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  1. Kendo

    640d Swirl Flaps

    Hello folks - trust you're all grand! I've had a snoop about the forum and I've been reading up about the swirl flaps (god, feels like we can never get away from them, been talking about them since the e39 / first X5 days from early 2000s )... Anyway, I can see there seems to be a bit of a split opinion when it comes to the modern Beemers, some keeping them/some ditching... So ultimately, I've got (55) 2015 640d GC with 28k miles, and basically - what's the experience folks? - Who's removed them, what kit did you use, and what's been the benefit? - What's the benefit of keeping them in and what's the maintenance, or how to keep on top of it (seen a lot of 640d's online)? Grateful for the guidance as always heroes!
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    Back in a Bimmer...

    Thanks gents, I'll take a look... I tried to amend my signature as it wasn't showing up/years old! Haha Cheers Dunc!
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    Back in a Bimmer...

    Hello, trust you're all well!.. Had to check the last time I logged in, and it was sometime in 2014 (crikey, 7 years ). Anyway, like the title suggests and after many years of various Merc ownership (I know, what was I thinking, ) I'm back in a BMW. Granted it is not a 5, although instead a fresh silver 2016 640d Grand Coupé. I'll be asking questions around the swirl-flap removal and general up-keep, although thought I'd say hello to the folks first and to anyone who remembers me!
  4. Hello everyone, hope you are all well... Unfortunately my E36 is not. Drove to work absolutely fine this morning. On the way back car was awkward. It's lumpy on idle and is most definitely showing a misfire symptoms. Only thing is though, absolute no warning/check engine lights. The OBC still shows, Check OK? I'm really hoping it's a plug. I haven't changed them since I owned the car from October and mileage is 107k, so probably a good shout they haven't been done in a while? Any ideas guys? All help really appreciated
  5. So another KendoBus made it's journey to a new owner. A great car, but just lacked the space I need (although you'd be surprised at what you could actually fit in the boot of one). I really dont want to leave my comfort zone and completely move away from BMW/German, but I'm struggling to get a tourer/estate that's either not far to much for what it is or completely feckled. I'll be sure to keep you all informed with what I get
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    Fairwell KendoBus.... :'(

    I've drove tons (and had an e46 M3 manual). I actually did like one other e46 and that was a 330ci tourer in blue with good spec.. I may look in to those
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    Fairwell KendoBus.... :'(

    Hahahahaha.... You know me too well Tell me about it .......... Really not a fan of the e46 at all, great in M3 guise, but dont like there coupes/tourers/saloon's strangely? Well, I'll keep my eyes peeled, may even look at a 540's but I'm not sure...
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    Fairwell KendoBus.... :'(

    Nothing to be sorry about pal, I'd normally say! Just being kind to the new owner. Well there really isnt much between the 328i/M3. I'm positive apart from the obvious Engine/Brakes. bits and bobs, there nearly the same. Pretty sure they share the same bilsteins/springs, perhaps thicker roll bars, but all in all there similar to drive albeit down on power.... Personally when I knocked about in my E36 M3 many moons ago, I totally prefered to drive it due to the power and M exclusivity. But no doubt, the 328i's less thirst (found mine to be rather okay on the juice), better priced parts, etc would be easier to live with
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    Fairwell KendoBus.... :'(

    To be honest, I've trawled through tons of BMW's / Audi's / Merc's / Volvo's / VW's /Etc but nothing looks any decent. I would like a really sorted facelift e39 530d sport tourer manual (by sorted, something I dont have to pull straight into the garage/bodyshop and bankrupt myself putting right), prefebly a late 03 with good spec, but they just don't seem to come up for sale, or if they do they are eye watering money! 97 328i Sport, usual toys like air/con, leather, OBC, ASC, (No LSD due to the ASC, apparently that stopped on cars 95 N? But not totally sure). I never kiss and tell with my women Mr Shaz you cheeky lad ... Yeah, being modest with this one as the new owner my be on this(other BMW) forum's, so out of fairness I will let them disclose that themselves..... P.S. I hate being KendoBusLess :'(
  10. So here was the cause of my misfire woes. Believe it or not, it was only one of the plugs causing the misfire! All of the coils were working. There wasn't any oil/water in the plug holes (well, very minimal oil) which was good news. By the condition of the plugs, they've been in a while. As it was only one cylinder misfiring, I knew it was either one plug or one coil (hense why I only bought one coil, plus at £27 a pop, wasn't going to buy 6 if weren't needed.) You can't really see it in the picture, but the rubber sleeve on the one of the coils was split. Although working, I replaced it with the coil I bought. So all worked out well really and car back to smooth self. Cheers all.
  11. Sophistacated enough to put a whole load of sensors/electrical componenets that may be causing the issue though, misfire can be caused by a whole number of things which is always frustrating. Well I've picked up 6 plugs and a new ignition coil. I'll fit them tonight and here's praying all is well. Cheers all.
  12. I suppose with so many possible things, I better get codes read. Although I genuinely thought something like a sensor would through a light on the dash, or even put the car into limp mode.
  13. I did top the oil up on Sunday afternoon. I'm worried I may have occidentally overdone it by half a litre, and the plugs have become covered (I'll check my level soon once the car has cooled down enough, returning the oil to oil pan.). Although it did drive fine Monday morning, then night and even this morning? The plugs are worth changing anyway so I'll pick them up, try them first tomorrow after work and I'll soon know if the plug holes are full. (praying that its just the plugs) Cheers, for the help pal.
  14. (I did post this on e36coupe.com, but no answer so far, so thought I would ask you experienced gentlemen http://www.bmwowner.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=216826 ) Recently my car has developed the famous "Ticking" The ticking seems more prominent when the car is warm/hot rather from cold start. Performance isn't affected and engine isn't using oil and I see a lot of people talking about the issue, yet no one really definitively saying this is what it is? I immediately thought vanos (just because of experience of having tapity units in my e39 M5 and new seals and bolts cured that), but apparently they are an unlikely culprit? Car has just covered a 100k and wasn't serviced long ago (plenty of lights left, although no idea the grade oil used). So from what I have read on here and other forums it seems it could be 1 of the following; Vanos Camshaft sensor People using thinner oil than recommended? Manifold gasket (or crack) Evaporative emission purge valve (Apparently known as the TEV and is located under the MAF.. http://jackassofalltrades.com/ticker.html) I've seen people post videos with the noise and can do the same if it will help, would just like to get to it and fix it. All help very appreciated
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    328i M52... TICK, TICK, TICK, TICK

    Sorry I missed this gentlemen... Well strangely mines disappeared'ish after some fresh oil. What I mean is that the tick is extremely faint now as if the oil is now finding it's way to lifters/where it's supposed to? Combined with thermostat change and car now reaching temperature, it's feels much better plus delivers better MPG. If it returns I'll certainly inform!
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    The BMW5 random picture thread

    Pulls like a... Hmmm
  17. I wouldnt say crash as such, probably more in need of an update.. But I have used numerous sat nav's built in/portable that suggest I am driving through fields or water and that I should return to the route/roads up here in Scotland quite a number of times haha,
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    The X5 has gone

    After that statement... Yep, back to liking them again
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    I'm reading a lot of these stories and it really saddens me that none of them seem to paint a good picture of the place we live. A friends girlfriend works for a big travel company, not sure which one. But I do remember him saying that for tourists of certain countries, there is cautions on night life and even some warnings that the UK is a violent place.. You know what, everytime I go travelling (mainland Europe most recently), the duty of care towards one another always astounds me, even if your a complete stranger. I feel we have lost these values here, but I was certainly brought up with them and regardless of others behaviours I've always promoted them to my family, friends, others even strangers and aspire to be like the people who have made a massive impression on me with their kindness and willing to see the wellbeing of others.
  20. Hello folks, I've seen some marvellous pictures on the forum which makes me think some of you know a thing or two about cameras. I am starting to do a lot more music/Guitar ventures and it would be good to capture and document some crisp pictures to go with the stories. My good friend Andy runs a dedicated Guitar lessons shop in our town of Wishaw (aptly named Wishaw Guitar Lessons, which he has now upgraded to Wishaw Music Centre, now he has recruited a multi musician teacher). He regularly holds master classes with some wonderful Guitarists (the next to visit will be Guitar giant Mattias IA Ehlundh of Freak Kitchen fame) and it would be good to get something with sharp detail to capture some of the interactions with the people on the day and some of the brilliant kit involved, gear, Guitars, etc. I’ve also started (just to close friends at moment) giving good TLC to Guitars with a minor service, restring, polish and set up. I’ve tried to do before and afters and also so close shots of some really nice or unusual Guitars when done, but I really lose a lot of the detail when using my phone for the pictures and it’s quite gutting when there is such a transformation and it’s not really captured. For a bit of fun I’ve started a little FaceBeef page called “Kendo’s Riff Caveâ€, where I can hopefully showcase some of the Guitars I’ve spruced up, plus some of the antics that we may get up to. Well, I’ll stop rambling now but yeah, something with crisp detail, built in flash, potentially recording, ideally something compact portable, but would consider an SLR. I will be looking at eBay a lot, but probably just looking for some guidance, what to consider and why? What to avoid? All help massively appreciated. (Certainly not pushing in on everyone, but if you have a genuine interest in guitars/guitar lessons plus some of the antics we can get up to, by all means like my page and check out some of the stuff that is happening; Wishaw Guitar Lessons - http://www.wishawguitarlessons.co.uk/ on FaceBeef - https://www.facebook.com/wishawguitarlessons Wishaw Music Centre - http://www.wishawmusiccentre.co.uk/ On FaceBeef - https://www.facebook.com/wishawmusic Meeeeeeee !!! https://www.facebook.com/Kendos-Riff-Cave#!/pages/Kendos-Riff-Cave/220868931453579?fref=ts )
  21. Kool CV Mike (any pics of stuff you've built you can share)... I'm more of a tech, (if you can go as far as saying that) haha. Generally take Guitars where people think they are kicked, grubby, old and play bad.. Give some Kendo treatment, generally proper strip down clean, build back together, set action, pick up height, etc and have seen some incredible transformations. Still confused with the whole thing. I adore DSLR quality, but I'm not going to be the kind of dude who starts taking pictures of a random autumn. leave, or a close up of a moth in the dew (you know the type!) etc. Still debating if I can live with the bulkiness?? Yet most of you here are saying it's the only way? Is there no good small camera at all?.. Hmmm, still no idea what to get! Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk
  22. HOLD UP, these things have mileage on them!???? To this day (even as a so called still young dude) I still laughingly surprise myself with how little I know about anything technology!?? Have I been partying and steaming for an entire decade??? Anyway, SLR's would most definitely fit the bill for the quality I am after, but knowing the antics I get up to.. Having a lanyard around my neck with a clumpy camera would probably not be wise. Really thinking about it, I do need something compact or at least kinda jacket stuffable, just worried it will be not great. Like most things, it's usually crap if it's too small!!
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    The X5 has gone

    Really considering it, they would probably cost more to run than an e39 M5
  24. Maybe that is a good idea Dennis, obviously SLR pictures are the best but trying to hunk around a big bit of kit like that isnt ideal> Although most compacts pictures whilst can be good, probably don't deliver that crisp sharp defined picture I'm looking for. So I better start looking a Bridge Camera's then... Ps, Nice examples
  25. Kool... I checked them out and they seem to range anywhere between £50-110 on eBay. Resonably priced, any examples of pictures? Only downside would be it's rather on the large side, but most certainly won't rule it out if it's quality, no fuss straight out the box use!