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Old 11-10-2018, 01:06 PM   #51
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Oh dear, about as far removed from a restrained elegant 6 series as it's possible to get


For not much money and effort that could be a really nice car. Some very good options on there!
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Old 23-10-2018, 11:38 AM   #52
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Slowly get through some of the jobs I have identified.

Wanted to get iPod connection but car had no aux cable and as its fibre optic cabling it limits the choices. I had taken a punt on a used Dension Gateway 500S but on checking the connections it was not going to be compatible. Whilst searching the internet to see if there were any adaptors I stumbled across a genuine BMW iPod connection box that replaces the CD changer and is a simple plug and play.

Unit arrived from Lithuania yesterday and was indeed a plug and play solution, iPod functions accessed from iDrive and CD icon and works perfectly and is nicely OE, not sure whether to route the cable up in to the centre armrest or leave it as it is in the glovebox - as the centre console is being swapped for my leather trimmed one I will probably route it to the armrest

Exterior wise the car was treated to an IGL Quartz Plus coating by Autowerx which has left an incredibly slick and smooth finish, now just a matter of keeping on top of it.

Weekend saw the front bumper removed so I could do a number of jobs:

Clean all the panelwork down
Fit the new LED angel eye bulbs
Remove the crumbling black rubber coating from the base of the indicators - the glue residue left behind after the rubber had crumbled away was really unsightly - removing it all has really tidied up the appearance of the light units - also took the opportunity of wetsanding the headlights which now look much better

Lots of new clips and fasteners ordered for around the front bumper area - pet hate of mine is having missing and / or corroded fixings

Last week also saw the car have its rear silencers replaced, kept the same style of tailpipes but in a slightly bigger diameter - released a little more V8 rumble without any resonance at all

Car is proving to be exactly what I wanted - areas that can be improved / changed but fundamentally a really straight and tidy car that it a real pleasure to drive, unlike the CL I had this really shrinks around you and you forget its 16ft long and nearly 2 tons

Usual general grime and dirt

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Looking much cleaner

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Old 23-10-2018, 05:35 PM   #53
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Looking good. Would like to see the difference with the angel eyes if at all possible and which ones you went for.
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Old 23-10-2018, 06:16 PM   #54
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Looking good. Would like to see the difference with the angel eyes if at all possible and which ones you went for.
Got the bulbs from here - not perfect as you can still see a slight yellowing on the outer edge of the outer ring but much better than the originals

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Lovely car! Can you send the link to the iPod solution? I need a similar one myself. Does it do bluetooth music?
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Lovely car! Can you send the link to the iPod solution? I need a similar one myself. Does it do bluetooth music?
I have fitted the OE iPod module so it's no more than an iPod connector.

The Dension Gateway modules can offer higher levels of functionality but it's expensive (£370) and if the car is not already fitted with a CD changer will need coding changes on the car.

As I have a 160GB iPod lying around unused the OE solution made sense for me
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Old 23-10-2018, 09:36 PM   #57
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Looking good and great update
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What exhausts did you go for in the end?
I’ve also looked to get a better sound but the suggested back boxes have been expensive, requiring chopping to the rear valance, or changes to the stock pipes.

Looking good, you’re reminding me why I picked my user name again!!
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What exhausts did you go for in the end?
I’ve also looked to get a better sound but the suggested back boxes have been expensive, requiring chopping to the rear valance, or changes to the stock pipes.

Looking good, you’re reminding me why I picked my user name again!!
I used MIJ in Walsall, they did the exhaust on one of my GTV V6s and I was happy with it.

They simply fitted back boxes about 1/3 the size, they have a range of about 30 different tailpipes and as I wanted to retain the OE look I opted for slightly bigger diameter versions of what was already there.

They charged £320 for the work with a lifetime guarantee

There is now a deeper burble at tickover and when accelerating but on a constant throttle it's the same as before
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With removing the black crumbling rubber underneath the indicator, be vary careful about driving in rain and washing the car. The main negative I have with these is that water can very easily get into the headlight unit - usually through the headlight bulb cap. Over time, this can cause condensation in the headlight, and eventually the water will pool at the bottom of the unit. This normally wouldn't be a problem, except that the ballast for the Xenon bulb is there, and the water finds its way into this, causing it to short and blow the ballast. Trust me, I have had to replace 5 ballasts in total across both headlights, not a cheap hobby!
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