What have you done to your BMW today?

What have you done to your BMW today?

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Mr Tidy

13,819 posts

92 months

Friday 9th April
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MikeM6 said:
Abs, tyre pressure and DSC?
Yep, the usual trifecta. rolleyes

I cleared a load of codes this morning, so I'll find out next time I drive it!

MikeM6

3,427 posts

67 months

Friday 9th April
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Mr Tidy said:
Yep, the usual trifecta. rolleyes

I cleared a load of codes this morning, so I'll find out next time I drive it!
Going to be a wheel speed sensor isn't it?

Court_S

4,595 posts

142 months

Saturday 10th April
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MikeM6 said:
Going to be a wheel speed sensor isn't it?
Was on my 125i the other week.

Carly would temporarily clear the lights but they would come back on when the car was next started. I also had an error code for a rear speed sensor which hasn’t come back since it was changed.

Mr Tidy

13,819 posts

92 months

Saturday 10th April
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MikeM6 said:
Going to be a wheel speed sensor isn't it?
I'm hoping it might be one of those random codes BMWs like throwing up when the battery is dying - but I'll find out tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

RicoOS

57 posts

24 months

Sunday 11th April
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Court_S said:
Changed the rear dampers on my 140i.

The rear end of the car has always felt like it’s biggest weak point with sone fairly cheap dampers. The H+R springs and underbody brace seemed to improve things a bit but there was still room for improvement especially at NSL speeds.

I’ve fitted Bilstein B8’s and the M Performance bump stops. The whole process was a piece of cake and much easier than the E88 ones I replaced a few weeks ago mainly because I didn’t have to remove all of the boot trim.









A quick test drive afterwards and there is a notable improvement; the ride is firm and a bit jiggly still on poor roads at 30mph or so but it’s notably better at higher speeds. There were a few bits locally that really upset the back end (a compression and a sharp ridge) and there’s a big improvement. Before it felt like the OE dampers were still trying to figure out what to do 50 yards down the road, these seem to deal with imperfections much better.
I'd thoroughly recommend reading up about the work that Birds BMW do on the 1 series (and other models) to get them handling and riding right. by all accounts they are very good at making them the cars they should have been out of the factory.


d_a_n1979

2,784 posts

37 months

Sunday 11th April
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Not today, but last weekend; swapped out the winter Style 66s and Avon winter tyres for a newly refurbed set of Style 66s in Ferric Grey and shod with Michelin PS4 tyres all round thumbup





d_a_n1979

2,784 posts

37 months

Sunday 11th April
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RicoOS said:
Court_S said:
Changed the rear dampers on my 140i.

The rear end of the car has always felt like it’s biggest weak point with sone fairly cheap dampers. The H+R springs and underbody brace seemed to improve things a bit but there was still room for improvement especially at NSL speeds.

I’ve fitted Bilstein B8’s and the M Performance bump stops. The whole process was a piece of cake and much easier than the E88 ones I replaced a few weeks ago mainly because I didn’t have to remove all of the boot trim.









A quick test drive afterwards and there is a notable improvement; the ride is firm and a bit jiggly still on poor roads at 30mph or so but it’s notably better at higher speeds. There were a few bits locally that really upset the back end (a compression and a sharp ridge) and there’s a big improvement. Before it felt like the OE dampers were still trying to figure out what to do 50 yards down the road, these seem to deal with imperfections much better.
I'd thoroughly recommend reading up about the work that Birds BMW do on the 1 series (and other models) to get them handling and riding right. by all accounts they are very good at making them the cars they should have been out of the factory.
My pals 140i has the Birds Suspension on it and it rides/handles superbly, but it's not overly aggressive, if that makes sense?

I don't know what the specs are, but it suits the car well from my opinion

Court_S

4,595 posts

142 months

Sunday 11th April
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RicoOS said:
I'd thoroughly recommend reading up about the work that Birds BMW do on the 1 series (and other models) to get them handling and riding right. by all accounts they are very good at making them the cars they should have been out of the factory.
The Birds set up is very good by all accounts but it’s expensive. To be honest, I’d rather put that sort of cash towards an M2.

g3org3y

Original Poster:

16,658 posts

156 months

Sunday 11th April
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Replaced the OS fog light bulb. That was an arse of a job that involved 3 separate efforts (access with rusted bolt holding arch lining, seized bulb holder in mounting, bulb snapping in half as it was so stuck in, buying incorrect bulb etc) but it's done now and no further warnings on the dash when starting.

Court_S

4,595 posts

142 months

Sunday 11th April
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Said good bye to this little sucker yesterday....





Whilst we were fiddling in that area, the old gearbox mounts were replaced with some E46 M3 ones. The old ones looked in pretty good condition but were very squishy compared to the new ones.

The clutch feels so much better without the CDV. Can’t tell if the gearbox mounts have made a huge difference but they weren’t expensive and were easy to fit.

New discs, pads and wear sensor ordered today so I can fit the 330mm front brakes. I tried to use some used discs that more or less came with the brake carriers but the brakes are juddering. Lesson learned trying to do stuff cheaply. They’re much more powerful though despite only a 30mm increase.

Washed my 140i today.

g3org3y

Original Poster:

16,658 posts

156 months

Sunday 11th April
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Easy to do the CDV?

What symptoms did you have suggestive of worn gearbox mounts?

ThePrisoner

868 posts

173 months

Sunday 11th April
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I cleaned the rear parking Camera lens of my newly acquired M135

Court_S

4,595 posts

142 months

Sunday 11th April
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g3org3y said:
Easy to do the CDV?

What symptoms did you have suggestive of worn gearbox mounts?
CDV was a piece of cake to remove. There was more than enough line to whip it out and clip I’d back together.

It was easier with two people; I held my finger over one end which minimised the amount of fluid lost.

There were I real symptoms of dodgy gearbox mounts. They were original and the E46 M3 ones were £12 each. Dead easy to replace so whilst the undertray was off I figured we’d swap them. The originals were very soft compared to the new ones.

Court_S

4,595 posts

142 months

Wednesday 14th April
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Fitted new 330mm front discs and new pads tonight.





If nothing else they look less lost behind the wheels despite only a 30mm increase. I’ll do the rears at some point because they’re a bit crusty and there’s a decent lip on the inner face. It’s not loads of money.

Super_G

848 posts

63 months

Thursday 15th April
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Winter boots off.
Summer ones on.

440i GC

g3org3y

Original Poster:

16,658 posts

156 months

Thursday 15th April
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How many weeks has it been since I had the 6 Series sorted?

Parked up at work (staff carpark) and someone has very helpfully reversed into the front left wing. Fortunately they left their details with reception.

*sigh*

_Hoppers

618 posts

30 months

Thursday 15th April
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Got the wheels refurbed in Ferric Grey. Wasn’t sure about the colour once I picked it up but it’s growing on me!


Super_G

848 posts

63 months

Thursday 15th April
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g3org3y said:
How many weeks has it been since I had the 6 Series sorted?

Parked up at work (staff carpark) and someone has very helpfully reversed into the front left wing. Fortunately they left their details with reception.

*sigh*
Sucks but good to know human decency still exists.

PaulW100

34 posts

33 months

Friday 16th April
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Had the 120k mile keeper in for service and replace rear lower ball joint today, have been using The workshop, specialist BMW independent for servicing and repairs for the last few services and recommend them very highly.


Also this month, all 4 wheels refurbished, powder coated and diamond cut by Platinum Wheels in Leeds. Again, very strongly recommend these guys too if you're in West Yorkshire an in the need of refurb.



Court_S

4,595 posts

142 months

Friday 16th April
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g3org3y said:
How many weeks has it been since I had the 6 Series sorted?

Parked up at work (staff carpark) and someone has very helpfully reversed into the front left wing. Fortunately they left their details with reception.

*sigh*
What an absolute pisser but at least they left details.

Have they done much damage?