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Tuvoc last won the day on October 26 2020

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  1. Tuvoc

    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.
  3. 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.
  7. 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.
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    Major Service query

    No surprise there, even if it is isn't as good as the brand name stuff you wouldn't know about it until your engine has done 100k+ miles at least. So in other words, why not use it ! Where I think lower cost oil like this makes sense is that if you're on a budget it enables you to change it more frequently than if you use expensive premium stuff. And to me that is a better way to go.
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    Major Service query

    You did a google search, a single person said they thought it was made by Shell, that has been repeated dozens of time, and now the whole internet takes that as the gospel truth. I think it is unlikely. You will get dozens of opinions on oil. While I'd be totally happy to use Triple QX on an 20 year old E39 say, for a newer car like the F10/F11 I'd be inclined to go for a big brand name for peace of mind. Will that big brand name actually be any better ? Who knows.
  10. The specialist can advise, but just because the outside looks fine doesn't mean the inside is as well. Having said that, my 2004 E60 was still on it's original radiator late last year when I sold it.
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    Coil pack problem?

    I had one coil pack fail on my M54 at around 140-145k miles, running on 5 cylinders, and two others were weak as well, so replaced the whole six. So yes I think you're probably due even if it may not be your actual problem !
  12. I had a CTEK MXS 5 for mine, and followed the BMW guidance and charged it through the bonnet posts. Really easy that way as well. I would put it on once a week to top up the battery.
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    E39 M5: 'The Next Big Thing' on YouTube

    Looks stunning in white, never seen one in that colour.
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    E60 Alpina B5

    Totally gorgeous, but likely to be a money pit in the future, and you'd have to worry about those V8 valve stem seals.