What have you done to your BMW today?

What have you done to your BMW today?

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RichardM5

1,559 posts

102 months

Friday 23rd April
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Court_S said:
RichardM5 said:
Totally agree, gave my E39 a good wash today, the sun really shows off the blue in Carbon Black.

That’s rather lovely; my all time favourite M5.
Thanks. I can't think of a better all rounder that I'd rather have. The combination of fast, comfortable, spacious, new enough tech but not too complex, classic lines, visibility etc etc are unbeatable IMO. It's a bit thirsty and some parts are stupid expensive, but otherwise neigh on perfect.

Sticks.

6,830 posts

217 months

Friday 23rd April
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Apologies for poor pic. For its upciming 17th birthday, hood recoloured, engine cleaned (dusted, mostly) and a polish.




Court_S

4,965 posts

143 months

Friday 23rd April
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Fed and cleaned my 140 ready for a very early morning trip to North Wales with a couple of mates tomorrow. Will be the first time I’ve hit out just for fun since the Elan Valley last October.





I’m sure it was probably pointless removing this weeks collection of dust and dead flies but I was bored and the sun was out.

Mr Tidy

14,109 posts

93 months

Friday 23rd April
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Collected my refurbished Style 224 wheels with new tyres and got them fitted to my Z4M Coupe this afternoon. I even fitted new centre caps!




nomis36

287 posts

130 months

Friday 23rd April
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Mr Tidy said:
Collected my refurbished Style 224 wheels with new tyres and got them fitted to my Z4M Coupe this afternoon. I even fitted new centre caps!



Lovely that! I do like a Z4 coupe. Looks great in silver too. If I had the means I’d look into one of these as a second car but I don’t and a 2 seater is a bit too much of a compromise as a main car for me.

Mr Tidy

14,109 posts

93 months

Friday 23rd April
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nomis36 said:
Lovely that! I do like a Z4 coupe. Looks great in silver too. If I had the means I’d look into one of these as a second car but I don’t and a 2 seater is a bit too much of a compromise as a main car for me.
Thanks, I've had three of them since 2014 (but this is my 1st "M") because I think they look great and luckily mine is my second car - my 3 Series daily is sort of visible in the background!

Court_S

4,965 posts

143 months

Saturday 24th April
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Used my car today for a decent road trip to north Wales. Lots of fun was had.





I now have a vast collection of dead bugs n the front again!

danneth

789 posts

153 months

Sunday 25th April
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OK few days late but...

Few bits of hardware/mapping completed


to3m

1,106 posts

136 months

Sunday 25th April
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Went to replace my car's winter wheels with its summer ones, but it looks like they're rusted tightly on.

I'd started with one of the rears. Finding it impossible to remove, I tightened the bolts just with my fingers, and lowered the car back down in the hope of breaking the seal. But, no. Not even so much as a creak.

I drove the car back and forth for a few metres a few times, hoping for a nice cracking noise or something, but... nothing. Lifted the car back up again, undid 4 bolts with my fingers, the 5th with a wrench (it had tightened itself just enough to require it) - wheel still as tightly stuck on as before frown

I suppose this does mean the wheels won't come off in normal use, probably no bad thing.

liner33

8,525 posts

168 months

Monday 26th April
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to3m said:
Went to replace my car's winter wheels with its summer ones, but it looks like they're rusted tightly on.

I'd started with one of the rears. Finding it impossible to remove, I tightened the bolts just with my fingers, and lowered the car back down in the hope of breaking the seal. But, no. Not even so much as a creak.

I drove the car back and forth for a few metres a few times, hoping for a nice cracking noise or something, but... nothing. Lifted the car back up again, undid 4 bolts with my fingers, the 5th with a wrench (it had tightened itself just enough to require it) - wheel still as tightly stuck on as before frown

I suppose this does mean the wheels won't come off in normal use, probably no bad thing.
Typical BMW ime , I use Fluid film on wheel face and seems to stop it

d_a_n1979

2,963 posts

38 months

Monday 26th April
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Mr Tidy said:
Collected my refurbished Style 224 wheels with new tyres and got them fitted to my Z4M Coupe this afternoon. I even fitted new centre caps!



That looks spot-on thumbup

d_a_n1979

2,963 posts

38 months

Monday 26th April
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RichardM5 said:
DVandrews said:
The E46 and E39 were the pinnacle of BMW styling, Best looking by far.
Totally agree, gave my E39 a good wash today, the sun really shows off the blue in Carbon Black.

What a superb colour cool

bodhi

6,421 posts

195 months

Monday 26th April
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Took it for it's first wash of 2021! A combination of sketchy old paintwork, issues getting water to our parking area and downright laziness means I do tend to take it to the various washes around town, so ventured over to my preferred one and got it washed and dried. Stopped off on the way home for it's latest litre of oil, and depending on how work goes this afternoon I may get the polish out later.



(Picture taken from a distance so you can't see the pebbledashed bonnet, random bit of cement stuck to it and badly peeling alloys)

It will be 7 years and 100k miles with the car next month and I'm still enjoying it just as much as when I picked it up.

g3org3y

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16,939 posts

157 months

Monday 26th April
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All these clean car photos are making me feel bad. All my cars are filthy. The only one that is clean is the Z4 and that's because it's been in the garage since last autumn (dusty!).

Olivergt

633 posts

47 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Adjusted the front bumper, took me 3 minutes.

Before:



After:



I have discs and pads to go on all round shortly as well.

mooseracer

986 posts

136 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Visited these fine chaps and parted with a fair chunk of money.

Mr Tidy

14,109 posts

93 months

Tuesday 27th April
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liner33 said:
to3m said:
Went to replace my car's winter wheels with its summer ones, but it looks like they're rusted tightly on.

I'd started with one of the rears. Finding it impossible to remove, I tightened the bolts just with my fingers, and lowered the car back down in the hope of breaking the seal. But, no. Not even so much as a creak.

I drove the car back and forth for a few metres a few times, hoping for a nice cracking noise or something, but... nothing. Lifted the car back up again, undid 4 bolts with my fingers, the 5th with a wrench (it had tightened itself just enough to require it) - wheel still as tightly stuck on as before frown

I suppose this does mean the wheels won't come off in normal use, probably no bad thing.
Typical BMW ime , I use Fluid film on wheel face and seems to stop it
I've been swapping winters for summers on my BMW dailies for over 5 years and never needed to use more than an open-handed slap to unseat the wheels.

But I needed a sledgehammer to get the rusted-on steel wheels off my Sierra in the late 90s.

Typical Ford. banghead

JakeT

4,144 posts

86 months

Wednesday 28th April
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mooseracer said:


Visited these fine chaps and parted with a fair chunk of money.
I don’t think I’ve ever been in and not chatted to Kevin for at least 39 minutes. Good products. I was last there in January picking up some of their suspension parts. smile

g3org3y

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16,939 posts

157 months

Wednesday 28th April
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Z4 going in for MOT today. First time it has been driven since the end of Summer.

DVandrews

1,187 posts

249 months

Wednesday 28th April
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to3m said:
Went to replace my car's winter wheels with its summer ones, but it looks like they're rusted tightly on.

I'd started with one of the rears. Finding it impossible to remove, I tightened the bolts just with my fingers, and lowered the car back down in the hope of breaking the seal. But, no. Not even so much as a creak.

I drove the car back and forth for a few metres a few times, hoping for a nice cracking noise or something, but... nothing. Lifted the car back up again, undid 4 bolts with my fingers, the 5th with a wrench (it had tightened itself just enough to require it) - wheel still as tightly stuck on as before frown

I suppose this does mean the wheels won't come off in normal use, probably no bad thing.
It’s usually the spigot in the centre that gets a grip, clean the spigot and recess in the wheel with scotchbrite and then apply a thin coating of copaslip, this minimises the chances of the wheel sticking on, mine literally fall off once the bolts are removed.

Dave