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  1. Hi Guys! Plenty on here about this topic, but thought I might put some info together with pics to show some upgrades I carried out today. Enjoy Although the lenses on the car weren't that bad, they were blemished in places. Out came the 800 grit, followed by 1200 and 2000. After slurping the cuppa, polished the lens with fine compound and the electric buffer......... And on to the other one........ With both lenses now looking fine n dandy, here are some pics with the original halogen bulbs in place. First the halos......... Dipped lights......... ....and main beam....... Now the fun can begin! After reading several threads , I decided that not only did I want to upgrade to xenon headlights, but I also wanted to upgrade them from standard spec. Because of this I opted not to buy a pair of xenon headlamps complete, as I would be replacing all the bulbs. With this in mind, I drew up the following shopping list....... OEM ballasts and ballast holders Osram Xenarc D2S 5K bulbs and adaptors MTEC 3.6w CREE LED angel eye markers Osram H7 Nightbreakers Here they all are......... So out came the standard headlight. Here's a view of the rear.......... .........and here are the new parts fitted......... Then back into the car......... So, after repeating the process with the other light, the moment of truth arrives.......... Halos........ Dipped....... ........and finally main beam....... I'm well pleased with the result............just got to wait til it gets dark!!!!!!
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  2. So after a long search through the classifieds recently I have been looking for another e39 and found a nice looking E39 530i sport for sale and hournor so away so I went to look today and came away with it It's done 119k ish miles, sat nav, leather and sunroof and just had 4K spent on it at Bmw for a new abs pump. Full service history and other than the usual brake wobble drives great Advert pics are all I have at the moment but it's just another silver sport
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  3. Change of heart I'm going to keep it. Evosport pulleys going on this weekend. Am looking at alcantara options and remap options at the moment. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  4. Most of the rest of 2009 and up to August 2010 passed with just maintenance items and a few small additions : - Installed Home-link universal garage door opener, which did not work! So I stripped the insides out and fitted the internals of a 12V key fob remote, worked perfectly. - Final Stage Resistor replaced under warranty. - Replaced steering wheel and control buttons as they were slightly worn. - Replaced various small trim pieces. - Inspection 1 service, replaced gearbox and diff oil. - Replaced fuel filter and regulator. - Drop links, rear wishbones and centre tie rod replaced under warranty. - Passenger side headlight replaced under warranty due to broken adjusters. - Winter tyres and Style 66 wheels bought and fitted over winter. - Drivers side seat belt replaced due to small cut. - Brake disks, pads and handbrake shoes replaced. - Drivers seat base foam replaced, the foam had started to break up on the outer squab. - Fitted double glazed units to the front doors. - Windscreen replaced due to stone chip. The screen had to be refitted due to wind noise above about 100 mph (on the autobahn of course). - Rear diff seals replaced under warranty. I installed Alpine PDX 4-150 and a pair of Pioneer slim subs in a custom enclosure to get a bit more base, a short term fix until something better could be installed. I wanted to retain as much boot space as possible. In June 2010 I'd taken the mileage to just over 60,000 at which point the BMW warranty prices increase dramatically and the components that are covered reduce. So I decided to fit the Evolve 4-2-1 headers and race cats. These were fitted by Car Planet Racing in Warrington, not too long after the owner did a runner as it appeared he owed quite a lot of money to the local drug dealers! The car was dynoed at 440hp. I retrospect I wish I'd not had the cats fitted, it made passing the MOT emissions test difficult, but not impossible.
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  5. ^nah, I think the outcome of this thread is that you should go an buy a Mk4 Cortina with a 2.3 lump in it. It would make a far nicer noise than the Merc you want. Might not be quite as quick/reliable/well built but......
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  6. If the dowel in the shock is missing or damaged (not a tight fit in the trailing arm), the bolt will break as it's the dowel that takes the load and the bolt just clamps it in.
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  7. That video's worth watching/reading even if you don't have a ZF box [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  8. On 11th March 2003 E39 M5 reg AK03 DJJ was first registered in the UK by Sycamore BMW of Peterborough, 14 years ago today. I've posted quite a few threads in various places about my M5, but there has never been a single thread that's covered my ownership of the car. Quite a lot of information has been lost on various forums that have died, BMW Land and M5 Torque being two that come to mind. This forum too seemed to come pretty close too due to the tragic death of Darren last year. So I thought I'd try and document my ownership from scratch in one place rather than start another thread about things that I've done recently, it seemed a fitting day to start the task. CB37514 was built on 15 October 2002, so she was probably sitting around in the showroom at Sycamore for several months before being registered as one of the few 03 plate E39 M5s in the UK. There have been 4 former keepers, Sycamore being the first, Lord Edward James Russell being the 4th. I first saw the car for sale at Hexagon of Highgate in September 2008, the advertised price was, for that time, very high at just under £24,000 for a 40,000 mile car. I actually ruled it out as being too expensive. I was trying to sell an early E60 535d that had belonged to my father, it was 3 years old and had only done a little over 7,000 miles. The E60 was an odd spec. a non Sport 535d in Chiaretto Red with grey interior, no Bluetooth but a HUD. It was not a good time to be trying to sell a slightly odd car! I'd looked around locally and the best offer I'd had was under £10k. I considered keeping the car myself, but after doing a couple of trips decided that I could not live with the soft suspension, auto 'box and the E60 styling. I though, why not see what Hexagon would offer against their expensive E39 M5. To my amazement, they offered me just under £18k without even seeing the car. As the effective price was now only £16k the M5 suddenly went from expensive to very good value. A trip to Hexagon and an inspection and test drive in the M5 soon lead to a deal being done. I collected the car from Hexagon on 28 November 2008, a rather chilly day with a little snow at home on my return. So began my ownership of an E39 M5!
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  9. This is irking me more and more and I hope there is a solution you guys might now about... I have the sports auto on my F11, it also has VDC, I mention this as I usually pootle about in comfort mode, because you know, UK roads and 19" runflats... am I right? The gearbox is doing my nut. I read before I bought it that it was super smooth, the best BMW put in a car, yada yada, mine isn't. It's dim witted IMO, say your coasting to slow down coming up to a roundabout, at around 20mph dropping speed it's like it's mistiming a gear change, so you get a slight jolt, think of when you shift down (say from 4 to 3) and the revs go up, you get that forward jolt, would be the best way to describe it, then, if you lightly press the accelerator, nothing happens and I swear this catches me out everytime, I give it a tiny bit more gas and jolt!, as it eventually realizes I've hit the gas and want to move forward. It's the clearest way I can explain it. I've changed the setting on Idrive to only change the suspension when selecting comfort to see if normal mode does the same thing, it does, I rarely use sport so can't comment. I did some research and it was suggested on another forum a software update was required, I asked the dealer to look at it quoting the forum info (big mistake- they look at you like your a loon) they said nothings wrong with it. Anyone know what I'm on about here?? I can't be the only one. I did try a sequence of "resetting the gearbox" where you turn the car on but not the ignition and hold the accelerator pedal down for 30 seconds or something but either I did it wrong or it didn't work.
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  10. You could call it the '5' forum, oh, wait an minute........
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  12. I am not a purist but this looks to me like an previous enthusiast task now just a very special conversion job needing new home, tlc and a few bob spent sorting out the gremlins. not for me though.
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  13. Spot on, if you do less than ~10k a year a diesel could spell trouble after a while. Buy the 525d and spend the rest of the time wishing you had bought the 530d. If you must buy/heart set on a heavy oil machine, buy the 530d.
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  14. Very nice A few of us back with E39s now... Will have to start our own group
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  15. Town driving + Diesel car = Trouble
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  16. Sold. Took a couple of grand for it. An okay car, but utterly devoid of character. Not sad to see the back of it!
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  17. I'll finish my alpina'd 540 touring project and sell that instead. Won't bring in anywhere near as much money but will tick a box with the wife! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  18. Good decision! I've been regretting selling mine recently and wish I'd found another way to raise funds.
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  19. Reading this has brought home just how much I'm missing my old M5. Your car is a credit to you and the attention to detail is as ever spot on.
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  20. On March 11th 2009 the car would be 6 years old and out of the 6 year corrosion warranty. I'd noticed that the inside of the filler flap was just starting to show the signs of corrosion coming through the seam at the bottom and thought that I might as well get it fixed under warranty. What a mistake that turned out to be!! Photos were taken at the dealership and the warranty repair was authorised. The car was taken to an authorised BMW repair centre and came back about a week later. Given that the car had been detailed and looked fantastic about a month before, I could not believe the state that it came back in. I marked up more than 250 defects in the paintwork! Parts of the car that should not have been touched had obviously be painted and finished badly. Here are a few of the many pictures that I took at the time The whole car looked as though someone had gone over it with a pan scourer. There were obvious sanding marks down the sides of the boot lid And on the join of the rear wing above the bumper The finish was like the surface of the moon, orange peel of mountainous proportions inclusions, 'fish eyes' and other defects all over Nasty blotchy areas of paint, very difficult to picture, but probably caused by massive amounts of paint The filler flap recess itself was awful too, the paint was barely covering the area around the filler cap and a large ugly fillet had been put on the seam itself to simply cover up the corrosion After two attempts to rectify the work it was better, but still much worse than it had been originally. It would be two years before I sorted it out completely, In the mean time, other jobs included : - Replacing the oil filter and power steering reservoir mounts which had sheared. - replacing the oil separator hoses. - Installing an OEM reversing camera. - replacing the windscreen wiper mechanism as someone had previously over torqued the drivers side wiper bolt and it sheared off (possibly the body shop but I could never prove it). - replacement of the instrument cluster due to running cool, followed by replacement of the thermostat, both under AUC warranty. - replacement of the brake servo as it was full of water, again under AUC warranty. - replacing the central Titan Line trim as the ash tray clips were broken and it kept popping out. - repairing a loose connection to the Bluetooth ULF module. Previously the ULF module had been replaced 3 times under warranty, this was probably the cause. - replacement of the TFT nav monitor screen as it was slightly scratched. I sourced a Sharp TFT module for under £100. - replacement of some of the A/C control buttons as they were missing the small tabs that hold them in and kept popping out
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  21. I think your throttle is fly by wire, if it is, I'd suggest that's your problem. To test, measure the resistance across the pedal. It should change smoothly as you depress the pedal. If it's jumpy or randomly changes that's your problem.
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  23. 6HP26 with Exedy stage 2 (1000 bhp) clutch packs in Jag: 6hp26 upgraded clutch packs - Exedy stage 2.
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  25. The E39 of the same era used to suffer with similar issues and it was 90% of the time down to the hedgehog (I forget it's proper name now?) but it's the resistor that controls the cabin blower/fan for the climate control, this used to run when the car was "off" or in sleep mode. Check that to see if it's the cause?
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  27. I've had the Kumho and have just acquired a pair of the Vredestein in 14 inch format. I had all 4 khumos and found them to grip well (I ran my 518i right through the winter) and have no complaints. In the past however and on different cars I have found khumos to be great in the dry but not so good in the wet. Personally on a 2.8 I'd be going for the Toyo's or the Vredesteins as a second choice. Have rated every set of Toyos I've ever had and used to religiously fit Toyo Proxy's to my MK2 Golfs. A fantastic tyre in the wet or dry and reasonable life span. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  28. That was my concern too when i went for the xtrons, the way i looked at it is just look at all the super cheap smart phones that are all made in china and they seem to be doing just fine and tbh so long as you use paypal if you do have issues or need to clain on the warrenty it would take a little time but because there customer service is non existant paypal would just pay you out, ive had it several times with chinese companys, if its gonna bust it will be in the first 12 months. I also looked at going the double din route but the cost was just stupid, best part of £100 for surround and loom with k-bus for steering wheel controls and then it looks gash, then the cost of the stereo £400+ dependin if you wanted dvd, sat nav, dab and all that is at extra cost. I like the factory look and the toys are an added bonus
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  29. To answer the original question.. I used to be a biker in the days when i had a 120 mile round trip commute, I did that on all different bikes from XT600 tenere, GPZ900, GSX600, 1000 Vstrom, Hayabusa, some of these I rode in the snow. Now I don't need to commute and after a 5 year lay off, I now have my BMW 1300R, which comes out when the weather forecast shows no possible chance of rain, almost as powerful as the Busa and also ugly in some eyes, it's 3 years old and has about 1500 miles on it. I love the 955 exhaust note through loud cans, that 3 cylinder lump is amazing.
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  30. IMO, OEM is not always better... However, OEM can be more expensive, which isn't justifiable etc Fully agree that brakes, like tyres, are one place to not skimp, but paying over the odds for stuff that's the same, but cheaper, as it doesn't have BMW on it etc, isn't always the best choice Companies like Mtec and EBC have been around a long time and work very well together. Mintex and Brembo similar...
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  33. Unfortunately yes it does live outside, the Dolly's live inside as a matter of seniority but once I finish the loft conversion this year the new garage is next. There are 3 covers on it, I buy a new Halfords extreme weather cover every year £49 and then one of these plastic frost caps you buy in Argos £13. that sits over the top . Finally I have a tarpaulin 5m x10m which goes on the floor drive the car onto it then I have a heavy duty gazebo frame 4m x 3m which I erect around the car but only at half height and wrap the tarpaulin over the top left to right with the ends open so it makes a tunel. It can not blow off even when Doris came along because the car is anchor. Bit of a phaf but worth it, and also dehumidifier inside, and 2 kg of rice in the boot inside the missus tights, but before anyone asks there not used, that would just make the boot smell a bit muffy
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  34. Tyre snob here too, and take the view that they're your only point of contact with the road, so never scrimp... Currently running Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (just refitted my summer wheels yesterday), have Michelin Cross Climates on the winters, and Pilot Sport 3 on our Firesta, and all are fantastic. I fitted Goodyear Eagle F1 on my previous E91 after ditching the awful, and frankly dangerous Bridgestone run flats, and they were superb, but when they wore out, tried Michelin run flats, which felt like they were really working in harmony with the car. They've been mentioned previously, but not sure about Uniroyal Rainsport 3; a mate put them on his E46 and was really disappointed with how squishy they were, and how quickly they wore out, compared to Rainsport 2 (which I also had fitted to the Fiesta and an old A4, and were brilliant). A few years ago another mate just bought a car which had two brand new cheap Chines tyres on the front, and asked me to try it, as he thought it was just him having a problem, but I managed to make the front end slide on a dry roundabout at an appropriate safe speed - needless to say, it confirmed his fears and they were replaced straight away! Always a lively debate, but my view is that you get what you pay for, and a heavy rear wheel drive lump like the E60 needs something sticky to keep it in check... Cheers, Nick
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  36. As they offer a guarantee on their tyres, did you manage to get a refund? They also usually have pretty good reps, who should have addressed this issue. Did you contact them at all?? before the winters, I had a mix of KU39 (the usual) and Conti Sport 5s. The Contis were utter gash, so will be putting the KU39s back on. As a slight aside, Kumho's KU31s are rubbish.
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  37. well, some guys on here reported some faults with xtron units , Eonon on the other hand , has customer support here in uk me thinks , Jamworth got it and hes happy with it .
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  38. Footman James on a agreed valuation and to keep the salvage £333 full comp I'm 35 with clean history.
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  39. I ran my E60 on Dunlop SP Sports 01s, never had an issue. Great in the wet. Don't rate Nexens, they are on the rear of my F10 and have cracked at 2.5 years old. Tyres, like brakes, are an area of a car where you want to spend money not save it as they are all that keeps you on the black stuff, between the hedges and out of the ditches.
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  40. Why? once fitted they'll never need to be replaced. Less compliant than rubber hoses, so a much better pedal feel and unlike rubber, they don't perish! Horses for courses, everyone's different... But stuff like braided lines makes a lot of sense IMO
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  41. yes because the government never fuck over trades folk...
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  42. Kin'ell that must rip yer lips off lol
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  43. In my opinion the Merc is a different class of car driven by a different class of owner. I was always for BMW but the last few years iv appreciated the Mercedes look more and more. im not a massive fan of the new C Class coupe and prefer the looks of the saloon. The AMG kitted saloon is one of the nicest looking cars on the road. The new CLS is simply stunning. For me BMW has lost its soul with the newer stuff and as I spend eight hours a day on the road they are also generally driven by idiots.
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  44. The Zeppelin works due to its design, you'll never reapeat that by taking it apart and putting it into your car! You'd be better off buying specific in car speakers and amplifiers and doing it properly... Unless you really want to do what you've suggested!!! Being an audiophile (and having owned all the Zeppelin incarnations and currently owning the B&W PM1 speakers in one of my systems), audiophile spec speakers won't really cut the mustard in a car IMO Great idea, but fairly flawed I'd say and a very expensive experiment
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  45. That's a lovely looking car. I once had those same 18" Alpina Softlines on my E34 Alpina but eventually sourced some 18" E31 Alpina Classics and stayed with them. The only advice I would give is to lose that grill badge; that type of badge has never been fitted to a genuine car and instantly impair the looks of your lovely car.
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  47. CAN ANYONE HELP??? I'm after a replica or genuine Alpina B10 plaque for my E34 530i V8 Alpina replica??
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