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Keith_H last won the day on July 7

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    E61 530i Sport

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  1. Keith_H

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Gave her a proper wash and polish for the first time in two months of ownership. Either I am getting used to driving a 3L auto or she did not like sitting unused on the sales lot because she is feeling much more responsive to my right foot. I will admit there were times that I regretted the purchase but I think we are getting to know each other now.
  2. Keith_H

    Quiet Tyres?

    Yes the car already had four regular tubeless tyres and a space saver spare, I just need the polystyrene tray that sits in the space saver and locates the jack, I've wrapped it in an old t shirt to stop it rattling around but not ideal. I am not sure about the powder coat either, I like the slightly darker silver of the spokes it is the dark shadow of the inside of the rims I am not keen on. Spent the morning cleaning her so all clean and shiny today.
  3. Keith_H

    Quiet Tyres?

    As a BMW new boy, help me out, these would be Shadow Chrome style 135 also known as MV2 ? (curb rash by previous owner ) I think that they look good from a distance but close up they always look like they need a good clean, the shadow area behind the spokes looks like brake dust build up. Tyres are Goodyear F1 Asymmertic 3 s fitted by the dealer when I bought the car so no idea what they cost. They are reasonably quite and have coped very well with the recent heavy rain at motorway speeds.
  4. Keith_H

    Yet another recall !!!

    It would appear that hot on the heals of the last recall BMW have issued another recall as of 6th August 2019 which I have confirmed on the VOSA web site. According to YouTube this one is related to the electric water pump.
  5. The moving 'red line' only lets you know that the engine is up to normal operating temperature, it does nothing to warn of over temperature. Obviously there is the hidden menu temperature read out not that I can remember how to get to it. Shame access to that sort of thing can not be scripted into the IDrive, I suppose if it added 'MaxPower' cred or a couple of horses someone would have hacked it.
  6. I know about the recall only from forums and Youtube, in the past I have had recall notifications posted to me by the DVLA, I had assumed that was because (in that case) Mercedes were obliged to pay the DVLA to notify all registered keepers of said vehicles. Anyone received a letter sent on behalf of BMW yet?
  7. Keith_H

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Friday evening she decided to dump her coolant on the road outside our house, investigations on Saturday morning showed that the hose to coolant flange on the cylinder head was leaking big time. The spigots on both sides of the flange had turned to chocolate crumb frantic phone calls on Saturday morning failed to turn up a replacement part until Tuesday morning, which would be fine unless the car was needed say to go to Gatwick for a 6am flight on Tuesday. So two options, go to Gatwick in the Vito van or improvise. One plumbing fitting, an o ring, the remains of the old flange and two hours on the lathe later... I fitted it this morning, cold pressure tested to 15PSI, did the electric pump coolant bleed thing then took it for a test drive. When I returned there was a slight weep from the improvised flange so not 100% successful but it will get me to Gatwick. New hose assembly will be ordered on my return.
  8. Keith_H

    Erroneous Tyre Pressure Warnings

    Yes that is correct the car uses the ABS reluctors to calculate relative revolutions of the wheel and hence tyre diameter, the calculations seem to be done over quite a long period / distance when the car is travelling at 'A road' speeds. My E61 had two new front tyres fitted before I picked it up, I had to re set the TPMS three times in the first hundred miles which was getting to be of concern. Touch wood it has not needed to be reset for the last four hundred or so miles so it it probably OK. If the problem kept returning I think I would be looking at the ABS system, grot or corrosion in the ABS rings would be a start. I take it you have no ABS warnings as you would have noticed it on the dash / idrive.
  9. Keith_H

    Top radiator hose split

    I don't have an E39 but most cars use the electric fan to help the viscose fan at high temperatures so have a thermo switch on the radiator or bottom hose, have you tried to override this to bring on the electric fan to check fan operation, also there should be a fuse for the fan worth while checking this before changing out the fan.
  10. Keith_H

    Carly - reliable/trustworthy?

    I bought into Carly within a week of getting the E61it is ok but I still want a PC based solution like the VCDS Ross Tech software I use on the Audi more for the live data displays than anything else. Anyone used BimCom which I gather was supposed to be a project started by Ross Tech. ? I too am not happy with the idea of a pirate copy of ISTA .
  11. Keith_H

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    I found an iPod interface in the same place so bought a used iPod that now lives in the glove box, it works well but I do need to replace the standard speakers. Plenty of audio threads on here so lots to think about.
  12. Keith_H

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Given the OP stated no codes stored I would punt for low fuel, happens in my 530i quite often. IIRC you can change the remaining range that it lights the warning at with Carly etc.
  13. Keith_H

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Unless they go into full grovel mode I would be reminding them of Face Book and Instagram.
  14. Keith_H

    Making tax digital - what are people doing?

    Interesting, I remembered looking at QB and thought it was more expensive, I will have to look into QB again. If you don't have a lot of input VAT to reclaim that could be a problem, fortunately I have not dealt with private customers for ten plus years.
  15. Keith_H

    Making tax digital - what are people doing?

    I am self employed and below the VAT threshold, as yet MTD is not compulsory however I have started using Quick File which is an on line accountancy solution. At its most basic level QF is free to use for small businesses allowing invoicing, purchasing and credit control and taking on line banking feeds. For heavier users or those wishing to make MTD submissions, pay roll etc. there are fees which from memory start around a fiver a month. The business model for small users is bases around add on sales, additional end of year accounts services and a bulk mail service to name a few. QF is a bit clunky and at times not so intuitive but there is an on line user forum administrated and contributed to by the writers of the package. I am not saying it is the best option but that it is the one I have chosen to use for the last three months, I will be listening to other opinions expressed in this thread and keeping an open mind as I have not 'bought in to it' so nothing to loose if I jump ship. BTW I have no connection with any of the above companies I am a sole trader working with AV systems.