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  1. Gave her a compulsory wash after a bit of work done over the last week 🙂 Sump leak that's been gradually getting worse - fixed! Brake fluid flush (there was moisture apparently) - done! Con-rod bearings were showing a fair bit of wear. Replace all 12 bearings? - done! Other than that a regular service/do-over and WOF passed with flying colors. Car is still running very nicely, and after having a 116i as my loan car for a week boy am I glad to have this thing back.
  2. Tyres were at the end of their life, so decided to get a new set of 4. I was going to stick to the Michelin PSS, but i wanted to do something I had tried and liked before and went with the Bridgestone RE050A's. I also decided to go slightly wider on the back, replacing 245s with 255/35/18. These tyres feel awesome, quiet yet so much grip.
  3. Anyone here done the rocker cover gasket replacement on an N55 (in a 2012 M135i) and able to tell me how labor intensive it is? I'd like to tackle myself but have limited time to be without the car atm so will take to the shop if it's too big of a job. I've seen a few videos and they all seem pretty fidgety in terms of just getting clearance to remove the parts. Smelly burning oil and little bits of white smoke coming from engine bay is what is making me assume it's a RCG leak, but still need to confirm
  4. Arma

    XHP tune

    I got the stage 3 tune on my M135i and it does indeed make a good improvement. Shifts are so much faster in sport+ mode.
  5. Car randomly through a drivetrain warning last night. I have noticed on cold starts the car idles very rough, especially when putting the car into gear (any gear including reverse) - almost like it's going to die. I turned the car off, then turned back on again, and the error was gone. Car drove fine (was a 30km drive home afterwards) and the error didn't show up again. I'm going to guess that the error is going to pop up again at some point, maybe in a week... so I might book the car in for the shop to have a look. Research shows that most drivetrain warnings are caused by all sorts of different things from spark plugs, coils, to injectors, HPFP etc. I had brand new spark plugs installed about 3-4 months ago, so can't imagine it's that. Hopefully the shop finds the issue easily :)
  6. Latest vehicle alarm system. Pros: Loud, effective Cons: Not very portable
  7. Dropped in an AFE dry filter yesterday for that 0.0005% HP gain. Sounds a bit nicer. Old filter was dirty AF
  8. Arma

    FS: 2012 M135i

    That m performance exhaust looks terrible! I'll take it off your hands to get rid of it for you ??
  9. Apparently the pulley/tensioner is all fine, according to BM Workshop. The movement is minimal and expected they say ?‍♂️ Bonnie #1 still needs that coolant hose replaced under the intake manifold. I have to decide when I want to do it, and who I want to pay the huge labour cost of doing it haha. The battery is also flat atm, which I need to charge. Hoping to sort that out over the next couple of months.
  10. A couple of tasks done this week, for peace of mind! VRSF charge pipe installed. Replaced the stock plastic one Spark plugs all replaced with new ones (old ones were about 60% worn) Full oil service with Castrol Edge 5w30. Amount of oil drained was 5L - OEM capacity is 6.5L, so there was 1.5L missing. Could not find any leaks anywhere. Tyres were running way too soft (whoops) - there was a little cracking on the side wall on some of them. Aired them to ~36/40psi for now. Air filter needs replacing - figured I'll go with a higher flow filter (no im not getting a pod filter to suck hot air from the bay!!). I've ordered the AFE DRY s drop-in filter, which should arrive in a day or two. Not sure if it's going to affect performance at all (given that I have a mhd stage 1 tune), but at least it will be a new filter There is some small cracking on the diff bushing, but nothing major or to worry about at the moment
  11. Xhp flash all done. Bought and hooked up a 20amp charger to it. However the initial flash took only 5 mins! Much quicker than the expected 30mins. Ots flashes afterwards takes 30 seconds. Have not driven yet - just charged the battery up to full etc. Need to baby it around for 50 miles apparently for adaptations to set
  12. Been reading all the posts regarding the battery charger. Fun times. Anyway, I'm looking to invest in a slightly bigger charger (but probably not as flash as Glenn's one ). Mainly because I'm looking to do my xHP flash pretty soon as well. Unless someone has a charger (at least 20-25A that they can lend to me for a day / few hours) I managed to do the big MHD flash (~40 mins) with my CTEK 5 amp charger without any issue, but from what I hear the xHP flash draws a lot more current than the MHD flash. So to err on the safe side I'll probably look towards a 20-30A charger for my piece of mind. If anyone has any brand or model recommendations (e.g. CTEK), what are your favorites?
  13. VRSF charge pipe arrived today. Will try get it installed over the next week. Also ordered new spark plugs and planning to do an oil change in the next couple of weeks (although last service was ~4500kms ago apparently)
  14. MHD Stage 1 ots 98RON map done. New VSRF charge pipe on the way, just in case... you know. Considering FMIC/VSRF downpipe now. Mod bug alert. Have made a post about with some questions:
  15. Howdy. Im sure there must be a post about this somewhere here but I can't find it. I've got a VRSF chargepipe on the way for my N55 M135i. The car currently has a MHD Stage 1 ots tune (98RON) so figured I should replace the stock charge pipe, which might blow. The stock charge pipe is brand new anyway, since the last one blew before the stage 1 map was even done. Im doing things step by step - next step would be FMIC or downpipe. Ive got a good deal on a VRSF catless downpipe atm and was wondering if this can be installed safely while keeping the current stage 1 tune and not throwing CEL's all the time. I'm going to replace the charge pipe myself but not the downpipe - i'm guessing any shop (such as Euro Surgeon) would be able to install it? Keen to hear thoughts/ideas
  16. He was such a great dude and a huge contributor here as well as his other fields (Software, Futsal etc.). Very very sad news. RIP Atta
  17. @qube keep the car! Just sell me your MPE ?
  18. Got some ok shots during one of the sunrises this week. Been enjoying the machine a lot. Things that need doing is likely a repacement of the tensioner or idler pulley. The tensioner wobbles a bit during idle (completely stable at >1k rpm) - im guessing either the bearings on that is out or the bearings in idler pulley causing belt to pull tensioner laterally - who knows. BMWorkshop said its not terrible but should eventually be replaced - so will look at sorting that soon.
  19. Have driven a few hundred k's so far. Quite loving the car - it's a very fun agile little machine with a heck of a lot of torque. I was surprised at the lack of lag. Have had a few small bad lucks over the last week. One of the intercooler pipes at cracked 2 days after I got the car - it threw off some sensor and put the car into limp mode + displayed a drivetrain problem on screen. Replacing the pipe (under warranty) resolved the issue. Then this morning, some evil soul scraped my rear bumper when parallel parking behind the car (see last image), and left no note! Now there's a little bit of repainting i'll need to do to that. Apart from that - loving it. Very stoked with the alcantara interior and steering wheel. There are a few things I have plans to do in terms of exhaust, sound system (those who know me, know I'm obsessed with quality sound). Anyway, here's a few recent pics
  20. Sweet. Do you service it yourself or at the dealership? (Guessing u have factory warranty, so needs to be serviced at BMW?) I'll flick you a message sometime, would be keen to understand how you're finding the car and what to look out for. Might pop by to the Sunday meetup in Feb.
  21. Had no idea you had one too now! I got it from the dealership who did a service recently. Still reckon change the oil?
  22. Got myself a little present. She's kind of little. 2012 m135i, 55000km, full Alcantara interior etc. This thing sure is fun! Very tidy overall. Loving it so far. Will post some better photos later. Got 4yrs mechanical warranty on it
  23. Thanks all. Yep - well mostly. I've done the radiator, thermostat and waterpump (multiple times!) and all the coolant hoses that are in the vicinity of the radiator. I've not changed these inlet hoses that are under the intake manifold, so I'd imagine they would have just deteriorated due to age - car is at ~150k kms now. Hopefully it hasn't messed up the engine - i noticed it pretty quick since the coolant level warning came on, so i pulled over in the next couple kms. Sounds like I may as well get a number of parts to replace as part of the overall job, to prevent doing the whole thing all over again. I'll make a list. Will just have to find the time to do it - if not then I'll just have to take it to a shop :). Just avoiding running the car at all for now (motorcycle gets me around).
  24. Hi team, long time no post. Wanted to ask if anyone has done this particular 'job' on an e39 before? There is a major coolant leak under my intake manifold (M54B30) and I'm pretty sure it's one of the coolant / heater inlet pipes. 15 minutes of driving makes a noticeable difference in coolant levels in the expansion tank to know that its a big leak. From what I've researched, the only way to replace these is to have to disconnect and move the intake manifold altogether. Just deciding whether to tackle this job myself or expect to dish up $$$ for 20 hours of labour at a shop. If anyone has done this before - any indication of how big a job it is? Cheers
  25. It seems I have not run out of bad luck yet this year, just a few days left. Apart from the CEL, and the lock barrels breaking in the car, and of course my motorcycle accident 3 weeks ago where I shattered my elbow and thumb.. last night car got broken into at Chancery car park, in the CBD. 2 laptops, gopros, xbox stuff and expensive pair of headphones stolen. I never leave laptop on the seat area, but since my boot doesnt open at the moment, I did - inside a black laptop bag. Already reported to police. Be safe out there people, thieves around as usual but more due to holiday season.
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