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  1. Cadwell Parker

    Air dryer rebuilt

    Thanks for taking the time to post such a detailed write up. It's posts like this which make the forum such an amazing resource.
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    Potential F11 buyer- Winter tyres

    Just to add to the above comments, I fitted some Crossclimate+ to my F11 running non staggered wheels a few weeks ago. I was planning to do a proper review of them once the colder UK weather sets in but for now I can say after +/_ 2000 miles on them they are proving to be excellent tyres, especially impressive in wet conditions. Admittedly I've mostly been just trundling 30 odd miles to and from work on them but I made a point of going for a more enthusiastic, exploratory drive in the rain the other day, on a quiet mountain road I know well full of fast open corners where you can start to really push tyres. They were a revelation. I didn't push them anywhere near their limit, just drove the car quickly enough so as to be making 'reasonable progress'. Considering the wet conditions I'd been expecting to feel them start moving around a little on the road but they just felt stuck to the road so I pushed them a little harder but still no sign of slipping, just confidence inspiring grip. The true test of these tyres will be in the depths of winter I guess but for now, for everyday sensible driving they feel like very capable tyre and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. I don't know if they'd come in 275/40/18 if that's what you have on your car, or how much extra they'd cost but if you find you have the standard sized non staggered wheels I paid just short of £600 fitted through Blackcircles. Let us know what you get and how they work for you.l
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    F10 offside scuttle drain point clean out

    Yes great write up, thanks Andrew. I must get round to doing mine on both sides. They seem to drain reasonably well just now but as the car lives outside all the time they're only going to get worse.
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    Brake prices - why so varied?

    I paid ECP £439 for Brembo discs and pads all round earlier this year and paid a good indy to fit them while they were doing some other work on the car. Mine is a 530d F11 so your brakes might be slightly different and more costly. Not sure regarding Ridex discs but I'm advised the cheapest of cheap discs are a false ecomomy and best avoided. Brakes and tyres are two things worth spending on. Just avoid letting BMW rip you off.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    That's what I had done. I didn't get any videos though, just a phone call when it was ready. I feel cheated Glad to see they're doing a proper job for you.
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    F11 tailgate corrosion

    Just spotted this earlier, on the bottom edge of the tailgate where the rubber seal is so you can't see it unless you open the tailgate and look up. The paint is bubbling up in a few places. Surprised I've not seen it before actually. I'm taking the car to Lloyds bodyshop in Carlisle tomorrow for an inspection with a view to repair under warranty. I had a quick Google but can't see much else around on the subject so it'll be interesting to see how this pans out. Will post up some photos in the morning.
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    F11 tailgate corrosion

    Just a quick update on this for now... After waiting 2 weeks for Lloyds to get back to me since having my car inspected I decided it was time to call them for a chat. I was told my repair has been authorised by BMW and they were getting round to letting me know but have been very busy and my job had yet to rise to the top of the pile (my paraphrasing). One assumes they're innundated with other corrosion related warranty work They are booked solid up til next Wednesday so I've arranged drop my car off for repair on the 16th as Mondays are the most convenient day for me to see them. I said yes when asked if I'll need a courtesy car and politely suggested they give me one of their Minis this time as previously I had a Honda Jazz and this time fancy a change. They didn't promise but said they'd try to arrange it. I doubt it'll be a Cooper S or anything so interesting but it'll be fun to try something different for three days. A bit disappointing they took so long to not get back to me but at least it's getting sorted quicker than some.
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    Engine oil, brakes and idrive inaccuracy

    Check when warm but let it stand for 10 mins or so first. As mentioned above level ground is also vital. It doesn't take much of a slope to make quite a difference on the stick.
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    F11 tailgate corrosion

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    Winter tyre options... Can I go to 275 45 18??

    You'd also need to be sure they were genuine BMW wheels and not some of the inferior copies I understand can be found for sale on certain online market places.
  11. Sound advice. I can get better than 50mpg on my regular drive to work in my F11 530d if I'm careful. Sometimes I'm less careful so my average over 12000 or so miles is almost 45mpg. Mrs CP is currently driving an N47 equipped 120d F20 and has been getting between 50 and 51 mpg between fills. Granted the N47 is an older motor and she does a lot more urban driving than me but the 6 cylinder motor is so much more refined to drive I think it's worth paying a little more in fuel for the pleasure.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Here's the plate from my F11 showing the recommended pressures... Just to agree with the previous comments, I'd say you need to get your suspension geometry/alignment checked out. I had my F11 done on a Hunter set up when I had new tyres fitted recently and it made a big difference to the feel of the car. Looking at those photos you'll notice a major improvement.
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    F11 tailgate corrosion

    It's certainly not what you'd expect, quite disappointing really. This is the second time I've had to visit the bodyshop with corrosion issues since buying my 2014 plate car in February this year. Like you I didn't see any evidence of it before buying but maybe we just see what we expect to see until the unexpected becomes more obvious. They will probably just blend the new new paint at the edges of the adjoining panels as far as they need to make it look right. I'm not sure they'll be doing the whole door/ quarters unless they're part of the repair I wouldn't be surprised if you find that 4th door going the same way before long. I had all four done on mine. Three were obvious, one was just starting to show if you looked very carefully. Where on the car is the rust in your first picture?
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    F11 tailgate corrosion

    That's encouraging. I'm still waiting to hear back from Lloyds after the inspection the other day. I guess the holiday weekend has delayed proceedings. They agreed the repair to my doors within 36 hours earlier in the year. I'll chase them up soon if I dont hear from them
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    They look very nice and suit the car very well. Quite an improvement. Which style wheels are they?
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    Ista wont open??

    Do you mean the shortcut on your desktop which you'd double click to start ISTA+
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    F10 Pre Lci Electric Steering Adjust not working

    I got mine here https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F222189244432 It works fine with ISTA+. I've not looked at any of the software on the accompanying DVD though.
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    F11530d running hot?

    That's good to hear. Sounds like your car is behaving more or less the same as mine temperature wise. The water temp does tend to fluctuate quite a bit. Maybe you just have a sticky needle on the oil temp gauge.
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    F11 tailgate corrosion

    I'm not sure. Don't have a magnet to hand either. No, the rust is on the part of the tailgate which meets up with the seal and is actually facing forwards when the tailgate is closed. It's nowhere near touching the bumper. The car got inspected yesterday so I'm just waiting to hear whether BMW are going to authorise the claim.
  20. I recently changed the cabin filters in my F11. I refered to Newtis and posts elsewhere on here for guidance but found the most problematic aspect of the job for me was not mentioned anywhere so thought I'd post it here in case anyone else is having the same difficulties. Removing the trim panel on the side of the transmission tunnel was the part I struggled with for a while. The instructions I'd read said after removing the Torx screw at the front of the panel I should be able to slide the panel forward and remove it. In fact there are two green plastic fixings behind the panel on my car which I'd not seen mentioned anywhere which needed to be pulled from their locating holes before the panel would slide forward to clear the fixing tabs further back. After messing around for a while trying to be careful to avoid breaking anything and getting increasingly annoyed with the stubborn trim which was refusing to move as described I must've pulled it in just the right way to separate the fixings. Then it was clear what had been holding things back and the job was easy from there on. If you can get your fingers in behind the trim a good sharp pull should separate the fixings, hopefully without breaking anything else
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    Help please

    That's bad for you. Sorry to hear that. I was wondering how easy used parts would be to find. I think adaptive drive (if that's what you have) is quite rare, being quite an expensive option to order when new so not many people appreciated the value of it when speccing new cars.
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    Help please

    Call me a pedant but I think Pedro is talking about dynamic drive. VDC is just adjustable shocks like I have on my car whereas dynamic drive gives you adjustable roll bars as well and takes things to a whole new level. I'm quite envious.
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    F11 tailgate corrosion

    Here's a few photos of what's going on... It's getting inspected at Lloyds at 1.30 today so fingers crossed.
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    Help please

    That's quite a shock. I feel for you. Is that BMW labour charges? Are they quoting for just the broken roll bar or other bits as well which could possibly be swapped from your broken bar? No idea if that's possible with your suspension, just thinking out loud. I imagine the parts would be the the majority of that quote but a trusted indy garage would charge a lot less to fit them.
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    Corrosion on F11 doors

    I just realised there is rust starting to show through at the top of my doors, just under the front edge of the trim at the bottom of the windows. This is particularly annoying as the car is no longer covered by the warranty I had from the the indy dealer and I have recently been spending time polishing and waxing the paint. I was going to take the car to a local bodyshop today to get an estimate for repair but having seen the comments on this thread... ... it looks like a visit to my nearest BMW dealer might be in order. I need to go and read the whole thread to get the full picture but as the car is only 5 years old I understand it should be covered by the 12 year corrosion warranty. As the corrosion is appearing at the same place on all 4 doors I think it'd be difficult for BMW to claim it's a result of stone chips or accident damage. Off now to read more that thread but Id welcome any advice on how best to approach dealing with BMW