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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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    Piper's E39 540i Touring

    I've had that a few times in 20 years of BMW ownership. Quite frustrating.
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    Had ircon regas yesterday, warm today

    My aircon stopped working a few months ago. So probably no gas and therefore a leak, and the condenser would be the prime culprit. Will get it checked at the same time as the MOT next month, and will either be fixed or not depending on cost of getting through the MOT.
  3. What I would do different - I would never have bought one.
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    E61 - Four wheel alignment.

    The several times I've had alignment done - the amount of wear on the tyres has never been mentioned. New, half-worn, doesn't matter. And let's face it, many people are getting one done because of abnormal tyre wear. The technician may comment on the abnormal tyre wear and conclude that you need an alignment, that is about it. Doing an alignment with something worn or needing replacement on the suspension is a waste of money, in most cases you'll just have to get the alignment re-done. Most places would refuse to do it or at least warn you it is a waste of time.
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    530i Manual - Feels 'Flat'

    Does the E39 M54 have a DISA valve ? That could be a possibility also.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Yes, and his website says there is a 3 year guarantee on them - I won't have the car that long so good enough !
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    I didn't watch him doing it so I'm not sure. I wasn't sure they could actually be salvaged, even he said they were in pretty bad shape. He's been in the business for 10+ years I think he said, he knows what he is doing and does a lot of classic cars as well.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Had these people come out to the house today to restore my headlights, ready for the MOT next month. They were a certain MOT failure. Took him between an hour and a half and two hours. Hopefully the car won't fail on anything else though.... I don't have a drill or any other equipment, so I had to pay to get it done, but I don't have the patience for that sort of thing anyway. http://www.brite-lites.co.uk/
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    Front suspension wear

    At the front I've done shocks, top mounts, drop-links, anti-roll bar links, tie rods and 3 of the 4 suspension arms. I'll probably jinx myself now, but incredibly I haven't touched the rear at all. I bought it around 104k miles, now six and a half years later it is at 146k miles. It may have had some stuff on the rear before I bought it perhaps. Fingers crossed for the MOT in July...
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    Quiet Tyres?

    Depends how you drive I guess. I always respect a wet road, having learnt my lesson in my youth, so vastly reduced cornering speeds, easy on the throttle, increase following distance. Take no risks. Wet roads can bite you very hard.
  11. I had issues with Bosch platinums with my old M50. It is best to stick to OEM spec plugs.
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    Quiet Tyres?

    So you say, but I've driven more than 40k miles on them without any issues at all, except perhaps in the snow. I also ran a set on the rears, but of course they didn't last anywhere near that long. Anyway, on topic - for noise they seem about average.
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    Quiet Tyres?

    They are your all-time favourite tyres Andrew !! (or Dan's, one or the other) Acceleras I'd say they have another 5k miles in them at least. But I'll probably replace before winter. They will be more than 7 years old then, and will have very little wet grip. They have never caused me any concern. Just as well I drive like a grandad
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    Quiet Tyres?

    "careful miles" is probably the key ! It is under harder acceleration that the rear squats down a little and the inners are subject to more wear (or so the tyre place told me). When I took the rears off, the inner tyre wear was not as bad as it looked when on the car. It was actually very minimal, and slightly worse on one. I drive pretty slowly and normally... It was wear in the middle that was my main issue, no doubt due to over-inflation. I'm watching that carefully with the next set I put on a copuple of years ago.