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Cadwell Parker last won the day on February 18

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About Cadwell Parker

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    S W Scotland
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    Motorbikes, Cars, Music, food,
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    HGV Driver


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    F11 530d, Kawasaki ZZR 1400, F20 120d Sport, VW Passat 1.9 TDi estate 1999,

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  1. Cadwell Parker

    Oil Advice

    I bought some of this recently and have used 7 litres of it doing an oil and filter change on my 530d. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F392132640393 I'm sure most oil will be fine, whether or not BMW recommend it, as long as it is the right spec. The Castrol GTX above is LL04 and not a bad price.
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    F11 tailgate corrosion

    Just spotted this earlier, on the bottom edge of the tailgate where the rubber seal is so you can't see it unless you open the tailgate and look up. The paint is bubbling up in a few places. Surprised I've not seen it before actually. I'm taking the car to Lloyds bodyshop in Carlisle tomorrow for an inspection with a view to repair under warranty. I had a quick Google but can't see much else around on the subject so it'll be interesting to see how this pans out. Will post up some photos in the morning.
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    F11530d running hot?

    It certainly is. They can move surprisingly quickly for such a big car when given sufficient encouragement. Mine too. I love the contrast between those modes. It makes you appreciate the speed and smoothness all the more when you can swap between both ends of the spectrum at the flick of a switch. Glad to hear you're enjoying it despite the gremilns. Might be worth keeping an eye on the secret temp gauge on the dash to see what the coolant is doing.
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    F11530d running hot?

    There's always the secret menu display on the dashboard which shows actual temps for oil and coolant but maybe diagnostics would be more accurate still. I've seen my oil temp up to 102 degrees once or twice when the engine was working hard but no more than that and it soon dropped again. The needle on the gauge was very slightly past vertical but if I hadn't seen the digital readout I doubt I'd have noticed it.
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    Replacing F11 Microfilters, the hardest part.

    To quote from Newtis instructions for removing the trim... "Release screw (3) and remove carpet cover (4) towards front". I had a mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier for my first car in 1984. I had a Haynes manual for it. Times were much simpler back then. Newtis is good but it seems we still need to read between the lines.
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    Wiper Blades for 2013 F10

    That's annoying. Maybe they're just away on holiday rather than anything else...? Hope you get sorted soon but if not I got some of these recently https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F302826307526 Arrived quickly with no issues.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I wouldn't quite put it that way. I don't use it constantly but I know it's best to run the air con regularly so I make sure it goes on regularly even if it doesn't feel like it needs to be on. The HVAC is always running in some form and the A/C is never off for long. I wonder if you were getting a similar smell. It was difficult to describe but definitely not a damp, foisty, mouldy smell, thankfully not rotten socks or stale urine either which I've read about people getting. I used an air con bomb in the car yesterday which along with the new microfilters has helped a lot. Smells lovely in there now.
  8. I recently changed the cabin filters in my F11. I refered to Newtis and posts elsewhere on here for guidance but found the most problematic aspect of the job for me was not mentioned anywhere so thought I'd post it here in case anyone else is having the same difficulties. Removing the trim panel on the side of the transmission tunnel was the part I struggled with for a while. The instructions I'd read said after removing the Torx screw at the front of the panel I should be able to slide the panel forward and remove it. In fact there are two green plastic fixings behind the panel on my car which I'd not seen mentioned anywhere which needed to be pulled from their locating holes before the panel would slide forward to clear the fixing tabs further back. After messing around for a while trying to be careful to avoid breaking anything and getting increasingly annoyed with the stubborn trim which was refusing to move as described I must've pulled it in just the right way to separate the fixings. Then it was clear what had been holding things back and the job was easy from there on. If you can get your fingers in behind the trim a good sharp pull should separate the fixings, hopefully without breaking anything else
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Fitted new cabin filters following the recent onset of quite a noticeable smell from the air vents shortly after starting the car. The job itself was pretty easy, the hardest part being the removal of the trim panel on the side of the transmission tunnel. @Matthew Ashtons post on the subject was helpful in conjunction with newtis but the trim on my car was fixed in a way I'd not seen mentioned anywhere so it took a while to work out. I took some photos and will post them up when I get round to uploading them. The smell in the car has all but disappeared but I'm awaiting the arrival of a Bilt Hamber air con bomb to fully freshen up the interior. The old filters had apparently been in the car for 16000 miles so I don't think they were too overdue for a change but there does seem to be quite a difference to the atmosphere inside the car. I had a price for new filters from Cotswolds but Opie Oils price was significantly more affordable for Mahle filters. The old ones were also Mahle items with added BMW badging and different numbers but as far as I could see were identical to the new ones from Opie.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I've been to Deutschtek near Kelvin Grove park a couple of times and been quite happy. Not necessarily the cheapest but are friendly and knowledgeable and seem to do a proper job of things. My research has also come up with Westcoast Motorwurks in Hillington who while I've not used them myself seem to have a good reputation.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    That's handy for you. Just give them a ring before you go to be sure they can fit the car in. Let us know what you get done and how the car feels afterwards.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Don't mind at all Here's todays invoice Looks like they charge once for the test itself plus a separate charge for each adjustment as required. If you go for the full Hunter Road Force balancing and 4 wheel alignment you'd be looking at more. Mine was over £200 earlier this year
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    They have a good reputation and seem to know what they're doing with alignment. I could have gone to ATS nearer home but didn't fancy trusting my new tyres with their unknown aligment skills. Autotec have all the Hunter kit so it's worth the trip up for me. Initial impressions of the Michelins is very favourable but will know better once they've been run in a bit more. Just had a quiet run back down the M74 to get to work for now but the car feels lovely, very positive response to driver input, solidly planted and seems to have less rolling resistance. The alignment was quite a long way out after the pothole episode mind you so it's hard to know how much of the improvement to attribute to the tyres alone.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    The full price was £638. There was a £40 discount for buying 4. I'm having to shell out for alignment adjustment as well after getting caught out with a horrible pothole a few weeks ago That's what I thought. It's as though the rubber was moulded onto the carcass in two halves which have begun to separate. I thought it was strange it was just the fronts. Perhaps the extra weight on the front of the car pushed them over the edge before the rears went the same way.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    After noticing the cracks developing in the sidewalls of my front tyres I decided it was time for a change. Shame really as the tyres still had useable tread left and they are only just over 2 years old. I decided to shell out for a full set of Michelin Crossclimate+ for £598 fitted through Blackcircles. I'm currently waiting at Autotech in Port Glasgow while they fit the tyres and do the alignment. Looking forward to driving back down the road later. I'll report back on the new tyres. They're not cheap but I'm sure they'll be quite an improvement.