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    antimony got a reaction from McBeemer in F10 Blocked washer bottle filter - easy possible fix.   
    Great write up, cleaning the washer pump filter has been on my to-do list for ages but kept putting it off because it's such a faff.
    Followed your instructions when it was getting dark this evening - dead easy, the washer jets are now much more powerful.
    Took me a few goes to realise you don't have to remove the siphon pipe when adding more water 
    Cheers
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    antimony reacted to george72 in 525d, 3l or 2l?   
    I have no experience of the 525d but I drove both the 520 and 530d before I settled on the 530d. The driving characteristics are very different indeed, the 530 behaves and drives like what a luxury saloon should. The creamy 6 cylinder engine is an absolute peach and when it comes to MPg the real world difference is actually negligible. 
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    antimony got a reaction from george72 in 525d, 3l or 2l?   
    I've seen 2 very similar 2011 525d tourings, one is 3 litre and the other 2 litre. The 3l doesn't have the timing chain problems but it isn't as efficient as the 2l. I reckon that I'll do 18k per year, considering all that, which one to choose?
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    antimony got a reaction from ben m in How to: Resolder the BM24 amplifier dry joints   
    My E39 530i has the BM24 amplifier. For the past 1 or 2 years it has been intermittent, cutting out then coming back on again especially on rough roads.
    I have seen the companies advertising their repair services, ranging from £30 (+ postage both ways) up to over £100. I have never seen a DIY guide on t'internet, just recommendations to "re-solder the dry joints". Finally I found a brief set of instructions with a photo on m3cutters.co.uk so I though I'd give it a go. My one and only attempt at soldering was in a 5th form physics lesson but how hard can it be.
    The answer is dead easy - It took much longer to remove the unit from the car than to open it up, re-solder it and put it back together.
    How to -
    Undo the 4 x T8 torx screws

    Prise the top off

    Take out the circuit board

    Turn it over

    These are the joints that are dry (taken from M3cutters)

    Re-solder the 4 joints - add a little extra solder

    Then put it all back together - couldn't be easier
    My radio is working fine, hasn't cut out for a few days now.
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    antimony got a reaction from High Lander in air springs   
    But wasting 3 days of a bankholiday weekend (ECP open on the Sat am) would have upset the missus
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    antimony got a reaction from bmwf113.0d in air springs   
    It really is quite easy, one of mine went on holiday last year.  I left the family on the beach drove into town (very slowly, on the bump stops) and fitted a new airbag on Eurocarparts car park. Took about an hour and I did need to purchase some extra tools but much easier than a shortened holiday and 250 miles in an RAC truck.
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    antimony got a reaction from Lennox in What would you choose, auto or age   
    Just to update - we upped the budget a bit and are now the happy owners of a low(ish) mileage 2011 520D auto with widescreen and xenons.  The auto box is great, and it does have the flappy paddles if I need to change manually but can't see me using them very much at all.
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    antimony got a reaction from ben m in How to: Resolder the BM24 amplifier dry joints   
    My E39 530i has the BM24 amplifier. For the past 1 or 2 years it has been intermittent, cutting out then coming back on again especially on rough roads.
    I have seen the companies advertising their repair services, ranging from £30 (+ postage both ways) up to over £100. I have never seen a DIY guide on t'internet, just recommendations to "re-solder the dry joints". Finally I found a brief set of instructions with a photo on m3cutters.co.uk so I though I'd give it a go. My one and only attempt at soldering was in a 5th form physics lesson but how hard can it be.
    The answer is dead easy - It took much longer to remove the unit from the car than to open it up, re-solder it and put it back together.
    How to -
    Undo the 4 x T8 torx screws

    Prise the top off

    Take out the circuit board

    Turn it over

    These are the joints that are dry (taken from M3cutters)

    Re-solder the 4 joints - add a little extra solder

    Then put it all back together - couldn't be easier
    My radio is working fine, hasn't cut out for a few days now.
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    antimony reacted to mrmarc in What's this part off?   
    Yes, looks like one of the rubber washers from the rocker cover bolts.
    Shouldnt take too long to find which ones missing.
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