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    2007 E87 120d M Sport, 2005 E61 525d M Sport

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    E61 535d Wheel Spacers Question

    E61 with 20mm spacers on rear with standard MV2s. No spacers on front. I run 245/45/18 instead of 245/40 which gives a MUCH nicer ride and makes the speedo bang on up to 80mph (it then drifts only slightly). Looks a little more off-roader-y than it should but doing 300+ mile journeys makes the world of difference. Only ever catches the outside of a tyre on full articulation with a bit of weight in the boot.
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    How far do they go?

    My old '56 plate 525d pre-LCI sold 3 years ago on 207k and I believe is still going now. It was still on original engine; gearbox; TC; DPF; turbo; diff; prop; etc. Only major repairs/replacements over general consumables (inc. anything with rubber in it) were exhaust manifold, diversity antenna and numerous 19" spiders Was without a doubt the most reliable and longest kept car I've ever owned.
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    N47, are they really that bad?

    That's very true about 525 vs 530 but 12 years ago when I got my first one there were concerns about the aluminium blocks of the 530 vs the older designed 525 iron and for longevity I chose the safer option. In reality when I want to go fast I have options available to me and none use diesel anyway so I really don't care
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    N47, are they really that bad?

    The problem with the N47 isn't really with the engine itself, it's the long service intervals that were set when new so companies could lease them and have lower running costs. I've said this before and I'll say it again - long life oil = short life engine I can only comment on the two N47 powered cars I know of - one was my neighbour's 320d which snapped its chain just before 100k miles and the other is the 120d I bought for my wife with a snapped chain on 87k. Both cars were serviced between 18-20k mile intervals. Our 120d has had a rebuilt bottom end and refurb head and gets oil/filter every 8k miles. It's done 30k since this work and I expect it would do 200k easily if that schedule were to continue. On the other hand I've personally covered over 150k miles over 12 years in two pre-LCI 525d Tourings and the 6 pot is a much nicer lump to have in front of you even though it's slower than our 120d.
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    Bmw 525d intermittent power

    The variable vanes can get stuck sometimes and this will cause the slow boosting which then often clears once you're at higher revs and its had time to build the boost. I've used a DPF and vane cleaner in the tank before and I think it helped but not convinced. I was looking at replacing the actuator to solve it but it's become so intermittent now that I just manually drop another gear to overcome it.
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    520d N47 Engine died - common faults?

    Get the cam cover off and see if its broken any rockers. If not, you might be lucky with just a replacement chain and oil pump. If any rockers are broken or cracked, trust me, throw it away.
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    Broke down. Stuck at a camp site.

    Just in case that doesn't solve your issue... I had numerous occasions where it would display a transmission fault when starting and went through a phase of putting it on Ctek overnight for a few nights. The fault went away for a while but after some short local trips it came back again. £13 used IBS cable from an E90 and I've not had the problem again in 2 months.
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    Puffing black smoke

    Lack of kickdown I can't explain, but the lack of any acceleration at all I have on my 525d occasionally. I believe this is due to the electronic actuator not moving to position. My car has been remapped and DPF deleted however the actual DPF is only partially removed (long story) and it's thought that the car senses an overboost scenario and won't engage the actuator. Once you let off and reapply throttle, in most cases it recovers and accelerates. No codes are thrown for this and when I get around to gutting the DPF fully I'll know if that solves it. I suspect you've got oil in your DPF (possibly from a leaking turbo) and it's blocking, causing the same problem.
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    Puffing black smoke

    The turbo on my wife's 120d started passing oil from the seals and that resulted in dripping oil into the exhaust. When it was doing a DPF regen if you put your foot down you'd get a plume of black/blue smoke now and then. Unbeknown to me it was regenning far more frequently than it should have done (because the pressure differential must have told it to) and eventually it indicated that there was an issue. On closer inspection we found the oil from the turbo. Turbo rebuilt, DPF washed and 12k miles later it's quite happy although it does use a small amount of oil. Total mileage is now 115k.
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    Puffing black smoke

    We're going to need a lot more information before we can begin to diagnose the problem: How 'new' is the new engine - brand new or rebuilt, rebuilt top end, bottom end or both, same for turbo? Do you have DPF & EGR still in place or removed? Any mods - remaps or anything else? Is this the 520D in your details? What year & mileage?
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    Standard tyre sizes

    That's very true, but the title of this thread is 'standard tyre sizes' so I'm just letting him know what standard tyres sizes should be on his car.
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    Standard tyre sizes

    No E61s came from the factory with staggered setups, bar the M5. The wheels should be the same size and ET on each corner. 245/40/18 is the standard size all round.
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    XHP advice.

    Thanks. Sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. Coming from an F06 6 series the box in my E61 is a real step back in time (which it literally is!).
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    XHP advice.

    Thanks, you 'likes' whore you
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    XHP advice.

    I get the jolt into 1st when coming to a stop. Does anyone know if the xHP maps overcome that?