Show Me Your BMW!!!!!!!!!

Show Me Your BMW!!!!!!!!!

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JamesRF

739 posts

63 months

Saturday 3rd April
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VerySideways said:
I'm sure this won't be to everyone's taste but hey ho, we're all different.
This is my latest family wagon, an "individual" M340i touring.


Liking that colour scheme, makes a nice change to the usual black, silver etc

HM-2

5,963 posts

134 months

Saturday 3rd April
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JamesRF said:
VerySideways said:
I'm sure this won't be to everyone's taste but hey ho, we're all different.
This is my latest family wagon, an "individual" M340i touring.


Liking that colour scheme, makes a nice change to the usual black, silver etc
Not sold on the gold wheels, but those aside that's literally my perfect spec M340i

Benjamonk

83 posts

160 months

Saturday 3rd April
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E63eeeeee... said:
Benjamonk said:
Here's my F10 550i
Such a smart-lookiing car, especially in the grey. I still miss mine occasionally.
Thank you. Yes, I love it, especially with the V8 Twin Turbo motor up front. Not had it long, hoping it won't be a world of pain!

rlg43p

941 posts

214 months

Sunday 4th April
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VerySideways said:
I'm sure this won't be to everyone's taste but hey ho, we're all different.
This is my latest family wagon, an "individual" M340i touring.


That's BMW porn that is. You filthy bd..... wink

PGNSagaris

2,516 posts

131 months

Sunday 4th April
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VerySideways said:
I'm sure this won't be to everyone's taste but hey ho, we're all different.
This is my latest family wagon, an "individual" M340i touring.


Magnificent. Well done that man. Love it

E63eeeeee...

454 posts

14 months

Sunday 4th April
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Benjamonk said:
E63eeeeee... said:
Benjamonk said:
Here's my F10 550i
Such a smart-lookiing car, especially in the grey. I still miss mine occasionally.
Thank you. Yes, I love it, especially with the V8 Twin Turbo motor up front. Not had it long, hoping it won't be a world of pain!
Mine gave me a decent mix of pleasure and pain during my 20 months of ownership. Lovely to drive and be in, but ongoing fuelling problems, miserable dealer experience and too many leaks into the cabin. Do you know about the yellow grommet and the HPFP?

Benjamonk

83 posts

160 months

Sunday 4th April
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E63eeeeee... said:
Mine gave me a decent mix of pleasure and pain during my 20 months of ownership. Lovely to drive and be in, but ongoing fuelling problems, miserable dealer experience and too many leaks into the cabin. Do you know about the yellow grommet and the HPFP?
I do not!!? I'm expecting some pain with this engine and feel I did enough research to go in eyes open.

Any info you can share would be appreciated though. Forewarned is forearmed and all that.

Took mine a Ross Dartmoor today. The 550i really is a lovely car to drive isn't it?

cerb4.5lee

18,756 posts

145 months

Sunday 4th April
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Great to be back in a BMW(F82 M4). Number 8 for me(sadly they still don't know how to make a nice interior/but they do drive very nicely though for sure). smile




Benjamonk

83 posts

160 months

Sunday 4th April
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E63eeeeee... said:
Mine gave me a decent mix of pleasure and pain during my 20 months of ownership. Lovely to drive and be in, but ongoing fuelling problems, miserable dealer experience and too many leaks into the cabin. Do you know about the yellow grommet and the HPFP?
I do not!!? I'm expecting some pain with this engine and feel I did enough research to go in eyes open.

Any info you can share would be appreciated though. Forewarned is forearmed and all that.

Took mine acrosss Dartmoor today. The 550i really is a lovely car to drive isn't it?

Benjamonk

83 posts

160 months

Sunday 4th April
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cerb4.5lee said:
Great to be back in a BMW(F82 M4). Number 8 for me(sadly they still don't know how to make a nice interior/but they do drive very nicely though for sure). smile



Love that blue!

cerb4.5lee

18,756 posts

145 months

Sunday 4th April
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Benjamonk said:
cerb4.5lee said:
Great to be back in a BMW(F82 M4). Number 8 for me(sadly they still don't know how to make a nice interior/but they do drive very nicely though for sure). smile



Love that blue!
Thanks! thumbup

Wills2

17,912 posts

140 months

Sunday 4th April
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cerb4.5lee said:
Great to be back in a BMW(F82 M4). Number 8 for me(sadly they still don't know how to make a nice interior/but they do drive very nicely though for sure). smile



Very nice Lee, I'd be tempted to do what I did on my non comp M3 and order the gloss black grilles/side gills/badges and exhaust tips.


cerb4.5lee

18,756 posts

145 months

Sunday 4th April
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Wills2 said:
cerb4.5lee said:
Great to be back in a BMW(F82 M4). Number 8 for me(sadly they still don't know how to make a nice interior/but they do drive very nicely though for sure). smile



Very nice Lee, I'd be tempted to do what I did on my non comp M3 and order the gloss black grilles/side gills/badges and exhaust tips.

Thanks very much bud. beer

I do have plans to change the front grills/side gills for sure, but I'm happy to leave the badges/exhaust tips though(I have a strange obsession for polishing chrome exhaust tips!). smile

E63eeeeee...

454 posts

14 months

Monday 5th April
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Benjamonk said:
E63eeeeee... said:
Mine gave me a decent mix of pleasure and pain during my 20 months of ownership. Lovely to drive and be in, but ongoing fuelling problems, miserable dealer experience and too many leaks into the cabin. Do you know about the yellow grommet and the HPFP?
I do not!!? I'm expecting some pain with this engine and feel I did enough research to go in eyes open.

Any info you can share would be appreciated though. Forewarned is forearmed and all that.

Took mine acrosss Dartmoor today. The 550i really is a lovely car to drive isn't it?
Definitely. It was the first car that made me feel like that I did in the period when you first pass your test and you just want to drive regardless of whether there was a reason or not. I spent the whole time I owned it commuting once or twice a week from Merseyside to Sheffield, so about 50% motorway and 50% across the Snake Pass, and it handled both parts of the journey incredibly well.

The yellow grommet is the cover for the hole where the steering column goes on LHD cars. The drain on the bulkhead runs past it, gets blocked behind the cover over the grommet, forms a pool pressing on the grommet, leaks past it under the passenger footwell carpet, and runs down to the rear footwell, which is where you first notice it. By the time you see it, it's several inches deep in the foam under the carpet. I hoovered more than 2 litres out of mine. Local indy sorted mine out - new gasket, cut a drain channel in the cover, stripped it out and dried it off for the weekend.

I first noticed the fuel pump problem when tickling the throttle following an old couple across a car park, got a red drivetrain fault, but it sorted itself out when I turned it off and back on. It then got gradually worse and started running rough and getting occasional faults. I started to suspect it was something to do with fuel because of where it happened. Eventually it just gave up. Fortunately I had the extended warranty (mine was approved used) and that started a process where it would break, the mobile tech would come out and say it's the fuel pump, it would get recovered to the dealer, they'd replace part of the fuel system other than the pump, apparently at random and taking weeks at a time. The HPFP is all over the internet as a weak point, and finally they were replaced and that sorted it. The pumps aren't cheap but apparently a fairly easy DIY. I also stopped using Tesco Super at that point and stuck to Shell V Power.

Final tip, buy your oil in bulk. Mine drank a litre every 1,800 miles or so.

Hope you enjoy it. I'd happily transplant the interior in preference to the interior of the 4 years newer E-Class I replaced it with. So comfortable for long drives and felt like a really special place to sit, plus all the performance you could sensibly need with almost no external clues. If they'd made an estate version I'd probably still have it.

JamesRF

739 posts

63 months

Monday 5th April
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Few snaps of my Tanzanite Blue 440i out in the sun yesterday....






cerb4.5lee

18,756 posts

145 months

Monday 5th April
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JamesRF said:
Few snaps of my Tanzanite Blue 440i out in the sun yesterday....





Very nice! cool

I love Tanzanite Blue. thumbup

Benjamonk

83 posts

160 months

Monday 5th April
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E63eeeeee... said:
Definitely. It was the first car that made me feel like that I did in the period when you first pass your test and you just want to drive regardless of whether there was a reason or not. I spent the whole time I owned it commuting once or twice a week from Merseyside to Sheffield, so about 50% motorway and 50% across the Snake Pass, and it handled both parts of the journey incredibly well.

The yellow grommet is the cover for the hole where the steering column goes on LHD cars. The drain on the bulkhead runs past it, gets blocked behind the cover over the grommet, forms a pool pressing on the grommet, leaks past it under the passenger footwell carpet, and runs down to the rear footwell, which is where you first notice it. By the time you see it, it's several inches deep in the foam under the carpet. I hoovered more than 2 litres out of mine. Local indy sorted mine out - new gasket, cut a drain channel in the cover, stripped it out and dried it off for the weekend.

I first noticed the fuel pump problem when tickling the throttle following an old couple across a car park, got a red drivetrain fault, but it sorted itself out when I turned it off and back on. It then got gradually worse and started running rough and getting occasional faults. I started to suspect it was something to do with fuel because of where it happened. Eventually it just gave up. Fortunately I had the extended warranty (mine was approved used) and that started a process where it would break, the mobile tech would come out and say it's the fuel pump, it would get recovered to the dealer, they'd replace part of the fuel system other than the pump, apparently at random and taking weeks at a time. The HPFP is all over the internet as a weak point, and finally they were replaced and that sorted it. The pumps aren't cheap but apparently a fairly easy DIY. I also stopped using Tesco Super at that point and stuck to Shell V Power.

Final tip, buy your oil in bulk. Mine drank a litre every 1,800 miles or so.

Hope you enjoy it. I'd happily transplant the interior in preference to the interior of the 4 years newer E-Class I replaced it with. So comfortable for long drives and felt like a really special place to sit, plus all the performance you could sensibly need with almost no external clues. If they'd made an estate version I'd probably still have it.
Ah, yes I did know about the high pressure fuel pump issues but was too think to work out the acronym! I'd heard about water leaks but did not know about the yellow grommet - thanks so much for the advice. Good to know what to keep an eye on.

Mine is a pretty well cared for example 50k miles, full BMW service history and still under BMW extended warranty. I feel I've been as careful as I could be in choosing a 550i. It was that or a Petrol Maserati Ghibli S, sensible car purchases not really my style!

I know exactly what you mean though, I have been going out just for the sake of driving for the first time in a very long time!

Thanks again, Ben

graham22

3,136 posts

170 months

Monday 5th April
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My first petrol BMW. After a E46 320d and two E90 330d.

One owner M240i with all the options I wanted.


HM-2

5,963 posts

134 months

Monday 5th April
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graham22 said:
My first petrol BMW. After a E46 320d and two E90 330d.

One owner M240i with all the options I wanted.

Coral interior, definitely lifts an otherwise slightly austere cabin wink

Amirhussain

11,340 posts

128 months

Monday 5th April
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cerb4.5lee said:
Great to be back in a BMW(F82 M4). Number 8 for me(sadly they still don't know how to make a nice interior/but they do drive very nicely though for sure). smile



Great car, love the colour.