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  1. ger

    Thermostat failure

    Recently my brother has been reporting that his car (virtually identical to mine, a e61 535d, 2008, about 70,000miles) was hanging on to revs before changing gear and that his mpg was down. This got me thinking of thermostats (I understand that the gearbox control sw hangs on to gears more when engine/box is cold, to help get things warmed up quicker, so hanging on to revs-not warming up-stats!). We had changed the engine and egr thermostats last year, so I naturally thought of the gearbox heat exchanger and duly fitted the inline thermostat mod. This seemed to do the trick for a few days. Then the temps dropped a bit, mid 70's. Ok. I had a spare egr thermostat so thought it a good idea to swap that out, it was a relatively quick job. Unfortunately, the temps remained identical. Only one left was the engine thermostat. So, we got a new one and changed it today. I was pretty shocked to find that the replacement I fitted last year had broken! The plastic that holds the thermostat down, on one side has snapped! Another pic: The spring pressure is quite strong and over time the plastic must have given up. I presume the wax part of the stat was ok, but this made things difficult for it to work or it's extended too far and leaked out. Either way, with the new stat fitted, the car is again at running temp and gets there quickly. The broken stat was a Vernet from eurocarparts. We got a Circoli one this time as it was in stock locally and a bit cheaper! Glad it was different, let's hope this one lasts longer. If I find the receipt, I'll take it in to see if they'll replace it or give us some money back. Anyway, sometging else to think of with these bloody things!
  2. drpep999

    Touring SLS failure

    Hi everyone, One of my air bags has just popped and the car is sitting on its arse. I can hear it hissing as its trying to pump it up. What I need to know is, can I drive it like this or will it damage things. Presumably its sitting on the bump stops which are meant for occasional use. Would it sit at 50 on the motorway OK. Got to get back to London this evening. 70mile drive. Thoughts/ experience appreciated please. I'll probably delete the SLS after this.
  3. fakebob

    Failed MOT on bushes!

    Hi Guys! It's been a while since I posted - it's been a difficult few months, but Brutus (my 04 reg E61) is still keeping me smiling every time I drive him! But....he failed his MOT on bushes - specifically the Rear upper link arm and Front axle lower rear link arm. The Garage quoted me almost £300 to supply and fit - that's not even BMW OEM parts! With a free re-test of course! I managed to buy the same parts online for £90 and I'm hoping to do the work myself to save me some pennies (my Mrs is livid - I only bought the car in June!) My question is: I have rebuilt some cars in the past - is changing these a big thing to do DIY on the driveway with some axle-stands and a decent torque-wrench or something I should get the mechanics to do? How long does the job take for a competent DIYer and how long for a garage? Any help would be appreciated!! Thanks in advance! FakeBob
  4. Hi, So the car started complaining about this, and from the looks of it, I'm guessing it means the bulb is out seeing as one side is off. I've googled changing this, and it looks doable, but I will have to get an extender socket thing. What would a garage charge me to do this? Halfords are selling replacements at £60, while ebay has all kinds ranging from £5. What bulbs will fit and where should I get them from? If I'm gonna get hit with a charge like £50 per bulb to swap, I think this might spur me to give it a go. What do you guys do? Thanks Jon
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