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    Martin
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    3 Series 320d convertible
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    2013

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  1. Hi John - I was being facetious, sorry! Yes, I guess you are right - I was thinking of calling Sytners, our main dealer here in Nottingham but they might twig that I'm not going to purchase from them if I ask what size wheels and tyres I need! Worth a try though I guess, try BMW themselves possibly. Cheers Martin
  2. Nobody has any idea then it seems!
  3. I really love my 3 Series 320d M Sport hard top convertible. It's a bit low now for me and the missus to get in and out easily and getting my drum kit in it poses it's challenges, so I thought, time for an SUV. I'd decided on an X1 but now I'm thinking why am I getting rid of a car I absolutely love? Entry and exit and getting drums in and out I'm prepared to stick with but the one thing I do hate about it is the low profile wheels and tyres (19" wheels with about 1" of rubber between rim and deck!). Every pot hole and crevice in the road the tyres slash and sometimes buckle the wheel not to m
  4. Hi Dave Thanks for the heads up. Economy and ground clearance are high up on the list - there are some roads I know of that I won't take my 3 Series down for fear of scraping the floor pan or slashing the tyres! I've managed without AWD for the last umpteen years so a 2WD X1 seems the sensible choice, however, I still like a bit of power so I reckon the 2.0 litre 20d will fit the bill. I've got around £17k to play with (assuming I can get around £9k for the 320 part-ex) so I'm looking for a 2016 or 2017 with about 25-30k on the clock max. Martin
  5. Hi Dave Thanks for the heads up, very useful advice. What is the difference between the X1 and X3 actually? I remember the old sunroof fitters, but I was thinking more on the lines of having a proper OEM one doing by a BMW main agent. Personal preference I guess but I'm more in favour of a sunroof than aircon and driving a convertible for the last two years has been amazing. Also, is there any mpg sacrifice on having permanent 4WD against 2WD. Many moons ago I had several Suzuki Vitaras which sucked the juice like there was no tomorrow in 4WD, yet were very economical in 2WD. Thanks
  6. I have owned a 3 Series 320d M-Sport convertible for the last two years and love the car! However, due to decreased mobility of both me and the wife, the low profile tyres slashing at the slightest hole in the road and the fact that getting a drum kit in it is not easy, time has come unfortunately to get an SUV. I've looked at many different makes on line, and a friend who has just bought a brand new Kia Sportage keeps trying to tell me that I should get one, but seeing an X1 today in the flesh for the first time so to speak, and comparing the build quality of my 320 to my mate's Kia, BMW outw
  7. Hi John No, I didn't replace the tyres myself, it was done by a reputable tyre dealer in Nottingham called Lindleys (I don't use back street suppliers). When I have to replace tyres now I always make sure I use the same make and pattern - I am using Landsail tyres which are made in China but have a good reputation within the tyre trade. They are quite reasonably priced at around £80 per tyre and because I have seriously low profiles they are subjective to damage quite easily and do not require a bank loan to replace each time. 28psi was used purely out of ignorance (this was the pres
  8. Hi Dave Many thanks for that, very helpful. On that respect I'll leave the 33psi in all four tyres for now and probably bump the rears up a bit next time I'm passing a garage. My wheels are 19" and I replaced the run flats with Landsail tyres. They are from China but have very good reviews and are quite cheap at around £80 a throw. With extremely low-profile tyres, it's not too much of an expense to replace them when I hit a pothole, which on todays roads is quite easy! I have also purchased a get you home spare, which has been invaluable a couple of times. The run flat concept I think is
  9. I have replaced all my run flats with conventional tyres, but retained the same sizes. I am not quite sure what pressure to put in them and I can't understand the numbers on the plate in the drivers door jamb. I was putting around 28psi into them but I have recently had a new tyre and found when checking all four that the fitter had put about 37psi into the new one. I have since placed 33psi in all four tyres, front and back. Advice gratefully received, thanks. 2013 3 Series M Sport hard top convertible, 320d auto.
  10. I have replaced all my run flats with conventional tyres, but retained the same sizes. I am not quite sure what pressure to put in them and I can't understand the numbers on the plate in the drivers door jamb. I was putting around 28psi into them but I have recently had a new tyre and found when checking all four that the fitter had put about 37psi into the new one. I have since placed 33psi in all four tyres, front and back. Advice gratefully received, thanks. 2013 3 Series M Sport hard top convertible, 320d auto.
  11. Here's how to save taking off the wheel, the wheel arch and the side repeater to clean out your windscreen washer filter or paying a stealer to do it for you (circa £170). Empty the bottle as much as you can, fill it with a diluted solution (about 2 pints will do) of water and 'Cillit Bang Black Mould Remover' (yes, you read it correctly!), leave to soak for 24 hours. Voila! Washers working perfectly! Martin
  12. Hi Dave I'll try both Cillit Bang and then Coke if it doesn't work. I like Coke, and if it clears a blocked drain, what's it doing to my inside? Doesn't bear thinking about! I'll let you know how I get on. Martin
  13. Hi Dave Many thanks again for your help. At 67 with arthritis in both knees I too am no longer a bendy young thing! I was hoping I could flush the system out with hot water, but it seems not the case. Most garages want about £160 to do the job! However, a household product called 'Cillit Bang' black mould remover seems to do wonders in our bathroom, so I was thinking of sticking some of that in my washer system before I start dismantling the car, what do you think? Thanks Martin
  14. Is there any way I can clean the windscreen washer pump without removing it from the car, as it involves taking the wheel, wheel arch and side indicator off to reveal the damn thing! The headlight washers work fine as they use a second pump I believe, but the windscreen washers perform one reasonable bust followed by just an 'ooze' if you see what I mean.
  15. Hi Dave Thanks for the info. No recalls on my car it would seem. What I will do today is to put a 12v source on the LEDs with the unit totally disconnected from the car, then I will place a test bulb on the wires going to the unit with it all connected to the car - process of elimination. I understood LEDs never blow like conventional bulbs. Cheers Martin
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