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    2013 BMW F11 525d, 2017 VW Golf GTE

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  1. That reminds me of a colleague who lived in deepest Essex, who had to drop his Mrs & daughter to Heathrow for an early flight; he got on the M25, went north; after he'd dropped them off, he went south, just to see which route was shorter. For many Christmases afterwards his opening quiz question was "How long is the M25?"
  2. It arrived yesterday, so I got busy today. This is typically what I was up against: So following the simple instructions, you spray on the BH Korrosol, and wait. Instantly it did this, so plenty of metal particles to react with: Hosed off the first application after a few minutes, and reapplied a few times / repeated the hosing off: And after 8 applications and rinses, this is what I am now looking at: A lot better, but still a way to go. Very easy way to work, spray it on, leave it to do its thing, then rinse. Dry. Repeat. Loving my first exposure to BH stuff.
  3. That's exactly what the wheel refurber said. I've ordered some of the Korrosol stuff (it'll get used anyhow) which should be here by the weekend.
  4. I have similar deposits on my front wheels that I haven't been able to shift. Annoying, as I had my wheels refurbed last year. It was after the high speed runs in Germany when they appeared. I'll try the B-H stuff too & report back.
  5. BFleming

    Bmw 535d f10 or f07

    For me the F07 is very colour-dependent. Darker colours definitely suit it better (in my opinion only, of course).
  6. BFleming

    Bmw 535d f10 or f07

    The engine aside, all F07's have rear air suspension, like the F11's, which will fail periodically. Fixes are straightforward, but it's something the F10 doesn't have/suffer from.
  7. Great work @535i Andrew and @marko530d Something I certainly aspire to. I doubt my car has ever been de-tarred & properly detailed, but seeing as I won't be going anywhere for the next few months, I'll try to get around to it. Today I washed mine, and did the tyre pressures having put the summer wheels back on there recently. I also put it on charge. No problems starting etc, but not a bad thing to do seeing as I'm not using the car currently (nor will I be for the foreseeable). I'm rebuilding a motorbike at the moment, so that's taking the bulk of my free time currently. No bad thing.
  8. ECP is a bit like DFS - you're only ever a day or 2 away from the next sale. They are also affiliated with carparts4less, who seem to have a more rational approach to steady state pricing / smaller discounts. GSF deals seem ok at the moment too, again look for the discount code.
  9. I usually only ever use Pagid brake discs and pads, but I'm struggling to get some lately (need some rears whenever my F11 goes back on the road). ECP used to supply them, but don't lately, for some reason. GSF have ATE though, which seem good. They'd want to be (£££'s).
  10. BFleming

    F10 535i Front Spring replacement DIY

    No, there was no need. Once the clamping bolt is off & the puller is doing its thing, it all came apart fairly easily.
  11. BFleming

    F10 535i Front Spring replacement DIY

    I literally removed the clamp bolt, then used a 2-legged puller in an upside down manner, so that the centre piece of the puller is pushing against the ball joint. Came out easily enough.
  12. BFleming

    F10 535i Front Spring replacement DIY

    Great write up. One pointer for anyone with electronic dampers - you can't remove the strut without detaching the top wishbone from the hub assembly. There physically isn't enough room to manoeuvre the strut out, unlike the non-EDC cars. I spent a long time trying, before finally undoing the clamping bolt & using a bearing puller to separate the 2 parts. I took mine apart to fit Eibach springs, not because they had snapped!
  13. I finally took my winter wheels & tyres off yesterday; I haven't used the car for weeks now, and stored it 2 weeks ago - where it will stay for the foreseeable. Still have 2 cars at home that I can use.
  14. BFleming

    Buying an F10 estate advice

    Google it, and the web will tell you to stay away from the 4 cylinder diesels. The reality is that very few of them fail. I accused this forum a while back of being anti-N47, even though that's the most popular 5 series engine. There are some people who will advocate the 'silky smooth' 6 cylinder diesels (and irrefutably smooth 6 cylinder petrols) at every opportunity. Personally, I've run my 525d (with a remapped N47 2.0 diesel) for the last 2 years, and it's superb. It's currently on 144,000 miles, and no faults/failures/gripes to report. My brother runs my previous 320d ed (N47) currently on 155,000 miles, and again, no issues.
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    Rare F10/F11 examples

    When I started looking at different models before finally settling on my F11, I went to try some on for size in Car Giant (London car supermarket); they had some facelifts with Alcantara. It was different! It seems it was on option on M Sports only ("Grey Shadow cloth/Alcantara upholstery") in both pre- and post-facelift, and wasn't available with options 453 (ventilated seats), 456 Comfort Seats, 496 Heated Rear Seats or 6FH Rear Seat Entertainment.