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  •   Henry Catchpole reacted to this post about 9 months ago

    I heard the other day about an early #BMW-X1 that had been recovered into a main dealership with a non-start condition following a breakdown. The labour for diagnostics came to under 100 quid, but the associated repair bill resulted in a final cost that was significant enough to effectively write-off the car.

    / #High-Pressure-Fuel-Pumps / #BMW

    How does £6,000 grab you for a new, high-pressure fuel pump, four injectors, fuel system clean-out and labour? A fuel pump costs £1,250, four injectors add up to over £2,200, then add £150 for the non-re-useable fuel lines and, if needed, a fuel rail for an additional £420. Then there was a couple of days in the workshop to get it all done at whatever they charge (plus VAT), and you can see how it adds up and runs away.

    What happened in this case – and others – is that the finely-machined surfaces in the fuel pump somehow become damaged. Bits whizzed around inside the pump causing more aggro, and then the fi ne mix of metal swarf and diesel found its way into the injectors, ruining them.

    The car went to a BMW independent specialist who quoted £1,200 to supply and fit good used parts, and clean the system out. That’s after the workshop there had completed the same repair on three other #BMW-N47 cars before…

    But I do wonder what causes this problem? It’s not really that common a fault. It could be poor quality diesel from a supermarket station, water in the fuel or even the fact that, after the filter in the fuel pump, there isn’t one in the fuel line. I’d be very tempted to cut a section of the fuel supply pipe out and splice-in an external fuel filter, just as a second line of defence.

    A new, high-pressure fuel pump from BMW will cost a hefty £1,250, but this can be just the start of the expense if using a dealership for repairs.
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  •   BimmerPost reacted to this post about 2 years ago

    Official details of the F90 M5 Competition have been released and it’s an absolute beast of a machine. Power is up to 625hp with 553lb ft of torque and that means a staggering 0-62mph time of 3.3 seconds and a 0-124mph (200km/h) time of just 10.8 seconds. Aside from the increase in performance the M5 Competition receives model-specific engine mounts, revised suspension that’s 7mm lower and 10% stiffer with increased front camber and toe links with ball joints instead of rubber mounts at the rear and a thicker rear anti-roll bar. There are unique 20” forged wheels and additional gloss black exterior detailing, including the kidney grille, rear bumper cover, boot spoiler and boot lid logo. Inside, you get M tricolour stripe seatbelts and floor mats with model-specific piping and an M5 logo. The M5 Competition costs £96,205 and is on sale now, with the first customers due to receive their cars in September.

    / #BMW-G30 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-G30 / #BMW-M-Automobiles / #2018-BMW-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-F90 / #BMW-5-Series-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-M5-F90 / #BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-F90 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW / #2019 / #BMW-M5-Competition / #BMW-M5-Competition-F90 / #2019-BMW-M5-Competition-F90
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  •   Bob BMW reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    Andy Everett uploaded a new video
    BMW’s decision to resurrect the #BMW-8-Series comes after an announcement by chairman Harald Krüger to position the brand further upmarket, giving it a more luxurious slant than its current premium positioning.

    / #BMW / #BMW-M8-Gran-Coupe / #2019 / #2019-BMW-M8-Gran-Coupe / #BMW-M8 / #2019-BMW-8-Series /

    “The 8 Series will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury car offering and will raise the benchmark in the segment,” Krüger said. “It will demonstrate that sharp dynamics and modern luxury go hand in hand, in a process strengthening our claim to leadership in the class.”

    The arrival of the Concept M8 Gran Coupe follows the unveiling of the #Concept 8 Series Coupe at last year’s Villa D’Este concours d’elegance in Como, Italy, as well as the unleashing of an #BMW-M8-Coupe prototype during a promotional event at the 2017 Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race in Germany.
    BMW M8 Gran Coupe (2019) Perfect Concept
    The new BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept illustrates the meaning behind the letter “M” at BMW in impressive style: it stands for “more”, more of everything. As well...
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  •   Bob BMW reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    Solid #flywheel conversions / BMW

    Many diesel owners will have heard of these conversions that replace the #dual-mass-flywheels ( DMF ). A new #DMF can be a lot of money – over £600. However, you can buy solid mass flywheel kits for various BMWs. For a 2007 onwards #BMW-N47 2.0d, such as a #BMW-320d , a flywheel and clutch kit is about £400 all in, including the sprung clutch centre plate. A kit for an older #BMW-M47 is about the same price. But are they worth it? There are stories of broken cranks on some BMW diesels, and these are ones such as the old M47 as fitted in the #Rover-75 diesel. This is due to the cranks in some diesels being made of cast iron as opposed to forged steel, and they can snap across a main bearing. It’s caused by harmonic vibrations and as well as the crank front pulley damper (which must be in perfect condition).

    The purpose of a dual mass flywheel is to absorb these stresses. Some will say the springs in the clutch centre plate on a standard solid flywheel does the job but they don’t – they just absorb the clutch take up. The dual mass flywheel moves about all the time, absorbing the severe vibrations that a four-cylinder diesel creates. Petrol engines, especially sixes, are not as critical but when did you last here of a petrol DMF failing? Exactly. And that tells you just how harsh diesels are on flywheels. So, should you fit one? That’s up to you, but bear in mind that unless you’re keeping the car forever, a new DMF and clutch kit will outlast your time with the car and it’ll be smooth and quiet to drive. A solid flywheel might save you £300 but it will be noisier, have noticeable vibration and whilst the chances of crank trouble is probably slim, is worth the risk? I wouldn’t, but each to their own…
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