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Tuvoc last won the day on December 6 2018

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    2004 E60 530i SE (M54)

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  1. Tuvoc

    Part prices are a joke!!

    Yes, suspension work is so expensive. The parts aren't cheap and there can be lots of labour involved as well. If you're in the south-east that adds up really fast.
  2. A few years ago I used to get a gear-shaped light once a months or so when starting the car. Switching it off and re-starting made it go away. It was a actually a drivetrain warning not a transmission warning light specifically, and it was a weak coil pack on the engine. After I replaced all six coil packs I never saw it again. My transmission was and is just fine. I learnt from that not to jump to conclusions !
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    A/C has died :(

    I can't do any work on the car myself, so it would be a few hundred quid all-up most likely including the labour. I'll see what the bill is for the next MOT and get a quote at the same time. Isn't necessarily that, but it would be a good guess. The car is an SE.
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    A/C has died :(

    Mine does not work either. I had it re-gassed but it only lasted a couple of months if that. There has to be a leak somewhere and I'd guess maybe the condenser, but who knows.
  5. Yes, 231bhp is the 3.0 M54.
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    M5 V10 engined Z4M

    Not sure if this has been posted already, but it sounds incredible https://uk.motor1.com/news/422924/v10-bmw-z4m-m5-manhart/
  7. Fairly old thread.... What did you end up doing ? How many miles has it done ? Mine has had Castrol 0w-30 in it before a few years back, followed by 5w-30 a few times. Now I use 5w-40 and it currently has Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40.
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    Tyre pressures

    Several threads on tyre pressures and no real consensus ! What is odd is that on the early cars like mine the recommended pressures are higher than the later cars. The sticker on mine is 2.4 bar front and 2.6 bar rear on my staggered 18s, light load. That is 35 psi front and 38 psi rear. (Fully loaded is even higher). Tyre wear is OK with those pressures.
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    Lockdown Battery Woes

    I've gone for a month and it has been OK - when I mean OK, I didn't attempt to start it, it unlocked OK with the remote and I put the C-Tek MX5 on it. I didn't want to put a strain on a battery that must have been fairly low. For the last 18 mths I've only been using my car once a week in he main, so every 2 weeks I put it on the charger before I start it to keep it topped up. My battery did go flat twice early in its life when the IBS failed, and another time when the lights were left on. It survived and is 4 months shy of 7 years old now.
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    No they are fine and are still comfortably legal but getting low. No advisory on last MOT. Have thought about replacing them before winter, but I'm only doing a few hundred miles per year at the moment so the motivation isn't there. Grip in the wet won't be great but I drive appropriately.
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    Yeah that is so true. Mine still has the same fronts that were on it when I bought it seven and a half years ago, but I've replaced the rears twice. Although I've had better life than 30k/10k.
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    Bmw e60 530i (2004)

    Mine is a 2004 530i SE. I bought it more than 7 years ago at 104k miles. If my experience is typical, you'll go through phases of nothing going wrong for a while, and then a load of stuff. Make no mistake, it will be expensive to run. You'll need a substantial budget for maintenance. If you can do work yourself it will be a big help. If I try and remember everything I've had to have done. I've probably forgotten stuff Engine: DISA valve, all the CCV stuff, Vanos seals and rebuild job which included rocker cover gasket and auxiliary timing chain tensioner, all six coil packs, oil filter gasket. It is a sweet engine which unlike some M54s doesn't use any oil to speak of. disks and pads all round, and handbrake (I think I've had three MOT failures on the stupid handbrake, same as my old E36 in that regard) Cooling system - water pump twice, and a couple of hoses and a sensor. Thermostat by previous owner Radiator is original and in good condition. Suspension - on the front, pretty much all of it bar the springs. On the rear amazingly, just one bush. Everything else original as far as I know Transmission service (oil change, sump filter and sleeve) Other stuff that has gone wrong: iDrive reboot issue, Parking sensors , Airconditioning, IBS. Appetite for rear tyres, 3 x sets of rear tyres but fronts are still the same ones I bought it with ! I'm sure there is more.... Make sure you do regular brake fluid and coolant changes.
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    Who else is considering selling there 5?

    This was the year when we were to sell the house and car and move abroad. Covid-19 has impacted those plans quite severely so this year is looking less likely. But yes the car is to be sold when able, but being 16 years old and 146k miles, it isn't worth much so I'll either scrap it or advertise it here to see if anyone wants it at a similar price. Exempt from London's ULEZ, if it has a recent MOT at that time it may be good for someone for a while.
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    PDC Failure Help

    Well... my iDrive got the reboot problem about 3 years ago or more and I never fixed that either. So I have a TPM warning, a parking sensor warning and a date/time warning I think it is. No problem !
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    PDC Failure Help

    My parking sensors stopped working a couple of years ago, so I just do without them and use good old-fashioned judgement. None of my previous cars had them.