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  1. 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.
  2. 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. . . . . . . .
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Hi Kevin I bought a pair of bonnet struts for my E93 18 months ago as the originals were deemed "out of date" and therefore unsafe.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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. I'm sure there must be dash-cams that store in the Cloud. I would be amazed if there aren't. Can't help with specific makes / models, sorry.
  11. Steering wheel is on the wrong side !!😀 Enjoy
  12. Hi Colin Welcome to the forum. Do you know anyone else with the same model car? I'm thinking there may be an element of truth in what the dealer is saying, particularly if you are noticing this in electric mode when there is no engine noise. If you do know someone, a colleague perhaps, then ask to go for a drive with him or her to compare. If not, then ask the dealer for a test drive in their demonstrator of that model to hopefully set your mind at ease. Hope this helps. John
  13. Hi Dan Makes a nice change to hear about a Main Dealer following through and not charging either. Enjoy your car ! John
  14. Hi Martin Greydog is very knowledgeable so I wouldn't dream of contradicting any of his advice. However, the Facebook BMW forum doesn't rate Landsail tyres at all. It depends on your driving style and experience. For "normal" journeys, the Landsail is probably ok in terms of grip and wear. The difference comes if you try and use the capabilities of your car in terms of performance, cornering ability, braking performance etc etc. If you're pushing the boundaries, then the Landsail will fail early in terms of grip or wear or both. Incorrect tyre pressures, whatever the make of tyr
  15. Hi Martin You say you have replaced your run-flats with conventional tyres. Presuming you didn't do this yourself, I'd like to think the tyre fitters inflated to the correct pressure according to the size, make and type. You say you were putting 28psi into them but was this to maintain the pressure, increase it or reduce it? The new tyre, is that the same make and tread pattern as those already fitted or different? It's not recommended to mix tyres of different tread patterns on the same axle. 37 psi is a lot different from the 28 psi you had before and if on the same axle, aga
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