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My front right brake caliper is misbehaving and I am going to replace it with a Pagid service exchange unit.

Has anyone else done either an E70 or E71 front caliper?

Any ‘gotchas’?

Does anyone have the correct torque settings for the slide pins?  It looks as if it simply a case of ...

Wheel off
Pads out
Loosen fluid reservoir cap
Force back that piston
Undo the two slide pins
Clamp the brake line
Remove the brake line and protect the end
Attach line to new caliper
Remount and tighten slide pins (assuming they are clean enough) to correct torque
Install pads
Declamp pipe and open bleed nipple to allow fluid to fill behind
Bleed brakes via pedal movement
Clean all, ensure caps and covers are in place
Refit front wheel




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Other Marques / XDrive Gran Tourer
« on: April 28, 2018, 03:19:19 PM »
Have ordered a 220d xDrive Gran Tourer MSport in Estoril Blue.  Dealer gave £6k discount overall and a free Service Pack so happy with that.  It replaces our Škoda Superb Estate and I’m not overly impressed with the build quality of their current models - nor the current prices (which have risen despite the models having lower specs).

About 8 - 12 weeks for delivery so the wait begins.

Have put all of the ‘Packs’ on the build and a couple of other bits besides.

Took Sid10 recommendation about tow bar so added that instead of bike rack prep.  The 220d xDrive is an auto too (8sp) with no manual option.

Having driven the Active Tourer version we were very impressed.  Same sized engine as the Škoda (2-litre/190bhp) however the BMW feels far more willing and lively.  Could be a better engine map, or the Twin Scroll Turbo.  Hoping for better economy too.

We were very tempted by a 640D GC as they are currently on 0% and £13k deposit contribution.  Still want one but my head says that with kids it might not (for now) be the most ‘practical’ choice  :( :'(

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Having spent a few months looking at cars to replace our Škoda Superb Estate, we tried out the X2 and 220d Gran Tourer.

I really (and surprisingly) found that the X2 door aperture height was too low for me to get in and out comfortably.  Being 6’4” doesn’t help when it comes to finding cars that I fit comfortably into.

So we went back to the drawing board and have now settled on a new Gran Tourer 220d MSport xDrive version.  It appears to have an 8-so auto (no manual). Just looking at the finance side (we’ll PCP it due to high annual mileage) and what discount I can wangle before placing the order.

These cars seem to be a bit of a Tardis inside and have a very flexible interior.  I think Sid10 had/has one of these too, and I know he was impressed.  There is also some kind of extra range fuel tank option now on offer, though no one at Baron’s knew what it actually offers in terms of capacity over the standard tank.  It’s only £40.

We don’t need anything as big as the X3 and as we are keeping the X6 we’ll have that as our long distance cruiser.

All being well, and if we can get a decent deal then I’ll order in the next month or so for summer delivery.

We had also looked at a new Škoda Karoq but the Dealer car had a broken electric seat with the stitching already failing.  Not exactly something to leave in the showroom as your example!  The Kodiaq fuel economy is sub-35 which is too low and for a 2-litre TDI not very impressive at all.

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General Discussion / 2018 MOT changes - Diesel smoke check
« on: March 25, 2018, 11:00:28 AM »
For anyone thinking of removing a DPF (or has already done it) from a diesel car where the OEM fitted one as standard, the incoming MOT test is much more likely to find it.

A revised visual check will look for evidence of tampering, and for soot at the tailpipe.  Additionally there is a new smoke check, and any sign of smoke from the exhaust whilst under power (which a DPF car won’t have) counts as a ‘Major’ fault and fails the MOT.

Recent checks have revealed a significant number of cars being submitted for their MOTs that have had the DPF removed - something that has been illegal for a while now and makes it an offence to drive it on the road.  The official statement reads

“This is reflected in the draft MOT inspection manual which explains that if the, ‘exhaust on a vehicle fitted with a diesel particulate filter emits visible smoke of any colour’ a Major fault should be recorded, hence the car will fail the MOT.”

There are three new fault categories:
Dangerous and Major are automatic fails.
Minor are noted on the new style certificate.

The changes come into effect in May 2018.

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General Discussion / Petrol engines to get GPF from June 2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:18:11 PM »
Just picked this up from the Škoda Forum.

All new petrol vehicles sold from June 2018 will need to have Gasoline Particulate Filters fitted under the latest Euro 6d regulations!  It is no longer just diesels that have to worry about these devices.

They are needed because modern petrol engines making use of direct injection are much ‘dirtier’ than those using indirect injection - in some cases by a factor of 10,000!

It also means a reduction in engine power as well - for example the VW 280bhp petrol engine drops to 272bhp in the summer.

What seems to be unclear from the comments is what happens to unregistered dealer stock cars after that date?  Commentators have pointed at new registrations rather than new builds.  I can understand it being a ‘built after date......’ but some cars remain unsold for months.  Are Dealers going to pre-reg anything bought speculatively by them, or to meet their quota numbers?

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General Discussion / New MOT in 2018 - will check Cat/DPF
« on: October 29, 2017, 12:09:48 PM »
DVSA is changing the MOT from next Spring (2018) and will now include checks that the Cat and DPF are both fitted and working on diesel vehicles.

No details on the ‘how’ yet, but it is on the way. It will be more than a physical check as these how now been proved worthless if the exhaust looks OK.  I am presuming there will be a modified ‘smoke test’ which will be able to look at the particulates levels or some other exhaust stream testing.

As is the case now, a garage cannot be prosecuted for removing either but motorists can be for driving a car without them.  With more than 1,400 motorists caught in the last couple of years and a lot of focus on diesel emissions this was bound to happen eventually.

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Not yet on the UK DVSA website, but this appeared in the news overnight....problem with front occupancy detector mats.  Could affect airbag deployment.

http://www.bmwblog.com/2017/10/13/bmw-recalling-85300-vehicles-repair-passenger-airbag-problems/

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On the light side / Blonde PE Teacher.....
« on: October 13, 2017, 10:24:51 PM »
A blonde lady gets a job as a physical education teacher of 16 year olds.

She notices a boy standing alone, while all the other kids are running around having fun kicking a football.

She takes pity on him and decides to speak to him.

'You ok?' she asks.

'Yes,' he replies.

'You can go and play with the other kids, you know,' she says.

'It's best I stay here,' he says.

'Why's that, sweetie?' asks the blonde.

The boy looks at her and says: "Because I'm the goal keeper!"

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On the light side / Don’t mess with Seniors!
« on: October 12, 2017, 10:04:13 PM »
A retired couple returned to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman had just sold the car that they had been keen on buying to a beautiful, leggy, busty blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply: "Young man, I thought that you said you would hold that car until we raised the £55,000 asking price. Yet I just overheard you close the deal for £45,000 to that lovely young lady there. And if I remember rightly you insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the salesman grinning sheepishly.

Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man.
"There you go", she said, "I told you I could get that idiot to lower the price. See you later, and Happy Birthday dad"

Once again ... don't mess with seniors ...  :P

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The lounge / Wrong.......just plain wrong!
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:17:17 PM »
Saw a Q7 this afternoon with an X5 plate on it......standards are definitely falling    :blink:

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General Discussion / Driver's Airbag Recall - E53 and other models
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:44:52 PM »
Looks like BMW are widening the recall for a driver's airbag issue.  It was only for 2002/3 builds but we have now had a recall for our 2005 E46 as part of the same issue so the scope has got larger.

It has allegedly been caused by airbags in the US detonating but throwing metal shrapnel into the driver!

This had already been flagged in the Forum, but I thought I would wave a flag to say it has gone wider now and other owners may get recall notices - assuming BMW know who the Owners are.

It is the second recall in three years for early noughties built cars and affects millions of vehicles globally - not just BMW - apparently.  The last recall we had was because the explosive was found to be damp in the passenger airbags gas generator.  More pffftttt than bang!

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General Discussion / Diesel Emissions.......
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:00:02 PM »
Well with VAG, Merc and Renault 'revising' their diesel car emissions via recalls I suppose it was inevitable that BMW would be alleged to be part of the disguising game.  Part of the issue is of course that the EU emissions standard tests are done at 20°C and many countries have climates where the average temperature is below that so the emissions systems never kick in properly.  This makes the testing regime useless - as we already know.

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1111670_eu-investigating-diesel-collusion-among-audi-bmw-mercedes-porsche-vw-report

The hornet's nest kicked over by VAG looks like it is going to be buzzing for a while yet.


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On the light side / BMW D-Drive...
« on: April 01, 2017, 09:52:37 AM »

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General X4 Forum (F26) / ISOFIX Safety Recall - F25/F26
« on: March 08, 2017, 09:41:55 PM »
DVSA mandatory recall. 

Risk of ISOFIX mount failure, 45154 affected vehicles built from 08/2010 thru 04/2016.

Details on this thread....

http://xdrivers.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=15031.msg145841#msg145841

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