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  1. gazzago

    Picked up this F11 on Saturday

    Nice motor. Variable dampers is a nice touch. I also have a 530D f11. Get it mapped. It changes it from a quick car to a really quick car! The difference really is massive. More than it looks on paper.
  2. Had my alloys powder coated. From the usual silver to anthracite. Yes 18’s or 19’s look great but the roads are terrible in my area and this is a workhorse so I want the reasonable comfort of 17’s. Plus I don’t want to spend all that dosh to upgrade just yet Finish is fantastic on them. Anyway here’s a few pics.
  3. Basically with adaptive you press a button and your damping becomes harder or softer depending on the setting. Pros. Comfy when you want and sporty when you want. No need for a middle ground one size fits all damping. Cons. Quite expensive. Also quite expensive to fix years down the line if you buy older cars. Hope that helps a little. I’m sure there will be more technical replies. [emoji1303] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. gazzago

    My 530D sport project

    Wow! You’ve put some work into that motor. How many miles have you done in it now? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. gazzago

    New to me 2002 e39 Touring.

    Looks very tidy. So much car for the money. They really are a classic too. Probably the highest quality 5 series model you can get. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. gazzago

    Rear shock replacement

    Good job. Looks much better. I think mine are in a similar state and I will probably do them once the weather improves a little [emoji1303] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. gazzago

    Tyres and Non Runflat

    Got no complaints at all with the Dunlops so far. Grippy and compliant. Turn in is sharper than the previous Goodyears. I'll get them again and probably put another pair on the rear at the end of the summer when the current ones are finished. Recommended in the 17 inch.
  8. gazzago

    F11 Reliability

    Reliability of mine is good. Replaced both suspension air bags with aftermarket as they started to leak. It’s a 15min job. Other than that a reverse light bulb and that’s it. Lovely car. Now has 70k miles. Awaiting BMW writing to me about the EGR. Mines averaging 38.5 and that includes my 10mile daily commute. Mpg is better in the summer too. On a longer journey 43-47+ mpg. All depends on your right foot.
  9. gazzago

    530d remap

    Too early for me to say yet with this one but initial signs look good. Will try to update this thread when I’ve done some miles with the remap.
  10. gazzago

    530d remap

    Agree with Boba on that one. Yes more power does create more stress on an engine but how often you use that power matters more. A 200bhp engine that is thrashed every day won’t last as long as a 300bhp engine that is treated with mechanical sympathy.
  11. gazzago

    530d remap

    Just a quick thanks/review. Had my 258bhp F11 530d remapped the other day at Harper Autos. As shown in the Mashed Potatoes threads. Wasn't exactly local to me, but they were friendly, professional, knowledgable and kept me updated at every stage. The prices on the forum were honoured too. The car drives just as smoothly as it did pre remap. This was very important to me. The remap itself takes the power and torque figures up to 540d territory and is quite brutal when you floor it! The extra torque really shows itself on the motorway. I shall continue to enjoy this new lease of life for my car for a little while. Don't think the rear tyres will last too long if I keep using it though . I'd considered spending this money on bigger wheels as I've just fitted new tyres but I'm pleased I've stuck with my boring 17's and got the remap. Overall having had a few cars mapped over the years I can thoroughly recommend this garage.
  12. gazzago

    F10 530D Diagnostic tool?

    My Carly isn’t subscription. Just bought the dongle from their web site then got the app from the App Store. A few pounds for some extras if you if you want them but that’s it. It is basic compared to inpa etc but it’s easy to use.
  13. gazzago

    Tyres and Non Runflat

    Glad to hear they are an improvement. Ive just swapped my run flats Goodyear for Dunlop Sport Maxx 2. Too early to say but if past history is anything to go by changing my wife’s mini on to non run flats they should be an improvement.
  14. gazzago

    F10 530D Diagnostic tool?

    Carly for BMW is an option. Thus uses your phone and a dongle you must buy from them. Costs around under £100 all in. Very compact and easy to use. I used to use INPA etc but this does enough for me now.
  15. sorry been busy studying at uni... I don't use this sat nav program now but it gives you an idea. Just mirrors what is on your phone screen. y Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk