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Cadwell Parker last won the day on May 12

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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

    F10 door corrosion

    I had all four doors done. The whole door was painted and the adjoining parts of the wings blended to keep it as inconspicuous as possible. It probably depends which dealer is doing the job. There seems to be some inconsistency in levels of service depending on where you go. I think I was luckier than some on here. IIRC I was told if the corrosion returns before the 12 year corrosion warranty expires they'd just replace all the affected doors.
  2. Welcome to the forum, and to F11 world. You've made a good move on both counts. You have some nice options there. I'm quite happy with my M-sport seats but would love to try Comfort seats. I hear there's no going back once you experience them.
  3. Cadwell Parker

    DIY F11 air spring replacement

    It's much easier to see the deterioration once they're off the car. See my photos further up the thread. I had to buy a decent jack and stands to do mine but as the Indy specialist I was dealing with had quoted 2 hours labour just to diagnose the fault they almost paid for themselves straight away and I've since more than recouped the initial outlay using them on other jobs.
  4. Cadwell Parker

    F10 door corrosion

    I'm having a quiet day at work so just sneaked out to check mine. They were done almost 2 years ago but so far there's no sign on any reappearance
  5. Cadwell Parker

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I had no idea the car had been used as a tow car. After reading your comments I had to take the panel off again to check. Difficult to get a decent shot of the area behind the bumper without removing the bumper itself. I wasn't going to those lengths today but did remove the centre panel again and tried a shot through the gap on the O/S corner. I think the bar your talking about is the part that looks like a mini girder in the bottom half of the photo. I guess there's no certainty the car actually had a tow-bar fitted. The original panel might've been damaged and replaced replaced with a used item taken from a tow car. The main thing is the bar looks to be in place.
  6. Cadwell Parker

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Following Matthew and Andrews comments above I removed the panel again this morning to have a closer look at what's behind. I took photos of the rivets which were on the car. No idea if they're originals but they feel slightly tighter that the Ebay ones I bought. 13mm socket included for scale.
  7. Cadwell Parker

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I didn't take any earlier. It's raining and dark now. I'll try to get one for you tomorrow but they're very similar to these I bought from EBay in case I needed to replace any. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10x-BMW-MINI-WHEEL-ARCH-LINING-PANEL-BUMPER-SILL-SKIRT-CLIPS-RIVET-0025-/142489440541?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286 My car has the oblong holes as well but these rivets seem a good fit.
  8. Cadwell Parker

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Definitely. I have a basic set bought for just over a fiver. I used this one today to remove the rear bumper centre panel. I'd noticed the panel had come away slightly from the o/s corner where it meets up with the corner of the bumper. There was an uneven gap which had appeared recently for no apparent reason I could see so I went to remove the expanding plastic rivets from underneath to remove and refit the panel. That was easy enough but although I was expecting to find 4 rivets there were only 3 and I found some alterations had already been made to the panel. Not sure why anyone would want to cut this piece out. Perhaps a previous tow-bar related modification? Also the locating tab which fits into the o/s corner looked a bit scuffed. The edge wasn't as sharp as the others so maybe that's why it had popped out in the first place. There are also some scrapes in the paint on the bottom edge I've never noticed before so maybe this is some previous damage only just coming to light. Anyway I've cleaned a lot of gunk from behind and refitted the panel. After a bit of trial and error I got it back into place. It's all straight now with everything located where it should be.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Yes, it's definitely the leather. That previous photo wasn't the clearest. here's a better one. There was a bit of dirt on there but after cleaning you can see there was a lot more going on. The surface looked like it had completely worn away in places. I had some colour restorer from LTT Leathercare lying around so I tried using a bit of that. Not too bad a result. It's not an invisible repair though. You can tell the surface grain has gone just by looking and the repaired area has a rougher feel but the colour match is not bad at all. I'll see how it goes. If it starts to look bad again I'll see if that Ebay seller can help with a replacement.
  10. Cadwell Parker

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    That's useful info so thanks for that. I'm going to message them and see if I can get a replacement for my armrest which is starting to look a bit tatty around the handle area. I'm hoping that part is available separately rather than being part of the whole door card.
  11. Cadwell Parker

    Suspension drop on my 2012 f11

    Here you go... Really very easy once you get the car jacked up. Just a few basic tools needed.
  12. Cadwell Parker

    F11/N47 Preventative Maintenance

    Oh, and if the rear suspension airbags are the original ones you can expect them to need replacing quite soon. They might last a while but will be near the end of their life by now.
  13. Cadwell Parker

    F11/N47 Preventative Maintenance

    If you're not already familiar with it you should have a look at the Yellow Grommet issue as detailed in this somewhat lengthly thread... It doesn't cost much, if anything to sort out but is well worth paying some attention to as it could save you a lot of agro.
  14. Cadwell Parker

    How to persuade dealer to collect faulty car

    Just to update quickly on this, the car was returned to the dealer a week or so ago. Son in law had to take it back himself on his own time using a borrowed car with a tow-bar and a trailer he hired for £30. He got a full refund on the purchase price of the car but no compensation for his time or expenses incurred returning it. He was just glad to get rid and get his money back so didn't argue too much about the rest. He's currently using my old Passat tdi which has been pressed back into service after sitting idle for over a year, to transport him between S.W. Scotland and N.Yorks where he's working away all week. It cost him £500 to get the car MOTd and back on the road (brake pads+discs, new battery, suspension arm) so I'm hoping it'll keep working for him for a good while yet. It's basically a good car although getting to look a bit tatty having covered 282000 miles and being attacked by our neighbours dog. That's a story for another day but the car bears some interesting scars. It's still on its original engine but had a second hand gearbox put in after the original developed problems. It'll be good to see it pass the 300000 mile milestone
  15. Cadwell Parker

    Touch-Up paint?

    Thanks @Napas I've just collected the touch-up kit from BMW and have ordered a few brushes. Hopefully the good weather will last until they arrive and I can get straight on with fixing the chip. I'll post up some photos once it's done.