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BMW and M Power Owners

Discussion in 'Motors' started by panthro, 12 Apr 2012.

  1. wingman

    Soldato

    Joined: 27 Dec 2011

    Posts: 5,202

    Which is why I said:

    Rather than breaking their legs.

    Just my two pence from someone who has had two of their cars vandalised.
     
  2. IAmATeaf

    Soldato

    Joined: 3 Apr 2007

    Posts: 7,158

    Location: South of the Watford Gap!

    Now I didn't know, have been looking at replacing the battery as I thought it was low.

    Wonder how a hard wired dashcam with cutoff would cope with the base voltage only being 12.4v?
     
  3. hurfdurf

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    Why not both?
     
  4. hurfdurf

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    I’d also like advice on this!
     
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  5. hurfdurf

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    By earlier ones, which years, and what changed?
     
  6. Will Gill

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 56,204

    Location: Cornwall & Sail.Number: GBR 3936

    Ignore any talk about crank hub failure, if it happens it happens it's not worth spending thousands on a problem you will likely never have.

    As the car [15 reg] is out of warranty shove a BM3 GTS transmission remap on it, it fixes all of the low end surging the pre-lci cars suffered from.

    speaking of mapping, check the sports displays in idrive, if they show 640hp it's been mapped (standard is 480hp)

    but those aside it's a fairly decent car, items I would spec, HK audio, full leather, 360 camera, DCT gearbox, icon lights (or full adaptive pre lci). Ceramic brakes, 763m wheels and the MPE exhaust are also fairly nice, but not essential.

    overrated options, HUD, road sign camera, lane departure, collision detection, blind spot detection, comfort access,
     
  7. Scythe

    Soldato

    Joined: 23 Jun 2005

    Posts: 5,326

    ok so long as it cuts off. Once your engine is started, the alternator provides power and charges the battery.

    12.4v is ok, about 60% charged. Enough for use, but not fully charged.
     
  8. StonedPenguin

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Apr 2011

    Posts: 3,699

    Location: Nottingham

    Lol, i've had it over 3 years and had one in a manual before that for a year so definitely due a change, I will definitely miss the noise though!

    Thankyou very much for the advice!
     
  9. Squidward

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Apr 2018

    Posts: 1,127

    If it has been mapped its defo worth having a look at the crank hub fix. I saw some statistics over on another site regarding mapped S55s and crank hub failures. They were not very comforting.
     
  10. StonedPenguin

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Apr 2011

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    Location: Nottingham

    I'll certainly have a look in the iDrive like Will Gill suggested to see if there is any evidence of this.

    Thanks for the advice, I haven't really read up on the crank issue.. Is it a common issue? I spent a lot of time reading up on the S65 rod bearings apparent issue but never changed them, covered over 50k in 2 e92's and never had any issues ( being mechanically sympathetic probably helped)
     
  11. Squidward

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    More common in mapped cars, to the point I wouldn't map one with out the fix personally. Stock you should be fine
     
  12. Will Gill

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Cornwall & Sail.Number: GBR 3936

    It incredibly unlikely to affect a manual, unless you decide to go from 6th to 1st, it's potentially caused by a torque surge during kickdown on a DCT.

    @StonedPenguin, carry on with your quest, and do your own research into it, but it's equally as unlikely as the rod bearing issue, which hovers around the 1% mark last time I looked into it.

    If after carrying out your due diligence, it still concerns you and you fancy dumping 2k on a preventative maintenance, then it certainly gives you peace of mind.
     
  13. Robbo

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 2 Jan 2009

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    Put a deposit on a BMW AUC 2014 730d M Sport, Black Sapphire/Ivory leather/Anthracite wood with a few options, 40k miles.

    Even now I think the F10 5 Series stacks up brilliantly against the newer models, and my favourite aspects of it come from the 7, so I thought sod it!

    Collecting this weekend hopefully.
     
  14. Jez

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 32,667

    That sounds lovely in that colour combo, these can still look really smart if in good condition and the right spec :)
     
  15. EddScott

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,395

    Location: Pembrokeshire

    Appreciate this might not go well in a BMW thread but I'm considering changing my F31 330D to a hybrid.

    My usual weeky driving doesn't involve me travelling particuarly far.

    I do like the G21 330e but, and this is where things probably fall apart, I really like the Volvo V60 Polestar Hybrid.

    Would it really be as daft as I think it would be to get the Volvo over the BM :)
     
  16. Will Gill

    Don

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    Location: Cornwall & Sail.Number: GBR 3936

    Peasant, expect lashes, tar and feathers. :mad:

    Hand back in your fast lane card and pick up your indicators on the way out.

    (I think it's a fine idea having seen the recent offerings from the swedes)
     
  17. MG42Maniac

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    Joined: 28 Jan 2005

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    Location: Lymington

    So had my F11 535D coming up two weeks now. Loving it so far, thought I'd check the new tyres the dealer put on then. Turns out they are Accelera PHI at around £60 a corner :(. They're clearly **** tyres but as the car is new to me I don't know what I'm missing out on when it comes to decent tyres. Is it worth sticking with them or spending £650 on four new tyres? I've not noticed anything like excessive wheel spinning, traction control kicking in randomly or a feeling of the car being out of control. As I'm new to the car this is always how I've known it but I'm fully aware I should be running much better tyres.
     
  18. Havana_UK

    Mobster

    Joined: 14 Oct 2004

    Posts: 4,917

    Location: location, location

    You've got plenty of torque available and while they may be fine in the dry you'll probably find them...lacking...in the wet.

    100% buy new tyres. They're the only thing between you and the road!
     
  19. MG42Maniac

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    That's what I'm thinking. Is it worth fitting wider tyres on the rear, say 275?
     
  20. ShivP

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    Location: Leicester

    Could probably get some £ back for the old ones, or keep one as a spare tyre (although probably useless as you would have to get it fitted somewhere). Maybe get a spare wheel/alloy and stick it in the garage if you have room