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  1. 6 points
    d_a_n1979

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Washed - snowfoamed using Autoglym Polar Blast; wheels cleaned using Autoglym Magma and Chemical Guys long wheel brush, rinsed, lambswool mitt washed using Dodojuice Car Shampoo, rinsed, Chemical Guys towel dried, black plastics and roof rails treated with G4 Techniq and tyres treated with Chemical Guys tyre gel Car put back up the drive as it's blowing a hoolie here and it's dusty as hell already
  2. 3 points
    I recently changed the cabin filters in my F11. I refered to Newtis and posts elsewhere on here for guidance but found the most problematic aspect of the job for me was not mentioned anywhere so thought I'd post it here in case anyone else is having the same difficulties. Removing the trim panel on the side of the transmission tunnel was the part I struggled with for a while. The instructions I'd read said after removing the Torx screw at the front of the panel I should be able to slide the panel forward and remove it. In fact there are two green plastic fixings behind the panel on my car which I'd not seen mentioned anywhere which needed to be pulled from their locating holes before the panel would slide forward to clear the fixing tabs further back. After messing around for a while trying to be careful to avoid breaking anything and getting increasingly annoyed with the stubborn trim which was refusing to move as described I must've pulled it in just the right way to separate the fixings. Then it was clear what had been holding things back and the job was easy from there on. If you can get your fingers in behind the trim a good sharp pull should separate the fixings, hopefully without breaking anything else
  3. 3 points
    Benji__

    BMW e34 South Africa

    Hi guys, Im new to this forum but have been reading many articles here over the years. Ive recently been bitten hard by the e34 bug. I have a 1993 M5 which I am in the process of giving a light restoration A 1996 540i 6 speed manual, number 68 of 72 made in South Africa A 1993 525 Touring which I am in process of converting to a 540 with a 6 speed manual and conversion to full Alpina B10 4.6 specification Hoping to get involved here on this forum Cheers for looking
  4. 2 points
    Captain Beaky

    Another E28 road trip

    Were on our way to France this time. Yesterday was horrendous driving from West Wales in the rain was heavy going, then today from Maidstone to Dover was ridiculously painful because highways decided to close the M20 all lanes for the weekend. Well done Highways England!! Anyway missed our ferry So we've arrived and set up and looking for a place to wash the Little Donkey tomorrow
  5. 2 points
    F10SPT

    BMW F10 DOOR REPLACEMENT (535d)

    Hi everyone, new to this forums and i thought i'd contribute by sharing my video on replacing the driver side door on my BMW 535d Msport 2014. Hope this helps as i was unable to find any specific videos on how to do this at the time. Check it out below, enjoy! Let me know what you think
  6. 2 points
    Captain Beaky

    Another E28 road trip

    Another Day touring the coast, amazing, unbelievable, sad, proud, so many things to take in ! Mulberry B port at Arromanches Juno beach Sword Beach
  7. 2 points
    Ant89

    Ant's 98 535i Project

    Getting there! Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
  8. 2 points
    Misterbish

    ZF 6hp26 oil change

    Well its been well over a month now and nearly 1,500 miles later and my transmission is a sweat as a nut, i'm really happy the surging and fluctuating revs hasn't returned when going up the same incline on the motorway when using cruise control, i was worried i would need a new torque converter, but i glad its all sorted now. So well worth changing the bridge and sleeve seals.
  9. 2 points
    Captain Beaky

    Another E28 road trip

    Cheers Dunc Came across Rye military cemetery today while on our was to gold beach, it was one of the first cemeteries to be created. It was a sobering experience, very very sad to see all those young graves.
  10. 2 points
    DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Replaced the snapped cable for the exterior door handle. I now have a driver's door that can be opened from the outside. Car ticked 298k miles tonight.
  11. 2 points
    Deviant

    Quiet Tyres?

    Spyders being awesome is fact, not opinion.
  12. 2 points
    L1011

    Quiet Tyres?

    I originally started this thread and still run the GY Eagle F1 Asy3 I had at the time of writing in original 19” 245F 275R format but non RF. 67db on the noise rating (a subjective test the way it's carried out). I changed my commute over the summer as I was operating out of Dundee rather than Prestwick. I did 3500 miles on a different road network. The car was very quiet and the tyres were great. Back on the Prestwick run and the noise has returned. So I can confirm it’s the M77 that’s the issue not the tyres! Having
  13. 2 points
    Miked23

    2006 e61 520d

    Good morning everybody, I made the purchase yesterday and I am now once again a bmw owner, expect to see more of me here as I will doing my jobs and seeking advice. Thanks for the advice pre purchase. It’s it’s a little bit gutless as a 2.0d but I will do some maintenance I.e remove swirl flaps, clean egr, replace crankcase breather, glow plugs and full service before the magical remap. It’s on 108,000 on original plugs I think and I’m assuming egr has never been touched. Stand by for advice.......
  14. 2 points
    There’s 146k on it, but don’t think it was anything to do with the mileage, which I’ll get to later. It was Mackie Transmissions who are, as you know Scotland’s only ZF agent, that did the work and were fantastic. They recovered the car, supplied me with a courtesy car for the two weeks and was no hard sell to do any work. Due to the high cost they said I could think about what I wanted to do overnight, and they even offered helpful advice. As the car couldn’t move it would have to be towed to where I wanted it if I didn’t want it fixed or if I chose to trade it as it was with the knackered box I’d have been lucky to get £2k for the car, which for a car that was just under £40k new sickened me, so had to bite the bullet and get it repaired. I called BMW to price a new box and they quoted me £9,300 or £7,700 with my old box traded against the new one. Mackies got a new box direct from ZF in Dortmund for £2,750’ish, so shows the mark up BMW are making! The rest of the £4,537 was oil, labour, BMW programming and £760’odd of VAT. If you might remember I had the timing chain replaced nearly two years ago now, by your favourite garage. When the car came back from them, the gearbox didn’t feel right so told them, and they took it back to check and told me the box showed a solenoid valve fault when it came in to them, which I found hard to believe. After taking over £1,000 from me for the chain replacement (BMW paid slightly more than half as a good will) I wasn’t giving them more money to investigate, so took it to an independent BMW specialist who allegedly fixed the valve and did a full service on the box over 5 days at a cost of £500. When I told Mackies this they said that as soon as a solenoid valve fault is found the box is already killing itself with metal fragments, so for a year and a half my box has been slowly dying despite me thinking I had resolved the problem and got it fixed. They said the amount of metal swarf in the box was incredible and had never known of a ZF 8HP to have such a catastrophic failure. My thinking is that Parks hadn’t mated the engine to the box properly or done something when it was removed to do the chain and it’s all led from there, as it’s too much of a coincidence for the box to not feel right as soon as I got it back from them. The 5 has been the best car, but also the worst car I’ve had, and after owing three BMW’s in a row this has made me consider moving away from the brand. I even went to look at “new” BMW’s at a dealer when weighing my options, and when I drove in to the dealer in the courtesy Astra, you would’ve thought I’d taken a dump in the middle of the showroom! Also walking around the forecourt nobody helped and when I did approach someone I didn’t appreciate their unwilling attitude. Despite still loving BMW this has left a bad taste in my mouth.
  15. 2 points
    A bit late but we have two businesses to operate. One is pretty big so we use Quickbooks Online. it's nice to use and £18 a month is fine for the business. The other is much smaller and only has a few transactions a month. QBO would be a waste of cash. For this we use Quickfile which is also MTD compliant and is free! I find it harder to use but this is probably because 99% of my accounting time is spent with QBO. But it works perfectly and, worth repeating ... FREE!
  16. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    BMW F10 DOOR REPLACEMENT (535d)

    Thanks for sharing your experience @F10SPT, welcome aboard. Using the newTIS site is a great source of info before you tackle a job. But I think its always better to get a first hand account of how to do things as its inevitable TIS might not necessarily cover every single detail but someone who has done it themselves can share that extra bit of info or change the methodology to suit DIY tools rather than workshop equipment. Or the fact you aren't a BMW tech who does this day in day out.
  17. 1 point
    I've seen these gel character plates - they're okay but I much prefer and always use standard acrylic plates on any vehicle I have. The guy who makes mine up cuts to minimal legal size as determined by myself, plus with no borders, markings, flags etc. His dealer reference, which has to be on there by law when making road legal, is minimal and hardly noticeable.
  18. 1 point
    duncan-uk

    Bricking It !

    Exactly the same as me. Except they took mine to a garage to tell me they won’t fix it and it cost be to get it recovers back. Just fix fix it yourself, pocket the change and use it. What does it matter if it’s a cat N being as you know exactly why.
  19. 1 point
    Captain Beaky

    Another E28 road trip

    Yes, It's a 3.6 manual, we are all staying in a little place outside Bayeux Kids in tow so that they can look and learn. The Little Donkey returned 30mpg overall travelling down and the Jag was not far behind. No issues so far other than a noisy power steering pump on start up for about 2 minutes and the slightest of coolant weeps from the bottom of the radiator, i lost about a cup full of coolant.
  20. 1 point
    Clavurion

    Retaining spring for Brake wear sensor

    The sensor just sits in the notch of the pad. I'm no sure what spring you are talking about.
  21. 1 point
    d_a_n1979

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Nearly nicely run in then
  22. 1 point
    apples12

    Wiper Blades for 2013 F10

    Just changed my blades over as they were smearing, Bosch a524s from Amazon, £20 via prime. I only use prestone screenwash, stock up when Tesco have it on clearance, currently sat on at least a dozen gallons in the shed!
  23. 1 point
    Keliuss

    2006 e61 520d

    LOL, in all fairness, I think the odyssey of @rgt1973's E60 ownership would put anyone off owning a car at all, and probably represents one of the worst case scenarios I've not had any major issues since buying my 130k mile E60. Both rgt1973 and myself have the later (troublesome) N47 engines. A 2006 will have the M47 which is less of a worry. LCI is a BMW term, life cycle impulse, whereby they update the car a bit half way through it's production life. Keliuss
  24. 1 point
    L1011

    Quiet Tyres?

    Spiders are staggered! 172M wheel in 19”. That’s what mine came on. The standard MSport wheel was the non staggered 135M wheel aka MV2 which is 18”. Confusingly the MV2 was also an E46 wheel which was staggered. Anyone with. MV2s on an E60 should not be staggered. Spiders on the car, 135M winter wheels after a clean drying in the sun.
  25. 1 point
    dj1233

    Quiet Tyres?

    I have to say that mine (conti winter contacts ts830/850) are the same rating as my summer tyres (70DB) but sound quieter, especially over rougher road surfaces such as concrete or a roughly paved road.


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