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  1. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    It's more of a generic question than E46-specific Since I'm now on 1lt oil every 400 miles I checked the plugs and they are all like this one: If the oil was seeping through valve seals or piston rings, shouldn't the plugs be oily?
  2. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi guys, just started the car and the revs were going everywhere, between 1k revs and dropping under 500 Didn’t sound good, revs were bouncing slightly yesterday but I just put down to not being started for 3 days due to be away Done a scan and got all these codes I know it’s under vaulting...
  3. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi all I recently purchased this car and it has an issue I’m trying to resolve. From cold the car starts fine and will run for 5 mins or so with thick white smoke from exhaust and a little from the engine bay. After 5 mins if you try to rev it will cut out and not start again for a few hours...
  4. Introductions
    Hi all, I have just taken delivery of my new 420d Gran Coupe M Sport and first impressions are good. As I get used to it and explore what it has to offer I am sure I will have questions! Tim
  5. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi All, Wondering if anyone might be able to comment on the following please? I had new front tyres at the weekend at my local Pr*T*re at Poole. At the same time I had alignment done as the fronts were indeed very unevenly worn. On Tuesday we had a tyre pressure monitor warning. So I reset...
  6. BMW Garages and Parts Retailers
    Hi All, Will post a separate topic detailing all the issues I'm having under the correct forum group but just wondered if anyone can reccoment an independent bmw specialist in Portsmouth. The two I have narrowed it down to are Alexander Autos and Etech Motorsport. I noticed that Etech are on...
  7. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hey guys, firstly I'm sorry for all these questions but I really need to find the answer so i can hopefully get my car on the road. To start I'm an expat living in Bulgaria and to cut a long story short I've got a 1998 E36 320i touring but now with a 328i engine. I didn't realise but changing...
  8. BMW Cars for Sale
    BMW SE 530d E61 Touring LCI 2007 + lots of extras 116,000 miles £7,800 ono Passed MOT yesterday (08/02/17) with no advisories. Superb condition inside and out. All the usual luxury items you would expect in a car that cost approximately £45,000 new including full leather interior in very good...
  9. BMW X Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of X Series
    Hi, Today, most things seem to of stopped working. ie. No Steering Wheel Controls,i.e(audio cruise control) Apart from heated steering wheel No Rear windscreen wiper or rear washer Airbag light on and fasten seat belt light and sounds on. Audio wont switch off when key has been taken out of...
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  11. BMW X Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of X Series
    Hi I hope someone has an idea what might be causing my x5 to burn oil,it does it a little bit when you first start it which doesn't bother me much but if i start it and let it idle for ten or fifteen minutes to warm it up when i drive off it blows a lot of blue smoke out for the next half a...
  12. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Any help / advice would be appreciated! My 2010 520d F10 (manual) recently snapped the timing chain at 81k. I took the car to BMTEC in Manchester as it's close to my work to be repaired. They told me that I had been "incredibly lucky" in that there was no damage to the engine other than the...
  13. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Hi all! I have a BMW 520d touring 2009. I had an issue where i was getting a drive control system failure warning which would come and go. I put it into BMW who charged me to do a diagnostic and find nothing, they just reset software. Problem went away for few weeks. Then a couple of months back...
  14. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Story so far car suddenly stopped engine light on and won't start, things I've tried so far new hp pump and change the sensers on rail and fuel pump any one got any ideas please someone suggested it might be one of the injectors stuck open causing low pressure in the rail open to any ideas...
  15. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Hello guys. As stated in the title, i dont understand what the problem is on my 2006 730d. Its had a new vortex breather like 200 miles ago, new oil, filter, basically fully serviced and if i idle for about 10+ minutes, on acceleration it produces a lot of white smoke and the smell is quite...
  16. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi, brought a 316i a few months ago previous guy had done 10k in 3 years so i did a oil change after the oil change im getting through 1L of oil per 300miles ive changed the ccv and all the pipes and still problem exists, i now wonder if the car previously had thicker oil than the 5w30 it...
  17. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    So before removing the valve cover to replace the gasket I noticed a lot of silicone sealant around the bolt at the front of the valve cover just before the vanos unit. Once I took the cover off I see what looks like lots of silicone and a washer around this bolt. WTF? Why would this be...
  18. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hello! I bought a BMW 3 series 320i 2007 automatic petrol last week. Yesterday it came up with lots of different error messages: - Oil pressure low. Do not drive car as could cause serious engine damage. - Flat tyre monitor failure. Tyre pressure loss cannot be identified. - Brake and driving...
  19. Z4
    Hi all! I have returned to the forum after finally purchasing another BMW and I have issues with the beast already! I purchased the car from wales 2 weeks ago and have done around 700 miles since and in this time I have managed to lose 2 ltrs of oil!! I cant see anything under the car and...
  20. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Hi Guys, Ive had a 2012 F10 for about 9 months now and its recently let me down twice in a week with what seems like spurious faults on Dashboard(first was Fuel and second was DSC). After reading lots of advice from other forum members I had the codes read and discovered the car appeared to have...
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