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gIzzE last won the day on January 18 2021

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  1. gIzzE

    Can I use this oil to top up?

    That will be fine to top up, and will be better than the old oil in there, so only an improvement. The main thing is it is long life and low ash. I am super nerdy when it comes to oil, but, that doesn't mean I spend silly money either. I change my oil every 6 months or 8k miles, sometimes less. But buy it in 20L drums. Oil change and Mann filter for £30, so why not keep changing it?
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Had it twice now with Arnott, once was my car. I just swapped the BMW and Arnott out for a pair of the Chinese ones. Yeah, you can adjust with ISTA. The problem I had was when you then lower the Arnott to match you could feel the car wallow more that side. Obviously, less air in it means softer. I had never considered that with air springs before. I think I posted photos of the difference between the Arnott, BMW and the Chinese springs last year on here. Edit: Sorry, I thought this was the F10/11 thread. The difference in height was on F11s.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Air springs, these are as good as any.... https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01FWZ6BFU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1 Fitted loads now, also as said elswhere, did a back to back with these, BMW and Arnotts. No difference in feel or ride between any of them. Two cars I know have had them on for over 100k miles with no issues. One who replaced them at 80k miles with an Arnott and then again at 95k miles (stone got caught under the bag and ripped it) replaced them both at the same time and kept the good Arnott one as a spare, he has now done 200k miles, so 105K miles on them. He does 40k miles a year. One thing I will say, the Arnott springs sit around 11-12mm higher than the BMW or those in the link. Not sure why, but they do. As in 12mm more gap between top of centre cap and wheel arch. Just something to consider.
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    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    Not really, not 1cm. I found the adjustment as the Arnotts springs sat higher at the back than the OEM springs as standard, nearly 20mm higher, so I dropped them by 20mm, but they were then a little too soft, so I raised them by 10mm and felt fine and didn't look noticeably higher.
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    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    It only takes one little sharp stone to put a hole in them, can happen any time. I wouldn't worry. Plus just buy the £30 ones, there is no difference to how the car rides. You can make more difference adjusting the ride height, lower it 10mm and it rides a little softer, up it 10mm and it firms up more.
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    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    Just got a notification on this thread come through. Mate hit 200k miles a couple of weeks back on his F11 with the £30 air springs fitted at just under 120k miles.
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    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    If something rips a massive hole in it, no. But if, which is what usually happens, you get a small pin prick type hole in it yeah. You normally notice it if left for a couple of days and one side lower than the other. The compressor will pump it up and keep it up too, but then the compressor will be working overtime. It should just kick in to level the car, not keep it up. But to change them for no reason seems a bit silly. If you are doing it yourself, for the sake of £65 go for it. But a garage will probably charge 1-2 hours labour and you are then at £250 or so for no reason. The reality is these tend to go when a stone gets caught under the airbag, not due to age. So you have just as much chance of new ones going as the ones already on there.
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    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    If it drops replace. Simple. They may last another couple of years.
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    F11 Again or move on to a G31?

    Yeah it went fine. I just wanted it to be a bit more exciting than my F11 when pressing on, and it wasn't. It felt more like another diesel with a nicer sound and a bit more rev range. It reminded me of my 335i touring, absolutely nothing wrong with it at all, but ultimately a bit run of the mill. I ended up swapping that for an older M3 and an A6 3.2fsi Quattro avant. I'm actually considering swapping the 530d for an F31 320d auto, as a family car the 320d is a peach. I bought one at the start of the last lockdown as it cropped up locally silly cheap, and so thought I would run it for a few weeks while deciding what to do. It was a 320d ED with cloth seats, and it was superb. During summer we went from Norfolk down to Dorset, drove round all week and got home again on a single tank. The economy is just incredible, the car is just as comfy, arguably more so as the seats go lower and the cloth is so much nicer than leather. I think I am just loosing a bit of interest in these sort of cars, I get more pleasure from 700 miles to a tank than I do trying to make a big family car feel sporty. Much prefer to run that sort of car a bit older and then spend what I would have spent on buying a new/newer one on something fun. I guess I thought to 540i was going to feel far sportier, the reality was it didn't, at all. it was on a silly £429 down and then £429 a month deal, so really wanted to love it.
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    Swap Runflats for normal tyres

    No! They are the worst run flats out there, they don't get called Brickstones for nothing. If sticking with runflats try some Michelins.
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    F11 Again or move on to a G31?

    I have to say, I was all set to do a silly cheap deal on a G31 540i, and in all honesty it didn't excite me all that much. So definitely go and drive one. I decided to keep my older car and buy something more fun to sit alongside it. No regrets.
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    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    It was these ones...... https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01FWZ6BFU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    F07 GT 520 rear suspension issues

    The silica balls inside the compressor are probably full. You can open the compressor, pour them all out into a bowl and microwave them (around 5 minutes) and then put them back in and see if it works again. When they get full, happens more as they get older and when the air is really damp, the air can longer escape to allow the car to drop again. You can buy new silica balls, but try drying them out for now. You could just empty it for now and see if it works, but order some new ones as they stop moisture getting into the pump. Will be fine for a couple of weeks or so though.
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    Cool. Which one did you buy?