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    F10 530d MSport. Previously E90 335i MSport and before that E46 330iSE

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  1. What are the views on these? Are they the modern version of the '70s named sun shades stickers on every Escort Mk 3 and Capri... Or 'nice'....
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    Headlight condensation fix?

    I had quite a bit of condensation in one of my headlights recently. With the wet weather and having to dive through lots of water recently i assume moisture had somehow got into the headlight housing. Having seen the price of new headlamp (£800 - as it's adaptive xenon!!! :-0) in case I need to replace it, i tried gently warming the outside of the lens with a hairdryer with the plastic cap off the top off the headlight which fortunately got rid of the worst of it and left the cap off for a few days which has got rid of the remainder. Fingers crossed it stays relatively clear. If it does recurr, at least i know i can get the moisture out - £800 for a new one is not fun.
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    530d starting issues

    My 530d (2011) normally starts straight away when pushing the start button. However, recently if the car has been left idle for a day, when i try to start the car the following day nothing happens when the start button is pressed (starter does not turn the engine over). There is no dashboard message about diesel pre-heating (only likey to appear in much colder weather?) It takes a few ignition on/off routines before the engine fires into life. Oddly enough, over the summer at one point the car was idle for 5 days and started fine the following day. It's seems to be the one day stood still that triggers the issue. Haven't had fault codes read yet but anyone had similar issues?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    19 inch OEM, style 351Ms?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    What are the stats on the map Mike? Would you recommend?
  6. Anyone else had this? Only happens when cold and between 800 and 1,000rpm. Issue disappears when up to temperature so not a big issue. Yes, I will get the fault codes read at some point but just wondered if any other 3.0d owners (the 258bhp version) had this and what the issue and resolution cost was. Ta
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Yeah, the price to do the rear bush only was £278 but they recommended doing the front two as well which I thought was worth doing as I plan to keep the car for a while.
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    Non-Genuine Wheel Centre Caps - eBay, etc

    I've just ordered a set of four for £3.68 off the well known auction site. I have low expectations....
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    72k. BMW wanted £600 to do the job but local indy German car specialist did for £378. I dont mind doing straightforward bits on mine but didn't fancy dropping the rear sub frame etc. and didn't have the bush extraction tool. The rear diff bush was knackered (two of the four 'spokes' in the bush were split through). Sometimes when I engaged drive or reverse I could feel the transmission jerk. This has now gone so pleased I had it done
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    Buying advice bmw 530d f10

    Differential rear mounting bush. A known weakness on all F10s i.e. not specific to the 530d but it's a £600 @ main dealer / £280 @ indy job.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    New differential bushes fitted to my F10 (2 at front and 1 at rear).
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    Roof bars/racks

    No idea on fuel consumption I'm afraid, however, having the box on the car didn't seem to prompt a refuelling stop earlier than expected. I am sure there are other contributors on here that could offer a more scientific answer of a typical impact on mpg
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    Roof bars/racks

    I've used them and they do the job very well at a competitive price - just remember to insert the rubber profile in any unused slots (including on the underside of the bars) otherwise you will get a shed load of noise at any decent speed. In terms of storage of a roof box (if you were thinking of getting one) an option is to suspend it in the garage roof space by attaching 2 'fasty' straps to the garage ceiling (screwing into joists) and lifting up into the roof space out the way when not in use as in the pic.