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    E87 LCI 1.6i

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  1. vpcaptain

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Yeah sure it is Andrew how was the snow tyres this morning
  2. vpcaptain

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Careful of WAZE used it in UK and Europe over the past 5 years doesn't know in advance of road closures so relies on you reporting it at the time / and last week took me up some back streets in Edinburgh and resulted in me scuffing the lower part of my front bumper while turning into a cobbled back lane with huge divets in the cobbles doh
  3. Quick one 535i Andrew do you not need to get the wheel alignment checked after any work on the suspension / drop links / roll bars as when I’ve seen work done on arms and the car has been on ramps or axle stands as there’s no weight on wheels at the time of re-assembly alignment needed at least checked once back on four wheels ? vpcaptain
  4. vpcaptain

    MOT + Catless Downpipe

    Hi Andrew Biden’s Beast was spotted at BP garage near the hotel he was staying in and the driver couldnt believe the price of gasoline at £1.45/ltr or £5.5 per US gallon when only getting 8mpg https://twitter.com/garethmackie/status/1455288863094628355?s=21
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    Ps i spent a couple of winters in oxford and they were a lot colder than scotland so no worries there
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    Yes of course even undiluted wont do any harm - the 50/50 is spec but going stronger is no issue and it will mix quickly 50/50 will protect to -40degC
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    Hi qprdude 535i Andrew is spot on re genuine BMW anti freeze. System is sealed and can be topped up if necessary from the cap on the expansion tank ( when cold ) - Coolant was originally a blue green G48 colour ( BASF G48 Glysantin ) in a mix ratio of 50/50. Recently bought several 1.5ltr bottles of undiluted from a stealer at approx £9 each the Bmw part number is now 83512355290 superceeding 83192211191 Previously had bought the original g48 ( when purchased a couple of years ago, but it did not say what was in bottle, just Anti-freeze and anti-corrosive for radiators free from nitrite. However BMW label now refers to it as BMW LIFETIME COOLANT 87. comparing contents its exactly the same G48 coolant. andrew and I changed my thermostat on my 09 E87LCI 116i N43 with approx 7ltrs of coolant so 3 bottles gave me enough added with distilled water. ( or clean scottish tap water ) BASF G48 pre mixed in 5ltr bottles can also be bought from motor factors / garage forecourts as: Comma G48 but to be honest the price is about the same as the stealers. any questions ask vpcaptain
  8. I can vouch too what 535 Andrew said in that I also bought a foxwell ( lower model ) the NT510 elite with the same bmw software and it has paid for itself three times over in diagnosing my 59 plate 116i N43, it can do most of the things that bmw software can do without worrying about crashing your dme etc. leave the pirate software alone - too much grief
  9. vpcaptain

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Oops no it was in belfast
  10. vpcaptain

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Think we invented the ram raid back in the 80’s
  11. vpcaptain

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    No the ‘weegies’ would take the Q3 for a ram raid. Not letting them take the 1er
  12. vpcaptain

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Theyd pinch mine first andrew
  13. vpcaptain

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Exactly Boba the tip gaps are totally different as the N43 engine uses piezo ignition and the specified NGK plug has a gap of around 1.2mm to the Bosch 0.9mm so amazed the engine ran without a misfire.
  14. vpcaptain

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Ps there the nox sensor, the thermostat, new coolant and bleed and then the front end drive belts pulleys etc, finally finish off with new front discs & pads, and another round of bleeding