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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Even dirty E60 is still beautiful! I know most prefer E39 but I find an E60 beautiful on it's own way! Non-classic way!
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    I went out to take some photos in north Wales last night. Found some lovely places. I might wash it today.
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    Changed all 6 glow plugs and another suspension airbag for the Arnott replacement. Jobs Bmw wanted well over £1000 for. All done for under £300
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    BMW 535i V8 - my new steer

    Is yours auto or the proper type? Mine was indeed a proper one, I found it could of done with a 6th gear although it went past 155mph as it's top speed was only 154( on paper) so no limiter.... it took a while to get past 150 but it still went past! God damn it I'm going to look on eBay now....
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    E28 525i Restoration Project

    Hi Everyone! As introduced under the I'm New thread, my name is Brian and I am from Nairobi, Kenya. I recently bought back my dads 1986 525i which has been sitting under a tree for the past 6 years. I figured i'd join a UK forum as 525i were only made for the European Market plus it would be easier for me to buy parts from the UK and ship them to Kenya as opposed to any other market. So yeah, happy to be here and I know this will be a long and slow project being that I do not have too much money to blow on the car but I look forward to working on it and all the advice I can get from you guys. The car was parked in an upcountry farm in 2012 due to a faulty ignition system.I think the owner just wasn't keen on fixing it up so it was just left there to gather dust and moss. It's not a terribly humid area so luckily there isn't too much rust on the car. However, nature has done its best to grow around it as so there is grass and leaves everywhere, even the fuel tank has some. There are lots of insects and rodents that have made their homes in there and the seats have a lot of stains on them. I expect there to be a lot of electrical damage as the wiring has most likely been eaten up by said animals or deteriorated due to rain and sun. The tires have good tread on them but since they have been in the sun so long, they will most likely blow once inflated. The fan is rusty, the front bumper is damaged, the interior and center console is in bad shape and the right rear tail light is broken. A lot of little stuff like handles, seams, levers etc are also missing. This is my first restoration job and I am not a grease monkey so I will need all the help/advice I can get. My plan is to restore the car to an Alpina look: Mechanical: Tires - just to get it running Engine fix to get it running first Engine rebuild, clean and polish Shocks and Springs Exhaust Aesthetics: Bumpers and Side Skirts Strip down and repaint to Astoril Blue Redo interior to a cream color (How hard is this given that some of the trimming has the green color to match the car?) Alpina Rims and low profile tires Let me know what you think and I will be updating the progress in the coming weeks/(years? haha).
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    BMW 535i V8 - my new steer

    Hi all, Well, I'm a proud owner of another E39 - my fourth - and I've gone for the slightly left-field option of the 535i. I know these are considered somewhat the black sheep of the higher-powered E39s but I figured just had bad can a 3.5 V8 be?? It's had the same lady owner since 1998 and it's in very good condition with an unbelievably comprehensive service history; largely main dealer and with a local specialist over the last 2 years. I've driven a fair few E39s and this one feels very sound with the engine, gearbox, handling and transmission all feeling very tight. It's got a handful of minor niggles that I'll be putting right in the near future. It's not my daily driver and I intend to keep it in a very good condition for the weekend runabouts I'll be enjoying. Firstly, the cruise control doesn't work. It's a 97MY and has one of the old school cruise control functions with a separate button on the dashboard where on later models the Tire Pressure Control button is. The cruise control lights comes up on the dashboard but seems to take a while to register when pressing the steering wheel buttons and then deactivates once the brake pedal is pressed. I suspect it's a sensor somewhere as it seems to be functioning just not in the correct way. Secondly, I think it is running quite cool. Around town the temperature gauge seems to hold at the 12 o'clock position. However, when cruising for even a relatively short time the temperature drops to around the one-third mark on the gauge. The cooling system and head gasket are very sound but I guess the thermostat probably needs replacing. There are no misfires and the MPG on the cruise back home (around 200 miles) was around 29mpg so it doesn't even appear to be running too richly but I'd like to get it sorted for peace of mind. Finally, and probably the only slightly odd one. There is a minor high frequency vibration at very low speeds. It is speed dependent (rather than RPM) and it disappears over 20mph and there are no other symptoms from the gearbox, suspension or engine. My gut feel is pointing towards engine mounts or something suspension related such as drop links. If anyone has experienced anything similar to these minor niggles I'd appreciate any feedback. Finally, I've got to say the drive and cabin of a good E39 is still a fabulous thing. This particular example is 21 years old and just feels so solid, comfortable and relaxing. Thanks Alex
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    -40C after mechanic repairs

    Temp sensor disconnected or wire broken. The sensor is under front bumper, right side.
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    F10's have the usual later model washer bottle, a big slim thing behind the wing. It will freeze solid without very serious screen wash. What I used to do is leave it half full, and first thing add a couple of litres of very hot water.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    I went for Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2 K120 225/50 ZR17 98Y XL. My last summer tyres were Hankook (albeit Prime) and they were good (20k miles-no front/rear axle rotation, still have about 3mm left), so have gone for them again this year. £300 for a set of 4 delivered was a good price too.
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    Heh.. even the guy at the BMW parts desk was intrigued when I ordered all the parts and he examined the packaging when they turned up. He said "When you get these fitted, do you mind coming in again so I can take a look at how it all goes together?"
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    F10 windscreen washers - Frozen??

    Sounds like, as you said, it's frozen or a thick slush at the bottom of the reservoir -5ºC washer fluid is next to useless IMO, more so where you are! Get at least -15ºC
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    As said in above posts; if those adapters aren't present then the only direct fit ones are GoodRain or Continental ones off eBay Bit of a daft design IMO; like the alloy wheel centre bore
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    Another headlight question....

    It's easy enough, give the headlights a good rub down with some 800 grit wet and dry to start with, they will look worse than when you started after that! Then work your way up through some 1200 or 1500 grit before finishing off with some 2000 and 2500 grit using plenty of water throughout. Work some G3 scratch remover into the lights VERY well after sanding to get rid of any small scratches and then they should buff up nicely. Google 'headlight wet sanding', there are plenty of how to's out there.
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    Hey - Ive got a classic!

    I'm on my fourth!