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  1. Cadwell Parker

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

    Not bad at all. Was that Autodoc?
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    Ticked over 80000 miles today

    My F11 is on 121k now. From memory, in addition to regular service items it's had an air con condenser (prior to my ownership) 2 x osf torque/thrust arms Full set of brake discs and pads Battery Rear shocks Air bags Alarm module Coolant thermostat Air suspension compressor, relay, and valve block. 2 x height sensors Diff oil Gearbox service (due again now) Edit to add front springs replaced
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    Full brake/pad service due

    I've had Brembo discs and pads on my F11 for 53000 miles without any issues. I have noticed the wheels getting a little more brake dust on them lately but that might just be due to my now washing them as often these days. Plenty left on the pads at that mileage but the driving I do mostly involves constant speeds on open A roads with a little gentle braking at each end so not really hard on the brakes at all. I bought them from Euro Car Parts over 2 years ago and IIRC paid around £430 for the lot. I decided to fit genuine BMW sensors having read of a few people having issues with other makes. Mrs CPs F20 has had ATE discs and Textar pads on for a while and they've also been trouble free.
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    F10 door corrosion

    I think it depends which body shop does the work. I had my whole doors painted and front and rear quarters blended so more or less the whole side of the car.
  5. I fitted the same battery as @marko530d linked you to above. It's been working fine on my car for over 2 years. I fitted and registered it easily using ISTA. No coding needed as it was the same rating as the old one.
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    Michelin Pilot Sport 4

    I recently had a set of these fitted to my F11 and have to say I'm amazed at the improvement in the way the car feels on them compared to the the Goodyear Assymetric 5s I've been using. I've done approaching 1000 miles on them now so enough to get used to the feel but every time I drive the car I still notice just how much of an improvement they are. I'm not talking about ultimate grip because apart from driving a little more enthusiastically through roundabouts I haven't really pushed them anywhere near their limit. I'm sure they'll cope easily with anything you might throw at them on the road. I can't comment on their longevity yet either. The improvement is in the way the car rides and reacts to the road surface, it's smoother, better controlled over bumps as though the tyre is absorbing more of the shock from the road, avoiding it being transferred to the suspension. There is also a more direct feel between steering wheel input and resulting change in direction and the car is noticeably quieter. It's almost as though it's had a significant suspension upgrade. I know there are more affordable tyres available with a decent reputation but compared to Kumhos the car came to me with and the Goodyears I fitted these are worth paying the extra for the improvement in ride. I was frankly quite disappointed in the Goodyears. They developed an uneven wear pattern similar to what you'd expect on an over inflated tyre with significantly more wear in the middle than at the edges, in spite of my inflating them carefully to the the recommended pressures. Also I hadn't realised how much they were upsetting the suspension until I drove on the Michelins. It was as though the sidewalls had too much give/bounce, making them react more to bumps so giving the suspension more movement to deal with and upsetting it. They didn't seem awful when first fitted but lately I've been getting the feeling my front shocks were on the way out. That feeling was gone as soon as the Michelins were fitted. I'd chosen the Goodyears on the strength of the good reviews so it was disappointing how they turned out. Maybe they go off a lot when once they get worn. Maybe I just got a bad set. Anyway, the car is now transformed on the Michelins so I'd recommend them to anyone.
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    Recommended Tyre brands / models for BMW

    According to the Michelin blurb and reviews I've read they are supposed to retain most of their performance down to close to the legal limit. I know, the proof of the pudding etc. It'll be this time next year when this set are getting down that far so it'll be interesting to see how they feel by then.
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    Michelin Pilot Sport 4

    I did wonder about that. I've had Crossclimates on the car before and they were on course to do 30000 miles but I took them off when one picked up a a nail very close to the sidewall. They had about 3mm left and had worn very evenly. If the PS4s are a lot worse I might just stick to Crossclimates on my summer wheels as well having heard good reports of the latest Crossclimate2 version but we'll see how these wear. I'm doing about 22000 miles a year just now so really want tyres to last a while.
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    Recommended Tyre brands / models for BMW

    It'll be interesting to see how you get on with these once they've done a few miles. I've just taken a set off my car and replaced them with Michelin Pilot Sport 4. My Goodyears seemed to go off quite badly after bit of use. Hopefully they came from a bad batch and you'll have a better time with yours.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Realised I've done 12200 miles since my last oil change in April. Glad to have found a spare oil filter hiding in the garage so have fitted that along with some fresh oil. I'd normally do a change at 10000 miles but have been busy with stuff and seem to have taken my eye off the ball rather.
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    F10 535i Auxiliary Drive Belt Replacement DIY

    Excellent write up Andrew. Very clear and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your expertise. I must have a look at my belt soon. 120000 miles is approaching fast. Seems an easy enough job on your engine. I wonder if the N57 is more or less the same
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I think they mean make sure you take your foot off the brake in between slow-downs.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    £180 each, inc fitting and Hunter Road-Force balancing.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    They're extra load yes but not BMW labeled. I went for non run flats. Picked the car up earlier and just drove 12 miles in slow traffic to get to work so not had the chance to fully evaluate them yet but initial signs are very positive. I'll try to get round to a full report soon.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Dropped the F11 off today for a few jobs. When I get it back tomorrow it'll have 4 new Michelin Pilot Sport 4s fitted, Hunter Road Force balanced and full suspension alignment. I've got a nearly new Kia Picanto GT line to play with as courtesy car which is interesting for a change but a long way from a 530d. Looking forward to fresh rubber tomorrow.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Lol, there was nobody around, no one saw me, it wasn't me, I wasn't there
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    Is 30 miles twice a week ok for a diesel 530?

    The 30 mile each way trip should be enough to ensure the DPF can regen when it needs to so if you're doing that once a week I'd say that'd be enough to keep things healthy. If the rest of your journeys are short a 530d might be a little way outside its comfort zone, especially if it doesn't get the chance to fully warm up but as long as it gets a 30 mile dual carriageway run every week I'd say it'll be happy enough.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I've been noticing a slight juddering when braking recently. Last night when braking harder than usual it was quite pronounced so after finishing work around midnight tonight and finding the nearby by-pass deserted I performed the bedding-in process as detailed here... https://mossmotoring.com/bedding-in-your-brakes/ ... which I remembered reading about some time ago on this very forum. It seems to have worked pretty well. Brakes are nice and smooth again with no hint of juddering
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    McGard locking nut removal

    I was fortunate when an ape in a hurry in a tyre shop tried to remove one of my locking wheel bolts, mangling the key in the process so preventing me from removing any of my wheels. Not wanting to wait several weeks for a new key to arrive from Mcgard with the car in daily use I visited a BMW stealer who had a set of master keys and were able to find a match for mine. Fortunately they had a key in stock and relieved me of £25 in return for it. I removed the locking bolts and have done away with them altogether. They're more trouble than they're worth. Obviously your situation has gone beyond this solution though. Hope you get it sorted without too much collateral damage.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I've had the same lately. The idrive was saying 3400 miles left on the rear pads but that has increased to 3500 recently. The pads have done around 51000 miles up to now and visually have lots of meat left.
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    F10 Jacking on rear differential DIY

    The 2.5 tonne jack is the same as that shown in my photo above. Unless you really need the extra .5 tonne capacity get that one. It'll comfortably lift an F11 at either end on the centre lifting points and will stand a better chance of fitting underneath the front than the 3 tonne version. Depending on how low your car sits you may still need to drive it up onto something to give you a little more space. I made some DIY ramps from planks of scrap wood cut to varying lengths and screwed together. I drive the car onto these to add some clearance underneath.
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    Recommended Tyre brands / models for BMW

    I was talking about the to the guy doing my tracking recently. He has a Hunter system and says Hunter have recently updated their systems/software to adjust for the car being unweighted so when calculating the necessary adjustment it can compensate for the difference and set the geometry up as though it was weighted. The effect is the same as weighting the car in the old fashioned way but without the heavy lifting.
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    Recommended Tyre brands / models for BMW

    To give you an idea, IIRC when I had 1 crack repaired at the same time as a full refurb it cost an extra £50 on top. The refurbishers had to get someone in to weld the crack as they didn't have the equipment. I'd been quoted £70 by another local repairer for a repair to a loose wheel if I had the tyre removed first.
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    Recommended Tyre brands / models for BMW

    Just as Matthew says. I had a crack repaired when I had my summer wheels refurbished. They've done 25000 miles and passed an MOT. As long you get a proper job done they should be fine.
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    When TPMS sensors go bad...

    Do they just stop working all of a sudden or start to give gradually increasingly inaccurate readings? I've set my tyre pressures as accurately as I can so with an old style 'pencil' gauge which I trust to be fairly accurate but when checking on the idrive one of the tyres always registers slightly under the actual pressure on the gauge. Is this a sign of impending failure or just something I need to bear in mind when checking pressures? I'm planning on having some new tyres fitted to these wheels quite soon so wonder if it might be a good idea to get some new sensors fitted at the same time. The car is a 2014 LCI with 118 miles on the clock. Does anyone know how long/far before the sensors are likely to fail?