed to regen. 35d twin turbo engine, again same DPF issues and only available in auto (with flappy paddles) but has twice the liability of turbos and actuators etc, but needs careful and regular maintenance. Frighteningly quick performance from an engine powered by the fuel of the devil. If the 6 pot Diesel engines have not been serviced regularly i.e. lack of oil changes, the main crank bearings can suffer failure, identified by a rattle and grumble, it’s cheaper to replace the engine rather than strip it to put a new bearing in. But this is really rare. The 6pot petrol engines are BMWs trade mark and are well known for their smoothness and refinement. The V8 petrol’s can leak oil from quite a lot of their engine gasket joints once they get older. Rocker covers, vanos units, timing chain covers and the dreaded alternator support bracket can all leak oil. But they look just like a 520d to the uneducated and because they have a nuclear bomb under the bonnet you can scare Porsche drivers. The 540i had over 300bhp, 545i 333bhp and the 4.8i 550i has 367bhp, they will crack 60 in under 6 seconds, if you can live with the thirst and having to put two full 4 litre bottles of Castrol Edge into the sump every oil change then they are great fun. Autos are now known to fail regardless if serviced or not. Anywhere from 70,000 to 120,000 miles failures of both the ZF boxes 6HP19 and 6HP26 are affected. The rubber seals between the mechatronic unit and the ‘box proper, get hard and fail leading to loss of fluid pressure and thus loss of drive as there is insufficient hydraulic pressure being maintained on the clutches and they slip. If it goes unnoticed it then cooks the clutches resulting in clutch pack fault codes and it’s a reconditioned box as the cure at up to £3k….which is the trade value of some of the oldest E60s now. BMW say the ‘boxes are sealed for life and life is 120,000 miles Front suspension arms can wear at their ball joints but that’s the trade off for having a decent handling car with a heavy engine if you go for a 535d upwards. Brakes are two piece, an alloy hub and an iron disc to keep the unsprung weight down, again it’s the decent engine models that have the two piece discs. The two piece discs are more expensive but worth it. My suspension and brakes all needed changing once I hit 70k, but I did it all myself and had great fun doing it. I had two 545i’s. I replaced all four discs, front suspension arms on both sides, a front wheel bearing and a rear spring. I serviced it myself. I had quite a few oil leaks on my block before I got rid of it but I traded mine as I got the dreaded clutch pack failure code rendering my autobox quite broken needing refurbished at a cost of more than the car is worth. Fix them anywhere and fit OEM parts to keep the costs down. Make sure the rear air suspension airs up o.k. Tailgate wiring can suffer from breakages due to repeated opening and closing of the lid. I would buy a manual 525i or 530i. Good luck finding one of them.
  25. 4 points
    Excuse me for posting this on the F series thread, but i thought this may help someone in the future... I had to order a spare for my G30 with comfort access after my daughter binned mine. I usually use the display key, so luckily it wasn't that one. Standard key - £494 including coding at the dealer!!!. I waited a while and in the meantime took out separate key insurance for £27 per year. No excess applies. I claimed for lost keys and after a three day waiting period I was given the go ahead to replace the key. Invoice emailed over to them and reimbursed within a week.