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  1. First off, this is an idea I've unashamedly ripped off from VX220.org We appear to have some fantastic photographers on the site and so I feel this will be a great thread. The rules are simple: 1) You must have taken the pic 2) Max 800X600 3) Nothing too rude - saucy OK. I'll be pleased to look at any rude pics if you want a decision making first 4) Any subject except the 5 series I'll kick off with a picture taken going onto the East runway of London City in 2004. I've let photobucket reduce it so fingers crossed re the quality. Note the steepness of the approach (a 5.5 degree glideslope, the usual is 3.0 degrees). It was fun ... good old days
  2. Please add your 'How To' guides or links to them as posts on this thread. If you post links in the following format, they will be easiest to read: [url=http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16667]My Guide on How to Post Links[/url] comes out as My Guide on How to Post Links
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    The ONE bucket wash!!!

    Everything below came from a video on the Foresnic Detailing YouTube channel. I was rather fed up of getting out the pressure washer, two large buckets etc. to wash the car when, sometimes, it was not that dirty. Then I saw a a video that showed a great, quick alternative. For it you will need: 1) One or more cheap Chinese wash mitts like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-Super-Soft-Lambswool-Car-Care-Wash-Mitt-Deep-Pile-Cleaning-Glove-Washing-Glove/192454197994?epid=14014544800&hash=item2ccf2a02ea:g:~9YAAOSws6ZaEoIz 2) Hozelock multi spray attachment. Cheapest I can find is ToolStation: https://www.toolstation.com/shop/Landscaping/d130/Hose+Fittings/sd3316/Hozelock+Multi+Spray+Gun/p34414 For a lightly soiled car that does not really need a prefoam the method is: 1) Clean your wheels 2) Prepare a small wash bucket with a few litres of water, your favourite car shampoo and, if you have it, a little Optimum No Rinse/CarPro Ech20 or other waterless wash liquid. 3) Spray the car with water 4) Dip mitt in bucket and wash a panel in straight lines 5) Use the fan spray on the Hozelock to clean the mitt. This spray pattern literally cuts through all the dirt on the mitt. Because the pile is so short you can see when the mitt is clean. 6) repeat steps 4 and 5 till car clean. The advantages over the TBW are savings in time, shampoo and water plus the mitt is not rinsed off in ever dirtier water so is is likely to cause swirls than the TBW. The video is rather too long to explain this simple concept so my link just takes you to the vital bit - watch a few minutes from this point. I must stress this is for a regular maintenance wash. If the car is minging, you will still want to haul out the pressure washer to rinse, foam and rinse again to clean the worst off. In this scenario, I use the PW to help with the wheels and pre-wash. Then I put it away, pop the Hozelock attachment to the hoze and continue with the one bucket method.
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    Ford Capri...

    Indeed!! I have very fond memories of my Mk2 and Mk3 3.0s's. If they bought out some modern pastiche of it with RWD and a manual box, I would certainly be tempted ...
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    Retrofit folding door mirrors

    I watched this before doing mine. That, and some kind help on here, sorted me out. Good luck Odessa.
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    Removing superglue spots?

    +1 for this but try on an inconspicuous area first I'd suggest. I've used superglue remover and it is fantastic.
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    CarPro HydrO2 (Lite)

    I've seen a few videos, including one from a detailing guru, which show Hydro2 in action. Hydro 2 is a concentrate and Lite is a 'ready mixed'. Looks like you simply spray onto a clean car, hit with a pressure washer and rinse off for up to 3 months silica protection/beading/gloss. Whilst I know how to detail, and own plenty of stuff, it's not something I enjoy doing and I especially hate waxing the whole vehicle. I need to remove the whole of the winter crud from my F11 and am thinking of buying some Hydro2 and doing the following: Foam Two bucket wash Iron X whole car and rinse Autowheel on wheels (just more Iron X really ...) and rinse Tar remover on lower parts Clay whole car quickly using clay mitt and soapy water IPA wipe/Bilt Hamber cleanser, just to remove any wax that survived the winter and the above Treat with Hydro 2 (body and wheels) The thinking is that all I will need to do every 3 months after is wash and treat with Hydro2 and do a decon once a year. Just wondering if anybody has any experience of the product that they'd like to share or comments on my proposed method.
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    CarPro HydrO2 (Lite)

    I'm going to add a very late PS: I stopped using it on the body of any car as I want to choose what sealant or product I want on the windscreen and keeping HydrO2 totally clear of the screen is impossible. I've used the entire bottle up on wheels. It's so great for them that I shall shortly order another bottle.
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    VW Arteon 4Motion + BMW content

    I don't know. It's seconds to plug and unplug. I keep the unit in the lower cubby by the driver's door. I shall remove for it's first service.
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    Your retro Fords

    Red now? I have a photo of it at a car show somewhere and it was silver then. Anyway, I want it back now, 25 years or so later!
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    Wander round the local BMW dealer

    I would happily have a hybrid - waft through town on electricity when the cold petrol engine would be hoovering up gas then join the motorway or A road and switch over to petrol, perhaps with a few electrons left to help with an overtake. I was going to get one as a company vehicle (big P11D advantage) but then privately bought a Golf R. Why? Well, not one of the hybrids available was what I wanted for reasons of space/fun/spare wheel/performance or a combination of those. Look at BMW - putting them only in saloons. Well, sorry I need an estate ... I've had a few drives in a Jaguar i-Pace and have to say that, at this top end of the electric car market, it's a very nice thing. Handles more like a car than an SUV, has a totally linear and smooth power delivery and is a nadgers quicker than a Golf R. Why don't I have one? Well, £80K obviously but also I often do 260 miles in a day. Realistically that means wasting 45 mins whilst drinking a coffee that I would rather have skipped. Here lies the rub, then. We need these P11D friendly (possibly more environmentally friendly??) cars to be affordable, spacious, fun and have a proper range before we buy in. If this doesn't happen, Dorothy will be posting his license back in due course ...
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    BMW looking to cut it's range

    It's a farce isn't it? Let's lose a teeny space saver yet make each generation bigger and heavier than the one that came before it. I guess the new grills are a weight saving, being just a bit of plastic and a lot of air ...
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    Your retro Fords

    My old Mk 2 3.0S. I believe she is still around, restored (and silver with black stripes). Back then, 2.8i wheels and some spot lights seemed a great idea I also had a Mk3 3.0S. I love Capris and would have another if I had somewhere to keep it. My wife says my spectacles are heavily rose tinted and that I wouldn't enjoy driving one now. I think she's wrong ...
  14. 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!
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    VW Arteon 4Motion + BMW content

    Lovely looking car. I've only seen a few on the road so definite exclusivity! We saw one the other day and my wife said it looked nice and asked what it was ... and she is 100% not into cars! I enjoyed the review. Having a Golf R estate now, it was a very interesting read. I wonder if it has similar throttle mapping to mine? A sort of dead zone where a smooth getaway is very easy but foot needs to go down quite a way to keep up with normal traffic? I put in a DTUK pedal pox and haven't looked back. On it's City setting, all the dead spot is gone so the car feels much nicer. It also kicks down more readily. Downside is it's not quite as easy to get smoothly off the line as the DSG doesn't quite smooth things out like a slushbox. I turned off the fake noise after a few weeks, once the amusement factor had gone. Now it sounds smooth but not exciting. Then I put my foot down. And am excited!
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    BMW looking to cut it's range

    I think it's all gone too far with various niche models. I get coupes but WTF is the use of a coupe'd SUV? I'd have though 1 series (hatch), 3 series (saloon, estate, convertible & coupe), 5 series (saloon and estate), 7 series, X3 and X5 would be a solid line up. Oh, and put some spare wheels in the effing lot of them please! Tyre nightmares on the past two BMWs are the reason I'm not having another. Both caused hours of inconvenience that could have been easily avoided with a space saver. And get rid of the comedy grills on a few of the newer models ...
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    Back in a Beemer Whooohoooo

    Wow; that is one of the nicest E39s that i have ever seen! I was in Helston the other day, funnily enough. Stopped to look at all the old tanks at that armour place!
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    Drilling straight

    I can't drill straight for shit. I like the Lego method above and may adopt it
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    SuperDave RIP

    Oh no! I am hardly on here any more and totally missed this. Although I didn't know Dave on a personal level, we have 'spoken' via PM and email in the past, enough for me to be aware that he was a super chap. I am very saddened to hear this news.
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    Coming back to the BMW fold...

    Hi silestanix! I don't come here so much, now that I don't have a BMW. Nice to see me in the list of remembered people a few posts up! I loved my 2007 E91 325i Touring and owned it for over 6 years. It was an orange engine light and limp home mode that saw the end of it. It was under (very) extended warranty so the dealer took it in each time. It had coils, LP fuel pump (x2), HP fuel pump, NOX sensor and even a new ECU under warranty but the problem always came back. Although the repairs cost me very little, I was sick to the back teeth of having to change plans to take it in. One day, going up a hill on the M5, the light came on and I said "that's it, you're out of here ...". The light only lasted 6 miles but a few weeks later I was in a 2015 520d Touring! My postman is also having a load of similar issues with a 4 pot version of the engine. I note that Honest John also points out the list of maladies. It's a pity because the actual oily bits are lovely but there is something up with the sparky bits. As you can see, my technical knowledge has not improved over the years Not related to your post but the F11 was not the car for me. It was too big to get round some narrow lanes I frequent and then a run flat exploded due to inner shoulder structural wear brought about by the fact they run rear camber and the shoulder doesn't like stretching beyond 90 degrees. The tread was great at 6mm right across. As I limped it to a tyre a dealer, at 15mph with the inner wall rapidly separating from the rest of the tyre, in Cornwall in the summer blocking everybody up, I repeated the words "that's it, you're out of here ...". A few weeks later I was in a Golf R estate with normal tyres, a space save spare and Apple Carplay. 11 months and 12,000 miles on and I'm still happy with it! In fairness to the E91, it would have had to go anyway because various life things have changed and I regularly run my more commodious Golf estate packed to the roof.
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    My new car!

    Apologies but it's taken me a while to get round to putting on a couple of photos of my 520d replacement; a Golf R estate. I remember vividly reading an article in a car magazine (EVO I guess), a few years ago and seeing the Golf R (which would have been too small in the boot for us) was now coming out as an estate. I was very excited and told everybody who would listen (so almost nobody) that this would be my next car. Of course, it wasn't and I bought a 520d Touring which, in fairness to it, was a very nice car indeed. However, the rear tyres spontaneously exploded (I must post about this) and it was inconveniently large so I went back to plan A and looked for a Golf R estate. Somehow, I kept adding to a budget I barely had and ended up with an 8 mile pre-reg. Bog standard apart from the lovely Lapiz paint. Over the BMW, I gain a huge amount of performance, 4WD, CarPlay and a spare wheel. I lose the powered tailgate, semi keyless and the H&K. The latter is noticeable on the motorway so I will probably get the Helix stereo upgrade which is subs, amp and DSP under the boot floor that plugs into the original stereo wiring loom. Boot/passenger room, comfort etc. all very similar to the F11 but it's almost exactly the same size as my previous E91. Needless to say, I really like the car a lot. It's performance is mega in a slightly turbo lagged massive mid range shove sort of way. It may share the 0-60 in 4.8 of my Elise but the Elise does it in a more high revving NA way. It's a luxury indeed to have two cars that go about the same numbers in totally different ways. Having given both some fast drives in the last week, I do think the Elise is the better driver's car but the Golf does very well for something that has 4 seats, creature comforts and a massive boot! I am a fan of the fast changes of the 7 speed DSG. Like any DSG, you have to make sure the gearbox knows what you are likely to want so that's it's pre-selected but, assuming you do, there is a really fast change and, depending on mode switches and level of commitment, maybe a fart from the exhaust! Nothing I want to change apart from maybe the stereo upgrade. The 18's are staying as they give a good ride/handling compromise (much like the F11 on M suspension and 19s) and a new set of premium tyres is 'only' £400.
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    My new car!

    OK, my answer is a tad late as I am not on here so much these days! I tried Waze and it's OK but I mainly use Google Maps. I prefer it's presentation to Waze/Apple Maps/VWs own sat nav. It also has decent traffic and road closure info but is a little delayed compared to TomTom. Not as delayed as the CarPlay port which still is MIA! If I am on a long motorway trip where quick traffic info is useful, I stand the phone up in the cubby (works really well), set my music or whatever playing then go back to the phone. It means the main unit just shows the homescreen but at least I can see TomToms traffic info and reroutes. Helluva cludge though. Outside this (and it's not the car's fault), I am really pleased with the car. I way prefer the size of it on the road or in parking spaces and am getting approx 35mpg over all. It's fast as all fook and the DSG box is really fun to use with the paddles and very smooth in Drive. Main downside is the horrendously noisy Potenza tyres. Really, I should change for some PS4s but I am doing a shameful job at wearing down the Potenzas: 8000+ miles and still have 6mm of tread all round Only other slight downside is that the DSG can be a bit jerky in town if I take off, lift and take off again, as you do when the car in front does the same at the lights. More than made up for all the rest of the time I use the box though. So, still happy and still unmodified, unless you count the pedal box and Helix but my insurers didn't!
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    Jeezzz, Look at The Size of These Kidneys!

    WTF? Is this photoshopped or real? That is truly minging. It's probably lovely behind the wheel, if only because you won't have to look at those gopping grills!
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    The ONE bucket wash!!!

    Update: I still use this method and have no swirls on the car.