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  1. 2 points

    E34 535 Auto

    had one the same in red! Bought down in Maidstone, with a very low mileage on it. Guy I bought it off owned a skip hire business and said he saw it on someone's drive when delivering a skip. And it hadn't moved in a while. So he knocked on the door made an offer. Bought it and put it back on the road. Think I bought it for about £1500? back in late 2005.
  2. 2 points

    My E26!

    Still on the hunt for the source of the coolant leak, getting closer and it is quite significant. I need to do a coolant change and flush the system anyway, it takes 20L of coolant! The expansion tank is pretty grotty, you can hardly see the coolant level without removing the cap. Having removed the cover from where it was dripping, this seems to be the source, but exactly what the pipe is, where it goes and what's involved in repairing it I don't know yet! In the meantime, another couple of updates. Earlier in the thread I posted a picture of the tool kit, here it is: The full kit should look like this: My kit was missing 5 Heyco screwdrivers with green plastic handles, but had one stubby screwdriver that did not belong there. Looking at the stubby screwdriver gives a clue as to why the 5 originals were missing: The tool kit is stowed under the spare wheel, right over the exhaust pipe between the manifold and silencer. At some point the toolkit must have got hot enough to melt the plastic handles of the screwdrivers. As expected, the original screwdrivers are NLA from BMW and the P/Ns are unique to the M1, so what to do to replace them and complete the toolkit? Looking for similar screwdrivers from all over the place did not show up anything remotely similar, until I stumbled across President Trading Company in Singapore. They had a Heyco PDF catalogue on their web site which showed the exact screwdrivers in the BMW kit. I contacted them and they replied quickly saying it would be better to get them from Heyco in Germany directly, they forwarded me e-mail to them. Heyco then replied to me and said that they would send the screwdrivers to me as samples for nothing, not even postage! Amazing! They arrived yesterday: They actually sent me 7 screwdrivers, 2 of then are not in the BMW toolkit, but I wasn't sure exactly which ones from the BMW part description and the catalogue description The 5 I need So now I have a full toolkit, the strange handle thing at the top is for the front windows in case the electric mechanism fails. I also found that there were two small missing rubber buffers which support the lid of the front compartment. I’d not seen them on any pictures until I saw the listing that for the car for sale in December (see previous post), I checked on line and the part is still available. The BMW parts listing says there are three, but I can't see where the third would go. They make the closing the cover far more positive. The originals probably got lost during one of the re-paints.
  3. 2 points


    My Dad's got a pacemaker... Best way to get money out of him, stand him next to the microwave whilst it's on, he'll piss himself and forget who he is for half an hour...
  4. 2 points

    Key security at home.

    i locked myself out about 2 weeks ago. Borrowed a length of bamboo and some magnets off a neighbour and via the letterbox retrieved my keys. It was so easy it made me realise i need to be more careful
  5. 2 points

    Key security at home.

    First thing I'd do is post on a public forum exactly where I keep my keys...
  6. 2 points

    Wrong spark plugs

    This is why the 'full dealer service history' doesn't really cut it with me and I've always done my own servicing. That way you know it's done right. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. 1 point

    The E39 Cosmos

    So about a month back I purchased my first 5 series, a 2000 Cosmos Black E39 528i with biege leather interior, 135k on the clock and a full service history. I had a E36 323 SE a few years back and missed the car from the day I sold it and promised myself I'd have another BMW as soon as I could. I originally wanted a Sport version for a long time but after seeing a few really tidy SE's on style 32's I changed my mind. I saw this one in a colour combo that I love and travelled all the way down to Wales to buy it. A bit of gamble travelling over 300 miles but luckily it paid off and apart from the things I found on the preinspection(more on this later) it seems in fine fettle and drove really well on the 300 mile trip back home. Here it is the day I got it back: I wanted to change the wheels and floor mats ASAP so they were first on he list: I set of style 32's (could do a referb) and some new mats Now when looking the car over I noticed it needed new discs and pads all round and drive shaft boots (which the garage I bought it from tried to tell me was just pads on the back - yeah right, sounded like someone filing a piece of sheet metal when you pressed the brake!) so they were next: Old manky discs on rear: and new shiney ones: Unfortunately while doing this I noticed the rear O/S shock wasnt sitting properly and after some good advice on here found the spring was snapped at the bottom so I decided to get some new suspension all round as they looked like original socks and springs so were probably all on their way out. I also noticed the rear upper control arm was knackered.
  8. 1 point

    E39 530dA M Sport Touring - niggles

    So.... over the weekend she was put on the floor and every relevant piece finished off, except the center undertray.. that can go to hell lowered cars + undertrays.. nightmare.. plus my personal pet hate on an e39 is the fact i need to jack the car up, take the trays off before i can even get to somewhere to put an axle stand i need to fabricate a tray which gives access to somewhere useful on the front subframe... took her out of my mates back garden last night.. instant fail leaving the centre tray off meant some crappy plastic bracket it hangs on dropped down and dragged... so its cable tied up now... drive round the corner to get a tank of shell v power nitro diesel stuff (wouldn't normally use it its snake oil as far as i'm concerned) and a few 100ml of 2 stroke oil then a few miles up the road to a derestricted bit of road so we could do a few runs with increasing load. ... and all is good drove back to my mates parked up. will check oil and water levels before he brings it over (trade insurance) to mine so i can switch insurance over night. Was lovely to be in the passenger seat, effortless and amusingly rapid, i have forgotten. she sounds a bit noisier at the moment, i'm not putting some of the engine covers on, due to them being damaged and i like to see whats what. Might fix the cover up and try dipping it. when i last checked Inpa 2 of the injectors were showing positive? adjustment and some internet chat suggests those 2 would be worth overhauling or replacing? and this wear can also add to the diesel noise?
  9. 1 point
    Decided to wrap mine in Matt Bronze at least that is how it sort of looks in this low sun shot
  10. 1 point

    535d turbo.....

    The core has gone, same happened to mine. You can check with a "Wiggle Test" by taking the MAF=Turbo pipe off and wriggling the centre shaft. With a loose shaft, the turbo blades scrape on the turbo body giving that horrible noise. I did pay for a new Turbo but I have seen posts just changing the core for about £150 (parts).
  11. 1 point

    Simonc's E60 M5

    New plate on the car.
  12. 1 point
    An idea of 166's on an E38 Get them advertised on Gumtree and maybe the alloys for sale page on Facebook (if you're on FB): https://www.facebook.com/groups/bmwalloys/
  13. 1 point

    Key security at home.

    Ours are out of sight, but easily accessible etc... Wouldn't keep them in the hall way even though you can't access it via the front door as there's an inner 'front door' as well... But still! Plus any bugger gets in to our house better be a lot bigger than me (probably not an easy task) or be very well armed; otherwise they're getting dragged upstairs (where the law cannot touch you for 'self defence') and they'll be getting 7 shades of shittiness kicked out of them
  14. 1 point
    Price dropped to £275.
  15. 1 point

    540iA 6 speed conversion

    I don't have pics of the conversion, but here are a couple of pics of a 540iA I picked up early this year which I have since had converted. 6 speed box from an e39 m5 out of the US, lightweight steel flywheel from the UK, local set of e34 pedals and all other parts sourced new. Also fitted Koni yellows and H&R springs, Polyflex blacks, KMac adjustable front strut top mounts and m5 touring rear sway bar. Running and handling beautifully...
  16. 1 point

    Key security at home.

    I go along the lines of out of sight from outside but if they get in they are easily visible at that point. With the wife and 4 young children upstairs I don't want anyone coming up for car keys. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. 1 point

    Wet Floor Back Foot well

    I just heated the old butile with heat gun until it was bubbling and then stuck the barrier back down.. Seems good..
  18. 1 point
    Price dropped, these are at bargain money now, 1st £575 takes them.
  19. 1 point
    This is just one of the forums that once your settled you never want to leave
  20. 1 point
    I literally have no idea whats going on here.
  21. 1 point

    I've donned my flameproof suit......

    Gulp [emoji33] how naive am I [emoji15] Probably because I haven't had a nickable car for ages. Thanks for waking me up to reality. How and where do you move the OBD port? Software updates are things I do on my iPad not a car so I'll have to look into that but given its had a couple of services at ford I'm assuming they would have done that? My kids have now given me permission to pick them up from school when I'm home in time! How fickle are they????? [emoji1] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  22. 1 point
    I think it looks very good indeed - However as I am nearly 50 now .. Its perhaps not the car I would choose to use lol Less is more for me at my age - i would have loved to have my e39 looking this good 10-15 years ago- I had my Alfa 155 v6 looking very much like the BTCC 1994 winning car with front splitter in fully extended ( snowplough) mode - and the rear spoiler had the lifting extender kit.. Car was Alfa red with gloss black alloys .. Lol however my hair was a lot darker then also . Nowadays I dream of huge engined well equiped large cars ( v10 m5) So in summary I think it is a really great looking car - and I bet the owner- rightly too- is a very happy bunny..
  23. 1 point

    Oil breather replacement?

    If you have the newer vortex type i wouldn't worry about changing it, i cant tell from that picture if it is or not. I took mine out to have a look while i fitted the swirl blanks - gave a degrease but tbh it didnt need it.
  24. 1 point
    The Flying Banana

    Its hot down here !

    This is priceless… A lesson to be learned from typing the wrong email address!!!! A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to spend out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the e mail. Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston , a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who died following a heart attack.. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read: To: My Loving Wife Subject: I’ve Arrived Date: October 16, 2005 I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and You are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I’ve seen that everything has been Prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then!!!! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was. P.S. Sure is hot down here!!!!
  25. 1 point
    The fix for this appears to be..... removing the cargiant sticker from the lower right of the tail window. I can't explain why, but ever since (nearly a week) I removed that sticker, FM has been rock solid. I've got a huge list of stations I didn't have before. I've opened/closed the boot many times since then as well. Utterly random.