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  1. Tuvoc

    V5 engine size...

    Nah, you'll probably dump the BMW and buy a brand new Hyundai or KIA with 7 year warranty.
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    Specialist mechanic not too far from London

    These cars are so old now arguably you don't need an expensive specialist as large numbers of mechanics know them well anyway. I used to use specialists, but then I found a good honest local garage who never ripped me off and never pushed me to do work that wasn't necessary, and had reasonable charges. Owned by a South African guy who knows the value of repeat business and goes out of his way to maximise the chances of you being happy and wanting to return. Superb ratings on the likes of Good Garages etc. I used them on my old E36 and then my E60 for 8 years.
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    E60 2003 rear diff auto and manual differences

    Oh I misread your post, I thought you had an auto. Yes I imagine diffs from a manual car are quite rare.
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    E60 2003 rear diff auto and manual differences

    I'm not an expert, but diff failures are pretty rare and it is possible the problem lies elsewhere. Depends how it has been driven and how much power is going through it. Fortunately if it is the diff then used replacements are probably pretty cheap.
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    E60 2003 rear diff auto and manual differences

    A long shot, how is the condition of the propshaft donut ?
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    E61 550i LCI

    You mean the smoke from all the oil getting past the valve stem oil seals with all that idling ?
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    They won't give it to you or even let you look at it because of data protection law. Been there.
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    530i and Euro Emission Standard

    I think you can trust he TFL checker. When I put my reg number in the first time, it said I was subject to the charge. After I submitted my V5 and they confirmed it was exempt, I put the reg number in the checker and it then said it no longer applied to the car. They also sent me a letter to confirm. Of course the car is only registered as Euro 3 standard as that was the standard that was current when it was released. How could they certify it at time of production for a future standard that didn't exist yet ? But when that later standard was released, the car is fully compliant with that as it turns out. There was a link on TFL website where you could submit your V5 for consideration which is what I did. Email cclondon@cclondon.com and ask them to check your reg number. You could probably send in the V5 at the same time.
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    Tyre advice

    I ran them for 7 years on my E60 covering over 40k miles in that time. No issues whatsoever. I drive conservatively, and defensively so I did not hare any concerns about safety at all. The premium tyres would come into play with an extreme emergency situation that you can't avoid no matter how careful you are. In that situation a premium tyre might save you from a collision or worse, or they might not. Always up to the individual. Sold that car, but if I have another one my mileage would be quite low, and the cost of the tyre spread over a long period, so I'd probably go mid-range.
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    idrive E39 M5!

    Not sure I would call an iDrive an "upgrade"... depends exactly which one I guess.
  11. Do your neighbours give you strange looks about how long you spend cleaning your car ?
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    Looking to buy e60 LCI

    The email correspondence was with cclondon@cclondon.com Make an enquiry - Transport for London (tfl.gov.uk) If you're in Birmingham I imagine you'll have to deal with the authorities up there if they have one or are introducing one.
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    Looking to buy e60 LCI

    To TFL London. As I recall, I ran the checker on the reg plate which said it was liable for the charge, but then there was the option to upload your V5, they would check the emissions numbers and then update the database if they were low enough. My then 2004 M54 actually complies with the newer Euro 6 regs for petrol engines, even though Euro 3 was the latest standard when it was produced.
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    Looking to buy e60 LCI

    My 2004 M54 E60 was exempt from the London emissions charge. I had to send them a copy of the V5, after which they updated their database. Your E46 330i is probably exempt as well if you do the same.
  15. Maybe better the devil you know.. lots of posts where people have replaced radiators only for them to fail in a very short time. Even if they are the OEM manufacturer, there is no guarantee that they are made to the same quality standards as the original ones were for BMW. The only fail-safe route is to buy from BMW if they are still in stock but that is an expensive option. Just my opinion of course.