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Old 08-10-2018, 08:29 PM   #21
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That is absolutely gorgeous, you totally hit the jackpot with the previous owner having to sell - some example that.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:00 PM   #22
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That is absolutely gorgeous, you totally hit the jackpot with the previous owner having to sell - some example that.
Thanks dude, It was definitely a right place right time situation..... I just need to do it again with the lottery numbers!
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Old 09-10-2018, 12:59 PM   #23
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Not necessarily a car update but a solution to the first world problem of too many sets of wheels lying around.

Take one piece of 18mm ply
20181009_112948 by , on Flickr


Trim and draw round a wheel
20181009_113630 by , on Flickr

A little jigsaw action before adding some wheels:
20181009_115806 by , on Flickr

Something comfy for the wheel to sit on:
20181009_121442 by , on Flickr


Wheels stacked and strapped together:
20181009_122405 by , on Flickr
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Old 13-10-2018, 03:56 PM   #24
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When I bought the car, I kept the V5 and sent it off with the paperwork for my private plate - the new V5 arrived today! I wasted no time getting the plate on - the front is a std width but 85mm height as the bumper is without the plinth so the std plate looks a little cumbersome. Here it is stuck on:

20181013_153627 by , on Flickr

I still have my old metal pressed plates from my old M3 so as I'm using a std rear, I ad the choice of a new plain plate of the pressed version. I tried the plain one first:


20181013_151450 by , on Flickr

It looked a little too plain for me so I went with the metal pressed one despite is looking a tiny bit weathered:

20181013_153558 by , on Flickr

In mildy boring news, I filled up today after draining it after 209 miles. Maybe I need a daily....
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Old 14-10-2018, 07:51 AM   #25
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Not necessarily a car update but a solution to the first world problem of too many sets of wheels lying around.


Something comfy for the wheel to sit on:
20181009_121442 by , on Flickr


Wheels stacked and strapped together:
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Thats is getting copied
Quick one, where did you get the matting that the wheels sits on top of from?

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Old 14-10-2018, 04:54 PM   #26
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Quick one, where did you get the matting that the wheels sits on top of from?

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I got a pack of them from either Aldi or Lidl, they're mats that you can join together.

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Looks very nice - love the colour!


Can I ask what product was used to dress the engine/bay?

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Looks very nice - love the colour!


Can I ask what product was used to dress the engine/bay?

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Cheers. I just threw on some Autosmart Finish I had. Aerospace 303 would be the same. I just sprayed in and left it for an hr or so and wiped the excess after.

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Old 16-10-2018, 12:11 PM   #29
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Just after leaving work on Saturday night, the 'flat tyre' warning popped up on the dash. I stopped and couldn't detect anything obvious visually but there was a tug at the wheel. Luckily, it's only a 7 mile drive home and I made it without drama. By the time I got home though, I could see the offside front was on it's way down but as it was late I just parked it a waited til morning.

I then learned that I could do with a lower trolley jack as it wouldn't go under the car. I had previously kncked up a shoddy wheel ramp when I had the old M3 and it was still lying round the garage so using that and a 25kg plate or two, I managed to get the car high enough to jack up.

20181015_112238 by , on Flickr

Wheel off and large screw located in the centre of the tyre (which I didn't snap). I put the original wheel on and got down to a local tyre place with the flat.

20181015_114406 by , on Flickr

They got back to me an hour or so later and said it was possible to repair. I know opinion is split on this but the internet suggests no actual record of any death related incidents being attributed to a plugged tyre and many thousands of happy miles covered on road and track by the pro-plug camp. The tyre has plenty of tread left and the plug is in the centre of the tyre in the rain channel, not the treadblock so I'm happy (and circa £160 richer as a result).
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Old 17-10-2018, 10:43 AM   #30
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After the tyre was sorted first thing, I had the car booked in at BMW for the nearside sidelight / halo ring / angel eye to be looked at. They did have white bulbs in but one stopped working. On replacing with the original bulbs the NS one still didn't work so must have been down to a module or similar. I left the car with BMW and apart from fault find, I asked them to make sure they didn't wash the car. To keep me mobile, I was given a 130 miles old 530i:

20181016_095502 by , on Flickr

Lovely car but not what I'd call sporty. I'd love a diesel touring version to use as a tow car though. It's a very nice place to sit and do some miles in. After a couple of hours, I got a video explaining that when a bulb goes or an error is detected, the module switches itself off and needs resetting through diagnostics. They completed a visual inspection of the rest of the car and gave it a clean bill of health which, while expected, was nice to hear.


I stopped for lunch on the way home and it was a nice spot for a couple of snaps:

20181016_170856 by , on Flickr

20181016_144125 by , on Flickr

I really need to get the lights back to white again. I got the car home and gave her a wash before the kids arrived! The results of the quick mini detail I gave the car last week could be seen after the rain:

Swissvax Crystal Rock beading nicely on the bootlid:
20181017_101136 by , on Flickr

AutoFinesse Illusion on the roof:

20181017_101148 by , on Flickr

I'm looking in to getting the GTS DCT update and the Comp Pack EDC coding done shortly as well as seeing if I need the engine software update. I'll also get things like folding mirrors on lock and a few other bits done. I also want bluetooth audio which requires a combox and wiring (to be oem) but if I don't do it myself (which is the likely route) then it isn't a cheap thing to do for a single bit of functionality. I'm going to wait and think about this one some more.

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