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  1. 535i Andrew

    Looking to buy F10 Petrol

    Because there is no way there is going to be sufficient infrastructure in place to get electricity to the cars in ten years. We will need a massive upgrade to the national grid just to distribute the power to literally ever single car parking space to permit charging over night. The government has totally failed to grasp the need to get power to the people to permit charging of electric cars other than via an extension lead. An ugly Tesla 3 with a 54kWh battery plugged into a 13 amp socket will take 18 hours to charge in your driveway and at 4.5 miles per kWH will give you a range of 250 miles. Or you take your ICE to the petrol station and 5 mins later drive away with a 400-800 mile range. if the ban was 2040 as originally stated we at least stand a chance of getting the infrastructure in place before hand.
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    Looking to buy F10 Petrol

    I think all prices of petrol cars will go sky high now https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54981425 #where’s the power coming from?
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    Looking to buy F10 Petrol

    ^That’s strong money.......
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    Looking to buy F10 Petrol

    this! Because hybrids are just wrong, nowt to do with boot space. Although the BMW ones have a proper gearbox in them unlike the rest of the ghastly lot. And you can’t tow with them either.
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    BMW 2011 f10 520d Timing Chain

    BMW won’t offer any contribution to a repair nowadays on an N47. Some chains won’t give issues, some will, it’s a risk you need to factor in when buying any N47. It’s an engine out job to fix as chains are at the rear of the block, so on the heavy/experienced side of the occasional weekend diyer scale of things. It would be a difficult thing to prove worn chains in a warranty situation I would think. The chains haven’t necessarily failed (as in physical break) when they rattle, but if they do stretch (which is the source of the rattle as they slap off their tensioners) and skip a tooth and throw the timing out to break or bend something in the valve train then the warranty may kick in as something has now broken. But read any warranty small print to see if it covers timing chains failure as it’s effectively a new engine if valves meet pistons which will be pricey based on age of the car. Oz must be filled full of petrol V8s (just not BMW ones) as you don’t have the same eco mentalists running/ruining the country as we sadly do.
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    BMW 2011 f10 520d Timing Chain

    There is no rubbing (ccchhh ccchh) noise from a rattling chain but to me there is another rattle/noise but not sure from what. If you are that limited to choice, make sure it’s cheap enough to pay up to £2k for a replacement set of chains. That’s what I would have in a risk pot for it. You might not need it, but you’ll never know. Its got big miles with no extra oil services and it has a coolant leak. I’d be walking away and looking at something else. Like a Maloo!
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    Gearbox issues f11 8 speed auto

    Try charging the battery first with an AGM charger such as the Ctek MXS5.0. Short runs are not ideal for the battery so doing a maintenance charge is a cheaper option than a new battery. Mine has done ~600 miles since March and I charge mine every 8 weeks or so and have no issues with the electrical systems. If you have no luck after a charge then change the battery but as others have said make sure you register the new one to the car.
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    Looking to buy F10 Petrol

    The 6 pot petrol engines are reliable enough in the F10 range. V8 is to be avoided, issues with timing chains etc. They are easy to maintain, just keep changing the oil every year or 10k miles. I change my oil and air filters once a year. The (minor) pitfalls are with the rest of the car, (air con condenser, door corrosion, springs breaking, yellow grommet leaks) assuming you can find a petrol F10. That’s the hard bit. After a recent service mine is super smooth and quiet. The noisiest part on mine is the rumble from the rft winter tyres. Mine doesn’t have pro nav but has split rear seats, adaptive Xenons and a towbar which I use plenty, options/specifications is very subjective so do your own homework on what’s important to you.
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    MAF Sensor readings

    Not unheard of to fail at big miles. But now you've resecured its plug it's worth clearing the code and driving it again. Have you noticed any any difference in performance or mpg?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    The spokes and the BMW roundel aren't enough for you to tell which way is up. I've it on Porsches, but then again Porsche drivers aren't the brightest.
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    MAF Sensor readings

    Did you clear the fault code after cleaning it? Mine thru a MAF code after I'd disconnected it to get to my spark plugs. What mileage is on the car?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    You'll need to enlighten me, why do some steering wheels have a red or yellow stripe at the 12oclock position? Is it a form of go faster stripe?
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    N47 exhaust manifold leak?

    Yup it was replaced, and has been yearly along with the oil and filter. £18.53 + VAT for peace of mind for a genuine one.
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    N47 exhaust manifold leak?

    Over and above what Andy has suggested... When was the filter last changed? If it’s been in there since forever it could just be doing it’s job and it’s due for the bin. I change mine every year when I do the oil. After ~2,800 miles last weekend it still looked virtually new.
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    Chassis function restricted

    Step 2 do a search on here for the many many threads discussing the F11 rear air springs.
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    What are the best tires in terms of life?

    Only because the Scottish Government are anti car and don't give local authorities enough money to maintain the roads properly . My local council regularly comes top in the list of most claims of pothole damage.
  17. As part of my recent service on my F10 where I needed to change the oil and filter, air filter and spark plugs I also changed the micro filters. I fitted genuine BMW micro filters from my local dealer £82.83 plus VAT, second box from the bottom in the picture above. These are activated carbon filters to remove nasties and pollen from the air before entering the cabin. The micro filters are located behind the glovebox and are accessed via the passenger footwell Tools needed Torx T20 screwdriver, that's all! Get yourself down on the ground looking into the passenger footwell and look for the horizontal screw that secures the transmission tunnel side trim. Pull the trim panel firmly outwards above the net to release two trim tabs. I've cheated here in the pic below as the trim is removed just to make the picture easier. Now pull the trim panel forwards (towards the bulkhead parallel to the transmission tunnel) to disengage it from its locating lugs/hooks as shown below The trim panel needs to be removed to allow the lower dash panel to be removed. This is held in by two screw and two clips which need to be pulled free. Screw 1 location Screw 2 location First clip location, at the first screw location Second clip location, just by the second screw Lower the trim panel to the floor of the footwell carefully as its attached by wires for the footwell light and if fitted a 12V socket. There is also a delicate foam tube that is the heater duct. You need to disconnect the electrical connections from the 12V socket and light... ...and remove its wire from another clip Remove the panel from the car to access the micro filters which are in the black box. Picture below is looking upwards. Undo and remove the 4 torx T20 screws (two on the rear edge, one one the nearside and the last is located just by the grey drain pipe) and flip down the rear of the cover carefully as its attached by a drain pipe at the transmission tunnel. Unhook the front of the cover and lower it down. Make sure the cover is clean, you can gently remove it from the grey drain pipe to clean it if required. The micro filters should now be visible and may even drop out on their own accord, if not hook them out with a finger taking note of the correct orientation of the air flow which is arrows on the filters pointing to the rear of the car. Old and new filters Old one fitted by BMW in October 2018 7,142 miles ago on the left, new on the right. Push the new filters up into the recesses making sure you have them the right way round! You need to gently bend/force the front most filter to get it passed the carpet. Hook the black cover in the lugs and carefully align the cover so that the gasket is sitting correctly and re insert the four screws. Refit the dash lower trim panel re-fitting the two electrical plugs and the clip holding the light wire in lace, push the clips in place and fit the screws. Lift up the transmission tunnel trim panel and push it rear wards so that the lugs engage on the transmission tunnel and firmly bang home the two clips at the front and finish with the last screw Took 10 minutes if that to change them. I did this while I was waiting for the oil to finish dripping out the sump.
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    What are the best tires in terms of life?

    You might be better to buy tyres on wet braking characteristics than wear rate. It’s a little bit more important IMO.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    The IS300h I had made no sense at all. Big 2.5i petrol that gives out a woeful amount of BHP for a modern engine of that size. (It has the same output as the M52 2.5 of my E39 of twenty years ago) coupled with a leccie motor via a truly awful CVT gearbox. The big V8s from the 1990s were the ones to get.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    You know I can ban you for using language like that
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Most stressful day for me is MOT day. I’ve dropped car off for it’s ticket walked 10 mins to the train and then once on the train to work I’ve sat and hit refresh on the MOT.gov site till I get the page where the expiry date has moved on a year. January for me for the F10. Be lucky if it’s done 2,000 miles between tickets I would think.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Always a good result that. Well done.
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    Brembo Discs

    And very helpful too are the boys in the Giffnock branch parts dept. Brian and Tom, very very helpful and pleasant to deal with. It's where most of my genuine stuff comes from.
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    Front Wheel bearing replacement guide?

    I didn’t make any marks when I replaced mine. I did the front nearside bearing (FAG) when I did the lower arms as one needs to come out to get to the bearing bolts. And to get the arm out you need to split the strut from the steering knuckle. Here is my guide. But drop the whole strut out and separate the pinch bolt on the bench, far easier than doing it on the car
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    Rear pad service soon warning

    The front pads were 25,000 miles. But it has a degree of intelligence and can increase the life remaining based on its (lack of) wear. I would imagine that the rear pads would be similar.
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