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  1. Tuvoc

    Symptoms like clutch slip?

    Quite possibly just normal warm-up procedure. The ECU etc tries to keep the revs higher so that the engine warms up faster, so the car does behave differently in the first few minutes from cold. Low or old fluid may not be helping, and there will be wear and tear as well.
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    Reassurance needed! Massive oil top up

    Well the engine takes 6.5l does it not, so you still had a half of your oil in there. With no warning on oil pressure, you are probably OK, fingers crossed. I think you just have to keep driving it and regularly check the levels. I use 5w-40 in mine, 145k miles. ECP have 50% off all oil until close of play tomorrow I think, so for example 5 litres of Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 is only £19. I got one myself yesterday for top-ups, but given I only top up about 1 litre across a year I'll likely never use all of it !)
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    Oil consumption e60 525i se

    My old M54 doesn't use much oil, maybe a litre across the year between changes which is 7k miles. Yes rocker cover gasket, oil filter gasket and CCV all replaced. BMW probably say 1 litre in 1k miles is "normal" but that would just be to have avoided warranty claims back in the day. I'd do some investigation as outlined in posts above. I think the newer N52 and N53 do use more than the previous generations of engines though.
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    BMW E60 530D 2006 180000 oil change???

    Only way to know is to try it in your particular engine. I use 5w-40 in mine and have done for the last couple of years.
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    Petrol Engine thermostats.

    Yes our petrol engine stats work as they should and last for years ! I think the previous owner replaced mine at some point. I've had it 6 years now and the temps are still as they should be. Lack of a temp gauge is a pain, but if you react quickly to an iDrive / instrument cluster temp warning it shouldn't be an issue should it ?
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    my first e34

    Beautiful car.
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    Tyre pressure.

    Your car's maximum speed may be 155mph but that doesn't mean you must drive that fast all the time.
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    Tyre pressure.

    36 psi seems quite high for the front, I'd have though 32 psi is easily enough for normal driving for that car.
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    bmw e60 530d re paint boot lid

    Of course
  10. The key bit is this "The development was carried out according to the demanding requirements of the BMW Group. This is especially true for the quality and safety of the power kit that has undergone long-term testing by BMW." Point is I'd trust BMW to know what is safe for the engine they designed, and the mod has undergone long term testing. With your average aftermarket tuner, probably no long term testing and have they gone about extracting the extra power in the best way ? Interesting that they seem to acknowledge the limitations of the autobox, "The maximum engine torque depends on the gear."
  11. Most people won't keep a car long enough to find out that the life of the engine, transmission etc is shortened. How do these aftermarket tuners know what is safe ? Short answer, I don't think they do. Manufacturers spend huge amounts of money developing components, test them to destruction under extreme conditions in some cases. Then someone with a bit of engineering knowledge (maybe) comes along pushes things 20%, 30% or more past the manufacturer's limits and proclaims it safe. What testing have they done to be able to promise that ? Probably none at all. But a lot depends on how the car is driven. If someone does an engine remap just to get a more responsive engine in normal driving, drives conservatively and rarely uses full throttle or gets anywhere near the redline, then the risk is probably small. But then you'd have to ask why do it in the first place.
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    Remap or not?

    I don't know about these particular engines, but I think it is often more than just being de-tuned with a different map - there are other differences usually as well to go with that. An old example on the petrol side - the Audi TT, two models 180bhp and 225bhp. Same block but many differences, including different exhaust, and a different turbo.
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    Remap or not?

    I don't believe in remaps either. BMW have some of the most skilled engineers in the business. If that level of power was available safely and reliably, it would leave the factory that way. Yes I get the point about compromising to minimise emissions but in my opinion if we care about the planet and people's lives then we should respect that compromise as well.
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    F11 530D Turbo recon

    Yeah, the manufacturers would never sell any turbo cars if they had to advise people to do that. 20 odd years ago I had a petrol turbo and I would always do that - when a couple of miles from my destination, drove gently if possible so the turbo had less work to do, and then let it idle for a while before I switched off. Technology has improved a lot since them though, both turbos and engine oil, they are more tolerant now of just being switched off immediately, but it is still good advice and I'd do the same today.
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    225/45/17 instead of 225/50/17?

    Speedo is out 2mph at 60mph ? I don't see that as a problem in itself.
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    Fob stopped working

    It was £20 I think. https://www.themasterlocksmith.com/product/bmw-key-repair/
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I switched to 5w-40 from 5w-30 a couple of years ago and the engine is quieter when cold but about the same when hot which strangely is the opposite of what I'd have expected. 5w-40 seems the right thing to do for an older high mileage engine but in reality I'm sure it is fine on either.
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    First service

    Ah ! I did not know that
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    First service

    He didn't buy the service pack.
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    E60 Petrol engine buying advice

    The first E60 I test drove was a 2006 N52 525i. In hindsight I should probably have bought it, although it had 20k more miles on it and was more expensive than the 2004 530i M54 that I ended up buying a couple of months later. Quite hard to find the N52. By that time most were buying diesel, and the N52 was only available for a couple of years before the impressive but flawed and troublesome N53 arrived.
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    E60 Petrol engine buying advice

    Congrats ! So how was the 3.0l N52 ?
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    E60 Petrol engine buying advice

    Great good luck !
  23. I've seen it said here before, and oh so true The garage I use has the standing instruction to use non-BMW parts where it makes sense to do so to save money, but always decent OEM quality and no cheap and nasty parts. Just has to replace my water pump for the second time. The garage last replaced it about 5 years ago not long after I bought the car. On the face of it a 5 year life is quite respectable, but not even 40k miles in that time is not so respectable. Not so much fun to have the water pump fail on the motorway. lose all your coolant and have the car recovered on a truck. Fortunately the engine did not get hot, so no problems in that respect, all is well.