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    Help - A cyclist broke my wing mirror (deliberately)

    I can understand the temptation to do this. I'd be tempted too, but physically 'grabbing the bastard' might leave you on the wrong side of Plod yourself. The cyclist might also be a big bastard!
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    F11 Warped rear Brake discs / painted calipers

    When I replaced the discs and pads on our E60 the disc hubs were showing a small amount of rust within about a year, so next time I had the wheels off I gave all 4 hubs a dose of grey Hammerite, but NOT the mating surfaces on disc or wheel. I'm not heavy on brakes but have had no adverse effects. Edit: I cleaned up the mating face on the wheel with a rotary wire brush in a drill followed by a smear of copper grease. I gather that ceramic paste is now in fashion though.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Decisions, decisions.....!
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    Dodgy Ebay advert?

    If this is what their 'Sales' is like I'm bound to wonder about after-sales if you bought it and then found a problem. Personally I'd keep looking.
  5. If you enter the last 7 digits of your VIN into Realoem and drill down to find your inlet manifold it should tell you. Our 2007 525d LCI doesn't have them but I only found out after buying blanks and dismantling it. Other things to watch for - correct coolant temperature (may need new thermostats), healthy battery correctly registered or coded to the car. Ideally get diagnostics hooked up and check for fault codes. If you're going for a Touring then others have reported tailgate problems due to wiring fatigue, water ingress (see sticky in E60/61 section). I'm sure others can add to this. Good luck!
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    is it really minus 14 in uk?

    I bet if you look hard enough you'll find a few portraits of Wolfie Smith on their walls from the BBC series 'Citizen Smith'. Clear evidence, if it was ever in doubt, that Auntie has commie leanings.
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    F10 525d brake pads and discs

    Those countersunk screws seem prone to seizing. Not sure why. I replaced mine and added a dab of copper grease, though I believe that ceramic grease or past is now the way to go.
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    DPF/Glow Plugs

    Our car has gone from 1>2>3 plugs duff over 4 years but still regens OK. No problem with cold weather starts either.
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    Fast opening bootlid on saloon

    I doubt you'll have any trouble. You need a bit of beef to stretch the spring but that's it.
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    F10 525d brake pads and discs

    One of these is handy too unless you're on good terms with the local Spinal Injuries Unit.
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    Fast opening bootlid on saloon

    Sow a couple of extra please mate!
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    Rear seat bench removal?

    Does it pull up and out from the front of the seat or the back? Not that I'm itching to do it, but it would be handy to know.
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    Fast opening bootlid on saloon

    Ha! Just you wait until your road rocket starts spitting it's dummy out, then you'll be sorry!
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    2003 E39 540i Sport Auto - Dead Gear Box - Free to Collect

    Well that didn't hang about did it?!
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    Fast opening bootlid on saloon

    On E60 there's a spring each side, but only the offside one has a damper inside it. I cheated on mine by relieving the tension on the nearside spring by moving it to a different slot. I'm not suggesting that as a permanent solution, just a stop-gap until the money tree recovers.
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    Fast opening bootlid on saloon

    As Andrew says. If it's like the E60 the damper is inside the offside spring, and there's a thread in the E60 section which shows that undamped opening can damage the spring attachment area over time. New spring/damper units are quite expensive too. Of course F-series may be different....
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    Looking for a 530 sport. What to look for?

    I agree! Some of us aren't bothered that we don't have Sport or 'M' badges don't y'know! At least no-one is breaking into the house looking for the keys to nick mine!
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    Something to look forward to?

    If this is the future best enjoy your infernal combustion engine while you can fellas!
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    Something to look forward to?

    Try this one?
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    Anyone see a trend here?

    First Nissan, then Honda, and now BMW.
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    My brake judder is back :((((

    How about... 1. Carefully document the nature of the problem and the dates, times and measures that you and the dealer have taken to date. 2. Put it all in writing, hardcopy. State that you want a formal meeting with the boss at the dealership to discuss the situation and agree on a way forward based on the options you mention above. Send a copy to BMW Customer Service. Face to face is OK, but it's all too easy for tempers to fray, and there's sometimes disagreement about who said what and what wasn't agreed. 3. Try to keep your cool. Easier said than done!
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    Looking for a 530 sport. What to look for?

    There are always horror stories out there. Maybe stick with the Zaffy - 'better the devil you know' and all that?
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    Looking for a 530 sport. What to look for?

    You definitely do. The E60 must have been a shock to the system for those with E39 blood in their veins, but are they really THAT bad? I don't think so. Ours is an early LCI, now nearly 12 years old, and we've had it for almost 4 years. We're pretty happy with it. I spent the first year or so sweating over the DPF, swirl flaps (found it never had any) and the autobox, but I've done all I can to mitigate disaster by replacing failing thermostats and checking DPF regeneration via diagnostics, and having the autobox serviced between 60-70k miles which is what ZF recommend but BMW don't. Now we just drive it and maintain it. If it goes bang in a big way there it is, but it can happen to any car. Meanwhile it's comfy, quick enough, easy on fuel (even if it is the devil's tipple), I really like the design of the E39, and there's something about it that is definitely more 'me' than the E60, but get yourself behind the wheel of one and judge for yourself.
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    "Can I get" instead of "May (or can) I have", "for free" instead of just "free", "ballpark figure", "touch base"....etc...etc...
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    Anyone see a trend here?

    I wouldn't like to attribute these decisions entirely to the possibility that we may leave the EU, but it gives these manufacturers a bloody good excuse whatever their reasons.