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    Air filter change

    Am I jumping the gun here. This filter has covered 8000 miles and looks like this. I have replaced it. Should I have left it longer?
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    Euro 6 emissions non news Well, there's a surprise. Wonder how much this bit of research cost? I could've told the DfT this for free!!
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    MoT advisory

    I've had my car back from MoT. Pass but couple of advisories. Does anyone know what these are: 1. Suspension arm has slight play in pin/bush offside front (front bush) [2.4.G.2] 2. (slight play in steering rack inner joints). No 2 worries me. Does this me a whole new steering rack is required?
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    Courtesy Car

    Passat in for MoT, timing belt and rectify slight vacuum leak leading to overly firm brake pedal if you apply a couple of times in quick succession. I have custody of a 1.2i 16v Corsa Activ courtesy loan vehicle. Not at all keen: noisy, cramped, wibbly wobbly steering, but so unbelievably slow!
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    Stupid Polls & stupid organisations

    IAM has a quick Drink-Drive survey on its site. I have concluded that the IAM is run by morons. On the homepage there's a button entited 'Who are the IAM?' The IAM is plural. 'What is the IAM?'...
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    When I grow up . . . .

    Passat1 by HDi fun posted 23 October 2015 at 15:33 I wanna be a Tesla
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    Tesla - test drive completed

    I've booked a test drive in a Tesla Model S for Sat 9th May. This should be interesting.
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    ICE and capacitors

    The fitment of large capacity electrolytic caps, paralleled with the 12v supply, in close proximity to speaker driving power amps is fairly common. I have a question (two) for the chemists out there: In what way does an electrolytic capacitor differ from a lead acid battery (accumulator)...
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    Two stroke oil in diesel engines

    Anyone tried adding mineral two stroke oil to the fuel tank in diesel fuelled cars? 1/4 litre added to the tank at fuelling time seems to take away some of the combustion noise and PD injector noise.
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    "New" Passat

    Not impressed - the Passat has thrown a series of fault codes at me relating to emissions management and fuel/boost regulation. Curiously the A/C has decided to go AWOL at the same time as the third tranche of faults showed themselves. Sadly I have already pumped money into buying it, plus...
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    I would just like to extend my thanks to the stupid driver who ploughed into the back of my car on Monday 7th April. He hit me so hard that the floorpan in bent in 2 planes and the driver's side rear door doesn't open. Needless to say the car is a total loss.
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    Automatic Transmission Fluid change

    My 528i is in it's 14th year and is now wearing over 145,000 miles. Everything works perfectly, and a recent investigative emissions test reveals that CO and HC are at ridiculously low levels etc. However, I have never been near the transmission. BMW says sealed for life. Hmmmmm....... the...
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    Fault code

    My car put up a fault light the other day, under full bore acceleration, and it reset itself after switching off and back on. Had ECU interrogated by local specialist (for free!)..... Intermittent misfire logged; Cylinder #5 They suggest replacing plugs (they're 60,000 miles old so even for...
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    Emissions test results Not bad for 140,000 miles. Original engine. Routine servicing only. Original Lambda sensors. Original Cats !!!!
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    Uniroyal Rainsport 2

    I have just removed the Rainsport 2 tyres from the front of my E39 BMW 528i. After 15,000 miles the wear rate is good in general but they have become so incredibly noisy at low speed. So bad that I suspected one or more faulty wheel bearings. The car has had a full four wheel geometry setup...
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    Vredestein Ultrac Cento

    Anyone used Vredestein Ultrac Cento? Currently I have Michelin Primacy 3 on the rear and Uniroyal Rainsport 2 on the front. Grip wise I cannot fault either however the Primacy 3 appears to wear far more quickly than Primacy HP which I had previously. The Uniroyals are wearing well on the...
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    Sealed for life

    I am considering getting the transmission fluid replaced in my old 528i Steptronic. BMW's position is to leave well alone as changing the fluid can introduce dirt into the transmission. The car is close to 130,000 miles and in fairness it shifts smoothly and quickly without slipping or...
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    HDi's HiDs

    Taken the plunge and finally fitted aftermarket HiDs to my ageing 528i. Yes, well worth the money - the factory dipped beam lighting was not the greatest by any stretch of the imagination. Useless is the word that comes to mind, despite fitment of Osram Nightbreaker IIs. My car has the HB4...
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    Or - my car is so thirsty. . . . .

    That if I don't switch off the engine when filling the tank I never catch up :-)
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    Does anyone have the COM port settings (rate, parity etc for this device)