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  1. JCP

    Remote Key Not Found warning

    I get this randomly every now and again and have to hold the key to the steering column (it normally lives in my pocket). You don't have anything like a rear dashcam with wiring running near the area of the rear antenna do you? If I connect my rear camera then it does this every single time.
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    Power Ports

    Wondering if the cam stays on when parked and the car is disabling those circuits to protect the battery, then after a journey is completed it re enables them again. just a guess.
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    Weak windscreen washer jets

    Seconded. That very mistake ended up costing me a new one from BMW Once broken repair attempts are futile...
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    Weak windscreen washer jets

    Possibly the filter on top of the washer reservoir is getting blocked up - it's a common problem. If so there are a couple of options - firstly put hot water in it, to try and dissolve the gunk. There's a pretty good thread about that somewhere on here. If you can't dissolve it then it may be necessary to get the filter out and clean it - which is a pretty fiddly job and likely to result in much swearing and skinned knuckles. It's located to the rear of the offside front wheel. Wheel off and then you can go as far as unbolting the reservoir, or do as I did and remove the pump and filter by lifting it out of the top (very fiddly). I would try a hot water flush first I think.
  5. It will have the impact that then you are in 'manual' mode and can use the stick of flappy paddles to change gear without it reverting to auto after a few seconds. That said if you hit the redline it will change up for you anyway, and if it REALLY needs to downshift it will do that as well.
  6. I would say so, yes. Mind you they are quick enough in D most of the time
  7. Moving the selector to the left has an additional benefit given that you are then in 'manual' shifting mode, since if you do so and then don't manually change up, it will do it for you, but not until it hits the redline through all the gears. This is most useful if you have a hypothetical need to safely but *swiftly* get away from the lights for example...
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    Indicator Error

    That'll be an F11 then
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    F10 535d wiper trouble

    Hyphenated Non-Hyphenated I'll just leave that there.
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    F10 535d wiper trouble

    How true. Many's the time I have pondered on what strange algorythm drives the behaviour of the wipers, and moreover what stranger algorythm re-writes the strange algorythm before the start of every downpour.
  11. Sytner quoted me about £1,200. I bought Arnott springs for about £350 and did the job myself. It's pretty easy and there are plenty of guides on here as well as the instructions that come with the Arnott springs which are fairly good. You will need a heavy duty jack and axle stands so if you don't have that it will bump your costs up a litte but better than being taken to the cleaners by BMW.
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    N47 or B47

    Yes spot on.
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    N47 or B47

    Mine is a 2014 2.0 (525d) and has the N47 engine according to VIN decoder.
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    Rear shock dust covers

    Failed air springs put paid to mine. One is partially intact, the other is shredded. Having replaced the springs I now have some new bump stops on order. Looks like an easy job.
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    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    Mine looked pretty much like that but both were leaking. I used a jack and axle stands. It's a pretty easy job. Hardest part was getting the lower trim panel off to bleed them from the valve block.
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    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    What replacements are you fitting? I used Arnott and the instructions said they did not require the black plastic fitment and it could be discarded.
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    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    Thanks for this really useful guide. Suitably inspired I changed mine yesterday. Sytner wanted £1,250 for the job. I paid about £350 for a pair of Arnott springs and it was a couple of hours well spent.
  18. Ah never mind - problem solved. One of the little magnetic lugs on the end of the bits that engage into the tracks had snapped off, and without it the car doesn't know the cover is there and so doesn't try and retract it.
  19. A couple of weeks ago I picked up a filing cabinet and stuck it it the load bay of my F11. Forgot to release the tonneau cover and let it roll back, so it was held open by the filing cabinet but I didn't think much of it. Roll forward a week or so to when I got round to taking the filing cabinet out, and I found that the electric cover retraction was no longer working. I assumed that maybe with the cover being held open it had either tripped a counter or blown a fuse repeatedly trying to close. So I read and reset codes and no joy. I then checked the fuses and discovered that if I pull and then replace fuse 153, the electric operation works again... but only once. Then it stops until I pull and replace that fuse again. Anyone seen this before or got any ideas before I hand all my worldly goods over to Sytner to fix it?
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    Engine/Brake Oil service

    Mine's in tomorrow for the very same service and Sytner are going to relieve me of £354. I hope the coffee is good.
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    Recent Recall Notice

    I had two EGR recalls. First time they checked it against a grainy black and white photo printed on a bit of A4 against a selection of different condition photos - some indicated ok and others indicated replace - mine matched a good photo and and they gave the car back. The second time they swapped the EGR cooler out - I think because a redesigned part was issued.
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    Battery not charging

    I had a lot of problems like this in my old E61 - battery would be flat randomly when I went to the car. Most of the time the IBS would not catch it. I suspect it was eventually related to some worn cables going through the tailgate hinges. On the saloon I think you can get similar in the boot hinges. Just one more thing to try... My solution of course was to get rid of it and get an F11
  23. Yes getting the filter out is a real knuckle scraper. Next time I get a blockage I think I will try this. One thing I have learned is not to mix different brands of screenwash - some combinations creat a gunk that blocks the filter.
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    Another recall

    My F11 was recalled twice last year, first EGR cooler - inspected and OK, second same again but that time they replaced it. Just had an email from Sytner informing me of yet another recall. Wonder what it is this time Govt. site shows no recalls outstanding so maybe it means the car isn't likely to burst into flames just yet.. .
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    Weak O/S washer jet

    Yes funnily (or not) enough while I was investigating mine I was looking at the jet array and managed in the process to snap off one of the fixing clips so one of the jets hung down and was useless, which was when I found out the hard way all that you are saying, and I had to pay Sytner about £130 for a new one as I couldn't source a used one anywere. Then I realised it was the filter in the washer bottle that was the actual problem in the first place. I suppose the lessons learned best are the ones learned the hard way....