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  1. Rare model, low miles and solid sills ... Well worth it
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  2. Mixing up Sports and ugly-ass poverty spec SEs though - well there's a special place in Hell for those guys!! Every time I see an E39 with a sport bumper I check the headlining. If it's beige I kick off the mirrors, slash the tyres and beat up the owner.
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  3. How much did you enjoy your e34's? If lots then maybe go the e34/e32 route again, they're a classic with great lines without the complicated electronics of the e39/e38 cars. Alternatively your Swedish & German options are worth considering. Do your research. Autumn/Winter is usually a great time to buy projects but ultimately the modern classic (80's & 90's) car market is very buoyant keeping prices firm all year round. C.
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  4. I've always liked the idea of a fully loaded and original 540i, or a 740i. Then again, there was that Alpina rep......
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  6. http://www.bmwforums.info/general-guides-and-how-to-s/993-bmw-diesel-engine-swirl-flaps-to-swirl-flaps.html I would suggest yours are the larger of the 2 and your will most likely find they are the "upgraded" plastic ones that are designed not to destroy your engine just ruin it enstead! I have a 2008 535d and did them a few weeks ago, 32mm and I believe the intake manifolds are the exact part numbers between the 535 and the 530 LCi on real oem. If in doubt, find your car on real oem and compare parts numbers of intake manifold, for mine it was: Part no. 11617790701 and these were the larger swirl flaps at 32mm
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  7. It's called the law of diminishing returns. 100 bhp/litre out of an old iron Ford engine is possible from a 1700 4 cyl but not a 3 litre V6. The M30 is a boat anchor designed in the 1960's. Pintos don't make 600 bhp without a very big Turbo, and then not for long. The Redtop GM engine is a Cosworth masterpiece with 4 valves per cyl and an exceptionally good head design. To raise the power of any n/a engine you need to get enough fuel and air in, have a spark at exactly the right time and have a high enough compression ratio.
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  8. It may be nothing new to the older members. But this may explain why it has been rather quiet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R5tUc1S3cc
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  12. "Sportpack" cars are based on the SE bodyshell with dechrome and 17" alloys usually style 49 prefacelift and style 81 facelift. There are a few around. As above they have sports seats, sport suspension and steering wheel.
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  13. Yup I have it too! Thanks Andy. Not sure what mods were needed as I got the shop I bought it from to fit it. Please be mindful that this is an aftermarket bumper and you will not get a flush fit as an oem one. Andy’s bumper fits very snug compared to mine! Mine has a slight gap on the sides. It’s nothing too major but if you’re anal like me, you would want it perfect. This is my second unit as the first one the garage ordered and fitted was very badly made – even the washer covers did not alligm properly! Pic for attention because I’m a slut like that
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  14. What i struggle to understand is if you can build a 600 bhp pinto or a 400 hp red top what is the restriction with the M30? Go back to basics and I have built 150bhp x-flows and that's at the wheels. we're talking approx 80% gain no genius to it just modified compression, Proper head work, matched cam and properly set up webbers. Surely a 50% gain is not beyond the realms of reasonable tuning without going to turbos and super charges etc?
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  15. Thanks guys for the responses, I didn't realise that the 535d m sport was only available as an auto which is a shame. But at least that has now narrowed my potential search to a 525d or 530d in manual form. E60s generally do seem to be coming down in value and for the money seem like one hell of car. Is there much to look out for on diesels? Is there much difference between pre facelift and LCI models other than the looks? Hi Shaz I do like your 520d but to be honest yours doesn't look like a regular 520d. My commute to work is mainly motorway 70 mile round trip and looking at mpg figures for the 2 I'm now looking at they don't seem bad and aren't miles apart. Is yours manual?
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  16. The old lady is nowhere finished, the lower dash still not in place, nor the center to rear dash not in place. But took the car out for a drive today to see if she is fine. Started on the button after 2 years of not driving her, had to get used to the clutch again. Regardless went on the drive found a few things not working right but they are extras so dont stop me from driving her. I have to admit it was a mere 10 miles but never the less it out a smile on my face and I am still smiling from the drive. Its what I needed to motivate me to finish her soon, rain prevents work on jer today Happy Days
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  17. Take the belts off and undo the 4 bolts and it just comes off I took my fan out the way just to make it more room to work very easy job to do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  18. Looking good! Think mine might have to get this sort of treatment next year.
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  19. Cheers Carl. As you are well aware it takes a hell of a lot of time, effort, blood, sweat and tears not to mention money bringing a a car back from the dead. Hopefully it will all be worth it in the end Sent from my GT-I9195 using Tapatalk
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  20. Thanks Bill i hope so too!! Sent from my GT-I9195 using Tapatalk
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  23. Just a quick progress report. Went to go see the car at the body shop and so far so good! The chap down there even commented on the general lack or rust on the car and confirmed my thoughts that shes a keeper!! Any way quick couple of snaps at body shop [emoji2] Sent from my GT-I9195 using Tapatalk
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  24. Oh that was YOU who damaged my pride and joy. You punch like a girl
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  25. There appears to be BMW led confusion between brochure and build spec sheets
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  26. Hi, My Apologies I thought I had already said Parcelforce but obviously not, the copy and paste missed off the 001 at the end so the full reference is PBTY2392070001
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  28. The kits around around £20/£30 I believe but I just bought the wet & dry paper as I already had some compound. I spent around £6 in total for the paper give or take.
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  29. Great meeting you too mate! and a STARK WARNING for anyone else who's going to meet him... don't! You'll be jealous at the spec of his car!!!!
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  30. I've had this bumper for three years now - I got it to replace my SE front. Shaz H also has this.
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  31. With HID bulbs, it's the ballast which determines the running wattage of the system as far as I understand. So in way, labelling a hid bulb as either 35 watts, 50 watts or whatever watts is somewhat misleading. HID bulbs are labeled with their colour temperature in kelvin (K). For example a 6000K hid bulb could be run on a 35w ballast making it appear 6000K colour and the same bulb could also be run on a 50w ballast where as well as being brighter (more lumens) - it'll also appear as a ~5500K colour instead of 6000K. Also as the colour temperature increases, the actual light output (brightness) reduces. So if the ballast is 35w, a 4300K (oem colour for BMW) hid bulb will be brighter than for example a 8000K hid bulb. After considering all options, for me the best combination is running 5000K hid bulbs on a 35w ballast. I wouldn't want it any brighter - as its more than good enough compared to the halogen candles I had previously . .
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  32. I've even had the bog standard black ones nicked quite a few times, The last time I replaced them I put a bit of moly grease on them for a laugh.
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  33. Boody communist. Everybody should drive a Nissan Leaf, then we'll all be equal and can all hold hands and go forth singing happily in our marxist paradise. You don't get boy racers in a Fiat 500. She's not heard of the 1.4 sport or the Abarth then.. I've ragged the tits off every FIAT I've driven. It's what they're meant for. A small FIAT being driven slowly is a sin in the eyes of God and an abomination unto the earth!
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  34. That is reassuring, according to the pressure gauge i have 1kg/cm2 (about 14psi) +/- a little because it is an old gauge. I think I may rig up a test bench to test the switch and find out exactly at what pressure it come on.
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  36. If one at a time goes check the circus is not in town.
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  37. I thought they were going to announce that by 2020 all BMWs will be FWD; and there will be a new logo five ceiling rings
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  39. Nice work mate, you took the long way round for sure, but you get there in the end and at least you now have the piece of mind that the engine is sweet.
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  40. We'd all like to think we're too clever to get reamed but in reality these scams are sometimes hard to spot. This must be a real headache for the cc companies though, they take the hit unless they can claw it back in time
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  42. Carl, I can't help but think that this may be a project too far... I realise that this may not be what you want to read but it may be worth doing some serious sums right now. Thinking about it you could break both of these cars and make a sizeable amount of cash. I reckon you could easily purchase Richards (MadeinWigan) 540i/6 and still have a decent amount left to make it a cracker. Whichever way you go I wish you well in your progress and look forward to future updates. C.
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  43. Just reread this post, and this is not actually correct. My pre LCI car (early 2006) has the combined dpf/cat up beside the turbocharger (like Blobby's picture). BMW changed the engines slightly on Sept 2005 (M57N2), the earlier and slightly less powerful were designated M57N if i remember correctly. The turbochargers are different too, as is the exhaust manifold and a few other things. Gav
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