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28 minutes ago, Ray112 said:

Looking good as always. And looks like your boot lid red/white light is not working. Or it's just picture maybe.


Ah, because I flick the catch when the tailgate is going to be open a long time etc... Don’t want to risk any battery drain :) 

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1 hour ago, d_a_n1979 said:

Emptied, hoovered, wiped down inside, glass cleaned then rinsed, snowfoamed, alloys & tyres washed/scrubbed, rinsed, washed, rinsed, Autoglym Polar Seal applied, rinsed, towel dried; alloys dried and treated, tyres dried and treated... Knackered :lol: 

 

After a lovely week away in Scarborough and lots of driving; the car was literally grey and the alloys had no shine to them whatsoever...!

 

Beginning: 

 

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Middle:

 

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End:

 

clean1.jpg
 

 

Touring is the only way to go ;-) thanks for sharing 

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These all look way bigger than the one I have in my 528i which I believe is standard.

I alway worry about leaving the doors open for too long or have had starting problems when car not used for few weeks.

 

Is that why you guys go for the bigger battery? As I thinking about changing mine. Cheers

 

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3 minutes ago, ssbmw528i said:

These all look way bigger than the one I have in my 528i which I believe is standard.

I alway worry about leaving the doors open for too long or have had starting problems when car not used for few weeks.

 

Is that why you guys go for the bigger battery? As I thinking about changing mine. Cheers

 

 

I wouldn't run a battery smaller than the ones I've linked to; these cars want a lot of juice when starting etc

 

If you've got a small battery installed; it's probably been done because it was cheaper etc

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It's true that the previous owner had put a tiny 60Ah battery as it was cheaper!

 

The same day I bought the car, I had to get a new one, especially as my son and his mates had a great time playing with the electric seats and battery went dead. From memory I think I went for a 80Ah but looks like the next one will be the one in the links.

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Hi all,

 

Well I’ve started!

She’s sitting on 15mm spaced style 66’s now. I’ll have to get the steering geometry checked & the wheels balanced now!

Service by trusted indie on 13 Oct, then a chat with recommended body specialists about sorting the paintwork, refining the wheels (I favour ‘Shadow Chrome’), new boots too. I’ve got the 16” turbines for winter already. 

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Edited by eleanorsskipper

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18 minutes ago, eleanorsskipper said:

Hi all,

 

Well I’ve started!

She’s sitting on 15mm spaced style 66’s now. I’ll have to get the steering geometry checked & the wheels balanced now!

Service by trusted indie on 13 Oct, then a chat with recommended body specialists about sorting the paintwork, refining the wheels (I favour ‘Shadow Chrome’), new boots too. I’ve got the 16” turbines for winter already. 

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Lovely 8) 

 

I'm looking to go back to Style 66s for my every day wheels too; already have a straight set for my winters (as pictured); but want to get a staggered set for summer wheels too... Just prefer the ride on the 17s in all honesty :) 

 

clean1.jpg

 

They're in Rover Gun Metallic Grey (DIY rattle can for the winters); but still look well unless you're really close to them, they they deffo look DIY ;):lol: 

Edited by d_a_n1979

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3 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:

Thanks, will check out. Currently I have yuasa 019 in, looks like since 2015 or 2016, but doesn't feel strong anymore, and winter is coming, I'm using park heater in mornings, so need a good, strong battery. Do you think yuasa 020 will fit? That's 110ah an size is 40mm longer. And it's about £20 cheaper in Halfords than 019 one.

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Just now, Ray112 said:

Thanks, will check out. Currently I have yuasa 019 in, looks like since 2015 or 2016, but doesn't feel strong anymore, and winter is coming, I'm using park heater in mornings, so need a good, strong battery. Do you think yuasa 020 will fit? That's 110ah an size is 40mm longer. And it's about £20 cheaper in Halfords than 019 one.

 

IIRC the 020 will fit, but you do away with the clamp.

 

The 019 is more than capable enough for these cars; even with using the Webasto etc...

 

I'd personally go for either of the Bosch as they have a solid warranty

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34 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

IIRC the 020 will fit, but you do away with the clamp.

 

The 019 is more than capable enough for these cars; even with using the Webasto etc...

 

I'd personally go for either of the Bosch as they have a solid warranty

Any experience with warranty service on batteries bought at internet shops, not much hassle if battery need replacing at some time? I always bought them in store so far.

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1 hour ago, Ray112 said:

Any experience with warranty service on batteries bought at internet shops, not much hassle if battery need replacing at some time? I always bought them in store so far.

 

Never had issues via Tanya (although that was a good few years back) or ECP (battery I bought for my E38 started losing power after 6 weeks or so; swapped out there & then); Halfords too (had issues years ago with the battery I bought for my 1st E39 and they refunded me without quibble etc).

 

All bought online and delivered

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On 10/09/2020 at 17:39, Ray112 said:

Why to do pre MOT inspection if you follow and keep good condition of car? You can take it 30 days earlier for actual MOT test and not loose your end date. If it passes - happy days, it's another year and some days extra, if it fails ( apart from "dangerous" category), you can still drive it while getting repaired until end of actual MOT expiry date. For example mine expired in 17th August, but I passed it on 18th July with next expire date still on 17th August.

Thought I ought to point out that if you take your car in for mot early and it fails it voids you’re current MOT. That came in in January 1st  a couple of years ago

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7 minutes ago, TerryTibbs said:

Thought I ought to point out that if you take your car in for mot early and it fails it voids you’re current MOT. That came in in January 1st  a couple of years ago

It avoids MOT only if car has failed with something, that's classified as "dangerous", otherwise if car is roadworthy, it can carry on driving unit it is repaired and passes retest or actual MOT expiry date has come. My MOT tester said the same thing this year, so not sure what to believe now. Would like to see where's your information actually coming from. Maybe you have any link where to find this point?

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2 hours ago, Ray112 said:

It avoids MOT only if car has failed with something, that's classified as "dangerous", otherwise if car is roadworthy, it can carry on driving unit it is repaired and passes retest or actual MOT expiry date has come. My MOT tester said the same thing this year, so not sure what to believe now. Would like to see where's your information actually coming from. Maybe you have any link where to find this point?

My mot tester told me, although sounds more reasonable that it would be a dangerous defect to void the running mot, I’ll probably bump into him this week so I’ll quiz him on the specifics of it

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3 minutes ago, TerryTibbs said:

My mot tester told me, although sounds more reasonable that it would be a dangerous defect to void the running mot, I’ll probably bump into him this week so I’ll quiz him on the specifics of it

On a quick look at gov website, only thing told about fail before expiry date is that if test is failed, you can take car away if previous MOT isn't expired and there are no dangerous defects, car is still roadworthy. So if you can take it away, you can still drive it.

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0830 - dropped off for MOT

0930 - collected; full clean pass ;) 

 

And then took it for a firewood run; so the clean/pristine interior now needs hoovering again :roll::lol: 

Edited by d_a_n1979

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21 hours ago, Ray112 said:

On a quick look at gov website, only thing told about fail before expiry date is that if test is failed, you can take car away if previous MOT isn't expired and there are no dangerous defects, car is still roadworthy. So if you can take it away, you can still drive it.

Yes I’ve read the same today, my tester is a “glass half empty” kinda guy tbh (miserable bast@rd) ;)

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Well!

I am v aware that my flexible brake pipes are 22yrs old, so I thought I’d change them for armoured pipes & at the same time clean up all the rest of the gubbins behind the wheels.

The next question being what colour should the callipers be etc.

That decision has largely been resolved by the quote for the refurbishment of the wheels.

Gloss black powder coated by a recommended place is £388 inc vat for all 4 in gloss black!

A good price I feel, so the colours of the pipes & callipers my be red, or black, or M sport striped!!!

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Just now, eleanorsskipper said:

Well!

I am v aware that my flexible brake pipes are 22yrs old, so I thought I’d change them for armoured pipes & at the same time clean up all the rest of the gubbins behind the wheels.

The next question being what colour should the callipers be etc.

That decision has largely been resolved by the quote for the refurbishment of the wheels.

Gloss black powder coated by a recommended place is £388 inc vat for all 4 in gloss black!

A good price I feel, so the colours of the pipes & callipers my be red, or black, or M sport striped!!!

 

IMO silver or black; other colours just don't suit the calipers unless it's got a BBK fitted; but, each to their own. Black or silver just looks subtle IMO :) 

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