- From: "David Skelton" <skellyd8758@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 11:44:12 +0100
Yesterday, we went for a 170 mile trip in our 2009 335d SE. Odometer now up to 1648
miles. Will do an oil + filter change next week.
During the trip, we experienced rainy conditions from misty spray to heavy rain. This is
the first time we have driven this car in the wet.
The Auto Wipers function was tested extensively, and after a poor start, they behaved
very well indeed. The wiping modes automatically changed from a single sweep now and
then, to slow continuous wiping and to fast wiping speeds, without intervention from the
This was far better than the previous experiences of Auto Wipers on previous BMWs.
By the way, Asda are selling Mobil 1 5w-30 ESP for £33 for a 5 litre bottle. This is BMW
LL-04 spec, which I 'think' incorporates LL-01 spec and LL-98 spec, too. This is cheap. I
bought 3 bottles. The 335d takes 7.5 litres at oil change.
I also found that it is not possible to turn off the ignition whislt moving, which might
worry some drivers that think that if the electronic 'throttle' control 'sticks' open,
then the engine cannot be turned off. Hence, I will be fitting a (hidden) fuel pump kill
switch to this car too.
I have found it handy to be able to turn off the electric fuel pump when;
Doing oil changes - to prevent the engine starting and running without oil pressure,
Doing compression checks - stops unburnt fuel entering and damaging the catalytic
Depressurising the injector system - to work on the fuel system, and
An additional immobilisation device.
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