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  1. 2 points
    F11TouringRyan

    Where is it all

    Jeez thanks pal.... ...not too obvious for you to actually say i note. I do know how to maintain my vehicle but was merely asking like minded people who had a knowledge of the specifics. Thanks to all who actually offers advice
  2. 2 points
    RichardP

    My E26!

  3. 1 point
    Captain Beaky

    Merry Christmas 39ers

    Sorry it's not an E39 but hey ho! it's still a good looker!!
  4. 1 point
    Dr Taylor

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    A big Merry Christmas to the 5 Forum community. Have a good one. Doc T
  5. 1 point
    Positiv

    My Norwegian E39 With Many pictures

    I wish you all and their closest a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Regards Bent
  6. 1 point
    E39mad

    What are you currently drinking...?

    Mmmm Ardbeg is a lovely dram! I just started the 36 pint barrel of Happy Valley Mosaic - 3.9% fine real ale Off to a party with more beer - then carols around the village tree with a hip flask full of Singleton Malt Whiskey, back to another neighbours for some more real ale.
  7. 1 point
    NWJW

    What are you currently drinking...?

    I drank so much San Miguel Friday night I've still got a headache today....
  8. 1 point
    HandyAndy_UK

    Where is it all

    Just for my two penneth... Old Army saying - the only stupid question is the one you're too stupid to ask! On my old E61 (N53) the coolant expansion tank was non-opaque black. The level measurement came from a floating marker and so was affected not only by the physical level, but the fluid density also ie the ratio of water to antifreeze. .... and I hated the lack of an oil dipstick... especially as the sensor reported as faulty until everything was fully up to temp.
  9. 1 point
    Blackman

    Wipers

    Yes, you definitely have that extra motor, hence why the driver's side wiper arm is secured with a bolt. On mine, both arms are secured just with a nut, like it is on your passenger side, so you can fit an E36 arm with no probs, as it's a straight swap. Like you say, in your case you'll have to stick with the original arm. Get new wipers fitted and if they clean fine, then they are pretty good anyway. The main reason why I changed mine, is because the driver's arm was somehow bent and was leaving streaks/smearing marks on the windscreen, even with new genuine Bosch regular wipers.
  10. 1 point
    NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I'll take a picture in a bit of what I've swapped out.
  11. 1 point
    welshpug

    Wipers

    looks like the screw on the top adjusts the spring tension.
  12. 1 point
    jake13

    Which e60 to get

    535d, without shadow of a doubt.
  13. 1 point
    d_a_n1979

    Which e60 to get

    Would help if you can give ideas re budget etc. Personally, doing that mileage, I'd want a well looked after/serviced auto, makes for a smoother/easier drive IMO. More so with a car of that size... I am auto biased though!
  14. 1 point
    RichardP

    Two car symbol on dash

    You get that symbol up if you run the cluster check, test 2 I believe. You can clear it by either disconnecting the battery or running the 'Reset' test, number 21 I think.
  15. 1 point
    welshpug

    Two car symbol on dash

    looking the part up on realoem the regulator is a common bosch part and very cheap, 12311713491 (not from bmw of course!) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/04G115-ALTERNATOR-Regulator-BMW-840-Ci-850-4-4-5-4-M5-Z8-X5-5-0-3-0-E31-E53-E39/263220872204 that includes the brushes so saves a little work, but if the slip ring is worn that's a little more involved than a few screws but well within the means of a confident diyer (under a tenner for the part) alternator is listed as a fairly normal and compact 120amp unit, but only listed for the S62. 12311407440, there's a few reasonably priced units on ebay, bmw price is nearly 4 figures. bosch part numbers are 0 123 515 029 and 0 123 515 030 it will need pulling apart to diagnose the fault though, if its making crunchy noises it may need bearings, again fairly cheap parts in themselves but a little more involved again to change (bearings would be about £4 each for good quality ones)
  16. 1 point
    sayanthan

    2000 BMW 540 touring auto 106k feeler

    I like the mod as you have a little more info on the dash - oil temp. (Although I think you can access all this stuff through the secret menu/Intravee) i Think it looks cool. It’s basically the same as the e39 m5 cluster without the M logo. there was a code needed for the cluster which I got hold of using an auto logic. I’ll need to lool through my old messages to check. What this was. - but basically this enables the cluster to read the correct mileage of your car. i sent my cluster and ecu and he did the rest. 2 week turnaround. I picked up an ecu on eBay for £100 and sent him that so my car wasn’t off the road, he virginised it (so it was plug and play on any car) and remapped it.
  17. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    Where is it all

    Thats a bit harsh. From the photo (viewed on my iPhone) it certainly isn't obvious to me as it's laid out very differently from my engine bay. From memory the handbook is indeed useless as it shows a V8 as "the petrol" engined variant. The hand book told me that I couldn't measure the coolant level from in the engine bay but yet clear as day there is a measure facility in my expansion tank. If you aren't sure asking is the best policy, that's what we are here for and you have a good steer from Mike. When end I was new to all my BMWs I asked lots of questions. I had to confirm where the pollen filters were in my E39 as it was the first car I had that had them, where the aerial was in my E39 as to me they weren't obvious and wanted to make sure before I poked around under the bonnet. There is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid answers.
  18. 1 point
    duncan-uk

    What are you currently drinking...?

    Big jay and genius ? An oxymoron surely
  19. 1 point
    ad touring

    How Long Have You Owned Your E39?

    Daily 530d nearly 6 years Now a 225k car - full intention to keep forever "Toy" B10v8 6 months ish Some of the low milages here cause me concern! Go for a drive people, just for the sake of it! My Alpina's on course to hit it's classic insurance policy limited 5k annual milage and I don't even take it out other than to burn liberal quantities of shell v power and cheer me up, all year round enjoyable classic!
  20. 1 point
    Currently acting as a santa storeroom in the garage. Won't be driving for a few days shall we say. Hic!!
  21. 1 point
    A quick mini-update before the end of the year 2017. While I was waiting to receive the bolts for the wheel covers, I decided to change the engine oil, eventhough I haven't driven much since the last oil change (4710 miles to be exact). Last year we used Shell Helix HX7 10w40, so this time I decided to go for Mobil Super 2000 X1 - just for a difference really, as otherwise both are decent oils. Also bought Wynn's engine flush and the oil filter made by Mann. The M50B25 takes about 5.8L, so in the case of Mobil you'll need 5L + 1L. Shell does the same capacities, but for example Castrol does only 4L cans, so then you would need 4L + 2L. As for BMW parts, I ordered x4 centre cap badges + x30 cover bolts, as I described in my last post. However, also decided to get a new radiator top gasket, because my current one has taken the shape of the old radiator, which was swollen on the top, so it keeps coming off - not good. All the bits are now here. Radiator top gasket = 17101728768 As you can see, the bolts have spline heads, so let's hope the old ones won't be a pain to come off. The good news is that someone has already replaced these bolts on the rear wheels, but not with original ones. They have put normal hex bolts there with washers, which means they should be easy to take off, since they look quite fresh. You could probably leave them as they are, but it's not OEM, so if I'm doing the fronts, then I'll get the rears replaced as well. This is all for next year though, so it's the first job for January 2018. 2017 was a quite productive year since we got a lot of work done, starting with the brakes in January, then the wiper linkage in March, front suspension in April, got the windscreen replaced in May, rear suspension bushes sorted in June and finally fitted a Bilstein B12 suspension kit in October/November, along with buying a set of staggered Throwing stars - a very busy year indeed. Plans for 2018? First of all, get the Throwing stars fitted, then sort out the play in the steering, which should bring back the factory standards of handling or possibly make it even better. Then one of the big jobs for 2018 will probably be the clutch change, but I'm also planning to refresh the gear linkage as well as a few other things while I'm there, such as the propshaft guibo, the centre bearing, gearbox mounts and whatever else will be easy to access. Apart from that, I'll see what else needs doing, but the above will be the main focus. Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year. I'll see you in 2018.
  22. 1 point
    NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Fitted some black kidney grills and replacement headlights. Before; After; Also, those adapters I ordered didn't work as they seem to be for facelift cars with H7 bulbs and mine is a pre-facelift with HB4's so I did some minor surgery and fitted the dipped beam reflectors from the old headlights into the new headlights thus allowing me to fit the xenon DS2 bulbs.
  23. 1 point
    Dr Taylor

    New Grill Fitted

    Now - back to Ebay for M-trim grille upgrade. <<<
  24. 1 point
    nashdm2

    New Grill Fitted

    Sorry Jonny, prefer the chrome one.
  25. 1 point
    Positiv

    My Norwegian E39 With Many pictures

    Pictures from the seller. After I have painted the holder and install it. Brightness of the led lights.
  26. 1 point
    Mashed Potatoes

    Short break ideas....

    Montreux, Switzerland. Fly to Geneva from Liverpool, takes an hour and a half. Then get the train from Geneva airport to Montreux - it's literally walk up the escalator, walk towards the exit and the train station is on the right inside the airport. That takes about an hour but runs the whole length of lake Geneva. Worth it just for looking out the window. The Royal Plaza hotel on the edge of the lake has brilliant views of the French alps over the other side of the lake if you can get a lake view room (worth specifying). That's like my go-to place for a long weekend away. Loads of good restaurants, mountains to go up (hike or train etc). Definitely worth a look! Being Switzerland it isn't the cheapest of places to visit, but you should comfortably be able to do it under the budget. Flghts are relatively cheap too. It's without a doubt one of the nicest places I've ever been to. A lovely place to just chill and unwind. Everyone is friendly, great views, and it doesn't get a huge amount of UK visitors. If you want to splash out on her for her birthday from memory it's called the Suisse Majestic hotel - massive glass windows looking at the Alps. Really good food if you want to splash out (as in, I took my girlfriend for her birthday, and it was about £300 without drinking much - eyes watered a bit) but the view is worth it even if you just go in for a drink.
  27. 1 point
    RichardP

    My E26!

    Not entirely M1 related, but my only purchase while at the NEC, a genuine, unused (complete with tags) 1980 BMW Motorsports anorak made by Head. It's even the right size for me.
  28. 1 point
    >>> can be done without removing any rods but turning the hub down enough will most likely bend the steering rod inner ball joint. I wondered about an alternative way when it seemed I wouldn't get a tool before the weekend but it looked like there would be some risk of stress on the steering joints. Anyway... at last a result... and 10/10 for Laser tool 2708... http://www.lasertools.co.uk/item.aspx?cat=1068&item=1438 Arrived on time and was charged at £27.02 inc the priority delivery to local supplier which seems OK value and about what they are on Ebay. Set the Laser tool on its wider jaw opening and it slid on perfectly with the nice slim forks (see pics compared to the chunky Sealey). Tightened up, a light hammer tap and the joint popped apart. A real benefit of the Laser design is the "hooked" shape of the arm where it presses on the ball joint thread.... this tends to hold the tool nicely onto the joint whereas the angle of some tends to try and spit the tool off the joint as you tighten it.
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