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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. I'd like an F11 but a recent 3 hour wait for a recovery truck because of a split tyre (OK, so I removed the RFTs ) made me decide my replacement car had to have a spare wheel. I keep looking at things like the Passat but, perhaps understandably, am not that excited at the prospect. Well, apart from the boot; the E91 just isn't big enough for me. I know you can buy a spacesaver/repair kit and lash it to the boot floor. However, I want another car to get a bigger boot with more floor area so a space saver strapped there is pointless. I wondered if anybody carried one, whether there is anything that can be done under the boot floor, whether one can be carried vertically on the side of the boot etc.
  3. We have had a few table lamps blowing bulbs and, at the same time, the 3A fuse in the plug. The wiring in the house is mix of of old and new, mainly all within the last 10 years and an up to date consumer unit. This all happens on the same few sockets which are all part of the house's original socket ring main, albeit mostly new wire. Now, I understand how a blowing bulb might well trip a switch in the consumer unit but can't see how it can blow the lamps's fuse whilst leaving the trip alone! I have one of these and it says all is OK: https://www.toolstation.com/socket-tester/p82826 I should add that it can be weeks or months before it happens again and it does seem to be the blowing bulb that is the trigger to the fuse going. Any ideas?
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    Any electricians on here?

    By fluke, I found myself chatting to an electrician yesterday. I asked him and he confirmed all the answers above are correct. Cheers
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    Any electricians on here?

    Thanks. OK, I now understand Thanks all. Just shitty bulbs then. Great relief. We still are not all LED but bit by bit we are getting there and then I guess these issues will (almost) go away.
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    Any electricians on here?

    Thanks for all the replies above which are all similar. My only confusion is that the trip switches are normally very sensitive and when a bulb blows in our kitchen diner (lights ring), it invariably throws the trip switch. Is the difference that we are on a socket, not lighting circuit so the trips will need more current to trip?
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    Billy Monger

    I saw it live. Will never forget that impact from the in car footage. The lad is so positive and driven. Didn't see the programme but have seen various interviews on the BTCC.
  8. I use Google calendar on PC (via Chrome) and iOS (via the app). Very pleased with it and used it for many years. I find the multiple calendar feature handy as well.
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    Soldering Iron advice

    The Antex 25W is pretty decent if you fancy a moderately priced upgrade. I have soldered some very thick wires with it when putting connectors onto beefy lipos for model aircraft. However, I feel that if you already have the 18W, you may as well go a bit more powerful than 25W so you can cover a bigger range of jobs. FWIW, I think the Antex irons punch well above their wattage. Makes sure to get a silicone cable on whatever you buy.
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    What are you listening to?

    Rews. They are a two girl rock group with some similarities to Halestorm. I have seen them supporting Halestorm and, recently, at a small gig at a pub in Bristol. They are lovely girls (I am not just talking physically, although they are very pretty) and do such an energetic live performance of what is best described at 'feel good rock music' that I cannot fathom why they aren't much bigger.
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    What are you listening to?

    Something different from me. I know I mainly post metal but I am getting back into Blues Rock stuff as well at the moment. Going to see The Kris Barras Band in Bristol early next year. They have only two albums out so far but both are corkers if you like this sort of music.
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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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    The ONE bucket wash!!!

    CarPro Ech02, which I use, is pretty much the same stuff as ONR. I don't know if it saves water or not but, for me, the main thing is how quick it is to drag out the hose and make up about 5l of wash solution, rather than 2 massive buckets and a pressure washer to connect up. Also, rinse water can look pretty dirty after a while so I truly believe there is less dirt in the hose rinsed short pile mitt than there is in my long pile mitt whooshed round in dirty water! Having tried this method a few times, I am converted. If the car is minging and needs foaming first, I connect up the PW, do all the good foam stuff, put away the PW, click on my Hozelock multispray, fill my small bucket and do the one bucket wash. Of course, there are other one bucket methods like the Gary Deane one - he puts a number of MF cloths in the soapy bucket. Then, each cloth comes out and is used only once on each facing and is then put aside to be washed. I get the concept but it needs a whole load of cloths and washing machine time. One big bucket is not wasted as it neatly holds all the wheel products, mitts and brushes. The other holds some regularly used bottles like Reload. The grit guards are handy as they save me reaching too far into the buckets
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    Not receiving Forum email notifications

    Suddenly, I am getting them, including a few back dated ones! Thanks for the work on fixing them.
  15. This one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goldplay-Ethernet-interface-coding-Compaitble/dp/B07DWPQZC7/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538915964&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=ENET+ESYS+OBDII+F-Series+Coding+OBD2+i3+i8+Fxx+E-Sys+3.28.1+RJ45+by+ROYALTEC Used to code my car; works great. £7 paypal to include postage. PM if interested.
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    My new car!

    Something nice like PS4. 225/40 R18 is a popular size and it's usually possible to find a selection of premium tyres as a 4 set on Black Circles for about £400. In contrast, the RFT 235/40 R19's on my 520d were over £200 a corner. IKR! I only have 1200 miles on it so far but still happy with the choice. As well as the oomph, it's ability to drive gently, surfing the 520d equalling torque is also appreciated, especially by the family!
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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!

    It's pretty sleepy round here sanjx and it doesn't have keyless to be hacked remotely so I am not too worried. I think if I was regularly going to big, smoky cities I might be a bit more concerned. I am at the unenviable age where car insurance is cheap but I have to say my mouth fell open when I found this is over £40 a year cheaper than my lesser value F11 520d! Road tax is £20 more so you can see just how sensible I have been
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    OBD II to ethernet cable - SOLD

    I've apologised to both the fine people above but I fell foul of the no forum notifications and haven't been on for a while. Sold to Andrew.
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    What are you listening to?

    I've mainly been listening to Within Temptation today as I realised I haven't played them much recently and am seeing them in Brum next month. Got a nice metal winter set up for concerts with WT and Nightwish being the big two plus a few less well known bands in small venues. Saw Halestorm a week ago and they were epic so putting a video of theirs here as well.
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    Looks like I will be selling the 5 :o

    I'll try and sort some pics guys but, yes, it is quick I miss a few things from the BMW but I get 5 series space in 3 series size with a spare wheel. Main change is the 'who's in charge?' philosophy where it tells me I should switch on my headlights or slows me down with the active cruise, about half a second before I would have pulled out. I love it, despite that. I have the engine noise set to Race most of the time (some real noises and some false ones) but this is only because I haven't grown up,
  22. Well, I've only been in 5 ownership for a year this time. I really like the car but it has proved too big. It has never 'shrunk around me' and I have too often been in situations with at least 3 beepers going all at once, sometimes with my wife outside helping. This never happened with the E91 or E39, which never even had front sensors or felt like they needed them. I have also had a runflat issue which I will detail later in the appropriate forum. I think it was probably a freak occurrence but it was the nail in the coffin as I never really wanted a car without a spare. It does mean the new owner will have new back tyres! I have to say that I struggle to find any other negatives with the car. I love the ride quality, it's refined and quick enough for the real world. It is supremely comfortable and the HK stereo is decent. The massive boot ( a big reason for purchase) has been very useful and the car has made many return trips to Cornwall, full to the roof. A true 45mpg over everything is very respectable. I've also enjoyed Spotify integration and a number of toys that the older BMW's didn't have. I'm now looking for a Golf estate. They are one of the very few cars that are a similar size to an E91 but with the boot room of an F11 (more, actually!). Heart says an R but head says a GTD, especially as I could just afford the Mk7.5. Grumpy me asks why didn't they make a GTi estate? I would have been looking for a 3 Touring but I have been caught out on the E91 and the F11 with big issues revolving round no spare/carrying spares in the boot and want a car with a spare this time. As before, it's not a goodbye as I still like to pop into General Discussion from time to time
  23. I emptied out everything, reset the 8 quick access buttons, unbound the bluetooth, deleted all the the music from the hard drive and removed all the sat nav destinations Last drive tomorrow to trade her in and pick up the new car. I feel a bit sad as it's a great car and I really wanted to sell it privately to some nice person who would baby the ceramic coating etc. But they offered me top dollar in px and suddenly this plan wafted away! I think I just have Connected Drive to kill but I'll make sure the new car is OK before taking this step ...
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    Looks like I will be selling the 5 :o

    I've done it Lennox, albeit heart won over head ... I collect my pre-reg R estate tomorrow
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    Winter tyres - it's that time of year!

    On the E91, I had a set of Hankook i-cept (think that's spelt right). Budget tyres but they were always very reassuring. Till I left them on into mid March and did two accidental powerslides on the same evening when it suddenly went very mild (15C)! Having had so little use out of my winter tyres (living in the SW, the temps often barely went below 6C for many winters in a row), I decided not to get any for my F11 so, of course, it snowed many times! Not sure yet what to do for this winter.