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    If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines 2 years ago, you would have £49.00 today. If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in AIG insurance company 2 years ago, you would have £33.00 today. If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers 6 years ago, you would have nothing today. If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Northern Rock 5 years ago, you would have nothing today But, if you had purchased £1,000 worth of beer one year ago at Tesco's, drunk all the beer, then taken the aluminum cans to the scrap metal dealer, you would have received £214.00. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. A recent study found that the average Briton walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that Britons drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Britons get about 41 miles to the gallon! Makes you proud to be British!
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    not today but on Saturday gave the car a clean, nice bit of snow foam, 2 bucket method wash and put it in the garage + hoovered the interior. In antisipation of the nice weather on Sunday I thought I'd treat it to a coat of show wax (only lasts a month but the gloss is worth it) gave the wheels a polish with AG super resin polish and applied Sonax wheel sealant to them. it's dirty again now but was worth it for this picture on Sunday
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    Sorry OP, my post is neither relevant or useful as per your request but, why oh why do people mess about with a perfectly working car, especially a 535!!!
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    I've had @iiNNeX here today for a remap and DPF tweak. Got that bit done and our of the way and then went for a drive! Gotta say what a guy and his car is lovely! A complete credit to him. I don't envy his 3 hour drive home though!
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    Hello everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself and my latest addition to the family, Fünf (not the dog, she's Scooby-Douche), that I picked up last week. I bought the car from another forum member (GCM535i) and have just left it in to get some work done whilst in China - if anyone can recommend a good sprayer please let me know! No doubt I will need some parts, advice on upgrades and so on in the coming weeks so I look forward to hearing from you all. Cheers, Ian
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    Today was a good day. One I will remember for some time. I've owned this car for over 4 years and today was the first time I drove it. What can I say. After 6 months in my garage fettling away she was ready for a test drive and boy did she not disappoint. She drove like a dream and pulled really hard in all gears. The noise is something else similar to my m3 but still different. Not sure what exhaust is on it will have to check but it does sound sublime. The car is still far away from being finished but atleast now I can drive her. One thing the test drive revealed was a high idle something I'll need to investigate further. I'm literally over the moon today a car I dreamed of when I was younger I know own. Still get a kick out of that [emoji16][emoji1417]
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    Took her to Glamis car show on Sunday with the club, ordered yesterday some side skirt extensions.
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    First Class Lorry Driving, Respect!
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    And I'll wager that he's not as relieved as I am that he didn't get it.
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    Too often the expectations of a long life are assumed and taken for granted; 'live each day as if it were your last' seem strong words but the notion should still be thought about no matter how well, safe and secure we may think we all are. In years as a Paramedic I can recall dozens of incidents where heart attacks, headaches, accidents and simple misunderstandings have very suddenly left families without someone who just hours and sometimes minutes before seemed in the best of health and the flush of youth. Try to always depart from your loved ones with their sure and certain knowledge that they are loved and always will be so.
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    Top tip. Dont forget to put your heatshrink over one side first. Not talking from experience. Lol
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    Front suspension now fitted and it drives so much better than before no more crashing over bumps, next up im fitting my 535i power steering pump, deleting the SLS and renewing the rear suspension, will fit my new parcel shelf whilst im there (long over due). After that ive got plans to delete the air pump, fit a lighter flywheel and recon the alternator, then a few bits to sort on the interior. Not sure the to do list will ever end but im still enjoying the journey I spent several hours of polishing and waxing this weekend, a few pics....
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    So new G30 came through on Friday. I'm not one to keep a car stock for too long. Apart from the spec: Mineral White G30 Blue Leather M Sport Plus Pack Visibility Pack Anti Dazzle Folding Mirrors Reversing Camera Power Boot Lid The car has had some minor cosmetic changes. All chrome (front grill and door handle inserts) and rear spoiler now gone black to match the rest of the accents. I regretted not getting the black wheels, but glad I didn't. Love the way it looks. Pics below (they are a bit low quality, will get better ones tomorrow)
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    My Mrs moaned about a squeaky board in the kids bedroom. They were away so I thought right I'll sort this. 5 screws through the board into the joist. That should hold it. 4 went through the heating pipe and the 5th the bt line screwing both the phone and internet. 4 weeks to get back on line after hours on hold. Board still squeaks....
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    Just drilled through a central heating pipe Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
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    If there's nae pics yer a dreamer!!! Get em up!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    That's odd. Double checked and the forum replaces T W A T with tea-cosy. Thought it was predictive text but no. Sent from my SM-N910F using Tapatalk
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    I'm not sure they needed to be gone because from my googling it seems quite rare for failure on the later cars with the 33mm flaps but I thought better safe than sorry. My son has just finished his first year at college, he's doing engineering so because he's technically "more qualified" than me he decided he should do them [emoji57] so I let him help. While we were at it we changed the air and cabin filters then had a look at the ccv. I've read a few posts saying these E90's didn't have a ccv as such just an empty 'case' This does indeed seem to be the case! Also we had a look inside the EGR and was surprised how relatively clean it is, I'm still in two minds whether to delete it or not as it seems I could end up with the engine management light on so would have to get it coded out. The manifold also seems pretty clean inside, certainly a lot cleaner than the last time I did this on an M57 (my old E39 530d) the EGR and manifold were completely clogged with a black tar like substance! Anyway, good job done I think [emoji4] just gotta do it all again now my mates bought an E60 530d [emoji17] All done [emoji1360]
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    Recently I was diagnosed with AAADD – that’s Age Activated Attention Deficiency Disorder It manifests itself like this: I decide to water the garden , As I go to the garage to turn on the hose I look at my car in the driveway and realise it needs washing So I go back into the kitchen and pick up my car keys, then I notice the post on the kitchen table that I had picked up from the hall earlier I decide to go through the post before I wash the car I lay my car keys on the table, sort out the bills and throw the junk mail into the bin that is sitting under the table. I notice that the bin is full. So I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the bin. Then I think since I’m going to the dustbin anyway I may as well pay the bills and post them in the post-box at the bottom of the lane. I pick up my cheque book from the table and realise there is only one cheque left and that the new cheque book is in the desk in my study. So I go into the study to my desk where I find the can of Coke I had been drinking earlier I’m going to look for my cheque book, but I need to move the Coke somewhere safe so I don’t knock it over I realise the Coke is now warm so I decide to put it in the fridge to cool off As I head back towards the kitchen with my Coke a vase of flowers catches my eye, they need watering I put the Coke on the kitchen counter and discover my reading glasses that I had been looking for all morning, I decide I had better put them in my desk so I will know where they are, but first the flowers still need watering I put the glasses back on the counter and fill a container with water I suddenly spot the TV remote which someone has left on the kitchen table I realise that we will need the remote when we come to watch TV tonight, but that I probably won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the lounge where it belongs But first I must water the flowers I pour the water into the vase, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I put the remote back on the table and get some towels to wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do. At the end of the day: The garden isn't watered The car isn’t washed The bills aren’t paid The bin is still full There is a warm can of Coke on the kitchen counter The flowers don’t have enough water, There is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book, I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my glasses, I don’t remember what I did with the car keys. Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all the damn day, and I’m really tired. I realise this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail…. Do me a favour, forward this message to everyone you know, because I don’t remember who the hell I’ve sent it to. Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!!
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    Just thought I would update my post as it's been a while.. Car is now getting near 220K and I've started getting the shake from the Control arms again (due another change I believe it was about 90k ago I did them last). So purchased a couple of replacements and as I went to jack up the car I felt the jacking point crush in slightly.. Oh no, the dreaded jacking point rust.. Removed all the covers and it was a complete mess, rear jacking points completely rushed through had spread right up the car and the fronts where quite bad too so booked the car into a local garage to have it repaired.. Initial quote was £800 but after full inspection they realised it was a huge job and increased my price to £1700 yikes.. Will report back with some photo's once done.. What was more annoying was I sold my runaround a couple of weeks ago (the 745i) so it's left me completely car less. I've been eyeing up Cayenne Turbos lately, they seemed to be a good buy with lots of space, fast and great for my daily driver as I do lots of motorways and A roads and I don't have to worry about potholes and speed bumps + I've always wanted to own a SUV and the X5 just wasn't cutting it in terms of interior quality and speed. So picked this up and I must say i'm hugely impressed.. It's seriously quick for it's size, I outdragged an M3 the other day.. It's on 54k miles and has loads of added extras like the Panoramic roof which is great in this weather, it's almost a convertible is so big haha
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    so tomorrow the next jobs are: remove DPF Remove twin turbo drain rad and block remove chain ten lock remove cam shafts And I will be lucky to get all of that done tomorrow so I will just update as I plod along lol.
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    Just wanted to say a massive thanks to the this topman for helping me sort out my e61 sell leveling system it is now no more and I have coilovers fitted on the rear and it drives perfect
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    Thank you guys for your views, managed to get the three complusary Fail points done for £330.. ish , and left the two advisory issues till I have to,
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    Must be remote up there, having to piss in a bottle.
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    ............Is like having the devil sat on your shoulder! A little impulse bid because the car was going cheap and a trip from South Wales down to Somerset has landed me e39 number four. I've accidentally on purpose gone and spent money I haven't got on a 2000 540i SE. It's Oxford green with a beige interior and has a few nice options; style 32 alloys, M sport suspension, sport seats and steering wheel and shadowline trim. To be honest I've never really been a fan of green cars or beige interiors but on the e39 this colour combination seems to suit it very well indeed, I love the understated-ness (is that a word?) of it, in fact, I'm very happy with the car in general, according to the guy I bought it off (he was a top bloke too!) it had been stood for a month (so probably longer) but it still performed faultlessly on the 80-ish mile drive home, I had forgotten how good a good e39 is to drive and how well a good 540i goes (69 mph, honest officer). I've had a quick look around and found no serious issues, it's mot-ed until February with advisories for the rear discs and rear tyres. There are a few things that need doing that were mentioned in the advert such as the already mentioned rear tyres, viscous fan (missing a blade), fan cowling is broken (guess where the blade went!) and the obligatory rust spots on the rear panel. Here's a quick teaser from the ebay advert until I get a chance to wash it and then I promise I'll get some more pictures up; I forgot to mention it came with a folder chock full of receipts and all this V8 loveliness cost me the grand total of £1055.
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    Looks very nice and enjoy your holiday but I have to ask, is your wife not allowed in your car and is forced to take her own? Oh silly me, I've just got it, your wife won't let you in the BMW!
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    For as low as you can go with springs (IIRC); you'll need the Eibach Sportline springs, but you'll need new dampers and top mounts too, might as well fit all new rather than punishing worn components etc... But, you could look at coilovers as well... By the time you price up new dampers, the Eibach springs and top mounts all round, you'll be close to, if not passed, coilover prices! For the lower end (height adjustable only and c30% stiffer than OEM suspension), Pro-Sport and JOM coilovers come in around £200 (new top mounts all round advisable); D2 and BC coilovers c£650-£750 (dependent upon where you buy them from) and they come with their own pillowball top mounts up front and aluminium top mounts on the rear (these, IMO, are more than sufficient for a road going daily car). APEX RDX coilovers come in around c£500, as do AP coilovers (I think), they need top mounts as well IIRC You'll not get that low in that pic with springs IMO, only coilovers can offer you that level of drop and equal ride height all round... Don't forget that doing this, you need to check all other suspension components as well as they could fail when the cars lowered (more stress). Also; a full set up and fast-road setup is advisable to ensure that the wheels are all within correct toe & camber parameters etc... IMO, if you're doing this, it's worth having it done properly first time around otherwise the car will handle like a bag of spanners and you'll end up with further issues arising!
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    Hey all Quick update. I replaced the broken pusher fan, cleaned out the rads/intercoolers, replaced the header tank and cap, and bled the system. I then had to go to a mate's stag-do down in Bristol so took the car - and it performed flawlessly. Coolant temp on the dash went from 87-93degs, car drove nicely and never missed a beat. Thanks all
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    Oxford green with a beige interior is awesome - and the alloys suit the car perfectly. Brilliant buy !
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    I've got to say with kids (besides their welfare) and dog you may as well just relax and cruise as you invariably have to stop and the chances of getting anywhere in a hurry is nil. Add to that numptys and traffic there's no point giving yourself a coronary. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Having washed it yesterday I had a look round it today with some t-cut and tar remover to clean up some marks. Found scratches too that I hadn't seen yesterday - Ended up giving it a polish so looking nice ATM. Gave the headlights a bit of a going over too in an attempt to clean them up. Certainly better, but although they look great when finished with the compound I was using, very quickly went back to 'marked'. May well be inside the lenses I suppose or perhaps I need to machine them instead.
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    Its my M5 Elekta Touring. Hazel Nut extended leather, Black leather dash and Mexico Green carpets. One of 10 in British Racing Green. Mine being the last one. Just Google M5 Elekta. This one recently sold for $120,500 in the States http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1995-bmw-m5-2/ Some pictures of mine. Like you I'm doing a bit of restoration
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    I suspect any trade deal with the US will look like this.
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    I have been absent from the board in a long while,. I just want to thank the well wishers thanks. I am still not right yet, but have had some medical issues that have prevented me from doing the things I wanted to do. These issues led to a bad depression, which is now being treated. I won't bore you with the rest of the problems, let it suffice the E34 has not been touched and to be honest may be a while before she gets completed. But it in all this thanks again to those who sent thoughts out to me
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    I rather like the idea of having a health service and an education system which function and are accessible by all, irrespective of whether you are rich or poor. And I don't mind chipping to ensure we have them.
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    The man has done a very good job of being all things to all people because I guess that even he didn't think that he would do as well as he did so felt free to promise huge hand outs to the young and dumb. I'll wager that he is most relieved that he didn't get the big job.
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    That's nothing! My 1995 RangeRover has an electric motor...... It winds the window up and down Sometimes.
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    Interesting thoughts, thanks guys! I should maybe clarify; I have no intention of doing this, was just surprised that someone had. I just drive mine and enjoy it!
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    Mick you are a legend! Thanks for the advice to contact ivo christov.! Michel Mak had come back to me having searched around for 3 weeks and has got me exactly what I want. Great advice guys and thanks all very much. Hope to help you guys in the future.
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    Arrived in Stuttgart following a hassle free 470 mile drive from Calais. If only driving long distances in the UK was so pleasurable.
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    Here's mine. I love it. Was a big part of the reason we bought this place.
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    Gave it a wash and then polished it. Doesn't look too bad from 5 paces away. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk