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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Postby theguvnor » 03 Aug 2017, 15:50

Another night in the dealers.....new unit still programming!!
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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Postby theguvnor » 07 Aug 2017, 20:36

Got the F10 back Friday afternoon....new satnav working ok so far. Got the latest maps and software updates as well. Good service by Rybrook Worcester can't fault them.
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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Postby cockneyrebel » 07 Aug 2017, 21:14

theguvnor wrote:Got the F10 back Friday afternoon....new satnav working ok so far. Got the latest maps and software updates as well. Good service by Rybrook Worcester can't fault them.


Good result Matt, bet it's nice to be back in the office.
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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Postby theguvnor » 08 Aug 2017, 18:34

yes mate, the 220 was much more sporty to drive but way behind on quality of interior.
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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Postby theguvnor » 19 Aug 2017, 17:38

Well thats me packed up for our yearly holiday in the depths of France. Had the 5 in for an oil and filter ( bang on mileage done in four months! ) and also the first of the preventative actions I'm taking as i will be running her up to 200k, a full oil and filter service for the ZF gearbox.

Again in true BMW fashion, they state it is 'sealed for life' but thats far from being the truth. The indie i use has done the official ZF course on the 8 speed gearboxes and ZF recommend that the oil and filters are changed anywhere between 50k and 70k. My 5 had 87k on it when it went in on Friday, and the difference is highly noticeable after the service with the gear box being much smoother than before in all modes.

With the 5 being under warranty if the gearbox had gone bang it would've been covered, but as they say oil and filters are cheap ( ish!! ) and new gearboxes aren't. What makes the newer units less resilient than the old 5 speed is they are lighter and thus made of thinner steel...and therefore won't last as long as the older units.

So the best way forward is the regular oil and filter changes. With the mainly motorway miles i do i'll be going for the next change around 75k to 80k miles time, the lower 50k mark only really applicable if you tow all the time or do lots of stop start urban driving with loads of gear changes. The cost for the gearbox service was £416 including parts/labour and v.a.t., not cheap but essential if you are going to run one up to big miles.

The next preventative item will be the timing chain replacement, again not a cheap exercise as its at the rear of the engine!! That will be done around 100k miles, or in about three months as i like to call it!

So if any of you are running a BMW with the ZF 8 speed auto box i strongly recommend having it done, even though its not a service item listed by BMW. I guess they bank on the majority of the motors with 'sealed for life' gearboxes being way out of warranty before they get into going bang territory!
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