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    F07 530d

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  1. *if its not genuine BMW then we can't support posts like this*
  2. Hi Mac, I assume it is an F07 5 series GT you are after and not an F11 ? For a budget of £11k you can treat yourself to a seriously nice motor. Depending on the mileage then you could pick up something between a 10 and 13 plate model. The shape of the car does divide opinion. However, I have had my 530 / 10 plate for 18 months now and I absolutely love it. It ticks every box I need. It drives superb, handles great, very quick off the mark, has loads of space inside, the load space is huge and very versatile and full of many comforts as standard. I can get over 50 mpg on a run, taking it easy and I’ve lost count of the number of compliments I’ve had over the car from friends and strangers alike. As with any car, try to find one with the highest spec you can. These came with a very high spec as standard from the factory, i.e. panoramic roof, heated front electric seats, sat nav, climate control, etc. but there were so many options available, it’s endless. There isn’t so many of these around so you might have to hunt for the right one ! I agree with everything Matthew has said and there are a few more common issues. Thankfully my sunroof lining is fine but my near side handbrake cable snapped, ( not the actuator), neither is that expensive and both easy to fix. The electric tailgate mechanisms can wear and also the rear window winder cables can snag up and snap. Possibly due to the frameless design and maybe under usage….. You should absolutely check the very inner edge of the rear tyres for extreme wear and even shredding, this is very common and not just the F07 ! Apart from the already mentioned, I don’t know of any other gremlins particular to the GT and I hope this doesn’t put you off as they’re no worse than many others and this is overall a fabulous car. Being a combination of the 7 and 5 series it really does give you the best of all worlds, Hope this helps with your hunting! I went from an E61 to the F07 and have a smile on my face every time I get in it …….
  3. Just to share. When I was looking for my F07 last year I discovered that this extreme rear wheel inner edge wear was alarmingly very common. It obviously affects the F10/11 too. When doing my homework on each car I was interested in, I looked up it’s mot history on DVLC and very quickly noticed that maybe 80% of all the cars had a record of an mot fail or advisory for inner edge wear, some on multiple occasions !! I have since discovered that this problem is actually ; A - a safety recall in the U.S. , not in Europe though ……. ! and B - more prevalent with the Goodyear Excellent , so much so they paid out on warranty claims admitting defects, The most “specced up” car I have ever seen had about 6mm of rubber across 95% of both rears and the inner edges were completely shredded to bits , similar to Runningman’s. After I showed the guy selling it nearly shit his pants, I sadly walked away from a fabulous car . After buying my F07 I got my wheels powder coated , paid £30 extra for a repair to a crack and replaced the Goodyears on the back ! All good up to now
  4. I couldn’t agree more with Matthew’s comment here, as with everything, you speak as you find and opinions often differ. Personally, I’ve used Pagid pads and discs for many years on my own and customer’s cars without issue. I believe they have always been a good all round value for money brand…… but that’s just my opinion……
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    Weak windscreen washer jets

    Yes they can. The angles at which the jets of water come out is non adjustable but you can alter the height at which they reach the screen. If you look underneath each nozzle housing there is a small Torx screw and a thin plastic hinge in front of it. By screwing it in or out it will change the angle of the housing against the hinge therefore squirting further up or down the screen. I should warn you though ; the housings are delicate and the hinge does get perished and can easily break. This is more common than most know and once broken is pretty much irresistible to repair !!!! Ask me how I know ! Believe me , I’ve tried every glue known to man, without success . Luckily I found a used “nozzle array” , which is even rarer than rocking horse toe nails and unicorn pubes ……. otherwise BMW will happily relieve you of £130 ish + vat Good luck and hope that helps .
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    F11 Wheel Offset

    Difficult one ! This may help ..... or not ! I think , possibly, that ET35 wheel may be right for a different model ? Could be wrong.... I dare say new alloys are lower down the pecking order on your Missus’ spending tree than yours !
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    F11 Wheel Offset

    Your tyre size is going to be a factor too ?
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    F11 Wheel Offset

    I have previously used a similar site called wheelsize.com in the past, again a good source of valuable info. My preference would always be to go for the exact offset for the car, as I think you’ve decided on. BMW spent a lot of time and money figuring out what that offset should be in the first place for a good reason. It’s surprising just how much difference a few millimetres can make to handling and increased wear, especially when your tyres are a pretty penny to replace ! Good luck finding your nice new rims .......... I always think, subconsciously, they’re the first think you see when you look at a car, good or bad, they make the it and hopefully make you smile !
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    F07 Replacing battery

    Here’s a pic of my old battery, again, like yours, it doesn’t signify AGM but I was assured by BMW that it was one. I have seen a few images of the same batteries with different labels, some with more info than others ??? Never got to figure it out ! As long as you have the right info coded into the car now though ..... happy days
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    F07 Replacing battery

    Tomnewo - Yep, the Exide is the one I bought. Fitted, working fine , no problem. That link to the Bosch one you show is a calcium battery and not an AGM one, which I’d be surprised if your original one isn’t agm. My car isn’t stop/start but because of the spec this is what BMW fitted from new.
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    F07 Replacing battery

    From what you’ve said I think fitting a new battery makes sense. I went down a similar road recently for my F07 530d 2010. You can get a decent replacement on fleabay for around the £130 mark. My original was a 92ah too. The one I got is an Exide AGM with 95Ah and 850cca with a 3 year warranty. The seller was a national motor factors so I ordered it online and collected it from my local shop but there are plenty online with free delivery. Search for an Exide EK950, other makes will show too ....! Unfortunately I don’t have access to any coding hardware or Ista so had to find an Indy who would register it to the car for me. Long story ...... but after a 15 minute job to fit it myself I did get it done, cost me £40 though ! which I thought was a bit steep. Now I know everyone is entitled to their profit and the garage had to buy the equipment and I didn’t , etc. but it took less than 2 minutes to complete and that included walking from the office to my car and connecting up ! I think £25 would have been a fair price but anyway , I’ve had my moan and all done, so in total it set me back less than £180 and no more e-gremlins ......
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    Weak O/S washer jet

    From recent experience I hope this may help after I changed my “washer array” back in September as the n/s nozzle housing was broken and leaked as opposed to a weak operation. In doing so I discovered the following ; A - the reason you have to change the whole section is because they are heated jets and the wiring and elements are sealed into the pipe work and plastic housings. Hence the £££££s for a new one ! B - the jets are fixed and set right back into the housing so can’t be reached with a pin to clean. C - the only adjustment possible is by turning a torx screw under each nozzle which gives a small amount of vertical range up and down the screen. D - there is a hinged part at the front of the nozzle between the housing and the flat section which clips to the bonnet, this becomes brittle, cracks and can then split, separating the two pieces. As this is what allows the nozzle to move for adjustment it will then spray wherever .... E - finding a second hand one was almost impossible as mostly they’re already broken or sellers won’t separate them from the bonnet. After 2 months searching I was about to give up and go to Bmw but then found one from a breakers in Sweden, cost me £45 delivered, lucky me, sorted F - getting the array off isn’t that obvious and easily broken ! Gently push the nozzle housing forward and then prise down the back end, squirt the the pipe work fixings with WD40 and give them a tug down. If you’re still awake after reading all that then I hope it helps in some way and good luck !!! Pete
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    Battery charging

    From what you’ve said I think fitting a new battery makes sense. I went down a similar road recently. Your quote of £280 ish all in is a bit much though if your happy to fit the battery yourself. You can get a decent replacement on fleabay for around the £130 mark. My original battery was pretty much the same as yours. The one I got is an Exide AGM with 95Ah and 850cca with a 3 year warranty. I collected mine from a local motor factors but there are plenty online with free delivery. Search for an Exide EK950, other makes will show too. Unfortunately I don’t have access to any coding hardware or Ista so had to find an Indy who would register it to the car for me. Long story ...... but after a 15 minute job to fit it myself I did get it done, cost me £40 though ! which I thought was a bit steep. Now I know everyone is entitled to their profit and the garage had to buy the equipment and I didn’t , etc. but it took less than 2 minutes to complete and that included walking from the office to my car and connecting up ! I think £25 would have been a fair price but anyway , I’ve had my moan and all done, so in total it set me back less than £180. Hopefully I’m all good for the winter now Good luck !
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    Engine oil question

    I only ever use Magnatec and have done for maybe 25 years, and fully synthetic these days ! As for a non branded oil, if it’s the right spec and you’re doing oil changes at lower mileage intervals, 6/7 ish thousand then you should expect it to do what it says on the tin !
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    Genuine bmw screen wash

    I used the Prestone stuff once and it smelled like someone was peeing on the screen too.....!! Never again. Personally I have been using Halfrauds own 5lt Berry flavour concentrate for years. Specifically the concentrate as it’s only a fiver and I mix it however I like depending on the weather. Used with many different cars down the years and never had a problem with blockages , freezing , etc, plus it smells great. I’m very much a “picky bugger” with my cars and I’m absolutely not a fan of the company but would definitely recommend this screenwash. Everyone will probably have their own opinion on it but I have always believed in regularly using my washers every time I get in the car and don’t fill up the reservoir until it’s almost empty, limiting the mix of old and new fluid. Maybe bollox, but it’s served me well for a very long time ,
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