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  1. edd_jedi

    E61 tailgate opening issues

    Yes I'm not looking forward to having to do the other 3 looms, which contain water and aerial cables so not just simple soldering jobs! I dread to think how long that will take, thankfully although I'm sure there is damage in those too everything is working (for now.) At least I know how to do it now.
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    E61 tailgate boot wiring

    Thanks guys, fixed it today! That was a b***tard of a job:
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    E61 tailgate opening issues

    Well I finally took the plunge and got it sorted today. As per my first post there were no issues with the wires inside the hinge covers, but after investigating at the start of the loom behind the speaker I found one wire broken and half a dozen with cracks. No idea why the wires are being strained there and not in the hinge, but it left me with no choice but replacing the whole lot (11 wires in total in the far left loom.) I used solder butts and a blowtorch, it took me almost 5 hours from start to finish. I also discovered that some genuis at BMW decided to put THREE identical wires in the loom (white with brown stripes.) Has anyone seen that before? Almost gave me a heart attack as I had already cut them all by then! As I had no way of knowing which was which, I had no choice but to rely on blind luck and thankfully everything seems to be working. It was a relief when I got all the wires reconnected and after 3 months I can finally open the boot properly again.
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    A few questions about my new 5...

    Good news. I would advise checking under the battery too. Might be worth replacing the two rear light gaskets, they only cost about £8 each from the dealer and are a few screws each side to replace, 10 minute job. That's where my leak was coming from, cheap bit of preventative maintenence.
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    E61 tailgate boot wiring

    OK thanks, so first of the four looking at it from the back? Yes that's how I've been opening the boot for the last 3 months, have finally got sick of it and want to get it sorted.
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    E61 tailgate boot wiring

    Sorry to bump an old thread, but does anybody know which of the four metal guides contains the wire that releases the main tailgate? Not the glass hatch, the full thing. I have the same problem as in this thread: https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=980973 They fix the problem, but fail to say which of the four looms the offending wire is in.
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    New battery question

    Did you register it? If not, the car still thinks the old one is in there.
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    A few questions about my new 5...

    Welcome to the forum, and hope you enjoy the new car. you will find many of these are common problems that other people have already investigated and fixed, so searching on this forum should help. Regarding your 'media' dilemma, I was in the same boat and didn't want to spend £400 on an Android unit that by most accounts is good but not perfect. So instead I opted for an Alpine iPod interface kit which replaces your CD changer and will connect to any Apple phone or iPod, you can get them for under £50 on eBay now and it is the closest thing you will get to a 'modern' music experience with CCC iDrive: For DAB and Bluetooth audio, I fitted one of these which plugs into the AUX input: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B076P86LXH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 So under £100 all in to add bluetooth music streaming, DAB radio and integrated iPhone music to my CCC iDrive.
  9. Wow it looks like a new car, amazing.
  10. edd_jedi

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Oh, and if you're wondering why I didn't put it closer to the rear view mirror: The SD card slot is annoyingly on the left (I guess RHD is not the international standard) The plastic surround of the rear view mirror is so huge, that any closer and it is very prominent in the recordings.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Today I joined the 21st century and installed a dash cam. It's one of those things I know I should have already had installed for years, but have always been put off by how obtrusive they look in most other cars. I came across this Apeman one which is genuinely tiny, and cost the ridiculous amount of £27 from Amazon (I'm not sure how they can make a profit on that, but I'm not complaining!) I'm really happy with it, it came with a 4m cable so I ran that all the way to the back of the car through the headlining and into a USB socket I already had piggy backed on the rear cigarette lighter socket (one of the only ignition lives in the car, there are none in the front fusebox.) It now only turns on when I turn on the igintion, no battery drain worries. It starts recording within a couple of seconds, and records for a couple of minutes after the ignition goes off as it has a battery built in. I won't preach to the converted, I'm sure you all know about these already, but if you have been pondering over them like I was, for the price, size and features, this one is perfect: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0819BVCCB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    PDC Failure Help

    Well I don't understand how this is possible, but the flat battery I posted about a couple of weeks ago has somehow fixed the parking sensors! I thought it must just have been a strange anomoly and that they would soon fail again, but two weeks and multiple journeys later they are still working I'm obviously pleased, but I'm one of those people who likes to understand how things work, so can anybody fathom how a few days without power could have 'fixed' either a dodgy sensor, failing PDC module, or broken wires (which seemed to be the most likely culprit.)
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    Lockdown Battery Woes

    Back in and working, took about 30 hours in total to charge it including the CTEK's 'reconditioning' stage which extended the charge by 6 hours but I thought it was worth a try. I just went for a quick drive to make sure everything was working, after resetting a few power related fault codes. When resetting the date and time, it looks like the car finally conked out on the 21st, so was without power for four days. I had Carly's monitoring turned on, and during my drive the battery voltage was fluctuating between 13.9 and 14.1v, does that sound normal? I can't remember what it used to read, but I seem to remember reading 14 is normal. Oh and one positive, this lack of power somehow seems to have fixed my parking sensors
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    Lockdown Battery Woes

    Well the battery must have been at death's door, the CTEK charger has a time out limit of 8 hours for the second (of eight) stage charge which is to get it up to 12.6v, it failed on the first attempt. The third stage charge light (bulk charge) has just come on after 13 hours, and the voltage is currently reading 12.17v. I wish I had checked it before I started charging, but according to the manual it can't have been less than 2v or the charger would have immediately thrown an error. I don't think the battery was completely dead for more than a few days because I definitely saw the alarm LED blinking earlier this week, but looks like I've had a lucky escape and will not be leaving it for weeks on end again in future.
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    Lockdown Battery Woes

    Due to the lockdown I haven't driven my car for a month. I thought the battery could do with a top up, so went to connect my C-Tek MX5. To my surprise the 2 year old battery was not only a bit flat, it was so completely dead that I couldn't even unlock the car. So as it will take 24+ hours to charge this 110ah battery and I don't have the luxury of a garage or even driveway, I opened the drivers door with the key, scrambled over the back seats to manually open the boot, and have removed the battery. It's currently charging, but my question is what should I do when I put it back in again? According to BMWs advice you are supposed to charge the battery in-situ so that the intelligent battery sensor (IBS) knows it has been charged. My IBS is fully functioning, lots of other threads on that. So when I put the fully charged but not new battery back in, should I re-register it as a new battery? Or just put it back in and hope for the best? I know the clock will need resetting and I'll lose all my iDrive data, but is there also anything coding wise I need to do after the car has been completely dead for days/weeks? I'm expecting an airbag light as that always seems to come on whenever I upset the power system. And finally, assuming this 0% battery can be revived and I don't need to buy a new one, how long should we reasonably expect a battery to last without being driven or without a trickle charger attached? I've left it for 2 weeks before with no problems, but it looks like a month was just too long for it to handle. Any advice appreciated!