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  1. Hi Mark Welcome to the group. Impossible to tell without hearing the noise. If it's worrying you and you have warranty, ask the dealer to check it out. Alternatively if you have a friend or two that is/are knowledgeable about cars, ask them to have a listen and give their opinion. Hope this helps John
  2. Look for similar age and model cars on AutoTrader and similar sites. That will give you an idea of value.
  3. Hi Richard Mercedes, and possibly other diesels use AdBlue as well. I know about the Mercedes because my daughter had one which needed a top-up. I'm fairly sure it's on her latest car as well, a diesel Range Rover Evoque. Learning, learning, all the time !! John
  4. Thanks Richard but perhaps a more detailed explanation would help please. You say "Hold the appropriate button" but which one does what? A set-up step by step would be much appreciated. Thanks, John
  5. Hi Andi, welcome to the forum. I have a 2012 E93 which I bought just over a couple of years ago as my retirement car. I found a 2nd hand, but very good condition screen on E-Bay for just over £100. Hope this helps. John
  6. Not, and never have been, a caravan owner but as far as I am aware, it all depends on how you load the caravan as regards weight distribution front to rear. There are recommendations available for how much weight you actually load onto the car / towing bracket and there are also limits on the weight of the entire caravan (and it's contents). Providing you stick to the overall weight limit and then load the caravan in a balanced way, there shouldn't be a problem. Hope this helps, but you will need to do your own detailed research into the limits. John
  7. Hi Martin If the round trip is less than 10 miles, I would stay away from diesel. It's not just the DPF, diesel engines take longer to warm up so on a cold day, it will hardly get warm before you get home ! Consumption also will be poor so not economic at all ! Hope this helps.
  8. Hi Richard Sorry to hear your search is still unsuccessful. Perhaps an unusual question for a BMW driver but are you friendly with any policemen/women ? If you do and they're "co-operative" they may have the required authority to get info from the DVLA. Of course, being an upright citizen myself, I wouldn't suggest anything illegal but as there's no malicious intent. . . . . . . .
  9. Hi Lester I've used www.Satnavupgrades.co.uk a number of times with a 100% success rate for map updates. The guy there, Rusty, is very knowledgeable about numerous SatNav systems, not only for BMW but other makes as well. Could be worth a phone call at least. Hope this helps. John
  10. Hi If you've got both cars at the moment, swap them and see which looks best / drives best. People would give their opinions of pictures but you have to be comfortable with the ride and handling. Hope it works out well for you. John
  11. Definitely recommend www.SatNavUpgrades.co.uk Very knowledgeable, way cheaper than BMW and identical in quality. I've had 4 updates for my BMW and one for my daughter's Quashqai. Rusty will supply all files and codes, just needs last 7 digits of Vin if it's the one that updates from USB like mine. If it's the DVD system, then I've no experience but am 100% sure Rusty will be able to provide. The latest for USB id 2020-2, 2021-1 is due out soon but no exact date yet. Hope this helps. John
  12. Hi Kevin I bought a pair of bonnet struts for my E93 18 months ago as the originals were deemed "out of date" and therefore unsafe. The pair I bought were from Europarts and have been fine so far. I guess a lot will depend on how often you open and close the boot. I would expect the design criteria would probably be for opening the boot maybe once a week for the average user so if you are using the boot more often, perhaps several times a day, then the life expectancy will be significantly shorter. Hope this helps, John
  13. Hi Martin I doubt the main dealer will be too much help as they will just stick by the book, the BMW book that is. That's why I suggested an Independent, they will have a broader knowledge not limited by brand loyalty. You could also look ar Realoem.com to see the various options for your build of car (based on your Vin number, last 7 digits) Good Luck John
  14. Hi Emma How recently did you buy the car and where from? 15 years old so it's not surprising it's not perfect but if this is a recent purchase from a dealer, then was there / is there any sort of warranty? Hopefully GreyDog has given you his usual high standard of advice, but if any of these faults turn out to be major (particularly the Transfer Box issues), then you could be looking at bills which would be more than the value of the car. Hope this helps John
  15. Hi Martin I don't think it's that no-one has any ideas, it's just a potentially complicated problem and it really needs input from someone professional in the wheel and tyre industry rather than just an opinion from an enthusiast. In these days of KwikFit and similar companies, their level of knowledge is fairly restricted to just replacing like with like, the only variation being price and wear rating. A knowledgeable BMW Independent garage may be able to advise. You could try the 'Net to find wheel / tyre specialists in your area and then talk to them to try and establish thei
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