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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

    Android auto retro fit to f11??

    The android units link into the existing setup. Typically meaning you keep whatever function you already have, but would then be able to switch to what is effectively a touchscreen android tablet in place of your old screen. Depending whose system you fit you'd have whatever preinstalled apps for music, nav, etc. They all have WiFi and Bluetooth so even with nothing preinstalled, you could download your own choice of app.
  2. HandyAndy_UK

    Android auto retro fit to f11??

    Sorry... ended up a tad busy with work. I'll try to get a chance soon... if only as I'm rather curious myself now.
  3. HandyAndy_UK

    BMW F10 F11 key fob remote battery change

    This was an area that hit me within the first few months of owning the F11.... and where I found that having gotten the warning to change the fob battery when I opened the car in the morning, I planned to do it at lunchtime, only to find the car would not unlock and the manual blade would rotate, but not unlock anything. Having gotten a lift to obtain a replacement battery, swapped it and got mobile again, I bought a new replacement battery within a couple of weeks and I keep that in the armrest. Simple rule - when you get the 'change fob battery' warning, do that straight away... don't leave it until later. Slight tangent, my police F11 only came with one fob, so having experienced the above, I bit the bullet and ordered a genuine second one complete, from my favoured dealer over here. One week and a little over 300bucks later I get it. Following the specified sync procedure... nothing! And that includes deliberately leaving the 1st fob back in reception so signals could not be a problem. Parts tech..... no joy... Service manager.... nope... Eventually, the only person who could get it to sync and work was my favourite, English speaking service receptionist. Now I rotate fobs, changing every month.
  4. HandyAndy_UK

    Android auto retro fit to f11??

    The 'standard' info screens are all 2/3 + 1/3 ... the android screens are all fullscreen. Mine had the tiny, basic screen, being a police build.
  5. HandyAndy_UK

    Android auto retro fit to f11??

    I'll have to give it a try over the weekend... not something I've looked into... as per usual with such things, we only use a fraction of their capabilities.
  6. HandyAndy_UK

    Android auto retro fit to f11??

    I've had mine in for quite a bit, yes. It gets used almost every day and I think it's a great upgrade. I don't use bluetooth streaming, I have a 1TB card in it with enough music for around 10 straight days' listening. For nav, it came with iGo installed, which I've been update maps freely for as it's fullly licensed, but I've also used Google Maps without a problem. The music player isn't the best app I've come across, but it works fine too. It can link to the phone via bluetooth and uses it's own mic, but the car already has bluetooth phone fitted and I rarely use that as it is. Everything works as advertisedand after I changed the supplied reversing camera so I could retain the tailgate switch use, it's been a great and very commonly used addition.
  7. HandyAndy_UK

    Ambient lighting F11 LCI

    The more automatic systems are built into cars, the less the driver actually needs to concentrate on driving. While some safety systems are all very well, the more you rely on automated systems, the less attention you pay to whether they're actually working correctly... and that's just the start of a slippery slope. Prime example - whilst driving a nearly new 26 tonne Scania rigid truck around 3 years back I was introduced to the auto-braking system... annoyingly I was on a winding Norfolk road that headed toward some cottages before deviating to the right and away in the direction of Swanton Morley. Approaching the bend in the road around 40mph I took my foot off the gas and allowed the truck's speed to decay sufficiently for the bend I could see ahead. Unfortunately, the truck couldn't see the bend and so as I got to around 20m from the deviation markers (black and white chevron boards) as I wasn't braking, the system did it for me and I got the shock of my life as it tried to stop me ramming into this 'obstruction' by applying heavy braking. This braking was completely unnecessary and if another vehicle had been behind me, they could easily have run into my truck. From that point on when I got into those trucks I started the engine then switched off both auto braking and lane deviation (steering vibration) - that also a nightmare on narrow country roads as you're forever crossing centrelines. I'm the driver, the vehicle is not !
  8. HandyAndy_UK

    Hazards automatically on after heavy breaking?

    wow.... learn something every day
  9. HandyAndy_UK

    Ambient lighting F11 LCI

    I rarely, if ever use the auto position for lights - I was trained that it is the driver's responsibility to be using the correct lighting - but when my lights are on, so is the internal ambient lighting. As always with these things, there may be differences due to it being a police build.
  10. HandyAndy_UK

    520D Hesitant/ Stalling

    May help to contact the seller too... quite often in these cases they'll allow you to use a garage closer to you to cover their obligations as regards fit for purpose faults.
  11. HandyAndy_UK

    Broken spring or airbag?

    For your first go you should be fine with a BMW specialist. After that it comes down to if you have a good mechanic you can trust to do work properly should you need to keep costs lower. If you're going to use YouTube videos for reference, you really need no pay better attention or you could do something dangerous and/or very costly.
  12. HandyAndy_UK

    Broken spring or airbag?

    You could actually replace an airspring with the wheel in place... a lot more awkward, but certainly doable as long as you can safely get under the car.
  13. HandyAndy_UK

    Broken spring or airbag?

    Going by the experiences of others on here, cheap is just a waste of money and time. If one airspring has gone through wear and tear you can bet the other isn't far behind. Your best option is to bite the bullet and replace both in one hit. Arnott or Aerosus are better and cheaper than BMW. Fitting yourself is quick and very easy.
  14. HandyAndy_UK

    F11 (facelift) - Lower grill removal

    If you look carefully, at the top of this pic from when I was replacing my air guide assy you can see my standard nosecone on the floor. Looking like the grille just clips in, so you might be able to get at the right area by only removing the underside screws and wheelarch fasteners. It's the last pic in the collection...
  15. HandyAndy_UK

    Broken spring or airbag?

    Ok, quick look through that lot and I'd be thinking you have an airspring failing. Of the two you show, the lower one without the metalwork deffo fits a touring and looks like the one described in you realoem link. For an F11 they take about 15-20 mins a side to replace... Doubt if there's a lot of difference for an F07. I did mine recently and directly from Aerosus are currently listed as 179 euro each, UPS delivery included. As long as the ride height is correct while moving, a few short journeys shouldn't hurt, but really try to limit use in this condition and keep the speed down. Quick follow-up... I've searched the the airspring realoem shows for your GT and every place I look comes back with the same design as for the touring. Indeed when checking on the Aerosus site, the same unit is used on both F11 and F07 so I assume the image with the metalwork is just an incorrect stock picture. As a guide, Aerosus quote 92 euros shipping for 2 units to Aus.