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    We buy any car price?

    WBAC, is owned by BCA and as already mentioned above the idea is it takes the stress and hassle out of selling your car. WBAC offer below CAP average valuations which minimizes the risk to them at auction. There are other sites you can use to value your car. Autotrader does valuations and there are other companies that buy cars. It is a question of shopping around. I got £800 more than the WBAC valuation by selling my car privately. I used Autotrader valuation to give me an idea what the car was worth. WBAC will always chip something off their price to give them that bit extra.
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    Brake prices - why so varied?

    I wouldn't use KF. I remember many years ago when I was a kid, my uncle needed some new tyres for his Mercedes. KF had an offer on, so I went with him. They replaced the tyres. As we left KF my uncle said the car doesn't feel right and me being a kid I said it must be the new tyres. He said no, its not that, then one of the wheels came off.They hadn't tighten the bolts on one of the front wheels. My uncle went ballistic, threaten to have trading standards in, called the chairman of the company, he went ape....Needles to say he got a full apology and 4 free tyres. But he's never been back and neither have I or anyone else in the family.
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    Help Advice on E38 728i

    Hello,I have an E38 728i, which we've had since it was 6 months old with only 4.400 miles when we bought her. It has been with 19 years and has done about 132k miles. Unfortunately 4 years ago it was rear ended by some kid who had taken his parents car without their permission while they were on holiday and used my car as a brake. I was on holiday when this happened. My car was parked at the side of my house and I got a call from my sister asking me where my spare was. The kid hit the car from behind on the driverside and went all the way down the side of the car. Fortunately his parents were decent people as their insurance company refused to pay as he was not insured and the insurance company treated the car as stolen. But his parents agreed to pay all costs. I asked what would happen to the car and could I buy it back. They said the car would be valued for scrap and the cost deducted from my payment. The car was valued at £150. No brainer, I kept her. Unfortunately we were fixing up the house and I bought another car while this was all going on. Unfortunately the car I bought was a W211 Mercedes E240. Not the best car.As we were fixing up the house and few issues regarding work, I've not been able to get the car back on the road. My wife and now my kids are saying I should sell it. I just can't. I would love to get her back on the road. Unfortunately I know the longer it gets the harder it will get to recommission the car. I tried contacting some BMW restorers and the only ones that responded were Munich Legends. They quoted £4k. Which I cannot afford.I'm hoping that someone knows a decent garage who can repair the damage and a decent mechanic who can get her started again. Anything else I can get done slowly. I just want to hear that engine again and drive her. Not somewhere far as she does have the shimmy problem. But drive her enough to make me smile, like she did every time I got behind the wheel. Even when there was a problem with the car I never felt oh no not again, it was always got to get it sorted and she'll keep going.If anyone is breaking an Oxford Green E38 7 series please let me know. I'm looking for a rear bumper including the fittings, drivers door, rear driverside passenger door and driver side side skirt non colour coded.Any help/ advice greatly appreciated. I'm located in East London, anyone in London or Essex if you know anyone who can give me some advice or help greatly appreciated.Thanks
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    Brake prices - why so varied?

    My front disc's are due for replacement, which also means I need to change the pads. I appreciate that alot of people will go genuine, but it is not a cheap option for all of us and I'm not saying you should go for a cheap option either. However there are good quality alternatives. I know alot of people are not fans of Euro's but at the moment they have a 50% off offer. I was looking at a set of Brembo Disc's and Pads which work out to £229.48 after discount or ATE discs and pads £240.98 after discount. Unfortunately I cannot fit these myself. Also my rear pads are due in 3,800 miles and I'll get these done at the same time. I will price up the cost of genuine parts before making a final decision.
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    My BMW E60 Saying Goodbye

    Hi Pidgeonpost, I have 3 drains on my wallet aged 14,12 & 11. So trying to run both was impossible. I saw it for sale on Autotrader and it brought a lump to my throat. I have my car and the wife's and a E38 which I've had for the last 19 years which was written off 4 years ago which I'm trying to get back on the road. I've had an E39, which was an amazing car. Looking back it was like a smaller version of the E38 we bought afterwards in terms of quality. The E60, the interior was the only thing that let it down if you didn't have one with the dual climate control. The heater switches on mine were similar to my toaster's heat level switches, actually my toaster's looked better. However my 530i was so quick, I didn't realise until I looked at the speedo. I think it will become a classic, like the E39 is becoming. It should do. The F10 the more I look at it the better it looks. Every-time I saw one I wanted one. It is a handsome strong looking car, the 2 creases in the bonnet and strong crease down the side. All of these hide how big the car actually is. I sat in my E38 today (the first time in 4 years) and the F10 feels and looks wider from the drivers seat. I agree the grills on the newer models are awful. The face-lift 7 for the first time I would call obscene. They should have made having the large grill an optional extra. I fear they will do the same to the G30 5 series and add a the large grill in to the face-lift version keeping it inline with the rest of the range. I think they should be putting front fog lights as standard on the SE and powerfold mirrors as standard on all 5's. I am looking forward to enjoying it. What are the newer 2 litre turbo's like, the 520i and 528i?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Hi Cadwell Parker, thank you. I think they might be Style 296.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I upgraded my 17" alloys to 18's. Not a big thing, but to me the car just looks amazing and the ride isn't compromised either.
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    Faint Smell of Petrol

    Hi, It's a 523i SE 2011. I think it is N53B30. Thanks
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    My BMW E60 Saying Goodbye

    LOL. Andrew, that really did make me laugh out loud. I've attached 2 pictures one with the 17" alloys and the second with 18''s. The cars look is completely transformed by the 18's. It look classy but sporty. They haven't affected the ride to be honest. I think it rides better on the 18's. It felt to floaty on the 17's. What is your 535i like, I bet it must go like sh*t of a shovel. How is the economy? I noticed a huge difference going from the E60 530i to this car. I'd love a 535i just for the badge factor alone.
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    Faint Smell of Petrol

    Hi, I noticed a faint smell of petrol coming through the air vents. I don't know if this due to the hot weather or something serious. I spoke to my local BMW specialist who said is it strong enough to make your eyes water? I said no, its a faint smell. He said it doesn't sound like a fuel leak, but fuel vapors being vented. He explained what it could be, I'm not going to try and explain because I know I'll explain it wrong. But it was along the lines that fuel vapors build up in the car, previously these were vented out the car, but BMW now reuse these as its more efficient as these improve combustion as these are already oxygenated. However, this may not be happening in my car as a valve maybe stuck. But also to check the fuel cap is on securely, how much fuel did have in the car. I said it was on empty, that would be ani issue as more vapors would be building up in an empty tank. Like I said I maybe completely misquoting him. Your thoughts appreciated. Thanks
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    Oil Advice

    Jimbo07g41 - I was using Castrol Magnetic C3 Stop Start 5w-30 on my E60. This was the oil recommended to me by Castrol, even though my car did not have stop start. Castrol did mention that the newer bottles would say Stop Start but it was fine for my car. So there is an oil out there for cars with stop start technology. In the end I used the oil that the specialist was using which was the Fuchs. I need to get some as spare from Opie Oils. Just out of curiosity how much does every one pay or should pay for a full service. By this I mean, oil, oil filter, spark plugs, air filter, pollen filter and brake fluid. Thanks
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    Oil Advice

    I've always used Castrol and always changed the oil annually. I'm not a high mileage user but believe that changing the oil frequently and using good oil is good for the engine. Andrew I think you have a valid point about the Castrol oil, because my local BMW specialist where I have my car serviced has said the relationship with Castrol must be more than just marketing as there have been issues with BMW engines which may have something to do with the oil. Speculative I know, but it can't just be all down to money. I will look out for the LL04 I didnt't know about that. With my E60 it said Castrol on the oil cap so no brainer when it came to oil. I just went on the Castrol website entered my reg and it told which oil. My BMW specialist says that Fuchs is used in Germany and that is the oil that BMW dealers use there and that is the same oil is in the cars new from factory. How true that is I don't know, But the BMW rep has told him that Fuchs is an oil that they recommend. Dan 1979, thanks, I'll take a look at Opie Oils. website. Thanks everyone, really appreciate the advice.
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    Oil Advice

    Hi, My car is due for a service and I'm not sure what oil should be used. I normally buy and supply this. I do this so I have the same oil available when I need to top up the oil. I don't like using different oils. I've always used Castrol, but they are no longer recommended by BMW. My car is a 523i petrol auto. I rang some BMW dealers and one of them uses Mobil 1 and the other uses Shell. My local specialist uses Fuchs. He says that is what BMW use from new and the dealers in Germany. However it is not easy to get. I contacted BMW customer services who said BMW oil? No help what so ever. What is everyone using and what grade are you using? I'm not a fan of 0 rated oil as I find that 2 thin. Am a fan of 5w 30 as I think and from experience the best all rounder. Your advice greatly appreciated.
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    My BMW E60 Saying Goodbye

    Hi, It's taken me a while to get to writing this. But I said good bye to my E60 BMW 530i SE. It was a very difficult thing to do. I had not bought a car for at least 15 years until some kid wrote off my 728i the joy of my life, which has been sat in a sorry state on my drive for the last 4 years. Yes, I've owned that car since it was 6 months old. 18 and half years. Unfortunately I do not have the spare funds as yet to get her back on the road. When the 728 was written off we refurbishing the house and as a result had limited funds to buy a new car as I was not sure there would be anything from the insurance company. This was due to the kid who wrote off my car having taking his parents car, with no insurance. Their insurance company classified their car as stolen. I ended up buying a Mercedes E240. Worst mistake as in was a nightmare of problems. I managed to get rid of this at great loss and set about buying a BMW. As before everything was out of my price range. Cars at auction were fetching over book price in some cases over a thousand pound over trade. In the end I got fed up and told my friend to buy this 530i SE which was graded by BCA as a four which meant is below average. My friend who has been in the trade over 30 years refused but I persuaded it was my risk. So he bought it. A 54 plate 530i SE with 66k miles for £3k. When I picked it up I was given an envelope which I though would have just the V5 spare key and maybe the current MOT. It actually had every receipt for all the work that had been done on it. It had been serviced by the same garage by the second owner for all its life. But it was absolutely filthy inside. I took it from the auction to the nearest BMW specialist who said, it had a small leak at the back of the rocker cover, a cheap lower front arm, small leak from the gearbox and rear exhaust bracket need welding. Otherwise solid. It was great to be back in a BMW. My wife refused to sit in it until I cleaned it up, so I dragged that out for a bit. What a car, I can honestly say it was magnificent. I loved my 728i and still do, but the raw power of the 530i and pace always brought a smile to my face. I never got bored of how quick it was. The only let down was the interior. Yes spacious, but the quality of the dash buttons and switches and look were disappointing. My car did not have the automatic climate control. Mine had the 1970's cooker knobs. So what changed. The F10. Though I had the perfect car, I could not stop looking at the F10. As a car nut and someone who is always on Autotrader , which my wife calls car porn., and BCA's website I was looking at F10's all the time. In the end I succumbed. My resistance was weak and I found myself buying another car through BCA ca auctions. I was in real dilemma. I had not sold the E60 and now I had an F10. Unfortunately I could not afford to keep both. When I looked at the E60 I was like what have I done, why am I selling this its a perfectly good a car its only done 80k miles I;m an idiot. I've been seduced by the girl with the nice legs but shame about the face. My F10 is a 523i, not a 528i or a 535i. Not the full hot blooded more power machine. However I also felt that if I had to sell the F10 if no one bought the E60, I was a failure, as this was the newest and most expensive car I had bought in 18 years, the last being my 728i. My F10 is a 2011, so not new at all but it had only covered 44k miles 2 owners with full history. But the E60 was sold and it was very difficult to watch her go. I stood in the porch and lingered until I could no longer see her and shed a tear. What a car. If I could afford to keep both without a doubt I would. I truly believe the E60 will become a future classic. The F10, what a handsome machine. The more I look at it, the more impressed I am with the design. It's an amazing looking car. I has real presence and looks every bit prestigious and luxurious which the E60 didn't. What I'm even more impressed with is the step up in quality of the materials and switches. It is such a step up from the E60. The fuel economy compared to the E60 is also impressive. Although I do not do alot of miles, but I'm getting a weeks worth of more fuel from the F10 and sometime abit more. I could barely get 2 week with the E60. I just hope when BMW facelift the new 5 series they do not give it the ridiculous grill that now adorns the 7 series. I had an E39 before the 728i and every 5 series just gets better and better.
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    E60 Boot Opening

    Keliuss, you are a genius. Your boot opening looks great. The only problem I have is that I've managed to get the spring off but can't get it to fit back. I think mine needs more of a stretch to slow down the opening. I can't get the spring to stretch that far and insert it into the slot. I will take a look for the 8th hole and see if I have any luck with that.