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  1. gazzago

    F11 air suspension

    Hi all. Having an F11 I have rear air suspension and as usual have ended up replacing both airbags with Arnotts which were easy to fit and seemed better quality. Recently the ‘level control fault’ message appeared. The car was raised up higher than it should be and as I was about to go on holiday I though it would be the height sensors so replaced both. This didn’t work. Next on the list was the valve block so I replaced this with a new Aerosus as they are top quality. FIXED! Except 2 weeks later the message is popping up again! The suspension doesn’t go down and isn’t too high like it was before. The relay is dry and appeared fine and I know the pump can lift the car quite quickly. My my thoughts are perhaps a small leak from the compressor to the valve block causing the computer so throw a fault as the compressor is running longer than expected to lift the car? Otherwise the control module? That’s the only part I haven’t replaced really. Anyone know what it is or have some ideas for me to look at?
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    F11 air suspension

    Short answer is no! I unplugged the control unit in the boot to check the connections and didn’t have any more issues. At least for a couple of months. Maybe once per month it will flash up a warning and clear when switched off and not come back again for another month or so. Once the weather is warmer I’ll attack it again. Maybe change the control unit as I have a spare now. Difficult fault to find as it’s not there most of the time and is only recorded as a soft fault.
  3. 2011 f11 530d Fitted a new Android head unit a couple of weeks ago. Climate control panel needs to come out for this. Easy, 2 screws and a couple of clips. Android unit it plug and play straight in. On putting the climate panel back on it didn’t want to work. Had to wiggle the wires to get it to work. Thought this strange as no tension had been put on the wires or connectors. Messed about for ages and got it working. Or so I thought. Turns out I have heat sometimes, no ac cooling. No instant heat from the electric element and most importantly no air coming from the demister vents. messed about again and though it must be a dodgy panel. Ordered a replacement. it arrived and I fitted it but no better. Being a 530 it has the extended controls so you can manually choose airflow to screen vents or floor. Except they don’t work. I have the left centre vent, the drivers floor vent and the rear vents only and can’t change them at all. Buttons all work as they should in both climate controls. Seems to be the wires. Have opened up the bmw connectors and all the connections are good. Crimped properly. I only have Carly. So cleared to codes and read it out. Results below. Any ideas where I should be looking? The climate harness just go into the dash and into a bigger harness. I fear if I give this to a garage to look into It’ll be big money as they trace their way through the dash board at my expense. Any help appreciated. It’s a lovely car with 77k on it now. I’d hate to have to get rid of it over something like this.
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    Heating distribution help

    Spent ages tracing wires and checking fuses. Why so many!!? Turns out the problem was a the multiplug. A small piece of plastic was wedged in the socket so the plug would not go fully in. Couldn't see it hadn't gone it until you REALLY looked closely. Once in no further problems. PS The android head unit is a massive upgrade for my no nav CIC. I now have Nav.. whichever one I want, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay. Bring the tech in the car right up to date. Recommend the upgrade. Screen is wider and sharper too.
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    F11 air suspension

    No I haven’t been to a dealer yet. They charge stupid money to diagnose. I may end up going to a specialist indi yet. Trying to avoid their slow diagnosis and big bills that follow for what appears to be not a straight forward fault. From what hat I understand there is no reset of ride height. Other than if you wanted to actually change the height. Or lowering etc. I have reset the fault using Carly but it resets when the ignition goes off anyway as it’s a ‘soft fault’ . Carly says more advice than a fault...
  6. 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.
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    F11 powder coated wheels

    Glad it cleared it up for you. Refurb really does make a big difference.
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    F11 powder coated wheels

    To powder coat the wheels the tyres must be off. The only decision is do you have the tyres removed elsewhere or pay the wheel Refurb company £10 per wheel to remove them? I guess that depends if you are posting the wheels or just dropping them off. I’d let the wheel refurb company remove and refit them if you can. They’ll be careful as they’ve just refurbed the wheel.
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    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.
  10. 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  22. 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
  23. I also have no nav but went down this route ( http://www.xcarlink.co.uk/home.php?cat=16 ) to save money and also OEM nav never tends to be that good so with this I can choose which nav i use. I've tried Tom Tom, Waze and currently use Navigon. They all display nicely on the original screen. Plus I can play movies or youtube or whatever if I want to. Be pretty stupid to do this while you're driving though! Down side is it takes up to a 30 seconds plus to connect when you start the car and you cannot change the route whilst driving, even more so for me as I keep my iPhone in the centre arm rest box. If you want to audio to mute or reduce when directions are spoken then you'll have to use your phone for music. I usually use a hard drive and don't worry about the spoken directions until I'm close to my destination then just switch it onto the Nav audio for the last few miles. You can have Nav on the screen but audio from any source you like. It's a decent option, easy to fit although I must say the company are/were very very very slow to respond to customer service emails. (I had an issue with the DAB radio module and ended up returning it). They did however refund it fully and promptly once the slow email exchange was finished. Will try to put some pics up sometime if you're interested.
  24. As the title. Should i reset my oil service on idrive when I change my oil as I plan to change it at around 8-10k miles not the 18k miles the computer seems to think is ok. I know the car records how many oil changes, is there any downsides to reseting the oil service when I do these interim oil changes? I'll be using Carly. Any advise appreciated? Thanks
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    New Member - 520d M Sport

    What a list of problems! Unreal [emoji15] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk