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    sams255 reacted to d_a_n1979 in BMW TIS website shutdown   
    Here in General chat:
     
     
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    sams255 got a reaction from jannism in Good Oil Offer on   
    LL04 Castrol 20 Litres
     
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Castrol-GTX-Fully-Synthetic-5W30-Engine-Oil-20-Litres/264332398189
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    sams255 got a reaction from marko530d in Trip to ZF dortmund   
    My appointment was yesterday at ZF to get my Gearbox serviced. I have 155k on the F11 530D and with BMW dealer telling me that the Gearbox oil is for life and refusing to carry out a service. I read on other forums of people who travelled from UK to ZF in Dortmund to get the job done. I arrived at ZF @ 7.30 and went to reception and met Klaus Hennemann the guy who took the booking. He asked me if there were any issues i was facing with my gearbox and said that if they found anything they can repair it or if its really bad they can do an exchange for a brand new box one for 2k euros. They took it for a test drive and carried on with the work (took 3 hours)
     
    On the forums, you have seen people taking pics etc and standing there while the work is carried out. But Klaus told me they had an incident a few months ago where a customer filmed the entire thing and put it on youtube and it caused some issues for ZF so now they stopped allowing customers in the garage and taking pics etc. I was disappointed as i would have loved to seen up close what they did but i can understand their point of view. But he said if we find a problem they would take me in and show me while its all open.  they did the Oil drain including TC, changed oil and new pan. They also stripped the Mechatronic and cleaned that out and change parts. Klaus said that the gearbox was not too bad but good job i put fresh oil in. He said next change should be at 50k miles.  He was pissed that all the manufacturers (BMW, LAnd rover, Jaguar etc) are saying its for life when ZF are saying no its not.
     
    The gear changes are super smooth. The picture below is of the Gearbox of the one in most F10/F11 but 8 speed. He even stamped my service book. He said he has lots of people coming from the UK to have gearboxes repaired and serviced, i did suggest he speak to his managers and get a service centre opened up in the UK.   Costs it was 24 quid for one way (50 return) on the euro tunnel, Service was 540 euros, the hotel was 30 pounds and me and the wife are chilling here until tomorrow so do make a weekend getaway then getting the car serviced dont seem too bad. So for someone who is wanting to keep their car forever and does a great deal of mileage then i do recommend this type of service from ZF. Who better to service and repair your gearbox then the manufacturer who made it. 



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    sams255 got a reaction from george72 in rubber mats advice?   
    I ordered Genuine front ones from coltswold BMW they had velcro and really hard wearing, cheaper than any other dealer and delivered to my home address. Contact =  philennis@cotswoldgroup.com mention you got his email address from the forum.
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    sams255 reacted to andycstokes in Steering wheel retrim   
    Looks great they did mine last year too. High recommend. For other benefit of others, you can place your order, they then trim a donor wheel to your specification. Once ready, you arrange to go to their premises at which point they fit the donor wheel whilst you wait and they take your old wheel to use for the next customer. Alternatively they do a mail order service.

    The other added benefit is (I understand) they trim over the top of the existing leather which means your new wheel is slightly thicker than before. It feels like very good quality leather and better than the original. Overall, yes it feels like you're driving a new car (ish )

    Here are some pics of mine.

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    sams255 got a reaction from alandavidhenry in Steering wheel retrim   
    I had my steering wheel in my F11 retrimmed from Royal steering wheels. Cost around 180 including fitting.




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    sams255 got a reaction from alandavidhenry in Steering wheel retrim   
    I had my steering wheel in my F11 retrimmed from Royal steering wheels. Cost around 180 including fitting.




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    sams255 got a reaction from percha in Upgraded cluster to 6WB   
    Thought I'd treat myself and get rid of my old analogue cluster and have the 6WB fitted.  Makes it a better driving experience imho



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    sams255 got a reaction from Craig David in Upgraded cluster to 6WB   
    https://www.facebook.com/bimretrofit/
     
    He also retrofitted my NBT, has loads of pictures on his FB, Very reasonable if you have coding issues
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    sams255 got a reaction from percha in Upgraded cluster to 6WB   
    950 with everything included. But for me who does loads of motorway mileage. I felt it was well spent as I'm keeping the car for a few more years.
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    sams255 got a reaction from percha in Upgraded cluster to 6WB   
    Thought I'd treat myself and get rid of my old analogue cluster and have the 6WB fitted.  Makes it a better driving experience imho



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    sams255 got a reaction from marko530d in Replaced Oxygen Sensor 530D   
    I just used contact cleaner for the MAP sensor
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    sams255 got a reaction from 535i Andrew in Replaced Oxygen Sensor 530D   
    So i decided to replace my oxygen sensor Pre cat. See the pic below its caked in carbon. Car has done around 183K. It wasn't too difficult to remove i had to buy a 22mm oxygen sensor socket for around 4 pounds and i used some specialist wd40 an hour before removing the sensor. Just make sure you follow the wires and see how they are clipped in. As you will need to reroute the wire then when you put the new sensor make sure the wires are clipped in otherwise they will melt etc. As you have to take off the intake housing i thought id might as well take off the MAF/MAP sensor and give them a clean. see pics below they were covered in carbon.
     
    One i reinstalled the new sensor and torqued it up you have to reset adaptations for the emission side. so did that on ista. What took more time was initially looking around to see how cables went. The actual job was straight forward. The car seems way more responses maybe due to MAp/MAF cleaning





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    sams255 got a reaction from 535i Andrew in Replaced Oxygen Sensor 530D   
    So i decided to replace my oxygen sensor Pre cat. See the pic below its caked in carbon. Car has done around 183K. It wasn't too difficult to remove i had to buy a 22mm oxygen sensor socket for around 4 pounds and i used some specialist wd40 an hour before removing the sensor. Just make sure you follow the wires and see how they are clipped in. As you will need to reroute the wire then when you put the new sensor make sure the wires are clipped in otherwise they will melt etc. As you have to take off the intake housing i thought id might as well take off the MAF/MAP sensor and give them a clean. see pics below they were covered in carbon.
     
    One i reinstalled the new sensor and torqued it up you have to reset adaptations for the emission side. so did that on ista. What took more time was initially looking around to see how cables went. The actual job was straight forward. The car seems way more responses maybe due to MAp/MAF cleaning





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    sams255 got a reaction from marko530d in Gearbox low speed jolt 1 to 2   
    Im glad you managed to find the faults and do the tests on them. I find that ista's functional tests are great as it will stop you from throwing parts at the car. Would be good to see some pictures of you doing the job
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    sams255 got a reaction from marko530d in F11 Speaker Upgrade   
    I dont think there is anything else apart from https://www.bavsound.com/pages/bmw-speakers  
    But that's expensive, eton was just an easy plug an play solution for cheapskates like me who have some skill with a screwdriver.
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    sams255 got a reaction from Munzy123 in Glow plug error 2AB900 ? Solved   
    I actually had glow plugs replaced and kept on getting this error (2AB900), rough idle on cold morning etc.  I searched the forum and could not find any solutions. I didn't want to throw parts at it so on the forum someone mentioned that when you change glow plugs you have to use ISTA and carry out a heater plug adjustment so that Ista can detect which brand etc/Type of glow plugs you have, then it can send the correct voltage etc to plugs. I had many people on other forums and even BMW specialist say that it was my glow plug module that was faulty, Here are some pictures of what i did on ista. You go to Pre heating control adjustment and run the procedure and it will detect what glow plugs you have.
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    sams255 got a reaction from Munzy123 in Glow plug error 2AB900 ? Solved   
    I actually had glow plugs replaced and kept on getting this error (2AB900), rough idle on cold morning etc.  I searched the forum and could not find any solutions. I didn't want to throw parts at it so on the forum someone mentioned that when you change glow plugs you have to use ISTA and carry out a heater plug adjustment so that Ista can detect which brand etc/Type of glow plugs you have, then it can send the correct voltage etc to plugs. I had many people on other forums and even BMW specialist say that it was my glow plug module that was faulty, Here are some pictures of what i did on ista. You go to Pre heating control adjustment and run the procedure and it will detect what glow plugs you have.
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    sams255 got a reaction from Munzy123 in Glow plug error 2AB900 ? Solved   
    I actually had glow plugs replaced and kept on getting this error (2AB900), rough idle on cold morning etc.  I searched the forum and could not find any solutions. I didn't want to throw parts at it so on the forum someone mentioned that when you change glow plugs you have to use ISTA and carry out a heater plug adjustment so that Ista can detect which brand etc/Type of glow plugs you have, then it can send the correct voltage etc to plugs. I had many people on other forums and even BMW specialist say that it was my glow plug module that was faulty, Here are some pictures of what i did on ista. You go to Pre heating control adjustment and run the procedure and it will detect what glow plugs you have.
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    sams255 got a reaction from Oilburner in Anyone done preheating control service function Glowplugs   
    You were right by the way. cleared the error and got ista to recognize the Glow plugs
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    sams255 reacted to Johnjonjo in Manual to automatic conversion?   
    Guess it looks like if I want an automatic then I need to buy an automatic!
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    sams255 reacted to Spreadly in How long has your Clutch lasted   
    I once had a 2007 Vauxhall Astra, where the clutch only lasted 20k miles.

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    sams255 reacted to Boba in How long has your Clutch lasted   
    Driving an automatic now, but I’ve not had to replace a clutch in any car since around 1968 when my Dad managed to ruin the clutch on my Ford Zephyr riding it every day at a nearby hilly junction. I’ve had plenty  of cars since then and often ran them well towards 200k without any problems whatever. My last 528 had about 160k on the clock. YMMV if you do a lot of crawling in town traffic of course I suppose.
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    sams255 got a reaction from Linhares in Dpf replacement?   
    I had a similar error on my wifes 1 series  car and a mate of  mine who has a franchise from https://www.terraclean.co.uk/
    Cleaned the DPF at 150k and its been great since. BMW said put a new one on. Definately at speak to your local rep, it might be a sensor or something else not letting your car do a regen.
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    sams255 got a reaction from marko530d in Rear Diff fluid oil change video   
    If you need any parts coltswold BMW, who i think sponsor the forum are extremely competitive on price on of parts. The guy who i normally email for parts is philennis@cotswoldgroup.com.
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