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Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 08-14-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,262
Posted By praiford
What did you find out on your spot repair? I had...

What did you find out on your spot repair? I had almost the same thing happen this past Tuesday night except mine was a piece of concrete that was kicked up by another car from a road project in my...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-01-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 17,429
Posted By praiford
A 6 year old 1972 Mustang, 6 cylinder, 3 speed...

A 6 year old 1972 Mustang, 6 cylinder, 3 speed manual, green on green. I bought Cragar mags and Firestone RWL tires from Strum's Automotive and thought I was the coolest thing in the world. No A/C,...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 01-30-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By praiford
Guys - I had something very similar in my 545....

Guys - I had something very similar in my 545. The idrive would flicker, the radio would cut out and I would get an Active Drive warning. Replaced the alternator and all was good. You can double...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-05-2013, 09:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,792
Posted By praiford
New Tires

I put the Conti DWS from Discount Tire on my 545 Sport a few months ago. I had been running Dunlop Direzzas for a couple of years after the Michelin Super Sports wore out. I was buying the Dunlops...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-04-2013, 02:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 446
Posted By praiford
How do I install a front bumper?

If you go to the 6 Series forum, there is a guy who did a nice DIY on removing and reinstalling his front bumper. I wouldn't think a 5 Series would be much different.

The concern I would have...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-04-2013, 07:19 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,897
Posted By praiford
How long do e60s last? Post your mileage!

130,000 miles on my '05 545. Bought it with 48,000. The last 2 years have only seen 20,000 as I don't have such a long commute.

Lots of leaks in the past year and other issues. I do a lot of my...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 11-25-2013, 06:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By praiford
Thanks for the comments/suggestions - - No...

Thanks for the comments/suggestions - -

No work on that side of the fuel line in the 6 years I have owned the car.

As for the hard line, I am going to see if any of the local dealers have the...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 11-24-2013, 03:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By praiford
Fuel Line Connection Leak

Good Afternoon All -

I was hoping for some help/suggestions. HF and Schpenxel had a thread going a few months ago on fuel leaking from the connection shown below. I had the grey plastic lock...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 05-23-2013, 03:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 367
Posted By praiford
Sport Button

Yes - I have fingers.


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Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 05-23-2013, 12:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 367
Posted By praiford
Sport Button

On the 545, any way to have the sport setting on at start-up?


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Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 04-09-2013, 09:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 746
Posted By praiford
The SMG transmission makes my 2005 545 a whole...

The SMG transmission makes my 2005 545 a whole lot of fun. I probably use it in the "manual", shift it yourself mode, about 80% of the time. It is clunky in the auto mode unless you have it in the...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 04-08-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By praiford
Have fun and drive that 550! I have a 545 and now...

Have fun and drive that 550! I have a 545 and now have almost 125k on it. I will be putting more on it this coming fall as I will be driving out to Oxford, MS to visit my daughter who will be...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-28-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,492
Posted By praiford
I had to have mine replaced last April. I have a...

I had to have mine replaced last April. I have a great Indy that charged me less than $800.00. Unfortunately, the pump died again a few weeks ago, but all was covered under warranty.

It is a major...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-26-2012, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By praiford
Has anybody received a letter for the '05 545? I...

Has anybody received a letter for the '05 545? I have the warning light on now, but my local dealer claims there is no recall on mine. I did some research on the forums and on-line, but it seems like...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-21-2012, 05:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 574
Posted By praiford
Thanks Bimmerfan!

Thanks Bimmerfan!
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-21-2012, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 574
Posted By praiford
Torque Values for Crankshaft Pulley/Balancer

I changed my water pump on my 545 and all went well, but I found some conflicting info on the torque values for the 8 T45 bolts that hold the pulley onto the crankshaft. I have done numerous...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-12-2012, 04:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 963
Posted By praiford
Thanks for the great advice. I bought the small...

Thanks for the great advice. I bought the small plastic tube that sticks into the block. A good catch on the harmonic balance wheel bolts. I remember seeing that on another thread.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-11-2012, 05:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 963
Posted By praiford
Coolant Leak

I have being trying to diagnose a coolant leak on my '05 545 for the past month. I don't see any leaks from the water pump or the timing cover area (the dreaded coolant pipe leak) while running. It...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-09-2012, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By praiford
It's amazing what the alternator and voltage...

It's amazing what the alternator and voltage regulator can effect. I had various issues prior to changing them--the most recent was emissions light and very difficult starting. Once I changed them...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 12-08-2012, 04:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 464
Posted By praiford
I don't know about a garage, but it took me 4.5...

I don't know about a garage, but it took me 4.5 hours. There are some great write-ups on the board.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 04-03-2012, 01:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,353
Posted By praiford
I'd like to try this too. My 545i had a...

I'd like to try this too. My 545i had a disagreement with a curb and got scratched pretty good.

The problem I have is that it hit hard enough and now there is a gap between the bumper and the...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-09-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,332
Posted By praiford
Here's a picture. You can see how the edge of the...

Here's a picture. You can see how the edge of the bumper has been pushed out where it meets the body and along the light fixture. I have tried pushing hard on it and no success. Wondered if I could...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-09-2012, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,332
Posted By praiford
Front Bumper Parking Curb Disagreement

Someone (wife or son, but certainly not me) ran my 545i Sport into a high parking curb. It is the left side that is messed up a bit. The seam between the left portion of the bumper as it connects to...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 01-17-2012, 04:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 451
Posted By praiford
Hawk - yes it is exactly the same on both...

Hawk - yes it is exactly the same on both rotors. Thanks for the reply. I agree, probably nothing to worry about.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 01-16-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 451
Posted By praiford
New Brake Rotor Wear

New member here - - great forum!

I replaced my rear rotors and pads this week on my '05 545i. Job went very well and had no issues. Went out and did the "bedding" of the pads and everything seems...
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