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    High mileage 525d 3.0d advice

    I hear you re the S Line thing. Difficult to compare tyres between different cars I guess. From what I've read about S Line suspension it's rather single minded and not really very compliant. The new car will be quite a change from the Peugeot. I just drive my 530d 30 miles or so to work and back every day I'm fairly putting the miles on it but enjoy every minute spent driving it. You'll appreciate yours all the more feeling the contrast with the Pug.
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    At that price I'd love it if it was. It might be the same fluid with a different label but who knows for sure. Call me a gullible fool if you like but I bought some of this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182824883106
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    High mileage 525d 3.0d advice

    Glad to see you're so pleased with the car How do they feel on the car? We had a Honda Civic 2.2 ctdi with a set of those which felt great to drive on. I was considering getting some fitted to my summer wheels so I'm hoping they'll suit an F11 just as well.
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    Fuel filter intervals?

    I don't have a photo to compare the fuel filter but here are my old and new cabin filters, genuine BMW branded items removed made by Mahle and Mahle replacements which have different numbers and lack the BMW logo but are otherwise identical.
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    318d to 535d wise move?

    It will if you buy a touring That's the downside. On the other hand a touring would be ideal for carrying all the weight the OP mentioned. When we drove up to Glasgow airport last year with a car full of people and luggage I was really impressed with the way the car handled it. With the way the air suspension adjusts to compensate the added weight was barely noticeable until it was time to slow down.
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    530d air filter change

    Opie were less than half the price than Cotswolds at the time IIRC, granted not a completely fair comparison seeing as the Mahle filters didn't have BMW written on them but as far as I could see they were more or less the same as the ones I removed.
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    530d air filter change

    No at all. That's what it's there for after all Check out Opie Oils online as well. I got my Mahle oil, cabin and air filters from there for a good price. Autodoc also seems good but their postage charges might make them less favourable unless you're making a big order.
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    530d F11 DIY air filter change

    A little overdue as I did this job some weeks ago. I took photos intending to post a write up but realised recently I hadn't got round to it. I thought the photos might be helpful to some so here goes. At the time the car has done circa 75000 miles. It last had a new air filter at 37500 miles along with oil service, fuel filter etc from BMW so by now it's really time to get it done. Start by removing the top engine cover. Pull up at each corner to separate the interference mountings and remove from the car. My car has the later type of filter fitted to the rear of the engine bay on the left hand side of the engine as opposed to the earlier panel type fitted above the engine. Undo the spring clips on each side of the casing Then you can pull the half of the casing containing the filter element towards you. It's still attached to hinge/clips at the bottom so it will pivot towards you. Next you need to disengage the element from the casing by pushing it away from you You can then slide it upwards and out of the casing. Quite a difference between old and new elements after 38000 miles. Note the dark coloured pad you can see most clearly on the new filter to the right in the photo. More on this in a while. You'll probably want to remove the inevitable bits of stuff that shouldn't be there from the bottom of the filter casing. Unless you have a suitable attachment you can fit to a vacuum cleaner you might find it easier to separate the two halves of the casing. In which case you'll need to remove the inlet pipe at the bottom I'm not sure if there's supposed to be some kind of clip on here. There wasn't on mine and the pipe seems to fit quite firmly as it is. After unhooking the hinge/clips at the bottom of the casing and a little waggling and other manipulations the pipe has enough room to clear the casing which you can now remove from the car and clean up. Now you can see more clearly the hinge/clips at the bottom Returning to the previously mentioned pad now, when installing the new element into the casing you need to take care not to catch the pad on the moulding at the bottom of the casing. It's easy when off the car but having the element in place makes it tricky to fit everything back together. I found it was much easier to refit the filter casing onto its hinge/clips before installing the element. To ease the process I cut part of the air filter box to size so I could push it down into the casing to cover the moulding at the bottom and so give the pad some protection as it slides into place. Push the element all the way down into the casing Then you can pull out the card and all should be well Then just pull the element towards you to fully engage with its half of the casing Then you can close the two halve of the casing again Remembering to re-fit the spring clips. Then re-fit the engine cover and that's it. A really simple job that shouldn't take more than half an hour, even if you take the opportunity to clean up a few places which are usually less accessible.
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    Recommendations for puncture kit

    What about https://www.airman-uk.com/product/450ml-universal-tyre-sealant/ I've not used it myself but seems well thought of. I keep meaning to order some based on some good reports.
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    Tempted by these wheels on eBay

    I bought my winter wheels for £300. They came with tyres on which were past their best but the wheels were excellent and fitted with working TPMS transmitters. I paid another £300 to have my summer wheels refurbished. I guess it depends what you're aiming for but the price of those wheels is more than I'd want to pay.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I agree with your colleague. The SGS jack and stands I bought are very solid and seem like top quality gear. The jack in particular is far more suited to lifting a big car like an F11 than the cheap Halfords on I had previously which was hopeless in comparison As a caveat, if your car is a M-sport I would say to make sure that jack has enough reach and clearence to get under the jacking point. I bought one of these https://www.sgs-engineering.com/tj2-5lp-low-profile-garage-trolley-jack I can't remember exactly how much but there's not a much of a gap between the jacking point on my car and the jack pad when fully closed and I might've had some wood under the front wheels to make more room. Also it's quite a stretch to get it under the centre jacking point from the front of the car and there's not much room to pump the handle until the car starts to lift a bit. The pad on the jack you linked is 15mm higher when fully closed and the jack is shorter than mine so maybe you should make sure it'll be suitable.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    This is what I've used to Jack up the front of my car. These are great to use in conjunction with a trolley jack or axle sands under the plastic jacking points under the sills For jacking on the central jacking point my trolley jack has a nice flat pad with a rubber face It'd probably be ok just like that bit I like to use this non slip pad which i acquired by chance from work for some aadditional padding and security Jacking for the first time on the centre point was rather nerve wracking but now I've done it a couple of times it feels ok this way
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    Ista options

    Alpart from checking for faulta occasionally I like to use it to monitor whether my DPF has been regenerating recently. Also used it to deflate the air springs when I had to replace one.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    That's quite a saving over these genuine ones from Lloyds Did you get some of those Andrew? I'll probably end up getting some centre caps as well. I have two sets here but they're going a little bubbly so would look a bit out of place on those wheels.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Definitely interested. I'm tempted to get mine done once funds become available later in the year.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    How remiss of me Here you go then, not the best photos cos they're up in the loft and have to stay there for now but here are a few phone shots for you And here's what I put on them Wowo's Crystal Sealant. I think Wowo's are based up near you somewhere @535i Andrew.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I'd be interested to hear about that too. Did you get a full dyno work out or just a quick ECU flash? Who did it for you and what kind of gains did they achieve? How does the car feel now?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Took my F11 for its MOT today. It passed with flying colours I was confident it would be ok but it's still a nail biter sitting waiting for the test to complete. Also spent a couple of hours yesterday giving my recently refurbished summer wheels a wipe down with some panel wipe before applying a couple of coats ceramic sealer. All ready now for getting some summer tyres fitted in a few weeks.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Basic snow foam pressure wash and gave the wheels a good going over with a wheel brush. Took out the front floor mats and gave them a clean with the pressure washer and the windows/screen got a good clean on the inside. Booked in for MOT next Friday. Hard to believe it's almost a year since I bought the F11. Still enjoying every mile I drive in it.
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    Diesel grades

    I've experimented with V-Power, BP Ultimate, Esso Supreme and Gulf Endurance. My experience has shown me little discernable difference in running or mpg between any of these 'Premium grades over the more affordable alternatives. Maybe after 3 or 4 tanks full I'd notice more something but apart from using V-Power exclusively for 3 weeks/2000 miles I've only ever used one tank at a time. The V-powder experiment yielded only a marginal difference in the power/weight ratio of the car+driver combination given that my wallet was considerably lighter. I found the engine seemed to be a little more noisy after a cold start using Gulf Endurance. After a few minutes it quientened down again. Apart from that it was all the same. I've nothing against supermarket diesel. I ran my old Passat exclusively on it for 6 years over 100000 miles without issue but since buying the F11 I've avoided them out of a probably misguided idea that I'm treating it to something a little more special, in much the same way as I'm washing it once or twice a week with Bilt Hamber stuff as opposed to the once a year with Turtle wax from Halfords the Passat had to endure. I'm currently using regular Gulf diesel because that's what they sell at at the garage I drive past most often and it's only 2p more expensive than the supermarkets round here. The car seems quite happy on it so I don't see the point paying the extra. If anything I'd be more tempted to use some Forte/Archoil once in a while.
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    Ambient lighting F11 LCI

    How often do you see are driving along with their rear fog lights on when there is no sign of any fog? People put them on thinking they need them but forget to turn them off, or fail to notice when they're no longer needed. Have you ever been dazzled by someone parked in a side road, in a lay-by on the other side of the road, facing oncoming traffic outside the paper shop etc because they have left their headlights on when they could/should have switched to sidelights? Auto headlights are all very well but the car doesn't know whether it's waiting at traffic lights or parked facing oncoming traffic at the paper shop. Some people are inattentive enough at the wheel already. Auto headlights just give them an opportunity to pay even less attention to what they're doing with their car.
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    2015 F10 PPS uncoding after accident

    Great write up. Thanks for sharing in such great detail. I now feel I know a little more of the dark art of coding. Must see about getting hold of a trustworthy version of E-SYS. I've a couple of things I'd like to try coding when I get round to it.
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    Ambient lighting F11 LCI

    My 530d 2014 LCI car has ambient lighting switched on without using the lights in auto position. Not sure what the difference would be on your car. Mine isn't an expolice car either so it's nothing to do with that. I know my ambient lighting alters it's brightness when you adjust the dash light brightness. If all else fails have you tried adjusting the wheel next to right switch? As an aside, I don't like auto lights either for the same reason as @HandyAndy_UK but Mrs CP loves them and can't see why anyone would not want to use them
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    Which Oil

    Just to say, I bought some of that last year. The seller was very helpful and easy to deal with in spite of an Ebay system error which made the transaction less than straightforward. I'd certainly recommend the seller. The oil seems fine too. I've done two services with it so far and my engine has had no complaints. Tescos also have some on special offer occasionally for a good price Same price as the Adsa stuff mentioned above.
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    520D Hesitant/ Stalling

    I would say to contact the seller first, depending on the shadyness of the dealer in question. I bought a car a few years ago from a dealer who said if any problems developed with the car not to take it anywhere else first or they'd refuse any warranty claim, the reasoning being if anyone else touches the car there's no guarantee they haven't done something to cause the fault. As it turned out that dealer had no intention of honouring any warranty claims as I found to my cost.