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  1. 2 points
    syncrofred

    Wiper linkage under water

    A few days ago my son Andrew phoned to see I was home. He was close by and his wipers had stopped working. It transpired that the ball and socket connection on the passenger side had parted company. Water had got into the socket causing it to rust. This plus years of gunge had turned into effective grinding paste and worn the joint until it fell apart. A couple of elastic bands held it back together long enough to get him home. With this in mind we took mine to bits to check it out, whilst scratching our heads about the suspension pump. The whole of the well that carries the wiper motor and linkage was full of water. We stripped all the surrounding covers and stuff off, dried it out and found that the drain point, or gap, was full of mud. We gave everything a good clean, including the ball and socket joint. Packed the joint with grease and reassembled it all. Potential wiper failure averted. So, if you haven't had a look in this area for some time, do it now.
  2. 2 points
    With the extra fuel on the newer map, at a guess 430BHP/850Nm. It held up fine at 420BHP/820Nm.
  3. 2 points
    Cribert

    M5 on ebay grey

    Eh? no one is disputing the 2013 entry, that's obviously some error but 2008 and 2009 are quite clearly not right. I've never bought or seen a car with mot mileage changes like that before. definite clocking
  4. 1 point
    GT STEVE

    Purchased a e93 335i

    Several weeks ago I did a bit of a deal with a trader on my GT535 as all it did was sit on my drive way all week and I purchased a 2010 335i Convertible M Sport Highline DCT with 45k miles in Laguna Seca Blue. The car when I picked it up. And how she looks now. The car has been lowered on SPAX adjustable Sport Coilovers The BMW performance back box that was on the car was removed and I had a custom quad system fitted with a quad DTM Sport Defuser I purchased a set of electric fold wing mirrors, fitted them and did some coding so they work off the button and the key Alloy Wheels, 19" Quantum44 TS1,s, speck on the wheels is, 9.5j and 10.5 with a et30 both front and rear and 245/35 & 265/30 NS2 Sport tyres, great fitment and no rubbing. M3 Side skirts. Air Scoops fitted behind the front grills. Piper Cross performance air filter. I am waiting for a set of LCI rear lights to arrive so I can get them fitted and coded. Then it's some performance stuff to look out for.
  5. 1 point
    Splondike

    E36 M3 Saloon

    Well, another BMW has crept into my newly enlarged garage space. I warned the missus this may happen I was browsing the web on a Sunday night last month (as you do) and a nice looking M3 saloon popped up that had just been posted up and it looked interesting. The chap was a little difficult to get hold of but when I eventually got hold of him I managed to arrange to see it during that week as it was not far from one of my company's offices. It's Cosmos black with Black leather interior #402 of the 415 3.0 saloons. He had owned it for 5 years and driven it around 300 miles, basically getting a jacking point repaired for MOT and a some paintwork done whilst there. Then going a bit mad and spending a fortune on new parts from BMW and then mothballing it, afraid something would happen to it I think. Then he bought other daily cars including an E46 M3 and now a 996 turbo which he now wants to get in the garage so finally coming to the decision he needed to move the M3 on. When I turned up he removed the covers on it and brought it out of the garage into the sunshine and it presented well, sounded alright and drove well. The interior is in nice condition apart from some screw holes for a phone and a mark on the dash. He (like alot of people it seems) did not like the wood trim so replaced it all with brand new black items. But had all the original stuff still. The list of new dealer items is quite large: Exterior: Door trims, Bumper, bumper inserts (front and rear), door handles, grilles, headlights and covers, front indicators, rear light units, side repeaters, windscreen wiper arms. Interior: Steering wheel, door handles, dash Trim, console Trim. Mechanical: Radiator, springs, shocks, wishbones, ARBs , Evo exhaust (stainless), brake discs, calipers , pads Misc: Bonnet catches, boot fittings, battery and spare wheel fixings etc Refurbed all 5 wheels with new tyres. Has complete tool kit, first aid kit etc and is nice and standard which itself seems unusual with these. Not an optionmeister either: S255 Sports leather steering wheel S401 Lift-up-and-slide-back sunroof, electric S411 Window lifts,electric,front/rear S428 Warning triangle and first aid kit S473 Armrest front S498 Headrests, rear, mechanically adjustable S554 On-board computer V with remote control S687 Radio preparation S773 Fine wood trim L812 National version Great Britain S850 Dummy-SALAPA Anyway I decided to sleep on it and changed my mind about 4 times overnight then gave him a bell and agreed a deal. I could not collect it for a few weeks so I only picked it up last week. In the museum with the E28 The sombre inside after a quick spruce of the leather (yes I know it needs a hoover!) I got the machine polisher out to detail the outside (got to get it up to standard) at the weekend and it's starting to look quite good: It drove fine on the way home, it sounds nice and pulls really well. However despite changing all those suspension parts I think it needs rear trailing arm bushes as it feels a bit wayward at the rear after driving it and the E28 hard back to back. So I will need to address that shortly, there is a metallic scraping sound which is road speed related, possibly from the brakes when it is hot at low speeds and not all the time ? It may just need some use but will have a dig around and see if I can find whats going on. Then give the underside a clean up and address anything needs doing and get someone who knows these engines to give it a once-over, it's been serviced recently but I want to be sure all is well and anything preventative that can be done is sorted before we begin this little adventure. Then clean it all up to standard try and improve it as we go along (as usual) and enjoy it
  6. 1 point
    DarkHorse

    Broken Pin on E61 Load Cover

    Annoying. Ideas?... Drill 10mm depth in both pieces to take a fair sized 20mm long M bolt, screw in, dremel off the head and screw pieces together. Tidy if it works. Or get an appropriately sized strong mini jubilee clip over the pieces al glued together, that could mostly hide inside the fabric. Depends how much of the broken bit extends into the runner gap (can't remember on mine). Otherwise £100-£150 ebay effort.
  7. 1 point
    Clearly jays dads birthday has come as a surprise [emoji849]
  8. 1 point
    I'll be there too In the vert hopefully...
  9. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    F11 Wheels and Lowering

    Ignore him, he's been on the Buckie! Yes I've stuck with rfts as I can't afford to be stranded as I pick the littl'un up from nursery. A point driven home just two nights ago when I had my father in law at 10pm on the phone asking to borrow a jack to allow him to remove a wheel from my sister in laws car as she has no spare, no jack but only a can of gunk which failed to seal the hole. Thus leaving her totally and completely stuck. I like things standard, as you can go very wrong with some mods to your car. And yes I've bitten Lennox's bait!
  10. 1 point
    JDR

    Auto stop start, nearly caught me out

    It's the first thing I coded on my car, S/S Auto Off, bloody hate it.
  11. 1 point
    Lovely looking wagon. If this late V8S Touring in a fantastic colour combo and at 88k miles made £15,950, then i'd guess at something similar for the fact it is not an S but does have 20k fewer miles. All IMO of course. http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/bmw-alpina-bmw-alpina-b10-v8s-touring--4-8---1-of-only-5-rhd-touring-v8s-ever-made--number-20 C.
  12. 1 point
    quaddy

    F10 Auto Sport mode v Sport Shift

    Ahh, thank you for the explanation - the reps never explain it technically like that - I understand now. I'll have to try the rocker to get the sport + mode just so I can cover that off. Hmm, I can't see myself ever using the gear selector then, as I've no intention of manually going through the gears, but it's all good to know. Haha - 'barge'
  13. 1 point
    Shame I can't boast about my mpg - been getting mid to high 30s... but then again I don't hang about
  14. 1 point
    GT STEVE

    Purchased a e93 335i

    THE 335I SAGA CONTINUES. If it's not one thing then it's another,,, About 7 weeks ago, I had a small stone hit the windscreen and then this happened, it moved across the screen as I was driving home a second lambda sensor was fitted, the lumpy idling went away and the car has been great, Then it was MOT time, it went in to a local garage in Basingstoke, but the test was aborted due to the car being to low,,,, I then booked it in to DCM Tyres in Shaftsbury a week later as they can get the car on there MOT ramp, Needless to say, it passed with no advisory's 3 weeks ago I went to JF Automotive to get the gear box re-mapped/software update to coincide with the engine map, It was a good drive home http://www.jfautomotive.co.uk/ And finally, 2 weeks ago I went back to Reidy Map's to have the car re mapped as it was running very well, this included several dyno runs and trying different setting while live data mapping, at one point it had a reading of just over 400bhp, That afternoon I drove to Germany and on route I diverted and collected a AFE Air Intake for the 335i that I installed on the following day. The AFE intake is one thing I have been wanting to get for a while as I removed the duel cone's that I had due to the high intake temperature registering on the laptop when it was getting mapped. Not much extra noise but it pulled a lot better and Quick, boy was it quicker but then with all the performance mods along with the map and the intake it was expected. I did a couple or autobahn runs, all on a 3 or 4 lane Autobahn (shnellstrass) getting up to and over 140mph, derestricted with speed warning signs in places from time to time. BUT, it was the speed it took to get there, rapid is one word I would use. I do have some video's
  15. 1 point
    marko530d

    E60 recalls

    Thanks I think I will follow that advice also
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  17. 1 point
    Guns

    F11 Wheels and Lowering

    Hi people. Will measure it this weekend, currently abroad. Front sits super high, to the point that the front wheels appear to have zero camber! Rear sits bit lower. Check out the below image..... looks incredible, but obviously a personal opinion!
  18. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    E60 recalls

    You mean lots of scratches and swirls and only 3 out of 4 wheels washed.
  19. 1 point
    I went for a 525d (3.0) as its a good compromise between economy and pace. The disadvantages of this engine is that you are restricted to an older car and I really would have liked xenons but preferred the 6 cylinder engines of which there wasn't much choice of with a manual gearbox. My car is an AUC with an extended warranty (£60 per month) for peace of mind, I paid quite a lot based on it being a 'safe' car so over a year ago it was £16k with 40,000 miles - probably a £13k ish car now.
  20. 1 point
    Nomis

    MY CARS BEEN STOLEN!

    As I said, this compact is just a stop gap so I'm not going to start buying things for it but if I can cure things with a couple of quid or a squirt of wd40 then I will.
  21. 1 point
    I would ask for the part back, as is your right. Then get it tested, if it passes which it may well a conversation with the dealer/BMW would be interesting.
  22. 1 point
    trenchy24

    E36 M3 Saloon

    Well you kept that quiet..... SWINE!!!! Looks lovely though.
  23. 1 point
    The Flying Banana

    MY CARS BEEN STOLEN!

    have you pulled the wire block from door that goes into A pillar on compact sprayed liberally with contact cleaner and pushed / pulled apart to clean the contacts...might sort your door open message....or put a new door catch on the quarter panel side....cheap from breakers
  24. 1 point
    Sir Anthony Regents-Park

    Cat C cars

  25. 1 point
    Clavurion

    Maf coding

    With proper diagnostics you can check the last date of DDE software update and the software number. With software number you can check in TIS if it's already updated version for newer MAF. If DDE needs to be programmed you can use WinKFP for the job. Here is the table for DDE software numbers with new MAF. CLICK
  26. 1 point
    I may have had a drink and not entirely read the OP properly . . . . .
  27. 1 point
    pt530i

    And so it begins !

    CCV valve would be my suggestion When idling is there any more than slight vacuum at the oil filler cap ? Very common problem on the M54 engines
  28. 1 point
    mumbojumbo

    E36 M3 Saloon

    Love this. Theres an abandoned one identical to yours near me in Hampton that's not been on the road since 2009. Despite being mid restoration on the 535 and paying for a wedding in 2 months i may have left a note on the windscreen asking if its for sale
  29. 1 point
    RichardP

    My E26!

    On holiday for a week.
  30. 1 point
    Bigbungster

    E39 530d touring

    Hi, new to the 5 series had a couple of e36's and e46's, but thought I would grow up now brought this the other day There she is the beauty, 2000 manual it is only bit of rust is on the lip off the boot and it's got 135k on it with full service history. Should do well on my 70 mile round trip to work with 65 off those pure motor way. Few jobs got planned, get rid off the egr and change all the vacuum hoses, no swirl flaps on this bad boy and change the lp pump over. Already got inpa and what not on my little notebook and I have one off those c110 scanners (kept in glove box) she goes alright bloody comfortable. Nice to meet you all Martin
  31. 1 point
    Filled it up again after the map testing. Which has resulted in it doing 16MPG since Saturday when I brimmed it. These gearboxes will take a right beating Ordered gearbox oil engine oil and filter kit for it too. Not brave enough to doing the gearbox one on the drive though - getting a garage to do that!
  32. 1 point
    Alexak

    Auto stop start, nearly caught me out

    Watch this, a fairly balanced view imho
  33. 1 point
    I know but I've got to give something back to the planet from all the VPower I've burnt over the years along with all the logs I burn.......
  34. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    F11 550i M Sport

    Not quite the same as the M5 engine. Thats the whole point of these cars, sleepers! To the uneducated it looks like a 520d but instead of an aga under the bonnet there is a nuclear bomb! The exclusive twin trapezoidal tail pipes are the give away to the 550i in F10/11 guise. Despite every option being ticked, I agree it's not worth £35k. What did they give the previous owner, £20k tops I bet!
  35. 1 point
    norightsock

    The BMW5 random picture thread

    View from the roof top terrace of the airport at Bangkok/Thailand....love the place as does my Mrs and kids.
  36. 1 point
    GT STEVE

    Purchased a e93 335i

    WELL, I BROKE IT The start of November I put the car away for the winter also giving me time to purchase all the performance bits I wanted. By the end of November I had accumulated a big pile of box's in my work shop full of new and 2nd hand shiny stuff. Performance parts I purchased, Mishimoto Intercooler, Stainless Catless Downpipes, BMS (N54) Performance Intake, Aluminium Replacement Chargepipe BMS Upgrades Replacement PCV Valve I started working on the car around the 2nd weekend in December, My first task was to remove the old intercooler and fit the new one, not a hard job but that came with an issue, and in the process of fitting it and me being ham fisted I broke the fan shroud behind the intercooler and while trying to fit the intercooler I decided to muller the boost pipe on the left side while I was trying to push it in place. I downed tools, felt very pissed off and closed up. I then called Cotswold BMW and ordered a new boost pipe @£190 and a new fan shroud @£130, the quickest £320 I have ever spent....... In the process of all this I discovered 2 oil leaks, I thought the PCV was leaking so that was replaced with the BMS upgrade but it looks like an oil leak behind the gear box or the back of the engine and a power steering fluid leak, The following weekend I replaced the PCV valve and the Induction kit, I then had another look underneath and looked at fitting the down pipes, that's as far as it got. Downed tools again and walked out, closed the doors and had breakfast. New Intercooler Replacement PCV Valve BMS Kit Broken Broken Mullard this using a large spanner, total twat Oil Leak New Boost Pipe Alloy Charge Pipe Cat less down pipes In-between all this the New rear spoiler arrived, this is being moulded on and smoothed in and painted NOW,,, 2 weeks ago as It's been a struggle I have finally bit the bullet and given my car to a mechanic friend who has done all the repair work to the car due to me being ham fisted and inpatient and he can do what I can not, and also fitted all the performance parts, I got the car back last night, its running but I now keep getting the engine management light on the dash, I was expecting this so in the morning I am booked in with reidyremaps in Yeovil at 10am,,,, Now if any one in that area want's to meet up for a chat n coffee possibly breakfast if there is a café near and to check out what go's on please feel free, I will be taking the obligatory video's etc and post the result up later tomorrow. http://reidyremaps.co.uk
  37. 1 point
    FireFox-89

    The BMW5 random picture thread

    Mmm nothing since last November. I took this while on holiday to the US while staying with friends, it is downtown Cleveland, Ohio in May 2016. We're planning on going next September, would have like to have gone again sooner but I want my car first. Also a bonus picture, I PC I threw together when I picked up a second case.
  38. 1 point
    GT STEVE

    Purchased a e93 335i

    Tiny Update: I was away on my hollyboobs, Tenerife for 2 weeks and almost 30 degrees every day, while I was away the e93 went in for some paint correction, smoothed bonnet and a full mop and polish. I collected the car on the 12th, it went right back that weekend as I was not happy with things and as my car did not have massive swirl marks all down one side, the side that was freshly painted, I was a little pissed. Along with being able to see where the front badge was, they were told to sort it out. Now I got the car back this Saturday, it looked lot's better but it needs direct sunlight to see if its all been resolved. Any way, bit of a bizzy Sunday I had a mates 116d in for a service, oil/filter, air and pollen filter, fit new gloss black grills and a general clean up and polish AND I finally fitted the ARKYM Look front splitter to the car, had this for several weeks but I needed some one to help fit it, or rather hold it in place while I did the drilling and bolting it up in place, its a very good fit and in no time it was up and in place, I also did the cowl filter replacement thing. The 116D The Lip. And the Cowl Filter's
  39. 1 point
    740mick

    The BMW5 random picture thread

    Went on this recently when on holiday in Aruba,fantastic experience,we were under for about an hour including putting us on the sea bed 135ft down.
  40. 1 point
    E39mad

    The BMW5 random picture thread

    Mid Atlantic 1995 - my mate up the mast taking the picture. Me on the aft coachroof.
  41. 1 point
    ROB163

    The BMW5 random picture thread

    Botney bay, Broadstairs, kent 12/09/16
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    GT STEVE

    Purchased a e93 335i

    Finally fitted some LCI rear lights to the 335, coding wasn't required so I am guessing the last owner had a set on there and removed them, whati did though was code the 4 way flashers to double blink and de badged the boot lid... you tube link.... https://youtu.be/R2xUPYx7UtE JULY 016 011.MOV
  44. 1 point
    GT STEVE

    Purchased a e93 335i

    Tiny Update I purchased a sunglasses holder to replace the ash tray and after asking the question on the e90 forum and finding a "How To" half an hour later it was done And on sunday I spent almost all day cleaning my 2 baby's.
  45. 1 point
    alun

    To all the newbies :-)

    Halloo! Guten Tag Bonjour G'day Awrite Hey Hi ...
  46. 1 point
    sepia

    To all the newbies :-)

    Greetings and what took you so long!
  47. 1 point
    f4phantomfixer

    To all the newbies :-)

    I eh hallllooowww ive only been on this site a few days and must say "its solutly fekin gr8" cheers drew
  48. 1 point
    Splondike

    To all the newbies :-)

    There seems to have been quite an influx lately... Welcome all
  49. 1 point
    Seesure

    To all the newbies :-)

    And from me, welcome to you new members
  50. 1 point
    Mark

    To all the newbies :-)

    Have been neglecting the new newbies so ill bump this up A nice warm welcome to all you newbies!
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