As mentioned in my last post, I noticed a low coolant level and subsequently a low engine operating temperature. This is a very strong indication that one or both engine thermostats are faulty and are opening too soon or not fully closing.Read More
A bit later than normal but still well in advance of the condition based servicing indicator, I carried out another oil service, replacing the oil, oil filter and micro-filters with genuine BMW parts as before. Castro Edge 0w-30 oil was used once again.Read More
My second MOT as owner went without incident thankfully. There were no official advisories but I mentioned to the tester that I would be replacing the rear discs and pads very shortly and he agreed that they had seen better days.Read More
Another little gremlin appeared last night on the way home where the nearside headlamp took on a distinctly pink hue. It turns out that this usually ends in total bulb failure within a short time so I sourced a new bulb...Read More
As noted in a previous post, my front brake pads were nearing minimum thickness but when inspected closely, it was clear that the discs were also in need of renewal as they were close to minimum thickness as well. On a performance car like the 535d, it would be foolish to scrimp on brakes so I ordered a set of genuine BMW discs from Cotswold BMW to fit along with the pads and wear sensor already purchased.
The fitting process was relatively easy and in fact easier than most cars I have seen.Read More
Yesterday when pulling out of a petrol station my rear glass hatch release activated and the luggage cover retracted. At the time I thought maybe I just hadn't closed it properly but it happened again later in the day. After a bit of research on BMW Land I discovered this was a common problem and either meant a problem with the wiring or more likely, the hatch switch. Since the new switch was reasonably priced, and was the most likely cause, I decided to replace it.Read More
It's been a decent summer this year but winter is fast approaching and it won't be long before we are scraping our windscreens and slithering around on snow and ice. My little Aygo was pretty good in the snow, a combination of skinny tyres, a wheel at each corner and only 68 BHP...
The 535d might be a different story...Read More
I've washed and polished the car a few times since I bought it and was pretty happy with the results but decided to buy a clay bar and see if it made any difference. Despite being pretty sceptical, I can confirm that it does indeed make a considerable difference to the level of polish on the car.Read More
The steering wheel trim on my car was a bit worn along the right hand spoke where presumably the previous owner had a habit of resting their thumb and rubbing the spoke. This had left a slightly ugly shiny section where the rest of the spoke was a satin texture. I ordered a new trim from Cotswold BMW...Read More