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About FIBAMAN

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  • Birthday 11/06/1948

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    Male
  • Location
    TYNESIDE
  • Interests
    CARS, FISHING
  • Occupation
    SEMI RETIRED CORROSION PROTECTION INDUSTRY

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    17 530D TOURING x DRIVE

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  1. FIBAMAN

    How long did your Propshaft Flex disk last?

    I know its a different animal, but my old E39 525d (remapped) was worked hard for all of the 250,000 miles I did with it, and as far as I can recall it may only have had one donut in all those miles.
  2. FIBAMAN

    Stop Start

    My stop start system has stopped operating, previously worked fine. Is there some setting I may have inadvertently altered which would affect this?
  3. FIBAMAN

    First snow of this winter

    Howling gales, rain, then snow from about 3pm Friday, power went out just after midnight, restored just before midnight Saturday. Powergrid sent out loads of estimates about when the power would be back on from 12 then 1pm, 3pm, 4pm but because my well stocked freezer had dropped from -18 to -10 in 8 hours, I rigged up my generator to power it up and run a fan heater from 9am, but by 3pm with no signs of power becoming available, I also connected up my central heating and ran that up also. As I write there are still several villages locally with no power.
  4. its a sellers market just now
  5. FIBAMAN

    Winter Wheels

    I bought a proper wheel stacker at Aldi or Lidl years ago; it sits out of the way in a corner of the garden and I just cover it with a wheelie bin liner and tape it up, and it does the job very well.
  6. FIBAMAN

    Winter Wheels

    I used to do that but ended up creased up and aching for days after. I get mine done by local tyre company for £5 a corner; bargain!
  7. FIBAMAN

    OIL SPEC

    Thanks Matthew, I ran my E39 up to 250k on Mobil 1 ESP 5-30. When I sold it, still did not burn oil and the consumption was the same as when I bought it; I would get about 15 - 16k between services and always changed while still in the last green indicator (old 5 light system). I would not expect a major manufacturer to reduce the oil spec. or performance in any way, so wondered if the current engine had different requirements.
  8. FIBAMAN

    OIL SPEC

    I have used Mobil1 ESP 5-30 on previous cars without issue. Recently changed to G31 to find it is no longer recommended for LL04. What are the current options recommended by BMW . Many years back it was Castrol, even had castrol on oil filler cap, but they changed to Mobil somewhere round 05. Any comment / knowledge would be appreciated.
  9. FIBAMAN

    Replacement tyre advice

    Good logical answer Carlton, thanks, corrosion protection is my business so I would agree your answer explains it.
  10. FIBAMAN

    Replacement tyre advice

    Another point I noticed in the hand book was a statement which said "do not use steel wheels", I cant see any reason for this but as this is my first G31 I may not know it as well as my previous E39, which I ran with steel winter wheels for years without issue.
  11. FIBAMAN

    Replacement tyre advice

    I have a similar dilemma, just acquired a G31 with 275/35/19 on rear and 245/40/19 on front. I have always had a set of winter wheels to change over to and I ran my E39 touring on all four of same size. I am looking to buy a full set with winter wheels all same size either 17 or 18" to keep costs down. Has anyone any experience of those sizes on X drive?
  12. FIBAMAN

    Things to look out for

    Thanks Ally, just missed a good contender at John Clark in Aberdeen a couple of weeks ago, too slow in getting finances in order. Could just fancy a trip up, got lots of old friends in the area.
  13. FIBAMAN

    Things to look out for

    I am considering buying second hand 530d SE possibly X drive, from about 17 onwards. Any tips about things to look for; I had E39 model before so some things look a bit familiar but they have moved on considerably since then
  14. FIBAMAN

    New turbo v2!!!

    I ran mine on Mobil 1 ESP up to 250k when I sold it, never smoked, never burnt oil, and always used same amount between services. Always serviced before the last light went out, on average I got about 3k per light so would watch the miles when on last light.
  15. FIBAMAN

    Mitivac for oil change?

    if it is American, just remember they still work in Fahrenheit, oil does not need to be at normal running temp (circa 90c), comfortably warm, you wouldnt appreciate 90c on your skin if there is a spill for instance. Plenty of small electric pumps on the market, you could probably buy 3 for £90
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