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    Reigate, Surrey
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    SAP CRM consultant


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    2010 F11 520d SE

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  1. gbshahaq

    CIC Nav Upgrade to Full Postcode?

    Hi this is definitely possible - i have a 2010 F11 and I updated my maps to 2016 spec for my CIC Pro system after I bought it. I used the various guides online to locate the maps and generate my own FSC code - but if you're happy to pay, pretty sure BMW will sell you the code and/or the maps.
  2. Haha - reminds me of when I was forced to register my E39 in Denmark. Not as many steps for sure, but a LOT more expensive - and 14 days to do it all. Still worth it - all my colleagues (quietly) envious of my Bavarian chariot with the massive (30d) engine as they drive their leased Citroen C1s!
  3. gbshahaq

    Tyres and Non Runflat

    No idea in terms of spec - but they are fitted as standard to BMWs sold in North America (all over). Just had to order another pair for the fronts - getting fitted this morning...
  4. gbshahaq

    Tyres and Non Runflat

    I had switched to non-RFTs on my 19" wheels, and although a little quieter and more comfortable, my 17" winter RFTs were considerably better. Had a puncture en route to Scotland still wearing winter boots, and decided to swap out for the only tyres I could find in the size (225/55/17) that are all season and RFT - Goodyear Eagle LS2. So far so good - will swap out the fronts for another pair of LS2s shortly - then will ditch the style 331 19s. Need a good clean up first but will be on sale here before long!
  5. gbshahaq

    Sharkfan's E39 Alpina touring?

    Was driving back from the North Easter Monday and swore we drove past your lovely Alpina on M1/M40/M25?? I thought it was dead though ?
  6. A Chinese Webasto clone - who fancies integrating this to their Bimmer?
  7. gbshahaq

    520d, 528, 530d honest appraisal

    I bought a 2010 520d in 2016, had less than 30k miles on it. It's now on 75k, and engine has given me zero problems. I try to get the oil change done at 8-10k intervals - the mandated changes are too infrequent for my liking. Re the engine recall, I specifically checked a couple of times with my local dealer, and it's NOT on the list.
  8. Car was not changing up/down as expected, very noticeable on steep declines, with engine revs to 3.5k. Gearbox and MAF all checked out as ok, no faults. Garage recommended full ECU and gearbox software update - so got that done a few days ago at BMW. Much better than before - got it in before price hike from BMW too. Double result!
  9. gbshahaq

    Only in 'Murica...

    ... I hope
  10. gbshahaq

    Pointless BMW accessory of the week

    Fine - keep it in the boot, but you don't need a sodding rack. Just a couple of tie downs. I genuinely don't see the point - wheels have to come off and get stored behind front seats, parcel shelf has to come out. And 300 quid poorer
  11. Just came across this beauty. Only £314. I'll take 3 https://www.bowkerlifestyle.co.uk/bmw/bmw-items-for-your-car/bike-holder-for-interior#fo_c=1531&fo_k=8a4cf13069e3d83b86d442e4cad60d2d&fo_s=gplauk
  12. gbshahaq

    What are you currently drinking...?

    I'm a rum man, and currently have 4 on the go: Ron Zacapa - my go-to premium sipping rum. Price varies ridiculously though - i usually buy at the Denmark airport on a business trip when on offer. Usually pay 300 DKK (£35) for a litre - then see it at Heathrow for £70 for a bottle!! Ron Centenario 20 - found this in a posh off-licence in France. A fabulous tasting rum (shop gave me a few samples) - really mellow, buttery and slightly sweet. Uber-smooth. Also the most i've ever spent on booze - paid 70 EUR! Ron Cartavio XO - this was a gift from my Danish colleagues. Hands down, the finest rum i've ever had. Never seen it before but this one is just exceptional. and um.... my UK colleagues bought me some Morgan Spiced for my birthday. One for cocktails for the wife
  13. I had my rear pads done at Vines BMW - 179 which i thought was pretty reasonable. On top of that, they gave the car a software update, and re-registered it for service reminders.
  14. Hardest part for me was making up the loom, and finding the right connectors. If piper's sorting you for that, then it's just seats out, carpets up, bottom half of centre console out, then a bit of fiddling about. I followed this thread, and got nice toasty bum going in time for winter. Do it!
  15. Good luck getting this sorted - I really miss the Webasto from my 530d. Mine had never worked when i got it - reported a short circuit, so got a replacement from eBay and had an Indy fit it ( not too handy with spanners myself). Also lost my nerve with NCS, but finally got DIS up and running and coded the independent heating there. Took about 30 mins, and after that used MID to set the timer to wake up to a defrosted car Made me look forward to icy mornings