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  1. Cadwell Parker

    F11 air suspension warning message

    Ah yes, that's a good price @percha. Nice find
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    F11 air suspension warning message

    Mine came from https://www.usedcarparts.co.uk/ Don't be fooled by the 'used car parts' red herring. They supply new parts as well and when I bought mine last year they were Arnott dealers, although they seem to keep it quiet on their website and even some of the staff didn't seem to know but they gave me the best price I found anywhere, £175 iirc. That was with me collecting in person mind you. Going by your user name that won't be an option for you so the postage might make it a less attractive option for you but might be worth bearing in mind. I was glad to be able to get it from somewhere local to me for such a reasonable price knowing I'd be able to take it back easily in the event of any problems.
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    F11 air suspension warning message

    I'd bet on the bags needing replaced considering the age of the car. When I changed mine (see thread referenced above) the bag looked ok until it was off the car. Only then could I see the perished/porous rubber.
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    Coolant level

    Sounds like quite a bit to have to add. How long has it been since you checked it? Do you notice any smell of coolant? Is there a EGR recall notice outstanding on the car?
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    TPS and DSC Error stops gear selection.

    That's it yes. I changed my battery earlier in the year and the terminal was easy to remove. Once I'd loosened the clamp sufficiently it just lifted of without any effort at all. I think they like put out those warnings to avoid people levering off the terminal with a screwdriver and damaging the battery post or IBS in the process.
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    TPS and DSC Error stops gear selection.

    You'll find your trip meter and mpg readings will reset to zero as well so keep a note of them if you don't want to lose them. When removing the negative cable be careful not to pull on or otherwise put any force on the IBS unit. Apparently it's easy to damage. See notes on these pages; https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f11-530d-tou_201406/repair-manuals/61-general-vehicle-electrical-system/61-20-battery/1LyvW9MF https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f11-530d-tou_201406/repair-manuals/61-general-vehicle-electrical-system/61-20-battery/1LqtiBBl https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f11-530d-tou_201406/repair-manuals/61-general-vehicle-electrical-system/61-20-battery/1L0XOA03
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    TPS and DSC Error stops gear selection.

    https://haynes.com/en-us/tips-tutorials/how-test-car-battery-multimeter
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    15 or so bags. I'm sure some of them were closer to 30kg. I could certainly feel the difference, especially when cornering. I should probably have blown the tyres up a bit. The car felt a lot more sprightly after unloading.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Lol I might today. I have just loaded it up with some waste engine oil and a load of bags of soil we dug out of an old raised bed in the garden. I'm going to take it all to the household waste site on my way to work. Not sure how much it all weighs but the car was sitting down quite a bit. I took some video of it liftingup again but it's too big for Postimage. Will be an interesting drive to the dump.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Never trust anything you get back from, VOSA, DVLA or any government related organisation to be correct. Make sure you double check everything. I had an experience a few years ago which although not quite the same thing as Oilburners MOT issue would have cost me dearly if I hadn't noticed soon enough. After moving house and having my address changed on my licence I noticed the new licence they had sent back didn't include my HGV entitlement. They allow you a 2 week window to notify them of any errors or omissions such as this and they will correct them. After that it's up to you to prove you had the entitlement. I've had an HGV licence for nearly 30 years but my pass certificate is long lost in the mists of time. If I hadn't noticed their mistake in time I'd have had to retake all the tests to get my entitlement back.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    There's only just enough clearance under my car to slide the jack in but because the jacking point is so far back there's not much room to pump the handle. I had some old planks lying around which I cut up into different lengths and screwed together into a rough ramp shape. I just drive the car up onto them to make a bit more clearance. It's easier and quicker than jacking up each corner.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Happy birthday Good choice of jack you made there. I bought one just the same last year along with a pair of SGS stands. Top quality and worth every penny. I'm sure mine have paid for themselves by now. I'd be interested to know how you get on lifting your car from the central jacking point at the front. I've found it helps to have something under the front wheels to provide a little more clearance.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I suppose while they are the owners of the car they're entitled to stick on whatever they like but it'd polite if they could ask if we mind advertising their business for free or would prefer to have our windows left clear and unobscured. They could easily remove any unwanted stickers before handing over the car. If I buy another similarly adorned car from a dealer might ask them to do so. I still have the dealers number plates on the car, complete with their logo emblazoned on the border. I can't get rid of them without spending my own money and as they don't obscure my view when driving I think I can live with them for a bit longer.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    After a year and a half if ownership I have finally got rid of the annoying Indy dealer sticker which had been placed at the bottom of the rear window. I'd previously been dubious of attempting to remove it being wary of damaging the heating elements on the surface of the glass so just lived with it . Today I noticed the sticker peeling slightly at one corner and having been warmed by the sun all day the glue was nice and soft so I started to gently peeled it back trying to be as careful as possible. At first it looked as though the glue was going to come off with the sticker but in the end I was left with a lot left on the glass. Not quite what I was hoping to achieve so I set about it with a cloth and some panel wipe. After 10 mins of wiping and careful scraping I'm left with a nice clear rear window at last. I don't understand why they'd even put a sticker there in the first place. It was right in the middle of one of the parts of the window I look at most through the rear view mirror when driving. Not the most involved of jobs but still quite satisfying.
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    F11 overview

    I guess it's all quite subjective. I was just going by my experience of the 19'' RFT equipped M-Sport car I test drove compared to the VDC car I bought and considering the OPs comments re suspension. A decent test drive in various cars might be advisable before making any commitment .
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    F11 overview

    I had some on the inside of my tailgate, at the bottom edge near where the seal makes contact. The car was 5 years old and BMW fixed the rust under their 12 year corrosion warranty. Same with the doors. I had all 4 done. If you end up going for an M-Sport I would say you'd do best waiting for one with variable dampers. In my experience the standard M-Sport suspension provides a rather firm ride making the car feel nervous and twitchy. It probably works well if you're really pushing on but in reality not many people drive like they're at the Nurburgring all the time and for everyday driving the choppy ride would soon get annoying, for me anyway. The variable dampers give a more refined comfortable ride with plenty of control for more enthusiastic driving when called for. They're very sensitive to tyre pressure/condition and suspension geometry issues. As soon a something's not right you'll feel it. Beware badly refurbed alloys which have been painted on the mating face. This has been known to lead to over heating brake discs and consequent issues. Otherwise the F11 is a lovely car, bearing in mind the points already mentioned by others above.
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    2012 5 Series starter Issue

    I thought the same. Reminded me of trying to start an old car with a very flat battery. Not enough juice to even turn the starter, just a lot of clicking from solenoid or relays. Maybe not a lot of help here but that's what it sounds like to me.
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    Tyre pressure for non-RFT

    2.2 bar at the front, 2.7 rear for me running Goodyear Assymetric 5 non RFTs. I think with non RFTs having more pliable sidewalls they benefit from a slightly higher pressure setting.
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    2012 5 Series starter Issue

    Yes, that was what I meant to ask. I noticed you said that both times it failed to start were after the Auto Stop/Start had kicked in and stopped the engine. Have you been able to start the car since your wife had trouble at the traffic lights?
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    2012 5 Series starter Issue

    Just a thought... As the car failed to start both times after Auto Stop/Start cut the engine, as I understand it, have you been able to try using the car with Auto Stop/Start disabled? Would the engine start after being switched off with the ignition button? I would get the battery registered anyway. It's easy and will only take you 10 minutes.
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    How dirty does white leather get ?

    Mine is not too bad. I've done getting on for 30000 miles in the car since buying it in February last year. Most of those miles have been done driving to and from work at various transport companys premises wearing work clothes so not always the cleanest. The drivers seat is not too bad at all, it has a few signs of wear here and there but not hugely dirty. I don't do a lot to keep it clean really, just give it a wipe over with some APC when I notice it getting grubby. The drivers seat looks a lot darker in this shot. That's due to the tall fence and hedge on that side of the car at the time. Having said that it's probably due a clean. To agree with @Munzy123 above I don't think you need to be too particular with Dakota leather as it has a plasticky coating so the outer surface is not actual leather. If you're talking full grain Kappa then you might want to take a bit more care over what you put on it.
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    Sport/comfort switch retrofit

    If the car has variable dampers the sport/comfort switch adjusts them between the different settings. Not sure about adaptive drive as I don't have that on my car. The Sport/comfort switch also adjusts the throttle response, steering force and auto transmission if fitted Obviously you'd need to fit variable dampers to the car and code them to get that function, same for the adaptive drive anti roll bar and auto gearbox (nightmare to retrofit). As far as the steering and throttle response goes, it'll be interesting to see what you can find out there.
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    2014 F11 530D Msport

    I haven't had that happen to me but I've heard it's not uncommon for run flats to fail that way. A lot of people prefer to ditch the run flats altogether. 50000 miles on the car but presumably the tyre's not original.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Good result there. What kind of pad did you use? something like this...? https://www.toolstation.com/polishing-sponge/p11874
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    F11 Seized rear camber alignment bolts

    Last time I had some new tyres fitted I took the car to a decent local garage for alignment. I've previously had another car aligned there without a problem but after messing about with my F11 for half an hour they told me the adjusters were siezed and I'd need to rebook the car in so they could try to free them off. I'd had the aligment done last year at a BMW specialist in Glasgow which is 60 odd miles from me. They'd had a bit of trouble doing the job but managed ok in the end after about three hours of struggle and coarse language. I decided to just take it back to them instead of going back to the local lot. An hour and a half on their lift this time and the car was sorted. In short I think it makes a difference who's doing the job. Hope you can get it sorted easily, and if you can do it yourself then all the better.
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