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  1. edd_jedi

    Looking for a 530 sport. What to look for?

    A lot of the above is subjective in my opinion. I really enjoy driving my E61. I owned two E39s before this, and I don't agree that the interior is better in the older car. I also had a Golf for a couple of years between the two 5's and again don't find the E60 too big or sluggish, in fact for an estate car I think the vision in all directions is pretty good (it's certainly easier to see out of the front and back in this than it was in my Z4 which was half the size.) I do agree about not ruling out diesels or automatics though, spending significantly more on a petrol and/or manual thinking it will definitely be more reliable could easily be a false economy, as above repairs on these cars are expensive whether you're driving a 520i or a 535d. Drive one before you make any decisions.
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    Looking for a 530 sport. What to look for?

    It's complete pot luck, there are original gear boxes with zero maintenance hitting 200k, while others fail at under 100k. Manual gear boxes can fail too. If you worry about stuff like that you would never buy any second hand car, there is always an element of luck involved. Of course you can try and minimise risk, but nobody can tell you when a gearbox will fail. I've owned4 auto BMWs, never had a problem with the gearbox on any of them.
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    Looking for a 530 sport. What to look for?

    Yes, the weird auto shifter indicates it's a later LCi. There is an engine issue to watch out for on 3.0 petrols, I'm sure somebody else can give you details.
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    Looking for a 530 sport. What to look for?

    You've missed out a crucial bit of info, petrol or diesel. There are things to watch out for with both. If you're not bothered, diesels are generally cheaper for the 3.0 at the moment due to people panicking over emissions laws. But on the plus side that means you can now pick up a 3.0D for under 3k, a lot of car for the money.
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    battery charger/trickle charger what to buy

    I ended up using one of the bolts that holds the battery restraint in place (the one that goes over the top of the battery, not the one that clamps it to the floor) and it worked fine. Impressed with the charger, it was showing 3 lights when I first plugged it in, and got to 7 (fully charged) in about 7 hours.
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    battery charger/trickle charger what to buy

    Thanks on both. I'll have a look for a good place to connect the negative near the battery, I saw a post suggesting the bolt that holds the battery down to the floor but that seems like a bad idea as the battery compartment can flood, I'd prefer it to be on a sidewall somewhere.
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    battery charger/trickle charger what to buy

    Sorry another question about the CTEK charger, I've just noticed you can buy a cigarette lighter charging adapter. Will that work through the socket in the boot of my E61? It would be more convenient to charge it from the rear of the car.
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    To rebuild or not to rebuild?

    The warning lights could be as simple as clearing fault codes, do you have INPA or Carly etc?
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    Buy Outright or PCP?

    It entirely depends on your circumstances. As you've already realised, owning a newish car has cost you about 5 grand a year in depreciation. Whether this is a waste of money or not depends on how much you drive, how much you depend on your car, and of course your financial situation. I drive a 14 year old car because as much as I'd love and appreciate a newer car, I don't do the mileage to justify it. I walk to work so only use my car at weekends, and then it's on family trips, I'm rarely in the car on my own. Also as I don't rely on it for work, it's not the end of the world of it breaks down (in fact honestly I quite enjoy tinkering with it) so I can't justify paying a premium for reliability either. If I drove to work and/or had enough spare time to enjoy a car during weekends, I would absolutely consider spending 5k a year for my own enjoyment. But for me, I wouldn't be able to justify it. Nobody seems to have asked this yet, bur why exactly do you want to get rid of your current car? It looks like it's still a very modern and decent motor!
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    battery charger/trickle charger what to buy

    It's probably not the coding itself, just the huge amount of gizmos in the car. When I do coding I turn off the automatic lights, interior lights, radio, and interior fans, but there is no way of turning off the iDrive screen, or navigation drive, and even with the fans off I can always hear something whirring around behind the dash. I understand modern cars are complicated, but IMO it's pretty poor that they've been designed to be so power hungry even when you try to turn everything off. That's why I went to such effort getting my IBS and battery sorted, without them functioning and coded/registered correctly the battery will barely last a week without going flat.
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    battery charger/trickle charger what to buy

    Makes sense, thanks.
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    battery charger/trickle charger what to buy

    Quick question, I have jut bought a CTEK MXS 5.0 to occasionally give my battery a full charge/recondition (I often don't drive my car for over a week.) Would a trickle charger be suitable to attach while doing coding? While using NCS Expert to code in the past I have sometimes had the low battery warning afterwards due to having the ignition on for 30+ minutes (I do all my coding really slowly watching videos etc to make sure I don't cock it up!)
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    Which e60/e61

    Fair enough! This was my first diesel too having owned about 10 petrol BMWs before. It was a bit of a learning curve and I had to spend some money fixing diesel related stuff, but now I've had it for a while I'm pretty happy with it. I wouldn't rule them out if you do a bit of research first, there are loads of 530d or even 535ds about for 3-4k.
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    Which e60/e61

    What I meant was it is a lot of money to spend based on the OP's needs. He doesn't think he does the mileage to justify a diesel, but I don't understand how spending 3k more on a petrol car solves that problem?
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    Error code 4667 (too frequent regen)

    This is a possibility, sorry I don't know my way around the E60 engine bay very well, I don't suppose you can give me a bit more detail on which hoses/pipes I should check for leaks?
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