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    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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    2020 BMW M340i G20 looks like an absolute dog’s dinner

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 21 December 2018

    Bob Harper … is ranting about the styling of the new 2020 BMW M340i G20 this month…

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    Bob Harper … questions the quest for Nürburgring lap times

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 03 August 2018

    I’s amazing what manufacturers or, perhaps more precisely, their overpaid marketing departments and advertising agencies, deem newsworthy these days. Hardly a day goes by without some spurious rubbish pinging its way into my inbox, and I must confess that most of the dross is sent to the virtual wastebasket with the most cursory of glances.

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    2019 BMW X7 xDrive50i G07 pre-production prototype - road test

    Posted in Cars on Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    First Drive Seventh heaven? The new X7 will sit at the top of BMW’s SUV hierarchy, but Matt Robinson wonders if the model can create enough clear air between itself and its siblings to make this seven-seat leviathan truly worthwhile? Photos: BMW AG.

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    F90 M5 COMPETITION REVEALED

    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 Harper

    2019 BMW M8 Gran Coupé Concept

    Posted in Cars on Wednesday, 09 May 2018

    Bob Harper … is thoroughly bored by the current crop of hypercars. While I’d love to have seen the M8 Gran Coupé Concept in the flesh at the recent Geneva Motor Show, so much else about the exotica on display left me unmoved.

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    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.
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    BMW design - Chris Bangle Visionary or Vandal?

    Posted in Cars on Sunday, 18 February 2018

    BMW design Visionary or Vandal? The Bangle era There can be few more controversial figures in the world of BMW than ex-design chief, Chris Bangle. We profile the man and the significant influence of his work. Has there ever been a more controversial figure in the BMW world than Chris Bangle? Bob Harper looks at Bangle’s work and his legacy after 17 years in BMW’s design department.

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    Chris Graham

    Do diesels have a future?

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, 14 October 2017

    The letter from C Gooch in this issue, certainly offers plenty of food for thought with regard to the future of diesel motoring in the UK. BMW has been responsible for some simply superb diesel-powered models over the years, and continues to produce them. Earlier this summer I spent a very enjoyable couple of weeks with a BMW 435d Gran Coupé xDrive, which reaffirmed to me just how impressive these machines have become. With refinement, superb driving dynamics, power a-plenty and astonishing economy, the experience left me wondering why you’d want any other sort of car?

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