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oldjohnny last won the day on April 11

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    2003 E60 530d 2004 Mercedes 220cdi estate

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  1. oldjohnny

    America and Turkey.

    At first glance I thought that Mike Pence had turned up in a Ku Klux clan hat to intimidate the Turkish president.
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    Put my car up for sale and then I do this!

    Must be that time of the month. Shaved this today on the side of a large concrete light base in a supermarket car park which I thought I was clearing by loads. All that money saved in Lidl down the pan!
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    Boot light.

    Great idea. Wish I had thought of that but you have set me thinking. I will order them from Eurocarparts online, then if they do turn up I just won't collect them.
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    Boot light.

    I have put the multi-meter on the bulb and it says ok, but I agree that replacing it makes sense as I have had this scenario in the past and a new one worked. I know there are one or two in the house or garage which were put away 'safely' somewhere but God only knows where.
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    Boot light.

    Cheers. Managed to do that but the bulb is ok so it's the dreaded wiring problem. Not a fuse as I believe the glove compartment runs off the same one and it's working.
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    Boot light.

    Reference the boot light do I have to replace the unit or is there a bulb inside? Can remove it ok but afraid of breaking it to find out!
  7. oldjohnny

    Omega Watch Service

    Check out... luxurywatchrepairs.com Quite an impressive site but it's a big decision for such a valuable piece of kit.
  8. oldjohnny

    Scale model enthusiasts please help

    If it's diecast you mean, try alldiecast.co.uk Chu.
  9. oldjohnny

    530d M Transmission Shifting after Oil Change ?

    To be honest I never noticed. The changes now are so smooth they are hardly noticeable, but that would be down to my driving style which is old mans trundling along. The engineer advised to drive it like this anyway for a few days to let it re-adapt itself after the oil change before giving it the heavy right foot. What is very evident is at the start of the motorway just a short press of the loud pedal brings you smoothly to the speed limit very rapidly. No need to plant it at all.
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    530d M Transmission Shifting after Oil Change ?

    Interestingly I had mine done last week and the gearbox changes are now perfect. I was advised by a BMW engineer that the adaptations should indeed be reset at lower mileages but mine has nearly 160k on the clock and his advice was to leave well alone. The gearbox was very low on oil due to a previous owner neglecting a slight leak at the sump, so replaced this and all seals with great success. Reverse had a slight bump at first but this has now rectified itself. Even at this mileage and obvious neglect the old sump and magnets were as clean as a whistle.
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    Recall repair & dpf delete

    I had my recall check completed a few weeks ago on my October 2003 530d. It's been a while since I have burst out laughing at any thing to do with the car but today I received a text from the BMW main dealership that "According to our records your car is due a service". Apart from that check up my trusty steed has not so much as caught sight of a dealership in at least 12 years.
  12. oldjohnny

    Gearbox Serviced. Scary Discovery.

    Looked it up on youtube first where a video demo made me happy enough to take a punt at it. Great reviews for engine, auto transmission. abs, airbag, air con settings etc, specific to BMW. Tell you better by next weekend. If it's a dud I will give it to the mother in law for Christmas!
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    Gearbox Serviced. Scary Discovery.

    Have you ever thought of becoming a clairvoyant? Had this exact chat last night and agreed it made more sense to buy the Carly set up, although following your advice I have bid on a C310 so will wait and see. It would be more than enough for my needs I think. Update. Just bought this C310 for BMW, as new with film still on the scanner. £25 plus £5 postage. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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    Gearbox Serviced. Scary Discovery.

    Many thanks. Will do just that as I don't do thousands of miles nowdays. It could well need some other update or something anyway so will pay a visit to my local auto electricians who have all the latest gear for this.
  15. Well at long last that's the box on the late 2003 530d serviced. I wonder can anyone better this. I knew the sump had been visibly siliconed to stop a leak but the engineer who did the service discovered this. Sump siliconed AND the gasket and bolts. literally had to break most of them free. Then the scary bit. No more than 3-3.5 litres of fluid came out! Nearly eight went in. The box had been changing ok as long as I didn't floor it. Been driving it gently for over two years now and God knows how long it had been like this beforehand. The old sump magnets were as clean as a whistle. No trace of any escapees from within. Changed the tubes, sleeve, and the double rectangular seal. Now driving as smooth as silk with great throttle response and very little pressure needed on the pedal to reach 65-70 quickly. 157k on the clock so i hope to get a wee while out of it yet. Only query I have is this. Is it really necessary to reset the new oil adaptations as discussed earlier? This guy is a Mercedes technician and has never done this on any Mercs after g/box services. Didn't have a Carly or equivalent available but will do it next week if it is deemed important.