What have you done to your BMW today?

What have you done to your BMW today?

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g3org3y

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16,459 posts

155 months

Saturday 27th February
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Court_S said:
g3org3y said:
Drove the 6 to work today. Surprising amount of compliments about it (from non car people in actual fact). Testament to the Bangle styling that a car of 15 years old still looks fresh today imo.
I think Bangle’s designs have aged well (other than the 7 which was ugly then and hasn’t got any better).
yes [/biased]

oldaudi said:
What did the respray on the stratus grey come back like?
Still not done yet. Now that the suspension is sorted, can get the bodyshop to collect it.

Deep Thought said:
g3org3y said:
Drove the 6 to work today. Surprising amount of compliments about it (from non car people in actual fact). Testament to the Bangle styling that a car of 15 years old still looks fresh today imo.
Good to hear its roadworthy again smile

Yes, i really like the 6. There were never that many about thus i can imagine they do turn heads now.

I've a soft spot for a 630i to replace my 330i.

I keep an eye on this one but it feels a little expensive - borne out by the fact hes been advertising it since 31-10-20.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202010315...

I might go poke him after lockdown. I like in NI so local options are limited. If i take the head staggers it might be worth heading to the mainland for the right car at the right price.
Yes, they are quite uncommon (and quite big!) so do stand out.

Re the one you've linked, yes does look expensive (but tbf I'm not familiar with NI prices).

It's a facelift model with the N53 engine so possible injector, coil pack and high pressure fuel pump issues.

E63/64 specs are generally pretty decent (certainly more so than equivalent E60/1s), so xenons and climate as standard.

Your example has the ProNav and heated seats (and the cup holder!). Combination of Davanti and Jinyu tyres I notice.

Other features worth looking out for:
The panoramic roof is considered a nice feature, but can be leaky.
HUD is a cool feature to have. You get used to it after a while and when you use a car without it you really miss it!
Pro HiFi option is worth looking out for. It's surprisingly good.
Folding mirrors can be helpful (it's a wide car). Our carpark entrance at work is very narrow and folding the mirrors makes it a lot easier to get in. Also worth considering if you plan to put the car in a (narrow) garage.

Check out fastbikes76's threads in the Reader's Cars section. He's got both a 630 and 650 (though iirc he's selling the former).

ben5575

3,918 posts

185 months

Saturday 27th February
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Too busy driving to wash mine today.


liner33

8,250 posts

166 months

Saturday 27th February
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Quick waterless wash, some pics, ready to advertise it if i can find a replacement and a hoon


ieuandkernow

38 posts

3 months

Saturday 27th February
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I’ve finally gotten round to taking the side skirts of my e46 320ci for the first time and it isn’t a complete rust bucket! I’m over the moon and gone over everything with rust remover and waxoyl. I’ve also treated the back seats.

Unfortunately I have discovered what I think is a broken rear spring as the drivers side rear is sitting lower than the other side. She’s going in next week to get repaired.

DVandrews

1,167 posts

247 months

Saturday 27th February
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Fitted new number plates without the EU logo to the 440i, opened the exhaust flap permanently using BimmerLink and then removed the connector and fitted BMW blank plug. Used Bimmercode to make a number of changes including folding mirrors on lock/unlock, digital speedo in the cluster and changes to lighting system/DRLs, Got the control module recoded to allow opening and closing of the folding roof remotely from the key fob.

Satisfying day....

Court_S

4,315 posts

141 months

Saturday 27th February
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Cleaned the 125i today and washed the roof properly and sealed it with Fabsil Gold. Stinks but looks loads better. Hopefully it’ll bead and not let water just sit on it.

Popped to a body shop about a few dents (the local PDR guy can’t the out do to location). Needs a reasonable about of paint but their quote was sensible, I just need to decide where it sits on the list of jobs. The dent on the drivers door crease does my head in.

Jakg

2,654 posts

132 months

Saturday 27th February
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roadie said:
PGNSagaris said:
Bigger stoppers for the 130i...love this car so much

I had the same brake calipers fitted to the front of my 130i too and the same issue with the stickers. To me the sticker in your picture reads as W/// and not M\\\! I removed the stickers and left the calipers plain. I like your discs - I went with plain TRW 2 piece discs. Here's my setup after nearly a year during a suspension refresh.



I removed the rear bench of my 130i to clean underneath. It is amazing how McDonalds chips can exist in their original state!
It's how BMW fit them from the factory - if you imagine turning your head to the side and reading top to to bottom it reads right on both sides.

I agonised over this when I repainted mine before fitting to my Z4...




Pizzaeatingking

437 posts

35 months

Sunday 28th February
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Quick wash, then off for a job interview in it.




g3org3y

Original Poster:

16,459 posts

155 months

Sunday 28th February
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Set the E91 on fire...rolleyes

Fixed the E91 so (fingers crossed) there are no more fires. smile

Court_S

4,315 posts

141 months

Sunday 28th February
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Gave my car a clean and a coat of quick detailer until I can get a day to nerd out on cleaning.

Tested the beading on the fabric roof of the 125i. The Fabsil Gold is bloody impressive





Next weekend I’ll be fitting the B4 rear dampers and the new bump stops to the 125i. I’ve got a pair of brake carriers on the way too enable me to run 330mm front discs. I need to get off my arse and fit the B8 rear dampers to my M140i.

helix402

6,045 posts

146 months

Sunday 28th February
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Neighbour drove into it (again):


g3org3y

Original Poster:

16,459 posts

155 months

Sunday 28th February
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Pizzaeatingking said:
Quick wash, then off for a job interview in it.
How did the interview go?

Court_S said:
Tested the beading on the fabric roof of the 125i. The Fabsil Gold is bloody impressive
Looks like good stuff. I was using the Autoglym kit on my Z4 (and previously on my E30 cabriolet)

helix402 said:
Neighbour drove into it (again):

FFS! furious

E63eeeeee...

354 posts

13 months

Sunday 28th February
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Drove it to Rochdale to drop off my Merc's calipers for a refurb, overall about 2.5 hours driving, so probably the longest trip it's done since I got it. Handled it beautifully and coming back with the roof down in the sun was pretty ace, no bother even at motorway speeds with the deflector up. EML came on - fuel trim was over 11% after I picked it up from storage so not hugely surprised, no helpful error codes so back to diagnosing vacuum leaks again. All the easy intake side stuff i replaced last year so might try swapping MAFs before dismantling anything - one definite benefit of having two of the same car.

g3org3y

Original Poster:

16,459 posts

155 months

Monday 1st March
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Drove to work today in the E91 and didn't set on fire. I consider that a good outcome. biggrin

E63eeeeee... said:
Drove it to Rochdale to drop off my Merc's calipers for a refurb, overall about 2.5 hours driving, so probably the longest trip it's done since I got it. Handled it beautifully and coming back with the roof down in the sun was pretty ace, no bother even at motorway speeds with the deflector up. EML came on - fuel trim was over 11% after I picked it up from storage so not hugely surprised, no helpful error codes so back to diagnosing vacuum leaks again. All the easy intake side stuff i replaced last year so might try swapping MAFs before dismantling anything - one definite benefit of having two of the same car.
MAF definitely worth a look.

I was having these codes associated with an EML


When unplugging the MAF, car ran on a default map. No EML, but on searching of course an error code for 'MAF signal'.

Sorted with a new MAF.

E63eeeeee...

354 posts

13 months

Monday 1st March
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g3org3y said:
Drove to work today in the E91 and didn't set on fire. I consider that a good outcome. biggrin

E63eeeeee... said:
Drove it to Rochdale to drop off my Merc's calipers for a refurb, overall about 2.5 hours driving, so probably the longest trip it's done since I got it. Handled it beautifully and coming back with the roof down in the sun was pretty ace, no bother even at motorway speeds with the deflector up. EML came on - fuel trim was over 11% after I picked it up from storage so not hugely surprised, no helpful error codes so back to diagnosing vacuum leaks again. All the easy intake side stuff i replaced last year so might try swapping MAFs before dismantling anything - one definite benefit of having two of the same car.
MAF definitely worth a look.

I was having these codes associated with an EML


When unplugging the MAF, car ran on a default map. No EML, but on searching of course an error code for 'MAF signal'.

Sorted with a new MAF.
Thanks, that's really helpful. Will see if I can get out today and try it with the MAF unplugged.

Deep Thought

28,681 posts

161 months

Monday 1st March
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g3org3y said:
Yes, they are quite uncommon (and quite big!) so do stand out.

Re the one you've linked, yes does look expensive (but tbf I'm not familiar with NI prices).

It's a facelift model with the N53 engine so possible injector, coil pack and high pressure fuel pump issues.

E63/64 specs are generally pretty decent (certainly more so than equivalent E60/1s), so xenons and climate as standard.

Your example has the ProNav and heated seats (and the cup holder!). Combination of Davanti and Jinyu tyres I notice.

Other features worth looking out for:
The panoramic roof is considered a nice feature, but can be leaky.
HUD is a cool feature to have. You get used to it after a while and when you use a car without it you really miss it!
Pro HiFi option is worth looking out for. It's surprisingly good.
Folding mirrors can be helpful (it's a wide car). Our carpark entrance at work is very narrow and folding the mirrors makes it a lot easier to get in. Also worth considering if you plan to put the car in a (narrow) garage.

Check out fastbikes76's threads in the Reader's Cars section. He's got both a 630 and 650 (though iirc he's selling the former).
Thanks - some very useful pointers there. smile

Yes, the one here in NI seems considerably overpriced. It feels like a £7995 max retail price car and then would require some negotiation downwards from there. Tyres would irk me, so there £500+ there for some decent ones already.

Cant see me taking that one any further.

bodhi

6,162 posts

193 months

Monday 1st March
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Court_S said:
Gave my car a clean and a coat of quick detailer until I can get a day to nerd out on cleaning.

Tested the beading on the fabric roof of the 125i. The Fabsil Gold is bloody impressive





Next weekend I’ll be fitting the B4 rear dampers and the new bump stops to the 125i. I’ve got a pair of brake carriers on the way too enable me to run 330mm front discs. I need to get off my arse and fit the B8 rear dampers to my M140i.
Lovely - I refreshed the suspension on my 125i Coupé a couple of years ago - fitted Sachs OEM+ dampers, new bump stops and top mounts, and it was a completely different car, less keen to randomly bounce me into a hedge if I hit a bump at the wrong time.

Of course there's the important question - have you remapped it yet? smile If you haven't I'd get it done, it's bordering on hilarious the way it takes off over 4k rpm.

Haven't done much on mine except take it out for a spin yesterday to go and drop some stuff off at me mum's (she's isolating until her jab kicks in). Even though I lived there for 10 years I still managed to get lost and ended up on all sorts of country roads with the windows down and the N52 singing. Lovely.

I have noticed however that I'm getting lots of green algae on various window trims and around the boot spoiler - it's quite dark and wet in our parking space and doesn't get much sun, so has started growing. Any suggestions on cleaning stuff to get it off both window seals and metal?

sortedcossie

205 posts

92 months

Monday 1st March
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Mines usually at least rinsed off once a week, but cack weather and a short illness (thankfully not covid related) meant it hadn't been moved much for last 4 weeks except a couple of small journeys and also had the two thermostats changed.

Managed to get outside in the sun yesterday, washed and dried, hoovered and windows/plastics cleaned.



It's developed an un-BMW like creak from the tailgate area of late when going over speedbumps and the like, it's next on my list to investigate.

De Sisti

39 posts

39 months

Monday 1st March
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helix402 said:
Neighbour drove into it (again):

Are you on good terms with them?

helix402

6,045 posts

146 months

Monday 1st March
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De Sisti said:
Are you on good terms with them?
They are a good neighbour and will happily pay for the repair. Shame it’s the third time now, I’m hoping they will give up driving soon.