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    2017 G32 640i GT xDrive, 2014 F45 218i

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  1. Matthew Ashton

    N57 Swirl Flap actuator

    Part number 13 in that RealOEM link is the actuator - 11618570791 If the actuator connector to the bar that activates the swirlflaps isn't damaged, I'd hazard a guess that a thorough clean will restore the manifold to like new action. I know you have the later iteration of the N57 but the principle is still the same:
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    Cosmetic Mods on PCP

    I for one would never buy a car with only one key as it would point to having been badly looked after, careless, dodgy history and so forth, so for this audience, I think that the point made is definitely not silly.
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    Rear Air Suspension

    Do a search of the forum as this is the most common issue on F11 and F07 cars of a certain age and has come up many many times before - ALL airbags will fail. You can jack the car up and look at the extended airbag where you will find the rubber has perished. Easy DIY replacement after buying new bags from Arnott or Aerosus or if you are brave, eBay. You may find that you still have issues after replacing the airbags and this will point to a compressor issue and there are YouTube videos of DIY repairs for the compressor and the associated valve block.
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    G31 Tyres - 275/35 R19 (BAD NEWS)

    Perrsonally, I will stick with run flats. Have done on my 2 BMW that were factory fitted with them. Also have winter run flats on my winter set for the G32. But, that is personal preference that works for me and the only puncture I’ve had was on one of the winter wheels and it didn’t deflate so I could get the tyre repaired. My advice though is to check with your insurance company as you’ll be changing the spec of the car from its design. If you do go for non-run flats anyway, I’d look for a brand and model that is star rated (BMW homologated) in the same size and speed rating.
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    2012 530D GT what service is required, independant/bmw

    Double check against this site. If I put in my old F11 530d’s details it comes back with £430 plus £20 scope choosing Stephen James Bromley as the service centre. That is the value service price. https://www.bmw.co.uk/en/topics/owners/service-workshop/servicing/service-online-booking.html
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    2012 530D GT what service is required, independant/bmw

    It will be a major service which includes Oil, Oil Filter, Fuel filter, air filter, pollen filter - these are all changed every 2nd oil change (with the pollen filter every oil change) and brake fluid every 2 years. To keep your car's timing chain and turbo healthy it is good practise to change the oil and filter every year.
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    battery replacement F07

    And that's why speculation from respondents on the forum can cost you money that you shouldn't be spending . Good diagnostics is always the way to go on these cars in the case of issues. Have you deleted the fault codes and run the car for a while to see whether these faults are still all valid? If you use ISTA then the software will tell you when the fault was logged and if it is still a current fault which you don't get with most of the 3rd party tools. MAF may be the issue looking at the fault codes but the glowplug module could also be faulty. Without just throwing more money at the car, I agree with others that maybe this needs a specialist to look at it.
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    G30 2019 coding with BimmerCode

    It is far more than just the camera and an FSC code for the features like lane departure. You need the car to be fitted with the optional SAS module that controls the different options and these features are available with Driving Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus. You'll also need the steering wheel with vibration motor, side mirrors with warning indicators for lane departure, sensors in the bumpers along with radar units and then coding as there is a complex inter-network of modules to make it all function. That's why driving assistant and driving assistant plus options cost what they do.
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    battery replacement F07

    1) How do you know the engine light is battery related? Have you had the codes read to identify the specific issue? 2) If you replace the battery it needs registering to reset the Intelligent Battery Sensor. Use ISTA or one of the 3rd party diagnostic tools.
  10. You need ISTA (diagnostics) to do the reset. ESYS is only for coding and programming.
  11. 520d vs 530d - different sizes
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    Steering/Suspension Issue

    That is shocking and there is no way that was caused by pulling off the road!
  13. All F10/11s have 2 piece brake discs from factory. I'd always look to replace with similar 2 piece designs so your options are a little slimmer but BMW OE, ATE or Brembo are companies that come to mind. Remember to ask for a quote from Cotswold BMW who have a Thread on this forum.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Andrew, did you claim against insurance again? What did the repair cost? The reason I ask is that 2 weeks ago, someone in a discovery or similar tall vehicle reversed into the front of our F45 while it was parked in the underground car park at Tesco. One cracked kidney grill and fine creases in the bumper cover with a more visible v shaped crease near the roundel. I've had the pumper off so I know there's no other damage but with the amount of heat I was prepared to put into the plastic I couldn't budge the roundel crease. Now considering what to do as the excess is £350.
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    Bmw Oil - Ebay

    Once you add on the "Standard Scope" cost, the oil change increases by around £20.