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HandyAndy_UK last won the day on September 6 2016

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    2014 Ex Kent RPU 530d 3.0 Auto F11 Touring

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  1. HandyAndy_UK

    Diesel grades

    I filled up yesterday... 1.26euro... about £1.08.
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    Diesel grades

    Bear in mind that article refers largely to American brands and companies... what is permissible under US regulation can vary quite a bit to what is permitted under UK or European standards.
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    new screen - now no auto lights or wipe!

    Gotta love a cheap and simple fix
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    Replacing Hid factory fitted bulbs

    That looks rather H7 to me. It should also say on the top casing of the headlamp. Options limited. Various Halogen lamp types claiming brighter, whiter light... longer range, etc. An HID kit used to be the best option but to be legal you need self-levelling and high pressure washing.
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    Replacing Hid factory fitted bulbs

    LCi have the front indicators replaced with a standard orange bulb and the side repeater moved into the door mirror housing. Pre-LCi have LED front indicators and the side repeater is behind the front wheel in the body panel. The rings are commonly termed 'halos' and are LED. On LCi at least, they provide the DRL and sidelights functions.
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    Forced dpf regen

    For a regen to occur you need to have over 1/2 tank of fuel, over 50mph, no faults affecting the system and at running temp I believe..... I may not be totally accurate, I'm sure someone will correct me. So if you have a clogged dpf it's entirely possible requesting a regen will continually fail until the dpf is dealt with.
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    Replacing Hid factory fitted bulbs

    Yes, they will gradually degrade with time and use. If you're forever 'flashing' they'll go even quicker. Back in summer I changed to Osram Nightbreaker Laser and so far they're proving a good, clear lamp with a measured range increase. The fitment is D1S, although check the top of the headlamp casing in case yours is different. D1S, D2S are not interchangeable.
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    Magic potions?

    The only additives I put in the 530d are Extralube ZX-1 once every 6 months (either side of winter) and CataClean before I drive back to UK for the MoT. Apart from that, just decent fuels (Shell, Esso, Aral(BP)) and plenty of blasts up the autobahn to keep the pipes clean.
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    New F11 and recalls

    With nothing more to go on than recent experience, my guess would put the 'enhancement' on the aircon condenser. When my F11 went in for the EGR check, they also told me I needed the aircon condenser replaced... for 700 bucks! I politely declined. If it works, leave it. If it's failed, change it yourself for a fraction of the cost. ... of course it may be something else entirely
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    Rear brake pad replacement

    Carly does do service mode for the rear brakes.... well worth the investment and pays for itself in no time.
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    17" BMW 236 Wheels on F11

    Yep, 236s fit very nicely. Last time I was back in UK I collected my original wheels (probably the ones in the pic) having had them refurbed. Once my current CrossClimate+ need replacing, a new set will go on the refurbs and my current set .... well I'm undecided as yet... may sell on as are, may get cleaned up and sell on. Either way... 236s fit great... unless you have silly big calipers from somewhere...
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    Bad engine bay sound.

    With the fluctuating noise and those codes it does push you in the turbo dying direction. Check around for damaged vacuum lines, etc first though... but whatever you do I'd avoid running the engine until you can narrow it down and if you must run it, keep the revs low. If you can get a hand on the turbo while it's cold, can you feel scraping or harsh vibration?
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    Air filter - cabin filter purchase

    I like to stick with Mahle too. Activated charcoal, pair is generally around 18 euro and plain filters around 25 euro. Baffling really, but best advice would be as @Cadwell Parker said, go with activated charcoal. And pay attention to the airflow indicator markings....
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    Size of nut on F11 air spring pipe fitting

    @Cadwell Parker I did indeed cut back the airline before fitting the new black cover, nut and olive. Luckily I have a razor blade in my toolbox so it was a clean, straight cut and only a couple of mm behind the existing olive position. I made no changes to the ride height as the sensor setup had not been changed, just the airsprings. Subsequently the ride height as been fine.
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    Old Member - New Car

    I'm only guessing but possibly a cost thing... a simple lamp is way cheaper than an entire LED module