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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

    Does the battery look ok in inpa?

    A lot of information !! I don't know, but you've gone from 99.61% start capacity 3 days ago to 34.38% now, so that can't be good. However you did experience that dip before and it recovered, so maybe it needs a charge or a long drive ?
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    Power steering.

    Well, check that if has fluid if you haven't already.
  3. I've got an Exide Excell 017, 95Ah, 800CCA, the one below. I paid way less than that at the time though, just £79 ! That was in Feb 2014 and it was coded when new. Seem to be very good quality batteries. https://www.eurocarparts.com/p/exide-excel-017-car-battery-3-year-guarantee-444770170 It was in the car when my IBS failed and went flat 2 or 3 times. I then ran the car for many months without the IBS. I then replaced the IBS, and yes I went the expensive route with the genuine parts. Didn't know about the cheap fix. The battery charges right up with the CTEK charger and I get the final green light to say it is able to hold the charge. So it seems to be good still after all this time. I don't think the car itself charges it all the way up though, and that could be a function of the IBS change somehow - perhaps the car thinks the battery is newer than it actually is.
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    New tires at the back or front?

    Yes I have them as well, one of the best E60 alloys I think.
  5. Looks superb, massive respect for all the work you've done on this. True enthusiast. If it was my car it wouldn't be quite that low, but that is very much personal taste.
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    New tires at the back or front?

    I'd put the new ones on the rear if it was me In terms of which last longer - well my car still has the same fronts on it as when I bought it over 7 years ago, whilst I've replaced the rears twice. The fronts passed an MOT last year with no advisory, but they are certainly due for replacement regardless.
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    Any one with a 530i ?

    530i here, the old but relatively trouble-free M54.
  8. Agreed. I ran my car for several months with the IBS disconnected when it failed. The car just wasn't right, so I bit the bullet and replaced it. And yeah, it isn't used daily, just a weekend car.
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    New owner 3.6 M5

    Magnificent, awesome car.
  10. Tuvoc

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Yep, privacy laws or something. Mine got dented in a supermarket carpark. I knew what car did it - a 4x4 parked at 90 degrees to mine that I saw when I parked. It reversed into me. The big dirty tyre mark on my severely dented panel was the giveaway. I wanted to see the CCTV so I could get the reg number of the car, but they refused. They promised to look themselves but claim they couldn't see anything.
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    2004 530i

    Sorry I have not heard of them and don't know anything about them.
  12. Tuvoc

    2004 530i

    I have a 2004 530i and I've owned it for 7 years now. Bought at 104k miles and now 146k. Things that I've had to have done that I remember:: Engine - rocker cover gasket and oil filter housing gaskets replaced (leaks) - vanos recondition - seals and anti-rattle kit and some sprockets (timing chain tensioner replaced as part of the job) - DISA valve - CCV valve pipes etc - all six coil packs replaced cooling system - water pump replaced twice - a couple of hoses and a sensor - thermostat by a previous owner - radiator is original and in good shape electrics - iDrive reboot problem, which I've never bothered to have fixed. - IBS sensor failed and replaced - new battery suspension - most of the front suspension replaced - 4 x arms, shocks, top mounts, drop link, anti-roll bar link, tie rods etc - rear suspension, surprising nothing except for one bush at last MOT miscellaneous - headlights professionally cleaned and polished - brake discs and pads all round - regular coolant and brake fluid changes - annul oil change of course Auto box had an oil change, new sump and sleeve just after I bought it, is otherwise original and still fine. To be honest, today I would not recommend anyone to buy at E60 that old. Your maintenance costs are going to be high. Only if you can do work yourself would I even think about it. I only do less than 2k miles a year now, maybe only 1k this year. As for mine at this age and mileage, the engine is sweet, uses virtually no oil and I'm confident it would do another 150k. Auto box is fine although I do believe you are on borrowed time at this mileage. Drives nice and tight. Airconditioning is a little noisy after it has been running a while, I suspect a noisy compressor but it keeps on going. To summarise, if you find a really good one and you are capable of doing work yourself then maybe go for it. Otherwise look for something else.
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    i - drive repairs

    There are a few people on ebay in the UK who do it as well for a similar price, last time I looked anyway, all with good feedback. One even included removal and refitting if you took the car to him (London area) for under £300.
  14. Tuvoc

    Key battery and replacement key.

    Yes I've used them as well, excellent service.
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    Battery size / Ah / CCA

    Mine is older and non-AGM. I bought an Exide 95aH replacement in August 2013, still in there today.