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

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  1. Phil_530d

    Statutory Vehicle Inspection

    @535i Andrew software is all up date (according to the BMW website) so it's a bit of a mystery....
  2. I'm sure "statutory vehicle inspection" used to show as a separate item in the idrive 'Service required' page (with a configurable MOT due date) but has disappeared on mine? Am I missing something obvious? Is there an easy fix?
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    Tyre Pressure Monitor Sensitivity

    Yep, on run flats hence why I'd like to understand if the system is working as intended. Presures last checked and system initialised about two weeks ago. I had a puncture a few years ago and it triggered then but that literally had 0 psi in it when I checked. Looks like the pressure loss wasn't enough to alter the rotating speed of that tyre.
  4. My 2011 F10 has the tyre pressure monitor, not the 'full fat' TPMS that detects specific pressure in each tyre. At what degree of pressure loss should I expect the monitor to trigger a warning? I checked this morning and one corner had dipped from 32psi / 2.2 bar to 25psi / 1.7 bar (~22% pressure loss) without triggering a warning. Is this normal?
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    Increased battery discharge

    That is indeed a quite a high price to pay !! No ista or Bimmercode unfortunately...
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    Increased battery discharge

    Thanks Marko. Proves you just need to know where to look!! Week 37 in 2011 presumably ... If I wanted to stick to BMW / Varta, any ideas how much BMW would steal from me (presumably this would include the coding?)
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    Increased battery discharge

    I have had this message show up today ... and a few fault codes with it. The car has its fair share of short runs but also does a 'dual carriageway speed' 20 mile drive 3 times a week or so. In response I charged the battery with Ctek MXS 5.0 charger for ~ 6 hours which then indicated it was fully charged. After a subsequent 1 hr run the voltage at idle was between 13.7v to 13 9v and up to 14.5v at quicker engine speed. However, the increased battery discharge message is still showing even if I clear the fault codes. I guess it is likely be the battery or an IBS fault. It may be the original (2011) battery - is there a way to identify age from the label? Is the recon function on the Ctek likely to resolve the issue?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I got mine from Ebay. The exact item from the seller I bought from is no longer available but this looks the same at a similar price from the same seller https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-F10-F11-M5-pair-gloss-black-kidney-grille-grilles-grills-double-twin-spoke-/254877800732?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286 If I'm being honest I was after the M5 style grilles with more of a defined kink in the vertical slats like the later generation cars but mine is a more rounded style. I have since found the following for a bit more money that appear to be more what I was after but I happy with mine for now  https://www.cksperformance.com/products/bmw-f10-f11-5-series-saloon-touring-kidney-grilles-gloss-black
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    In terms of the grilles, I wanted to retain the chrome originals undamaged to either sell on or keep in case I wanted to swap them back. Given this, I was paranoid about breaking some of the tabs if I used the Option 1 'industrial' method of pulling hard and asking questions later So, I adopted option 2 and removed the 4 or 5 screws holding the top of the bumper to the slam panel and managed to flex the bumper away enough to get a long screwdriver in there to push the levers on the top tabs down which then made pulling the remaining tabs that couldn't be reached easier. I managed to get the grilles out undamaged...the before and after shots are attached.
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    Weekend road trip

    I was looking to do the NC500 at some point too, probably next year now. Would be good to hear how it goes...
  11. This was my initial attempt at an innovative solution to get a bit of ventilation into the headlight to allow the moisture to escape whilst preventing any foreign objects getting in.... Needless to say (a) it didn't win any engineering awards; and (b) it didn't work. Hence the more drastic approach of taking the headlight out.
  12. Absolutely. Knowing what I know now, hopefully the worst case in the future (unless the lens is broken or the seal has gone completely) is that the water would kill the module. However this is ~£140 + coding to replace which is a lot more palatable than £1k. Bear in mind if you buy the headlight it would not come with a new module anyway (?)
  13. I had this and it eventually triggered a load of fault codes related to the lights/adaptive lights. I didn't fancy paying the thick end of £1k to replace the light unit so I removed it from the car and found that a quantity of water had gathered at the lowest point I.e where the headlight module slots in. I poured the water out of the unit, dried it out totally with a hairdryer and reinstalled to the car and hey presto fault codes gone and everything works perfectly. That was about 12-18 months ago. Removing the headlight is not too bad a job - you need to remove a few of the bumper bolts to allow the bumper to flex out of the way and the inner mounting bolt of the headlight is awkward but it's a job I am happy to repeat if required in the future. Especially if it means I don't need to spend lots of cash to replace what is, as mentioned, merely the shell of the headlight.
  14. Phil_530d

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I'm sure you could argue severe provocation...
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Ebay. The exact item from the seller I bought from is no longer available but this looks the same at a similar price from the same seller https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-F10-F11-M5-pair-gloss-black-kidney-grille-grilles-grills-double-twin-spoke-/254877800732?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286 If I'm being honest I was after the M5 style grilles with more of a defined kink in the vertical slats like the later generation cars but mine is a more rounded style. I have since found the following for a bit more money that appear to be more what I was after but I happy with mine for now https://www.cksperformance.com/products/bmw-f10-f11-5-series-saloon-touring-kidney-grilles-gloss-black
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