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    ally reacted to Matthew Ashton in BMW Connected Drive Services Discounted   
    BMW is offering 30% off their Connected Drive services at the moment:

    BMW ConnectedDrive | BMW UK
     
    24/11 - 30/11
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    ally got a reaction from bmwf113.0d in ISO Dashcam for G30/G31   
    Another vote for the Nextbase 522 from me, I have the rear windscreen camera too. 
    I mounted the front camera just on my side of the rear view mirror, non obtrusive,  I have the screen saver set to GPS speed which is handyto glance at. 
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    ally got a reaction from Mr H in BMW Stopping Wheel Storage   
    It’s not just about xDrive or 4WD when it comes to winter. 
    xDrive or 4WD will get you going and may drive the car out of deep snow, but won’t keep you on the road any more than any other car, that’s where winter tyres come in.
    We don’t really see that much snow here in the winter, but we see plenty of cold wet weather, which is where the winter tyres, or all weather tyres come in to their own. 
    Especially at temperatures of 7°c or less, that is when the softer compounds become more useful. 
    I would even go so far as to say my RWD, with winter tyres on in the winter, is safer than any 4WD with summer tyres on. 
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    ally got a reaction from FIBAMAN in Things to look out for   
    You’re welcome.  I actually got mines from John Clark Dundee, so always worth a look. 
    I’m sure others will have more things to look out for. 
     
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    ally got a reaction from FIBAMAN in Things to look out for   
    There are a lot of familiarities between the G30 and the E39, which I like very much.  
    For your own convenience try and get a car with the following:
    Icon headlights, apoarently much better than standard, the adaptive LED is very good. 
    HK, or above, sound system, if you get one with hi-fi it’s still fairly easily upgradable with aftermarket equipment, if you get base audio, then it’s a bit more challenging to upgrade the sound system. 
    Reversing camera, not essential but good to have.
    Otherwise, not sure if the 3.0d was affected but there was a recall for the EGR cooler so make sure that was done if it applies.  
     
    You can check the service history of the car via idrive on these cars - no actual service book. 
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    ally got a reaction from Mr H in BMW Stopping Wheel Storage   
    It’s not just about xDrive or 4WD when it comes to winter. 
    xDrive or 4WD will get you going and may drive the car out of deep snow, but won’t keep you on the road any more than any other car, that’s where winter tyres come in.
    We don’t really see that much snow here in the winter, but we see plenty of cold wet weather, which is where the winter tyres, or all weather tyres come in to their own. 
    Especially at temperatures of 7°c or less, that is when the softer compounds become more useful. 
    I would even go so far as to say my RWD, with winter tyres on in the winter, is safer than any 4WD with summer tyres on. 
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    ally got a reaction from Mr H in BMW Stopping Wheel Storage   
    It’s not just about xDrive or 4WD when it comes to winter. 
    xDrive or 4WD will get you going and may drive the car out of deep snow, but won’t keep you on the road any more than any other car, that’s where winter tyres come in.
    We don’t really see that much snow here in the winter, but we see plenty of cold wet weather, which is where the winter tyres, or all weather tyres come in to their own. 
    Especially at temperatures of 7°c or less, that is when the softer compounds become more useful. 
    I would even go so far as to say my RWD, with winter tyres on in the winter, is safer than any 4WD with summer tyres on. 
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    ally got a reaction from Mr H in BMW Stopping Wheel Storage   
    It’s not just about xDrive or 4WD when it comes to winter. 
    xDrive or 4WD will get you going and may drive the car out of deep snow, but won’t keep you on the road any more than any other car, that’s where winter tyres come in.
    We don’t really see that much snow here in the winter, but we see plenty of cold wet weather, which is where the winter tyres, or all weather tyres come in to their own. 
    Especially at temperatures of 7°c or less, that is when the softer compounds become more useful. 
    I would even go so far as to say my RWD, with winter tyres on in the winter, is safer than any 4WD with summer tyres on. 
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    ally reacted to Old Codger in Paint protection   
    If I had my time again with either my B5 or 530d I'd of gone for paint protection film to the bonnet, front wings and splitters straight out of the showroom.
    The diesel was black and the B5 is very dark grey. Both caught road rash from winter driving and boy, it really shows on darker cars.
    Particularly gutted about the B5. I'd actually booked her in for PPF in March but when I throughly cleaned her down the week before I realised the extent of the damage and cancelled.
    In the space of 5 months, blemish free to acne, needing a bit more than Chippex too.  (Fortunately there are no swirls or scratches from washing)
    For coatings and waxing, as pointed out, nothing is maintenence free but still worthwhile doing. 
    Don't be fooled though, no amount of bottled nanoparticle magic fairy dust enriched with silica will stop a high velocity lump of sharp edged grit mechanically removing your paint.
    It might leave a nice shine but it doesn't and cannot provide enough true physical protection to stop small stone damage. 
    The way to go depends on what you hope to achieve together with how and where you use the car.
    Easy to clean and looks shiny, or with real protection against mechanical damage? - At a cost of course!
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    ally got a reaction from Andyrt200 in Remote opening of tailgate glass   
    Salesmen don’t know much about the cars at all, but, to my knowledge,  each dealership should have a BMW “Genius” there who can pretty much tell you anything about the car that you want to know. 
    But maybe they don’t have them now? 
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    ally got a reaction from Boba in How Cold Should A/C Be?   
    The best way to check is to use service gauges, which are attached to the system and measure the pressure, which also tells you what the temperatures are and what the system is doing. 
    This will show if there is a shortage of charge. 
    it’s not just s case of “regassing” if there is a problem. 
    If there has been a loss, then a leak needs to be identified and repaired first. 
    This is where the likes of Halfords and Kwikfit really fall down, as most of them have no clue what they are doing, they only know how to connect and switch on a machine that does just about everything else for them. 
    I highly recommend getting a mobile air con specialist if you are not confident with using gauges etc.  they don’t cost a lot and they do things properly. 
    The main cause of leaks is lack of use, where the seals dry out and allow refrigerant to escape, a lot of people turn it off in winter time which is a real false economy, air con is not just for summer and it keeps windows clear in cold wet weather, especially with modern climate control in cars these days, it should never be turned off. 
    It’s  cheaper to run than most think, a lot cheaper than driving around with windows open for example. 
     
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    ally got a reaction from JDX-90 in Remote key   
    Sorted, different battery and now all ok. 
    Thanks again
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    ally got a reaction from Oldbilly in Rocker Cover Gaskets   
    As above, check for cracks and straightness. 
     
    That aside, make sure the cover channels are entirely cleaned out and free of any debris from the original gaskets which will have become hard and bits break iff during removal. 
     
    Make sure it is correctly torqued and the only place to apply sealant is around the half moons, front and rear, I used Dreibond from the dealer. 
     
     
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    ally reacted to Boba in My BMW No Active Subscription   
    presumably a difference with the newer iDrive version? I can send a destination but it ends up in the Notifications or somewhere whereas  it would be more logical and useable to appear in the Nav screen as a destination (similar to yours).

    FWIW my booked subscriptions expire on a variety of dates and whilst it isn’t essential it was certainly handier to have them at my fingertips in the app. Like @ally I find the new app has no advantages but unnecessary drawbacks. Maybe it’ll get expanded but as with most software it seems that all change is for the worse.
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    ally got a reaction from Carrman2018 in My BMW No Active Subscription   
    I really don’t like the new app and don’t see the need for it either. 
    I used it a few months ago and it wasn’t good, used it a couple of weeks ago and it still wasn’t good, the connected app does everything the new app does and I can see things like booked subscriptions,  at a glance - where I can’t with the new app. 
    Also sent some destinations to the car with new app, nothing appeared in the car but they are hidden in the messages somewhere, sent a destination with the connected app and it popped up as soon as I got in the car. 
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    ally got a reaction from bmwf113.0d in peeling leather   
    Judy at LTT Leathercare is very helpful indeed and is very popular on detailing forums. 
    I’ve had great help and service from Gliptone, I used their dye to respray the seats in my last car, and also used their kits for scuff repairs and touch ups prior to that. 
    Perfect colour match every time. 
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    ally got a reaction from Zerouali in Battery disconnection   
    I could shut the bootlid and get it open again by supplying power to the engine bay posts 
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    ally reacted to Matthew Ashton in Battery disconnection   
    OK, sending the steering wheel off adds another dimension to this debate. I would probably take my chances with a battery disconnected as once the Airbag light goes off, I seem to remember someone mentioning it was not a simple reset with ISTA.
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    ally reacted to Matthew Ashton in Battery disconnection   
    There is no issue disconnecting the battery during maintenance or repair but I wouldn't want to leave it for that length of time with out power to its systems. I have no evidence that it is a bad practice, mind you, but I wouldn't leave it without. Can't you just attach the car to a battery maintainer during the period of down time? Or just leave the car with the battery installed.
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    ally reacted to Zerouali in Battery disconnection   
    Can’t see any issue with the battery being left disconnected, just don’t shut the boot lid!
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    ally got a reaction from SJL in iDrive 7/iPod problem.   
    I think iPods may be a common issue across all models, new and old. 
    I seem to remember some discussion on the Intravee section for these, might have had some sort of fix but I think it’s the iPod going to sleep that is the issue
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    ally got a reaction from duncan-uk in Merry Xmas   
    Merry Xmas to you all. 
    It’s been one crazy year, let’s hope next year is better. 
    Stay safe
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    ally got a reaction from duncan-uk in Merry Xmas   
    Merry Xmas to you all. 
    It’s been one crazy year, let’s hope next year is better. 
    Stay safe
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    ally got a reaction from duncan-uk in Merry Xmas   
    Merry Xmas to you all. 
    It’s been one crazy year, let’s hope next year is better. 
    Stay safe
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    ally got a reaction from SJL in Reverse camera condensation 2017 G31 520D   
    I have to clean mines regularly, would be good if they were like some other marques, where the camera retracts when not being used
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