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Cadwell Parker last won the day on November 28 2021

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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

    F11 535i

    I have a 2014 F11 in 530d flavour so while I can't comment much on the petrol variety @Andrew535imay well be along soon to extol its virtues. I get on very well with my F11. It's big, comfortable, surprisingly nimble through corners for such a big car, well equipped enough even as standard and lots of practical load carrying space. My car hasn't been too troublesome to own in nearly 70000 miles of driving although not without issues the most significant being the rear air suspension compressor and associated bits which were replaced last year. I've also replaced the rear air springs, front coil springs, rear shocks, coolant thermostat, front suspension bottom arms, brake discs and pads and a starter battery but as the car is now approaching 127000 miles it's not doing too badly. The serious things to watch for are issues to do with the rear air suspension and water ingress either through the yellow grommet in the bulkhead or vapour barrier seals in the doors. Air con condensers were know to fail and there have been recalls to fix leaking EGR coolers but on a 2010 car one would hope these would have be done. I've had mine for nearly 3 years and covered getting on for 70000 miles in it. I love it and still look forward to driving it. I would say get one. You won't be disappointed.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Actually yes, now I look back more closely at my records one of the height sensors was changed at the same time as the compressor and other bits. The oil was the genuine, BMW branded stuff and cost something around £80 IIRC which seemed ludicrous at the time for a litre of oil but bearing in mind the previous debacle I'd had having to pay twice to get my coolant thermostat replaced I decided to shell out for the proper stuff rather than chance it. I know there will be other oils which would probably have done just as well but the BMW stuff was the only one shown for my car on the list the garage were using and considering the mileage I'll get out of it the cost seemed worthwhile for peace of mind.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Took it for its MOT today. Passed again with flying colours, no advisories. 25471 miles since the last test, during which in addition to usual servicing items it's needed a coolant thermostat, front springs, rear suspension air compressor, valve block and relay, and had its diff oil changed. Now the air suspension is sorted I'm looking forward to a year of trouble free driving. Coming up to 3 years ownership of this car now and still loving it
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    Finally a new daily of F11 flavour

    Very nice. I like the blue/black combination. That's pretty low mileage for it's age. Barely run in You should get a few miles out of it before any of those usual problems appear. Just make sure the yellow grommet area is draining well.
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    Which F10 Discs don't warp

    Yes, that's a good description of the feel I get from them. Mrs CPs F20 has ATE discs and Textar pads. No problems with them either and I notice a much more positive feel when I get to drive her car. I was planning to fit ATE discs when the Brembos wear out and will remember your recommendation for the ceramic pads.
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    Which F10 Discs don't warp

    I've had Brembo discs and pads on my car for something like 60000 miles up to now. No sign of warping. I've had a little juddering occasionally but I've cleared it using the bedding in process detailed here which I read about a while ago in another post on this very forum. Interesting comment from @d_a_n1979re Brembos pads. I do feel they lack something in initial bite but they do pull the car up well when you need them to.
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    F10 Jacking on front axle subframe DIY

    I bought these.. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191549549403 I don't have the precise dimensions but they're a perfect fit for the jacking points on the car with enough flexibility to conform to the shape of the supports on my axle stands.
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    Oil level too high.

    No worries. Might be an idea to take the car for a good run for a few miles and get it to complete a regen. Hope it settles down for you.
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    Oil level too high.

    Not on an F10 but I've done it on an F20 with a N47 engine so possibly the same as yours. I didn't have any trouble. I was using a Sealy pump.
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    Fault code 287500, Pre CAT O2 sensor, N57 2014

    Good advice re the offset socket. I'll get hold of one and see how things are after cleaning the sensor. If it comes to it are genuine replacements the only way to go with these? I see Bosch ones are on Autodoc for under £100 just now. Will price up a genuine one as well for comparison if needed.
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    Fault code 287500, Pre CAT O2 sensor, N57 2014

    Hi @HandyAndy_UK, it sounds like it might be worth giving it a clean before shelling out for a replacement. I'll need to buy a socket. Do you know what size they are? Would something like this be suitable...? https://www.drapertools.com/product/55540/lambda-oxygen-sensor-socket-3-8-sq-dr-22mm/
  12. I'd been expecting a regen to have started so plugged the laptop in so see what was going on and found fault code 287500 in the DDE. I seem to recall mention of a couple of others here having had the same recently but I've not been able to track down the posts. I cleared the fault and drove the car to work and back today but it seems the fault returned after a few miles driving. I got the following results from the the test plan... which according to further reading suggests the pre CAT sensor is either sooted up or otherwise faulty. Any other pointers? Are these sensors easy to get out or likely to be problematic? I've noticed the car's started to use a bit of oil over the last few thousand miles. Is this likely to have contributed to any sooting? Is it worth pulling it out, cleaning and refitting or should I just order a new one and be done with it? Interestingly the car finally did a regen on the way home today after the fault code had returned. I understood a pre-requisite for regens was for there to be no fault codes associated with the DDE present.
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    Changing wheels on my bmw f10? TPMS MONITOR

    As long as the sensors in the new wheels are working on the same frequency as your old ones you shouldn't have any trouble.
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    Changing wheels on my bmw f10? TPMS MONITOR

    Just to confirm the previous comments you shouldn't have any problems. When swapping my winter/summer wheels all I need to do as far as the TPMS system goes is to initialise the system. I get a warning on idrive warning me to check pressures and initialise, making sure the pressures are set correctly. As long as I do that it works fine. I recall some on here have had issues where the sensors on a new set of wheels were transmitting on a different frequency on new wheels were transmitting on the same frequency so the car couldn't read them. As long as the sensors on your new wheels are transmitting on the same frequency as your old ones all should be ok after initialising the system and driving for a few miles.
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    Can i put a larger battery in F11

    Yes that's right. My car came to me with the bigger battery already fitted, presumably from new as it as a genuine BMW item. I replaced it with the Exide pictured above which fits well in my F11. It's securely clamped down with no bodges