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by SimonD
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Looking at the Bosch S5 110 85Ah 800A 12v battery...
Replies: 8
Views: 198

Re: Looking at the Bosch S5 110 85Ah 800A 12v battery...

Agreed. I've never had a battery problem - with Bosch or any other make.
Most "battery" problems are just a symptom of another fault.
by SimonD
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Looking at the Bosch S5 110 85Ah 800A 12v battery...
Replies: 8
Views: 198

Re: Looking at the Bosch S5 110 85Ah 800A 12v battery...

I have that one in my car. Had it replaced under warranty earlier this year but my problem was the starter not the battery. No questions asked by ECP so no complaints from me. My car has pretty much all the powered options and I've had no problems. I, however, paid only £120 for mine. Aren't Varta a...
by SimonD
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Do it all car/estate
Replies: 18
Views: 515

Re: Do it all car/estate

I think the manual is quite a bit faster to 60 (about 6.5) but it is a seriously good package and far better than any acceleration figures will suggest. The day I looked at my 130i I viewed two cars - the 130i that I eventually bought from Birds and a low mileage Spec B saloon. It was a tough choice...
by SimonD
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Do it all car/estate
Replies: 18
Views: 515

Re: Do it all car/estate

I'd echo the Subaru comments. The Legacy is between the 3 and the 5 in size, has a silky smooth engine and the usefulness of 4WD in the winter months. The H6 engine is a bit heavy on fuel but works very well in both manual and auto. A Spec B legacy estate is a lovely drive and the '07 onwards autos ...
by SimonD
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: BMW Problems
Topic: Cannot hear people during phone calls
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Cannot hear people during phone calls

Interesting one. We have the same problem on our 2015 F07. Works fine with my old iPhone 4 but have the same problem with my wife's iPhone 6.

....being a dinosaur pays sometimes....!
by SimonD
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Tyres/Wheels
Topic: Speed rating and MOT
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Speed rating and MOT

Thanks.
by SimonD
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Tyres/Wheels
Topic: Speed rating and MOT
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Speed rating and MOT

I picked up a s/h set of winter wheels/tyres a while ago and have just noticed that they are only H rated. This doesn't concern me as my car is used as a school run/shopping trolley during the winter and probably never exceeds 50mph. The only issue is that I need to get an MOT this month. Does anyon...
by SimonD
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: BMW Problems
Topic: 130i Pre LCI - Battery specs
Replies: 12
Views: 414

Re: 130i Pre LCI - Battery specs

Is it even possible to code an AGM battery to a car that was never fitted with one?
by SimonD
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: BMW Problems
Topic: 130i Pre LCI - Battery specs
Replies: 12
Views: 414

Re: 130i Pre LCI - Battery specs

I first changed my battery back in 2012. The dealer listed about four different fitments for the pre-lci 130i (all non agm). They said that the battery fitted would depend on the spec of the car. Mine has loads of extras so came with what I seem to remember was a rather large 80ah battery. I've just...
by SimonD
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Are the paddles on E8x automatics the 'wrong' way round?
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Re: Are the paddles on E8x automatics the 'wrong' way round?

Mike_RS wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:49 am
Isn't the 130i auto in the £520 tax band? That would be enough to put me off the auto straight away! :|
Only if it's a pre-lci car registered after 1st March 2006. :cry:

I find the E87 paddles work far better on the road than the pull left to downshift/right to upshift style.
by SimonD
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Engine Ticking
Replies: 11
Views: 583

Re: Engine Ticking

.....and not always effective.
by SimonD
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Reducing cabin noise
Replies: 27
Views: 1126

Re: Reducing cabin noise

Tyres affect interior noise significantly. My Goodyear ASY 2s created a pretty unpleasant booming inside the car on some surfaces. The ASY 3s are very much quieter - particularly on badly surfaced motorways. The biggest source of creaks and squeaks on my car was the pivot bar for the rear seat backs...
by SimonD
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Fault codes after fitting new starter 130i
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Fault codes after fitting new starter 130i

It was a fresh battery (I thought the battery was at fault before I realised the starter was the problem) that was put on a charger while disconnected.
by SimonD
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Door Tweeters - SO WORTH!
Replies: 15
Views: 949

Re: Door Tweeters - SO WORTH!

One of the first things I did five years ago. I've never felt the need to do anything since. Our 5GT with HK kit doesn't sound any better to my ear.
by SimonD
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: E81, E82, E87, E88 (2004-2011)
Topic: Fault codes after fitting new starter 130i
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Fault codes after fitting new starter 130i

Useful to know. Thanks.

I don't mind admitting that I was in a state of mild panic wondering what on earth I had done!

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